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SAAB PROVIDES TACTICAL DATA LINKS TO SWEDISH NAVY
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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SAAB 9LV Mk4 CMS will be upgraded as part of the contract

Source: Saab Group


SAAB 9LV Mk4 CMS will be upgraded as part of the contract

Source: Saab Group


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STOCKHOLM -- Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, to provide Multi Tactical Data Links to the Swedish Navy. The total order value is SEK 148 million ($18.6 million).

The Navy platforms will be upgraded with data links such as L16 and L22.This enables closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions.

Saab 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) will be upgraded as part of the deliveries.

Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time. Link 22 is primarily maritime and complements Link 16.

Saab’s 9LV CMS is used as command and control center for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean.

Source:  Saab Groupo
Associated URL: saabgroup.com
Source Date: February 13, 2018
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
RADA MAKES FIRST HD-DVR AVIONICS SALE WITH $3M ORDER
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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A RADA Electronic Industries Digital Video & Data Recorder

Source: RADA Electronic Industries


A RADA Electronic Industries Digital Video & Data Recorder

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NETANYA, Israel -- RADA Electronic Industries announced that RADA’s avionics business has won its first order for its full-HD Digital Video Recorders (HD-DVR) for advanced trainer aircraft. The order was said to be worth $3 million.

The HD-DVR implements recordings of multiple digital video channels, enabling high bandwidth, low latency, uncompressed digital video recording and playback. The advanced recorder is currently being considered by several other aircraft manufacturers, to be incorporated in fighters and trainers having full digital cockpit displays.

Including this new order, according to the company, orders for RADA’s Avionics business during the past few months have amounted to $10 million. The vast majority of these orders are expected to be delivered during 2018.

Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented, "While our radar business is the growth engine of our Company with year-over-year revenues more than doubling in 2017, we are also pleased with the recent performance of our avionics business. This first order for our most advanced HD-DVR - along with our current pipeline for these advanced recorders, give us increased confidence in the long-term stability of the avionics business. This, combined with ongoing growth from our software-defined, AESA tactical radars, as the market for these products continues to develop, gives us increased confidence for the years ahead."

Source:  RADA Electronic Industries
Source Date: February 15, 2018
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
AIRBUS REPORTS 2017 RESULTS; A400M TAKES EUR1.3 BILLION CHARGE
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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A400M took EUR1.3 billion charge to reduce future risk

Source: Airbus Military


A400M took EUR1.3 billion charge to reduce future risk

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PARIS - For 2017 Airbus reported revenues of €66.8 billion, up slightly from €66.6 billion in 2016. Net income for the year jumped to €2.9 billion from €995 million in 2016. The jump was largely attributed to an adjustment on the A380 Refundable Launch Investment following a review of the commercial assumptions.

"We overachieved on all our 2017 KPIs (key performance indicators) thanks to a very good operational performance, especially in the last quarter," said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. "Despite persistent engine issues on the A320neo, we continued the production ramp-up and finally delivered a record number of aircraft. On A400M, we made progress on the industrial and capabilities front and agreed a re-baselining with government customers which will significantly reduce the remaining program risks. This is reflected in a substantial one-off charge. Overall, the strength of our 2017 achievements is reflected in our dividend proposal which is up 11 percent against last year. This also endorses our earnings and cash growth story for the future."

INDUSTRY SEGMENTS

Commercial Aircraft

Commercial Aircraft revenues rose by 3.5 percent to €50.9 billion (2016: €49.2 billion) with record deliveries of 718 aircraft (2016: 688 aircraft) comprising 558 A320 Family, 78 A350 XWBs, 67 A330s and 15 A380s.

Commercial Aircraft’s EBIT Adjusted of €3,554 million (2016: €2,811 million) reflected the strong delivery performance supported by improved foreign exchange rates.

Order intake increased to €158 billion (2016: €134 billion) with the order book valued at €997 billion as of December 31, 2017 (year-end 2016: €1,060 billion). A total of 1,109 net commercial aircraft orders were received (2016: 731 aircraft), with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.5. The backlog by units reached a record year-end level of 7,265 commercial aircraft.

A total of 181 A320neo Family aircraft were delivered, up from 68 during 2016. Supplier Pratt & Whitney introduced new engine fixes in the fourth quarter which have been certified. A new issue has arisen recently, the impact of which is under assessment with respect to 2018 deliveries. CFM International meanwhile experienced some maturity issues in 2017 on some batches of the LEAP-1A engine. The A320neo ramp-up remains challenging and requires that the engine suppliers deliver in line with commitments. On the A350, good progress was made with the industrial ramp-up, recurring cost convergence and the reduction of outstanding work in the Final Assembly Line, which has been significantly reduced. The A350 program is preparing to reach the targeted monthly production rate of 10 by the end of 2018. Meanwhile, Emirates Airline’s latest order provides increased visibility on the A380 program for the years to come.

Helicopters

Helicopters’ revenues were down three percent to €6.4 billion (2015: €6.6 billion) with deliveries of 409 units (2016: 418 units).

Helicopters’ EBIT Adjusted declined to €337 million (2016: €350 million) but was broadly stable on a comparable basis. Lower deliveries, an unfavorable mix and lower commercial flight hours in services were compensated by transformation efforts which have globally supported the Division’s competitiveness in a challenging market. The sale of the maintenance, repair and overhaul business Vector Aerospace was closed in November.

Net helicopter orders totaled 335 units (2016: 353 units), including 48 Super Puma Family rotorcraft and 17 H175s. By value in euros, the book-to-bill ratio in Helicopters was around 1.

Defence and Space

Revenues at Defence and Space of €10.8 billion (2016: €11.8 billion) reflected the Division’s portfolio reshaping of around €1.7 billion but were seven percent higher on a comparable basis driven mainly by military aircraft.

Defence and Space’s EBIT Adjusted amounted to €872 million (2016: €1,002 million), reflecting the perimeter changes but was broadly stable on a comparable basis.

At Defence and Space, good momentum was seen in military aircraft with the order intake including 22 light and medium transport aircraft, five A330 MRTT tankers and the Eurofighter contract with Kuwait. Two all-electric telecommunication satellites were booked in the fourth quarter despite a soft market environment. Defence and Space’s portfolio reshaping had a negative impact of €1.9 billion on the order book and €1.5 billion on order intake.

On the A400M program, good progress was made on the industrial side with 19 aircraft delivered compared to 17 in 2016. The production rate was adjusted to recalibrate inventory levels while the military capability roadmap was re-baselined. In 2017, Airbus entered into discussions with OCCAR and the customer Nations that resulted in the signature of a Declaration of Intent (DoI) in February agreeing on a global re-baselining of the contract, including a revised aircraft delivery schedule, an updated technical capability roadmap and a revised retrofit schedule. The DoI represents an important step towards reaching a contractually binding agreement also mitigating the commercial exposure while satisfying customer needs with regard to capabilities and availability of the aircraft. With a clear roadmap in place, Airbus’ remaining exposure going forward is expected to be more limited. A detailed review of the programme concluded in the fourth quarter of 2017 including an estimate of the financial impact of the adaptions on schedule, capabilities and retrofit resulted in an update of the Loss Making Contract provision of €1,299 million for the year.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.airbus.com
Source Date: February 15, 2018
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 02/15/2018

 

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