HomeToolingProduct DevelopmentManufacturingPortfolioAboutContact

Precision Tooling & Custom Manufacturing for HyFly Missile Program

(click on thumbnail to enlarge)

Click to enlarge
Complex 4 Piece Layup Tool
for Part of Scramjet Ductwork
Complex 4 Piece Layup Tool for Part of Scramjet Ductwork
Click to enlarge
Initial HyFly Missle
RamJet Ground Test
Initial HyFly Missle RamJet Ground Test
Click to enlarge
AJT Pie Tool
AJT Pie Tool
Click to enlarge
HyFly on F-15
HyFly on F-15

The HyFly program was initiated in 2002 by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the U.S. Navy's ONR (Office of Naval Research) to develop and test a demonstrator for a hypersonic Mach 6+ ramjet-powered cruise missile. Prime contractor for the HyFly missile was Boeing, while Aerojet built the sustainer engine. The vehicle was air-launched from an F-15E aircraft, and is accelerated to ramjet ignition speed by a solid-propellant rocket booster.

The sustainer engine of HyFly is a so-called dual-combustion ramjet (DCR). This complex experimental engine was constructed of carbon/carbon composite with ceramic conversion coating. Lx3 involvement in this project spanned 6 years and pertained to Ramjet sustainer engine.

Lx3’s involvement included:

  • Manufacturing of composite layup tooling for various components.
  • Manufacturing of assembly fixtures and tools.
  • Design and manufacturing of machining fixtures.
  • Developing machining program for carbon/carbon components.
  • CNC machining and inspection of carbon/carbon components.

Our CNC lathes and mills were able to meet ultra-precision tolerances, down to +/- 0.0003". We additionally polished the surface of all layup tooling, performed CMM and dimensional inspections on all tooling and components, and shipped the finished items to our client's facility in Arlington, Texas.

Request For Quote

Precision Tooling & Custom Manufacturing for HyFly Missile Program Project Highlights

Project Description  

LX3 was involved in the development and manufacturing of the sustainer engine for the HyFly missle program. LX3 provided extensive precision layup and assembly tooling for project. CNC machining was also performed on carbon/carbon flight components as needed.

The HyFly program was initiated in 2002 by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the U.S. Navy's ONR (Office of Naval Research) to develop and test a demonstrator for a hypersonic Mach 6+ ramjet-powered cruise missile. Prime contractor for the HyFly missile is Boeing, while Aerojet builds the sustainer engine. The vehicle is air-launched from an F-15E aircraft, and is accelerated to ramjet ignition speed by a solid-propellant rocket booster.

The sustainer engine of HyFly is a so-called dual-combustion ramjet (DCR). This complex experimental engine was constructed of carbon/carbon composite with ceramic conversion coating.

Capabilities Applied/Processes  
Manufacturing
  • Composite Layup Tooling
  • Assembly Fixtures & Tools
  • Machining fixtures
  • Graphite restraints
CNC Programming
  • All layup tooling, assembly fixtures, and restraints
  • Develop machining programs for Carbon/Carbon components as required.
CNC Machining
  • All layup tooling, assembly fixtures and restraints
  • Machine carbon/carbon components as required
Inspection
CMM inspection of all tooling and carbon/carbon parts machined
Equipment Used to Manufacture Tooling   CNC Mill
CNC Lathe
Tightest Tolerances   +/- 0.0003
Material Used  
Composite Layup Tooling:
Ren Tooling Board
6061 Aluminum

Assembly and Machining Fixtures:
6061 aluminum
Tool steel
Finished Components:
Carbon/Carbon composite
Finish   Polished surface finish on all layup tooling.
In process testing/inspection performed   CMM and dimensional inspection of all tooling and components
Manufacturing Turn Around Time   Project spanned 7 years
Industry for Use   Defense/Military
Standards Met   Customer Specifications
Delivery Location   Arlington, TX
Product Name   Precision Tooling & Machining of HyFly Missle Components

View Other Past LX3 Tooling Projects

back to top

LX3 Corporation | From Concept...To Reality