Lockheed Martin and Roketsan signed a contract Wednesday at the Turkish missile company’s booth at DSEI, minting a cooperation agreement to develop the SOM-J missile intended for integration into the US Air Force and Navy versions of the F-35 fighter jet. The 100nm (185km)-range air-to-surface standoff cruise missile has been adapted from Roketsan’s larger Stand Off Missile (SOM), and will be carried internally in the F-35. It is in a similar class to Norway’s Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile.

“SOM-J is a variant of an existing, larger SOM missile that is flight certified and in production in support of the Turkish F-4 and F-16 programmes - external carriage,” Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s director of strike systems Alan Jackson explains. “We’re going to take elements of that design and adapt it to the SOM-J weapon - a smaller airframe that will fit inside the conventional take-off and landing F-35A and carrier variant F-35C.

“Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with the Republic of Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project,”
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards said.
“SOM-J will provide the F-35 and other aircraft an exceptional capability to meet the most challenging mission requirements. We look forward to combining the skills and know-how of our two great companies to produce a world-class system to meet customers’ expanding needs for long-range, survivable cruise missile technology.”

Roketsan Inc. was founded in 1988 for the purpose of “possessing a leading institution in the country for designing, developing and manufacturing rockets and missiles.” Roketsan is rapidly going forward to become a global company in defense industries sector with personnel of more than 1,800, 51 percent of which comprise engineers, an invested capital of TL 4 billion and its accumulation of technologic knowledge. Roketsan has become a corporation, the operations of which now extend beyond the borders of the country, which participates in NATO programs in its field of technology and is capable of supplying its products to friendly countries besides the Turkish Armed Forces.

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The A330-200, the shorter-fuselage variant of Airbus’ A330 twin-engine wide body family, has won EASA certification, some five months after the larger A330-300 earned certification from European authorities, Airbus announced on Tuesday. The company has expressed confidence that approval from the U.S. authorities would follow. Launched in 2012, the increased-takeoff-weight A330-200 and A330-300 incorporate a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and, in the -300 version, an optional center fuel tank which not only furthers the distance at which it can travel but also cut down precious refueling time. The range of the new A330-200 is increased by up to 350 nautical miles/650 kilometers compared to today’s 238 ton model, allowing customers to fly missions up to 7,250 nm/ 13,400 km. Thanks to aerodynamic refinements and engine enhancements, the A330-200 will reduce its fuel consumption by nearly two percent.

Eric Zanin, Airbus Head of the A330 Program said:

“With this new 242t A330-200, our customers will benefit from even more range plus a proven 99.4 percent reliability, while offering their passengers best-in-class comfort. Its unbeatable operating costs and unique versatility make the A330 Family a highly competitive solution in the medium to long haul market.”

Airbus’ continuous investment in the A330 Family benefits the Airbus A330-200 version by lowering costs and improving operations. This includes system upgrades and enhancements, the introduction of advanced navigation aids and new-generation flight instrumentation, and engine upgrades. The company bills the new, heavier-takeoff-weight A330 as the basis for the A330neo, launched at last year’s Farnborough Air Show and scheduled for first delivery to Delta Air Lines in the fourth quarter of 2017. In May, Delta also took the first 242-metric-ton A330-300, making it the first of 11 customers to receive the option. Airbus would not identify the first operator of the A330-200 242t, citing its policy to allow the customer to decide when to make the announcement.

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Right on schedule, Turbomeca delivered its first production model Arrius 2R engine to Bell Helicopters this week. The Arrius 2R is a highly innovative helicopter engine in that it is the only turbine within the 500 shp range to feature a dual channel Full Authority Engine Control (FADEC). With more than 7 million flight hours logged for other Arrius engine variants, the 2R will come equipped with an unparalleled level of maturity at entry-into-service. Also, the FADEC system aboard the Arrius 2R will deliver power and performance while at the same time improving safety and lowering pilot workload.

Turbomeca’s delivery to Bell this past week was just the first of many, as Bell looks to utilize the 2R Arrius engine to power its brand new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X line of helicopters. The 505 Jet Ranger X is Bell’s most recent entry in their short light single class, and it was designed with safety, efficiency, and reliability in mind. Powered by Turbomeca’s 2R engine, the 505 Jet Ranger X boasts a take-off power 504 shp and a cruise power of 457 shp.

