28.12.2009
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News Update 28 December 2009 - News in Brief

Our weekly news roundup from around the aerospace industry.

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Orbital Sciences announced that it has been selected by Intelsat, the leading provider of fixed satellite services, to design, build and deliver the Intelsat 23 (IS-23) commercial communications satellite. The satellite will be based on Orbital's flight-proven STAR-2 platform. The IS-23 satellite will generate 4.8 kilowatts of payload power and carry 15 active Ku-band and 24 active C-band transponders. The IS-23 satellite will be located in orbit at 53 degrees West longitude following its launch in late 2011. The spacecraft will provide communications services for the Americas, Europe and Africa. The IS-23 satellite is expected to have a useful life of at least 15 years. It is the 28th Orbital-built geosynchronous communications satellite ordered by customers throughout the world since 2001 and will be the 10th in the Intelsat fleet.
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Embraer delivered the first two Super Tucano aircraft, of a total of eight, to the government of the Dominican Republic. The airplanes will be operated by the Dominican Air Force on missions involving internal security, border patrol, and combating the drug traffic. This contract represents the fourth export of this successful turboprop, after being sold to the Air Forces of Colombia (FAC), Chile (FACH), and Ecuador (FAE).
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Lockheed Martin recently completed Phase 2 of its Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) B-52 integration program at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. Sniper pod integration on the B-52 will provide aircrews with critical long-range, positive target identification and video downlink capability to forward-deployed forces for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. In the latest series of flights, Sniper ATP demonstrated its ability to operate on the B-52, proving its extended laser range capability, precision long range target tracking and moving multi-target track. In August, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a Phase 3 Sniper ATP B-52 integration contract. Phase 3 includes full integration of the Sniper ATP on the B-52 with a new multi-function color display and digital-integrated hand controller.
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QinetiQ
has officially brought into service the Mirach advanced sub-sonic aerial target, as part of the Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) contract for the UK's armed forces, having completed a series of complex verification and operational evaluation trials. Under the CATS contract QinetiQ provides a service that meets all the UK MOD’s unmanned sub sonic aerial target requirements worldwide, including ground-based air defence (GBAD) training for the Army, aerial target services for the Royal Navy, and an air-to-air service for the RAF. The MOD awarded the CATS contract to QinetiQ on 14th December 2006 and it is worth up to £308m over 20 years. Mirach targets are manufactured by SELEX Galileo of Finmeccanica and have been enhanced to offer a variety of sophisticated new payloads to meet MOD training requirements. These include the integration of commercial-off-the-shelf technologies like chaff and flare, an intense onboard heat source, miss distance indicator capabilities, radar enhancements and an IFF Transponder plus the ability to present towed IR and semi automatic radar targets.
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Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide avionics and pilot controls for the new MC-21 family of single-aisle aircraft being developed by Russian-based Irkut Corporation, part of United Aircraft Corporation. The first of three aircraft variants is due to enter service in 2016. "The MC-21 represents an excellent opportunity and important strategic win for us as we aim to further strengthen our relationships with customers in this region," said Bruno Rambaud, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins won these packages together with Russian partner companies Concern Avionica for avionics components and Aviapribor for the aircraft's pilot controls. Rockwell Collins will provide engineering support and a suite of complimentary avionics and pilot controls, including: Communication, navigation, surveillance systems including the Rockwell Collins MultiScan Hazard Detection System; Information Management infrastructure including electronic flight bags and docking stations; ARINC 664 hardware (avionics ethernet switch) and configuration tools; Side-sticks controls, rudder/brake pedal system, flap/slat and speed-brake control lever modules, and trim control panel.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15C fired Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder advanced, infrared-guided air-to-air missile as part of the missile's developmental testing program. The weapon successfully guided and passed within lethal range of a BQM-74 target drone, meeting all primary test objectives. The Nov. 20 test occurred at the U.S. Air Force's Eglin Air Force Base test range and marks the second time the missile has been fired. The AIM-9X Block II adds a lock-on-after-launch capability, redesigned fuze and a one-way forward-quarter datalink capability to the AIM-9X Block I.
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Boeing and ANA
(All Nippon Airways) announced an order for five 777-200ER (Extended Range) and five 767-300ER jetliners. The order is valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices.
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Sichuan Airlines
, the first Chinese operator to fly Airbus A320 Family aircraft, has signed a contract with Airbus for customized Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its future fleet of three brand new leased A330s, which are scheduled to be in service from early next year. In order to operate the newly built A330 fleet in a more efficient and cost-effective way, Sichuan Airlines has decided to use the Airbus FHS and will become the first customer for Airbus FHS in China. The FHS is part of Airbus’ comprehensive portfolio of support, services and solutions that help Airbus customers meet and exceed their business objectives. Airbus will deliver to Sichuan Airlines a tailor-made solution with strong support from Airbus worldwide customer services system. Under the agreement, Airbus guarantees availability of key Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) as well as related logistics and maintenance services for Sichuan Airlines for an initial 13.5-year period.
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Saab and Mitsubishi Aircraft
