TITAL® announced today that it has signed a life of the program contract with BAYERN-CHEMIE to supply titanium air intake ducts for the METEOR air-to-air combat missile
TITAL® and BAYERN-CHEMIE conducted a very comprehensive concurrent engineering process which led to a successful development phase where the design has been optimized to assure cost-effective manufacturing and assembly.
TITAL® will deliver assembly ready subsystems in 2008 directly to the customers production line.
Under the terms of the agreement, TITAL® will provide six complex titanium investment castings that make up the two air intake ducts on the high performance air-to-air combat missile Meteor. The main success of Meteor is the throttleable ducted rocket motor by BAYERN-CHEMIE, offering high performance with variable thrust for maneuvering and delivering under a wide range of launch conditions.
The Meteor was developed for European Partner Nations of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden for use on Eurofighter-Typhoon, Swedish Saab Gripen and French Rafale aircraft. The prime contractor is MBDA (UK).
In order to satisfy the growing demand in the aerospace sector for titanium components TITAL® has expanded their production capacity. The latest addition has added over 45,000 sq. ft. of operational floor space and equipment. A new titanium casting furnace is in the final assembly stage and will be installed in the third quarter 2008. The new furnace will allow TITAL® to offer it's customers complex titanium investment castings up to 60" and pour weights up to 330 lbs.
Titan-Aluminium-Feinguß GmbH (TITAL®) foundry is a leading manufacturer of investment casting products in titanium and aluminum alloys with approx. 450 employees. From the headquarters in Bestwig, Germany, TITAL® serves worldwide customers in the fields of aerospace, electronics, optics, industrial and medical systems, Formula 1 and general motor sports.