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The T-WING consortium is awarded the Leonardo Helicopters new Tiltrotor wing development project<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> T-WING consortium is awarded the Leonardo Helicopters new Tiltrotor wing development projectThe T-WING consortium is awarded the Leonardo Helicopters new Tiltrotor wing development project<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The T-WING consortium, coordinated by CIRA and consisting of important representatives of the Italian aeronautical sector, such as Magnaghi Aeronautica, SALVER, Officine Meccaniche Irpine, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale dell'Università "Federico II" di Napoli (Industrial Engineering Department of the "Federico II" University of Naples), SSM engineering company, and the German IBK Innovation, was the winner of the competition for the development and realisation of the wing of the new Tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Leonardo Helicopters within the scope of the Clean Sky 2 Fast Rotorcraft European Research Program.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The negotiations between T-WING and Leonardo Helicopters were completed a few days ago, and the wing development program will start shortly. The wing will be made of composite material with titanium alloy joints. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is a particularly important result if we consider how long it was since Italian companies had been involved as Prime in the complete development of a wing, up to its flight test.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The aircraft of Leonardo Helicopters, called NextGenCTR (Next Generation of Civil Tiltrotor), is a technological demonstrator aiming to be an advanced version of AW609, with the ambition of being more efficient and more versatile, in addition to less costly. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The European experts awarded to the T-WING project first place in a competition open to all the European companies of the sector. A success also due to the experience acquired during the Bombardier C-Series project of the industrial team of the consortium. The project was particularly appreciated for the use of low environmental impact advanced technologies, such as the advanced materials and the innovative solutions for the reduction of the structural weight, the thermoplastic composite materials, the presence of intelligent load and aero-elastic instability control systems.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project, which will start in January 2018 and will continue for approximately 6 years, will entail the design, development production and qualification activities, up to the release of the authorisation for flight and subsequent testing campaign.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">September 25, 2017</p><p></p>2017-09-24T22:00:00Z

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