Next-Generation European Fighter Engine to be Developed by Joint Effort by Safran and MTU Aero Engines

Safran, MTU joint contract signing on developement of new fighter engine ©MTU

Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have announced their partnership to jointly lead the development, production and support for a new engine. This engine will power a next-generation combat aircraft, as part of the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The aircraft will enter into service by 2040 to complement the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft. Both partners intend to provide a strong and effective management of the program. Furthermore, both are eager to supply the Forces with proven experience in military engines, technology and innovative engine architecture. Safran Aircraft Engines will take the lead in Read more

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Nigerian Air Force Purchasing 12 A-29’s from Embraer

The Nigerian Air Force recently awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft. Embraer Defense & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation were the contract recipients. The contract includes multiple components. These include ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment and alternate mission equipment. Additionally, the two contracted companies will provide contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support and field service representatives for OCONUS support.  Furthermore, the Nigerian Air Force predicts it will likely receive the aircraft in line with the contract timelines. Read more

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GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin collaborating on Future F-35 long term agreement

Roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas

At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas USA both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed via a protocol document the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) content. Production will take place at GKN Fokker’s sites in The Netherlands and Turkey with delivery taking place over the next five years. GKN Fokker has been a valued supplier on the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered Read more

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GKN Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney sign agreement

GKN Fokker has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the initial production of advanced composite parts for the F135 engine, which powers the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Manufacturing will take place at GKN Fokker in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. 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. GKN Aerospace also manufactures wiring systems and covered engine components for the F135. The wiring systems are manufactured in the Netherlands, and the covered engine components are manufactured in Norway.

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Boeing receives US$2.4 billion P-8A Poseidon contract from U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft ©Boeing

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a US$2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining for the existing United Kingdom contract, bringing the total United Kingdom acquisition to nine aircraft. The United Kingdom and Norway are acquiring the Boeing aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process and will receive a variant designed and produced for the U.S. Navy called the P-8A Poseidon. The United Kingdom will Read more

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Boeing delivers first two KC-46A Pegasus tankers to U.S. Air Force

The first two Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aircraft departed Everett’s Paine Field the morning of January 25, for McConnell Air Force Base, where the 22nd Air Refueling Wing will be the first unit to have the newest air refueling tankers. McConnell, in Wichita, Kan., will receive two more tankers in the weeks ahead. Then Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force Base will receive four planes to support aircrew training. The Air Force will soon begin evaluating the KC-46’s systems in operationally realistic scenarios, which is required before the aircraft can be used in combat. It will also continue validating the KC-46’s refueling capabilities, Read more

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GKN Aerospace delivers 10,000th standard parts order to RNLAF

Apache ©GKN Aerospace

In December 2018, GKN Fokker Services delivered its 10,000th order for standard parts to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The order was delivered at the Air Force Base of Eindhoven. This milestone was reached 18 months after the implementation of the  total support contract. This customized solution is offered by GKN Fokker Services in Hoofddorp (NL) and provides the RNLAF with one single point of contact for all standard parts requirements. The total support solution covers the delivery of the standard parts and additional services such as transportation, management of storage systems, forecasting and stock storage. RNLAF’s fleet of Read more

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Bell Boeing awarded US$144 million for V-22 support

The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania for V-22 aircraft belonging to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In July, Bell Boeing received a US$4 billion contract that included the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; and one Read more

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AAR awarded 7-year engine MRO contract for Royal Danish Air Force

AAR, an independent provider of global aftermarket aviation services, has been awarded a seven-year contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of Pratt & Whitney F100-220 engine components on the General Dynamics F-16 for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). AAR’s MRO Services Component Repair Amsterdam facility has been supporting European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) as either a prime or a subcontractor performing repair management, component maintenance, supply chain and depot services for more than three decades.

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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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