09.02.2009
FLUG REVUE

News update 9 February 2009News Update 9 February 2009 - News in Brief

Short stories from around the aerospace industry.

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Airbus and Xian Aircraft Industry Company (XAC) signed a cooperation agreement relating to the A320 Family wing equipping (Phase IV) programme. A320 Family wings for aircraft to be assembled at the Final Assembly Line in China (FALC) will now be fully completed and tested in Tianjin, China. The agreement was signed by Brian Fleet, Airbus Senior Vice President, Wing and Pylon Centre of Excellence, and Mr Meng Xiangkai, President of XAC, in London, in the presence of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP, British Prime Minister. According to this fourth phase of the agreement, the wing equipping and testing will be done in Tianjin in a facility to be newly built close to the A320 FALC by XAC, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC). The fully equipped and tested wings will be directly delivered to the nearby Final Assembly Line. Today, the wingbox structures assembled by XAC in China are completed at Airbus' site at Broughton, before being transported to the Final Assembly Line in China.
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Despite the difficult economic conditions, Munich Airport had yet another record-breaking year in 2008. More than 34.5 million passengers – a gain of nearly 2 percent over the previous year – used Bavaria's international aviation hub during the past year. With this result, Munich held on to seventh place among Europe's top ten airports, and also posted the second-highest growth rate, just behind Rome. In the global rankings Munich gained ground for the third consecutive year, advancing from 28th to 27th place. By comparison: When the airport first opened in 1992, Munich was 51st among airports around the world. Munich Airport was one of the few major European hubs to increase its passenger volume in 2008. "Against the backdrop of the sharp economic downturn seen in the second half of last year, this is a very respectable result, with which we have once again significantly exceeded the average performance of German and European airports," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, speaking at the annual press conference. The increased traffic figures were also reflected in the airport's business results: After depreciation and taxes, preliminary figures for the year just ended show after-tax earnings for FMG of approximately 48 million euros. This represents an increase of 3 million euros as compared with the previous year. For the first time since 2002, however, interest payments to the FMG shareholders must again be deducted from that amount. The total revenues of the operating company increased to a record amount of 826 million euros. Including income from all subsidiaries, the FMG Group had total revenues of more than 1 billion euros.
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Boeing has conducted successful functional check flights of two 737-700 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft modified in Australia for Project Wedgetail. During each of the 2.5-hour flights on Jan. 21 and 28 from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Amberley, pilot Doug Benjamin and first officer Ed Wilson performed a series of functional tests that verified the airworthiness of the aircraft's systems and structures. The flight followed major aircraft modifications performed by Boeing Defence Australia at Amberley, including the installation and checkout of an advanced Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) antenna, ventral fins and mission system equipment.
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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. achieved a major milestone in its X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator program by successfully ground testing the aircraft with the pusher propeller installed and spinning for the first time. The test conducted Jan. 23 used the fly-by-wire pitch control system with the rotating, high-speed pusher propeller for the first time. The program testing has been continuing at Sikorsky's Schweizer Aircraft Corp. rapid-prototyping facility in Horseheads, N.Y., since the demonstrator's first flight on Aug. 27, 2008. "The high-speed pusher prop produced the expected amount of thrust and the testing went according to plan,” said Steven Cizewski, X2 Program Manager. “In addition, the pusher prop's drive system and oil distribution system checked out well. In all, we are pleased with this milestone and look forward to finishing the tests in Elmira, N.Y., as we prepare to move the demonstrator into its next phase of testing in West Palm Beach.”
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Saab has handed in its offer for 36 Gripen NG (Next Generation) fighter aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force. “Gripen NG will provide a long term partnership between Brazil and Sweden in a well established fighter programme that continues to develop. Gripen will maintain its position at the cutting edge of technology for the next 30-40 years”, says Saab CEO Mr. Åke Svensson. Saab will provide a strong industrial co-operation package, with positive effects on the national defence industry, such as the direct involvement in the development, production, and maintenance of the aircraft. Gripen NG will also generate transfer of key technology, which will allow full involvement in future capability development.
