Danish machining firm Multicut gets help from Boeing

Boeing launched an industrial-cooperation project to assist Multicut, a high-end machining firm based in Vildbjerg, as it pursues AS/EN 9100 certification. This project supports the Boeing industrial-cooperation program that is tied to Denmark’s New Combat Aircraft competition. The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter is a finalist in the contest. The project began with a Boeing Supplier Quality expert training Multicut employees on the quality management system (QMS) requirements used across the aerospace industry. Over the coming months, the Boeing expert and a third-party QMS specialist also will assess Multicut’s overall operations in preparation for its AS/EN 9100 certification audit Read more

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SAIC awarded $12 million delivery order to develop U.S. Army Aviation Crew Member Simulators

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a delivery order by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to develop the first integrated crew member simulators for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters under the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module (NCM3) program. The NCM3 simulators will integrate with the Army’s Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) simulators. The contract has a 28 month base period of performance, a single option for a second variant, and a total value of more than $12 million if the option is exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Orlando, Fla. Read more

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Boeing awarded contract for major upgrade to French AWACS fleet

Boeing has been awarded a $324 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the Electronics Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to upgrade France’s fleet of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, as well as the fleet’s ground system.

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STOVL Jet the fifth Lockheed Martin F-35 to enter flight testing

A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations, on February 3rd. The jet, known as BF-3, departed the runway near Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant at 4:02 p.m. CST for its first flight. During the one-hour sortie, F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley tested the aircraft’s handling qualities, engine functionality, landing gear operation and basic subsystem performance.

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Thales signs first contract with Dassault Aviation

Thales announced that it has signed a contract with Dassault Aviation to provide maintenance support for avionics equipment on Rafale combat aircraft in service with the French armed forces. This ten-year fixed-price contract includes a range of extended services. The avionics support agreement with Thales flows from the comprehensive Rafale throughlife support contract awarded to Dassault Aviation by SIMMAD(1) in late 2008 under a similar arrangement, with an initial five-year tranche followed by five further optional tranches of one year each.

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Boeing, HAVELSAN install simulator and support hardware for Turkey's Peace Eagle AEW&C Program

Boeing and industry supplier HAVELSAN have completed installation of Mission Simulator and Mission Support Center hardware for Turkey’s Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program. The hardware installation was completed in October and November 2009 at the Peace Eagle Ground Support Center in Konya, Turkey. The team will next install software, then conduct an integration and checkout program. The Mission Simulator features 10 mission consoles, instructor operator stations, and aircraft equipment rack assemblies. It will provide training for Turkish Air Force crews on a full range of AEW&C missions, reducing the monetary and environmental costs associated with training Read more

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Boeing delivers record number of Apache Longbow Crew Trainers in 2009

Boeing delivered a record five Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCTs) in 2009 and all five have been declared “ready for training.” The U.S. Army accepted two LCT deliveries at Fort Hood, Texas; one in Illesheim, Germany; and one at Fort Drum, N.Y. The Egyptian Air Force accepted the delivery of its first LCT in November, allowing aircrews to train from their home base. Boeing has delivered a total of 29 LCTs to date.

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