Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced the signing of a “blanket ordering agreement” with the Brunei ministry of defense for the support of recently ordered S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. The five-year agreement covers those aircraft that will be delivered next year to the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) as well as those that are currently in service.
Embraer is at the show with five aircraft–a record number for the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence here at the Singapore Airshow. On the static display are the E190 narrowbody airliner (in the 100-seat category), the Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet (derived from the E190) and the Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet, as well as the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jets (four and six seats, respectively).
Speaking of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract MD Helicopters signed last year, Lynn Tilton, CEO of Mesa, Arizona-based company, said, “That’s the highlight [of 2011], to serve those who serve for love of country. And it goes back to our roots of 1964, when Hughes Helicopter [predecessor of MD Helicopters] first won a military contract.” She made the comments at a Heli-Expo 2012 press conference in Dallas yesterday.
Gulfstream Aerospace comes to Singapore with, among other things, a G450 demonstrator aircraft fitted with its new Elite interior. The all-new optional package features elements from the company’s flagship G650, and is also available for G550 aircraft as well. AIN got a taste of the new cabin during a pre-show demo flight, courtesy of the U.S. manufacturer.
The new Rolls-Royce factory in Singapore could be producing half of the company’s large commercial engines by the middle of this decade. The 1.65-million-sq-ft campus at Seletar Airport has cost more than $450 million to build, with some of the funding coming from the island republic’s Economic Development Board. Rolls-Royce managers expect to assemble engines and make fan blades more efficiently here than in the UK, thanks to the clean-sheet, all-under-one-roof building designs.
When the Singapore Airshow was last held two years ago, Canadian airframer Viking Air had yet to receive certification for its Twin Otter 400, the twin-engine turboprop formerly produced by de Havilland Canada (DHC) and a continuation of the series that ceased production in 1988. Today the British Columbia-based manufacturer will hand over its ninth production model to Papua New Guinea-based OK Tedi Mining at a ceremony at its chalet (39).
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner began its inaugural visit to Singapore yesterday when test article ZA003 flew in from Bangkok on the latest leg of its six-month global Dream Tour. It is due to fly back to Seattle after spending three days in the show static display, February 14 to 17. ZA003 has logged some 650 hours in the air during some 195 flights.
Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary Elta Systems has announced a series of new orders this week to various customers for fighter radars, maritime surveillance radars and electronic countermeasures pods.
Gulfstream Aerospace is set to expand its preowned aircraft sales division to include aircraft brokerage services. The company will draw on its worldwide customer and sales prospect database to facilitate its new offering, and says it will keep tabs on the global used aircraft market to ensure listings it sources are “competitively priced.”