The new Pure-Power Geared Turbo Fan engine PW1400G-JM is now the third certified engine in Pratt & Whitney’s portfolio. This is certainly a great development in the Pure-Power technology since it has significantly reduced the fuel emissions for a greener environment, as well as the engine noise.

 After over 58,000 cycles and approximately 35,000 hours of testing, the Pure-Power engine has been finally acquired by the Russian jet airliner, MC-21. Launching this engine has set a great competitive edge for Pratt & Whitney since it would save a fortune for Russian IRKUT and other airline customers due to the enhanced fuel combustion efficiency that it provides.

Pratt & Whitney has promised to deliver higher standards with their new engine. Not only that it has improved the fuel efficiency up to 16 percent compared to the best existing engines today, the Pratt & Whitney PurePower has managed to significantly reduce engine noise up to 75% quieter than current available engines. This would benefit the operators to reduce costs from lower noise fees and will increase operations efficiency by optimizing the path of the flight through more accessible runways. The enhanced PW1000G engine family has managed to cut down on carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes annually per aircraft which makes it 50% cleaner and allowing it to surpass the most rigorous standards for nitrous oxide. All of these design improvements are to save airline operators an estimate of over $1.5 million USD annually per aircraft, compared to the best aircraft existing today.

This is unquestionably a great period for Pratt & Whitney where they are making history in the aviation and aerospace industry. Their research and development investment has placed them in a global leading position in the market in terms of designing, manufacturing and maintaining aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. This is just the beginning in investing in a more fuel efficient, quieter and greener engine, since Pratt & Whitney has only raised the bar amongst its enormous competition like Rolls Royce, GE aviation and many others.

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The intelligent Aerospace Staff released an article on June 6th, 2016 talking about how Curtiss Wright is offering an embedded computing subsystem for unmanned avionics. The subsystem that Intelligent Aerospace Staff is talking about the Parvus DuraCOR 311. The Parvus DuraCOR 311 is a very small rugged commercial embedded computer subsystem that will work in unmanned avionics and systems. The Parvus DuraCOR 311 is considered to be COTS or commercial off the shelf.

The computer subsystem uses a 64 bit quad core Intel Baytrail Atom modular missions processing with Intel HD graphics that are integrated into it. In terms of weight and dimensions, this computer weighs less than 1.5 lbs and is tinier than 40 cubic inches.

Not only can this computer be used in unmanned avionics, the computer can be used in civil and military systems as well as helicopters and military ground vehicles.

The Intelligent Aerospace Staff talks about how the Parvus DuraCOR311 military standards.

“The system is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-1275D, MIL-STD-704F and RTCA/DO-160G environmental, power, and EMI standards.”

The Parvus DuraCOR 311 also has integrated microSD card slots and mSATA slots. You can also remove the option 2.5 inch SATA solid state drive that is considered high storage and can help with information requirements. The computer also has preloaded windows or Linux. It can also support HD video acceleration which includes programs such as Open VG, Open CL, and Open GL.

Curtiss Wright is a supplier of commercial off the shelf module and system level products that are typically found in aerospace, defense, and industrial applications.

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Saab, the Swedish automobile company, has recently signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates in November at the Dubai Air Show. This deal is worth $1.27 billion, as Saab will be responsible for heavily adapting the Global 6000 business jet in order to be capable of conducting land and maritime surveillance, electronic intelligence duties, as well as airborne early warning and control, or AEW&C. Saab has already began work in order to modify a couple of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets into its swing-role GlobalEye configuration for the United Arab Emirates, its lead customer.

“We are building as we speak,” said Håkan Buskhe, the chief executive from Saab. “It’s full speed ahead in our workshop.”

“The aircraft is already in Linköping, and we are integrating our systems on it,”

said the head of Saab’s surveillance business area, Micael Johansson.

“There is a lot of interest around this platform and its capabilities from many countries – some in Asia, some elsewhere.”

