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Boeing announces Rolls-Royce engine contract
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017

Leonardo in maintenance deal for Typhoon avionics
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 - Leonardo is to provide maintenance on the avionics systems aboard Spanish and German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter fleets under contracts with Airbus.

The awards are for a five-year period and worth more than $111.8 million, Leonardo announced on Monday.

Covered in the service deals are all equipment, directly or indirectly, where Leonardo is the design authority. This includes the majority of the Typhoon's avionic suite, including the radar and the IRST sensor and defensive aids suite.

The company said the contracts follow maintenance arrangements for the Typhoon fighters flown by Italy and Britain. Italy signed an availability-based maintenance service arrangement in 2008 for their Typhoons and developed an Avionic Maintenance Center with Leonardo. The center provides a guaranteed turnaround time for Typhoon maintenance.

Leonardo last year joined BAE Systems under the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise initiative to support UK Typhoons for the next 10 years.

"As well as keeping the fleets at a high state of readiness, these two long-term availability-based contracts are designed to generate cost savings for the partner nations, significant portions of which are expected to be reinvested in programs aimed at further developing the aircraft's capabilities," Leonardo said in a press release.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is in service in six countries. Leonardo said it is responsible for around 36 percent of the Typhoon's program value and provides more than 60 percent of the avionics aboard the fighter.

The Typhoon, introduced into service in 2003, is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing fighter. It is designed and made by Alenia Aermacchi -- now Leonardo -- Airbus Group, and BAE Systems, which control the joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug.

Boeing has announced that its subsidiary Aviall received a contract on sales and engine parts for the Rolls-Royce AE family of defense engines.

Boeing and Rolls-Royce agreed that Aviall will become the sole-source provider of sales and engine parts for AE defense engines worldwide. Long-term industry projections suggest that the deal could be worth over $10 billion over the lifecycle of the platforms using AE engines

"We are pleased to further expand our relationship with Rolls-Royce through this exciting, long term strategic agreement," Eric Strafel, president and CEO at Aviall, said in a statement. Aviall already provides services for Rolls-Royce T56, M250 and RR300 engines.

"This new agreement with Aviall will ensure operators of AE military engines around the world will get the best parts distribution service available," Paul Craig, Rolls-Royce Director of Defense Services, added.

The contract includes the turboprops used on the C-130J, C-27J, and Shinmaywa US-2 aircraft. The AE 1107C turboshaft used Thales to provide helicopter training systems to Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 - Flight and mission training equipment are being supplied by Thales to the Kuwait Air Force and National Guard for Airbus Caracal helicopters, the company announced on Monday.

A total of three simulators -- one Reality H FFMS simulator and two flight procedures and tactical training stations -- are being supplied under a contract from Airbus Helicopters for collective training exercises to prepare pilots and crews for complex missions, such as combat search-and-rescue, Thales said.

"The Reality H simulator produced by Thales is already in service throughout the world and provides helicopter pilots with training in the most complex types of civilian missions," Benoit Plantier, Thales vice president of training and simulation activities, said in a press release.

"By making the military version of Reality H available to the Kuwait armed forces, Thales is providing valuable support to train users on the new helicopters, which are increasingly

sophisticated and equipped with high-performance mission systems."

Airbus Helicopters is supplying Kuwait with 30 multi-role Caracal H225M helicopters for combat search-and-rescue, transport and ground support missions.

The Reality H Full Flight Mission Simulator, will provide pilots with training in navigation, instrument flight, equipment failures and emergency procedures.

The ground training stations will provide initial training in flight procedures for new pilots, and tactical training for captains and crews.

Thales said the contract from Airbus Helicopters includes the maintenance of the simulators for at least three years.

Finland, U.S. amend F-18 maintenance contract
Washington (UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Finland as approved an amendment to a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the United States for spare parts and support for F-18 Hornet aircraft. The $97.1 amendment – an extension of service - covers software maintenance, spare parts for the aircraft, equipment, repair, transport and training services. The Finnish Ministry of Defense said the amendment to the 2013 product s ... read more

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