After a number of successful test flights in 2014 and 2015, Bell has seen a steady increase in demand for the 505 Jet Ranger X. To accommodate for the demand, Bell has invested in an 82,000 square-foot $26.3 million assembly facility in Lafayette, Louisiana that will exclusively manufacture the 505 Jet Ranger X.

Additionally, Turbomeca intends to move its Arrius 2R assembly facilities from France to Dallas, Texas, in order to further streamline the production process for the 505 Jet Ranger X. Bell has already received 350 tentative orders for the 505 Jet Ranger X, so their partnership with Turbomeca will likely go on for the foreseeable future. Bell is currently taking on more orders for the 505 Ranger X, and delivery is expected in early 2016.

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The European Space Agency’s gravitational-wave detection technology demonstrator, known as the LISA Pathfinder, has recently completed a series of tests in Germany. Now, it is preparing to leave Germany for Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. In November, the Lisa Pathfinder is scheduled for lift-off aboard a European Vega rocket, where it will travel 1.5 million kilometers away from the earth and towards the sun. The spacecraft will be used to test instrumentation and technologies that will help to observe and accurately measure gravitational waves.

The final testing and integration of this satellite was carried out by Airbus Defense and Space at IABG’s test center in Ottobrunn, near Munich, Germany. Over the past few months, Airbus has been performing extensive tests and final integration of the spacecraft.

"This is an extremely challenging mission that will pave the way for future space-based projects to observe gravitational waves, opening a new window to explore the cosmos," said Paul McNamara, a project scientist for the European Space Agency. "Gravitational waves are an entirely fresh and different way to study the universe, providing an important complement to the well-established approach of astronomy, based on observing the light emitted by celestial bodies."

The spacecraft will be equipped with the Lisa Technology Package, which features a laser interferometer which can measure changes in distance between two precision-engineered gold-platinum test masses. Upon entering the orbit, the two test masses will be discharged from a locking mechanism, at which point the motion inside of the spacecraft will be measured by electrostatic sensors and laser interferometer. In-orbit testing will also be monitored by other technologies such as a drag-free control system from NASA and two types of micro-propulsion systems.

"Lisa Pathfinder is a remarkable project to test the ultra-high precision technologies that will be needed to detect gravitational waves in space,"

said Michael Menking, head of Airbus Defense and Space earth observation, navigation, and science programs.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has delivered their 100th throttling divert and attitude control system (TDACS) to Raytheon.

These control systems are used for Raytheon’s SM-3 (standard missile-3) Block IB guided missile system. For something that is designed to blow things up, the missile control system is actually relatively safe due to its reliability and low-risk propulsion technologies.

It is used to support the third-generation of land- and sea-based US missile defense capabilities. The TDACS is top-of-the-line, and does not cost a fortune to make.

"Our TDACS team has developed and deployed the most sophisticated and innovative solid rocket propulsion system in the world, delivering a stabilized production line of high quality TDACS that continue to deliver 100% mission success with continued affordability for our customers, stated Charlie Meraz, Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 TDACS program manager.

The SM-3 is a missile that is designed to “hit-to-kill.” It is produced as one of the United States Navy’s sea-based ballistic missile defense systems. It provides defense against medium and long range ballistic missiles by colliding with them.

In addition to that, Aerojet also provides the first two stages of booster motors used to power the Block IB kinetic warhead, guided by TDACS. This will allow them to increase the SM-3 Block IB missile’s capability against current and emerging target threat sets. The Block IB includes an infrared seeker and the actual control systems used to propel the missile.

Meraz also noted the importance of the 100th delivery in their long-established relationship with Raytheon.

"The delivery of the 100th TDACS marks a significant milestone in the history of the SM-3 Block IB program and Aerojet Rocketdyne's valued collaboration with our long-time customer, Raytheon, in ensuring the defense capabilities of our nation.

Raytheon received a $559m contract in May from the Missile Defense Agency to deliver the US Navy's SM-3 Block IB all-up rounds.

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Airbus has begun production of the first wing for their wide-body A350-1000 aircraft at their North Wales, UK facility.

The wing is thirty-two meters long and is made from carbon fiber composite material components. It is believed to be the largest of its kind in the civil aviation segment. It bears similarities to its predecessor, the A350-900, with the difference being the modification of components and the trailing edge being extended to resize the wing. The new design gives it greater capabilities than previous versions allowed.

