Farnborough Air Show

News Clips: Farnborough 2010

 - July 19, 2010, 8:51 AM

Raytheon Gets the Nod for P-8I Radar
Boeing has awarded a development contract to Raytheon for an international version of the APY-10 surveillance radar fitted to the P-8 Poseidon maritime patroller. Raytheon has already developed the U.S. Navy version of the APY-10 and has delivered on schedule four systems to Boeing already, with two more left to supply under the initial contract. The international version of the radar will be for export customers, the first of which is the Indian navy, which signed up for eight P-8Is in January 2009. The aircraft are tailored to Indian requirements, and differ in detail from their U.S. counterparts.

Hamilton Wins Additional Work from Comac
Comac has selected Hamilton Sundstrand’s Ratier-Figeac division to provide pilot controls, including side sticks, rudder brake pedals, speed brake control lever, control panel and the thrust control quadrant for its C919 airliner. The company previously chose two other Hamilton Sundstrand business units–Electric Systems and Kidde Aerospace & Defence–to provide, respectively, electric power generation and distribution, and integrated fire and overheat protection. The combined value of these awards is estimated at $1.5 billion over the program’s life.

One aircraft that has benefited from the company’s expertise is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Onboard Hamilton Sundstrand systems include the electric power generating and start system, APS 5000 APU, environmental control system, nitrogen generation, primary power distribution and motor controls, galley cooling, electric-driven hydraulic pumps and emergency power and engine gearbox system.

Messier Services Inks Landing Gear Mx Contracts
Messier Services (Hall 4 Stand B12) announced a contract with Virgin Atlantic to overhaul the landing gear of its 19 Airbus A340-600s. The maintenance program started in April and will last until 2017 at the company’s Molsheim, France facility. Messier Services, a Safran group company, has been also selected by Thomas Cook Airlines for Airbus A320 family landing gear exchange and overhaul. Work on the carrier’s 23 A320s and A321s is continuing in the UK until 2017.

Kartika Signs Deal for 30 Superjet 100s
Indonesian regional carrier Kartika Airlines has finalized an order with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft for 30 Sukhoi Superjets in a deal valued at $951 million. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft president Vladimir Prishyazhnyuk and Kartika CEO Kim Johanes Mulia Jiauw put pens to paper here yesterday afternoon, signing the contract confirming a December 2008 deal for 15 Superjet 100 firm orders and 15 options. With the formal signing, all options have been converted to firm orders, the executives said. Kartika Airlines also signed a letter of intent for long-term support with Superjet International, the airframe maker’s marketing, sales and support division. Deliveries to the Jakarta-based carrier are planned to occur between 2012 and 2015.

LM Joins with Finmeccanica, L-3 for ISR Solutions

Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Services business area has entered into an agreement with Finmecannica’s Elsag Datamat and L-3 Communications Systems-West to pursue international business in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sector (ISR). The three companies bring a wealth of experience in ISR, command/control and networking, which can be applied to providing innovative solutions in the arenas of territorial situational awareness and homeland defense/security.

CAE Will Provide Mitsubishi MRJ Training
Flight training group CAE has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to develop and deliver training for the new Mitsubishi regional jet (MRJ). The agreement includes a 10-year exclusive training-provider program for pilots, maintenance technicians, cabin crew, dispatchers and ground support personnel. In addition, CAE will establish two training centers in Japan and the U.S. and develop 7000 Series MRJ full-flight simulators (the first for the aircraft) and CAE SimFinity procedures trainers for the centers. The company will also design the curriculums and courseware for the training program, which is to be ready by 2013. The 70- to 90-seat MRJ is planned to enter service in 2014 with launch customer All Nippon Airways.