As the final E-2C Hawkeye 2000 proceeds down the Northrop Grumman production line at St. Augustine, Florida, the company is preparing to fly the first example of its replacement–the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The first of two system development and demonstration (SDD) aircraft was rolled out at the plant on April 30 and is being checked out on the ground prior to a first flight in late summer.
Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell announced yesterday here at Le Bourget that they have agreed to work together to develop a new, 3,000-shp turboshaft engine for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters under the Army’s Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program.
“A guide to aircraft fuel contents testing” is the title of a paper to be delivered by Tony Moore, technical director of Cirencester, UK-based BCF Designs, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Technology Theatre here at the airshow. Moore has led the BCF team working to improve fuel test safety for nearly two years.
French-based Snecma Services and U.S.-based Airfoil Technologies International have formed an engine repair joint venture, Propulsion Technologies International. It will be located in Miami, Florida, in the former Propulsion Technology LLC facility. The new company will provide engine component repair services with expertise in major rotating assemblies, booster vanes, cases and frames.
Derco Aerospace has signed a 12-month nonexclusive deal with 3M’s Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance department to distribute its complete lineup of surface-protection products for a range of military aircraft. The agreement covers the use of 3M protective coatings, which include polyurethane protective boots and tapes that help prevent corrosion and so extend service life.
U.S.-based TGV Rockets has completed test firings of a 30,000-pound-class throttleable rocket engine that uses JP-8 kerosene fuel. The first phase of testing was conducted over the past two months at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The second phase, focused on gaining more information on the performance of the JP-8 fuel, is under way.
Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, the United Arab Emirates joint venture of Selex Systemi Integrati (a Finmeccanica company), and Abu Dhabi Ship Building have signed a three-year contract worth more than $6.75 million with the UAE air force and air defense (UAE AFAD) to implement the Capability Maturity Model for Integration (CMMI). This requires the use of the CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement developed by the Software Engineering I
ITT, for many years a key player in the electronic warfare (EW) sector, continues to reinforce its position by continual developments. On display in model form here at Paris is the latest iteration of the state-of-the-art ALQ-211 electronic countermeasures system (ECS), now packaged into a stand- alone pod.
CMC Electronics (Hall 3, Stand D7) is introducing a so-called “portable mission display” for military aircraft called TacView that will do for armed-forces pilots what electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers do for civilian fliers.
Regional turboprop maker ATR has picked CMC Electronics’ class-2 electronic flight bags (EFBs). These will be available both as an option on new ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft or for retrofit on in-service ones. CMC’s EFBs feature 8.4-inch, high-resolution XGA displays. They provide up-to-date aircraft documentation, checklists, approach charts and real-time weather information–among other features.