PALMDALE, Calif., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. company Lockheed Martin announced a successful flight test marking a milestone in the development of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft.
The ACCA flight test, conducted with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, is part of a phase II development contract. Officials announced the ACCA successfully completed its initial demonstration flight, marking a significant milestone for the program.
As part of the ACCA program, Lockheed Martin "replaced the mid/aft fuselage and empennage of a Dornier 328J aircraft with an advanced composite structure," according to a news release.
"ACCA is an important step in proving that composite technologies are real game changers in reducing design and manufacturing costs along with extending life and reducing maintenance costs over traditional metallic aircraft structures," Frank Mauro, Lockheed Martin vice president of Advanced System Development, said in a statement.