Boeing Wedgetail Aircraft accepted into Royal Australian Air Force fleet

The Commonwealth of Australia has accepted the first two Project Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet. Boeing will deliver three more Wedgetail aircraft to the RAAF by the end of this year, including one upgraded in the final AEW&C configuration with Electronic Support Measures. All aircraft in the Wedgetail fleet will be upgraded to the final configuration in early 2011.

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Airbus Military delivers first C295 MPA to Chile

On April 30th, the Chilean Navy received the first of three C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) that they ordered from Airbus Military in October 2007. The contract also includes five additional options. With the delivery of the C295 MPA, the Chilean Naval Aviation initiates the renovation of its fixed-wing aircraft fleet, currently consisting of P-3ACHs, P-111s and C212s.

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Nordam part of joint STARS re-engining program

NORDAM announced that it is under contract with Seven Q Seven to produce new engine pylons and cowl doors for two United States Air Force E-8C Joint STARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) aircraft. The E-8C is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform whose primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance. The aircraft is heavily used overseas in support of the Army and Marine Corps ground troops, operations. The new engines will allow the aircraft to be more fuel efficient, climb faster, allow more time on station Read more

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Northrop Grumman signs teaming agreement with RUAG Aviation

Northrop Grumman Corporation and RUAG Aviation, Emmen, Switzerland, have signed an agreement to provide worldwide sustainment and life cycle logistics as an effort to offer a broad capability to countries flying the F-5 Tiger aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, the team will market F-5 aftermarket support, modifications and upgrade programs to countries flying the aircraft. Northrop Grumman is the original equipment manufacturer of the F-5.

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services to upgrade Royal Saudi Land Forces' BLACK HAWK Helicopters

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced the signing of a contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) to upgrade its fleet of BLACK HAWK helicopters from the UH-60 A model configuration to the more modern UH-60L aircraft configuration. The Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) A-to-L conversion plan is the second international modernization program under contract with SAS. The first program is currently under way at Chase Field Operations Center in Texas, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services facility.

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Pratt & Whitney awarded $65 million contract for F100 engine maintenance

The U.S. Air Force awarded Pratt & Whitney a $65 million contract to provide maintenance for F100 engines powering F-16 fighter aircraft from various international F100 customers, including Egypt, Jordan, Taiwan and Thailand. The three-year contract contains extension options, making the potential value approximately $100 million over the life of the contract. Under this contract, Pratt & Whitney will provide F100 module overhaul maintenance for its foreign military customers operating F100-PW-220 and F100-PW-229 engines. The overhaul work will be done at Pratt & Whitney’s San Antonio, Texas, facility and cover the fan, engine core, low pressure turbine, high pressure turbine Read more

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P&W's enhanced F100-PW-229 engines power first flight of Korean F-15K fleet

Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 Engine Enhancement Package (EEP) engines powered the first flight of a F-15K aircraft planned for delivery to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) later this year. This flight was also the first to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 EEP engine, the latest evolution of the F100 engine family.

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Four A330 MRTT customer versions underway in Spain

Work is well underway on the first Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), meaning that aircraft for all four current MRTT customers are in conversion. The latest aircraft to begin the process is the first of three for the UAE which will all be completed by Airbus Military. They are configured with Airbus Military

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GE and Rolls-Royce propose fixed price offer for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine

General Electric and Rolls-Royce have offered to the Pentagon a fixed price offer on their F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The offer intends to create and accelerate competition between the JSF program’s two engine suppliers, and to shift the risk of cost overruns from the government to defense contractors. The offer could change the Government’s acquisition model for procuring approximately 150 F136 engines in the early years of the fighter program, allowing the Government to know immediately its costs over this period. Also, the approach is intended to drive lower pricing between the two competing engine suppliers. Read more

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