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Military Aviation
Bae 146-300 leased to Titan Airways for MoD duties
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 01 December, 2009
Titan Airways has taken a BAe 146-300 on lease for providing passenger and freight shuttle services for the UK’s Ministry of Defence in the Middle East
 
First AW139 helicopter delivered to Qatar
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 25 November, 2009
First of eighteen versatile AW139 helicopters in military configuration for the Qatar Armed Forces delivered by AgustaWestland
 
Court sustains Government contract termination
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 25 November, 2009
General Dynamics is to appeal the decision of the Federal Court to sustain the termination of a contract for Navy A-12 aircraft
 
UAV manufacturer gains newsnew CEO
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 24 November, 2009
Experienced defence industry manager takes charge at Innocon unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer
 
Aviation electronics specialist speaks at New York Conference
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 24 November, 2009
The Credit Suisse Aerospace and Defence Conference in New York will be attended by Rockwell Collins with CFO address to be transmitted by webcast
 
Zephyr UAS undergoes trials in Arizona
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 23 November, 2009
The solar powered Zephyr unmanned aerial system from QinetiQ is continuing testing in Arizona under joint sponsorship with the MoD
 
Simultaneous deliver of two C-130J aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 23 November, 2009
The US Air Force base in Ramstein and the US Marine Corps have both taken delivery of C-130J airlifters from Lockheed Martin
 
Former High Court Judge to oversee internal Haddon-Cave investigation
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 November, 2009
QinetiQ has hired the services of Sir Robert Nelson to lead investigations for the company into the results and findings of the Haddon-Cave report in connection with the loss of a Nimrod
 
Rockwell Collins selected for KC-135 Block 45 flight deck upgrade program
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 12 October, 2009
The U.S. Air Force has selected Rockwell Collins for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the KC-135 Block 45 cockpit upgrade program. Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will modernize the KC-135 refueling tankers flight deck with the latest generation autopilot, flight director, radar altimeter and electronic engine instrument display. Two prototype aircraft will be modified during the EMD phase to establish the production baseline for 415 additional KC-135 aircraft expected to receive the Block 45 upgrade.
 
AgustaWestland awarded Apache integrated operational support contract
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 06 October, 2009
AgustaWestland has been awarded the Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to meet the Apache Attack Helicopter Future Support Arrangements (FSA) requirement.
 
Saab - Enhanced Gripen proposal to Brazil
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 02 October, 2009
The updated proposal fulfils all the requirements stated by Brazil to develop, manufacture, operate, maintain and upgrade an independent multi-role fighter, together with an extensive industrial package with full transfer of technology. This will give Brazil the opportunity to be involved in the development as well as to include a significant number of Brazilian suppliers in Gripen NG aircraft.
 
New Orion P-3 wings delivered to Norway
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 01 October, 2009
The first set of new production P-3 Orion wings has been delivered to the company’s launch customer, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, on Sept. 25. The milestone delivery ushers in a new era of P-3 life cycle sustainment.
 
Elbit Systems completes successful Hermes?90 heavy fuel engine debut flight
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 01 October, 2009
Elbit Systems Ltd's Hermes®90 unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system successfully completed its heavy fuel engine (HFE) debut flight.
 
ATAK team maiden flight
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 01 October, 2009
The T129 P1 prototype helicopter’s maiden flight was successfully completed by AgustaWestland and TAI test pilots during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland facilities in Vergiate, Italy.
 
Rockwell Collins - new realtime situational awarenes system
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 24 September, 2009
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, will provide real-time situational awareness to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and coalition forces under two recent awards for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low-Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT).
 
Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS) adopted by US DoD
Cargo, Ground Handling and Landing : 22 September, 2009
Airborne Systems has announced the full adoption by the US Department of Defense (DoD) of one of its family of Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS).
 
'Drop and forget' parachute system
Cargo, Ground Handling and Landing : 22 September, 2009
Airborne Systems Canada announces that the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has procured an undisclosed, but significant number of low cost aerial delivery parachutes, the "Unicross’, for "drop-and-forget’ missions in Afghanistan.
 
Saab 105 SK60 training aircraft to be upgraded
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 21 September, 2009
Saab has received an order valued at MSEK 130 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for the development and upgrade of the Armed Forces SK60 training aircraft.
 
