Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.
 

Front page

PPG Aerospace produces transparencies for the Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter

PPG Industries' aerospace transparencies group produced the transparencies for the S-97 RAIDER™ rotorcraft prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

The 14-square-foot windshields are polycarbonate laminates for high impact strength and light weight with proprietary protective coatings to extend service life, according to Brent Wright, PPG global platform director for aerospace transparencies.

“Sikorsky wanted windshields that will afford pilots maximum visibility, which is critical during flight operations of the S-97 RAIDER helicopter because of its speed and performance capabilities,” Wright said. “PPG wanted that visibility maintained as long as possible, so we designed a new coatings system for improved haze and scratch resistance.”

Using polycarbonate enabled PPG to provide the optimum balance between high strength and light weight for the windshields, he said. The windshields have passed testing to resist impact of a 2.2-pound bird at the demanding high speeds of the RAIDER™ aircraft.

PPG also designed acrylic cockpit and cabin-door windows and stretched-acrylic lower observation windows for strength and light weight.

PPG is designing and manufacturing the transparencies at its Sylmar, California, facility, and has delivered ship sets to Sikorsky for two S-97 RAIDER helicopter prototypes.

Sikorsky provided 75 percent of the investment for the program, and PPG Aerospace is among 53 U.S. companies participating as principal suppliers that are collectively providing the remainder. First flight of the S-97 RAIDER helicopter is expected this year.

PPG has produced heated glass windshields for the BLACK HAWK and S-76® helicopters and their variants since Sikorsky started the programs in the 1970s, and it also supplies transparencies for the S-92® and CH-53 helicopters by Sikorsky, according to Wright.

A light tactical helicopter weighing 11,400 pounds, the single-engine S-97 RAIDER aircraft by Sikorsky features the X2® rotorcraft design, which uses coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller to provide improvements in maneuverability, hover efficiency, high/hot climate performance and speed.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world's largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems. For more information, visit www.ppgaerospace.com.

Press release issued by PPG Transparencies on March 26, 2015

 

 Contact details from our directory:
PPG Transparencies Glass, Windows, Windshields, Window Shades, Lenses, Transparent Canopies

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Sikorsky S-97 Raider

 

 Related directory sectors:
Windows & Glass

Enhanced listings:


AC Products, Inc.
Full line of peelable maskants for chemical milling, etching, anodizing, acid stripping, plating and more.

Victrex Plc
New VICTREX® AE250 composites and hybrid molding technology are changing the equation in Aerospace composites – find out more!

Redcliffe Precision Ltd
Aerospace Multi Axis CNC Precision Manufacturers & Thread Rolling Specialists.

MW Industries, Inc
Design and manufacture springs, fasteners and related products for aerospace including: engine components, flight controls, propulsion, landing gear, interiors and avionics.

Fine Tubes
Manufacturer of precision tubes in high strength titanium, stainless steel and nickel alloys, seamless, welded or welded & redrawn

See our advertising tariff.

 

8
data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2018. Terms & Conditions of reading. Privacy policy