DOD Awards $3.7 Mn to Qarbon Aerospace to Enhance Advanced Thermoplastic Production

The Department of Defense, United States (US) announced the award of $3.7 million via the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program to Qarbon Aerospace to design and manufacture advanced lightweight continuous fiber thermoplastic composite structures for national defense aviation applications.

Notably, this award will help Qarbon Aerospace focus on the design, development, and manufacture of a thermoplastic composite structure for defense aviation components requiring icing protection. 

The use of composites eliminates the loss of efficiency typically associated with conventional “bleed-air” systems and provides significant flexibility when optimizing the assembly for different components or aircraft, and offers improved manufacturing, durability, reliability, and ease of repair.  

To date in calendar year 2023, the Innovation Capability and Modernization (ICAM) office, which manages the IBAS program, has made awards totaling nearly $700 million. 

ICAM is part of the ASD(IBP)’s Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) directorate, in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience. 


About Qarbon Aerospace

With over 100 years of experience as a premier supplier of composite components and assemblies, Qarbon Aerospace has been on the forefront of advanced composite technologies and solutions, supporting the most advanced fixed wing and rotary aircrafts since 1975.

From the F-14 Tomcat introduced in the 1970’s to today’s 787, Qarbon Aerospace has a deep rooted legacy in aerospace composites, empowering our industry for generations.