BAE Systems - First production Nimrod MRA4 flies
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 21 September, 2009
The first production Nimrod MRA4 has made its maiden flight from the BAE Systems facility at Woodford in Cheshire.
 
AgustaWestland - Upgraded British Army Lynx flies with new engines
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 17 September, 2009
AgustaWestland has announced the successful first flight of the British Army’s first Lynx AH Mk.9A fitted with more powerful CTS800 engines, just 10 months after contract award. The maiden flight, lasting 60 minutes, took place today at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility with the aircraft handling as expected.
 
C-5M Super Galaxy set 41 records
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 16 September, 2009
A joint U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin flight crew flying a C-5M Super Galaxy strategic transport claimed 41 world aeronautical records in one flight on September 13.
 
Lockheed Martin and Hawker Beechcraft team up for USAF LAAR aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 16 September, 2009
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Lockheed Martin have teamed to compete for the opportunity to provide a low-cost, low-risk solution to address U.S. Air Force (USAF) needs for a Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft. The USAF is expected to launch an acquisition program in fiscal year 2010.
 
Lockheed Martin F-35 to be based at Eglin AFB for global training
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 14 September, 2009
Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II program remains focused on preparations for opening the Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 2010 - a facility that will train F-35 pilots and maintainers worldwide.
 
AW139 ordered again by Japanese National Police Agency
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 14 September, 2009
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have announced that the Japanese National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another medium lift AW139 helicopter to replace the Chiba prefecture’s AS332L1 helicopter.
 
C130J delivery enhances airlift missions
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 09 September, 2009
The latest (14th) C130-J to be based at USAF airfield Ramstein, Germany, was formally accepted into service.
 
Lockheed Martin - USA Secretary of Defense speaks on importance of F-35
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 01 September, 2009
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited Lockheed Martin's final assembly operation for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter today, conveying optimism for the program's future and emphasizing the F-35's importance to global security.
 
Intertrade marks 40th anniversary with new offerings, capabilities
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 01 September, 2009
Intertrade, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins, and a global leader in providing new and recertified aircraft components, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering expanded capabilities and services for its commercial and government customers that include:
 
Final C-5B Galaxy transport modified under avionics modernization program
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 26 August, 2009
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 50th C-5B Galaxy strategic transport modified under the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) back to the US Air Force.
 
Barco forms avionics partnership with Monitor Soft in Russia
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 17 August, 2009
Avionics display provider Barco has entered into a partnership with Zhukovsky-based aerospace company Monitor Soft to jointly provide cockpit mission systems on the Russian market.
 
Thales Watchkeeper completes major flight trials milestone
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 13 August, 2009
 
Rockwell Collins' unmanned technology for manned aircraft demonstrated
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 13 August, 2009
Rockwell Collins recently demonstrated its ability to adapt unmanned auto land technology to manned systems in an effort to enhance safety in the future airspace.
 
Aurora's Excalibur unmanned aircraft makes first flight with Rockwell Collins' flight controls
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 13 August, 2009
The Rockwell Collins Athena 511 flight control and navigation system recently played a key role in the successful first hover flight of Aurora Flight Sciences' Excalibur Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
 
Lockheed Martin & Kaman Aerospace U.S.M.C. unmanned helipcopter contract
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 13 August, 2009
Kaman Aerospace Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps on behalf of Team K-MAX to demonstrate the ability of the Unmanned K-MAX. helicopter to deliver cargo to troops in extreme environments and at high altitudes.
 
Boeing and Schiebel to pursue opportunities in UAS with CAMCOPTER? S-100.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 12 August, 2009
Schiebel AG of has signed a teaming agreement to pursue marketing and support opportunities for Schiebel's CAMCOPTER® S-100. The S-100 is a compact unmanned aerial vehicle that provides a platform for a wide variety of payloads, including a stabilized video system for surveillance and reconnaissance.
 
