CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero
) (NYSE MKT:CVU) today announced that it received a purchase order from Cessna Aircraft Company, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), to supply wing spar assemblies on their flagship aircraft, the Citation X+. This order is for approximately $4 million and is a follow-on to the long-term agreement (LTA) announced in October 2012. CPI Aero estimates the total value of this LTA to be approximately $41 million through 2019. The total value of firm orders under this LTA is now approximately $9.3 million. CPI Aero commenced deliveries to Cessna in 2013.
CPI Aero currently manufactures eleven different structural assemblies, including nine spar assemblies for the Citation X+ aircraft. A wing spar is the primary structural component of a wing and runs from the fuselage to the wingtip. The longest spar assembly for the Citation X+ aircraft is more than 29 feet long.
Originally introduced into service in 1996 as the Citation X, the newly developed Citation X+ was first announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in 2010. The Citation X+ is expected to be certified in early 2014, with deliveries starting shortly after. The Citation X+ features the same supercritical wing as the Citation X and is powered by the new AE3007C2 high by-pass ratio Rolls Royce engines that qualify the Citation X+ as the fastest operational civilian jet in the world.
About CPI Aero
CPI Aero is a U.S. manufacturer of structural assemblies for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) pod systems in both the commercial aerospace and national security markets. Within the global aerostructure supply chain, CPI Aero is either a Tier 1 supplier to aircraft OEMs or a Tier 2 subcontractor to major Tier 1 manufacturers. CPI also is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, primarily the Air Force. In conjunction with its assembly operations, CPI Aero provides engineering, program management, supply chain management, and MRO services. Among the key national security programs that CPI Aero supplies are the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, the A-10 Thunderbolt attack jet, the UH-60 BLACK HAWK® helicopter, the MH-53/CH-53 variant helicopters, the MH-60S mine countermeasure helicopter, the AH-1Z ZULU attack helicopter, the DB-110 reconnaissance pod and the ALMDS mine detecting pod. In the commercial aviation market CPI Aero manufactures products for the Gulfstream G650 ultra-large cabin business jet, the HondaJet advanced light Jet, the Embraer Phenom 300 business jet, the new Cessna Citation X+, and the S-92® helicopter. CPI Aero is included in the Russell MicroCap Index.