The defense market has historically been an innovator in the use of, and source of significant demand for, adhesives and composites and Hexcel is currently qualified to supply materials to a broad range of more than 100 military aircraft and rotorcraft programs. These programs include the C-17, F/A-18E/F Hornet, F-22 Raptor and the Eurofighter Typhoon. The military transporter aircraft Airbus A400M is also supplied by Hexcel – and Hexcel supplies the carbon fiber for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
All composite structures on the Eurofighter Typhoon, including wings, front fuselage and tail section, are built with Hexcel’s HexPly® 8552 epoxy prepreg. Together with Hexcel’s advanced Bismaleimide (BMI) system that is used for high temperature components and HexWeb® honeycomb used in the sandwich structures, Hexcel’s total contribution per aircraft is over a ton of composite material.
Hexcel’s prepregs, out-of-autoclave products, reinforcements and honeycombs are also suitable for the manufacture of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs).
HexTow® IM7 is the leading carbon fiber in the defense market. HexTow® HM63 high modulus carbon fiber (in UD or woven format ) offers superior stiffness for UAV applications.