Lockheed Martin announces Orlando expansion

Lockheed Martin broke ground on a new, US$50m, 255,000 ft² office facility and announced plans to hire about 1,800 people over the next two years, of which about 500 will be based in Orlando. “With this expansion, Lockheed Martin is further solidifying its already robust presence in Florida and supporting our business growth,” said Frank St. John, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) executive vice president. “The Research & Development II building underscores our customer commitments to provide the most modern facilities for our talented workforce to produce critical capabilities for the U.S. and allies for years to come.” Read more

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AAR wins IDIQ award from U.S. Navy for airframe maintenance of P-8A fleet

AAR, one of the leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments, was awarded a seven-year, firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for depot airframe maintenance and depot field team support of the P-8A fleet for the Navy, government of Australia and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Airframe services to be provided by AAR and Boeing include scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, in-service repair, technical directive incorporation, airframe modifications and AOG support. AAR’s work on the P-8A airframe will be performed at AAR’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Read more

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GE Aviation receives KC-46 Tanker Flight Management System approval

GE Aviation has received approval for its flight management system from the Boeing KC-46 tanker program. The approval is a result of Boeing securing an amended type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 767-2C aircraft configuration of the KC-46 aircraft. GE Aviation’s flight management system and communications management applications (CMA) are part of the KC-46 mission control system, which manages the aircraft mission. This is the first aircraft that GE Aviation has received FAA approval for its flight management system integrated with its own CMA. The CMA takes the place of the traditional communication management unit Read more

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BA Systems to modernize head-up displays for United Arab Emirates F-16 fleet

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize head-up displays (HUD) on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analog system with advanced digital technology. The HUD, which sits directly in a pilot’s line of sight, is a see-through display that presents real-time, flight-critical information without obstructing his or her view of the outside world. BAE Systems will use its cutting-edge Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a HUD upgrade that integrates seamlessly into the F-16’s existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling, or computing. The advancement will Read more

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Airbus signs Declaration of Intent with A400M launch customer nations

Airbus has signed a Declaration of Intent (DoI) with the A400M Launch Customer Nations (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Luxemburg) defining the framework for achieving a mutually binding contract amendment later in the year. Airbus, European defence agency OCCAR and the Customer Nations have agreed to work on a number of contractual elements including a revamped delivery plan as well as a roadmap for the development and completion of military capabilities for the A400M. The DoI, finalised on February 7, represents an important step towards reaching a contractually binding agreement with OCCAR and the Launch Customer Nations in Read more

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Baines Simmons wins two NATO contracts

Baines Simmons, part of the Training & Consultancy division of global aviation services group Air Partner, has secured two separate contracts with NATO operating units, the Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa, Hungary, and the AWACS unit (Airborne Warning And Control System) in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Both contracts have a duration of around three months. Baines Simmons has been appointed to help the units to understand the benefits and the challenges associated with EMAR (European Military Airworthiness Requirements) 21, 145 and M implementation. A large number of NATO nations, including the USA, provide personnel to the units, so these contract wins will Read more

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French Air Force’ C-130H logistics contract awarded to Sabena Technics

Sabena technics has been selected by the French Ministry of Defense’ maintenance service (SIAé) for the supply of spare parts and component as part of the logistical support of the French Army’s C-130H aircraft fleet. Within the terms of this seven-year contract, Sabena technics will be in charge of the provision of an initial stock, the supply of consumable spare parts and ingredients at the Clermont-Ferrand maintenance site and Orléans Air Force base (BA 123), standard exchange for repairable spare parts, PBH repair of some rotables and the transportation of spare parts in and outside metropolitan France. Sabena technics has Read more

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Brazil orders additional Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft

Brazil has ordered an additional Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft that will eventually take to 15 the number of C295s in service with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). This latest order constitutes the firming of an option included in an earlier contract in 2014. It was signed at the end of last year and will therefore be included in the 2017 orderbook. The three SAR aircraft will serve alongside 12 transport-configured C295s already delivered. The first of the three SAR aircraft was delivered last year and performed a successful five week tour through four continents before arriving in Read more

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Airbus delivers latest Standard Eurofighter to Spanish Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the Spanish Air Force the first two Eurofighter Typhoons to be produced in the latest configuration with enhanced air-to-surface capabilities. The aircraft were manufactured at the Getafe Final Assembly Line in the P1Eb FW (Phase 1 Enhanced Further Work) configuration which marks a key step in the overall Eurofighter evolution plan. This same configuration is being retrofitted to in-service aircraft by other Eurofighter nations. It provides increased integration of a variety of air-to-surface weapons and enhanced targeting among other improvements. Spanish procurement agency DGAM took delivery of the aircraft on 22 December and Read more

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First Tiger HAD retrofit delivered to French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250 electrical cables. Compared with the previous HAP version, the HAD Tiger benefits from an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW), and is equipped with two new enhanced MTR 390 E engines and with a new STRIX roof mounted sight system complete with a laser designator that Read more

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