#F-35

Defense

Meggitt signs F-35 composite countermeasure housings contract

The $15 million contract strengthens the company’s partnership with Chemring Australia and ensures continued supply for an essential aircraft component on the F-35. 

Defense

Bell Boeing delivers 400th V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

The composites-intensive plane, since it entered service in 2007, has logged more than 500,000 flight hours.

Cutting/Kitting

Magellan Aerosystem commits to Airborne automated kitting system

Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.

Defense

F-35 Lightning program adopts closed molding technology

Reduced manufacturing time and high part-to-part dimensional repeatability are some benefits of Matrix Composites’ HiRPM molding technology. 

Construction

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Aerospace

Kaman delivers 80,000th rear fuselage packer for F-35

This is part of a long-term partnership with BAE Systems for manufacture and supply for multiple defense aircraft platforms.

Aerospace

Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey successfully completes first flight

The CMV-22B is the latest variant of the tiltrotor fleet, joining the MV-22 and CV-22 used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

Aerospace

Lockheed Martin, U.S. government sign 2020 F-35 sustainment contract

The $1.9 billion contract will support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 aircraft fleet and efforts to improve mission readiness and reduce costs.

Defense

Lockheed Martin delivers 134 F-35 aircraft in 2019

Lockheed Martin reports that it exceeded its 2019 delivery goals for the F-35 defense aircraft, and plans to deliver 141 F-35s in 2020.

Aerospace

Radius Engineering workcell enables composite flare housings for F-35

New flare housing manufacturing facility will utilize RTM workcell from Radius Engineering to manufacture composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft’s countermeasure flares.

Aerospace

Solvay opens thermoplastic composite centers in U.S. and Belgium

In addition to two new centers, Solvay has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin and several Belgian companies to grow aerospace composites in Belgium.

Carbon Fibers

Quickstep opens flare housing manufacturing facility

The new facility, in Bankstown, Australia, will manufacture composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft’s countermeasure flares.

Defense

National Composites Week: How composites protect us

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here’s a look at some of the ways composites keeping us safe.  

Compression Molding

Nanomaterials: Products, supply chain mature for next-gen composites

Development spans 3D and thermoplastic nanocomposites, nano-CMCs for hypersonics and nanomaterials safety and toxicity.

Aerospace

F-35 fleet surpasses 200,000 flight hours, 400th F-35 delivered

The 400th production aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah by Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office.

Aerospace

Magellan, BAE Systems to ramp up F-35 tail assembly production

The companies have signed an agreement continuing production of F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies, including additional quantities.

Defense

GKN Aerospace to supply composite components for F135 engine

GKN Fokker has signed a supply agreement with Pratt & Whitney for advanced composite parts for the F135 engine, which powers the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

Aerospace

Meggitt signs supply agreement for composite components for F135, F119 engines

The company has signed a long term contract with Pratt & Whitney to supply advanced composite components for the F119 and F135 engines which power the F-22 and F-35 aircraft.

Prepregs

Plant tour: Meggitt San Diego, CA, US

This aerospace and defense fabricator upgrades to a larger facility and gets, in the process, a chance to rethink and optimize material, people and process flow. 

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing is missing the third dimension

Emerging processes like continuous fiber manufacturing, in-situ consolidation and tool-less manufacturing are bringing composite 3D printing into the third dimension.

Aerospace

IAI launches new production line for F-35 wing skins

Israel Aerospace Industries has launched a new automatic fiber placement line for composite skins for the F-35 wings.

Aerospace

Aerospace outlook: A dynamic, evolving supply chain and market

With major new aircraft programs on the horizon, the aerospace industry is looking to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.

Filament Winding

Filament winding, reinvented

Robots and digital technology deliver speed plus larger, more complex parts, while generative 3D winding obviates mandrels and waste for automotive applications.

Defense

Quickstep to produce F-35 flare housings

The carbon fiber component manufacturer will receive funding to produce composite housings for an F-35 Lightning II countermeasure flare.