"To improve efficiency at higher speeds, the A350 XWB can deflect its wing flaps differentially, optimizing the wing profile and providing better load control,” Airbus said.

The new features include droop-nose, leading-edge devices, and adaptive dropped-hinge flaps. These all contribute to aircraft efficiency, mostly at low speeds.

The A350-1000 measures in at seventy-four meters from nose to tail, making it the longest-fuselage version of Airbus wide-body airliners. It is designed to hold 366 passengers, but can be configured to fit as many as 440 inside at once. The range of the aircraft will be 7,900 nautical miles, while also having 25% better fuel efficiency than similar models. It will be powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent XWB engines.

Full performance specifications for the European jet are as follows:

  • Range: 14 800 km
  • MMO: M0.89
  • Max ramp weight: 308.9 tons
  • Max take-off weight: 308.0 tons
  • Max landing weight: 233 tons
  • Max zero fuel weight: 220 tons
  • Max fuel capacity: 156,000 liters

The wing is designed and manufactured at their facility in Filton, situated on the northern outskirts of Bristol, UK. Other parts of the aircraft will soon be tested or developed at this same location. This includes, but is not limited to, the fuel systems and landing gear. The plane is planned to enter service in 2017.

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The United States Army has recently awarded a Lot 4 follow-on contract to Lockheed Martin in order to continue the production of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) kits for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. The contract awarded by the United States Army is valued at $21.6 million. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will be expected to produce and deliver 786 Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator (M-LRFD) kits. To date, Lockheed Martin has already delivered more than 200 kits to the United States Army. The total value of this contract is not to exceed $50.9 million.

These updated M-LRFD kits represent the first phase of upgrades to the Apache’s day sensor assembly. M-LRFD is the primary targeting guide for the Apache attack helicopter, providing the pilots with the ability to designate targets and establish an accurate target range for weapon engagement.

"We are currently fielding laser kits as part of the M-DSA Phase I upgrade and are on track to equip approximately seven Apache battalions a year,"
said Matt Hoffman, the director of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control M-TADS / PNVS.

Lockheed Martin has already qualified M-DSA Phase II upgrades and is already prepared to transition into production. The M-DSA Phase II upgrades are expected to enable Apache pilots to see high-resolution, near infrared and color imagery on cockpit displays. The Phase II upgrades will also include a new laser pointer marker and a multi-mode laser with eye-safe lasing capability, which will allow for better coordination among ground troops and safe flight during training exercises and in urban environments.

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Textron-owned Beechcraft Defense announced that they have delivered their 900th T-6 military training aircraft to the United States Navy's Training Air Wing 5 based at Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. This most recent delivery marks the 224th T-6B military trainer delivered to the Navy as part of the joint primary aircraft training system (JPATS) program.

"Building the most efficient and effective military flight trainer is of utmost importance to us, said Beechcraft Defense president Russ Bartlett in a statement. "Having logged more than 2.5 million flight hours globally, and now delivering 900 aircraft, the Beechcraft T-6 continues to prove it is one of the most utilized and trusted aircraft training platforms in the world."

The T-6B is a derivative of the T-6A military trainer aircraft and features an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite and an integrated glass cockpit, which allows for advanced training capabilities. The T-6B trains pilots in the most advanced aerobatic maneuvers and simulated combat training tasks and can fly at a top speed of 316kt. It is also equipped with a hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) technology, which delivers the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface to the digital cockpit.

In July of 2009, the US Navy deployed the aircraft as the primary aircraft for flight training. The variants of Beechcraft's T-6 aircraft are being used in more than 20 countries including by NATO Flying Training Canada, the Hellenic Air Force of Greece, as well as the Israeli, Iraqi, Royal Moroccan, and the Mexican Air Forces.

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International engineering group Meggitt signed a deal to acquire Cobham’s advanced composites unit for $200 million in cash.

Cobham’s advanced composites unit produces components that are engineered for use on composite engines, radomes, and structures serving the commercial aerospace and defense markets. They have over 30 years of advanced composite products experience, best-in-class design, and many process engineering capabilities that provide turn-key solutions to commercial aerospace and defense markets. Not only this, but this business employs over 480 workers and operates in four facilities distributed across the United States and United Kingdom.

