First of New Cost-Effective Beryllium Alloy Parts for the F-35 Aircraft
FRANKLIN, Ind. (March 22, 2021) – IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (“IBC” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: IB; OTCQB: IAALF) is pleased to announce that it has begun delivering to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a new beryllium alloy part – the Gimbal Mounting Ring – for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft’s Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). IBC makes the ring using its proprietary investment casting technology, which allows for more efficient and less costly manufacturing of the part than was previously possible.
IBC was awarded a contract for the EOTS’ Gimbal Mounting Ring as part of a multi-year contract awarded in December 2020. In addition to the Gimbal Mounting Ring, IBC also was awarded another multi-year contract to produce the Azimuth Gimbal Housing Unit for the EOTS systems, which IBC has manufactured for Lockheed Martin since 2015. The total value of the December purchase order for both parts was approximately US$9.7 million, which represented a 24 percent increase over IBC’s previous three-year purchase order from Lockheed Martin.
IBC’s beryllium alloys facility in Wilmington, Mass., where the Gimbal Mounting Ring is manufactured, confirmed that shipment of both the Ring and a second part for the F-35’s EOTS system manufactured IBC – the Gimbal Housing Unit – are now being produced in Wilmington and shipped to Lockheed on schedule.
EOTS is the first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability.
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Mark A. Smith, CEO & Chairman of the Board
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ABOUT IBC ADVANCED ALLOYS CORP.
IBC is a leading beryllium and copper advanced alloys company serving a variety of industries such as defense, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, precision manufacturing, and others. IBC’s Copper Alloys Division manufactures and distributes a variety of copper alloys as castings and forgings, including beryllium copper, chrome copper, and aluminum bronze. IBC’s Engineered Materials Division makes the Beralcast® family of alloys, which can be precision cast and are used in an increasing number of defense, aerospace, and other systems, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. IBC’s has production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The Company’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “IB” and the OTCQB under the symbol “IAALF”.
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