Under the contract, Exelis will fabricate composite struts for the center wing box section of the A350-1000.
Under the contract, Exelis will fabricate composite struts for the center wing box section of the A350-1000.

This contract marks the second award for the Exelis STaR (struts, tubes and rods) product line. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016 and will continue through 2020.

Under the contract, Exelis will fabricate composite struts for the center wing box section of the A350-1000. Critical to the aircraft's structure, the struts help distribute loads from the wings and fuselage into the center wing box providing structural support for the airframe. 

Exelis STaR products can provide a high strength-to-weight ratio alternative to metallic struts and deliver greater weight savings compared with competing composite production methods.

Longest version

The Airbus A350-1000 is the longest fuselage version of the Airbus wide-body jetliners and is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimized performance. Composite materials account for more than 50% of the A350 XWB airframe.