Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A., a company of Finmeccanica S.p.A, which is one of the Italy’s major high tech companies, is amongst Europe a leading manufacturer of aircraft systems. The company is dedicated to a full range of activities, from design and production to modification and product support for both military and civil aircraft. The majority of these activities entail collaborations with the world’s most important aerospace industries. The technological capabilities shown by Alenia Aermacchi in the field of aerostructures have been widely credited, since the company has supported the world’s major manufacturers in the construction of some of today’s best known commercial aircraft.
The majority of Alenia Aermacchi activities entail collaborations with the world’s most important aerospace industries; with high investments in R&D, Alenia Aermacchi is a renowned player in world leading programs, both military and commercial, including C-27J, Eurofighter Typhoon, ATR regional aircraft, Lockheed Martin JSF, and UAV technological demonstrator programs such as Sky-X, Molynx and Neuron. Alenia Aermacchi cooperates with Airbus consortium by manufacturing aerostructures for A321 and is also involved (with a 4% share) in the A380 programme. As subcontractor of EADS, it supplies structural parts for the A300/310 and the A340-500/600. Through BAE Systems, Alenia supplies machined parts for A319/320/321 and A340. The company has also a long history of co-operation with Boeing with the supply of structural parts of B767, B777, B717, B757 as well as the last B787 Dreamliner.
Role in the project
The technological capabilities shown by ALA in the field of aerostructures have been widely credited, since the company has supported the world’s major manufacturers in the construction of some of today’s best known commercial aircraft. The Alenia scientists can therefore valuate the technological progress of the project providing their support in the testing validation. More specifically, ALA’s role in the project will include the following:
► Evaluation of the mechanical and chemical properties for the formulated system
► Choice of the curing cycle
► Optimal technology application to a tested Complex Panel
► Testing and validation of the formulated composites