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Army orders Shadow catapult-launched UAVs for Army and Marine Corps brigade surveillance

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 27 April 2015. Textron Systems Corp. will provide new RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground-control systems under terms of a $79.5 million contract.

BAE to provide Navy shipboard IFF interrogators to identify friendly and enemy aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 April 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are asking BAE Systems to build identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft.

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

PHOENIX, 23 April 2015. Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), together with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, advanced the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) program by achieving the first unmanned autonomous midair refueling.

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 22 April 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is showcasing its Mexican operations and capabilities at the first-ever Aerospace Fair Mexico (Feria Aeroespacial Mexico 2015, FAMEX), which opens at the military base in Santa Lucia, Mexico, today.

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 22 April 2015. National Security Agency (NSA) officials have issued Type 1 certification for Rockwell Collins new Multiple Independent Level of Security (MILS) encryption device and architecture: KOV-74.

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

LUKE AFB, Ariz., 21 April 2014. Personnel at the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) – responsible for training F-16 and F-35 fighter pilots and maintainers, qualifying instructors, conducting conversion pilot training, instructing forward air controllers, and deploying mission-ready combat pilots –performed the first F-35 training deployment this month. Luke AFB officials sent 10 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, half the base’s current fleet of F-35 jets, to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.

Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to receive new control tower

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash., 20 April 2015. The Gray Army Airfield, a helicopter airport at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive a new air traffic control tower to replace a relatively old tower that's now considered an obstacle to aviation.

Navy orders missile launchers from Marvin to enable F/A-18 to fire advanced missiles

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 20 April 2015. U.S. Navy air warfare experts are ordering special new missile launchers to enable Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter-bombers to carry the nation's latest and most lethal air-to-air missiles.

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

RESTON, Va., 17 April 2015. Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) won a one-year task order with four one-year option periods to provide 288 millihertz (MHz) of Ku-band satellite capacity to support forces deployed to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operation.

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

HAMBURG, Germany, 16 April 2015. A panel of judges at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, awarded seven of the world's smartest ideas for the aircraft cabin of the future with the Chrystal Cabin Award. An international judging panel announced the winners of the Chrystal Cabin Award 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. B/E Aerospace, Embraer, SABIC Innovative Plastics, SII Deutschland, ViaSat, Etihad Airways and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences won the most prestigious prize in one of seven categories for their extraordinary cabin concepts and products.

Exelis delivers encryptors for GPS OCX to Raytheon

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 16 April 2015. Exelis (NYSE:XLS) delivered to Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) six enhanced ground encryptors designed to improve information security for the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), part of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS modernization program.

VITA ratifies SpaceVPX next-generation space interconnect standard

PHOENIX, 15 April 2015. Members of the VITA trade association dedicated to open system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announce the long-awaited ratification of VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems. The SpaceVPX specification has completed the VITA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) and achieving ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015.

FAA Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

FAA Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

WASHINGTON, 15 April 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta testified before Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and members of the Senate Commerce Committee on the reauthorization of the FAA, crediting government and industry for partnering to upgrade and future-proof the aviation system in the U.S. He also acknowledged the FAA’s continuing work on transforming the national airspace system (NAS), including En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a new high altitude air traffic control system that accommodates NextGen technologies and replaces a legacy system from the 1960s.

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

DALLAS, Texas, 14 April 2015. Dallas Avionics engineers have equipped an Australian Airvan GA-8 aircraft for a California-based law enforcement agency in conjunction with Air Bear Tactical Aircraft (Air Bear).

 

Army orders as many as 32 Boeing CH-47 heavy-lift helicopters in $713.9 million deal

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 13 April 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering as many as 32 Boeing CH-47 Chinook multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopters under terms of a $713.9 million contract.

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses

LONDON, 10 April 2015. The commercial aircraft connectivity market is expected to achieve retail revenues of $3.2 billion U.S. by 2024, with in-flight connectivity (IFC) FSS Ku-band and HTS installs on wide-body and narrow-body airplanes will driving market growth, according to NSR's Aeronautical Satcom Markets (Third Edition) report. 

Global military aircraft market to grow from $61 billion to $87 billion

Global military aircraft market to grow from $61 billion to $87 billion

DUBLIN, 9 April 2015. The global military aircraft market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.64 percent over the next decade, increasing from $61.2 billion U.S. in 2015 to $87.5 billion U.S. by 2025, according to Research and Markets’ report, entitled "The Global Military Aircraft Market 2015-2025 - Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile".