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The U.S. Navy tested a new Raytheon Company shaped-charge warhead being considered for the Joint Standoff Weapon C-1. The new warhead delivers the same effect as the warhead currently planned for the JSOW C-1 at a reduced cost to the warfighter. "Cost reduction is critical to JSOW's success," said Cmdr. Andrew Kessler, deputy program manager for JSOW in the U.S. Navy's Precision Strike Weapons program office. "We're always on the lookout for new opportunities to maintain or improve weapon capability for the warfighter at reduced cost to the taxpayer." The U.S. Navy and Raytheon funded the demonstration and used proprietary warhead technology developed by Raytheon. It was the second demonstration of this technology on the JSOW; the first took place in late 2007.
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Honeywell announced that it has received an order via Foreign Military Sales, for six T-Hawk MAV (Micro Air Vehicle) systems from the U.S. Navy, which is the contracting agency for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the T-Hawk MAV system procurement. The circular vehicle, weighing 17 pounds and 14 inches in diameter, can fly down to inspect hazardous areas for threats without exposing warfighters to enemy fire.  The T-Hawk MAV has the ability to take off and land vertically and can fly more than 40 minutes.  In addition, the T-Hawk MAV can move at more than 40 knots of airspeed and operates at altitudes of more than 10,000 feet.
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During a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Tuesday to plan a launch no earlier than Feb. 19. The new planning date is pending additional analysis and particle impact testing associated with a flow control valve in the shuttle's main engines. Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station originally had been targeted for Feb. 12.
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Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL) closed a successful year in 2008 with all of its portfolio allocated to customers. "Demand for good Saab aircraft continues to be strong and steady," said SAL President and CEO Michael Magnusson.  "As always, we are pleased to see existing customers extend leases on our aircraft, while others chose to add more.  During 2008, SAL was also able to secure new customers," he noted, adding "we foresee a small turnover of our aircraft during 2009." In total, SAL completed 17 aircraft transactions last year and was limited by the number of aircraft available. All six available Saab 2000s were either allocated or extended. OLT extended one and Air Express two.  Eastern Airways added two, and Golden Air took delivery of one Saab 2000. In addition, SAL sold one Saab 2000 to Joe Gibbs Racing.
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AgustaWestland announced that it has recently been awarded a contract by the European Defence Agency (EDA) to conduct a six month Helicopter Tactics Programme (HTP) Implementation Study. This contract follows an award made in November 2008, by the EDA, for AgustaWestland to conduct a six month feasibility study into HTP for nations deploying on multinational operations. As part of the UK-France helicopter initiative, the EDA has taken the lead in co-ordinating training among its participating Member States. The HTP Implementation Study is a key part of the initial work. It includes a training analysis across all participating Member States, establishing a common operational task list for support helicopter crews deploying on operations.
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Sea Viper, the Royal Navy's new advanced naval air defence system, was successfully test fired for a second time on 4th February from the trials barge Longbow at the French DGA's CELM (Centre d'Essais de Lancement des Missiles ) test range near the Ile du Levant off the French coast. The successful firing marks a further key step in the demonstration of the maturity of the Sea Viper system, known until recently in the UK as PAAMS (S), in the lead up to the missile system entering service onboard the Royal Navy's new Daring class Type 45 destroyers. The trial comprised the firing of a single Aster 15 missile launched against a Mirach target simulating a low level attack by an anti-ship missile. All aspects of the system behaved as expected with the Aster missile intercepting the target at very close range.
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Northrop Grumman has received U.S. Air Force approval to begin a portion of Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) Radar System Level Performance Verification (RSLPV) flight testing. The approval comes following a successful test readiness review for the MP-RTIP sensor's Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode. This radar is slated for the RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) currently in production. The RSLPV flight test program will take place over the next several weeks with an Air Force report on its success due by the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009. “We are confident that the verification test flights will be successful and will demonstrate the value the Block 40 Global Hawk to provide a new generation surveillance capability,'' Dufresne said. For RSLPV, the sensor is being flown on Northrop Grumman's Proteus aircraft as a surrogate for the first Block 40 Global Hawk. By verifying sensor performance on Proteus, the sensor testing has progressed without impact to production, significantly lowering the risk with regard to the Global Hawk's operational capability.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that it has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Global aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet. Bombardier's BEVS had previously received approval from Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration. EU-OPS rule 1.430(h) requires pilots using instrument approach procedures to be able to visually see the approach lights and runway environment from a predetermined height in order to proceed with landing. With BEVS, that distance has been reduced to 100 feet. This is the European equivalent of Federal Aviation Regulation 91.175. The Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) provides pilots with significantly improved situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and or darkness. BEVS also enhances safety by helping to identify runway incursions. The heart of the BEVS is the CMC Electronics CMA-2700, a new, third-generation member of its SureSight family of I-Series™ integrated sensor systems for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) applications, integrated with Rockwell Collins Heads-Up Guidance System (HGS). Together, the system enables descent down to 100 feet above ground level, thereby enhancing operational flexibility.
