GKN Aerospace Services has been awarded a $15 million contract to develop and manufacture RTM composite components for the Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche scout/light attack helicopter.

The contract was awarded by Boeing and covers 30 components that will be made using resin transfer moulding, a technique that allows the manufacture of more complex structural parts than was possible with earlier methods.

GKN Aerospace Services is at Asian Aerospace 2002 fresh from its January acquisition of the Boeing fabrication plant in St Louis which it believes underlines a global commitment to the industry.

The purchase of the site increases the company's involvement in the Boeing F-22 Raptor fighter programme. Managing director, aerospace Kevin Smith says: "Our acquisition of this small but critical facility advances our already strong relationship with Boeing and brings us important new technology. The F-22 programme is now worth $1.4 billion to GKN."

Source: Flight Daily News