Aviation

June 17, 2013 - 4:25am
An Australian KC-30A operates from its base at RAAF Amberley. The aircraft is cleared to refuel both “legacy” and Super Hornets using its wing pods, but the boom has not yet been approved for use.

Airbus Military believes that teething problems with its multi-role tanker/transport (MRTT) business are now behind it, and that it’s set to grow over the coming year. With the A330 MRTT the company has the only new-generation tanker/transport flying, and hopes to secure new customers while continuing to deliver aircraft to its existing four operators, who will have received 17 aircraft by the end of 2013.

June 17, 2013 - 4:20am
Zodiac Aerospace’s Isis cabin features new seats and 60-percent larger baggage bins.

Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 2a Stand A254) is here exhibiting its Isis cabin for single-aisle airliners, with new seats, sidewalls and luggage bins that accommodate a claimed 60 percent more bags. Although cabin equipment accounts for two thirds of its $4.4 billion revenues, the France-based company is also active in a number of aircraft systems. It has consistently taken over smaller businesses and may be considering a new, undisclosed target acquisition in the industry, CEO Olivier Zarrouati hinted early this month.

June 17, 2013 - 4:10am
Malaysia has allocated RM300 million to increase the combat readiness of the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKMs.

The events in Sabah, Malaysia, this past March, when local forces conducted Operation Daulat used combat jets to quell the resistance of the Filipino gunmen on the island of Borneo, may have prompted a spate of arms sales to that country and her closest neighbors. The armed forces do have a big wish list for weapons, but procurement processes for the most expensive and longest-lead items are likely to be launched properly only after the general elections in Malaysia later this year.

June 17, 2013 - 3:50am
Eurocontrol’s network manager operations center in Brussels is based on the concept of a central flow management unit. It has the responsibilty to coordinate and manage flight planning and airspace data, as well as air traffic in the 39 ECAC member states.

This year is a crucial one for the modernization of Europe’s complex air traffic management (ATM) system, as it transitions from years of definition and development to initial deployment of Single European Sky (SES) systems designed to improve efficiency, save fuel and cut costs.

June 17, 2013 - 3:45am
China reportedly has signed a deal for 24 single-seat multi-role Sukoi Su-35s. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2015.

Russia won export orders for weapons exceeding $15 billion and delivered weapons worth $14 billion in 2012, compared with $13.2 billion of weapons in 2011. “Surely, Russia will continue cooperation with her traditional partners in the sphere of military-technical cooperation,” Russian president Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the government’s committee for military-technical cooperation with foreign countries in December. “But it is of not less importance to us to enter new markets, expand the nomenclature of deliveries and services.”

June 17, 2013 - 3:40am
Rheinmetall Airborne Systems operates a small fleet of IAI Heron 1 UAVs over Afghanistan for the German air force.

Although German UAV specialists Rheinmetall Airborne Systems (RAS) is now 51-percent owned by EADS, the Bremen-based outfit is retaining its own identity and continues to build upon expertise gained in operating two UAV systems for the German armed forces. It has developed a lightweight, low-cost tactical UAV and is proposing an innovative larger design that is hybrid in both airframe and power.

June 17, 2013 - 3:35am
An RAF Tornado carries a pair of  Dual-Mode Brimstone weapons on a rear fuselage station during operations over Libya. The performance of the weapon in that campaign has generated interest from the U.S.

Speaking prior to the Paris Air Show, Antoine Bouvier, CEO of European missile house MBDA, said, “2012 was an excellent year in terms of performance but it was a year of contrast for order intake. It was our best ever year for export, but the domestic market fell short, especially in France.” Leading those good export figures was a sizeable sale of MICA air-to-air missiles to India to support a Mirage 2000 upgrade program.

June 17, 2013 - 3:15am
The NGRT features an eight-blade propeller, a new compressor and a Talon combustor borrowed from larger Pratt & Whitney models.

Despite some vacillation by ATR and Bombardier, who are still studying the form their respective 90-seat regional airliners might take, development of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new turboprop engine continues on a “critical path” to an expected launch next year, according to Richard Dussault, company vice president of marketing.

June 17, 2013 - 3:05am
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Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland’s new CEO, says the company needs to adopt a new mindset if it is to improve its capabilities. He summarized the call to action in a motto: “Think Customer,” which he said is embedded in the Anglo-Italian OEM’s “StepChange” program.

June 17, 2013 - 3:00am
Although air flows through the H80 from the rear to the front, with the two exhausts located just behind the propeller, it is a compact straight-flow design with no complex flow-reversal sections.

General Electric is ranked as one of the world’s leading aero engine manufacturers, with a $20 billion business powering airliners, fighters and many other types of aircraft around the world, plus servicing and systems provision. Currently just $400 million of that annual business comes from the Business and General Aircraft (BGA) division, but the company has plans to dramatically expand in that sector, and in so doing is taking on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 family that currently dominates the marketplace.

 
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