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Petra Mateos-Aparicio, Chairman of Hispasat, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, announced the signature of the launch service & solutions contract for the Hispasat 1E satellite. It is the first contract of 2009 signed by Arianespace. Hispasat 1E will be launched by an Ariane 5 at the end of 2010 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will be built by Space Systems/Loral using an LS 1300 platform. Weighing about 5,270 kg at launch, it will be fitted with 53 active Ku-band transponders. This powerful satellite will give Hispasat additional capacity, enabling it to offer a broader range of video and data transmission services with a European and pan-American coverage. Positioned in geostationary orbit at 30 degrees West, Hispasat 1E has a design life of 15 years.

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BAE Systems has received contracts from Sikorsky Aircraft for development and initial deliveries of CH-53K Cockpit Seats and Cabin Armor Systems.  The first deliveries of both seats and cabin armor are scheduled for 2010.  The total value of the programs is estimated at approximately $90 million through 2022. Sikorsky is planning to build 156 CH-53K aircraft. BAE Systems efforts on these initial contracts will include design, development, testing, qualification, and delivery of initial systems to support the flight and ground test aircraft.  Follow-on contracts would be placed for production orders and spares. “Whereas other aircraft armor applications are usually done as retrofits to existing aircraft, said Don Dutton," Vice-President of Occupant Protection Systems for BAE Systems, "this system will be designed and qualified into the aircraft, ensuring that the armor meets the same safety, interface, and airworthiness standards as all other equipment on the CH-53K.”
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The Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) Development for Tranche 2 Eurofighter Typhoon has made another step forward in its trials programme with the first releases of Enhanced GBU-16 1000lb weapons which confirms the safe separation characteristics. Two drops were performed recently in the south of Spain from Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 which has now joined the P1E air vehicle flight trials programme. At the same time, Italian IPA2 is performing trials with the 500lb Paveway IV bomb. After completion of Flutter and Environmental trials, the current activities are focused on confirming the aircraft performance characteristics with the new class of dual mode guided 500lb bombs. With the air vehicle programme for P1E in full swing, the Avionics Development is also gathering pace. Initial software products are now being tested on the rigs in order to start Avionics Flight Trials later this year.
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Boeing received a $28.3 million contract on Jan. 21 for two Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) retrofit kits that will integrate low-cost, realistic radar training into the U.S. Navy's T-45 Training System for undergraduate military flight officers (UMFO). Flight officers are the "backseaters" who operate weapons and electronic warfare systems. "VMTS will enrich the UMFO's weapons-and-tactics curriculum, producing flight officers who are better prepared for carrier strike-fighter and electronic-attack duty," said Barbara Wilson, director and program manager of T-45 Training Systems for Boeing.
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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded an industry team led by Boeing a four-year contract worth $49 million to continue developing technology that will enable an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to autonomously rendezvous with a tanker aircraft and refuel. Under Phase II of the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program, the industry team, formally named the AAR Integrator Team, will coordinate flight tests that will include autonomous multiship operations and the actual delivery of fuel to a manned surrogate UAV. During Phase I of the AAR program, a Boeing-led government-industry team demonstrated that a single UAV could safely maneuver among seven refueling positions behind a tanker aircraft, and conduct a breakaway maneuver. The AAR Integrator Team includes prime contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, plus aerospace suppliers Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, GE Aviation, Rockwell Collins, and the Sierra Nevada Corp. As team leader, Boeing will be responsible for program execution and product delivery.
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Diamond Aircraft Industries has received EASA Type Certificate EASA.E.200 for the turbo-diesel airplane engine E4 (AE300). According to Mr. Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, and the Executive Management Team of Austro Engine GmbH, the certification of the E4 engine was achieved after 42 months of most intense development work and program costs of Euro 48 Million.  "The complete program developed into one that was significantly more complex than originally anticipated.  Only the full dedication of all participants, specifically the Austrian and European Airworthiness Authorities, MB Tech, Bosch General Aviation Technologies and our employees, enabled the successful conclusion of the certification process." The issuance of this Type Certificate represents a most significant milestone and secures the future of the company.
