Boeing receives U.S. Navy multiyear contract for F/A-18 production

With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet modernization efforts. The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system. Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. This new multi-year contract benefits the U.S. Navy and Boeing by allowing both to schedule future production and Navy Read more

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AAR Mobility Systems receives US$10.8 million order to produce 463L cargo pallets

AAR has been awarded a US$10.8 million order from the U.S. Air Force for the production of 463L cargo pallets. The cargo pallets will be manufactured at AAR’s Mobility Systems business unit in Cadillac, Michigan. The 463L USAF design uses a lightweight balsa wood core that continues to provide unparalleled strength-to-weight performance and reliability. The pallets are designed to be loaded and off-loaded on a variety of military and commercial aircraft.

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AIM Norway, Lockheed Martin to Establish F-16 Sustainment Hub in Norway

AIM Norway and Lockheed Martin have signed a historic agreement to jointly establish the world’s first Lockheed Martin-licensed F-16 ‘Falcon Depot’ center for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and other regional F-16 customers. The facility will be located in Kjeller, Norway, at an existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility used by the RNoAF. AIM Norway offers decades of F-16 sustainment knowledge that can benefit F-16 customers across the globe by leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and capabilities. Lockheed Martin, the original equipment manufacturer and design authority of the F-16, is leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and MRO experience Read more

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Airbus Helicopters selects Pratt & Whitney engine to power H135 for U.S. Navy Trainer Replacement proposal

Airbus Helicopters has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW206B3 engine to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement. Company officials made the announcement at the 2019 Heli-Expo industry trade show in Atlanta. The H135, which is IFR certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, allows more efficient training of new pilots in environments and scenarios most similar to the Navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for better cost and operational synergies compared to single-engine trainers. It is a technologically advanced aircraft and one of the safest in its class, due in Read more

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OGMA to Modify Portuguese Air Force C-130 Aircraft

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OGMA has been announced the prime Contractor in the Avionics Modification Program involving four Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) C-130 aircraft, which will consist of a nearly full replacement of the aircraft communication, navigation and flight control systems and instruments. Such modification will upgrade POAF C-130 aircraft to the latest CNS/ATM requirements (communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management). This program will be developed over two years, with the first aircraft starting modification work in 2019. OGMA will carry out the integration of all aircraft systems, manufacture the structural components and wire harnesses necessary for equipment installation, design the aircraft change and provide Read more

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U.S. Government Approves Release of Boeing EA-18G Growler to Finland

Boeing and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft. Boeing and the Navy have offered the Growler and F/A-18 Super Hornet in a response to query issued by the Finnish Ministry of Defense as part of their HX fighter program procurement. “All strike fighter aircraft rely on Growler escort to increase survivability during high-threat missions,” said Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 and EA-18G programs. “The combination of the Super Hornet Block III and Growler would Read more

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Joint Concept Study Contract for Future Combat Air System Signed by Airbus and Dassault Aviation

France and Germany have awarded the first-ever contract to Dassault Aviation and Airbus. The agreement is a Joint Concept Study (JCS) which will benefit the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Indeed, the decision by both countries shows commitment in securing European sovereignty and technological leadership in the military aviation sector. Starting date for the two-year study is 20 February 2019. Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, said of the contract: “This new step is the cornerstone to ensure tomorrow’s European strategic autonomy. This planned Next Generation Weapons System consists of a highly capable manned “New Generation Fighter” Read more

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Next-Generation European Fighter Engine to be Developed by Joint Effort by Safran and MTU Aero Engines

Safran, MTU joint contract signing on developement of new fighter engine ©MTU

Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have announced their partnership to jointly lead the development, production and support for a new engine. This engine will power a next-generation combat aircraft, as part of the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The aircraft will enter into service by 2040 to complement the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft. Both partners intend to provide a strong and effective management of the program. Furthermore, both are eager to supply the Forces with proven experience in military engines, technology and innovative engine architecture. Safran Aircraft Engines will take the lead in Read more

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Nigerian Air Force Purchasing 12 A-29’s from Embraer

The Nigerian Air Force recently awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft. Embraer Defense & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation were the contract recipients. The contract includes multiple components. These include ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and alternate mission equipment. Additionally, the two contracted companies will provide contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support and field service representatives for OCONUS support.  Furthermore, the Nigerian Air Force predicts it will likely receive the aircraft in line with the contract timelines. Read more

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GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin collaborating on Future F-35 long term agreement

Roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas

At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas USA both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed via a protocol document the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) content. Production will take place at GKN Fokker’s sites in The Netherlands and Turkey with delivery taking place over the next five years. GKN Fokker has been a valued supplier on the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered Read more

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