ITT Exelis awarded $15 million contract for composite tail rotor blade
assemblies on Sikorsky’s S-76D™ helicopter
SALT LAKE CITY -- July 25, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $15
million from Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for the
production of composite tail rotor blade components on the S-76D™ helicopter.
The work will be performed at the new Exelis composite design and
manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Under this contract, Exelis will fabricate key structures of the S-76D
composite tail rotor blade assembly, including the blades, the composite
laminate beam, which carries the load of the tail rotors, and additional
hardware required for final assembly. Composite materials in the tail rotor
blade assembly, critical to the aircraft’s directional stability, help reduce
the weight of the aircraft, improve its reliability and decrease the noise
impact to its passengers and the communities where it operates.
“Composite structures are increasingly used by commercial and military
aircraft manufacturers to make aircraft lighter, more fuel efficient and more
durable,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of the Exelis
aerostructures business. “By leveraging our core composite capabilities,
demonstrated assembly expertise and commitment to lean manufacturing, we will
provide Sikorsky with the highest quality, affordable composite solutions at
reduced lead times.”
Exelis is positioned to achieve the high-production rates required by the
S-76D program using its expanded manufacturing capacity, precision composite
fabrication and machining expertise and final part finishing capability. A
long-standing supplier to Sikorsky, Exelis also fabricates composite
structures for the commercial S-76C™ platform and the U.S. Marine Corps’ heavy
lift helicopter, the CH-53K.
About ITT Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and
technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical
solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and
surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5
billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Heather Kralik, 801-505-7001
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.