There are already 27 DA42 NG with AE 300 engines on the production line, whose type certification is also expected imminently. Following will be AE300 powered versions of the DA40 and the DA50. Based on the high demand, the AE300 powered version of the MPP will also be certified as soon as possible.  For the existing diesel engine powered Diamond fleet, a retrofit solution to convert to AE300 power will be developed and offered.
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced that it has successfully demonstrated the ability to detect slow moving targets with a two-channel version of its Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). “The Dual Beam feature enhances Lynx's GMTI [ground moving target indicator] capability, enabling it also to identify 'slow movers' with greater precision accuracy than the existing configuration,” said Linden P. Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.  “It further expands the proven tactical value of Lynx SAR, providing operators with a more powerful tool for tracking slow movers and cuing onboard EO/IR [electrical-optical/infrared] video sensors.”
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CAE has broadened its portfolio of e-Learning training services and signed several airlines as new clients over the past few months. Airlines recently opting for CAE's e-Learning solutions include West Air Sweden, Myair, and Kuwait Airways. "CAE continues to listen to its customers and provide solutions that will enhance their safety and efficiency," said Jeff Roberts, Group President, Innovation and Civil Training and Services, CAE. "In today's economic landscape, aircraft operators are continuously looking for ways to reduce costs without compromising quality and CAE's e-Learning and courseware services do just that."
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ARABSAT has selected the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build and deliver in orbit two new satellites, Arabsat 5C and Arabsat 6B. The manufacturing contracts were signed in Riyadh on 4 February 2009 by Eng. Khalid Balkheyour ARABSAT president and Francois Auque, CEO of Astrium, and Reynald Seznec, CEO of Thales Alenia Space. Eng. Khalid Balkheyour said: "These contracts for manufacturing and launching two satellites are within the strategic plan of ARABSAT that calls for launching a satellite every year up to 2012." He also added that: "During the last two years, we successfully launched BADR-4 and BADR-6 and we are now getting ready to launch two more satellites, one at the end of this year and one at the beginning of next. We are proud of the work and the relationship with the manufacturing and launching companies Astrium, Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace. We all, at Arabsat, wish for this successful partnership to continue and prosper."
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In Gazprom headquarters, Dmitry Sevastiyanov, Director General of Gazprom Space Systems, and Reynald Seznec, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, signed the contract for manufacturing and delivering two Yamal-400 new generation communications satellites. The ambassador of France to Russia Jean de Gliniasty, and the Chairman of Gazprom Space Systems board, Gazprom board member - Head of Property and Corporate Managing Department Olga Pavlova also participated in the signing ceremony. According to the signed document Thales Alenia Space, as the prime contractor, will be responsible for design, manufacture, testing and turnkey delivery of Yamal-401 and Yamal-402 satellites as well as for the associated ground segment deployment. The satellites launch is scheduled for 2011. Thales Alenia Space was chosen to be the supplier as a result of the open tender held by Gazprom. The important criterion for the choice was the supplier obligation to arrange investment crediting of the project on the world financial market under preferable terms.
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Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine program achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first engine to receive a Statement of Qualification for F-35 Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) full powered lift operations. The F135 engine is the only fifth generation engine powering the F-35 Lightning II flight test program. "This is a significant milestone for the Pratt & Whitney F135 team and the F-35 team," said Bill Gostic, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine Program. "Unlike the V-22 Osprey and the AV-8B Harrier propulsion systems that have vertical lift capabilities, the F135 combines vertical powered lift, more than 40,000 pounds of thrust, supersonic capabilities and stealth technology."
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The “Rafale Simulation Center” contract, awarded in 2003, covered the production and supply of two simulation centers. The first was inaugurated on 24 January 2008 at Saint-Dizier. The second stage of this contract was the delivery of the simulation center in Landivisiau. This was duly achieved on 9 January, when the center was inaugurated on the Landivisiau Naval Air Base by Rear Admiral de Rostolan, commander of the French naval air arm, in the presence of civil and military authorities. Located inside the CEIPM training, teaching and mission preparation centre at Landivisiau Naval Air Base, the Rafale Simulation Center represents the state of the art in simulation: the aircraft and its environment are represented with high fidelity, and it is possible to create dense and complex tactical environments. The center thus makes it possible to optimize flying time and above all to maintain the very high operational level of Rafale pilots.
