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THALES SIGNS RECORD AVIONICS AND SUPPORT CONTRACT ON AIRASIA’S ENTIRE A320NEO FLEET
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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AirAsia A320neo to come with Thales avionics

Source: Airbus


AirAsia A320neo to come with Thales avionics

Source: Airbus


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PARIS - AirAsia has selected Thales for the equipment of avionics systems on their new fleet of 304 A320neos. The contract will also include a long-term Repair-By-The-Hour support agreement. Deliveries of the aircraft started in October 2016.

Thales will equip the 304 single-aisles with its Flight Management System (FMS), the navigation solution of choice for Airbus aircraft, alongside the THALES/ACSS T3CAS2 surveillance platform, the preferred solution for all Airbus single aisle aircraft. The new fleet will also feature Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA) and Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT).

Thales has been partnering with AirAsia, leading LCC in Asia, since 2005, forging a close relationship in support of the airline’s growth strategy. AirAsia already equips their entire Airbus fleet with Thales systems and has selected the group for all maintenance and support operations for Thales systems equipped across their entire A320 fleet of 200 aircraft. In addition to the avionics suite, Thales will continue to provide a Repair-by-The-Hour (RBTH) long-term maintenance contract to support AirAsia’s fleet expansion. The agreement provides guaranteed turnaround times on repairs and offers a commitment of reliability with reduced operational risk.

Source:  Thales
Associated URL: thalesgroup.com
Source Date: March 21, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT SBIRS SUCCESSFULLY TRANSMITTING IMAGES
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Artist's rendition of a SBIRS satellite

Source: Lockheed Martin


Artist's rendition of a SBIRS satellite

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - From its final orbit location 22,000 miles above the equator, the third Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back down to Earth, a milestone known as "first light."

The satellite was launched on Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and is the third in a series of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites that the U.S. Air Force uses to provide faster and more accurate missile warning data to the nation and its allies. The satellite reached orbit, where it successfully completed deployments of its sun-tracking solar arrays, antenna wing assemblies and light shade.

The constellation is operated by the next-generation SBIRS ground station at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. GEO Flight 4, the next satellite in the series, will undergo final assembly, integration and test at Lockheed Martin's satellite production facility in Sunnyvale, California, prior to its launch planned for later this year.

After finally overcoming the hurdles that faced the program, SBIRS has entered its production phase. As such, Forecast International expects SBIRS GEO spacecraft to be delivered throughout the decade.

The Air Force has also begun investigating a follow-on to the SBIRS system. The service issued a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2014 to begin the process of gathering the necessary information to start development of a satellite network that will serve between 2025 and 2040. The USAF is studying a number of options for SBIRS follow-ons. It will likely include a combination of complete satellites and hosted payloads. The service may also use a disaggregated mission profile, in which mission elements are split between multiple satellites.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-03-22-First-Light-Lockheed-Martin-Built-SBIR
Source Date: March 23, 2017
Author: b. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 03/23/2017

 
 
BOEING AWARDED OPTION FOR USQ-82
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Boeing Bags $13.73 M USQ-82 Option

Source: Boeing


Boeing Bags $13.73 M USQ-82 Option

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WASHINGTON - The Boeing Company is being awarded a $13,731,493 cost-plus-incentive-fee option to a previously awarded contract (N00178-15-C-2016) to continue to provide design agent and technical engineering services in support of the USQ-82 Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex Systems (GEDMS) program.

GEDMS is a shipboard network used for destroyers. The GEDMS network transfers inputs and/or outputs for the machinery control systems, damage control system, steering control system, AEGIS combat system, navigation displays and interior communications alarms and indicators.

This contract combines purchases for the Navy (91 percent); and the governments of Australia (3 percent); Korea (3 percent); and Japan (3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The work is expected to be completed by March 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy); FMS; fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2013-2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $5,999,256 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: www.defenselink.mil
Source Date: March 22, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 

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