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IAI, PGZ announce cooperative aviation marketing agreement
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017

Leonardo reopens earthquake-damaged facility in Italy
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017 - Leonardo officially inaugurated its new airborne systems facility in L'Aquila, Italy, on Tuesday.

The rebuilt facility, which will produce Mode-5 identification friend/foe systems and airborne communications equipment, is 48,000-square feet in size and is now built to withstand earthquakes.

The factory originally on the site in the country's Abruzzo region was damaged in a 2009 earthquake.

"The opening of a new industrial park, where state-of-the-art technologies are developed by highly skilled, specialist staff, is a concrete symbol of Leonardo's commitment to the revival of the Abruzzo region's economy," Leonardo Chief Executive Officer Alessandro Profumo said in a press release.

"The expertise of our people here in L'Aquila contributed to Leonardo having recently been awarded a major contract by the UK Ministry of Defense to upgrade the identification friend/foe systems on more than 350 aircraft, ships and ground emplacements. We are confident that this site will be an important driver for growth in the region."

Leonardo started reconstruction of the site immediately following the 2009 earthquake. During the re-building, employees were temporarily moved to other facilities to keep production on schedule.

Israel Aerospace Industries and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., or PGZ, are teaming to market aviation products and platforms, the companies announced last week.

The teaming, another step towards establishing a business partnership between PGZ, IAI Ltd. and IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd., comes under a recent Memorandum of Understanding.

"The Memorandum of Understanding which we have just signed opens a prospect of acquiring new industrial competencies by the Polish Armaments Group and using them not only for technical modernization of the Polish Armed Forces, but also in other business projects ensuring the security of the allied countries," Blazej Wojnowicz, the president of the Management Board of PGZ, said in a press release.

"The possibilities of cooperation between PGZ and IAI are very wide. They also comprise transfer of innovative aerial technologies to PGZ companies. The business forecasts of potential implementation of joint projects give reason for optimism."

The MOU covers tactical loitering unmanned aircraft systems, aerial reconnaissance systems, electronic warfare systems multi-mission transformer tankers, among other things.

The companies will cooperate in promoting and marketing products and engage in the licensed production of equipment for various modernization projects in Poland. The two will also review Poland's modernization programs for supply of IAI solutions.

"We are eager to take our business in Poland to the next level with our partners from PGZ," said Joseph Weiss, IAI's president and chief executive officer. "We are certain that the partnership will be a long-term, strategic one, combining the advanced technological capabilities of IAI and the PGZ companies. The synergy will provide solutions for the modernization of the Polish army and contribute to the Polish economy and security".

CPI Aero signs contract with Sikorsky Black Hawk fuel assemblies
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
CPI Aerostructures has secured a five-year contract worth $21 million to manufacture and supply fuel panel assemblies for Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The contract would run from 2018 to 2022, extending CPIs production run of fuel assemblies that dates back to 2010. Under the new agreement CPI would be responsible for all assembly work and necessary supply chains. "The ... read more

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