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KA-62 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Russian Helicopters

MOSCOW - Russian Helicopters has conducted the first flight test of a prototype Ka-62 helicopter. The helicopter has previously passed a series of ground tests and the latest assessment was the first time that it had been put into the air.

The Ka-62 is a modified Ka-60, intended for the civilian market. Development of the Ka-62 began in 1992. It is unclear when the helicopter will be ready for serial production.

Russian Helicopters notes that the helicopter "is designed for cargo transportation, medevac and search and rescue operations, and can also be used in the oil and gas sector and for corporate purposes."

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/3249841
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Source Language: Russian
Posted: 04/29/2016

 
 
AIRBUS GROUP REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Airbus Military

AMSTERDAM - The Airbus Group reported stable first quarter 2016 revenues of EUR12.2 billion, up slightly from revenues of EUR12.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015. Net income was EUR399 million for the quarter, down about 50 percent from net income of EUR792 million in the year ago period.

"2016 turns out to be the challenging year we anticipated. Overall, we expect a stable financial performance but deliveries, cash and earnings will be heavily loaded towards the end of the year. And that already shows in our first quarter performance," said Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer. "Operationally, we continue to focus on the production ramp-ups of our Airbus A350 and A320 programs and on the change-over to the new engine versions of the A320 and A330. On the military side, we are now facing a serious challenge for production and customer deliveries of the A400M due to new, unexpected issues on the engine propeller gearbox. It’s very frustrating but we’ll have to work through this with our engine partners. So, in a nutshell, despite these challenges we maintain our 2016 guidance and also our earnings and cash growth story for the coming years based on our strong commercial order backlog and the robust, well-resourced production ramp-ups underway."

Group order intake in the quarter was EUR7.2 billion (Q1 2015: EUR21 billion), with the order book value totalling EUR957 billion as of 31 March 2016 (year-end 2015: EUR1,006 billion).

INDUSTRY SEGMENTS

Commercial Aircraft

Despite lower deliveries of 125 aircraft (Q1 2015: 134 aircraft), revenues of EUR8.67 billion (Q1 2015: EUR8.57 billion were stable at Commercial Aircraft supported by the strengthening average U.S. dollar rate. Commercial Aircraft’s EBIT before one-off totalled EUR407 million (Q1 2015: EUR569 million), driven mainly by the back-loaded profile of deliveries and A330 rate adjustment but partly compensated by lower research and development (R&D) costs.

Airbus received 10 net commercial aircraft orders (Q1 2015: 101 net orders) with gross orders of 32 aircraft including 14 A330neos and two A380s for Emirates Airline. Fourteen of the 22 cancellations in the quarter were CEO (current engine option) to NEO (new engine option) conversions for the A320 and A330.

Helicopters

Helicopters’ revenues declined 10 percent to EUR1.16 billion (Q1 2015: EUR1.28 billion), reflecting lower deliveries of 56 units (Q1 2015: 62 units) and an unfavorable mix. Helicopters’ EBIT before one-off declined to EUR33 million (Q1 2015: EUR52 million), mainly reflecting lower volumes and an unfavorable mix.

Airbus Helicopters received 51 net orders (Q1 2015: 86 units), including 38 Ecureuil light rotorcraft.

Airbus Defence and Space

Defence and Space reported that revneues fell three percent to EUR2,53 billion (Q1 2015: EUR2.60 billion). Defence and Space’s EBIT before one-off increased 21 percent to EUR109 million (Q1 2015: EUR90 million), supported by program execution, portfolio focusing and efficiency measures.

Order intake by value rose five percent at Airbus Defence and Space, driven mainly by earth observation satellites and defense contracts.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.airbusgroup.com
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 04/29/2016

 
 
USS CORONADO DEPLOYS WITH NEXT-GEN UAV CONTROLS FROM RAYTHEON
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Source: U.S. Navy

SAN DIEGO - Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters.

The USS Coronado is one of the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ships, designed to operate close to shorelines. Coronado's deployment of Fire Scout extends the fleet's situational awareness.

"Raytheon's UAV ground controls help support Navy missions without putting sailors' lives at risk," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon IIS. "Our innovative technology is helping the U.S. military evolve standards of performance and reliability as they accomplish their critical missions more efficiently and effectively."

Navy hardware and Raytheon's software are built with an open architecture, maximizing flexibility to add new technology as needed. Under a related effort, the Navy's Common Control System, or NCCS, will be able to control any air, ground, surface and subsurface vehicles as they deploy with the fleet. Built on the flexible foundation of Fire Scout MCS, that capability will reduce Navy-wide implementation costs and training requirements for unmanned systems.

"Our new Fire Scout MCS enables Fire Scout to bring more mission to more areas," said Captain Jeff Dodge, U.S. Navy, Fire Scout program manager. "Fire Scout is a proven capability in dynamic littoral environments, and now provides the potential for multiple platforms to be controlled from a single MCS aboard the ship."

USS Coronado is the first Littoral Combat Ship to use this upgraded Fire Scout MCS operationally, after logging 600+ hours of testing.

Source:  Raytheon
Associated URL: http://www.raytheon.com
Source Date: April 28, 2016
Posted: 04/28/2016

 

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