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AECOM Technology Corporation AECOM awarded U.S. Air Force Contract Field Teams task order worth up to US$15 million. AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has won a task order contract from the U.S. Air Force for Contract Field Teams (CFT) worth up to US$15 million, if the option year is exercised. The CFT task order was awarded under AECOMOs indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the U.S. Air Force to support the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Under this task order, AECOM will provide component repair, cleaning, packaging, shipping and A-10 wing refurbishment support for a previously awarded task order for the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, 576 Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Arizona. Additionally, AECOM will be performing parts reclamation on multiple types of legacy aircraft stored at the DMAFB facility. The task orderOs performance period is one base year and one option year. Approximately 100 AECOM employees will be added to support this effort at DMAFBOs desert storage facility. CFT task orders awarded to AECOM under its IDIQ contract to date total approximately US$330 million, and include assignments in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The CFT program, which has a maximum value of US$10.12 billion over a seven-year period through 2015, provides major and minor inspections, maintenance, modifications and repairs of aircraft and ground vehicles at government locations around the world. Jun 6, 2011

Beaver Aerospace & Defense Beaver Aerospace & Defense to Supply Flap Actuation System for PiperJet Altaire; Exhibit at Paris Air Show. Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacturing of unique and broad-range actuation technologies, will supply the flap actuation system for the PiperJet Altaire single-engine business jet. According to the contract, Beaver is responsible for the design, engineering, certification and production of the electromechanical flap actuation system. The PiperJet Altaire has gained significant appeal in the very light jet (VLJ) marketplace for its speed, range and payload, which outperforms twin-engine jets in its category. The aircraft also includes additional cabin height and width that rivals, and in many cases surpasses, the interiors of the largest twin-engine VLJs. "Beaver is excited to work with the visionaries at Piper Aircraft," said Lee Pichan, Sales Director at Beaver Aerospace & Defense. "This is the second Beaver actuation system to be included on the PiperJet Altaire." In 2010, Beaver Aerospace & Defense was selected by Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) to provide its groundbreaking electromechanical landing gear actuator for the PiperJet Altaire. Beaver Aerospace & Defense will be exhibiting at the 49th International Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, from June 20-26, 2011 in Hall 3 stand B158. Jun 6, 2011

Boeing Boeing estimates upgrades to Joint STARS could run $15 billion. Boeing has warned that the actual costs to upgrade the Northrop Grumman E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system, known as Joint STARS, could cost as much as $15 billion. The Air Force and Northrop estimate that the modernization will cost about $2.9 billion. Boeing is urging the Air Force to instead replace the system. Jun 10, 2011

Boeing Taiwan will receive 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III Apache helicopters under a new contract signed with the US government, a US Army official announced on 10 June. The order marks the latest show of US military support to Taiwan despite deep objections by China, and confirms the first international customer for the AH-64 Block III. Col Shane Openshaw, the army's AH-64 project manager, said Taiwan's first new-build helicopter will enter production in October, with the rest of the aircraft sprinkled through Boeing's production program. Jun 10, 2011

Boeing Boeing urges governments to buy 737-based military aircraft. With the fate of the 737 uncertain, Boeing is pushing governments to order the new military version of the aircraft "sooner rather than later." Chuck Dabundo, vice president and program manager at Boeing, said a review of the 737 could affect production of the P-8 variant. "For the customer base we see in the near term, we've got coverage there," Dabundo said. "It's the folks thinking about it, looking into the mid-to-late 20s, we're encouraging them to get on board sooner rather than later." Jun 9, 2011

