Embraer delivers first Multi-mission Airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force

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Embraer has delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base, in the mid-western state of Goiás, starting preparations for the aircraft’s entry into service by FAB’s First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT). Embraer has been conducting theoretical and practical training with the Air Force teams to start operations. The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its class, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost in the market. The program represents a significant advance Read more

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Elbe Flugzeugwerke and Airbus Helicopters take on maintenance activities for the Bundeswehr’s NH90 fleet

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Airbus Helicopters, as prime contractor will work together with Dresden-based Elbe Flugzeugwerke to maintain a substantial part of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr’s) NH90 fleet. Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed the corresponding ten-year support contract on August 27. The services to be rendered at a fixed price under this contract comprise scheduled maintenance, 1,200 flight-hour inspections as well as on-demand repairs. Work will begin at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth during the first quarter of 2020 and at Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden in early 2021. Dresden as the subcontractor will be Read more

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Pilot killed as Spanish military training jet crashes off Murcia coastline

A C-101 training jet has crashed off the Spanish coast near La Manga. The aircraft was believed to have been part of the Patrulla Aguila, Spain’s aerobatic display team equivalent to the U.K.’s Red Arrows. While initial reports stated that the pilot had ejected safely and that there was no-one else on board, Reuters News Agency has subsequently reported that, tragically, the pilot was killed in the accident which occurred at 0738 GMT, Monday, August 26. Seven people were killed on Sunday when a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air above the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Read more

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Portugal signs contract for five Multi-Mission Airlift KC-390 from Embraer

KC-390 Signing Ceremony in Portugal ©Embraer

The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed today a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023. The KC-390 is designed to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. The aircraft fully meets the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, being able Read more

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Rolls-Royce continues to support EJ200 engine for RAF’s Typhoon fleet

©Rolls-Royce has signed a support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for maintenance and repair of the EJ200 engine

Rolls-Royce has agreed a support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the maintenance and repair of the EJ200 engine. The contract will see Rolls-Royce continue to provide support to the engines that power the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon aircraft and undertake a number of services including the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engine and modules, provision of spares and aircraft ground equipment management. Rolls-Royce and the UK MOD’s procurement arm, Defence Equipment and Support agreed the engine support contract (EJISS), which will deliver cost savings, as a follow-on to the 10 year Partnered Support Operational Phase arrangement.

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Egyptian Air Force begins new upgrade program for F110 engine for F-16 fleet

With strong support from the United States Air Force, July 25, 2019, marked a big step forward to modernize the Egyptian Air Force’s F-16 Falcon fleet for combat operations. Senior leaders from the United States Air Force, EAF, GE Aviation, StandardAero, DLA-Aviation and Foreign Military Sales attended a ceremony at StandardAero’s facility in San Antonio to celebrate the first GE F110-100 engine overhaul induction under the Pacer Pharaoh Program. The ceremony recognized the collaborative effort led by the USAF to upgrade the EAF’s F-16 fleet. In May, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation and the USAF awarded a Pacer Pharaoh Program Read more

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Star Alliance and NEC Corporation sign partnership agreement

Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance and Takashi Niino, President and CEO of NEC Corporation

Star Alliance and NEC Corporation, a global leader in IT, network and biometric technologies, have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will significantly improve the travel experience for frequent flyer program customers of Star Alliance member airlines. The interoperable platform advances the Star Alliance and NEC strategic vision of delivering a seamless customer journey, while strengthening the loyalty value proposition within the travel ecosystem. Once implemented, Star Alliance customers who opt-in to biometrics will have a seamless and handsfree passenger experience, allowing them to pass through curb-to-gate touchpoints within airports, such as check-in kiosks, Read more

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Rolls-Royce to develop hypersonic technology with UK MOD

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. The MOD’ procurement arm, Defence Equipment and Support, intends to place a circa 2-year, single sourced contract, of approximate value £10 million, for a UK programme to undertake design studies, research, development, analysis and experimentation relating to high-Mach advanced propulsion systems.  The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems and Reaction Engines and will focus on enabling technologies for increased aircraft performance and capability. Speaking at the 2019 Air and Space Power Conference, the UK’s Chief of Read more

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First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft for the United Kingdom lifts off from Renton, Wash. ©Boeing

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon (ZP801) for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash. on July 12, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A. During the 90 minute flight key testing took place before the aircraft touched down and moved to the next phase of preparation before customer delivery, installation of military systems. The RAF P-8A Poseidon fleet will support maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare for the UK, and will increase protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. The first of nine P-8As, ordered by the Read more

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Portugal signs firm order for Multi-Mission Airlift KC-390

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The Portuguese Government has signed a firm order for five multi-mission Embraer KC-390 airlifters, as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capacities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023. The KC-390 can perform different types of military and civilian missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue and firefighting, while fully meeting the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, adding new superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery and aerial refueling capabilities.

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