Expansion of UAV imaging applicatons
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 10 August, 2009
Sensors Unlimited, Inc., part of Goodrich Corporation, and Cloud Cap Technology ( www.cloudcaptech.com), acquired by Goodrich Corporation in May, 2009, are teaming up to provide specialized imaging solutions for military, security and surveillance markets
 
BAE Systems - Typhoon tranche 3 production
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 10 August, 2009
This contract, which follows on from the UK Government’s confirmation in May that it would move ahead with the final stages of procuring a third production batch for the Royal Air Force, will provide: - 40 aircraft for the UK - 31 for Germany - 21 for Italy - 20 for Spain
 
Elisra - New data link technology developments for UAVs
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 10 August, 2009
The new C-band Starlink Digital Data Link System and Advanced Data Link System (ADLS-2) will be showcased, underscoring Elisra’s technological prowess in the data link field.
 
Italian Navy Takes delivery of its 21st AW101 helicopter
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 06 August, 2009
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Navy has taken today delivery of its 21st AW101 three engine medium/heavy helicopter during an official ceremony held at Maristaeli Luni naval base in Italy. This Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) configured aircraft is the first unit of the last AW101 batch for the service which has committed to a total of 24 AW101s.
 
Trinidad and Tobago orders four AW139 helicopters
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 30 July, 2009
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the government of Trinidad and Tobago has signed a contract to purchase four AW139 medium twin turbine helicopters.
 
Lockheed Martin - First stealth fighter for U.S. Navy
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 30 July, 2009
A ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant marked the rollout of the U.S. Navy's first-ever stealth fighter, the F-35C Lightning II. The aircraft will enable the U.S. Navy to possess 5th generation fighter capabilities at sea, extending America's reach and reducing the timeline from threat to response.
 
AirTanker - First A330 flown to Airbus Military facility at Getafe, Spain
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 30 July, 2009
AirTanker is pleased to announce that the first Airbus A330-200 destined to become a British Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) was flown from Airbus' Toulouse, France, factory to the Airbus Military facility at Getafe, Spain, on schedule.
 
Lockheed Martin - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion contract
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 29 July, 2009
Lockheed Martin has been awarded an $821 million maintenance, repair, and overhaul contract for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion fleet. The contract is for a base period of one year, with nine additional one-year options. CBP currently operates 16 P-3s, updated with a suite of modern surveillance sensors oriented towards conducting homeland security missions.
 
Expansion of imaging applications for UAVs and manned safety systems
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 29 July, 2009
Sensors Unlimited, Inc., part of Goodrich Corporation, and Cloud Cap Technology ( www.cloudcaptech.com), acquired by Goodrich Corporation in May, 2009, are teaming up to provide specialized imaging solutions for military, security and surveillance markets.
 
Detecting IEDs may have got one stage easier
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 27 July, 2009
Joint Northrop Grumman and AESIR display demonstrates how UGV and UAV work together
 
AESIR - shows range of VTOL UAVS designed for surveillance and cargo lift
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 24 July, 2009
A new family of Unmanned Airborne Systems is making its appearance at the UV Europe Conference being held at the Celtic Manor Hotel, Peterborough, UK on 22 and 23 July 2009.
 
QinetiQ - Chinook Mk 3 successfully tested
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 08 July, 2009
A UK Chinook Mk3 helicopter successfully completed its first test flight on 6 June at MOD Boscombe Down during the flight testing and evaluation phase of the Mk3 reversion programme.
 
Saab receives development order for the Gripen system
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 02 July, 2009
Defence and security company Saab has received an order valued at approx. MSEK 350 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for development of the Gripen system.
 
GA-ASI - first flights of Lynx radar on Sky Warrior UAS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 02 July, 2009
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, today announced that its Lynx® Block 30 Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) radar has completed two successful test flights on a Sky Warrior® Block 1 UAS in support of the planned Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) deployment of the first four Sky Warrior aircraft under the U.S. Army Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) UAS Program.
 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honoured by the AIAA
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 30 June, 2009
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, today announced that it has recently been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with local awards for outstanding aerospace engineering and outstanding aerospace management.
 
General Dynamics awarded contract by U.S. Navy for aircraft radomes
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 25 June, 2009
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy's Naval Inventory Control Point for the refurbishment of radomes for the EA-6B fighter jet. The initial award value is $2 million with a total potential value of $10 million over five years if all options are exercised.
 
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