Last year, Cobham’s advanced composites unit generated over USD$81 million in revenue. By acquiring the unit, Meggitt will expand its complex composites business. This whole process group will be a part of the Meggitt Polymers & Composites (MPC) Division.

Although military sales account for 85 percent of Cobham’s revenue, growth is increasing fast on the civil side as the Airbus Group and Boeing Company crank up airliner output. An example of Cobham’s civilian expertise is providing Wi-Fi compatible radar domes to existing jet fleets.

Meggitt CEO Stephen Young stated,

“The smaller, more intricate composites-that end of the market-is very fragmented. It’s a good growth market and absolutely I think there is room for consolidation.”

Ideally, acquiring the advanced composites unit will have an up-front cost of $4.3 million USD and produce a run-rate cost of roughly $3.8 million USD from 2017.

“The acquisition represents a major step in strengthening our composites capability,” Young said. The advanced composites businesses of Cobham are highly complementary to Meggitt's business model, with strong technology positions, a significant level of sole-source content and substantial growth opportunities in commercial aerospace. The acquisition will enhance our materials and manufacturing technologies and product offerings in complex composites, which are key to next-generation aircraft components.”

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The German Navy fleet of P-3C Orion anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft will be rewinged with a Mid-Life Upgrade under an eight-year contract. This contract, which was awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), was won by Airbus Defense and Space and Lockheed Martin Overseas Services. The two companies have been contracted to upgrade a total of eight aircraft. Airbus Defense and Space is expected to install, integrate, and evaluate the Mid-Life Upgrade-K15 kits for the P-3C Orion aircraft. These kits will include an outer wing, horizontal stabilizer, and center fuselage. The new wings are part of a broader program of renovations for the German aircraft, which also includes an instrumental flight rules capability hike and mission avionics.

The P-3C maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft measures in at a length of 35.61 meters and has been designed to support missions such as surveillance and reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, as well as drug interdiction and search-and-rescue.  This Mid-Life Upgrade, which is expected to span the course of eight years, will help to enable the proliferation of these maritime patrol aircraft. Initial deliveries are anticipated to take place in November of 2016.

"Once installed, these new wings will extend the life of each German Navy P-3 by 15,000 hours per aircraft, which will allow the German Navy fleet to meet future mission requirements,”
said Mark Jarvis, the Lockheed Martin P-3 Programs director.
"We look forward to working with Airbus to provide the German Navy, and specifically Naval Air Wing 3 at NAS Nordholz, the improved capability that these wings will provide."

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The United States Navy and Marine Corps have ordered six RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (STUAS) from Insitu Inc.

The unmanned aircraft system is valued at $78 million each. Its primary function is providing surveillance and reconnaissance for troops on land and sea. This contract marks the program’s progression towards the initial test and evaluation phase, as was expressed by Navy and Marine Corps STUAS program manager Colonel Eldon Metzger.

"This award will increase the number of systems to the fleet and bring a greater footprint and capability to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and Naval Special Warfare teams to meet operational demands," Colonel Metzger said in a statement.

The STUAS is able to quickly integrate new payloads for expanded mission sets, can accommodate small sites and deck operations, and has a minimal footprint. It is expeditionary and runway independent, which allows for support of tactical missions be it by land or by sea. The Blackjack also features roll-on, roll-off capabilities and can support ship-to-objective maneuvers.

Some dimensions and specifications of the small aircraft include:

  • Length: 8.2 ft / 2.5 m
  • Wingspan: 16 ft / 4.8 m
  • Empty structure weight: 81 lb / 36 kg › Max takeoff weight: 135 lb / 61 kg
  • Max payload weight: 39 lb / 17 kg

The configurable payload spaces of the Blackjack are interfaced with a communications relay package, including Ethernet protocol and a data encryption device.

Blackjack has a cruise speed of up to 60 knots, with a max horizontal speed of over 90 knots. It uses an eight horsepower reciprocating engine with EFI. It has a ceiling of nearly 20,000 feet, and an impressive endurance of 16 hours.

Insitu secured a $43.7 million contract from NAVAIR five years ago to develop the RQ-21A Blackjack. Currently, the Marine Corps has a requirement for thirty-two of them, while the Navy says they need twenty-five of the systems.

