Shanghai-based investment group D’Long in late June confirmed it has signed a contract for the rights to the suspended Fairchild Dornier 728 program, but an eventual relaunch of the 76-seat jet remains far from certain. According to J.
Switzerland’s Ruag has acquired Saab’s space business (Saab Space, based in Gothenburg), including its subsidiary, Austrian Aerospace, for 335 million Swedish Krona ($56 million) and additional consideration based on future performance. Saab said that it has “not been able to achieve sufficient synergies with other operations within Saab,” although the division was “well managed and profitable.”
Ruag (Booth No. 1313), the Swiss technology and defense corporation, has created or acquired six business aircraft maintenance and service establishments in Switzerland and Germany since its inception in 1999. It has now announced the setting up of a maintenance network linking the different shops into one operational unit called Ruag Aircraft Services Network.
For the upcoming European football championship, jointly hosted by Switzerland and Austria, the Zurich police department has decided to supplement its crowd control systems using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) supplied and operated by the Swiss air force as observation platforms. Light drones are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft and will free helicopters for other tasks such as carrying personnel.
Bombardier Aerospace has added three new business aircraft service facilities to its international support network. Arkia Maintenance of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Metrojet of Hong Kong, China, have been named Bombardier line maintenance facilities, and Ruag of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, has been named an authorized service facility.
Fairchild Dornier on December 20 sold its Airbus components manufacturing and general maintenance businesses to Switzerland’s RUAG Aerospace after weeks of intense competition between the Swiss firm and the Russian partnership of Irkutsk Aircraft Works and Basic Element.
Swiss defense and technology group Ruag has decided to relaunch production of the Dornier 228, the 19-seat regional turboprop its defunct developer stopped building in 1998. The company has scheduled airframe assembly to start next year and deliveries to begin in 2010.
Ruag Aerospace calls its Super Ranger the first UAV built in accordance with the new international UAV Systems Airworthiness Requirements and Stanag 4671 rules.
AirCell’s Axxess satellite communications system has gained European certification aboard a Cessna Citation 650. Performed by Ruag Aerospace in Germany, the installation obtained approval last month from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Axxess system includes two Iridium satcom channels for making voice calls and transmitting low-rate data in flight.
Swiss group Ruag Aerospace is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1470) hot on the heels of its purchase of Pilatus Aircraft’s (Booth No. 700) TSA Transairco subsidiary in early April. The sale, the price of which was undisclosed, is retroactive to January 1.
The new owner said it intends to retain all 115 of Transairco’s employees and the management team headed by CEO Jason Mulcock.