Measurement team evaluates General Atomics Gen 3 high-energy laser

Measurement team evaluates General Atomics Gen 3 high-energy laser

SAN DIEGO, 9 April 2015. An independent measurement team contracted by U.S. government officials completed beam quality and power evaluations of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.’s (GA‑ASI’s) Gen 3 High Energy Laser System (HEL) using the Joint Technology Office (JTO) Government Diagnostic System (GDS).

Readers asked to weigh-in on the importance of cyber security and cyber warfare

NASHUA, N.H., 9 April 2015. The editors of Intelligent Aerospace and Military & Aerospace Electronics are reaching out to readers in an effort to gauge the importance that the aerospace and defense industry places on cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare.

Investment in Asian armed forces grows thermal imaging market, according to Transparency Market Research

ALBANY, N.Y., 8 April 2015. The global thermal imaging market, valued at $3,192.5 million U.S. in 2012, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.76 percent through 2019, when it will reach $6,098.8 million U.S., according to a Transparency Market Research study. Thermal imaging is on an excellent growth path, with applications in surveillance, security, maintenance, monitoring, firefighting, public safety, and more.

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., 8 April 2015. Wencor Group has acquired PHS/MWA Aviation Services (PHS), a certified FAA/EASA Repair Station and provider of aircraft repair solutions in cargo and interior systems, hydraulics, and power and controls.

Royal Air Force of Oman selects tactical data link system from Tactical Communications Group

Royal Air Force of Oman selects tactical data link system from Tactical Communications Group

TEWKSBURY, Mass., 7 April 2015. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) is deploying tactical data link (TDL) hardware and software components from Tactical Communications Group (TCG) to meet its operational and training needs for Link 16 interoperability with national and coalition forces.

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Textron Aviation orders $3 million in Citation X+ wing spar assemblies from CPI Aero

EDGEWOOD, N.Y., 7 April 2015. Engineers and managers at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, needed wing spar assemblies for the airframe manufacturer’s flagship aircraft, the Citation X+. They found their solution at CPI Aerostructures Inc. (CPI Aero; NYSE MKT:CVU) in Edgewood, N.Y.

Air Force asks Raytheon to build 250 air-launched jamming drones to spoof enemy missiles

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 6 April 2015. U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are asking Raytheon Co. to build 250 electronic warfare (EW) jamming drones under terms of a $91.6 million contract.

Army orders 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack drones for aviation support

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 6 April 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack drones under terms of a $132.7 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif.

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

TOULOUSE, France, 3 April 2015. Bolstering regional collaboration in air traffic flow management (ATFM), International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of the world’s airlines, has engaged Airbus ProSky to help educate Asia-Pacific stakeholders on cross-border ATFM implementation. Air traffic in the region is expected to increase by 5.7 percent annually over the next 10 years, with more than 50 percent of new routes connecting to the region, according to Airbus’ forecast.

ITT acquires Hartzell Aerospace, expands portfolio of aerospace environmental control systems

ITT acquires Hartzell Aerospace, expands portfolio of aerospace environmental control systems

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2 April 2015. ITT Corp. (NYSE:ITT) has acquired Hartzell Aerospace, a manufacturer of highly engineered and customized solutions for aerospace environmental control systems on a wide range of high-growth, next-generation aircraft.

InfoZen to support mission-critical TSA programs under homeland security contract

BETHESDA, Md., 2 April 2015. Officials in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS’s) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sought a partner to support transportation vetting programs. They found their solution at InfoZen, a cloud broker and provider of mission-critical IT services in Bethesda, Maryland, awarding the company a five-year, $212 million contract.

Air Canada pilots urge regulatory agencies, airlines to support independent crash investigation, wait to impose new rules

Air Canada pilots urge regulatory agencies, airlines to support independent crash investigation, wait to impose new rules

TORONTO, Ontario, 1 April 2015. "We urge all players in the global aviation industry to support the independent investigation into the Germanwings tragedy so that its findings and recommendations can be used to improve aviation safety worldwide,” says Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) President Captain Ian Smith. “This can only be accomplished if all stakeholders refrain from speculation and interference, allow the investigation to reach unbiased conclusions and recommendations, then dedicate themselves to applying any lessons learned to our own jurisdictions and operations.”

EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

COLOGNE, Germany, 1 April 2015. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have published Opinion 3/2015, which proposes amendments to Performance Based Navigation (PBN)-related safety rules, including significant changes to the way PBN operations are regulated.

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