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JANUARY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

According to its website, in line with its vision to redefine aerospace, Collins Aerospace has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide avionics for the new X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft. The X-59 is being developed by Lockheed Martin for NASA to collect data that could make supersonic commercial travel over land possible through low sonic boom technology. Collins Aerospace is a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

According to its website, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, announced today that it has teamed with five Belgium-based businesses as part of an industrial collaboration effort with the Belgian aerospace and defense industry. Team SkyGuardian Belgium includes GA-ASI, SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort, and satellite communication technology company Newtec.

According to Raytheon itself, the U.S. Marine Corps selected Raytheon's APG-79(v)4 AESA radar to equip its F/A-18C/D classic Hornet fleet. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will begin delivering radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022.

France has awarded Dassault Aviation a $US 2.3 billion contract for the development of the upgraded Rafale aircraft (F-4 Rafale). Part of this contract, the delivering of 28 aircraft is expected to be done by the end of 2023. Then, 30 additional upgraded Rafale could be ordered, scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2030.

Embraer and Boeing have approved to the terms of a strategic partnership that would position both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets, the two aircraft makers stated on December 17, 2018. This proposal has now been approved by the Brazilian government.

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon of McKinney, Texas, a $7.1-million firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00383-19-F-G000) under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-14-G-005D) for the repair of the APY-10 radar system used on board Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft. One source was solicited for this non-competitive requirement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, with one offer received. The contracted work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla. (66 percent) and McKinney, Texas (34 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2021.

The British Army’s Apache attack helicopters are making their flying debut inside the Arctic Circle. Facing temperatures dropping to -30C and white-out flying conditions, 656 Squadron 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC) is taking part in Exercise Clockwork at Bardufoss in Norway.

Madrid, January 11, 2019.- Indra, one of the leading global technology and consulting companies, and its partner Gaerum have just reached a key milestone in the development of the optionally manned Targus aircraft: the start of simulated flight tests to validate the design of the aircraft's critical systems.

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