BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—Kaman Composites-Wichita, Inc., a division of Kaman Corporation, reported that it has been awarded a contract by Boeing to manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program. The MH-47 is an inflight refuelable version of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The boom assemblies will support MH-47 new-build production, as well as MH-47 Block II ReNew modifications, Kaman Composites said in a release.
“Kaman has a long-standing partnership with Boeing, and we are pleased to continue that relationship with this new MH-47 Refueling Boom program,” said Shawn Hawks, general manager, Kaman Composites Wichita, in the release. “Bringing the boom assembly work to Wichita is exciting for the community and our experienced workforce.”
“The MH-47 program is one that we are very familiar with and we look forward to supporting Boeing once again on this well-established program,” said Mark Withrow, vice president and general manager, U.S. Composites, in the release. “The units will support both production and spares requirements. The Wichita team is well prepared to deliver for this important customer.”
As part of the integration of this program, Kaman Composites Wichita will expand its facility to accommodate the increased production scale that the assemblies will require. These improvements are currently underway in preparation for the start of the program in the second half of 2021, Kaman Composites said in the release.
Kaman Composites Structures (KCS) comprises Kaman Composites-Wichita, Inc. and Kaman Composites-Vermont, Inc., AS9100 Rev D registered companies with locations in Wichita, Kansas, and Bennington, Vermont. The companies offer services in composites from design, prototyping, and testing, to full production of composite components and assemblies.
The KCS companies fabricate components for the defense, aerospace, and commercial markets, as well as the medical industry, and are Nadcap accredited for composites processing, NDI, and chemical processing. Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) composite repair services are offered under their FAA certified Part 145 repair station in Wichita.
Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The company conducts business in the aerospace and defense, industrial, and medical markets. Kaman produces and markets proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super-precision, miniature ball bearings; proprietary spring energized seals, springs and contacts; and complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military, and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft, among other products.