Rockwood Composites, Leonardo produce 10,000th blade for Eurofighter Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon. Source | Rockwood Composites
On April 6, Rockwood Composites (Devon, U.K.) and aerospace, defense and security specialist Leonardo (Rome, Italy) marked the 10th anniversary of their partnership with delivery of the 10,000th blade for the towed decoy on Leonardo’s Eurofighter Typhoon defense aircraft.
According to Rockwood, all parts are fully CNC machined and supplied paint-ready on a just -in-time basis. Rockwood has also supplied Leonardo with connector plates for the wing of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
“Our 10-year partnership with Rockwood is testament to their ability to deliver quality composite components consistently when we need them,” says Holly Jones, senior sub-contract buyer at Leonardo in the U.K.
“… Working with this OEM over the past decade has helped Rockwood become what it is today, innovating and supplying some of the most pioneering advanced manufacturing companies,” says Mark Crouchen, Rockwood Composites managing director.
For a range of industries, Rockwood designs and manufactures composite components using out-of-autoclave techniques, compression and bladder molding of prepreg composite material in metal tooling.
Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive.
Lightweight, hard and stable at high temperatures, CMCs are emerging from two decades of study and development into commercial applications.
Tried-and-true materials thrive, but new approaches and new forms designed to process faster are entering the marketplace.