Iridium Partner SKYTRAC Satcom chosen for Joint Light Helicopter French Armed Forces programme

H160M helicopter ©Iridium

Iridium Communications has announced that Airbus Helicopters is providing the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger – HIL) French Armed Forces Programme with H160Ms that will be factory-equipped with Iridium partner SKYTRAC’s Iridium Certus Connected® SDL-700. A multifunctional system, the SDL-700 is a satellite communication terminal, data acquisition, and onboard server system that utilizes Iridium Certus broadband connectivity to provide up to 704 Kbps of bandwidth to enable mission-critical capabilities onboard the H160Ms. The SDL-700 is the latest iteration of SKYTRAC’s flagship broadband satcom terminal, the SDL-350™.

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AAR Mobility Systems awarded firm-fixed-price contract from U.S. Air Force to produce next-generation all-aluminium cargo pallets

AAR CORP., a leading provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, has been awarded a firm-fixed-price (FFP) requirements contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to produce next-generation all-aluminum cargo pallets. The basic contract period of performance is for 18 months with eight 12-month options and one six-month option. The total contract value including option periods is US$173.5 million. The next-generation all-aluminum cargo pallets will be manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan, by AAR Mobility Systems, which specialises in the design and manufacture of mission-tailored configurations, integration/modification, re-fit of mobile shelter systems, internal slingable unit (ISU®) containers, Read more

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AAR Sumisho Aviation Services (ASAS) signs new distribution agreement with Northrop Grumman for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye parts

AAR Sumisho Aviation Services (ASAS), a joint venture launched by AAR CORP and Sumitomo Corporation, has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft parts distribution. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has been operating the E-2D since March 2019. Under the five-year agreement, ASAS will be the distributor of certain Northrop Grumman parts to the Japan Ministry of Defense’s (JMOD) E-2D tactical airborne early warning aircraft programme. ASAS will provide parts demand forecasting, stock component and spare parts inventory and manage logistics to support the programme. This relationship, ASAS’ first with Northrop Grumman, builds on AAR’s Read more

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AAR awarded two-year contract to support Royal Norwegian Air Force P-8A logistics

AAR has been awarded a two-year contract with two option years by the Norwegian Defence Logistics to provide commercial common parts for the Royal Norwegian Air Force P-8A aircraft fleet of five aircraft. Under the terms of this contract, AAR will provide the initial provisioning requirements and ongoing re-provisioning demands for B-737 NG-series aircraft commercial common parts, including both consumables and repairables and deliver ground support for aircraft. AAR will assist with spares forecasting and material planning and will manage the inspection, maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, and upgrade of repairable parts.

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signs contract to provide special mission aircraft to a European country

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a contract valued at over US$200 million (£167 million) to provide special mission aircraft to a country in Europe, which is a NATO member country. The special mission aircraft will be developed by IAI’s Group and subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd., home to Israel’s radar and intelligence technology and considered a global leader in the field. IAI’s special mission aircraft are active in Israel and in many countries around the world and provide an important strategic edge. IAI is one of the few countries in the world that has the ability to develop such unique Read more

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Moroccan Forces Royales Air order fleet of H135 helicopters

H135 helicopter ©Airbus Helicopters/Jonny Carroll

The Moroccan Forces Royales Air has ordered a fleet of H135s for military primary training missions. The light twin-engine H135, a reference helicopter in the segment, will be used for training pilots to perform a wide array of demanding missions including utility and search and rescue.  The contract also covers an extensive support package including the delivery of flight training devices and the training of instructor pilots and maintenance pilots. The training programme will enable the Forces Royale Air to take full advantage of the H135’s multi-mission capabilities such as NVG and winching

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GKN Aerospace and Sikorsky extend contract on Black Hawk helicopters

GKN Aerospace has signed an extension to a long-term agreement with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company to supply composite structure components for the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter. GKN Aerospace is a supplier for structural components and has a long history of supporting the Sikorsky helicopter. The composite components are manufactured at the GKN Aerospace facilities in Tallassee, Alabama. Shawn Black, President of Defence, said: “The Black Hawk is an iconic helicopter and the mainstay of multiple military and rescue services around the world. I am extremely proud of our team’s effort. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Sikorsky Read more

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Boeing delivers 150th P-8 Maritime Patrol aircraft

P-8 Maritime Patrol aircraft ©Boeing

The newest Boeing P-8 maritime patrol, reconnaissance aircraft has taken to the skies over Puget Sound bringing the total number of P-8s delivered to 150. The 150th multi-mission P-8 will be operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) One, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Amassing more than 450,000 mishap-free flight hours, the global P-8 fleet includes 112 aircraft delivered to the U.S. Navy, 12 to Australia, 12 to India, nine to the United Kingdom and five to Norway. The aircraft are designed for anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue. The 150 Read more

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Boeing, ESG and Lufthansa Technik expand partnership to support German P-8A Poseidon fleet

Signing of the three-party agreement between ESG, LHT and ©Boeing

Boeing, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH and Lufthansa Technik have signed a three-party agreement that reinforces joint efforts to support Germany’s new P-8A Poseidon fleet. With the new agreement, Boeing, ESG and Lufthansa Technik will be the team responsible for executing the P-8A sustainment programme in Germany. “We are expanding our partnership with ESG and Lufthansa Technik in the form of a three-party agreement that will allow us to best support our German customer and the operational needs of the German Navy”, said Indra Duivenvoorde, Senior Director, Boeing Government Services Europe and Israel. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to directly Read more

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PZL-Świdnik awarded contract for 32 AW149 multirole helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces

AW149 helicopter ©Polish MoD

PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully owned by Leonardo, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth PLN 8.25 billion (approximately £1.51 billion) ) for the supply of 32 AW149 multirole helicopters. The contract was announced during an official ceremony held at PZL-Świdnik’s facility on July 1, in the presence of representatives of the Polish Government.  In addition, the contract includes logistics, training and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spares and consumable parts, as well as equipment for the ground handling of the helicopters. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training Read more

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