Boeing Embraer – Defense joint venture to develop new markets for the C-390 Millennium

Boeing and Embraer have announced their joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the C-390 Millennium multi-mission airlift and air mobility aircraft will be called Boeing Embraer – Defense. The organization will only be operational after the companies’ joint venture receives regulatory approvals and meets closing conditions. The C-390 Millennium is a tactical transport aircraft designed to set new standards in its category, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost on the market. The aircraft brings airlift and air mobility into the jet age with increased mobility, rugged design, higher flexibility, state-of-the-art proven technology and easier, more-efficient maintenance. The Read more

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Airbus VSR700 prototype performs successful first unmanned test flight

VSR700 prototype performs first flight ©Airbus/Eric Raz

Airbus Helicopters has announced that its VSR700 unmanned aircraft successfully performed several take-offs and landings at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France on Friday, November 8. The longest flight lasted approximately 10 minutes. This stage of the flight-test program required that the unmanned aircraft was tethered to the ground with a 30m cable which secured the flight-test zone. “The VSR700 is a fully-fledged unmanned aerial system, capitalizing on Airbus Helicopters’ extensive experience of advanced autopilot systems and engineering expertise to provide modern militaries with new capabilities”, said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “This first flight Read more

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Boeing delivers first P-8A Poseidon to United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force

The first P-8A Poseidon aircraft for the United Kingdom lifts off from Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. ©Boeing

Last week Boeing has delivered the first of nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF). The United Kingdom is acquiring the multi-mission aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process with the U.S. Navy. The P-8A Poseidon replaces the U.K.’s retired Nimrod aircraft. Boeing formally delivered the aircraft on Oct. 29 to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony at the Boeing Military Delivery Center in Tukwila, Wash. From Tukwila, the aircraft flew to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where U.S. Navy leaders officially turn the aircraft over to the United Read more

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First Royal Canadian Air Force’s Airbus C295 rolls out of the paint shop

The first Airbus C295 for the Canadian Air Force in its distinctive Search and Rescue colours ©Airbus

The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has rolled out of the paint shop showing off its final livery at Airbus facility in Seville, Spain. The aircraft will now go through the final preparation phase before its delivery to the customer, planned to take place in Spain before the end of the year. The aircraft adopts the yellow paint scheme following the tradition defined in the 1970s for Search and Rescue aircraft, giving high visibility for those in the air and Read more

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U.S. Air Force awards Boeing US$2.6 billion contract for fifth KC-46A tanker lot

The KC-46A refuels the F-15 ©John Parker/ Boeing

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a US$2.6 billion contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fifth production lot, Boeing now is on contract for 67 KC-46 tankers. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 aircraft, was awarded in January 2017; the fourth lot for 18 aircraft in September 2018. Boeing plans to build 179 of the 767-based refueling aircraft for the Air Force to replace its legacy tanker fleet. The company delivered the Read more

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IAI delivers 100th F-35 wing to Lockheed Martin

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Lockheed Martin have marked the delivery of the 100th advanced combat aircraft F-35 wing delivered by IAI at a ceremony held at the company’s wing assembly line. The wings manufacturing center of IAI’s aviation division was established in November 2014, and benefits from a strong international reputation thanks to extensive know-how and experience in making wings for the F-16 and T-38. The center is now expected to manufacture above 800 F35 wings by 2034. On December 2018, IAI inaugurated an innovative line for production of F-35 wing skins, expanding the collaboration between the two companies. Read more

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Airbus A400M performs first helicopter air-to-air dry contacts

A400M performing dry contacts with an H225M operated by Airbus Helicopters ©DGA Essais en vol

The Airbus A400M new-generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of 4 flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed between 1,000 ft and 10,000 ft at flight speeds as low as 105 knots, confirmed the positive results of previous proximity flights conducted at the beginning of Read more

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Boeing MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler completes first test flight

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Boeing and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25™ unmanned aerial refueler. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., where the test program is based. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations with the ground control station. The Boeing-owned test asset is a predecessor to the engineering development model (EDM) aircraft and Read more

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Romanian Ministry of Interior orders three Airbus H135s

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Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country, following a four-year framework agreement signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s.   Airbus Helicopters has delivered more than 1,300 H135s to customers around the globe who are logging more than 400,000 flight hours per year. The H135’s operational scope includes law enforcement, air medical services, private and business aviation, the maintenance of industrial wind Read more

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Boeing begins assembling first KC-46A tanker for Japan

An 82.4-foot long 767 wing spar is loaded into a tool in Boeing’s Everett, Wash., factory ©Boeing

On September 13 the Boeing KC-46 team began assembling Japan’s first next-generation tanker, loading an 82.4-foot (25 meters) -long wing spar in the company’s 767 production facility. Boeing was awarded a Foreign Military Sale contract for one KC-46A aircraft and logistics services in December 2017. The U.S. Air Force exercised an option for Japan’s second aircraft in December 2018. Boeing began developing the KC-46A for the U.S. Air Force in 2011 and delivered the first tanker in January 2019. Japan is the program’s first international customer. Deliveries to the JASDF will begin in 2021. The KC-46A is a derivative of Read more

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