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Lockheed Martin selects HITCO to produce components for F-35 Lightning II program

HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California, U.S.A., a subsidiary of SGL Group - The Carbon Company, announced today that Lockheed Martin has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) selecting HITCO to manufacture wing skins and other components for the F-35 Lightning II program.  

HITCO will serve as a Strategic Competitive Supplier to Lockheed Martin and will support F-35 program requirements that designate the use of Bismaleimide (BMI) composite materials for upper and lower wing skins and nacelle skins using its Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) capabilities. This opportunity extends from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) through Full Rate Production (FRP).  HITCO may also build the BMI aft and forward covers and upper wing skin covers.  

"HITCO intends to utilize its Viper® 6000 Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine to manufacture the majority of these components.  We can achieve more efficient and reliable fabrication of complex composite aircraft structures utilizing this state-of-the-art equipment. We will also build on the expertise HITCO has developed with BMI composite materials in our current work with Lockheed Martin," said Edward G. Carson, Executive Vice President.  "HITCO and its parent, SGL Group, have made significant investments in automated manufacturing capacity within the last two years enabling HITCO to fulfill its mission of becoming a world-class, Tier II supplier to the aerospace industry," Carson concluded.

Press release issued by Avcorp Composite Fabrication on February 17, 2009


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Avcorp Composite Fabrication Fairings, Composite Manufacturing Services, Subcontracted Composite Parts, Wings


 Related aircraft programs:
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II


 Related directory sectors:
Airframe Assemblies

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