MBDA Missile Systems (Outdoor Exhibit 10, Chalet D1) said yesterday that it would assemble the first copy this week of the Brimstone 2 missile, which is now in series production. The missile incorporates a dual-mode, millimeter-wave radar and semi-active laser seeker, an “insensitive munition” (IM) rocket motor and warhead and a new, stronger airframe.
AgustaWestland (exhibiting here at the Farnborough Airshow with parent Finmeccanica, Outdoor Exhibit 1) gained a contract worth £90 million (around $150 million) here yesterday to integrate Europe’s next-generation maritime missile on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter.
Firth Rixson (Hall 5 Stand G20) has signed a 10-year agreement with United Technologies (UTC) to supply engine and system components. The components will be part of Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines as well as systems, such as landing gear, on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787. The agreement is valued at $1 billion.
The UK’s North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), with more than 220 members and a combined turnover in excess of £7 billion, represents and supports about 25 percent of the UK aerospace industry. Many of its members have booths at the Farnborough Airshow in the NWAA area in Hall 1.
Clean Sky (Hall 4 Stand B10), Europe’s aerospace research venture, is exhibiting a model of a modified Airbus A340 with so-called “laminar flow” on an outboard section of the wings. The technology, if applied to the entire wing, could bring a 5-10 percent improvement in fuel burn. The A340 testbed is scheduled to fly next year.
Satair (All 1 Stand C12) has completed a deal to be the authorized worldwide distributor in the aftermarket for certain Ducommun cable assemblies, specifically for the GE90 and CFM56 engines. Satair is wholly owned by Airbus and brings together the proprietary parts division of the OEM with the existing Satair portfolio, offering a global spares logistics service. Los Angeles-based Ducommun is a provider of engineering manufacturing services spanning aerospace, defense and industrial sectors.
UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS, Hall 3AS6-7) comes to Farnborough with a series of commercial success stories, led by news of a new long-term maintenance agreement with Airbus. Under the deal, UTAS becomes a primary maintenance service provider for Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) and component repair support. The contract covers UTC Aerospace Systems components on all Airbus platforms.
The Airbus-led effort to develop viable electrically powered aircraft was boosted by the first public flight of the first E-Fan aircraft on April 25. The first of the two- and four-seat E-Fan light training aircraft are due to enter service by the end of 2017, but the wider success of the program–which eventually hopes to prove the case for electrically powered regional airliners–is contingent on its developers achieving further technology breakthroughs in harnessing the new power source.
In view of its success in nurturing a thriving automobile industry–the ninth largest in the world–and as Asia edges toward becoming the world’s largest growth market for aviation, Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) is considering building an aerospace industry starting with Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers servicing global OEM supply chains.
Voss Industries is displaying examples of its high-performance coupling devices, bulge-formed ducting components and fabricated subassemblies at its Farnborough Airshow exhibit (Hall 4 Stand C11). The company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in the aerospace and industrial markets and is the parent company of Voss Aerospace.