Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kaman Aerostructures Delivers First Major Assemblies For The A-10 Aircraft Wing Replacement

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (December 14, 2010) – Kaman Aerostructures ("Kaman") announced that it has delivered the first major A-10 structural assemblies to Boeing Defense Space & Security ("Boeing") in support of the A-10 Wing Replacement Program. These assemblies will now be included in A-10 wing sections and installation kits being assembled by Boeing's Macon, Georgia facility for future delivery to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Boeing's contract with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) covers engineering services and manufacturing for 242 replacement wing sets for the USAF's A-10 fleet between 2007 and 2018. Kaman's first shipment is also the first major structures shipment by any Boeing supplier in support of the program.

"We are proud to be part of the Boeing and USAF program to keep the A-10 aircraft flying for another twenty years in support of United States and allied ground forces," remarked Gregory Steiner, President of the Kaman Aerospace Group. "Kaman has been instrumental in effectively restarting and modernizing manufacturing operations for A-10 structural assemblies first designed in the 1970's and last produced for new aircraft in the 1980's."

Kaman manufactures wing control surfaces consisting of the inboard and outboard flaps, slats, and deceleron/speed brake assemblies, which include upper and lower speed brakes, trim tabs, and leading edge assemblies. Other Kaman Aerospace companies supporting this program include the Helicopters Division (manufactures bondments) and Brookhouse Holdings Limited (fabricated the assembly and bonding tooling).

Kaman Aerostructures is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group. Parent company Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ GS: KAMN), founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than 3.5 million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at


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