Rockwood Composites has secured an order for parts that will be used on 130 decoy launch systems as part of Babcock International’s Eurofighter programme.
The contract was secured on the basis of development work undertaken by Rockwood which established that the parts, which had previously been manufactured using a filament winding process, could be made using Rockwood’s bladder moulding technology. By doing so, significant quality and cost advantages are gained, while maintaining strength and stiffness.
Gam Mahil, Babcock buyer for defence systems technology – marine and technology, says: “This was a technical challenge and Rockwood Composites overcame the difficulty, delivering in terms of quality and cost. The components are an integral part of our Eurofighter production programme, which is progressing full steam ahead.”
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