Eurofighter CEO Aloysius Rauen made a strong plea here yesterday for the four partner nations–the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain–to close the deal for 236 more Typhoon combat jets. “My highest goal is to ensure the continuity of production. That way we avoid extra cost,” he said. Rauen confirmed that the UK and Italy have requested information on what it would cost to buy fewer airplanes–or none at all.
Seven years after BAE Systems canceled the ill-fated Avro RJX program, closing the hangar door on indigenous UK airliner production, the company’s regional aircraft division believes its BAe 146 and Avro RJ offerings remain competitive.
BAE Systems (Booth No. 1881) is aiming its new compact and lightweight head-up display, Q-HUD, at a wide market that includes light jets. BAE claims that the new system is 50 percent lighter, significantly less costly, more reliable, generates less heat, and provides pilots with more headroom, a greater range of view and a range of head motion that is 15 times greater than conventional HUDs.
Aviation parts supplier Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) has announced the availability of a consignment program called Excess Inventory Management (EIM). Joplin, Mo.-based TECI (Booth No. 5321) owns a 75,000-sq-ft climate-controlled warehouse for EIM inventory. The facility includes multiple loading docks and makes use of a variety of shipping methods, the company said. Founded in 1991, TECI
With a three-foot wider interior than the Bombardier Challenger 604, the Avro 146/RJ is claimed to offer “an airliner-size cabin for the price of a small business jet.”
Here at the NBAA Convention, BAe Regional Aircraft (Booth No. 1881) hopes to renew interest in the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) version of the venerable quadjet, which was produced from 1983 to 2002.
In a welcome development for operators who are flying VIP-converted Jetstream J31/J32s, UK-based Saywell International (Booth No. 1805) became the sole spares distribution center for the BAE Systems-built airplanes this year and is rapidly increasing its support capabilities.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft this year will deliver six more of its corporate-configured, four-engine Avro RJs for a variety of business and government operations. Some 23 of the rebranded Avro Business Jets are already in service or undergoing conversion from their original role as regional airliners, with much of the work being done by Inflite Engineering Services at London Stansted Airport.
After a year in which the BAE Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft has received unprecedented negative publicity in the UK, it’s hardly surprising that BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) are not showing the new MRA.4 version here at Farnborough. Four years after it first flew, the Nimrod MRA.4 has still not made a public debut.
Although neither the UAE nor Singapore has yet chosen their new jet trainer, both have now eliminated the BAE Systems Hawk from consideration. They continue to evaluate the more modern Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and KAI/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle. These setbacks have caused BAE to refocus the Hawk sales campaign on upgrades and through-life support.
The UK Royal Air Force flies three Nimrod R.1 versions that are dedicated to SIGINT (signals intelligence). They were converted from MR.2 maritime patrol aircraft, and their sensors have been upgraded regularly to monitor emerging new threats and signals. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) developed a plan for a complete replacement of the aircraft’s SIGINT suite, Project Helix, and chose L-3 Communications UK to provide it.