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The aviation industry is undergoing deep changes, spurred by increasing customer demand for integrated services and the need to develop more energy-efficient aircraft. To cope with these changes and meet market expectations, Snecma and Snecma Services merged their operations on February 1. Through this merger, they will be able to offer customers highly competitive packages including engines, spare parts and services. One major advantage is being able to offer complete, long-term MRO contracts along with the original engine sale, thus helping airlines reduce their total cost of ownership.
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MEADS International (MI) has received a request from the German government to integrate a European air defense missile into the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The scope of work provides for incorporation of IRIS-T SL (Surface Launched) as a secondary missile, expanding the flexibility of MEADS fire units that will be delivered to Germany. Based on a European air-to-air missile that uses an imaging infrared seeker, the IRIS-T SL fulfills specific German Air Force requirements within the MEADS program. It will be the first time that one of the MEADS partner nations has chosen to adapt MEADS into a unique configuration. “The decision to use IRIS-T SL as a secondary missile underscores Germany's strong commitment to MEADS,” said MI Executive Vice President Klaus Riedel. “Germany will be the first to leverage the strength of the MEADS open architecture design, which allows countries to integrate sensors and shooters of other existing defenses into a robust system-of-systems solution for national air defense.” Under the requested scope of work, MEADS International would implement an intersystem plug-and-fight capability for IRIS-T SL. The task includes software adaptation to integrate the missile and launcher, and incorporation of the second missile into existing MEADS simulations. Incorporating the missile will not require any redesign of MEADS hardware.
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Pratt & Whitney has completed ground and flight testing of the PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine. The final phase of testing was completed jointly with Airbus on an A340-600 flight test aircraft and included 27 flights and more than 75 hours of flight testing. The PW1000G engine features Pratt & Whitney's patented Geared Turbofan technology and targets double-digit reductions in fuel burn, engine noise, environmental emissions and operating costs. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. The Airbus flight testing follows Pratt & Whitney's own ground and flight test program, during which the engine completed approximately 300 hours of ground testing and 12 flights on Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed. The PW1000G demonstrator engine successfully completed all test objectives. It is truly unprecedented to complete this amount of testing on a technology demonstrator engine," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family. "We were able to complete all flight test objectives with flawless engine operation. The Airbus A340 flight test program included engine test evaluations normally conducted for a production engine certification. The PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine successfully demonstrated the performance and operational benefits of the engine's unique gear system."
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Korean Air has placed firm orders with Airbus for two more double-deck A380 aircraft. This latest purchase agreement brings the total number of A380s ordered by Korean Air to ten aircraft. The carrier will operate the aircraft in a three-class layout on routes linking Seoul to destinations in North America and Europe, including Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
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Iran's launch of a low-orbit satellite into orbit “is clearly a concern of ours” because it could lead to the development of a ballistic missile system, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. Morrell responded to questions about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement that Iran had launched its first Iranian-built satellite into orbit. A domestically built Ambassador-2 or Safir-2 rocket reportedly carried the satellite into space. Iran has “officially achieved a presence in space,” Ahmadinejad declared as Iran observed the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The launch heightened concern that Iran could take the next step of developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads. "It is certainly a reason for us to be concerned about Iran and its continued attempts to develop a ballistic missile program of increasingly long range," Morrell said today. “Obviously, there are dual-use capabilities in the technology here which could be applied toward the development of a long-range ballistic missile.”
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Germany's Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has placed an order with PSM GmbH of Kassel for a major expansion of the Bundeswehr's new infantry fighting vehicle, the Puma. The Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group has a 50% stake in PSM, the company in charge of the Puma project. The order for integration of the multiple role lightweight guided missile system (MELLS) is worth approximately EUR 68 million. Equipping the Puma with this state-of-the-art guided missile system constitutes an important milestone in the overall programme, as well as underscoring the significance of this procurement project for the Bundeswehr. The heart of the MELLS system is the Spike guided missile from Eurospike GmbH, another company in which Rheinmetall holds a 50% share. Procurement of the Puma in series should commence this year, and a series order for MELLS integration in every vehicle can now be expected as well.
