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July 17, 2014, 6:25 AM

The Munich factory of Europrop International (EPI) is ramping up production of its 11,000-shp TP400 turboprop engine to an annual 96 units to support Airbus A400M military transport deliveries in the coming years.

At the same, EPI is carefully following the recent entry-into-service of the first three aircraft, without having any major issues to report. For the joint-venture company’s four partners–Rolls-Royce, Snecma, ITP and MTU–this phase is thus looking much quieter than during the A400M’s troubled development.

July 17, 2014, 6:20 AM

Camarillo, California-based Merex Group (here with subsidiary Kellstrom Defense in Hall 3 Stand D12) has announced the acquisition of specialized tooling and inventory to manufacture spares for the F-5, T-38 and F-16 fighters. This gives Merex the capability to produce the wing leading and trailing edge, vertical stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer as replacement parts. Sierra Aerospace of Simi Valley, California, sold the surplus equipment. The Merex Group will make additional investments in 3D computer aided design to improve the dimensional accuracy and quality of the final product.

July 17, 2014, 6:15 AM

The Nasmyth Group (Hall 4 Stand A7), a UK-based supplier of global engineering services, announced here at the Farnborough Airshow it has amalgamated three of its businesses under the banner of Nasmyth Technologies.

July 17, 2014, 6:15 AM

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Deborah Lee James announced a major change to Air Force strategy at the Farnborough Airshow on Tuesday.

July 17, 2014, 5:45 AM

Rolls-Royce here announced the first run of the Trent XWB-97 turbofan on Tuesday. Selected as the sole engine for the higher-thrust version for the Airbus A350-1000, The 97,000-lb-thrust Trent XWB-97 will begin test flights in 2016. Entry into service is pegged for 2017. The turbofan’s increased thrust is obtained by a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger core and advanced fan aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce (here at Hall 4 Stand H3) said.

July 17, 2014, 5:40 AM

Noranco announced here at the Farnborough Airshow the signing of a 10-year contract extension and new parts award under which it will continue supplying complex components and assemblies to UTC Aerospace Systems’ Oakville, Ontario facility in Canada.

Based is Woodridge, Ontario, Noranco (Hall 4 Stand C17-19, Chalet B30) manufactures aero engine components and landing gear, and offers ancillary services including parts design, prototyping, high precision machining and sheet metal fabrication.

July 17, 2014, 5:40 AM

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Chalet C26) is developing an external auxiliary fuel tank for the Bombardier Q400 turboprop, providing an extra 10,000 pounds of fuel in two external pannier tanks. This extra capacity raises the Q400’s endurance up to 12 hours, which could be useful for a range of missions.

Bombardier will offer the tanks as an official option on the Q400, which has been selected as the platform for a number of maritime patrol and other special-mission proposals.

July 17, 2014, 5:35 AM

Aircraft support specialist AJW Aviation (Outdoor Exhibit 10) has been chosen by Air Serbia to provide a five-year, hourly cost maintenance service to supply spares for its Airbus narrow-body fleet. The contract covers seven Airbus A319s and two A320s.

AJW Aviation is building a network of support hubs in Eastern Europe to provide greater support and minimize AOG situations, although a 24/7 AOG service is also provided.

July 17, 2014, 5:33 AM

Pratt & Whitney has enlisted IBM to improve the engine fleet management and health “solutions” the engine company offers its customers.

July 17, 2014, 5:30 AM

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced that Airbus has joined the consortium and that Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding its membership role.

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