Boeing Boeing has revealed its KC-46A tanker is heavier and slightly longer than any previous version of the 767-200 airframe on which it is based, but still refuses to provide essential details about the airframe configuration and refuelling system more than three months after winning the KC-X contract. The company's clamp-down on design details is a departure from its practice on the P-8A, which also involved adapting an airliner, a 737, for a military mission, and in the first round of the KC-X bidding process. New information has trickled out into the public domain since the contract award, including the public confirmation that the KC-46A is based on a new commercial freighter internally designated the 767-2C. Boeing describes the 767-2C as a "minor" variation of the 767-200ER platform, but it is clear that the company has made significant changes from the baseline. The maximum take-off weight is increased by 9,070kg (20,000lb) to just over 188,000kg, making the freighter version of the -200ER model even heavier than the 767-300ER. The length of the -200ER is also increased by 2m (6.5ft) to 50.5m for the KC-46A. The 767-2C configuration also includes a cargo floor and door, a 787-based large display system, auxiliary fuel tanks and provisions for tanker systems, such as hose and drogue and boom refuelling systems, Boeing said. It remains unclear, however, if Boeing has made any other changes from the basic design of the 767-200ER platform. Each 767-2C will be assembled in Everett, Washington, then moved to Wichita in Kansas to install military avionics and refuelling systems for the KC-46A. It was also clear from previously released images that the KC-46A incorporated a 777-style cursor control unit. Contract documents obtained from the USAF also reveal the airframe incorporates a central maintenance computer. The 767-2C also introduces a new engine option for the 767-200ER variant with the 62,000lb-thrust (275kN) Pratt & Whitney PW4062 turbofan. The model was previously supported by PW4052/4056/4060-series engines and the General Electric CF6-80C2 series. The existence of the 767-2C marks the latest commercial freighter variant in Boeing's product line-up, but it was not immediately clear if the airframe would be offered to the civil cargo market. Jun 9, 2011

Boeing Sales of Boeing's Chinook helicopters are surging. Leanne Caret, vice president of Chinook programs at Boeing, said that after redeveloping the production line for the helicopters, the company is manufacturing the Chinook at its highest rate in 20 years. Boeing has invested $130 million in the factory near Philadelphia, allowing production to increase to six aircraft per month. Jun 8, 2011

Boeing Boeing executives expect the US Air Force to delay replacing the Northrop T-38C Talon by several years as the company continues to promote the costlier option of developing a new jet trainer. On 7 June, Boeing Phantom Works president Darryl Davis opened discussion on the T-X programme, saying he "understands" budget pressures have already forced USAF officials to delay a T-38 replacement by several years. Jun 8, 2011

Boeing Indian government approves plan to buy 10 aircraft from Boeing. The Indian government has agreed to spend $4.1 billion to purchase 10 C-17 Globemaster III planes from Boeing, with the option to order another six C-17 aircraft. The transaction follows an April decision by India to exclude Boeing and Lockheed Martin for a roughly $10 billion contract for 126 fighter jets for the country's air force. Jun 7, 2011

Boeing Turkey is close to deal for Boeing helicopters. Turkey is closing in on a deal for six CH-47 heavy lift military transport helicopters made by Boeing, a source said. "After the helicopters begin to arrive, we plan to make some modifications on them" according to need, said a senior procurement official from the Turkish Ministry of Defense. Jun 7, 2011

Boeing USIBC Hails IndiaOs Landmark $4.1 Billion Purchase of Boeing C-17s. The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) hails IndiaOs decision to purchase 10 Boeing C-17 aircraft, valued at more than $4.1 billion. Once delivered, the Indian Air Force will be the owner and operator of the largest fleet of C-17s outside of the United States. The Boeing C-17, which is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases, and forward-operating bases, throughout the world. It can also perform tactical airlifts, medical evacuation, and airdrop missions. The C-17 can transport large payloads and land on short, rough runways. Boeing reports that each plane supports 650 suppliers across 44 states in the U.S., and that this order will support BoeingOs C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California for an entire year. The transaction is valued at approximately $4.1 billion, all of which is U.S. export content, supporting an estimated 22,160 jobs. The deal comes with an offset requirement valued at $1.2 billion. This offset is to facilitate IndiaOs domestic capability to expand its own defense manufacturing prowess. The government of IndiaOs Cabinet Committee on Security also approved the future purchase of 4 additional C-17s.

