Army Research Laboratory awards GE US$5.1 million contract to advance hybrid electric engine technology

US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM ARL) has awarded GE a US$5.1 million (£3.9 million) research and development contract for the Applied Research Collaborative Systematic Turboshaft Electrification Project (ARC-STEP), bolstering GE’s efforts to develop hybrid electric engine technologies for the future of flight. Included in this project is research, development, testing, and evaluation of a megawatt (MW) class electrified powerplant that further develops technologies applicable to Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL). ARC-STEP will use a GE CT7 turboshaft engine, combined with a GE-produced electric machine and power electronics. Subject matter experts from GE and the Army across Read more

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Rolls-Royce secures £105 million Hawk trainer MRO contract from UK MoD

Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - Red Arrows ©Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has secured an 11-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Ardour engines which power the Hawk jet trainer fleet, including the world-famous Red Arrows, the RAF Aerobatic Team. The contract enables Rolls-Royce to provide its MRO services for both variants of the Ardour jet engine at Rolls-Royce’s UK Defence Headquarters in Bristol together with representatives at RAF Valley who will provide in-situ advice to operations. “The agreement announced today will allow us to maximise the availability and supportability of the Adour engine for our customer. We Read more

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Airbus Helicopters and Boeing sign H-47 Chinook MoU relating to German heavy-lift helicopter needs

H-47 Chinook helicopter ©Boeing

Airbus Helicopters and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for their partnership on the Chinook H-47 to support Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements. The purpose of the partnership is to bolster Germany’s defence readiness, while also supporting German economic growth. It will also help to combine the expertise of two of the world’s leading aerospace companies, enabling them to deliver advanced capability, readiness and innovative solutions as part of the German Chinook industry offering. The partnership agreement will build on the existing Chinook partnership team which Is made up of AERO-Bildung GmbH, CAE Elektronik GmbH, ESG Read more

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Avio Aero selected to power Eurodrone

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Following a competitive tender process as well as an extensive technical analysis phase, Airbus has selected Avio Aero from Italy to power the Eurodrone unmanned aerial system with its engine and propeller solution, dubbed Catalyst. “This selection is a decisive step forward and will ensure that the Eurodrone programme can proceed on time, on cost and in line with the specifications laid out by our customers. The Catalyst was identified as the best solution based on superior performance, lower developmental risk, better in-service economics as well as growth potential. In line with customer requirements, Catalyst will offer a truly European Read more

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Airbus Helicopters conducts successful sea trials for VSR700 autonomous take-off and landing capabilities

Off the coast of Brest, France, Airbus Helicopters has successfully carried out sea trials for the autonomous capabilities of the VSR700, which is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) developed in the frame of the Système de drone aérien de la Marine (SDAM) programme and conducted by the DGA (Direction générale de l’Armement – the French Armament General Directorate) for the French Navy. The trials were carried out using an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) based on a modified Guimbal Cabri G2 equipped with the autonomous take-off and landing (ATOL) system which has been specifically developed for the VSR700. Both the semi-autonomous Read more

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GE begins testing on first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

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GE has initiated testing on the first T901-GE-900 engine, GE’s next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) aircraft in the future.  In 2019, the US Army selected GE’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) programme to re-engine its Apache and Black Hawk fleets. The Army also selected the 3,000-shaft horsepower T901 for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. The first engine to test is being performed in a recently upgraded test cell at GE’s Lynn, Mass., Read more

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IAI completes delivery of dozens of SATCOM terminals for fighter aircraft

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed the delivery of dozens of SATCOM (Satellite Communication) terminals with a conformal electronically-steered antenna for fighter aircraft. The SATCOM terminals are based on AESA (Active Electronic Scanned Array) technology and are installed on advanced 4.5 generation Western fighter jets. IAI’s beyond line-of-sight solution ensures seamless voice and data communications, at any location, and even during fast, low-altitude flight. Utilising a unique flush-mounted antenna, the compact AESA SATCOM system eliminates antenna and radome drag, and is therefore optimally suited to a fighter aircraft’s aggressive flight envelope, as well as to other platforms requiring low-drag performance. Read more

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Lockheed Martin partners with Israel Aerospace Industries on Global Air Defence projects

SkyKeeper Battlespace Management System demonstration ©Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have agreed to partner to jointly promote a Ground-based Air Defence (GBAD) system centred around the Lockheed Martin United Kingdom SkyKeeper and the BARAK MX system. As part of the partnership, Lockheed Martin and IAI will promote their technological and manufacturing expertise in air defence solutions that protect military forces and high-value assets from missile threats around the world. This new cooperation is a direct result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the companies in July 2021 and after a review of relevant business opportunities. Scott Arnold, Vice President, Integrated Air Read more

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Boeing’s Australian-produced uncrewed aircraft to be named ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’

The newly named "MQ-28A Ghost Bat" during the second test flight series at Woomera Range Complex in South Australia ©Boeing

Boeing Australia has announced that the Australian Government and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have selected ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’ as the military designator and name for the first Australian-produced military combat aircraft in over 50 years. “The introduction of the new popular name is a rare and special moment in aviation history for our RAAF partners and industry team of over 35 Australian suppliers,” said Glen Ferguson, director Airpower Teaming System Australia and International. “Selecting the Ghost Bat, an Australian native mammal known for teaming together in a pack to detect and hunt, reflects the unique characteristics of the aircraft’s Read more

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ATI Engineering Services orders four Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft for Tunisian Air Force

Cessna Special Mission Caravan ©Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation has been awarded a contract by ATI Engineering Services for four Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft for the Tunisian Air Force. “The fleet of Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprops will aid the Tunisian Air Force in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the country,” said Bob Gibbs, Vice President, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation. “The aircraft is engineered for challenging missions, high payloads and short, unimproved runways, while delivering single-engine economy and simplicity. It is a perfect match for this mission throughout Africa.” ATI Engineering Services will modify and equip the aircraft with an electro-optical/infra-red sensor, operator Read more

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