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July 17, 2014, 3:55 AM

AgustaWestland (exhibiting here at the Farnborough Airshow with parent Finmeccanica, Outdoor Exhibit 1) gained a contract worth £90 million (around $150 million) here yesterday to integrate Europe’s next-generation maritime missile on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter.

July 17, 2014, 3:50 AM

Thales has developed a 13-pound, unpowered, glide weapon that is especially suitable for application to UAVs and light attack aircraft.

Known as FFLMM (free-fall light multi-role missile), the weapon draws on many of the components developed for the powered LMM weapon that Thales is producing for the Royal Navy’s FASGW(L) requirement, but is much shorter (just 28 inches in length), as it lacks a rocket motor, and has fixed instead of folding wings.

July 17, 2014, 3:50 AM

Airbus is working hard to complete the A350 flight-test campaign, which it hopes to close by the end of August in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness approval in September. By early last week, the five A350 test aircraft had logged 2,189 hours during 516 flights that involved more than 1,360 take-off/landing cycles.

July 17, 2014, 3:35 AM

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) has chosen Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW150C engine to power the new MA700 regional turboprop, P&WC (Exhibit Outdoor Exhibit 3/4) announced at Farnborough 2014. The PW150C will provide increased performance over the PW150A turboprop designed for the Bombardier Q400, the manufacturer said.

July 17, 2014, 3:30 AM

Organizers of the International Paris Air Show 2015 (here in Hall 1 Stand A15) opened reservations for exhibit space in April and have already seen 40 percent of the available space booked. This is an increase over the same time for the previous edition, CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles told AIN. Rates remain the same as the 2013 event, he said.

July 17, 2014, 3:15 AM

Barco’s Defense & Aerospace division signed a memorandum of agreement with GE Aviation to collaborate on a new family of cockpit displays for helicopters. The new family will feature an open system design, which facilitates development of third-party applications for display system functionality.

“We are a tier 3 supplier,” said Steven Luys, v-p of strategic marketing, defense and aerospace for the Kortrijk, Belgium-based technology company, “and we offer our products to systems integrators. We offer the best display to fit the application.”

July 17, 2014, 3:05 AM

IAI subsidiary European Advanced Technology (EAT) has acquired a 40-percent stake in Brazilian company Avionics Services. The acquisition is another step in IAI’s strategic move into the Brazilian marketplace, which it sees as offering considerable opportunities in the years to come, particularly in the defense and public security sectors.

EAT and Avionics Services also signed an agreement to market and manufacture aircraft systems, UAVs, sensors and platform upgrades.

July 17, 2014, 3:05 AM

IAI subsidiary European Advanced Technology (EAT) has acquired a 40-percent stake in Brazilian company Avionics Services. The acquisition is another step in IAI’s strategic move into the Brazilian marketplace, which it sees as offering considerable opportunities in the years to come, particularly in the defense and public security sectors.

EAT and Avionics Services also signed an agreement to market and manufacture aircraft systems, UAVs, sensors and platform upgrades.

July 17, 2014, 3:00 AM

Firth Rixson (Hall 5 Stand G20) has signed a 10-year agreement with United Technologies (UTC) to supply engine and system components. The components will be part of Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines as well as systems, such as landing gear, on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787. The agreement is valued at $1 billion.

July 17, 2014, 2:55 AM

Myanmar’s state-owned national airline, Myanma Airways (to be renamed Myanmar National Airlines in the near future), ordered six ATR 72-600 regional turboprops and placed options for another six on Wednesday here at the Farnborough Airshow.

The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery from 2015 to 2017 and will be used for both increasing and replacing Myanma’s existing ATR fleet.

The Toulouse-based manufacturer will also assist Myanma Airways in establishing a modern maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Yangon.

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