Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms

Serbian Air Force receives first of nine H145M helicopters © Airbus Helicopters, Christian Keller

The Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force. In December, two H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior. Altogether, Serbia will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft will be equipped with the HForce weapon management system. The contract between Airbus Helicopters and Serbia foresees transfer of technology, spare parts, tools and documentation for the helicopters’ maintenance and repair. Airbus Helicopters will also certify Serbia’s Moma Stanojlovic aeronautical plant Read more

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Embraer successfully completes KC-390 troop unloading and evacuation tests

Embraer has successfully completed the troop unloading, evacuation by hatch and evacuation tests through the front and rear doors of the KC-390 multi-mission medium airlift recently held at Brasília Air Force Base, in Brazil. The tests complied with the requirements for achieving the Final Operational Capability (FOC), which is the subject of the final military certification of the aircraft, due to occur in the last quarter of 2019. The tests were supported by the Brazilian Air Force as well as the Brazilian Army and involved approximately 370 military personnel. Embraer KC-390 is a tactical airlift designed to set new standards Read more

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GKN Aerospace signs US$66 million contract with Pratt & Whitney for F135 engine components

GKN Aerospace Norway has signed an eight-year agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the production of diffuser cases, low pressure turbine cases and shafts for the F135 engine, which powers the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. The agreement also includes an extension for the supply of several shafts for Pratt & Whitney’s F100, JT8D and FT8 engines. This contract expands GKN Aerospace’s involvement in the F135 program and reinforces the company’s role as a long-term supplier of engine components for Pratt & Whitney.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada delivers first PW127G engines destined for Canadian Fixed-Wing Search & Rescue operations

Pratt & Whitney Canada, has started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement project. The engines will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft, which will be designated the CC-295 in Canada. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is scheduled to receive the first of 16 CC-295 aircraft by the end of 2019. The DND intends to replace its existing search and rescue (SAR) fixed-wing aircraft with the CC-295. Pratt & Whitney Canada and Airbus Defence and Space have collaborated to offer the best possible aircraft to Read more

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Rockwell Collins awarded five-year U.S. Army contract to support operational readiness of CH-47F avionics

Rockwell Collins has secured a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Logistics Center (ALC) to provide current component upgrades and additional component repair capabilities for the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) on the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. Adopted by the U.S. Army as the standard for CH-47F cockpit avionics, CAAS provides flight crews with battle-proven situational awareness during missions. The system integrates multiple communications, navigation and mission subsystems through its flexible Flight2™ open systems architecture design and is currently fielded on over 500 aircraft worldwide.

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StandardAero awarded option year for U.S. Navy P-8A CFM56-7 engine MRO support contract

StandardAero has been selected as the U.S. Navy’s primary engine depot for support of the CFM56-7 engines used on the P-8A aircraft. This is the 2nd straight year StandardAero has been selected to perform this work, which is carried-out under a U.S. Federal government Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract that is competed and awarded each year among the U.S. Navy’s approved sources. The contract supports the U.S. Navy, the Government of Australia and other foreign military sales (FMS) customers. The P-8A is a Maritime Patrol Aircraft that is the replacement for the P-3 aircraft, which was introduced into service Read more

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Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its seventh and eighth H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters. Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of six H225Ms for combat search and rescue, search and rescue flights and troop transport missions. The 11-ton-catergory twin-turbine H225M is relied upon as a force multiplier by many air forces worldwide thanks to its outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed. Featuring state-of-the-art Read more

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Embraer receives ANAC´s Type Certificate of the multi-mission airlift KC-390

Embraer has receiving the Type Certificate from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) for its multi-mission airlift KC-390. The certificate was delivered by ANAC´s Director Juliano Alcântara Noman. The ceremony, held at the Brasília Air Force Base, to celebrate the Aviator Day and Brazilian Air Force Day. The ANAC certificate completes a fundamental step towards military certification, when the aircraft will reach the Final Operational Capability (FOC), expected to happen by the end of 2019.

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Embraer successfully performs first flight of series production KC-390 multi-mission airlift

Embraer achieved another important milestone with the completion of the maiden flight of the first series production multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. As agreed with the Brazilian Air Force, the aircraft will now join the flight test campaign, in which more than 1,900 flight hours have already been logged. Civil certification of the basic aircraft will be granted by Brazilian aviation authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) and is expected to be achieved very soon. Embraer´s KC-390 is a tactical transport aircraft designed to set new standards in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. It Read more

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Boeing MH-139 to replace U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey fleet

Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded on September 24, is valued at US$2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. The MH-139 derives from the Leonardo AW139, which is used by more than 270 governments, militaries and companies worldwide. Leonardo will assemble the helicopters at its northeast Philadelphia plant, with Boeing integrating military-specific components at its facility south of that city. The contract also includes operations, maintenance, Read more

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