AAR wins IDIQ Award from U.S. Army for aircraft maintenance and supply chain management

AAR , a provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments, has been awarded a 10-year hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price), indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command for aircraft and support equipment maintenance, minor modification and supply chain management. The work will be primarily performed outside the continental U.S. in support of U.S. Army operations. AAR is one of six awardees on the competitively-awarded Worldwide Logistics Support Services – Contractor Logistics Support (WLSS-C) IDIQ contract, which has one five-year base period with one five-year option period, for a total potential value of US$25.5bn.

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Boeing partners with Hindustan Aeronautics to bid for Indian Fighter Jet contract

Super Hornet taxis to runway, Photo: ©Boeing

The Indian government has been looking for a new source for up to 400 jets for the Indian Air Force after the cancelation of the 126-plane Dassault deal in 2015. While Lockheed has partnered with salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group to bid for the current 110 fighter jet contract with the F-16, and Saab teaming up with Gautem Adani, the Indian billionaire, to bid with its Gripen jet, Boeing has joined the race after teaming up with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. to offer its F/A Super Hornet. The deal is expected to be worth a figure in excess of US$15 billion. As Read more

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MTU Maintenance Canada signs CF6-50 and accessory repair contract with Lockheed Martin

MTU Maintenance Canada and Lockheed Martin have signed two contracts covering the maintenance, repair and overhaul of CF6-50C2 engines as well as accessory repair for the engines. Combined, the contracts have a value of around US$135m. These contracts support Lockheed Martin in their maintenance program for KC-10 Extender refuelling tanker aircraft program on behalf of the U.S. Air Force (USAF). MTU Maintenance Canada is the MTU Maintenance group’s center of excellence for engine MRO in military applications in North America. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people Read more

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Universal Avionics FMS selected for U.S. Army’s Black Hawk FANS program

Universal Avionics, in partnership with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Engineering Development Center (AMRDEC), Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems, has integrated an IFR capable Flight Management System (FMS) for the U.S. Army’s Sikorsky HH/UH-60L/M Black Hawk Federated Advanced Navigation System (FANS) program. This meets the program’s requirement to integrate a Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) FAA certified navigational system for the incorporation of Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP/RNAV) and Global Position System RNAV (GPS/RNAV) requirement. To meet the GPS/RNAV requirement, H-60 aircraft will be fitted with a single UNS FMS with 4-inch Read more

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Airbus Helicopters signs largest HCare Smart contracts in Latin America for two H225M fleets

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than €125m. The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which 30 have already been delivered, for the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air force. The aircraft belong to the H-XBR program, signed in 2008 with the Ministry of Defense to provide 50 H225M for the three Armed Forces. The contract with Mexico includes comprehensive support for the 11 H225M Read more

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Brazilian Air Force selects Rockwell Collins to support flight operations

Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE)﹘the Special Transport Group of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira)﹘has renewed its contract for Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect℠ flight support services to cover its fleet of 13 aircraft, which includes an Airbus A319, and Embraer ERJ145, E-190 and Legacy 600 aircraft. The contract provides GTE with flight planning services that allow the group to create and file electronic flight plans anywhere worldwide﹘all while monitoring weather conditions and using aircraft performance data and the latest atmospheric forecasts for the most precise fuel burns and time calculations. GTE is responsible for the national and international flight transportation Read more

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Boeing secures services contract for Canada’s Chinooks

Boeing and the Canadian government have agreed to an amendment to an existing performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. Under the US$313m fixed-price amendment, Boeing will continue to provide full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics and training services to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks through 2023. Operating under a 20-year performance-based sustainment and training contract since 2013, the RCAF reviews its Chinook fleet support requirements every five years.

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Boeing form joint venture partnership targeting 55% localization

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to develop a new joint venture (JV) aiming to localize more than 55% of the MRO services for fixed and rotary-wing military aircraft in Saudi Arabia. The agreement will also transfer technology to install weaponry on these aircraft as well as localize the supply chain for spare parts in the Kingdom. The signing ceremony came in conjunction with HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crowne Prince’s, visit to Seattle, which included an official visit and tour of Boeing’s aircraft manufacturing facilities. The agreement was signed Read more

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Embraer KC-390 makes its debut at Fidae 2018

Embraer is attending Fidae 2018 – Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio, in Santiago, Chile, from April 3-8, where it will be showcasing its new multi-mission, medium-lift transport KC-390. Seen as the advanced and modern option to replace legacy medium-lift aircraft, the KC-390 is designed to set new standards in its category, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost in the market and the ability to perform multiple missions such as transport and airdrop of troops and cargo, search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation, aerial refueling (fixed and rotary wing) and firefighting, among others. Embraer achieved KC-390´s initial operational capability Read more

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Pratt & Whitney and AAR renew agreement for global support of P&W’s military Auxiliary Power Units

AAR has renewed its agreement with Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) business to stock and distribute APU hardware to the U.S. and foreign governments, including their component repair vendors. Eric Young, Senior Vice President of AAR OEM Aftermarket Solutions.”This renewed agreement reflects the hard work and focus AAR invests in servicing P&W’s customers.” “Pratt & Whitney is pleased to extend its relationship with AAR,” said Dave Stagney, Senior Director, APU Programs. “AAR provides a significant service to both P&W and P&W’s customers in ensuring timely product availability in the APU market.”

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