Two years ago EADS decided to tap Singapore’s strengths in science and technology by shifting part of its research and development effort here. Today, its investment in the Singapore Research and Technology Center (SRTC) appears to be reaping dividends, and the facility is now conducting work in four scientific areas, having reached a staff of 15 and an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million.
The efficiency of the gas turbine engines that power today’s commercial and military aircraft is approaching the highest level possible with current turbofans. But a totally new technology being pioneered by GE Aviation and researchers worldwide promises far simpler, more efficient engines that will extend aircraft range, cut fuel costs and reduce emissions.
British defense and security technology company Qinetiq is poised to complete the acquisition of Australian engineering group AeroStructures. The would-be subsidiary conducts engineering analysis and assessment of aircraft for structural integrity management and airframe life extension. It also carries out nondestructive testing, provides design and inspection services and trains aircraft engineers.
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) has emerged as what many describe as the surveillance technology of the future, but Asia Pacific air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are already taking advantage of its capability and cost-efficiency.
In partnership with the U.S. Air Force, Raytheon Missile Systems is developing a new version of its combat-proven AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile (HARM), which significantly increases its combat versatility and effectiveness, while making it more applicable to modern rules of warfare.
Thales is targeting the huge potential for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for coastal surveillance in Southeast Asia by offering a compact, lightweight radar system called the Coastmaster. The UK group’s aerospace division developed the 66-pound system from the ground surveillance radar being fitted to the British Army’s Watchkeeper UAVs. (Helicopters and small manned aircraft could also carry the new radar.)
A twin turboprop trainer can’t hope to fully replicate an F-16 fighter, but rookie pilots with the Republic of Singapore Air Force will quickly get a feel for the complex systems and information management tasks they will ultimately face through the advanced visual systems of the Pilatus PC-21s they will soon be using.
Bental Industries has introduced a new member of its family of rotary servo actuators. The RSA-06 unit delivers up to 9.6 pounds per foot of torque at a stroke of +/- 45 degrees. The Israeli group’s RSA actuators are used for functions such as flap controls on small unmanned aerial vehicles. They provide an extremely low power-to-weight/size ratio.
The Thales engineering team in Toulouse is developing a new flight deck for the -600 series ATR family, featuring five six- by eight-inch LCD displays and a configuration that is generally lighter in terms of hardware. At the same time, to keep the price down, the French electronics group has made some high-technology functions optional.
Paul DeHerrera has been appointed COO of Universal Avionics. In addition, Daniel Reida has been promoted to vice president of marketing, and Don Berlin has been named senior corporate vice president of Universal Avionics Systems. He has also been appointed to the board of directors.