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BOEING TO DELIVER ADDITIONAL CHINOOK HELICOPTERS TO U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS
Monday, November 29, 2021
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.Source: US Navy


Source: US Navy


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PHILADELPHIA -- Boeing will build six more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command as part of a $246.48 million contract.

Delivery of these aircraft are scheduled to start in 2023. With this additional order, Boeing is now under contract for 30 MH-47G Block II Chinooks, four of which have been delivered to date.

These aircraft will be the first to include the new Active Parallel Actuator Subsystem (APAS), a mission system that helps pilots execute more difficult maneuvers while improving safety and reliability of flight.

The MH-47G Block II Chinook also features improved structure and weight reduction initiatives like new lighter weight fuel pods that increase performance and efficiency.

Boeing has more than 4,600 Boeing employees in Pennsylvania supporting H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, MH-139A Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts. Boeing’s presence, including suppliers and vendors, supports an estimated 16,000 total jobs in Pennsylvania.

Source:  Boeing

 
BRAZIL NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST NAVAL COMBAT H225M
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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.Source: Airbus


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MARIGNANE, France -- Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H225M in naval combat configuration to the Brazilian Navy. Stationed at the naval base in São Pedro d'Aldeia, the aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance.

Developed by the engineering team at Helibras (the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters), this naval version of the H225M aircraft is the most complex configuration that has ever been produced for this multirole helicopter. The aircraft’s embedded systems include the EWS IDAS-3 (countermeasure system), MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles, the APS143 tactical radar and the naval mission system N-TDMS (Naval Tactical Data Management System) developed in partnership with Atech and Airbus Defense and Space, which is responsible for making the command and control of all embedded systems, including the missile system.

The last stage of the firing campaign with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles was successfully carried out last June, representing a major milestone in the program, which led the way to qualification and delivery.

The naval H225M is part of the contract signed by the Brazilian government in 2008 and which includes 50 H225Ms to be operated by the three armed forces. So far, 39 H225Ms have been delivered to the Brazilian Armed Forces, all of them assembled locally by Helibras.

Source:  Airbus

 
HYUNDAI CREATES SUPERNAL FOR AIR TAXI OPERATION
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
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.Source: Hyundai


Source: Hyundai


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WASHINGTON -- Hyundai has taken its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft sector and spun it off into a separate business. The new company, Supernal, expects its aircraft to enter service in 2028. This is a few years behind other eVTOL developers aiming for 2026 and the more ambitious companies such as Joby Aviation aiming for a 2024 launch.

Supernal has stated that it will not begin the certification until 2024, gaining benefits from delaying its eVTOL launch. This delay allows Supernal to take note of how the market is or is not growing, learning from the mistakes of its competitors while also waiting for the ability to operate autonomously. Supernal has stated its aircraft will be autonomous-capable from day one, meaning that a later launch could remove the need for piloted versions of the aircraft entirely if the legislation goes in favor of pilot-free flight.

The company also has the potential to take advantage of ever-evolving hydrogen fuel cell technologies. Nations like South Korea and Japan are working towards building a hydrogen economy, meaning Supernal's interest in hydrogen powertrains could pay off while it bides its time before launch.

Source:  New Atlas
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