Johansson has suggested that the launch order from the United Arab Emirates has sparked an increased amount of interest in Saab’s new offering. Modifications will be made in the dorsal unit above the fuselage in the Global 6000 business jet in order to install Saab’s Erieye ER active electronically scanned array radar.

“It looks the same, but it’s very much all new on the inside, including all the signal processing,”

Johansson added.

“We have fantastic range on this radar: it’s almost horizon-limited in terms of how far it can see.”

In comparison to previous sensors, the Erieye ER provides for 70 percent greater detection range, increasing its ability to detect challenging targets such as small unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles, as well as hovering helicopters. Combining its electro-optical/infrared sensor and its below-fuselage mounted maritime search radar will allow the aircraft operator to locate submarine periscopes and surface threats. Land targets will be located through the use of its ground moving target indication modes and primary sensor’s synthetic aperture radar.

“Command and control tasks can be performed using an onboard crew of between five and seven operators and the aircraft will also feature voice and satellite communications equipment and a Link 16 data link to network with other airborne, ground and maritime assets,”

said Craig Hoyle from Flightglobal.

“Saab cites a maximum mission endurance of 11h for the GlobalEye.”

“This is a complete system for all dimensions,” added Johansson.

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Airbus Helicopters, the aircraft manufacturing giant, has been chosen by Ascent as the primary aircraft Service Provider of choice for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract from Ascent is worth a cool $728 million over the course of 17 years. The terms are that Airbus Helicopters will deliver over the course of 18 months, the load of aircrafts and the integrated support solution in preparation for the start of training which is scheduled for April 2018. Going back as far as 35 years ago, all UK military helicopter pilots have earned their stripes training on Airbus Helicopters which started with the Gazelle and eventually with the H125 Squirrel. In 2018 and moving forward, Ascent’s delivery of a key capability for the UK MOD will be supported by Airbus Helicopters. Philip Dunne the UK's Minister for Defence Procurement, has stated that this

“is the final element in re-fashioning the UK Military Flying Training System into a state-of-the-art structure to develop suitably qualified aircrew to secure the future of air elements of our Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.”

Dunne also believes that the Armed Forces will benefit greatly from the consistently immaculate world-class training across the board as a whole. Per the stipulations as outlined by the contract, Airbus Helicopters will be required to provide a fleet of H135 and H145 that will meet the necessary 28,0000 hours per year requirement needed for training. This contract is a strong showing off faith on Ascent’s part seeing as how Airbus has recently come under fire for repeated delays on the production end that has caused many large airlines such as Qatar Airways to legally reneged upon their contract agreements.

Airbus citing failures to meet delivery date stemming from hardware fixes along with software upgrades as the main culprit for the delays. Industry leaders quietly faults the aircraft manufacturer for aggressively ramping up productions as a result of huge orders and finding out they are unable to deliver on their promises. Even so Airbus has rebounded quite nicely as they have already won over 800 orders from more than 40 different customers worldwide for their highly anticipated A350-1000s.

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The Germans have requested for Airbus to create a sharper helicopter.  Testing sensors are undergoing strict evaluations to begin to install a HFI system (Hostile fire indication) as requested by the German Armed Forces.  A prototype of a German Army Sikorsky CH-53G helicopter has been made and tested on March 30th to observe the new functions of the innovation. The HFI was built to better detect a various range of different size caliber and even non-tracer ammunition. During the evaluations the rotorcraft was modified with acoustic and infrared sensors to be able to recognize fire based on sound and muzzle flashes.

“The HFI study aims to demonstrate a technology that not only warns the aircrew about the threat in order to be able to redirect other aircraft from the danger zone ,it should also report the precise position of the enemy infantry for fast countermeasures,”

says Dr Klaus Przemeck, head of the military support Centre at Airbus Helicopters Germany.