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Industria de Turbo Propulsores, S. A. (ITP), and Rolls-Royce Plc, have signed a contract under which ITP will enter into a supplier partnership for the Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) of the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB will power Airbus' new star aircraft. The contract could amount to a turnover of 4,900 million euros over the course of the engine's life. The signing of this agreement consolidates ITP's position as the key supplier of low pressure turbines for Rolls Royce large civil engines. ITP's participation in this RRSP (risk and revenue sharing partner) contract will cover responsibility for the assembly, manufacture and design of the Low Pressure Turbine (LPT).
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Calling a $200-plus million cut to production procurement for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye a "high risk" move that will put U.S. jobs and global security at risk, Northrop Grumman and its 280-member supplier team is calling on Congressional leaders to restore the funding. The reduction in funding jeopardizes the building of production aircraft initially planned in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. "We've just completed a very successful Operational Assessment with our two E-2D Advanced Hawkeye System Development & Demonstration (SD&D) aircraft and we are on schedule with our three pilot production aircraft. There is a great sense of urgency today to restore production procurement dollars into the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye budget-otherwise hundreds of U.S. jobs will be lost and taxpayers will not derive the benefit of economies of scale," said Tom Vice, sector vice president for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector. "We have the manufacturing capacity now to accommodate up to ten E-2D's a year, which certainly supports the Navy's plan to contract for 70 more aircraft. More importantly, these budget cuts may delay Initial Operating Capability beyond the Navy's current program of record."
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Negotiations with staff representatives at Tyrolean have already begun producing successful results. The Ground Staff Works Council has now agreed to the crisis package, and given its consent to a range of measures and savings amongst the members of the ground staff of Tyrolean, who number approximately 600. In concrete terms, this involves time-limited suspension of pension fund contributions, a temporary 5% cut in salaries, and short-time working. Tyrolean's Managing Director Manfred Helldoppler and the heads of the Works Council of commercial-technical staff, Maria Gstaltmeyr, were both visibly satisfied with the result: “We were able to find rapid solutions in constructive talks, and will make our contribution to overcoming the crisis at the Group.” The Austrian Presidents Dr. Peter Malanik and Dr. Andreas Bierwirth also welcomed the agreement: “While every interest group within the Group needs to be making its own contribution during these difficult times, the first step is often the hardest to take. As such, we want to express our gratitude and respect for our colleagues at Tyrolean, for having acted as rapidly as they have done. They have shown that, through constructive dialogue, we can accomplish a goal to secure our common future within an extremely short timescale. Now that this first important step has been taken at Tyrolean, we are confident we will be able to find a similar solution at Austrian in the near future. We can only overcome this crisis by working together.”
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DAHER-SOCATA delivered its 500th TBM aircraft, marking a key program milestone and underscoring the continuing demand for this very high speed turboprop transport in today's economic and operating environment. The milestone aircraft with serial production number 500 is a TBM 850, which has been painted in a special gold and white color scheme at the request of its proud new owners – Dr. Ian Blair Fries and Susan Fries, who are President and Vice President, respectively, of the Wilmington, Delaware-based Airborne, Inc. Keys to the TBM 850 were handed over to the Fries by Jean-Michel Léonard, the President of SOCATA and CEO of DAHER-SOCATA, during a ceremony at the factory in Tarbes, France. This TBM 850 is follow-on to the TBM 700 they previously owned. Dr. Fries is a leading personality in the U.S. general aviation community. An active pilot, he has logged more than 5,000 flight hours, and holds an ATP license with a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument rating. Dr. Fries also is a senior aviation medical examiner who chairs the Aircraft Owners Pilot Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Panel, and he sits on the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Board.
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A United Launch Alliance Delta II successfully launched the NASA NOAA-N Prime spacecraft at 2:22 a.m. PST on February 6. Rocketing from Space Launch Complex-2, the launch took place during the 20th year anniversary month of the first Delta II launch. The program's first launch took place Feb. 14, 1989, from Space Launch Complex-17, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., carrying a Global Positioning System satellite. NOAA-N Prime, following a 65 minute flight, was deployed on its mission to improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events around the world. It's the last in the current series of five polar-orbiting satellites with improved imaging and sounding capabilities. Additionally, NOAA-N Prime carries instruments that support the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System (SARSAT), which relays emergency distress beacon information from mariners and aviators to rescue teams. Since SARSAT was established in 1982, more than 24,500 lives have been saved. For the NOAA-N Prime mission, the spacecraft was launched on a Delta II 7320-10C configuration vehicle featuring a ULA first stage booster powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A main engine and three Alliant Techsystems (ATK) strap-on solid rocket motors. An Aerojet AJ10-118K engine powered the second stage. The payload was encased by a 10-foot-diameter composite payload fairing. ULA's next launch is the March 5 NASA Kepler mission aboard a Delta II from SLC-17.
