(PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Integrated Composites, Inc., an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has been awarded a third U.S. Army contract for follow-on production of the lightweight Composite Universal Weapons Pylon (CUWP) for Kiowa Warrior helicopters.
“We are very pleased to receive this order to extend the production program through late 2013,” said Preston Sandusky, chief operating officer of Integrated Composites. “This award enables Integrated Composites to maintain production continuity as the U.S. Army moves toward full-fleet fielding of the CUWP.”
The CUWP is a next generation weapons pylon designed and produced by Integrated Composites in order to lighten the helicopter and improve mission capability. The previous older generation model was made out of metal and weighed considerably more than the new carbon composite design. Through further analysis, as well as extensive testing, it was proven that this composite design was significantly stronger than the original metal pylon. The CUWP is mounted on the sides of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, an armed scout attack helicopter.
Integrated Composites is a recognized leader in air, sea and land-based weapons platforms. ICI is a fully integrated design, development, and manufacturing company specializing in high-performance structures for aerospace, defense, marine, and industrial applications.
The AGC Composites Group, operating within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio, is composed of Unitech Composites & Structures, Integrated Composites, and Hill AeroSystems. The group leverages the aggregate strength of its design, engineering, development and manufacturing capabilities derived from multiple platforms to offer cost savings and efficiencies to its customers. The Group provides innovative design services, quick turnaround tooling and the ability to efficiently manufacture both low and high volume production at competitive rates.
AGC Aerospace & Defense is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio include: financing, engineering, integration services, manufacturing, logistics and aircraft modifications.
For additional information about AGC Aerospace & Defense, please visit http://www.agcaerospace.com.