Lockheed Martin has gained to upgrade the US militaries night vision Apache Aircrafts “Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/ PNVS). Retaining a good relationship with between the two on Oct. 4, the US ARMY granted Lockheed a $49.3 million contract to update “(M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares which will allow improvements on mission’s outcomes. The newest installments have become a part of the U.S Army’s Lot 1 production and will begin to take place in March 2019.
The U.S. Air Force training and simulation experts have recommended upgrading flight simulators for Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircrafts in order to match the upgraded cockpit avionics to assist pilot training. A $38.8 million dollar contract has been announced by officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Orlando, Florida holds a very exciting project from Thales Flytlink. Thales Flytlink’s original headquarters is located within France, that’s where it all started. Flytlink is the one who provides for Flight Deck Avionics and Passenger Connectivity. The whole purpose of Flytlink is to provide a larger range of global aviation connectivity solutions. Communication will exceed excellence with Flytlink. Communications in cockpits are going to be excellent due to Flytlinks availability to enhance iridium satellite. Not only is Flytllink great for communication skills, it will also provide much more safety for pilots.
Airbus Helicopters is the largest industry regarding helicopter deliveries. it is part of the Airbus group. Airbus Helicopter have teamed up with Helibras, they both are introducing the first Airbus Helicopter H225M in naval combat version. This is a huge step for the, it promises to hold the first aircraft in naval combat which is a big step for them. It is going to be a very big step toward a more successful operation system for them. This brand new H225M version is so unique. They have the expectation of it meeting with the requirements for the Brazilian Navy.
On September 29th, 2016, Dominic Perry wrote an article for Flight Global talking about how Kenya is going to take delivery on five remanufactured Bell Helicopter Huey II rotorcrafts. These Huey II rotorcrafts have a worth of over $50 million. This was a contracted that was awarded to Kenya on September 26th. There are also various spare parts and training that is bundled up into this deal.
On August 16, 2016 San Diego experienced a major event. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. accomplished a tracking missile test under a contract that supported missile defense from a legit agency. There were two unmanned aircrafts that had Raytheon multi-spectral targeting systems that sighted a ballistic missile target and acted on the US Navy vessels. The reason this test was very important was due to the practice needed on adequacy to defeat missile defense.
India and France have finally signed the long-awaited contract for 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts for the Indian Air Force. The deal which is valued at $7.8 billion dollars which is actually down from the initial $12 billion valuation reported by the Indian Express. As part of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA), the Dassault Aviation-built multi-role jet fighter deal was signed off by France and India earlier in the fiscal year.
Piaggio aerospace shifts its priorities and investments a whole 360, converting over to another line of work. From being a well-known worldwide MRO company to later transitioning to a supplier of defense and special mission aircrafts. As of July 28th 2016 an Air framer published an industrial plan to help elevate the Piaggio company to becoming a well-known supplier as well as their previous MRO company.
The US Navy Reaches out to the experts at Raytheon for a newer intergraded heat seeking missile. Constructed for as a short range air to air contact through jet fighters and other combat aircrafts. In estimated cost for the overall expenses in the contract round up to be more over a quarter billion dollars.
The Lockheed Martin F-35B has recently been acquired by the United Kingdom. The F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-engine, single-seat, all weather stealth multirole fighters. It is currently undergoing final testing and development by the United States. The F-35B variant is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the aircraft. Due to threats such as foreign object damage, the vertical takeoffs and landings are riskier. As of 2014, the F-35B variant is limited to 400 knots and 4.5 g. The maiden test flights of the F-35B was held in June of 2008.
As part of a $6 billion deal with Boeing, the British Defense Ministry will purchase nine surveillance planes and fifty attack helicopters from the American manufacturing corporation. To improve the U.K.’s defense strategy, Britain had committed to purchasing nine P-SA jets intended for sea patrols and hunting submarines that actively search to find enemy submarines.
The United States Air Force has recently introduced its most recent first fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement, or OLR, helicopter. This helicopter will be the first of 21 HH-60G aircrafts that the United States Air Force has added to their fleet in order to replace the aircrafts lost in roughly 15 years of deployed combat operations since 9/11.
US Air Force gives the green light on further development of the next generation engine. Such an enormous task given to such prestige’s companies such as General Electric, Pratt and Whitney. The Goal of the latest engine is proposed to be placed on a sixth-generation fighter and potentially an upgraded F-35 Lightning II. Both contracts were issued by the Department of Defense on June 30th. 919.5 million dollars were issued to general electric alongside 873 million to Pratt & Whitney. The contract should cover the cost of building and testing of a 45000 lb thrust turbo fan adaptive engine with an approximate exceeding overall cost of 1 billion dollars each.
On July 14th, 2016 Nick Statt wrote an article on Boeing and how it is planning to make use of Google’s Glass in order to build airplanes. For those who don’t know what Google Glass is, it is a company that uses augmented reality in order to build airplanes.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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