The U.S.-India Business Council was founded in 1975 at the request of the Indian and U.S. governments to advance U.S.-India commercial ties. USIBC is the premier business advocacy organization representing nearly 400 U.S. and Indian companies, led by its Chairman, Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President & CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Jun 6, 2011

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Boeing has escalated a campaign to persuade the US Air Force to replace the Northrop Grumman E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (Joint STARS), warning that actual costs to modernise the 707-based surveillance fleet may exceed official estimates by up to five times. Boeing's analysis of the cost to upgrade the E-8C with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor, new engines, wide-band communications, modern avionics and a self-protection system, ranges between $10-$15 billion, said Egan Greensteing, a Boeing senior manager for business development. Jun 9, 2011

Carmanah Technologies Corporation US Marine Corps Awards $1 Million Contract to ADB/Carmanah for Solar Hybrid Airfield Lighting Systems. Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH.to - News) is pleased to announce that ADB Airfield Solutions and Carmanah Technologies have been awarded a contract to supply a rapidly deployable solar hybrid airfield lighting system to the United States Marine Corps. The solar hybrid lighting system will be shipped to Afghanistan and installed by the Marine Wing Support Squadron in support of NATOOs International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The total value of the award is over $1 million. The solar hybrid lighting system of Medium-Intensity Runway Lights (MIRL) have photometrics compliant to FAA AC 150/5345-46D, and can be operated wirelessly using a handheld controller or a ruggedized tablet PC. Powered using either the lightOs integral photovoltaic panels, or cables connected to an on-base power network, the solar airfield LED lights reduce or eliminate energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels. This hybrid lighting approach provides security in the event of grid failure and supports the US Marine CorpsO Expeditionary Energy Strategy objectives. ADB Airfield Solutions and Carmanah Technologies Corporation entered into a partnership in 2009 to combine expertise in solar power systems and aviation lighting and to develop energy-efficient visual navigation aid technologies. Jun 9, 2011

Diamond Aircraft Diamond Aircraft has handed over the first DV20 Katana piston single to the Croatian Aviation Training Centre in Zagreb. A second Katana is scheduled for delivery before the end of the third quarter. The centre is also planning to acquire next year a convertible flight simulator for the DA40 NG and DA42 NG. Jun 8, 2011

Edwards Air Force First of production F-35s to start initial evaluation. Two production F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will undergo a two-month evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base in California to determine whether they are ready for pilot training. AF-6 and -7 will fly the initial training syllabus that will be used by the training center in Florida. "They will be flown at a fairly high sortie with the initial version of the software and inside the initial training envelope," said Eric Branyan, vice president and deputy F-35 program manager at Lockheed Martin. Jun 10, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Releases Paris Air Show 2011 Media Briefing Schedule. Lockheed Martin today announced its media briefing schedule for the 2011 Paris Air Show. EThese events will underscore Lockheed Martin's commitment to meeting our customers' needs in the new reality of increasing global security challenges and affordability requirements. E Additional information about featured Lockheed Martin products is available on the corporation's 2011 Paris Air Show website www.lockheedmartin.com/paris. Schedule updates, news releases and reports on activities from the Lockheed Martin team will be added to the site throughout the show. E Jun 8, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh and Cubic Are Aviation Week's Top Performing Companies of 2011. Aviation Week's 16th annual Top-Performing Companies (TPC) study, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry's leading annual rankings and competitive analysis, has identified Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh and Cubic as the top companies for 2011. Jun 7, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed says hackers used data stolen from supplier. Lockheed Martin said hackers used data stolen from the EMC Corp.'s RSA Security Division to penetrate the defense contractor's network. The vendor supplies coded security tokens called SecurID tokens, which are used to protect remote access to such networks. The findings prompted concerns about the security of SecurID tokens and also raised fears that other firms could be at risk. Jun 6, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin continues to dominate Aviation Week's rankings. For the fourth consecutive year, Lockheed Martin has led Aviation Week's annual Top-Performing Companies rankings for the largest firms. General Dynamics and Boeing rounded out the top three. Lockheed has faced a lot of scrutiny over its management of the Joint Strike Fighter program, but the study advisers noted that Lockheed has improved in a variety of metrics, such as return on invested capital, over the past several years. Jun 6, 2011