Remaining tests are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2016 and two in 2017 with ending results by the end of that year in Mepped, Germany at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91) .  The HFI is primarily to help the helicopter crew know where the exact location to where the firing is coming from. This fire detection system will better the counter measures of the crew to be able to avoid or apprehend the situation they are in. Other major companies involved with this project are Airbus Defense and Space, Rheinmetall Defence and Fraunhofer FKIE.

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Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has just announced that they’ve awarded Bombardier Commercial Aircraft an order for nine of their Q400 tuboprop Jets. The transaction is the culmination of a conversion of options initially booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and is expected to increase the total of WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft fleet to 45. The order is estimated to be around $293 million US based on the average list price of the Q400 aircraft. Ferio Pugliese, President of WestJet Encore raved about how Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed WestJet to further expand from their Western Canada base to communities from coast to coast across the entirety of Canada and into the US where they are continuing to expand their network.

“These nine new superb Q400 aircraft will allow us to accomplish that”, says Ferio. Kevin Smith, Vice President of Regional Aircraft and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft believes that WestJet Encore’s operations have grown immensely in the short period of just three years and started with just two Q400 aircraft serving just two cities, to now 28 aircraft serving 36 destinations in Canada and the U.S With this order, WestJet Encore has a total of 17 aircrafts yet to be delivered that will continue to facilitate their aggressive expansion plans and that the ongoing orders for the Q400 aircrafts is a testament to the economics, flexibility, passenger appeal, reliability and desirability of the Bombardier aircraft.

The Q400 aircraft is a modern 21st century turboprop that provides unmatched performance and operation flexibility in contrast to the other options available on the market. It is offered with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort with option extra-capacity configuration that will allow for up to 90 seats for the higher density markets and a cargo passenger configuration.

With a 30 percent reduction in fuel burn over the leading jets it so often replaces coupled with the radical reduction in carbon emission and the cost efficiency it’s no wonder that Bombardier is taking over the North American market. The Q400 has a cruise speed of 160 km/h which blows conventional jets out of the water at the same seat cost as the larger single-aisle jets and with the large propellers operating at a lower RPM, the Q400 generates massive power with minimal noise making it an exceptionally friendly option for city centers.

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L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Air Force for their KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers. This contract is estimated to be valued around $1.9 billion. Under this indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will be providing logistics integration as well as support for the aircrafts.

According to the United States Department of Defense, this $1.9 billion deal encompasses contractor maintained and operated base supply, aircraft maintenance which includes contractor and deport field teams, as well as additional modifications for service bulletins and time compliance technical orders. L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will also be supporting the KDC-10, which includes the Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands.

The KDC-10 is a military variant of the three-engined DC-10 airliner and acts as an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. This refueling tanker aircraft is operated by the United States Air Force and incorporates equipment which is specifically designed for the military in order to serve its primary roles of transport and aerial fueling.

“Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, the aerial refueling tanker can travel at top speeds of 962kmph. Of the three engines, two are mounted on under wing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer,”

stated an article from Air Force Technology’s website.

“The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refueling, where aviation fuel is transferred from one military aircraft to another during flight. Work under the contract will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands and it is expected to be completed by June 2025.”

After a thorough and competitive acquisition process, this $1.9 billion contract was awarded by the United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace.

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James Drew wrote an article for Flightglobal talking about how the Canadian training and simulation firm, CAE, is working along side with Draken, an American aviation contractor in order for the company to offer 16 Douglass A-4 Skyhawks fir the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force will be using these 16 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks for their combat training.

CAE is also offering two of its own Bombardier Learjets 35s for the Canadian air force. These two Bombardier Learjets 35s come with electronic panels for warfare. These panels have the ability to carry mission pods and towed targets.

The bid for the Contracted Airborne Training Services (or CATS for short) was sent in earlier but the company will not hear any responses in terms of decisions until later this year.

IT was on May 24th when Mike Greenley, CAE’s Canada vice president and general manager, talked about the offer at a CANSEC military convention in Ottawa.

