AAR selected as exclusive distributor for Woodward

AAR has been selected as the exclusive distributor for Woodward for the promotion and sale of spare piece parts in support of U.S. Government fleets. As part of this agreement, AAR OEM Solutions is providing piece part distribution for components on multiple platforms including the T700, LM2500 and TF34 engines. Excluded from the agreement are piece parts included in Woodward’s current long-term contracts with the U.S. Government.

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Embraer and IAI ELTA to create new market segment with launch of P600 AEW

P600 AEW ©IAI

Embraer Defense & Security and ELTA Systems (ELTA), a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement at the Paris Air Show, to introduce the P600 AEW (Airborne Early Warning). Designed to compete in a new segment of the AEW market, this next generation aircraft is based on the advanced super midsize platform of the Embraer Praetor 600 business jet. The primary sensor of the P600 AEW is the IAI/ELTA 4th generation Digital Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with integrated IFF capabilities. In this cooperation, Embraer Defense & Security is to provide the air platform, Read more

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French Air Force orders one additional H225M

The French Air Force orders one H225M ©Airbus Helicopters / A.Pecchi

The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has signed an order to purchase an additional H225M which will be operated by the French Air Force. The aircraft will be delivered in a configuration that allows it to be interoperable with the existing fleet of 10 H225Ms in the French Air Force and in particular it will be capable of inflight refuelling, an essential operational advantage that this helicopter offers. The aircraft will be based in Cazaux and will be used for Special Forces and Search and Rescue missions.

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Boeing to build MH-47G Block II Chinooks for Special Ops

Boeing will build next-generation MH-47G Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. The Block II configuration will enhance the Army’s ability to safely carry out the most challenging missions around the world. The US$194 million contract is for a second lot of MH-47G Block II aircraft, to be delivered starting in 2021. Block II Chinooks feature technological advancements to extend the fleet’s service life and enhance performance. Boeing is now on contract for a total of 15 MH-47G Block II Chinooks. The first MH-47G Block II aircraft is scheduled to begin final assembly this year.

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Sikorsky receives contract to build six Presidential Helicopters

Sikorsky VH-92A Presidential Helicopter ©U.S. Marine Corps,

Sikorsky will build six production VH-92A Presidential Helicopters under a contract from the U.S Navy. These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of six VH-92A helicopters in 2021. The remaining production aircraft will be delivered in 2022 and 2023. The contract also provides spares and training support. The contract award follows an affirmative Milestone C decision on May 30 from the U.S. Navy moving the development program into production.

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Embraer to showcase multi-mission airlift KC-390 at Paris Air Show

KC-390 to be seen at this year’s Paris Air Show in Le Bourget ©Embraer

At this year’s Paris Air Show International, in France, Embraer will showcase the first KC-390 multi-mission airlift, configured to operate with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The aircraft, number 004, will be in the static area from June 17 to 23 at the Le Bourget airport. Also the KC-390 will perform flight demonstrations on the first two days of the show. In agreement with the FAB, the airplane will return to Brazil right after the air show when it begins the acceptance and delivery process. The KC-390 program has already reached important milestones, such as Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency’s (ANAC) Read more

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Airbus and Spanish Air Force to develop drone and augmented reality inspections for military aircraft

©Airbus drone test flight

The Spanish Air Force has become the first air force worldwide to support the development of Airbus’ drone and augmented reality-based maintenance inspection services, with the aim of drastically reducing maintenance inspections for large military aircraft and increasing overall fleet availability. This digital innovation technology will initially be trialled on Spanish Air Force A400M aircraft based at Zaragoza Air Base (31st Wing), with options to extend the technology to other aircraft, including the C295 and the CN235.  General José Luis Pardo Jario, Head of the Spanish Chief of the Air Staff office, said: “This technology has the potential to make Read more

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Honeywell signs maintenance agreement with AMMROC

Honeywell has signed a new maintenance agreement with the UAE’s Advanced Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center – AMMROC. The contract will see the firms work together to enhance the repair and maintenance options available to AMMROC’s key customer the UAE Air Force and its fleet of more than 100 aircraft. This new, long-term agreement is designed to ensure AMMROC and Honeywell provide a high standard of maintenance, overhaul and repair services to the UAE Air Force. It covers the upkeep of Honeywell components used on board the various aircraft types within the UAE Air Force’s extensive fleet. Abu Dhabi based Read more

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French Ministry of Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward

H160M ©Airbus/E. Raz

The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. The HIL programme, for which the Airbus Helicopters’ H160 was selected in 2017, was initially scheduled for launch in 2022 by the current military budget law. Launching the programme earlier will enable delivery of the first H160Ms to the French Armed Forces to be advanced to 2026. During a visit to the Airbus Helicopters headquarters, the Minister also revealed the full-scale mock‑up of the H160M that will be presented on Read more

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Heroux-Devtek firms up landing gear supply agreement for Boeing’s F/A-18 program

Héroux-Devtek has concluded its previously announced agreement to supply the main landing gears for Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler and has extended the scope of the agreement to include the manufacturing of the nose and main landing gears for Boeing’s Advanced F-15 program. The extended scope will also include the supply of spare parts and aftermarket services for both defense aircraft programs and covers a period of performance of five years. The original supply agreement, announced during the Farnborough Airshow on July 17, 2018, provided for the manufacture and assembly of main landing gears and side braces for Read more

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