Southeast Aerospace wins opportunity on US$50 billion Seaport Next Generation contract

Aerospace solutions company Southeast Aerospace , has been awarded the opportunity to provide project management and engineering support services for the U.S. Navy through a new contract vehicle, SeaPort-NxG. “Southeast Aerospace has provided aircraft modification and engineering support on numerous Government contracts and Special Missions programs,” stated Rob Reed, Director of Aircraft Modifications, “we’re honored to have been selected to support the Navy over the next 10 years. Our in-house capabilities offer a unique subset of services to provide cost effective solutions while maximizing efficiencies.” The SeaPort NxG contract is an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Multiple Award Contract with a value Read more

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Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters ©Airbus Helicopters

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters as part of the country’s fleet-strengthening initiative for a combat search and rescue-capable fleet. Under the agreement between the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI), the 11-ton combat-proven helicopters will be delivered to the air force upon reassembly and completion of the mission equipment outfitting and customisation by PTDI at its facility in Bandung, Indonesia. These additional helicopters will join the air force’s existing fleet of six H225Ms to perform similar combat search and rescue missions. Airbus Helicopters and Indonesia have an enduring relationship Read more

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U.S. Air Force accepts first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, setting the stage for the aircraft’s delivery to McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita, Kan., in the coming weeks. During extensive flight testing, six KC-46 completed more than 3,800 flight hours and offloaded more than four million pounds of fuel to A-10, B-52, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, KC-46, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. The Pegasus has been rigorously tested throughout all aspects of the refueling envelope and in all conditions, including day, night and covert. With the signing of what’s known as the DD250 paperwork, the delivery activities Read more

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OGMA receives first of twelve Brazilian Air Force C-130 aircraft for Full Fleet Support Program

The first of twelve Brazilian Air Force C-130 aircraft for a Full Fleet Support Program arrived January 3, to OGMA’s facilities, in Alverca, Portugal. This is the first step of several that will be taken during the next five years regarding fleet management and logistics support for the Brazilian Air Force C-130 fleet. This contract includes fleet management, logistics support, maintenance checks, repair and replacement of equipment and supply of components. The scope of this agreement includes aircraft operated by Brazilian Air Force, based in Rio de Janeiro: eight C-130H aircraft, two C-130H2 aircraft (with aerial firefighting equipment) and two Read more

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Boeing to modernize entire Spanish Chinook helicopter fleet

Spain is one of 12 nations that has ordered the most current Chinook configuration ©Boeing

Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations. This is the first order from a non-U.S. customer placed through a contract Boeing and the U.S. Army signed in July. That contract covers six new F-models for the U.S. and options for up to 150 more Chinooks for U.S. and international customers. Deliveries to Spain begin in 2021. The CH-47F is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. Read more

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IAI inaugurates new line for F-35 wing skins

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched a new production line for skins for the F-35 wings. The line was established following Lockheed Martin’s decision to expand the skins’ production and its selection of IAI as the subcontractor responsible for the manufacturing. IAI’s board has approved the construction of the new production line in 2015. The 20-year program is expected to yield revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars, with shipments expected from the beginning of 2019. The first shipments will be of some 700 kits with potential for additional orders at a later stage.

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Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

©Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France. During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30 minute flight successfully executing a variety of flight patterns before landing in an autonomous mode. The unmanned air vehicle was piloted and monitored from the ground station located at the base. The VSR700 demonstrator has been flying autonomously since May 2017 with a safety pilot Read more

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Airbus and Hungary sign long-term industrial partnership

Airbus Helicopters and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that will initially focus on the production of certain high precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the ‘Zrinyi 2026’ armed forces development program supporting Hungary’s national security goals of developing independent defence capabilities. The agreement intends to create a sustainable and integrated plant within Airbus. The green field production unit will start by manufacturing mechanical parts that will then be delivered to the major component assembly centre for dynamic parts to be fitted on to Read more

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Hungary orders 16 H225M multi-role helicopters

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters equipped with the HForce weapon management system. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will also provide an extensive training and support package to ensure the highest level of operational availability. The H225Ms selected by Hungary will be equipped with state-of-the-art communication capabilities and will be used for transport, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. Its state-of-the art avionics and four axis autopilot, exceptional range and payload capacities, combined with a large cabin designed to carry up to 28 troops and powerful air-to-ground and air-to-surface armament as well as Read more

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Bundeswehr orders seven H145 search and rescue helicopters

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the helicopters. According to an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Bundeswehr is also responsible for search and rescue operations in the event of aircraft accidents on German territory. It therefore maintains a fleet of Read more

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