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Boeing and the Virgin Group's new V Australia long-haul airline today celebrated the first 777-300ER to go to an Australian carrier. The airplane, delivered by Boeing to International Lease Finance Corp. and leased to V Australia, is one of seven leased and purchased 777-300ERs V Australia will deploy on trans-Pacific and other routes. The Boeing Field ceremony included Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Chief Executive Brett Godfrey, ILFC Chairman and CEO Steven F. Udvar-Hazy and senior Boeing officials. V Australia will launch three-class Sydney-Los Angeles non-stop service on Feb. 27, building to daily flights by March 20. Brisbane-Los Angeles flights begin April 8. "This 777 completes the circle for guests wanting to fly around the world on the unique service provided by Virgin Group airlines," Godfrey said. "The combination of Virgin service and the 777's passenger appeal will be a winner on the South Pacific. "We're doubly pleased to be flying the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class."
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The newest member of the Boeing 777 family, the 777 Freighter, received its formal stamp of approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA validated the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Feb. 3 type certification of the 777 Freighter. The certification formally recognizes that the 777 Freighter has passed the stringent design and testing requirements mandated by FAA and EASA, clearing the airplane for cargo service. The first 777 Freighter will deliver to launch customer Air France later in the quarter.
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Based on initial projections, the Lufthansa Group now expects an operating result of around EUR 1.3 billion for the business year 2008. Previously, a result of around EUR 1.1 billion was forecasted. The increase is substantially attributable to a more stable result development in the fourth quarter than was previously expected. Lower revenues associated with a noticeable slowdown in demand were offset by cost reductions as a result of the decreasing fuel price and favorable valuation effects. The market environment has evolved poorly, however, with overall demand persisting at lower levels. As a result, the further business development is now afflicted by significantly higher than usual risks. Lufthansa will continue to closely observe the situation as it develops and react with the necessary measures.
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Lufthansa's new Italian-styled airline, Lufthansa Italia, took to the skies for the first time on 2 February on LH1790 flight from Milan bound for Barcelona. Flight LH 1770 to Paris took off about half-an-hour later. The new airline offers passengers a choice of eight new European destinations from Milan-Malpensa Airport: In early March, it will also begin flying to Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest and Madrid. Its services will be extended to London Heathrow and Lisbon with the introduction of the 2009 summer flight schedules at the end of March. Continuing the Italian theme, the first two Airbus A319 jets in the Lufthansa Italia fleet were named Milan and Varese a few days prior to the initial flight. They are configured to seat 138 passengers in Business and Economy Class. Special Italian-style in-flight services developed for Lufthansa Italia and appropriately labelled  “Sentirsi a casa“ put passengers from Milan and the Lombardy region at ease and help them feel at home.
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The European Commission has launched one of Europe's largest technology programs undertaken in an attempt to reduce the ecological impact of aircraft. Under Clean Sky, 86 companies from 16 countries are collectively exploring novel technologies. Their work, funded with 1.6 billion euros, proceeds in six technology domains. Among the participating companies is MTU Aero Engines. Germany's leading engine manufacturer brings its own demonstrator to the table. The contracts have been inked. Dr. Rainer Martens, member of MTU's board of management and chief operating officer, explained: "Clean Sky contributes importantly to the continued competitive viability of the European aerospace industry. The more money we have to work with, the faster we implement our ideas and bring them to market." Under Clean Sky, MTU is modifying an existing geared turbofan, with optimization focusing primarily on the high-speed low-pressure turbine and the high-pressure compressor. The company is investing in excess of 20 million euros in the effort, an amount the European Union is matching. Additional almost 30 million euros in contributions will come from Italy's Avio, Sweden's Volvo Aero and further partners still to be selected in the course of the project. The demonstrator is scheduled to make its first run in 2012. The aim is to verify component technologies for the engines to power future Airbus and Boeing short- and medium-haul aircraft projected to be extremely thrifty and quiet.
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