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BELL 525 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: 7/2/15

AMARILLO, Texas - Bell Helicopter announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless on July 1. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

"We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification," said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. The Bell 525 was designed with input from Bell's Customer Advisory Panel as an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload & range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A takeoffs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight. Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525 provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off with a single operational engine.

The Bell 525 is powered by General Electric CT7-2F1 turboshaft engines rated at 1,800 shp (1,342 kW).

With over 60 helicopters reserved under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators and end users with a high level of situational awareness and the ability to perform a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

The first flight test started with taxi testing and maneuvers and then went into an initial hover, performing various hover maneuvers and then tested low speed handling qualities with winds gusting to 20 knots.

Source:  Bell Helicopter
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
HARRIS ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE FOLLOWING EXELIS BUY
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: Harris Corporation

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Harris will reorganize its business segments to increase operational efficiency and capture synergies that result from Harris' recent acquisition of Exelis.

"We combined Harris' and Exelis' top talent and technology to create four market-focused segments aligned with Harris' strategic growth platforms," said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our new structure will help us improve our competitive position, increase efficiency, and capture synergies, while we continue to bring innovative and affordable solutions to our customers."

Effective the beginning of fiscal 2016, July 4, the company will be organized in the following four business segments: 1).Communication Systems, led by Chris Young. The segment will serve markets in tactical and airborne radios, night vision technology, and defense and public safety networks. 2). Critical Networks, led by Carl D'Alessandro. The segment will provide managed services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, and ground network operation and sustainment, as well as high-value IT and engineering services. 3). Electronic Systems, led by Ed Zoiss. The segment will offer an extensive portfolio of solutions in electronic warfare, avionics, wireless technology, C4I, undersea systems and aerostructures. 4). Space and Intelligence Systems, led by Bill Gattle. The segment will provide complete earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, as well as ground processing and information analytics.

In addition, Sheldon Fox has been named Senior Vice President, Integration and Engineering for the company. Fox, formerly President of Harris' Government Communications Systems segment, has been leading the acquisition integration effort. Also, Dana Mehnert, formerly President of Harris' RF Communications segment, has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Global Business Development Officer. Mehnert will have responsibility for driving topline growth, leveraging complementary channels, and capturing large multi-year opportunities. Both of these positions will report to Brown.

Source:  www.harris.com
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP SUPPORT SERVICES CONTRACT INCREASES
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON - CACI Technologies Inc, of Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $9,393,351 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6307), from the United States Navy, for professional support services in support of Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships.

CACI Technologies will provide program analysis, development, control and monitoring support; administration, communication and human resources; business, finance and cost estimating; technical and engineering support; information technology; and life-cycle support across Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships and its program offices.

Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (91 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (4 percent); San Diego, California (2 percent); Panama City, Florida (2 percent); and Newport, Rhode Island (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2015.

Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research, development, test, and evaluation; fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy); and 2013 and 2015 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $8,824,742 are being obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $3,759,322 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=5575
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 07/02/2015

 

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