Press release
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AGC AeroComposites Awarded Contract to Produce the Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support System for the US Army’s MH-60M Fleet

AGC AeroComposites, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company and global supplier of composite aerostructures and components, has been awarded the production of the Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support System (MSLASS) wings for the MH-60M fleet.  Under the contract, AGC will deliver eight ship-sets of MSLASS wings to the US Army Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA).

“We take pride in providing our military the ability to improve mission ready aircraft and extend their flight range with the lightweight MSLASS,” said Rick Armstrong, President and CEO of AGC AeroComposites. “We are constantly looking to revolutionize composites breakthroughs to improve the safety, fuel efficiency and overall needs of our nation’s warriors.”

The groundbreaking MSLASS is a lightweight, corrosion resistant direct replacement for the External Stores Support System (ESSS) multi-station weapons platform.  The MSLASS offers a 35% weight reduction over the legacy metal ESSS.  AGC’s MSLASS fits existing Sikorsky UH-60 interfaces and uses the same installation kits and procedures. It supports the M230, M261 and M272 weapon system loads, maintains a neutral lift and reduces drag.

In addition to the MSLASS, AGC AeroComposites produces the Lightweight Armament Support System (LASS), a single-station weapons pylon for the UH-60, along with the Composite Universal Weapons Pylon (CUWP) for the US Army Kiowa Warrior and Bell 407 helicopter. Furthermore, the company produces the Binocular Optical Support Structure (BOSS) used on the head-up display on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. AGC’s composite solutions are used on leading helicopter platforms from global OEMs including Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter and Boeing. 

AGC AeroComposites will be showcasing MSLASS and its other lightweight products at the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on March 29 – April 1 in booth 635.

About AGC AeroComposites

AGC AeroComposites provides innovative aerospace & defense solutions spanning advanced composites and metal applications that meet even the most complex requirements. Innovation is fostered across its global footprint enabling the company's ability to provide high-value solutions and augment responsiveness. Integrated applications offered by AGC AeroComposites include the design and development of large-scale production of parts and assemblies for military and commercial aerospace organizations. AGC AeroComposites is an AGC Aerospace & Defense company.

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About AGC Aerospace & Defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense, the unifying brand of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services supporting commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: AeroComposites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.

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