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At the end of last month, CIT Aerospace awarded GE Aviation a USD$200 million contract to provide GEnx-1B engines for its four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. CIT Aerospace is one of the major aircraft leasing businesses with a fleet of more than 350 commercial aircraft, which serves approximately 100 customers across 50 countries. These new engines will put CIT's GEnx-1B-powered Boeing 787 fleet at a total of seven aircraft.

"The GEnx-powered Boeing 787 aircraft has proven itself with outstanding fuel burn and reliability, and we are pleased to add four more GEnx-powered aircraft to our leasing fleet,” said Tony Diaz, CIT Commercial Air president in a statement about the contract.

GE Aviation global sales and marketing vice-president and general manager Chaker Chahrour also released a statement:

"The GEnx-1B engine is the leading engine of choice for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The selection by CIT for additional GEnx-powered Boeing 787 aircraft is a testament to the engine's outstanding performance."

This GEnx engine will reportedly improve fuel efficiency by nearly 15% more than the CF6 model. According to GE, the engine’s twin annular pre-swirl (TAPS) combustor will reduce regulated gas emissions by as much as 90% and will reduce nitrogen emissions by 55%. This new engine is also the quietest in GE’s range due to the slower tip speed on the fan blades. The GEnx program is managed in collaboration with Sweden's Volvo Aero, Japan-based IHI, TechSpace Aero (Safran), MTU of Germany, Snecma (Safran Group), and Samsung Techwin of Korea.

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Word broke that the United States Department of Justice is supposedly launching a criminal investigation against United Technologies Corp’s (UTC) Sikorsky division for allegedly overbilling the Navy for a contract almost a decade ago. Back in 2006, Sikorsky Support Services (SSSI) won a navy contract in which they were to support T-34 and T-44 fixed wing turboprop training aircraft and as a part of this contract, SSSI subcontracted another Sikorsky unit Derco Aerospace to procure spare parts.

According to the US Government, Sikorsky overcharged the navy from 2006 to 2012. They said the reasoning for this was because Derco added profit and overhead costs to the price of the spare parts that Derco procured and then sold to SSSI. This is in violation of the False Claims Act. When UTC was asked to release their quarterly security findings as well as documents related to the contract, the filing revealed that the department is seeking up to $148m in damages and fines from the company.

According to a statement release by a UTC spokesperson,

"Sikorsky and its subsidiaries intend to cooperate fully in the investigation, which was discussed as part of the transaction with Lockheed Martin and is not expected to affect the close."

In recent news, UTC has reached an agreement with Lockheed Martin to sell them their Sikorsky Aircraft business for upwards of USD$9 billion. On July 13, Lockheed was made aware if the investigation and when they was asked to comment, they released a statement saying, "We were made aware of the issue during our due diligence and negotiation process and we will continue to monitor the issue in close collaboration with UTC."

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Japan’s Ministry of Defense has selected Fuji Heavy Industries, a Japanese multinational conglomerate and corporation primarily involved in ground and aerospace transportation manufacturing, as the primary developer of the UH-X, a next-generation multipurpose military helicopter. Fuji Heavy Industries, alongside the collaboration of Bell Helicopter of the United States, will be developing a commercial helicopter with the Japanese ministry. This commercial helicopter will then be customized in order to meet the requirements of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force. This “commercial-to-military” approach is believed to help cut development costs.

These development plans are anticipated to launch this fiscal year (which ends March 31), with the subsequent customization phase planned to start in 2017. The Japanese Defense Ministry intends on implementing an approximate amount of 150 units of the UH-X, starting in 2021 over the span of the following 20 years. The development of this next generation multipurpose military helicopter is estimated to cost the Japanese ministry around $106 million, with each Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft costing an estimated $9 million each. The UH-X will be utilized for transporting cargo and personnel and ultimately, will replace the existing UH-1J helicopters in use now. The UH-1J helicopter were license built in the 1990s by Fuji as well.

Initially, the UH-X development project was awarded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries. However, after a bid-rigging scandal which involved Kawasaki and two ministry officials, the Japanese Ministry of Defense decided to restart the selection process.

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Lockheed Martin announced that they are planning to deliver the first two US Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to the Royal Danish Navy later on in the year. On July 9th, digital cockpits, integrated mission systems, and sensors were installed in the first two aircraft, which arrived at its Owego facility earlier in the month. According to a Lockheed Martin spokeswoman, they are anticipated to be delivered to the Navy later this year.

