Northrop Grumman’s laser directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system has successfully thwarted simulated heat-seeking missile attacks on an AH-64D Apache helicopter. The series of 31 tests took place at Vliehors Test Range in Netherlands on a Dutch aircraft.The system is self-contained in a pod and thus removable. It automatically detects a missile launch.
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Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) is offering winglets as a retrofit on Dassault Falcon 2000 business jet series. They will be available within 30 days of certification, which is expected late in October. The pair of winglets, installed, sells for $550,000. API claims a 5-percent fuel burn advantage at Mach 0.80 and above. The Seattle-based company is also planning Falcon 900 and Falcon 50 winglet retrofits.
Northrop Grumman’s UK subsidiary, Park Air Systems, has been selected to supply air traffic control upgrades in Central and Eastern Europe worth approximately $15 million.
Goodrich has been selected by ATA to provide landing gear maintenance services in support of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based airline’s operations, covering all scheduled repair and overhaul on McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Boeing 757, 737 Classic and Next Generation 737 aircraft, a fleet totaling 29 aircraft.
Airlines and other aviation bodies can now assess their carbon output using a new online Carbon Emissions Calculator developed by U.S.-based consultants Back Aviation Solutions. Developed in partnership with flight information and data solutions company OAG, the calculator allows users to calculate their carbon footprints by equipment type, airline, airport, route, country or world region.
The U.S. Marine Corps has chosen Northrop Grumman’s directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system for its CH-53E helicopters in a $19.7 million deal. It will be the first application of the company’s two-color infrared missile warning sensor system coupled with its mini-pointer/tracker assembly, forming a DIRCM suite to protect the CH-53Es from threat missiles.
Embraer has completed a new revision of the Legacy 600 business jet’s maintenance planning guide. The Brazilian-based manufacturer expects this change to yield cost cuts of up to 18 percent. This is mainly due to extended intervals between some maintenance tasks. Since the guide’s first edition was issued in 2001, the man-hour to flight-hour ratio has dropped by 50 percent to the current rate of 0.65, Embraer said here.
Saab Avitronics has succeeded in an intense competition to supply the Airbus A400M military transport with its lifetime monitoring system, the first of which is due for delivery in 2009. The revenue from this deal could exceed $7.1 million and last for more than 10 years. Production of the LTMS will be conducted at the Saab Avitronics plant in Centurion, one of three it operates in South Africa in addition to four in Sweden.
As the final E-2C Hawkeye 2000 proceeds down the Northrop Grumman production line at St. Augustine, Florida, the company is preparing to fly the first example of its replacement–the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The first of two system development and demonstration (SDD) aircraft was rolled out at the plant on April 30 and is being checked out on the ground prior to a first flight in late summer.
The final configuration of the Thales Watchkeeper UAV for the British Army is unveiled here, outside the Thales pavilion. Now that the critical design review is successfully accomplished, Thales is showing this intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system to other potential customers.