Boeing to offer NewGen tanker to US Air Force

Boeing reported it will offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter’s mission requirements for the next several decades. Boeing studied the mission requirements closely to determine the optimal airframe size that would deliver the most capability for the lowest cost to own and operate. The result was the NewGen Tanker, a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial aircraft, updated with the latest and most advanced technology and capable of fulfilling the Air Force’s needs for transport of Read more

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P&W conventional take off and landing-carrier variant F135 engine receives initial service release

Pratt & Whitney has achieved initial service release (ISR) for the conventional take off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) F135 engine, marking another major milestone as the engine is cleared for operational use in the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter. Pratt & Whitney has delivered 17 flight test engines, as well as the first production F135 engine, and expects to deliver the final short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) flight test engine early this year.

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Lockheed Martin delivers 11th C-130J Super Hercules to Ramstein Air Base

Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander, 3rd Air Force, accepted the 11th of 14 Lockheed Martin C-130Js to be based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Four C-130Js will be delivered to Ramstein this year; 10 C-130Js were delivered to the base in 2009. These 14 new Js will support the Ramstein-based 37th Airlift Squadron (a unit of the 86th Airlift Wing) that has been flying C-130Es. The new aircraft are the longer C-130J-30 configuration, which is now the standard for recapitalizing the USAF and many other air forces around the world.

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Boeing begins 737 AEW&C maintenance training for Royal Australian Air Force

Boeing has launched the first maintenance training program conducted under the five-year In-Service Support (ISS) contract for Project Wedgetail, Australia’s 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program. Training began on Feb. 15 with five Boeing Defence Australia instructors and 32 students from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 2 Squadron. The 147-day program, held in the AEW&C Support Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown, is a combination of classroom- and computer-based lessons, Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) simulator sessions, and “real life” flight line training.

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for 20 new F-16s for Egypt

The U.S. government has awarded an initial $213 million to Lockheed Martin for long-lead tasks for the production of 20 new Advanced Block 52 F-16 aircraft for Egypt. The new aircraft order includes 16 F-16Cs and 4 F-16Ds, and will supplement the Egyptian Air Force’s (EAF) existing fleet of F-16s and contribute to the modernization of the EAF. The final Egyptian F-16 under this contract will be delivered in 2013.

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Tunisia orders Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifters

The government of Tunisia has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of two C-130J Super Hercules airlifters with an initial three years of logistics support. Tunisia’s new C130Js, scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and 2014, will be the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the C-130J.

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Boeing signs contract expansion for Australian Army rotary wing support

Boeing has signed an AU$44 million change proposal with the Commonwealth of Australia to increase the scope of the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract. Awarded the contract in 2007, Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia has been supporting the Australian Army’s Black Hawk and Kiowa helicopters with pilot, aircrew and technician training, operational fleet maintenance, and support services at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey. Following detailed operational reviews, the Commonwealth and Boeing Defence Australia changed the scope of the AATTS contract to reflect the Army’s current and future aircrew training requirements. Under the updated contract, Boeing Read more

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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reports strong fourth-quarter

For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, AAWW reported net income of $28.3 million on pretax earnings of $46.1 million and revenues of $321.6 million. Operating and financial results for the quarter compared with net income of $62.3 million on pretax earnings of $103.5 million and revenues of $335.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008. For the year ended December 31, 2009, AAWW posted net income of $77.8 million on pretax earnings of $124.1 million and revenues of $1.062 billion. In 2008, AAWW

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Rolls-Royce awarded U.S. Army contract for new M250 FADEC

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the U.S. Army to design and develop a dual channel FADEC (full authority digital engine control) for the M250 powered OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter. The dual channel FADEC will draw from the latest commercially-derived Rolls-Royce technology. The results will include increased functionality, decreased pilot workload and lower cost of operation. Development work on the FADEC will be carried out in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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ITP signs a 120 million-euro framework agreement with the Air Force

The Spanish Air Force and Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP) have signed a framework agreement for the maintenance of aeronautic engines and their components lasting to the end of 2013 which provides for a maximum contract value of 120 million euros.

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