The manufacture of advanced composite primary structures for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has begun in the Orbital ATK Freeport Composites Center in Clearfield, Utah. The company is starting production of composite frames for the Boeing 787-9 center and aft fuselages, and will support identical structures on the 787-10 variant currently in development.
Orbital ATK will begin shipping components in the first half of 2015 and will reach full production rates in 2018.
“Our manufacturing reputation is built on execution excellence, and we look forward to delivering world-class composite structures to Boeing to meet its growing 787 production rates,” said Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK, Aerospace Structures Division. This work scope adds to our long-term relationship of supporting Boeing with composite structures spanning many dynamic products across the commercial aircraft, military aircraft, launch vehicle and satellite industries.