The MH-60R helicopter team includes Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Raytheon, and CAE. The US Navy is expected to deliver all nine helicopters to Denmark by June of 2018. The helicopter will be used to support the Royal Danish Navy’s anti-piracy missions, anti-surface warfare missions, and will also help defend and protect Denmark’s interests in the North Atlantic during international deployments.

Lockheed will be teaming up with three Denmark-based companies: Weibel Scientific, SSBV-Rovsing, and Systematic. Together, they will develop an electronic warfare support system solution, solar array simulator, and the next-generation Star Tracker. The aircraft’s modular design will enable it to adapt weapon systems to match specific mission requirements. The MH-60R Seahawk is just over 64 feet long and 17 feet high, and weighs 14,430 pounds empty or 23,500 pounds at max gross weight. It can travel up to 180 knots for up to 245 nautical miles.

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In July 2015, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson announced her decision to purchase the Sikorsky helicopter operations of United Technologies for USD$9 billion while putting $6 billion in Lockheed’s existing services businesses under review for potential sale or spinoff. She believes this big move will strengthen company financials over time by substituting higher-margin rotorcraft work for commodity IT and technical services.

This move is by far the biggest strategic change the company has undertaken since Hewson became CEO in January of 2013. During the past two years under her tenure, Lockheed’s share price has risen from below $90 to over $200 as net profit margins and dividends per share have risen rapidly. Acquiring Sikorsky will improve the company’s market positioning, which is already viewed as one of the best among top tier defense contractors. In addition, it will be UTC CEO Greg Hayes’ first major strategic move since his promotion last November.

A short term benefit of acquiring Sikorsky is the boost to Lockheed’s annual revenues and backlog. According to research service reports, Sikorsky revenues have an estimated growth of up to USD$10 billion annually over the next decade, largely supported by United States military orders.

In the long term, the deal will make Lockheed less dependent on the $391 billion F-35 fighter jet business, while expanding its overseas sales by adding Sikorsky's iconic Black Hawk helicopters to a product line that already spans everything from satellites to naval ships. Lockheed and Sikorsky already work together on several major helicopter programs, including the presidential helicopter, a combat rescue helicopter and the MH-60R- and S-model helicopters built for the Navy and Marine Corps.

ASAP Aerospace is a leading distributor of Lockheed Martin parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Lockheed parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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The United States Army announced that they have retired their Northrop Grumman MQ-5B Hunter UAV aircraft after the last flight took place at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. This aircraft has been in service since 1996 and has received multiple upgrades including a USD$91.2 million reset back in 2011. It is being replaced by another Northrop Grumman model, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

The Q-5 Hunter is the Army’s oldest UAV. This aircraft first saw action in 1996 in Kosovo as the RQ-5A which was designed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). IAI’s American marketing and development partner Northrop Grumman developed the latest version of the Q-5, the MQ-5B. The MQ-5B aircraft took its first flight in July 2005 and was deployed to the front lines a year later. Just under 30 UAVs of this type are in service and in January of 2011, passed 100,000 hours of flying time.

The replacement aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, is an extended range multipurpose unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, and is an improved variant of the combat-proven Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. This aircraft performs various missions including reconnaissance, target acquisition, surveillance, command and control, communications relay, signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), attack, improvised explosive device (IED) and battle damage assessment. During its initial seven month training and evaluation period, the aircraft accumulated more than 1,700 hours during 238 flights. As of today, the US Army has received 61 Gray Eagle aircraft and 44 more are on order.

ASAP Aerospace is a leading distributor of Lockheed Martin parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production General Atomics Aeronautical Systems parts ranging from display and charging panels and control box assemblies to serial receiver assemblies and more at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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News broke that FedEx is reportedly planning on purchasing at least 27 Boeing 767 cargo aircraft in the coming years. The deal was discussed in Seattle this past weekend and though the details of the meeting are private, the deal is said to be worth around USD$5 billion.

If the deal goes through, it will benefit both companies. Boeing would gain valuable sales amid a tough market for wide-body aircraft in general and cargo planes in particular as it develops a version of the 767 as an aerial refueling tanker for the U.S. Defense Department and FedEx would extend its strategy of replacing older, less fuel-efficient planes with new models. Sources for the companies didn’t have much to say.

