Kaman Composites – Wichita signs contract with Boeing
April 07, 2021 - United States Of America
Kaman Composites – Wichita, part of Kaman Corporation, will produce the refuelling boom assembly for Boeing’s MH-47 programme. It has signed a contract in this connection. The MH-47 is an inflight refuellable 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 has a long-standing partnership with Boeing and we are pleased to continue that relationship with this new MH-47 Refueling Boom programme,” said Shawn Hawks, general manager, Kaman Composites Wichita. “Bringing the boom assembly work to Wichita is exciting for the community and our experienced workforce.”
“The MH-47 programme is one that we are very familiar with and we look forward to supporting Boeing once again on this well-established programme,” said Mark Withrow, vice president and general manager, US Composites. “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 programme, 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 programme in the second half of 2021.