Airbus A400M achieves Automatic Low Level Flight certification

RAF A400M performing low level flights in Wales ©Scott Norbury

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has achieved a new decisive milestone after the certification of its Automatic Low Level Flight capability, offering a unique capability in its class for a military transport aircraft.  The certification campaign, performed in April above the Pyrenees and central France, involved operations down to 500ft, including transitions from low level flight to other operations like aerial delivery.   This first certification phase concerns operations with Visual Meteorological Conditions, meaning with crew visibility. There will be a second phase including Instrumental Meteorological Conditions, without visibility, to be certified in the second quarter of 2021.

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Boeing delivers 100th P-8A Poseidon built for U.S. Navy

The 100th P-8A Poseidon for the U.S. Navy ©Boeing

The U.S. Navy has received its 100th P-8A aircraft from Boeing as the global fleet, which also includes the Indian navy and the Australian and U.K. air forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world. The P-8 is a proven long-range multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and coastal operations. A military derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation airplane, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the battle space. This is the 94th mission-capable airplane to enter the U.S. Navy Read more

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Amentum partners with IFS to optimize technology offerings for mission-critical customers

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced a new partnership with Amentum, a premier global technical and engineering services firm. Amentum will integrate IFS Applications™ into its solutions for its clients in the government and aerospace and defense sectors, including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Treasury, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and its many commercial clients. Amentum supports critical programs of national significance in areas including nuclear and environment; mission support and sustainment; threat mitigation; mission assurance; Read more

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StandardAero awarded multi-year U.S. Air Force J85 engine MRO contract

The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded StandardAero a US$237 million multi-year contract to provide engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for General Electric J85 turbojet engines powering the USAF fleet of T-38 trainer aircraft.  The multi-year contract will continue into 2028 and all work will be performed at StandardAero’s San Antonio facility, located at Port San Antonio.  At program maturity, up to 100 new jobs will be required to support the program. Under the new contract, StandardAero will provide the same high quality service experience the USAF has received through other multi-year contracts including support for the Read more

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GKN Aerospace and Boeing extend partnership on military aircraft contracts

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet ©GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace has signed a strategic agreement with Boeing to solidify a continued working partnership until 2023. The agreement covers the production of structural components and assemblies for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-15E Strike Eagle and C-17 Globemaster III. GKN Aerospace has been a sole-source supplier for items such as external surfaces, internal structures, wing trailing and leading edges for these Boeing aircraft since 2001.

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AAR Integrated Technologies awarded US$5.1 million firm-fixed-price contract from US Air Force

AAR, a provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, announced that its AAR Integrated Technologies division has been awarded a firm-fixed-price (FFP) contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, to provide contractor logistical support (CLS) for a fleet of 18 AN/MSN-7 Communication Central Systems. The support requirements include program management, supply of all the AN/MSN-7 parts, support equipment components, all system materials and consumables as well as replenishment of spare parts. The effort also requires AAR to provide depot-level maintenance and system-level down to Line Replaceable Unit (LRU)-level repair as needed, Read more

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Israel will lease IAI Heron UAVs to Greece

©IAI Maritime Heron

The Israel Ministry of Defense and the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense have signed the first lease agreement for the Israeli Heron system, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). As part of the agreement, the Israel Ministry of Defense will lease the Heron system in its maritime configuration to Greece over three years, with an option to purchase the system upon completion of the leasing period. The Heron system, equipped with both day and night activity platforms, maritime patrol radars and satellite communications, offers extended operational endurance in a wide range of scenarios including maritime patrol, marine and land border Read more

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GKN Fokker Services and RNLAF extend total support contract for standard parts

RNLAF NH90 helicopter ©GKN Fokker Services

GKN Fokker Services and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed an extension of the existing total support contract for delivering standard parts for all of the RNLAF’s aircraft, helicopters and multiple support systems until 2022. The support is provided by GKN Fokker Services’ facility in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and can be extended for an additional two years. Since the start of the original agreement in 2017, the scope of services has been increased in the extended contract. This includes the implementation of a solution for the RNLAF’s existing inventory to ensure all stock is used at the right Read more

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Boeing rolls out first Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft

Boeing Australia has built the first of three Loyal Wingman aircraft ©Boeing

A Boeing-led Australian industry team has presented the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. The aircraft, which uses artificial intelligence to extend the capabilities of manned and unmanned platforms, is the first to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years. It is Boeing’s largest investment in an unmanned aircraft outside of the United States. As the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Program, the aircraft also serves as the foundation for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) being developed for the global defense market. The Loyal Read more

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GE Aviation Awarded US$707 million for F110 engine production

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has awarded GE Aviation four contract actions valued at around US$707 million for F110-GE-129 engine production. These contracts which fall under an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, will provide F110 engines, installs, spares and modernized engine management system computers for Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft, as well as the Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle. The contracts involve Foreign Military Sales to Bulgaria, Slovakia, Qatar and Taiwan. GE’s F110 engine powers 86% of F-15s delivered globally over the last 15 years and 70% of today’s most advanced USAF F-16C/D fleet. GE Aviation also Read more

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