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 F-35 Jet Fighter, F/A-18E/F Hornet, Dassault Rafale, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Hexcel also supplies composite materials for the Airbus A400M, Boeing KC-46 Pegasus, Lockheed C130, and Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft.
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.