AgustaWestland is not relocating all its military helicopter manufacturing to the UK, as had been assumed by some in the wake of last month’s dual announcements of a UK Ministry of Defence order for 70 Future Lynx helicopters and the news that the firm’s AW149 model will be built at its facility at Yeovil in southwest England.
Britain’s Marshall Aerospace group (Hall 4 Stand A12) and U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin is celebrating a 40-year relationship that looks set to continue for about another 25 years. The two companies have worked together since the mid-1960s to support British operations of C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft and will be in a new contract expected to run until about 2030.
Doncasters (Hall 4 Stand G10) has been selected by AgustaWestland to produce exhaust kits for the US101 helicopter. The kit includes pipes and ducting in nickel and titanium alloys. The UK-based metal component manufacturer is manufacturing such kits for the EH101, of which the US101 is the U.S. presidential transport version.
The Canadian government would like to acquire 16 more military helicopters for troop and cargo transport, but has so far determined that only the Boeing CH-47 Chinook meets its requirements. Other potential bidders have 30 days to show they have an aircraft that could meet these requirements. Deliveries of the aircraft are to begin within 36 months of contract signing.
Marshall Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A12) comes to the Farnborough airshow fresh from winning a £1.52 billion ($2.87 billion) contract to maintain 24 Lockheed C-130K and 25 C-130J Hercules transports flying with Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF).
The recent announcement that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with AgustaWestland marks a new chapter in the development of the widely used Lynx helicopter. For, at the same time of the agreement, AgustaWestland was awarded a contract, which launches the Future Lynx program.
Lockheed Martin UK awarded Thales UK an “intention to proceed” contract to upgrade the acoustics system of in-service EH101 Merlin HM Mk1 helicopters operated by the Royal Navy. Worth £27 million ($50 million), the contract covers 30 aircraft with an option for eight more.
Israel’s Plasan Sasa, a supplier of ballistic armor products, has been awarded a contract as a subcontractor for Permali Gloucester, the Royal Air Force’s sole source supplier for armor projects. This contract, valued at several million dollars, is a follow-on to a previous award made in 2003.
Celebrating its first export order–to Algeria–the Yak-130 is displayed here at Farnborough International as a multirole advanced trainer that can also be employed to destroy ground and some aerial targets when frontline fighter bombers and strike aircraft are not available.
The AN/ALQ-214(V)2 radar homing electronic warfare (EW) system, which ITT Industries developed for the Boeing F/A-18E/F fighter’s integrated defensive electronic countermeasures (IDECM) system is one of several significant new breakthroughs that the U.S. group is hailing here at Farnborough International (Hall 2 Stand A9).