The A-4’s have the ability to mimic the display screens of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighters.

Here’s what Greenley has to say

“We can stimulate that display through constructive simulation through radio links, so it could look like there were four or six aircraft coming from many miles away, even though there’s only a couple of aircraft in the air. Or, the type of aircraft in the air could be A-4 SkyHawks, but on their display it might look like an Su-30, or some other type of Russian or Chinese aircraft. [LVC] will allow for much richer scenarios, so this will be the next-generation of this type of capability with R&D in Canada for export [from Canada].”

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Dominic Perry wrote an article for Flightglobal discussed about how Airbus Helicopters won yet another deal with the UK Ministry of Defense’s rotary wing contract which is also under the MFTS. MFTS stands for Military Flying Training System. Airbus out beat its rival, Cobham who uses the AgustaWestland rotorcraft in order to win the contract.

This contract is a total of over $1 billion dollars. More specifically, this deal is $1.6 billion through the Babcock Lockheed Martin Ascent joint venture.

This deal entails that there will be thirty two helicopters. These thirty two helicopters are german built. More specifically, these thirty two helicopters consist of twenty nine H135s and three H145s. The H145s are considered larger than then H135s.

Here’s what Perry wrote about this deal.

“Under the new contract, the MoD states, aircrew across the three UK services will continue to conduct their basic and advanced rotary training at the Royal Air Force's Shawbury base in Shropshire and the Army Air Corps' Middle Wallop facility in Hampshire. Crews selected for training in mountain and maritime helicopter operations will receive instruction at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Additional ground-based training equipment will be based at Shawbury.”

There will be training held under this new contract that will start in 2018.

Airbus was founded in December 18th 1970 as Airbus Industrie and changed its name to Airbus SAS in 2001. Its headquarters are in Blagnac, France. The company holds over 70,000 employees. The company’s slogan is ‘Setting the standards.’ Airbus is most commonly known for their Airbus320 and A830. Airbus is considered one of Boeing’s biggest rivals.

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The Marine Corps has just taken delivery of the first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters just last week on May 7th of 2016 at the Marine Corps Air station in Yuma, Arizona. Unique in purpose and design, the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter has interlinking rotors and whose primary mission is to handle cargo load operations with a maximum payload exceed 6,000 pounds. Jerry McCawley, Chief Pilot and Flight Safety Engineer with Lockheed Martin, revealed that the Kaman K-MAX Helicopters can actually fly by itself independent of a physical pilot.

The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter were used in missions during the conflicts in Afghanistan and were reportedly moving over five million pounds of cargo for almost three years flying unhanded. The K-MAX Helicopters’ chief advantage is keeping convoys off the road and in turn preventing ambush roadside attacks that have claimed the lives of so many during the war.

Utilizing MACS Yuma’s training ranges in California and Arizona, the K-MAX Helicopters are expected to become a vital and essential part of testing and full-scale operations. Already revolutionizing the environment of expeditionary Marine air-ground combat power and capabilities, the K-MAX Helicopters scope of duties will continue to expand as MCAS Yuma continues to expand its scope of operations.  McCawley went on to further extolling the K-MAX Helicopters by praising its resilience and ability to fly at all hours day or night.

“It’s out here in Yuma for future test and development with the Marines. It’s great now, and it’s only going to get better,”

says McCawley.

The K-MAX Helicopter will be the latest in an expansive and already massive collection of military aircraft alongside strengthening training, testing and operations for the Marine Corps. Kaman announced the that the K-MAX will begin production again back in 2015 due to 10 commercial orders with the first deliveries set for the beginning of the fiscal year of 2017.

Lockheed Martin has also demonstrated a firefighting version of the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter back in November of 2014 and once again in October of 2015 demonstrating the ability to deliver over 24,000 pounds of water in just under one hour.

