21 March 2015

Another supplier from USA onboard A350-1000: Exelis.

Exelis has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from to produce center wing box struts for the A350-1000 aircraft.

This contract marks the 2nd award for the new Exelis STaR (Struts, Tubes and Rods) product line following the A380 award announcement last year.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016 and will continue through 2020. 

Source: Manuel Belleli

Critical to the aircraft’s structure, the struts help distribute loads from the wings and fuselage into the center wing box providing structural support for the airframe.

Exelis STaR products, through the use of patented manufacturing technology licensed from Bodair S.A. and a unique strut design, provide a high strength-to-weight ratio alternative to metallic struts and deliver greater weight savings compared with competing composite production methods. 

“With significant weight savings and reduced maintainance costs, composite structures and components continue to replace traditional metallic structures on next-generation aircraft, and the Airbus A350 XWB is a prime example,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures.

Based on the press release “Exelis wins Airbus A350 XWB composite strut contract”

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