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ITT Exelis awarded $15 million contract for helicopter composite tail rotor blade

News International-French

7 Aug 2013

The company will product composite tail rotor blade components on the S-76D helicopter for Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 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.

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.

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