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The Ch-47 Chinook has been a staple of the US Army since the early 70’s and remains one of the most iconic aircraft in American history to this day. Although the US Army has no immediate plans and intentions to replace the venerable aircraft, when the time does come for it to move on from the Ch-47 Chinook, the AVX aircraft will be its successor. With a 27.2t (60,000lb) tiltrotor replacement and  13.4m (44ft) propellers, the AVX tiltrotor aircraft has been deemed the most perfect fit for a heavy-lift cargo aircraft by an independent advanced rotorcraft design shop. The Texas-based shop in Benbrook has several Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aerodynamicists as staff and with the wealth of experience and knowledge between them have approved the AVX as the most sensible and probable successor to the storied Chinook. The CH-47 is among the last of the current-generation helicopters that are intended to be slowly phased out in favor of a next-generation design.

AVX  has offered light/medium compound coaxial designs as part of the army’s Joint MultiRole technology demonstrator project and has revealed that the forward lifting canards and would be powered by two Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) engines along with having dual ducted fans mounted forward of the horizontal tail.

Troy Gaffey, Chief Executive of AVX has stated that his team would offer a tiltrotor solution currently being pushed by Karem Aircraft with optimal speed tiltrotor and Bell Helicopter has promised to promote an up-scaled V-280 Valor type for "FVL Heavy". An artist’s rendering has drawn some tentative speculation but as of yet AVX still hasn’t completed any detailed work on the tiltrotor. Gaffey is not worried and has stated that AVX feels really comfortable with the first three capability sets in regards to their compound coaxial helicopter configurations.

Speaking at the Army Aviation Association of America symposium in Atlanta, Gaffey believes that the Capability Set 4 is logically a tiltrotor and will be a CH-47 replacement. Previously AVX has proposed a tiltrotor for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane project which was won eventually by Aurora Flight Sciences LightningStrike platform.

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The deputy commander of the United States Pacific Command has suggested that the United States Army must utilize innovative aircrafts with increased speed, range, as well as survivability than is currently attainable with today’s helicopter offerings. Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield has said that the long distances across the Pacific Ocean are a challenge for the current generation of army rotorcraft, specifically the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, as well as the CH-47 Chinook. All of these rotorcrafts were adopted in the last century. The proliferation of anti-aircraft weaponry has also posed as a challenge to these existing rotorcrafts.

“I firmly believe the only way we will close the gap with the problems facing us today is with Future Vertical Lift (FVL),”

Crutchfield said as he spoke about the army-led acquisition program which will incorporate a new family of aircrafts capable of reaching double the speed and range of current models.

“We must have Future Vertical Lift,”

he added.

“It is the only way we will be successful in the PACOM environment with the distances. That range and that speed and that survivability are critical to army aviation to be effective in this fight.”

Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield spoke on April 30th in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Army Aviation Association of America conference. He believes that range and speed are key areas to focus on if the United States Army intends on rapidly responding to a crisis or contingency operation over the South China Sea. This region is where China has been establishing man-made islands in attempts to forward operating locations as well as to increase its disputed territorial claims. Crutchfield is concerned that the United States Army may arrive “late to need” in the event of a natural disaster such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which are fairly common in this region.

“We have to be able to go further and stay longer. It must be swift because lives depend on it,”

Crutchfield said.

“We must do all this in an expeditionary way because we are an expeditionary army.”

“I want to emphasise that our job and our mission is to support the soldier whose operational job is to destroy our nation’s foes in close ground combat,”

added Brig Gen Erik Peterson.

“We have to have the capability, the agility, the manoeuvrability and power to be in the right place at the right time to deliver infiltration, exfiltration, reconnaissance and precision fires. We’re not prepared to sacrifice manoeuvrability or agility in the terminal area.”

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Lockheed Martin team in the UK is creating facilities in the UK to handle performance of F-35 Lightning 2 aircraft.

