Alternative of Improved Materials
It is anticipated the DLA will be supporting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the future. This project serendipitously positions DLA as technology innovator and supplier for future systems it will support. Additionally, this project provides near term system improvement for UAV performance via improvements in UAV engine technology depending on advanced alloys.
Project: Forged Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Engine Components
Ultimately deploy Fiber Reinforced Aluminum as a forged product.
Develop near net shape forging practices for Fiber Reinforced Aluminum components to reduce machining waste, improve buy to fly ratio and reduce the component cost for the warfighter.