Norsk Titanium, headquartered in Hønefoss, Norway, reports it has delivered flight-critical aircraft components to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a developer of unmanned aircraft systems and prime contractor to the US Department of Defense based in San Diego, California.
Under a development contract with GA-ASI’s Additive Design & Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a number of Rapid Plasma Deposition® (RPD®) final machined components were delivered for testing and evaluation. GA-ASI plans to conduct destructive testing to support specification and part development.
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“General Atomics has been dedicated to maturing directed energy additive and implementing it in their production programs,” stated Nicholas Mayer Norsk Titanium Vice President of Commercial, “After an extensive collaborative qualification effort over the past few years with Norsk Titanium, GA-ASI plans to apply the qualified process to structural components within their next generation platforms currently under development, and is planning on their first flight of a critical, structurally loaded component, within the 2024-2025 timeframe.”
Norsk Titanium has recently announced qualification and production milestones in its core commercial aerospace titanium market. The continued expansion of its defence market offerings is a key part of Norsk Titanium’s long-term growth strategy.