When the F-35 fighters arrive in Britain, they are hoping for completion in early or around 2018 is what the completion is scheduled for currently. The Air Force base is to begin sometime this month and will include a maintenance and finish facility, a logistics center and also will have a training center as well.

Cliff Robson, the senior VP of F-35 Lighting at BAE Systems said the construction work at RAF Marham signals the start of an exciting time for the Lockheed Martin team in Britain. The team is ecstatic and is ready to start working the first F-35 jets to arrive to the facility; also the contract shows BAE Systems interest and involvement with the F-35 Lightning program with credentials providing the UK’s military operations.

BAE Systems has a proven pedigree in delivering maintenance and support to the Royal Air Force jets thought bases in the United Kingdom which also includes RAF Marham for the last decade which supports the operations of the tornado GR4 fleet.

The defense team of the United Kingdom is worth around $166.6 million dollars only including their defense team.

On Thursday the defense team announced with the completion of another aft fuselage of the F-35 jet, the fuselage will be delivered to assemble the final line in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Boeing Company recently announced that they have been awarded a new US Army contract worth over $1.5 billion to upgrade their Apache helicopter fleet. Over the course of the next several years, the Army will send 117 of their older Apache Helicopters to Boeing’s Mesa facility to be equipped with modern technology. The Army will use this new contract to bring their entire Apache fleet up to current specs and standards.

Boeing’s Mesa facility is actually quite well known for their work on the Apache upgrade programs, as the facility already has 290 Apaches in their system. By the end of the new US Army contract, Mesa will have upgraded and modernized nearly 700 Apaches.

Despite being introduced nearly 30 years, the Apache Helicopter is still as popular as ever among the US and foreign militaries alike.

Kim Smith, Vice President for Boeing’s Attack Helicopter Programs, had this to say about their ongoing Apache maintenance program.

“With our integrated production, services and training teams, Boeing is able to affordably support the Army through each phase of the Apache’s lifecycle.”

Apache helicopters are one of the most important assets in the US Army, and they have seen action in many different conflicts including Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. Its weapons systems features a 30 mm M230 chain gun, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rockets. One of the most unique features of the Apache is its Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS), which allows either the pilot or the gunner to sync their helmet movements with the the M320 chain gun. Modern additions to this system include thermo-optic targeting, high resolution displays, increased surveillance range.

Look for Boeing to make even more upgrades to the Apache fleet in the years to come.

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The Dutch Military has awarded Boeing the contract for 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters which has been valued at an estimated $308 million dollars. According to an announcement from the Defense Department, the funding for the helicopters comes as part of amendment to an already existing foreign military sales contract with the country of Netherlands. Work on the Chinooks will be conducted at Boeing’s facility in Ridley Township, Penn. And if recent announcements are to be believed, the deliveries are expected to be fulfilled this month with U.S. Army’s Contracting Command officials overseeing the program.

The Ch-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter whose primary roles revolve around battlefield supply, artillery placement and the transport of troops. The CH-47 is among one of the fastest helicopters notching a top speed of 170 knots and also boasts being among one of the heaviest lifters as well.

It was originally designed and produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 60’s and is one of the few aircrafts from that era to still remain in production with over 1200 in action to date. The Chinook has been a staple in many of history’s most iconic wars including the Vietnam War, the Iran Conflict, The Falklands War and the War in Afghanistan/Iraq. Needless to say the Chinook has played a vital role in the various conflicts as an all-purpose passenger/ cargo and transport helicopter for our ally troops as a symbol of disaster relief.

