GE awarded US$437 million contract for Adaptive Cycle Engine

GE was awarded a US$437 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 29. The contract modification is for the execution of next generation adaptive propulsion risk reduction for potential air superiority applications. GE, along with the U.S. Air Force, has matured the enabling technologies and architectures of adaptive cycle engines through a series of highly-successful design and test activities in the Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT), Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) and Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) efforts. Between 2007 and 2017, GE successfully designed and tested multiple Read more

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Bell Boeing to begin U.S. Navy CMV-22B production work under US$4 billion contract

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded US$4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract. This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; one CV-22B for the Air Force; and four MV-22B aircraft for the government of Japan. The U.S. Navy will use its new CMV-22B for transporting personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers, eventually replacing the C-2 Greyhound, which has been in service since the mid-1960s.

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Hungary orders 20 H145Ms

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 H145M military helicopters equipped with the innovative HForce weapon management in the frame of the military modernisation programme Zrinyi 2026. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will provide an extensive training and support package. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance and medical evacuation. The Hungarian fleet will be equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, fire support equipment, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the Read more

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Boeing Chinook Block II program moves to final assembly

Boeing and the U.S. Army celebrated a major CH-47F Block II program milestone with the loading of the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) helicopter into final assembly on June 27. The contract to develop the next-generation Chinook for the U.S. Army conventional and Special Operations Forces was awarded to Boeing in July 2017. The Block II program incorporates several upgrades to increase lift capability, including Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades, an upgraded fuselage, new fuel system, and new drivetrain. These updates greatly increase the commonality between U.S. Army and allied fleets, thus reducing maintenance costs. The first Block II aircraft Read more

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IAI and Airbus enter US$600 million agreement to lease Heron TP MALE RPASs to German Defense Ministry

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed an agreement with Airbus to lease Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPASs (remotely piloted air vehicle system) to Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence. Under the US$600 million deal, Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH will serve as the prime contractor responsible for managing all aspects of the project, including operational support and maintenance throughout the term of the agreement. The nine-year agreement is pending approval of the German federal budget, which is expected in the second half of 2018.

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Héroux-Devtek signs landing gear re-manufacturing contract with AAR

Héroux-Devtek an international manufacturer of aerospace products, has signed a 4-year agreement with AAR Corporation (AAR). Under the terms of the agreement Héroux-Devtek will perform the as-needed re-manufacturing of landing gear assemblies of the KC-135 aircraft, the manufacturing of spare parts for the C-130 and KC-135 aircraft and the manufacturing of other landing gear components, all in support of a contract AAR was recently awarded from the US Air Force. The contract’s total value could exceed CAD$65 million.

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Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence to establish local helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne, capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more. The Federal Government is investing around AU$16m in the facility. The investment will be repaid through reduced MRH Taipan sustainment costs over the remaining life of the helicopter fleet. A similar amount is also being Read more

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IAI opens new office in Germany to support the growing European operations

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has opened a new office in Germany to support its growing business in the European market. The location for the new office, in Berlin, was chosen due to Germany’s central role in Europe and its strong alliance with Israel. It replaces IAI’s former office in Paris. IAI regards Germany as a key European market and as a platform for co-development of defense and aeronautics technologies.

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GE and the U.S. Army conduct T901 Preliminary Design Review for Improved Turbine Engine Program

GE Aviation hosted the U.S. Army for the successful Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the T901-GE-900 engine in early March. The T901 is GE Aviation’s engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s undertaking to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. The PDR is a major milestone within the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract, a $102 million, 24-month contract the Army awarded GE in September 2016. The Army is in the process of down selecting to one engine manufacturer for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase by the end of Read more

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Czech Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries strengthening ties by cooperating on light attack/trainer jets

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, a Czech aircraft manufacturer with a background of supplying proven military light jets around the world, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., Israel Aerospace Industries, a leader in defense systems technologies, have signed a partnership agreement relating to technical and marketing cooperation for the light combat L-159 aircraft. The cooperation draws on the tradition and experience of Aero Vodochody in the field of military light jet aircraft, the L-159 proven robust platform which has been successfully operated and tested in NATO joint operations, Red Air exercises and real combat missions, and IAI’s innovative and cutting-edge technologies. The partners have Read more

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