EADS Airbus has proposed major revisions to its contract with seven European nations for the A400M airlifter, including a delay in the first deliveries until 2012. The company still has no idea when the first flight might take place, although the C-130 testbed for the A400M’s huge TP400 turboprop engines did finally get off the ground last month.
GKN Aerospace assumed full ownership of the former Airbus wing component and assemblies factory at Filton, UK, on Monday. The UK group has acquired the facility from Airbus for £136 million ($199 million).
EADS Socata last month broke ground for a factory to be operated by Socaero, the company’s Moroccan subsidiary at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Socaero, which already employs 90 people, will work on subassemblies for the TBM 850 turboprop single and for Socata’s aerostructure business. This includes elements for the Eurocopter AS 350/355 and Dassault Falcon 7X.
EADS Socata last month appointed Executive Airlines the long-term area sales representative for the TBM 850 turboprop single in Australia and New Zealand. The French aircraft manufacturer also set up a TBM parts inventory to support the network of Australian TBM service centers. This inventory will be managed by Executive Airlines, which is based at Melbourne-Essendon Airport.
Socata–the Tarbes, France-based manufacturer of the TBM 850 turboprop single–will be majority owned by French-based aerostructure specialist Daher under an agreement reached last month with Socata parent company EADS. Daher is acquiring a 70-percent stake in Socata and has an option to buy the remaining 30 percent in three years.
New information on UAV developments at EADS emerged during a recent media briefing day in Germany. The Military Air Systems unit has built a second Barracuda combat UAV demonstrator, and it will make its first flight from Goose Bay air base in Greenland next spring. The first aircraft crashed in 2006 during an early test flight in Spain.
Socata–the Tarbes, France-based manufacturer of the TBM 850 turboprop single–will be majority owned by French-based aerostructure specialist Daher under an agreement reached yesterday with Socata parent company EADS. The transaction amount was not disclosed. Daher is acquiring a 70-percent stake in Socata and has an option to buy the remaining 30 percent in three years.
Eurofighter has offered India codevelopment of an active antenna for the Typhoon’s Captor radar, as part of its bid to secure that country’s 126-unit order for a new combat aircraft. Eurofighter CEO Aloysius Rauen said that there had been “positive discussions” with India about a plan that would share the costs of converting the mechanically scanned Captor with the four original Eurofighter partner nations.
Alenia Aeronautica officially launched the technical activities associated with the so-called Green Regional Aircraft today in Caserta, Italy, where representatives from some 25 program partners met to plan methodologies and procedures, times, deadlines and the project’s budget.
EADS Socata (Booth No. 4484) and Daher Aerospace (Booth No. 4381) are developing joint projects in business aviation and aero structures that promise to significantly boost each company’s presence in these areas. As part of the partnership, Daher will take over an undisclosed majority stake in Socata from EADS, with the new company likely to seek a partner to launch a twin-engine business turboprop as soon as next year.