The contract amendment comes just days after the Dutch military reached an agreement with Airbus DS Electronics and border security to supply missile launch detection systems in an effort to better protect F-16 fighters and NH-90 helicopters. The missile launch detection system to be delivered is not subjected to the limitations of previous warning technologies simply because it operates on a solar-blind UV spectrum with the ability to detect small arms fire and utilizes high resolution sensors combined with the processing power to rapidly identify threats. The missile launch detection system will be standard outfit for all F-16 fighters of the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

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AAR Corporation, an aviation support company that was founded in 1951 and supplies a wide range of services and products to the government, defense, and aerospace industries, has recently entered into an agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems in order to manage and overlook distribution necessities as well as to support the Japanese military aircraft in Japan by stocking inventory of defense parts. UTC Aerospace Systems serves as one of the world’s biggest suppliers of technologically advanced defense and aerospace products.

"Our number one priority is delighting our customers and meeting their needs as effectively as possible with the best aftermarket solutions and service,"

said the Vice President of Aftermarket for UTC Aerospace System, Ajay Agrawal.

"We are pleased to work with AAR to help meet the critical needs of the Japanese military segment."

Under this multi-year distribution agreement, AAR Corporation will be offering electric systems, environmental and engine controls, as well as propeller and actuation systems which will support military aircraft platforms such as the C-130, F-15, E-2C, as well as AWACS. This deal will significantly strengthen the relationship between AAR Corporation and UTC Aerospace Systems as its inventory and parts support for foreign military customers expands from its current global supply chain. This distribution agreement will be building upon AAR Corporation’s current existing business in the Japanese military segment. AAR Corporation has been selected in recent years as the exclusive supplier of Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APS) accessories and parts for specific military aircrafts operation in that region.

“As an independent provider of aviation aftermarket services, relationships with OEMs like UTC Aerospace have become important to our growth strategy and expands the value operators receive as part of our aftermarket support solutions,”

said the Chief Operation Officer at AAR Aviation Services, John Holmes.

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This past month, the US Army has officially began its search to find replacement “Block III” engines for its second generation RQ-7B Shadow UAV (RQ-7Bv2) aircraft. The initial RQ-7Bv2 scout planes entered service just last year, but new mission equipment is already weighing down the planes immensely.  To put this extra weight into perspective, the RQ-7B was designed to have an overall takeoff weight of 280 lbs, but after adding all the necessary equipment and mission modifications, the takeoff weight balloons to 460 lbs. This takeoff weight is especially troublesome considering that the US Army will likely make even more changes to the aircraft equipment.

The RQ-7Bv2 is an unmanned aircraft used for a variety of tasks including target acquisition, reconnaissance missions, and surveillance operations. Usually, the RQ-7B is paired with an AH-64 Apache gunship for scouting purposes so as to survey the battlefield without ever sending in a manned aircraft. The latest generation of RQ-7B features a bevy of upgrade compared to its predecessor including a larger wing-span, higher fuel capacity, more aerodynamic design, and improved relay avionics.

All improvements considered, the RQ-7Bv2 has a flight endurance of nearly 9 hours, however, current RQ-78 engines fail too often to be considered reliable. The US Army has addressed this concern on several occasions, and they have expressed that the next set of engines must have a failure rate of no less than once every 1,000 flight hours.

US Army

“This propulsion system shall provide RQ-7Bv2 with a more reliable and lower life cycle cost system. The system shall allow growth in aircraft weight while maintaining performance.”

Over the next two years, the US Army will test two competing engine designs before making their final decision on which company will be awarded the “Block III” engine contract.  Production on the “Block III” engines will likely begin towards the latter part of 2017, and the US Army expects all engines to be completed and installed by 2019.

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The Airbus A350-900 is scheduled to make its FIDAE debut as a part of the air show’s flying display.  The huge wide body twin engine plane recently entered service with Brazilian Airline TAM, and the FIDAE air display will only serve to strengthen Air Bus’ reach within South America.  Airbus has seen its fair share of sales success in Latin America, and they believe their latest model will also sell well in the region.

The A350-900 is a wide body jet model with a range of over 8,100 nautical miles and a maximum flight time of up to 19 hours. When compared to its predecessor, the plane is fitted with more spacious seating areas as well as an increased fuel capacity. Each A350-900 features two separate seating configurations: the business class section has 42 lie-flat business class seats arranged in a series of four side by side groups, while the economy class features similar setup with a series of nine side by side groups.

