Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) yesterday spelled out its vision for joining Boeing and Airbus as one of the world’s top three major global aerospace players. Company president Mikhail Pogosyan presented a strategic roadmap to the year 2025 here at Le Bourget, posting three major milestones for the company.
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Raytheon has used its missile experience to develop an infrared countermeasures (IRCM) capability that is vying to provide a LAIRCM (large-aircraft IRCM) solution for the U.S. Air Force’s fixed-wing platforms, and a CIRCM (common IRCM) system for the U.S. Army’s helicopters. A recent test series was conducted with great success.
Russian Helicopters has had to go back to the drawing board on plans to raise fresh capital, following last month’s failed attempt at a $500 million share flotation. Prospective investors didn’t buy the state-backed group’s business plan, raising questions about with Russia’s other planned privatizations will prove to be viable.
Rostvertol is at the show promoting its Mi-26T2, an upgraded version of its popular heavy-lift helicopter, in the hope of securing sales to India and other potential customers. The company is appearing at the Paris Air Show for the first time since becoming part of the Russian Helicopters (Chalet B37).
While Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) the company waits on a decision from the U.S. government regarding a potentially lucrative contract for the AT-6 armed derivative, Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) it has brought its T-6C Texan II trainer demonstrator to Paris as part of a major European tour.
Eaton Aerospace (Hall 2B Stand D32) comes to Paris celebrating its centenary–100 years in which it has grown from a small axle business into a company with, among other things, one of the most impressive arrays of aerospace systems and components, and an annual turnover of $13.7 billion.
United Continental Holdings has ordered blended winglets for its Boeing 767-300ERs from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) of Seattle, Washington. With the order, the U.S. airline group becomes the largest single customer of APB, having ordered 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.
GE Aviation Systems has been quietly making the most of the downturn to plan an assault on aerospace markets dominated by other companies.
EADS Cassidian has selected Goodrich’s Terprom terrain-referenced navigation (TRN) system for the Airbus Military A400M airlifter.
Parker Aerospace (Hall 5 Stand D264) is featuring its recently developed thermal management and lubrication packages for aircraft engines here at Paris 2011.