U.S. Army awards $33 million contract to WSU-NIAR

WICHITA, Kan. Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research this week announced a multi-million dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract.

The three-year, $33 million contract from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center is for a project "focused on emerging materials for high-speed missile applications," Wichita State says.

The multi-million dollar contract is the second such award through the department of defense. The Army contract follows a recent, three-year, $23.5 million contact with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites. The Air Force contract is "aimed at developing a certification framework for enabling advanced materials and structural concepts for automated manufacturing," Wichita State says.

"The new program will support the (U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center's) objectives to reduce weight and cost of advanced missile systems while increasing performance," Wichita State says.