Heroux-Devtek firms up landing gear supply agreement for Boeing’s F/A-18 program

Héroux-Devtek has concluded its previously announced agreement to supply the main landing gears for Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler and has extended the scope of the agreement to include the manufacturing of the nose and main landing gears for Boeing’s Advanced F-15 program. The extended scope will also include the supply of spare parts and aftermarket services for both defense aircraft programs and covers a period of performance of five years. The original supply agreement, announced during the Farnborough Airshow on July 17, 2018, provided for the manufacture and assembly of main landing gears and side braces for Read more

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AAR delivers first P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy fleet

©AAR delivers first P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy

AAR has completed its first planned overhaul, age exploration and planned inspection of its first U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon (P-8A) aircraft. As part of a seven-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract signed last year with the Navy, AAR is providing heavy depot airframe maintenance, as well as year-round field support, for the U.S. fleet. The P-8A aircraft arrived at AAR for its first Age Exploration Plan Depot (AEPD) visit, which is part of a systematic, scheduled maintenance requirement. In addition to the P-8A program, AAR has also performed service on the U.S. Navy’s C-40, Clipper, Harrier Jet Sustainment, C-9 Nightingale and H60R Read more

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Airbus Helicopters awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger support contract extension

Australia ARH Tiger ©Airbus

Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defence. Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that the five-year, TLS contract extension reflected the current standing of the Tiger in Australia. The two-seater ARH Tiger attack helicopter serves as a key asset for the Australian Army. Today, the fleet of 22 ARH Tiger has flown over 30,000 hours, deployed for day-and-night surveillance and fire-support missions. Globally, 181 Tigers have been delivered to Australia, France, Germany and Spain, and have accumulated over 115,000 flight Read more

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Kazakhstan Border Service places order for Airbus C295

Kazakhstan Border Service orders one Airbus C295 aircraft

The Border Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft. Through this new agreement, which includes training, spares and ground support equipment, the overall C295 fleet operating in Kazakhstan will increase to nine aircraft. The new C295, in transport configuration, will play a vital role in border control activities and homeland security operations due to its demonstrated reliability and cost efficiency in operation at low temperatures. With this new order, the Border Service of Kazakhstan becomes the 31stoperator of the C295 and brings the total number of orders up to 13 aircraft Read more

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Sikorsky-Boeing SB 1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieves first flight

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB 1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight on March 21, at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Fla., site. The aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company and Boeing, will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program. With its two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, DEFIANT is unlike production rotorcraft available today. It represents a leap forward in technology to achieve the U.S. government’s desire for vast increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability in a cost-effective way. DEFIANT aircraft’s use Read more

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Boeing receives U.S. Navy multiyear contract for F/A-18 production

With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet modernization efforts. The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system. Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. This new multi-year contract benefits the U.S. Navy and Boeing by allowing both to schedule future production and Navy Read more

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AAR Mobility Systems receives US$10.8 million order to produce 463L cargo pallets

AAR has been awarded a US$10.8 million order from the U.S. Air Force for the production of 463L cargo pallets. The cargo pallets will be manufactured at AAR’s Mobility Systems business unit in Cadillac, Michigan. The 463L USAF design uses a lightweight balsa wood core that continues to provide unparalleled strength-to-weight performance and reliability. The pallets are designed to be loaded and off-loaded on a variety of military and commercial aircraft.

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AIM Norway, Lockheed Martin to Establish F-16 Sustainment Hub in Norway

AIM Norway and Lockheed Martin have signed a historic agreement to jointly establish the world’s first Lockheed Martin-licensed F-16 ‘Falcon Depot’ center for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and other regional F-16 customers. The facility will be located in Kjeller, Norway, at an existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility used by the RNoAF. AIM Norway offers decades of F-16 sustainment knowledge that can benefit F-16 customers across the globe by leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and capabilities. Lockheed Martin, the original equipment manufacturer and design authority of the F-16, is leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and MRO experience Read more

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Airbus Helicopters selects Pratt & Whitney engine to power H135 for U.S. Navy Trainer Replacement proposal

Airbus Helicopters has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW206B3 engine to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement. Company officials made the announcement at the 2019 Heli-Expo industry trade show in Atlanta. The H135, which is IFR certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, allows more efficient training of new pilots in environments and scenarios most similar to the Navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for better cost and operational synergies compared to single-engine trainers. It is a technologically advanced aircraft and one of the safest in its class, due in Read more

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OGMA to Modify Portuguese Air Force C-130 Aircraft

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OGMA has been announced the prime Contractor in the Avionics Modification Program involving four Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) C-130 aircraft, which will consist of a nearly full replacement of the aircraft communication, navigation and flight control systems and instruments. Such modification will upgrade POAF C-130 aircraft to the latest CNS/ATM requirements (communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management). This program will be developed over two years, with the first aircraft starting modification work in 2019. OGMA will carry out the integration of all aircraft systems, manufacture the structural components and wire harnesses necessary for equipment installation, design the aircraft change and provide Read more

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