US’ Kaman Composites delivers 1500th inlet unit for Boeing CH-47

October 05, 2021 - United States Of America

Kaman Composites recently celebrated the delivery of the 1500th inlet unit for the CH-47 Boeing programme. Chinook CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting helicopters in operation today. Kaman Composites offers a full line of services in composites, ranging from design, prototyping and testing to full production of composite components and assemblies.

Kaman manufactured inlets are a vital application on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter and its derivatives, operated in many countries around the world. The two largest users of this helicopter are the U.S. Army and the British Royal Air Force. Production of new aircraft, as well as modifications to some of the existing CH-47 fleet, are planned over the next few years, according to a press release by the company.

“The CH-47 inlets exemplify our strong history of supporting defence programmes for major OEMs like Boeing. We have a dedicated and highly experienced workforce, including many who have been here since this programme’s inception more than 30 years ago. They take a tremendous amount of pride in their work on this programme,” Shawn Hawks, general manager at Kaman Composites said.

“Kaman is a recognised aerospace supplier for many defence programmes, encompassing both fixed-wing and rotorcraft platforms. The most impressive aspect of this program is the longevity of the Chinook and the ability of the Kaman team to sustain the highest level of support for a programme that is not only vital to our military but also to a number of allied partners around the world. Knowing that we are part of the production of such an important asset to our service men and women motivates our staff to produce the best product possible,” Malissa Nesmith, senior business development director, Kaman Composite Structures said.