Lockheed Martin Perhaps the most alarming figure yet associated with the Lockheed Martin F-35 program is in the last line of a 53-page cost estimate prepared in late 2010 by the US Department of Defense. The figure on the page reads: "1005342.0". Given the million-dollar unit, this translates in rounded figures to $1.01 trillion, and represents what the DoD expects to pay in inflation-adjusted dollars to operate and sustain 2,443 F-35s over a planned 50-year service life. It is a figure that even Vice Adm David Venlet, F-35 programme chief, has described as rendering his customers in three US armed services "weak in the knees". Jun 6, 2011

Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon One competitor for an advanced missile contract is prepared to submit a bid later today, but remains unsure how the US Army will evaluate a key aspect of the proposal. The ambiguity over the criteria for winning the highly contested joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) contract could prove critical after the award is declared, as both competitors reserve the right to formally launch a protest about the result. The ambiguity over the criteria for winning the highly contested joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) contract could prove critical after the award is declared, as both competitors reserve the right to formally launch a protest about the result. Jun 6, 2011

Northrop Grumman U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman for Mission Planning Enterprise Framework Contract. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $19 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance and maintain the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) Framework. The JMPS Framework comprises the core elements and functions for the JMPS family of scalable, extensible and configurable tools and decision aids that automate planning for sensor, weapon or aircraft missions. These missions range from day-to-day training and proficiency flying to peacetime operational/exercise sorties and complex combat scenarios. The delivery order was awarded under the Mission Planning Enterprise Contract (MPEC) II from the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Northrop Grumman will update and improve the JMPS Framework by architecting a shared mapping capability to eliminate multiple, independent mapping products. The company will modernize the software to optimize computing resources, provide a more enhanced plug-in capability for components and applications and enable modular installations. Northrop Grumman will also provide lifecycle support for fielded versions of the framework. Northrop Grumman continues its role as a leader in the development of advanced mission planning systems with this delivery order, the second MPEC II award this year. The company's open-architecture approach to the JMPS offers third-party integrators a robust capability to reconfigure, substitute and extend application functionality. This has enabled common mission planning across services, platforms, weapons and sensors. Jun 7, 2011

Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Showcases Firebird and Other Emerging ISR Solutions at Empire Challenge. During U.S. Joint Forces Command's Empire Challenge 2011 (EC11) exercise conducted here, Northrop Grumman Corporation integrated emerging mission solutions into a real-world environment to showcase how new technologies can help warfighters better perform their jobs. Empire Challenge embodied two connected efforts -- a demonstration using live assets like the company's newest intelligence-gathering aircraft system, Firebird, and a complex irregular warfare virtual environment. Northrop Grumman developed the virtual environment to increase the density and the complexity of the scenarios. It was also designed to exploit the tactics, techniques and procedures to develop new capabilities that cannot be demonstrated live. The virtual environment embodied simulations of other company ISR systems such the Bat Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Global Hawk UAS and Joint STARS. Data from both simulated systems and live assets like Firebird were integrated directly into government information networks. The data were then analyzed, exploited and disseminated to showcase how new technologies can help warfighters. Rick Crooks, director of special projects and Firebird program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, explained that EC11 allows soldiers the opportunity to control, access and utilize Firebird's intelligence-gathering capabilities in a real-world environment. Northrop Grumman has collaborated with the USJFCOM intelligence directorate and has participated in Empire Challenge since 2007. Jun 6, 2011

Omni Air Omni Air International, Inc. Receives DOD CARB Approval to Operate Boeing 777-200ER. Omni Air International (Omni) receives US Department of Defense (DOD) Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) approval to provide 777-200ER passenger airlift services for the DOD. Omni is the first US registered non-scheduled airline to operate the 777-200ER aircraft in passenger service. EA second aircraft will be added to the company's certificate in mid July. The addition of the 777-200ER to our fleet of 767-300ER and 757-200ER aircraft builds on our growing fleet of modern aircraft," said Trisha Frank, Omni's Senior Director of Government Programs. E Omni is in its 19th year as a successful non-scheduled airline with global operating experience. EOmni has operated to more than 75 countries, with 60,000 flights totaling more than 300,000 flight hours with a fleet of 767-300, 757-200, and DC10-30ER extended range aircraft. Its customers include both US and foreign governments and commercial airlines and other entities with a need to move passengers around the globe. Omni, based in Tulsa, OK, is an FAA 121 certificated, non-scheduled airline, was founded in 1993. Jun 7, 2011