(MJET) have signed an agreement under which Saab will provide technical publication documentation work to MJET in support of their Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) programme. The framework agreement is a strategically important achievement for Saab. It opens the path for further discussion between the companies to supply and apply Saab’s extensive expertise in the area of commercial aircraft support solutions, gained from the Saab 340 and 2000 programmes as well as various military programmes, to MJET and their new MRJ aircraft. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation regional jets.
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Eurocopter has completed the delivery of two EC145s to Helicopteros Marinos, an Argentinean offshore operator that serves the oil and gas industry in the southernmost area of Argentina. The company is the third offshore operator in Latin America to have selected the EC145. These aircraft are scheduled to go into service in January 2010. Helicopteros Marinos operates in very remote areas and in hostile environments. The company does not currently have an aircraft dedicated to search and rescue (SAR) capabilities and one of the EC145s will be covering the other in terms of SAR. Both EC145s are equipped in an 8-passenger configuration with weather radar, CVFDR (Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder) and UMS (Usage Monitoring System) systems as well as an HF radio.
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SAS
will launch four new routes during 2010, whilst adding frequencies on three routes. The new routes are to Lyon (France), Vilnius (Lithuania), Bardufoss (Norway) and Visby (Sweden). "It is time for SAS to expand again. During 2009 we cut capacity to adjust our offerings to the lowered demand in the market, but now we are pleased to once again open up new routes and offer our customers even more destinations and frequencies. No other airline in Northern Europe can compete with our extensive network and attractive schedules," says Lars Sandahl Sørensen, Chief Commercial Officer, SAS Scandinavian Airlines.
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The Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) program has announced that the United Kingdom has received financial approval to purchase its third Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II operational test aircraft, reinforcing the U.K.'s continued commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter program's upcoming Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E). "The U.K. this week received financial approval to go ahead and purchase the third U.K. STOVL OT&E aircraft that is planned within LRIP 4. Given the extremely tight financial climate in the U.K. government and the consequent impact across public spending, especially defence, this is a significant achievement," said Air Commodore Graham Farnell, the U.K.'s Joint Combat Aircraft Team head. "I believe it reflects well upon the JSF program and it is a measure of the confidence that the U.K. has in both the F-35 Lightning II and the program to deliver this capability."
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The second Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, completed its first flight on 22 December. The all-new airplane, which features the livery of the Dreamliner's launch customer, ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle. Captain Randy Neville was at the controls for the flight, with Chief Pilot Mike Carriker operating as co-pilot. Neville and Carriker took the airplane to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour. The airplane took off at 9:09 a.m. PST and landed at 11:10 a.m. PST.
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Airmen completed the first deployment of F-22 Raptors to the Middle East in mid-December. The fifth-generation fighters and their crews were in the area as part of a multinational exercise where pilots from a variety of nations train together in fighting a large-scale air war. This was the first deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility for the 150 Airmen deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va., and the six F-22s they operated. "We didn't know how the jet was going to perform or react, given the temperature differences as well as the dust, sand and wind," said Lt. Col. Lance Pilch, the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. "But we were able to fly more sorties than we scheduled for, so the F-22 actually exceeded expectations." The F-22 previously deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for exercises in the Pacific.
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BAE Systems
has successfully installed the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft. The ATIRCM system is a laser-based, directable countermeasures system that protects helicopters against attack by missiles. The ATIRCM system and AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System greatly enhances overall aircraft survivability against current and evolving threats. Its installation follows a series of rigorous qualification, field, and flight tests. The first systems were installed ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline for the Army’s ATIRCM quick-reaction capability program.
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AgustaWestland announced that the first four upgraded Lynx Mk.9A helicopters for the British Army have been delivered, with the fourth aircraft delivered today, just 12 months after contract award. Three of these four aircraft will be used by the Army Air Corps for conversion to type and conversion to role training at its Dishforth base in Yorkshire. In 2010 the Lynx Mk.9A helicopters will deploy to Afghanistan to support British and coalition forces, where its exceptional hot and high performance will enable the aircraft to operate year round in the demanding environmental conditions experienced there.
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AgustaWestland announced that the Ministries of Finance and Interior of Bulgaria have ordered an AW139 medium twin helicopter to meet the latest Bulgarian Border Police helicopter requirement. The main mission of the helicopter, procured with Schengen Facility programme funds, is to provide a reliable air surveillance capability on the outer EU borders, since Bulgaria is expected to be a Schengen Zone Member starting from March 2011. This contract marks the entrance of the AW139 into the Bulgarian market and adds another AgustaWestland helicopter type to the Bulgarian Police helicopter fleet, which already includes the AW109 Power. This latest sale confirms the growing success of AgustaWestland’s range of modern high performance helicopters in the law enforcement market.

