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

Eurodrone ©Airbus

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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Pratt & Whitney to develop advanced engine in collaboration with Air Force Research Laboratory

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Pratt & Whitney a contract for a ground test demonstration programme for a novel architecture using a rotating engine detonation concept to be jointly executed by Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Raytheon Technologies Research Center. “Pratt & Whitney’s GATORWORKS was able to complete initial concept development well ahead of schedule and we will continue leveraging our digital and agile capabilities to accelerate progress on this programme,” said Dave Stagney, director of GATORWORKS. “Given the need for this critical engine technology, the Raytheon Technologies team will utilise its advanced Read more

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France and Spain launch Tiger MkIII programme

Tiger MKIII helicopter ©Airbus Helicopters

OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation), on behalf of the French and Spanish Armament General Directorate, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and the DGAM (Dirección General de Armamento y Material) has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade programme. The contract includes the upgrade of 42 aircraft for France (with the possibility to add another 25 helicopters) and 18 for Spain. In addition, the contract provides the possibility for Germany to later join the Tiger MkIII programme. The first prototype is scheduled for an inaugural Read more

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