Kaman, July 12, 2018 - WICHITA, Kansas - Kaman Composites – Wichita, Inc (KCW), announced today that Bell Helicopter has signed a purchasing agreement for KCW to build flight critical skin and skin to core composite assemblies for Bell model 407, 412 and 429 helicopters.
KCW, a subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. and part of its Aerosystems Division, is a leading supplier of complex composite structures, components, and assemblies for the commercial and defense aerospace industry.
“This award demonstrates the strength in the ongoing collaboration between Kaman and Bell as we look forward to deliveries commencing later this year with production continuing through 2022,” said Mark Withrow Vice President and General Manager, Kaman Composites U.S.
“KCW’s continued outstanding performance and value across multiple platforms with skin and skin to core composite assembly production made this award possible,” added John Unghire, Senior Director, Business Development.
About Kaman Composites Wichita: KCW, an AS9100 Rev D registered company located in Wichita, KS, offers a full line of services in composites from design, prototyping and testing, to full production of composite components and assemblies. With over 130,000 sq. ft., KCW fabricates components for the defense, general aviation and commercial markets. KCW is Nadcap accredited for composite processing, NDI, and chemical processing.
About Kaman Aerosystems: Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; production of the K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime aircraft.