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ITALY MINISTRY OF DEFENSE ORDERS JET TRAINERS, ATTACK HELICOPTER DEVELOPMENT FROM LEONARDO
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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ROME - The Italian Ministry of Defense inked contracts with local defense prime Leonardo on January 13 worth over €500 million ($530 million). The contracts involved the procurement of new M-345 jet trainers and another concerning a still-in-development attack helicopter ultimately expected to replace the Italian Army's AW129 Mangusta fleet.

The contract for the M-345 involves a first batch purchase of five of the basic/advanced lightweight trainers. This order is expected to eventually grow to involve 45 units. An upgrade of the Aermacchi S.211 trainer, the M-345 is seen as the eventual successor to Alenia Aermacchi MB-339A. Delivery of the first batch of new M-345s is expected in 2019.

Regarding the attack helicopter, Leonardo received a contract for the study, development, industrialization, production and testing of a prototype of a "new exploration and escort helicopter" (NEES). The contract also covers three initial production versions of the helicopter.

The Italian Army has a requirement for 48 new attack helicopters which would be used to replace the fleet of AW129s slated for retirement by 2025. Its current inventory of AW129 Mangusta's totals 48, of which 16 are used for training purposes.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/leonardo-lands-532-million-in-trainer-helo-c
Source Date: January 14, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
EUROFIGHTER JV AWARDED 5 YEAR SUPPORT CONTRACT
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Eurofighter Typhoon

Source: Eurofighter GmbH


Eurofighter Typhoon

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HALLBERGMOOS, Germany - Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH has been awarded a five-year arrangement with NETMA (the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Organisation) to support the global Eurofighter Typhoon fleet. Total contract value was not announced.

The arrangement consists of two main contracts. The first covers the sustainment of engineering capabilities and program management. The second covers logistics, repairs, and the provision of spare parts for the Eurofighter fleet. It will also provide an enhanced availability service while generating savings to the customer nations.

The two contracts were signed on 21 December 2016 between NETMA on behalf of the core Eurofighter nations, and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH on behalf of Airbus Defence and Space, BAE Systems and Leonardo.

Source:  www.eurofighter.com
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 
 
328 SUPPORT SERVICES GMBH HANDS OVER 20TH DORNIER 328 TURBOPROP TO U.S. MILITARY
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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OBERPFAFFENHOFEN, Germany - 328 Support Services GmbH (328) has delivered the 20th modified Dornier 328 Turboprop to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as part of SNC’s contract with the U. S. military. The Dornier 328 Turboprop was selected for the contract, which began in 2009, due to its extraordinary flight qualities and ability to provide unique logistical support.

Of the 20 completed aircraft, 17 were purchased outright from various sources by 328, while SNC acquired three of the aircraft. All modifications were completed at 328’s Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, facilities. The U.S. military deploys aircraft around the world to assist in transportation and humanitarian services.

"The Dornier 328 is perfectly suited for such a special role," said Dave Jackson, managing director of the 328 Group. "Our close relationship with SNC allows us to deliver aircraft that are out-performing expectations and with increased capabilities to successfully fulfil any type of mission or operation requested."

All 20 Dornier 328 aircraft meet highly specific configurations and requirements. The 328 team spent many extra hours ensuring adherence to the contract’s strict demands as each aircraft underwent six months of modifications including engine maintenance, propeller overhauls and special checks to achieve the required program specification. Auxiliary power unit retrofits and ground spoilers were also realized and accomplished on seven of the fleet’s aircraft. Other modifications included the fitting of gravel kits, avionics upgrades, and high-frequency communications systems, as well as flight deck standardization.

"This has been a real challenge and a real opportunity for our workforce to demonstrate the skills required to deliver these aircraft successfully on time and within budget," added Jackson.

The 20th aircraft acquired for overhaul was transported to the 328 facility by sea in specially constructed containers after being parked in the desert since 2005. It was rebuilt from scratch by the 328 team and its maiden flight occurred November 23, 2016, more than 11 years after its last flight.

Five days later, the aircraft departed Munich, travelling by ferry flight across the northern route via Wick, Reykjavík, Goose Bay and Thunder Bay, crossing 9,000 Km until finally reaching SNC’s facility in Denver.

Source:  328 Group
Associated URL: 328.eu
Source Date: January 11, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 

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