Field Aerospace upgrades more than 50 USAF T-1A flight decks

USAF T-1A ©Field Aerospace

Field Aerospace has completed over 50 CSO and Special Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) aircraft and 14 simulators on time and on budget for the USAF as part of the Air Force Avionics Modernisation Programme (AMP) contract to upgrade the fleet of 178 T-1As over a period of seven years. Field Aerospace was selected by the USAF as the prime contractor and teamed with subcontractors Nextant Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, HEBCO and FlightSafety International to bring advanced capabilities to the next generation of US Air Force pilots. The modernisation included updating the T-1A to the Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 system, which enables the aircraft to meet the Read more

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Leonardo’s AWHero achieves military certification for Rotary UAS

AWHero first ocean sea trial demonstration 2020 ©Leonardo

Leonardo’s AWHero RUAS (Rotary Uncrewed Aerial System) has received basic military certification from Italy’s DAAA (Direzione degli Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità), the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness. This achievement marks the world’s first military certification for an RUAS in the 200kg class. AWHero’s design, development, production and support meet military airworthiness authority requirements delivering the highest levels of mission safety, reliability and availability to Armed Forces. The military certification includes embarked operations and highlights the robustness of AWHero’s design criteria and approach, paving the way for further development, integration and validation of expanded capabilities designed and planned for Read more

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Safran officially opens new electronics Research & Development center in Valence


Safran Electronics & Defense has officially opened the company’s new Research & Development (R&D) center at the Rovaltain business park in Châteauneuf-sur-Isère, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, southwest France. Built in accordance with the latest environmental standards and spanning 4,580 m², the new facility houses Safran Electronics & Defense’s R&D activities focused on developing high-integration electronics technologies. More than 120 people are employed at the site, almost three-quarters of whom are engineers, along with 11 experts. The teams have at their disposal more than 580 m² of state-of-the-art clean rooms, while laboratories account for one-third of the facility’s total surface area. Read more

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Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services sign MoU to pursue defense, development, and support opportunities

MoU signing ceremony between Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services ©Embraer

Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU opens up opportunities to explore a broad range of activities in the defense, commercial and support markets. “Embraer is an ideal partner for this collaboration. Our heritage and deep understanding of aircraft products and solutions will allow us to bring a unique perspective to the many development areas that Embraer is investigating,” comments Roland van Dijk, CEO of Fokker Techniek. “Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services are well-known and reputable aerospace companies with roots in building aircraft and supporting aircraft fleets worldwide. Their network, experience and Read more

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Saab opens new U.S. production facility

T-7A Red Hawk livery rendering ©Boeing

Less than 300 miles will now separate Boeing from its T-7A teammate Saab with the opening of Saab’s new 100,000-ft² production facility in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boeing-Saab team is producing the new advanced trainer for the U.S. Air Force, with Saab providing the aft section to Boeing’s forward fuselage. Currently the aft section is built at Saab’s factory in Linköping, Sweden, then shipped to the United States. Since the inception of the T-7A, Boeing and Saab have continued to seek and evolve new program efficiencies. The T-7A Red Hawk went from concept to first flight in just 36 months Read more

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Boeing and U.S. Air Force extend C-17 sustainment partnership

Boeing is employing digital tools and analytics to optimize operations, increase availability, and lower sustainment costs on platforms like the C-17 Globemaster III ©Boeing

Boeing will continue assuring the C-17 Globemaster III’s worldwide mission readiness through a follow-on contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense, valued at up to US$23.8 billion including potential options and incentives over ten years. The program is currently funded through September 2024 with a Phase I award of US$3.5 billion. Under the agreement, Boeing will continue performing critical sustainment activities, including engineering, field support, and material management, for the global fleet of 275 aircraft. The contract provides additional funding for new work scope such as international staffing to augment maintenance efforts and cyber security work statement. This performance-based Read more

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Germany awards Boeing contract for five P-8A aircraft

Poseidon P-8A aircraft ©Boeing

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a production contract for five P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Germany, under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. First deliveries are slated to begin in 2024 when the P-8A Poseidon will eventually replace Germany’s fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft. “We’re pleased to have finalized this sale to Germany and to expand our footprint in-country by bringing the P-8A and its unique multi-mission capabilities to the German Navy,” said Michael Hostetter, Vice President, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Germany. “The P-8 will ensure the German Navy’s ability to perform long-range maritime surveillance missions and Read more

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India orders 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace AVRO fleet

India has formalized the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft ©Airbus

India has formalized the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet. It is the first ‘Make in India’ aerospace program in the private sector, involving the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem: from the manufacture to assembly, test and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft. Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as Read more

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Boeing selects Toowoomba, Australia, for first final assembly facility outside North America

©The Boeing Airpower Teaming System during first flight testing at Woomera Range Complex

Boeing, in partnership with the Queensland Government, has selected Toowoomba as the preferred site for the company’s first aircraft assembly facility of its kind outside of North America. Boeing Australia will establish the facility in the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defense Precinct at Wellcamp Airport to produce and assemble the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (also known as Loyal Wingman), the first military combat aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in half a century. The aircraft made its first flight in February 2021. The partnership to establish the facility will create new opportunities for Toowoomba, bringing jobs and skill development to Read more

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Rolls-Royce developing revolutionary digital system to improve U.S. Air Force air refueling efficiency

Jet Refueling ©Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce North America has been awarded a U.S. Transportation Command contract for the demonstration and continued development of a revolutionary new software system that will maximize efficiency in managing air refueling assets, improving mission availability and reducing cost for the U.S. Air Force. The Rolls-Royce Air Refueling Optimization and Planning System, or AROPS, is part of the new suite of digital services known as TwinAlytix® from Rolls-Royce Defense. TwinAlytix features the benefits of digital twins and digital analytics to improve customer services through advanced, secure software applications. The AROPS software package contract, valued at US$800,000, is intended to increase air Read more

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