OWEGO, N.Y. (Dec. 14)—DuPont Dow Elastomers L.L.C., Lord Corp.'s Mechanical Group and Saint-Gobain´s Norton Performance Plastics' unit are among 20 suppliers that will furnish parts for a new Marine helicopter if a consortium known as "Team US101" wins a government contract to produce the aircraft.
Team US101—a group led by Lockheed Martin Systems Integration and AgustaWestlandÃ¹is competing with Sikorsky Aircraft to win the government bid for manufacturing the US101 helicopter, an updated version of AgustaWestland´s current EH101 multi-mission helicopter.
Lord would produce elastomeric bearings for the aircraft, and Saint-Gobain would produce Tygon and Teflon tubing, a US101 spokesman said. He did not know what DuPont Dow is in line to produce for the helicopter, but the company makes Kalrez perfluoroelastomer parts for the EH101, a DuPont Dow spokeswoman said.
Team US101 expects the government to issue the contract in late January, the spokesman said.