Northstar Aerospace Inc. receives contract for new drive system development program

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    CHICAGO, IL, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc., a wholly
owned subsidiary of Northstar Aerospace Inc., has been awarded a U.S.
$4.5 million development contract from The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona for
the Enhanced Rotor Rotorcraft Drive System (ERDS), a joint program with The
Boeing Company and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.
    The ERDS program is focused on developing new drive system technologies
to improve performance and affordability for the U.S. Army's current and
future force fleet of rotorcraft including the AH-64D Apache Longbow and the
CH-47 Chinook.
    Northstar will provide Boeing with design support, fabrication and
validation testing of critical drive system technologies such as Face Gearing
to improve power-to-weight ratio, and reduce noise, and production, operating
and support costs. The work will be completed at Northstar's Milton, Ontario
    Northstar is also working with The Boeing Company to continue development
of an innovative transmission using Face Gear technology for the U.S. Army's
Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter modernization program. The Block
III AH-64D Apache program will be the first aerospace application of this
innovative transmission technology. The transmission uses Face Gears in a
split-torque design facilitating more horsepower without the penalty of added
    The Boeing Company designed and developed the Face Gear split-torque
application while Northstar developed the supporting manufacturing technology.
    "We are delighted to continue our development work with The Boeing
Company and the U.S. Army on this new ERDS program and to contribute as a
primary teaming subcontractor for the utilization of Face Gear and other
emerging drive system technologies in rotorcraft," said Mark Emery, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Aerospace Inc.

    Northstar Aerospace, Inc. ( is North America's leading
independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. Northstar
is a public company (TSX:NAS) with operating subsidiaries in the United States
and Canada. Its principal products include helicopter gears and transmissions,
accessory gearbox assemblies, rotorcraft drive systems and other machined and
fabricated parts. It also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul of
helicopter engines and transmissions. The company's executive offices are
located in Chicago, Illinois. Its plants are located in Chicago; Phoenix,
Arizona; Stroud, Oklahoma; Anderson, Indiana; and Milton and Windsor, Ontario

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