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BAE AWARDED CONTRACT FOR OPV OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS
Friday, December 9, 2016
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BAE System's OPV

Source: BAE Systems


BAE System's OPV

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LONDON - BAE Systems announced the award of a £287 million ($302 million) manufacturing contract for two River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and support services for the five ship program. This recent contract takes the total value to £635 million ($798.7 million).

Work on the additional two Offshore Patrol Vessels, named TAMAR and SPEY, will sustain skills in Glasgow and the wider supply chain, with over 100 companies involved in the programme across the UK.

This offshore patrol vessel design builds on the Royal Navy's existing River Class ships with variants already in service in Brazil and Thailand which puts capability at the forefront of their navies.

The first vessel, FORTH, entered the water in August, less than two years after construction started, and is now docked at the Company’s Scotstoun facility where she will complete final systems installation and testing before being delievered to the Royal Navy in the second half of 2017.

The second ship, MEDWAY, is scheduled to enter the water in the spring of 2017 while the third ship, TRENT, is currently at an advanced stage of assembly at Govan.

Source:  www.baesystems.com
Source Date: December 9, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 
 
ROYAL NORWEGIAN AIR FORCE TESTED IRIS-T IN AIR-TO-GROUND MISSION
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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Now available in air-to-surface mode

Source: Diehl Group


Now available in air-to-surface mode

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BERLIN - The functionality of the short-range air-to-air missile IRIS-T (Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled), produced by Diehl Defence, Germany, and having been selected for the combat jets Eurofighter/Typhoon, F-16, EF-18, Tornado and Gripen, has again been extended.

After its initial optimization for air-to-air use, it has already been procured for short-range (IRIS-T SLS) ground-based air defense. Now functionality has been enhanced with an air-to-surface engagement capability. This basic air-to-ground capability provides the ability to acquire, track and engage individual ground targets like boats/ships, small buildings and vehicles and has been successfully verified in September 2016 by a test firing from a Norwegian F-16.

As part of full aircraft integration, IRIS-T supports a configuration with various sensor systems including radar and Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (HMCS) ready to use in existing aircraft systems.

Source:  Diehl Group
Associated URL: http://www.diehl.com/en/diehl-group/press/royal-norwegian-air-force-tested-iris-
Source Date: December 8, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 
 
CMIG LEASING TAKES DELIVERY OF CHINA’S 100TH HELICOPTER FROM THE ECUREUIL FAMILY
Friday, December 9, 2016
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Another H125 for CMIG Leasing

Source: Airbus Helicopters


Another H125 for CMIG Leasing

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BEIJING - CMIG Leasing has received a new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, making it the 100th Ecureuil family helicopter to operate in China’s skies.

This helicopter will be operated by the Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company (Skyway GAC), one of the pioneers in China general aviation, with a fleet of seven H125. Skyway GAC will deploy this new helicopter for power line surveillance, geographic surveys and aerial videography missions in the country.

"We have been utilizing Airbus Helicopters’ aircraft for many years, and we are confident that we can immediately benefit from the Ecureuil helicopter family for its outstanding performance, reliability, safety, and multi-mission capabilities, coupled with CMIG Leasing’s strong financial solution," said Wang Bei, Chairman of Skyway GAC.

CMIG signed an agreement with Airbus Helicopters in 2015, to acquire 100 H125 and H130 Ecureuil aircraft over five years, with first deliveries starting in 2016.

"We are delighted to see 100 aircraft of our Ecureuil family now flying in China, which reinforces Airbus Helicopters’ leading position in China’s civil and para-public helicopter market", said Marie-Agnes Veve, Head of Airbus Helicopters China. "In 2015, Airbus Helicopters secured 75 percent share of the single-engine helicopter market in China. We are confident that our proven and reliable helicopter solutions will add long term growth value to the operators here in China, as the country progressively opens its skies to more helicopter activities."

Accumulatively, the Ecureuil family has clocked over 85,000 flight hours in China.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Associated URL: airbushelicopters.com
Source Date: December 9, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 

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