Pentagon Pentagon report says aerial drone not suitable for operations. A report by the top weapons tester at the Pentagon said the Air Force's Global Hawk aerial spy drone, known as the "Block 30," was "not operationally suitable." Although the report is a blow, analysts expect the aerial drone program will survive. Northrop Grumman manufactures the drone, whose roles include taking photographs and detecting enemy signals. Jun 7, 2011

Pratt & Whitney Pratt & Whitney to lower price of F-35 power plant. Bennett Croswell, president at Pratt & Whitney military engines, said the company is bringing down the cost of its F-35 power plant as the Pentagon negotiates for fighter jets. The Defense Department has just started negotiations for the latest batch of Joint Strike Fighters with Lockheed Martin. Jun 7, 2011

Raytheon The US Navy plans to acquire Raytheon's ADM-160 miniature air-launched decoy jammer via a contract valued at up to $12.5 million. The purchase plan was outlined by the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Crane Division, which is often tasked with supporting the electronic warfare community within naval aviation. In development for the US Air Force, the expendable, turbojet-powered system is designed to disrupt flight tracks on enemy radar displays. Jun 7, 2011

Raytheon Raytheon-Boeing Team Responds to Warfighter's Call for Joint Air-To-Ground Missile. Raytheon Company submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army and Navy's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile competition and responded as a prime contractor. Raytheon is teamed with The Boeing Company for the JAGM program. Raytheon and Boeing have proven capabilities that were showcased in the JAGM technology demonstration phase. The team enters the competition with an unmatched 3-for-3 record of success in the contractually required guided test vehicle flights. One of the reasons for the team's success is the use of a proven, tri-mode seeker incorporating semiactive laser, uncooled imaging infrared and millimeter wave guidance. In addition to achieving a 3-for-3 success rate in government-funded testing, the Raytheon-Boeing team also went 3-for-3 in company-funded testing. Boeing executives attribute part of that success to the team's use of production-ready hardware. JAGM, designed to replace three legacy systems, offers the warfighter improved lethality, range, operational flexibility, supportability and cost savings compared with older, Cold War-era weapons including all variants of the Hellfire missile. JAGM is scheduled for integration on the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet; the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow; the MH-60R Seahawk; the AH-1Z Super Cobra; the MQ-1C Gray Eagle; and the OH-58 CASUP Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. Jun 6, 2011

Raytheon, Boeing Australia plans to buy up to 110 Raytheon AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM medium-range air-to-air missiles for use on its Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fighters. Outlined in a request dated 2 June, the Foreign Military Sales deal is worth $202 million and will include associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, said the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Australia has also requested 10 air vehicle-instrumented, and 16 captive air training missiles. Jun 6, 2011

Vision Systems International Vision Systems International, LLC, Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), the only combat proven helmet mounted display provider, accepted the Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award for the 3rd consecutive time today. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. VSI maintained a silver performance composite performance rating for each month of the 12 month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011. This year, Boeing recognized 558 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. VSI is among 417 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition. "We are very pleased to have, once again, been selected to receive the Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award. These repetitive awards demonstrate VSI's commitment to teamwork, state-of-the-art technology and support of our pilots," said Drew Brugal, President of VSI. With more than 4,200 systems delivered to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and air forces of 22 countries, the JHMCS has proven to be an invaluable asset to warfighters around the world. VSI is currently supplying the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) to Boeing under the Full Rate Production (FRP) Lot 6 contract. The system has been operational in the F/A-18, F-15 and F-16 since 2002 and is combat proven. The JHMCS provides the pilot with "first look, first shot" high off-boresight weapons engagement. Critical information and symbology, such as targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters, are graphically displayed directly on the pilot's visor. Jun 7, 2011

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