Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)has been named “Elite Supplier” by Lockheed Martin for the third consecutive year.
Lockheed Martin first recognized IAI as an elite supplier in 2002 when the company developed horizontal folding stabilizers of the Black Hawk helicopter in UH/HH-60M configuration that not only weighed 20% less but also was priced lower. IAI remains the sole supplier of this product to Lockheed Martin.
The horizontal folding stabilizer, a proprietary IAI development made of composite materials, It controls the ascent and descent of the helicopter. To date, IAI has manufactured over 4,000 stabilizers that are mounted in all the helicopters of the US military. The composite materials consist of graphite fibers that have been saturated with resin to enable molding an assembly that maintains the same physical properties and strength of the product. The highly durable product withstands corrosion and erosion while being as strong as metal.
“Being recognized with the award out of many vendors with a global reputation, especially during these challenging times, makes us even more gratified and proud,” said Moti Elmalech, General Manager IAI/ELTA Beer Sheva site. “The ability to maintain perfect performance over time increases our motivation to keep up the good work for this strategic customer. We thank Lockheed Martin for its decision and for trusting us as their partners for so many years.”
IAI/ELTA Beer Sheva specializes in re-designing metal aircraft parts, antennas, and radar domes and their manufacturing from composites to drive down the costs and achieve significant weight reduction. It is part of the new innovative division that is being established in the site.
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