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DRS TECHNOLOGIES AWARDED UP TO $400 MILLION U.S. ARMY CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW JOINT ASSAULT BRIDGE SYS
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Source: US Army


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ARLINGTON, Va. - The US Army has awarded DRS Technologies, Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, contract worth up to $400 million to build the new Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) system.

The JAB system is a track-wheeled vehicle built on a modified M1 Abrams platform. It is designed to carry, deploy and recover a heavy "scissor" bridge that provides gap-crossing capability for combat vehicles to cross wet or dry chasms. The system is an important tool for U.S. military ground forces, giving combat vehicles the ability to freely navigate the battlefield.

"The ability for combat vehicles to navigate easily on the battlefield is critical to the success of our armored vehicle warfighters," said Joe Matteoni, vice president and general manager, DRS Sustainment Systems. "This is an important program for our ground combat units, and DRS Technologies and Israel Military Industries Systems are proud to support our heavy armor combat teams by providing this technology to assist them in achieving their missions," he said.

DRS Technologies’ Sustainment Systems business unit, based in St. Louis, MO., will be responsible for the overall production, management of the M1A1 chassis assembly, hydraulic bridge launcher production and the entire system integration. Production will occur in West Plains, Missouri, and Anniston, Alabama.

DRS has a public-private partnership with Anniston Army Depot for the management of the chassis assembly and worked with Israel Military Industries on the engineering and design of the JAB system.

Source:  DRS Technologies
Associated URL: drs.com
Source Date: August 23, 2016
Posted: 08/25/2016

 
 
CESSNA CITATION LONGITUDE MOVES CLOSER TO FIRST FLIGHT WITH GROUND ENGINE TESTS
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Source: Textron Aviation


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WICHITA, Kan. - Cessna Aircraft Company has completed initial ground engine tests on the Citation Longitude’s Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines, paving the way for first flight of the prototype aircraft in the coming weeks. The test verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems.

"The engine run tests are one of the final major milestones as we prepare for first flight," said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation, Cessna's corporate parent. "This step really allows us to prove the maturity of the aircraft and its systems. Following this, we will do a series of functional and structural tests on the airframe in preparation for first flight."

Cessna successfully mated the wing and fuselage of the first Longitude in May, just six months after unveiling details of the super-midsize jet, and powered the electrical distribution system for the first time in June.

With seating for up to 12 passengers, the Longitude offers a full fuel payload of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots (881 kph) and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles (6,296 km).

Source:  Textron Aviation
Source Date: August 25, 2016
Posted: 08/25/2016

 
 
ELLIOTT STEAM TURBINE PRODUCTS FACE COMPETITION FROM GAS TURBINES
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Source: Elliott Group


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Power generation is a global growth market fueled by increasing demand for electrical energy. Renewable energy resources, optimal use of conventional sources, and utilization of alternative fuels are changing the dynamics of the power generation landscape, forcing re-evaluation of energy production methods. Deregulation, public resistance to new generating facilities, environmental concerns, new technologies, and alternative sources of supply add increased complexity to this mix.

There is another side to this environment that may impact adversely on Elliott's steam turbine industry. The major surge in gas production and the development of both small, economic gas turbines and diesels that can run on natural gas offer a new source of competition to the markets that Elliott regard as their traditional niche. Given the mixture of dynamic change in the turbine world, it appears that Elliott will be pursuing LNG projects throughout the world. However, the company's primary product sector lies in producing compressors and it is in that area where the most opportunities for the group will develop.

In theory at least, Elliott could supply steam turbine machines to power generation companies in the industrial sector, especially those with power outputs below 100 MW. However, there is no indication that Elliott is prepared to capitalize on this section of its power generation portfolio. This is not surprising; the current trend is for the development of large centralized co-generation plants, usually with yields in the 1 GW range. Distributed generation is another area that might offer some openings but small gas turbines and gas-powered diesels appear to dominate this niche.

Tracking Elliott's steam turbine installations has provided challenging. In theory, the company could pair its steam turbines with virtually any gas turbine manufacturer, but corporate literature shows no hint of contracts or deals in this area. Sales of Elliott's steam turbines appear to be far down on the subcontract list for a given project but it does appear that existing sales levels for steam turbines are limited.

Source:  Forecast International Power Systems Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: August 25, 2016
Author: Stu Slade, I&M Systems Analyst 
Posted: 08/25/2016

 

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