AIN Defense Perspective » June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 - 12:45pm
The fifth A330MRTT Voyager for the UK Royal Air Force leaves Toulouse on May 22. It was bound for Spain, rather than the UK, for conversion to tanker, after the work was pulled from Cobham Aviation Services. (Photo: David Donald)

Ten conversions of Airbus A330 airliners into Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTTs) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), which were scheduled to be done by Cobham Aviation Services at Bournemouth Airport in the UK, have been switched to Airbus Military (AM) at Getafe, Madrid. Nearly half of the 675 workers at Bournemouth will lose their jobs because of the switch.

June 29, 2012 - 12:12pm
The first international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the UK, designated BK-1, nears completion late last year at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth. Its first flight was April 13. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Striking machinists at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Fort Worth, Texas, voted by a large margin to accept a revised contract offer from the company, bringing to a conclusion a 10-week walkout at the facility that assembles the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Fort Worth Local 776 voted 1,873 to 447 on June 28 to accept a four-year contract, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.

June 29, 2012 - 12:10pm
Lockheed Martin may bid the Sikorsky MH-60R for the Indian requirement for 75 multi-role helicopters. (Photo: Sikorsky)

Lockheed Martin is eyeing an Indian request for proposals (RFP) for around 75 naval multi-role helicopters (NMRH) that is expected to be released late summer. The new rotorcraft would complement the Indian navy’s existing fleet of Westland Sea King 42 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters.

Lockheed would bid the MH-60R “Romeo,” the Sikorsky-built helicopter that it modifies extensively for service with the U.S. Navy. The Eurocopter NH-90 is another possible contender.

June 29, 2012 - 12:06pm
Boeing will help to market the KC-390 airlifter in a new agreement with Embraer. (Photo: Embraer)

Boeing and Embraer announced an extension of their April collaboration agreement on commercial aviation to the KC-390 airlifter program. The pair said they would “share some specific technical knowledge and evaluate markets where they may join their sales efforts for medium-lift military transport opportunities.” Boeing may help sell the KC-390 to “potential customers that had not been considered [as] initial market prospects,” they added.

June 29, 2012 - 12:00pm
Lockheed Martin CEO Bob Stevens said government spending cuts threatened by sequestration will force the company to modify its contracts with suppliers, leading to untold consequences. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Contracts with suppliers would have to be modified with untold cost consequences, if automatic U.S. government budget reductions through sequestration become a reality in January, according to Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO Bob Stevens. That could affect anywhere up to 40,000 suppliers in the case of Lockheed Martin, a $46 billion civil, government and defense contractor.

 

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