Liquidmetal Missile Canard Targeted for Future LM EAPS Test Flight
Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: LQMT), the leading developer of amorphous alloys, has delivered missile canards that are being fitted for a future test of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] EAPS (Extended Area Protection and Survivability) missile.
The EAPS missile is an advanced performance, highly affordable hit-to-kill missile interceptor designed to defeat Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (RAM) targets with significantly reduced probabilities for collateral damage. Working in collaboration with Lockheed Martin’s advanced design team, Liquidmetal’s unique alloy and processing methods are yielding parts with remarkable dimensional consistency and precision at an unmatched level of affordability in comparison to any other precision fabrication method.
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Canards made from Liquidmetal alloy meet the extremely close geometric tolerances required for supersonic flight. While these tolerances can be met with CNC Machining, it is very costly and each part requires detailed inspection and measurement. In contrast, Liquidmetal parts consistently meet tolerances and the shape and weight of each part is nearly identical, which is highly desirable for this application. Also, Liquidmetal parts have greater strength to weight than steel or titanium. Lastly, once the design has been finalized, Liquidmetal parts can be produced in high volumes with short lead times.
“Lockheed Martin has been an ideal development partner for this breakthrough application for Liquidmetal Technologies, creating a high precision, high performance part at a lower cost,” said Dr. Bruce Bromage, EVP of Business Development with Liquidmetal Technologies.
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Source : Liquidmetal Technologies