Rolls-Royce developing revolutionary digital system to improve U.S. Air Force air refueling efficiency

Jet Refueling ©Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce North America has been awarded a U.S. Transportation Command contract for the demonstration and continued development of a revolutionary new software system that will maximize efficiency in managing air refueling assets, improving mission availability and reducing cost for the U.S. Air Force. The Rolls-Royce Air Refueling Optimization and Planning System, or AROPS, is part of the new suite of digital services known as TwinAlytix® from Rolls-Royce Defense. TwinAlytix features the benefits of digital twins and digital analytics to improve customer services through advanced, secure software applications. The AROPS software package contract, valued at US$800,000, is intended to increase air Read more

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Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on future rotorcraft UAS opportunities

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman have announced their intention to jointly pursue opportunities in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) domain. Drawing on Leonardo’s expertise in rotorcraft and Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in advanced aeronautics and next-generation autonomous uncrewed aerial systems, the companies will focus on jointly addressing global opportunities in the VTOL UAS market. The companies will consider collaboration on air vehicle design, system architectures, payload optimization, and integration within next-generation battlespace architectures, with a focus on customer requirements and mission-based Concepts of Operations. The agreement is the latest development in a successful long-term partnership between Northrop Read more

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SASMOS-GKN Aerospace long term, US$ multi-million wiring contract with Saab, Sweden for Boeing-Saab T-7A

Boeing-Saab T-7A ©GKN Aerospace

Fokker Elmo SASMOS Interconnection Systems Limited (FE-SIL), the Joint Venture (JV) between GKN Aerospace and SASMOS HET Technologies, has been awarded a USD multi-million dollar contract from Saab to manufacture Electrical Interconnection Systems (EWIS) for the Boeing-Saab T-7A trainer aircraft aft section. Under the multi-year contract, FE-SIL, located in Bangalore, India, will deliver the required wiring systems for the aft fuselage of the advanced jet that will train the next generation of fighter and bomber pilots. This contract will strengthen FE-SIL’s relationship with Saab and Boeing, supporting them with affordable, global solutions. The first EWIS ship-set is scheduled for delivery in 2022 from FE-SIL’s Centre Read more

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Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army National Guard

©Airbus Helicopters delivers first UH-72B, to the U.S. Army National Guard

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi, which employs a workforce of nearly 250 employees that is made up of 40% U.S. veterans This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With the addition of the UH-72B Lakota to our fleet, the U.S. Army increases our capability to save lives, protect communities, and provide disaster relief when it’s needed most,” said Col. Calvin Lane, U.S. Army Project Manager Read more

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HELIDAX selects ADSOFTWARE solutions to upgrade its CAMO and MRO management software

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Helidax selects ADSOFTWARE to replace its MRO and CAMO management software and accompany its growth. The project will start immediately and covers the implementation of the CAMO and MRO management solutions, training and additional developments specifically requested by Helidax. Helidax puts its fleet of 36 H120 and 18 AS550 at the disposal of the French Defence Ministry through two contracts: the first contract is a pioneering agreement that aims at maintaining a high level of fleet availability for pilot training while reducing operational costs, the second contract assigns the comprehensive fleet management responsibility to a unique provider; illustrating the new Read more

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IAI to produce F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin

IAI will produce wings for F-16 jets ©Lockheed Martin

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has resumed the production of F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin, using the assembly line established in the 1980s. IAI recently reopened the production line following increased worldwide demand for the F-16 Block 70/72. IAI will produce F-16 wings that will be shipped to the F-16 final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. The F-16 is a strategic and valuable choice for many customers around the world seeking advanced, fourth-generation fighter aircraft capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships, and affordable lifecycle costs. Five nations have chosen the F-16 Block 70/72 for these reasons among others.

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Airbus receives orders for two A-400M aircraft from Republic of Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan has ordered two Airbus A400M aircraft ©Airbus

The Republic of Kazakhstan has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft and becomes the ninth operator together with Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Malaysia, and Luxembourg. With delivery of the first aircraft scheduled in 2024, the contract includes a complete suite of maintenance and training support. Together with the agreement a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has also been signed to collaborate on maintenance and overhaul services and with a first step of creating a local C295 maintenance center.

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Boeing unveils F-15 Qatar advanced jets

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Boeing, in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), have celebrated the naming and rollout of Qatar’s advanced F-15, the F-15QA jet. The first set of F-15QA jets will ferry to Qatar later this year following the completion of pre-delivery pilot training. “The Qatar F-15QA program further enhanced next-generation technologies in the advanced F-15 such as the fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-glass digital cockpit and contemporary sensors, radar and electronic warfare capabilities,” said Prat Kumar, Vice President of the F-15 program. “Driven by digital engineering and advanced manufacturing, these aircraft represent a transformational leap for Read more

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Lockheed Martin to support Indian Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules airlifter fleet

Indian Air Force C-130J ©Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$328.8 million, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force (IAF), to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for the IAF’s fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules Aircraft. Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the C-130Js, which is the tactical airlifter of choice for 26 operators in 22 nations.            Through this Follow-On Support II (FOS) contract, Lockheed Martin teams manage the program, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF’s C-130J fleet. The contract spans a five-year-period, is a Direct Commercial Sale, and is a continuation Read more

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Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon performs maiden flight

The first P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norwegian ©Boeing

The first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norway performed its maiden flight on August 9. The aircraft took off at 10:03 a.m. Pacific time and flew for two hours, 24 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet during the flight from Renton Municipal Airport to Boeing Field in Seattle. The first flight marks the next phase of the production cycle of this aircraft as it is moved to the Installation and Checkout facility, where mission systems will be installed and additional testing will take place before final delivery to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) later this Read more

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