Rafael Alonso, vice-president for Airbus Latin America, had the following to say about marketing the A350 in Latin America

“Latin America has tremendous potential for development of additional long-haul routes, and with the A350 XWB already operating in the region with TAM, we believe it is the most relevant aircraft to debut at FIDAE.”

Although customers in South and Central America have mostly only shown interest in the cheaper narrow body Airbus models, the company believes that market for will expand over the next decade or so.  The entire Central and South American aerospace industry is actually in an economic downturn, but this has not put a damper on Airbus’ prospects for the A350.

“We are seeing airlines respond to the region’s economic crisis very strategically, by reducing capacities and not renewing leasing agreements,”

he says.

“The business models of airlines in our region are working and the consolidation that took place with LAN and TAM and the acquisition of TACA by Avianca have created powerful airline groups with enormous purchasing power.”

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Sécurité Civile, the civil defense agency of the French government, will soon need to replace their aging fleet of nine Conair Turbo Firecat fire bombers and have recently considered potentially choosing the new Bombardier 415 Superscooper in order to modernize their fleet. Sécurité Civile’s current existing fleet of Firecat bombers, some of which have served as long as 58 years, were originally converted from Grumman S-2 Trackers; their type certificate is soon to expire in 2020.

Victor Devouge, the aerial division chief of Sécurité Civile, has said that the French government hopes to retire Conair Turbo Firecat fire bombers sometime between 2018 and 2022. This time frame is in line with their aircrafts’ structural life limit 25,000 flight hours, which will call for a two-year type certification extension. As they replace their fleet, France intends on acquiring a multirole aircraft which can deliver greater volumes of water while simultaneously reducing operating costs as well as acquisition costs. In the weeks to come, it is anticipated that an international call will be published for tenders to offer a replacement with wildfire fighting capabilities.

Devouge spoke in Sacramento, California, at the Aerial Firefighting International conventional this week, and suggested that a contract will be awarded in 2017 in order for aircraft deliveries to take place in 2018. France’s firefighting service already operates twelve Superscooper amphibians, as Devogue has expressed disappointment that the production of the 415 has paused due to a lack or orders. The three most recent aircrafts were delivered to Aero-Flite and are capable of scooping up 1,621 GL, or 6140L, in a dozen seconds.

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The United States Navy’s twin-engine supersonic, multirole combat jet, the F-18 Hornet, has been experiencing issues with its On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS), as the Navy has been continuously searching for a fix for five years. The system failure, while rare, could potentially kill the aircraft’s pilot due to in-flight oxygen deprivation, consequently costing a pilot’s life as well as potentially destroying a $30 million to $60 million aircraft.

“I’m concerned about the high rate of hypoxia — which is caused by a lack of oxygen — and other physiological events apparently being experienced by the crew members of F-18 aircraft over the past five years,”

said a senior Democrat on the House Armed Services subcommittee for tactical land and air forces, Rep. Niki Tsongas.

Oxygen deprivation can cause the pilot of the aircraft to feel nauseous or dizzy, which could be very dangerous while flying through the sky at hundreds of miles per hour. While Tsongas noted that the F-18s carry backup bottles of oxygen, the emergency supply requires manual intervention in order to be turned on properly. This can be challenging for a pilot already experiencing oxygen deprivation. Also, this auxiliary oxygen supply only contains about 10 minutes’ worth of oxygen, which is hardly enough to get the aircraft back to an aircraft carrier or base in order to land safely.

From May of 2010 through October of 2015, the United States Navy recorded 297 incidents for every variant of the F-18.

“None of the incidents….have resulted in loss or damage of an aircraft,”

said the Navy papers.

“In all but one instance, the pilot made a full recovery from the episode.”

Not much information has been released regarding that one pilot.

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