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Aircraft composite components and assemblies’ manufacturer Teledyne CML Composites has been awarded of a contract to supply composite wing components and assemblies for Airbus A400M tactical airlifter.

Airbus has awarded the A400M ‘Life of Program’ contract.

Under the contract, Teledyne will supply various thermoplastic and pre-preg composite components. They are designed using advanced composite materials.

They will be supplied to the Airbus A400M composite wing box assembly line at the Filton facility in Bristol, UK.

Teledyne CML Composites general manager John Toner said: “The decision to award this latest package to Teledyne CML Composites is a reflection of our proven track record to supply high-quality composite parts that exceed our customers’ expectations.

“With this A400M contract award, we have concluded a significant investment in a new Thermoplastics processing cell.

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“Having identified thermoplastics as a key technology in our long-term growth ambitions, this investment adds an exciting new automated manufacturing capability to our business and places Teledyne CML Composites at the forefront of composites manufacturing technology.”

Designed to meet the requirements of current and future armed forces, Airbus A400M is a proven aircraft in operation with the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Turkey, Belgium and Malaysia airforces.

It can be configured for the transport of cargo, many military helicopters and vehicles, up to 120 fully equipped troops, 66 stretchers and 25 medical staff for aero-medical evacuation.

In May, the Airbus A400M airlifter received certification of its Automatic Low-Level Flight capability.