Working jointly with Ariane Group, Avio is developing the P120 C (Common) solid propellant motor. The new powerplant is derived from the first stage of the Vega Launcher P80. Like its predecessor, the structural casing is made of carbon fibre, which is built from pre-impregnated epoxy sheets through filament winding and automatic fabric deposition. It will have the capacity of 141 tons of solid propellant.
The P120 C motor will serve both as the first stage of the Vega C launcher and as solid rocket booster of the future Ariane 6.