Making its debut at Paris this year is the Air Truck AT-802U, an armed utility version of the popular Air Tractor AT-802. The AT-802 and its predecessors are widely used for agricultural duties, and are also employed by the U.S. State Department for drug eradication duties in Latin America. Now, Air Tractor Inc.
Paris Air Show » June 16, 2009
CAE has won a series of contracts from prime contractor Lockheed Martin and undisclosed customers to design and build four C-130 simulators and several training devices for military customers around the world.
Bell Helicopter has announced plans to reduce the environmental footprint of its products through the new Eco-Innovation initiative that will evaluate them throughout every stage of their lifecycle. The process will start with an assessment of the environmental impact of mining the raw materials used to manufacture the aircraft right through to the end of their service life.
Chromalloy (Hall 3 Stand A33) has announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected it to provide module repairs during maintenance on the F108 gas turbine engine that powers the KC135R tanker aircraft. The follow-on award, valued at $15.8 million plus options, brings the total value of the contract to approximately $38 million over three years.
Italy’s Elettronica has entered the last phase of development of its directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system for the anti-missile protection market, and is due to complete ground tests and flight trials by the end of 2009. The project was launched in 2007 to create a system that would protect aircraft from infrared-guided (“heat-seeking”) surface-to-air missiles, and in particular, man-portable air defense systems.
Irkut Corporation is evaluating tenders from Western engine, avionics and systems suppliers for its proposed new MC-21 family of narrowbody airliners. The Russian airframer (Hall 4 Stand C114) wants the first of the new model to enter service in 2016, and it intends to offer variants with capacity of 150, 180 and 210 seats.
Instrument supplier and installer Gulf Coast Avionics (Hall 3 Stand A66) is making its debut at the Paris Air Show. “The avionics, instrument and pilot supply market is truly worldwide, and we routinely ship products to customers around the world,” said company president Rick Garcia.
Global parts supplier STAG (Specialist Technologies Aerospace Group) is on hand at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B Stand E101) to explain its supply chain optimization program. The UK-based company, which has SpecTech divisions in the U.S.
Exactly two decades ago, the consortium that was to become International Aero Engines (Hall 5, Stand B10) was formed to build an engine, the V2500, to compete with CFM International’s CFM56 to power the Airbus A320. Since then, IAE has won itself a half-share of the world’s biggest civil market for aero engines and this year will mark delivery of the 4,000th engine and 50 million hours of service on the A320 series.
The strategic importance of active array airborne radar technology in Europe cannot be understated, according to EADS Defence Electronics (Hall 2 Stand A151). The company has invested heavily in advanced transmit/receive (T/R) modules that have a variety of applications. The advantages of using T/R modules for airborne fire control, as well as airborne and ground-based surveillance are well recognized.