Raytheon has come to Dubai to press the case for its special-mission aircraft expertise in a region where the U.S. company sees a healthy market for airborne ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance).
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Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has brought a special-missions-equipped King Air 350ER to the Dubai Air Show to demonstrate the potential of melding this tried-and-true platform with the latest surveillance technologies for diverse tasks, including drug interdiction, search and rescue and electronic intelligence gathering.
British commanders are counting the cost of a major and successful contribution to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. The UK and France were the biggest contributors to the campaign, after the first week when U.S. forces provided an initial boost. British aircraft and helicopters flew more than 3,000 sorties, including more than 2,100 strike missions. They successfully attacked about 640 targets with more than 1,400 precision-guided munitions.
Hawker Beechcraft completed a series of weapons delivery tests from its AT-6 light attack and reconnaissance aircraft, dropping eight laser-guided bombs as part of an ongoing operational assessment by the U.S. Ai
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (HBC) today announced at the NBAA Convention that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Importantly, this marks the first after-market program of the Fusion avionics system.
Nextant Aerospace brushed off a communiqué sent by Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) warning it will not provide any support for aircraft modified without the Wichita manufacturer’s “involvement or approval.” The memo specifically mentions the Nextant 400XT, a remanufactured “zero time” Beechjet with new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
Recent briefings in Brussels and London on Operation Unified Protector reveal that attack helicopters provided by France and the UK are now making key contributions to NATO-led operations over Libya, which has been extended until the end of September.
Boeing is investing $130 million to overhaul the Boeing CH-47 Chinook production line in Ridley Park, Pa., making it the largest capital investment made by the company’s Defense, Space & Security segment. The project to renovate 223,000 sq ft of production space around lean manufacturing principles will be completed in October.
BAE Systems has announced a plan to implement a new “regionalized” strategy to support the Latin American market, where some 90 of its aircraft are now in service with nearly 40 operators. The company unveiled the new support strategy at its first ever Americas operators’ conference, held in Lima, Peru, May 23 and 24.
Cobham(Hall 2B EF167) delivered four converted Hawker Beechcraft B350ER King Air special mission aircraft to Ascent Flight Training for the UK Military Flying Training System on June 9. The delivery was made at the Cobham Aviation Services facility adjacent to Bournemouth International Airport.