According to the latest speculation, the A400M will soon gain an official name: Atlas. Not a bad choice for a heavy airlifter, although references to Greek mythology invariably suffer from conflicting and sometimes mischievous interpretations.
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Boeing has added Hamilton Sundstrand to its team of suppliers on the KC-46 aerial tanker, awarding it a contract to supply its environmental-control system, electric-power generation system, emergency ram-air turbine system, fans and engine bleed-air system, engine controls and accessories, bleed-air leak detection system and the engine/APU fire detection and overheat detection system.
Safran’s Labinal and Comac have established a Shanghai-based joint venture known as Shanghai Saifei Aviation Ewis Manufacturing, with Comac taking a 51-percent share. A signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show this week formally created the new company, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in February. The new venture specializes in electrical wiring interconnection systems, which it is providing for the Comac C-919 airliner.
BedekAviation Group is strengthening its relationship with two Chinese companies to cater better for its growing freighter conversion business. The company is the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries, and a sizeable slice of its revenues come from its passenger-to-freighter conversion line, which it says has grown in 2010 over 2009.
L-3’s Interstate Electronics Corp. is bringing full-motion video and data generated by aerial platforms into the hands of ground-level troops via smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. The latest version of its Video Scout system is being demonstrated here at the Paris Air Show (Static F186) using real-time data from L-3 Wescam MX-15i and MX-10 sensors.
Nearly a year after the Sukhoi T-50 made its first flight, another fifth-generation fighter program made its debut, in the form of Chengdu’s J-20. The aircraft was revealed in late December 2010, before making a first flight on January 11 this year.
Northrop Grumman, named to supply its large-aircraft, infrared-countermeasures (LAIRCM) system on the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker, recently demonstrated a podded version of the infrared-countermeasures system on the aircraft the tanker will replace, the KC-135.
An effort to inspire the youth of the United Arab Emirates to become the next generation of aviation professionals will take the form of the inaugural “Futures Day” at this year’s Dubai Air Show, scheduled to run from November 13 to 17 at the city’s Airport Expo.
Senior-level students from key UAE colleges and universities will receive invitations to attend Futures Day on the show’s final day.
Eurofighter confirmed in Paris yesterday that an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar would enter service on the Typhoon in 2015, and announced the start of flight trials with the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM (beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile).
The last-minute problem with the gearbox of the TP400D-6 turboprop engine, which led to the decision to cancel the spectacular Airbus A400M flying display at the Paris Air Show, has still not been resolved, Europrop International (EPI) said.
The malfunction occurred on Thursday last week on an A400M flight-test aircraft, though not the one that flew into Le Bourget to be on display.