“We constantly work on aligning our fleet plans with our business needs,” FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey said in an email.

“We have nothing to announce at this time.” Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman, said the Chicago-based planemaker had no comment.

Aircraft upgrades are part of FedEx’s effort to cut $1.6 billion in costs at its FedEx Express airline unit. The 767’s capacity is similar to the older MD10s in FedEx’s fleet but is about 30 percent more fuel efficient than that three-engine model. Currently, FedEx has 35 unfilled orders for the Boeing 767 aircraft and the potential additional 25 would put FedEx ahead of the United Parcel Service Inc. to become the all-time largest customer for that model. As of February of this year, FedEx has 673 aircraft and last month they announced that 15 planes and 21 related engines will be permanently retired.

ASAP Aerospace, a parts purchasing resource created by ASAP Semiconductor, is a premier logistics and supply chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology driven companies. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Boeing parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Boeing parts ranging from aircraft beams and passenger doors to ceiling panel assemblies and more at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 toll free for a quote.


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Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed a new maritime patrol aircraft, named the XP-1 (previously known as P-X), with intentions of using this aircraft to replace the P-3C maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The initial prototype aircraft of the XP-1 was first revealed in July 2007, with this aircraft completing its maiden flight in September 2007. By March of 2010, Kawasaki had delivered four XP-1 aircraft to the Ministry of Defense for ground testing, during which the Japanese defense ministry discovered tears in various sections of the test aircraft. As a result of this, repairs to the aircraft included reinforcement of the fuel tank and central parts of the fuselage.

Beginning in 2001, the Japanese Ministry of Defense initiated the development of the XP-1 aircraft in accord with the development of the C-X cargo transport aircraft. This development program would become the first of its kind to cover the progression and evolution of two large aircrafts encompassed by a single project. Towards the end of 2001 in November, Kawasaki was chosen as a prime contractor to design these aircraft, alongside the assistance of other suppliers and equipment manufacturers.

The XP-1 aircraft measures in at a length of 38 meters, with a tail height of 12.1 meters and wingspan of 35.4 meters. The latest innovation and technology allow for the XP-1 to provide greater range, higher speed, as well as a more useful load than the P-3C aircraft. A wide variety of weapon systems are carried by the external pylons of the XP-1, including weapons such as torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles, depth charges, mines, and bombs.

Japan intends on bringing two of these new-generation Kawasaki XP-1 aircraft to the United Kingdom in order to market this aircraft platform to the British as a submarine hunter. The XP-1 aircraft’s international debut is highly anticipated, as these two aircrafts will be debuted at the Royal International Air Tattoo on July-17-19th.

Here at ASAP Aerospace, we have the resources to supply a vast array of Kawasaki products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


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Orbital ATK announced that it had secured a $23.6 million contract to launch the US Air Force’s ORS-5 satellite on its Minotaur 4 rocket. With an anticipated launch date set for the second quarter of 2017, the US Air Force’s ORS-5 space surveillance satellite, also known as the SensorSat, is currently being designed and produced by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. The MIT team plans to use the satellite to scan and survey the geosynchronous-orbit belt from a low-Earth orbit vantage point.

Originally, the US Air Force envisioned launching ORS-5 at a lower program cost of $20 million. However, according to Col. John Anttonen, director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, no current launch service provider is able to meet that target price. The Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK was the only company to submit a bid to the US Air Force’s solicitation for a $20 million launch, according to a statement released this month from the US Department of Defense.

“We went out and asked industry: ‘Can you meet $20 million?,’” Anttonen explained. “A lot of the new space vendor concepts that are out there came back and said yes. But they have never built a rocket yet. The folks that have built the rockets or done the rideshares came back said we can’t meet it but only because you’re going to a highly unique orbit. You’re going to zero degrees. They came back and said we can do $30 million. We said all right. Not bad. It’s an improvement over where we were.”

The Operationally Responsive Space Office had previously contracted Orbital ATK’s Minotaur 4 rocket before. In 2011, the Minotaur 4 was the platform of choice to launch the US Navy’s Tactical Satellite-4 experimental communications satellite from the Alaska Aerospace Development Corp.’s Kodiak Launch Complex.

ASAP Aerospace is a leading distributor of Orbital ATK parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Orbital ATK parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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