PowerJet, the 50/50 partnership between France’s Snecma and Russia’s NPO Saturn, successfully ran up the first SaM146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 on July 9 at the Rybinsk test and assembly facility.
The European Union (EU) has approved a joint bid from two groups that previously had competed against each other for the contract to run the $4 billion Galileo satellite navigation system.
AgustaWestland (Booth No. 1141) and its parent company, Finmeccanica, have formed a joint venture with a Libyan entity to modernize that country’s helicopter and aircraft fleets and to potentially build export helicopters for the African market.
At the AgustaWestland breakfast yesterday, company president Giuseppe Orsi emphasized the continued integration of the two companies– Agusta and Westland–and the importance of a single corporate face in the marketplace. Both owned by Finmeccanica, the two were officially merged into a single unit in 2000, but full integration of resources has been slow to develop.
Progress on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 continues uninterrupted, despite the U.S. State Department’s inclusion of the airplane’s Russian manufacturer among seven companies sanctioned for violating the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000.