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The U.S. Army fired two TALON Laser-Guided Rocket guided test vehicle rounds during the Aviation Multi-Platform Munition Demonstration. TALON LGR is a cooperative development effort between Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Emirates Advanced Investments of the United Arab Emirates. The TALON LGR rounds were launched from a U.S. Army OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and hit targets at 3,500 meters (2.17 miles). This exceeded accuracy requirements for the Department of Defense's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II program. "In September, the U.S. Army clearly stated the need for a guided munition capable of being launched from the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "TALON LGR can meet that operational need. U.S. forces will be able to obtain a fully qualified laser-guided rocket that meets or exceeds all the guided 70 mm rocket requirements without expending tens of millions of dollars in research, evaluation and testing."

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Boeing and Air Austral announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at $152 million at list prices. The two 737-800s will be the airline's first of this model, replacing one 737-300 and one 737-500 in the airline's fleet. Air Austral, headquartered in St. Denis, Reunion, a French Department island located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, operates regional routes to Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Mayotte, Seychelles and Comoros. The carrier also operates long haul routes to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse in mainland France and to Australia and New Caledonia with a fleet of 777-300ER (Extended Range) and 777-200ER exclusively.

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Malaysia Airlines and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the order of 15 A330-300 and acquired purchase options for another 10. The total cost of the 25 aircraft is USD5 billion at list prices. The aircraft which will be delivered from 2011 to 2016 will serve the growing markets of South Asia, China, North Asia, Australia and Middle East. When the 15 A330 aircraft are received, Malaysia Airlines expects to gain annual savings of RM300 million.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Astrium for the initial development phase of its programme to enhance the performance of the Ariane launch vehicle and make it even more competitive. ESA’s Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution (ME) programme aims to raise the payload capacity of Ariane 5 from 10 to 12 tonnes, an increase of 20%. The teams at Astrium Space Transportation are working on the development of an entirely new upper stage for the launch vehicle. Among other things, it will feature a new, re-ignitable Vinci engine, which will make it possible to optimise the insertion into orbit of the satellites and other spacecraft it transports and prolong their service life in orbit. Astrium is also planning to introduce a new generation of avionics and flight software that will further enhance the performance of the launch vehicle’s electronic control systems. The new upper stage for the Ariane ME will additionally benefit from improved reliability and safety.

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The first Russian-made Antonov An148 regional jet, registration RA-61701 commenced revenue passenger services on 21 December. That day the “Rossiya” State Transport Company successfully accomplished Flight FV135 on the central timetable of Russia’s domestic passenger services. It originated in Pulkovo-1 of Saint Petersburg and terminated in the Sheremetievo Moscow international airport, Terminal 1. On this service the newest indigenous design replaced a Boeing 737-500. Six business and thirty five economy class passengers were on the first revenue flight that lasted one hour ten minutes at cruise altitude of 9,100 meters.

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Embraer officially opened a service center dedicated exclusively to executive jets, in December, at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. Now, the Company offers a new support and services option, especially for Latin American customers. “As promised at the last LABACE, we have met our goal of delivering this new service center dedicated to executive aviation to our customers, during 2009,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services – Executive Jets. “It is with a profound sense of satisfaction that we have moved forward in our purpose of always serving our customers better, and I want to take advantage of the moment to congratulate everyone who is involved in this achievement.”

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Embraer delivered the first four Super Tucano airplanes, of a total of 12, to the Chilean Air Force (FACH). The contract, which was announced in August 2008, is the result of a competitive public bid let by the FACH, which chose the airplane manufactured by Embraer as the best solution for the tactical training of its pilots. Embraer's proposal, which was chosen by FACH, includes a broad Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package and an advanced Training and Operation Support System (TOSS), covering not only the aircraft, but also the ground support stations. The FACH's TOSS consists of three systems: a Mission Planning Station (MPS), a Mission Debriefing Station (MDS), and a Flight Simulator (FS).
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A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day, and with placing a destructive device on the aircraft. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device, which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol officers. A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive. Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from the vicinity of Abdulmutallab's seat, believed to have been part of the device. "This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this attempted attack is brought to justice."
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