Lockheed Martin C-130Js For India Near Completion 

The first of three C-130J Super Hercules for India are in final positions on Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Ga.-based assembly line. India is due to receive six aircraft plus support, with the first C-130J set to arrive in February 2011. The aircraft will provide India’s army and air force with special ops capabilities.

Kazak Composites Introduces Precision Aerial Delivery Of Dropsondes 

Kazak Composites’s PADD (precision aerial delivery of dropsondes) is a means of delivering sensors that can improve the placement accuracy of the U.S. Navy’s Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW). The service’s system “delivers unguided sensors that follow a ballistic trajectory, resulting in errors in actual placement point of the sensors,” says Kazak President Jerry Fanucci. PADD is an air vehicle delivery device coupled with a dropsonde launcher to provide a precision, standoff delivery capability using existing ASW.

NASA’s Unmanned Global Hawk Conducts Science Missions 

NASA’s unmanned Global Hawk logged four science flights over the Pacific in April as part of the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) mission. The aircraft, fitted with 11 science instruments, acquired and transmitted previously inaccessible data. Flights reached up to 65,000 ft. Data, downloaded in real time to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, were reviewed by scientists who were able to request that the Global Hawk pilot adjust the flight path to concentrate on specific areas. From the Arctic Circle to Hawaii, the mission logged 82.5 flight hours, including one 28.6-hr.

Raytheon Receives $21.8 Million For Environmental Toolkit Mods 

U.S. Air Force Materiel Command at Hansom AFB, Mass., awarded Raytheon a $21.8-million contract for modifications to the Joint Environmental Toolkit (JET) program for next-generation weather systems. JET provides environmental intelligence and tailored network-centric solutions supporting warfighters on base in deployed operations. The contract covers Increment 2 of the program, focused on integration, consolidation and potential replacement of meteorological operational capabilities. JET engineering development and integration is based at Raytheon’s Omaha, Neb., site.

TAI Buys Microtecnica’s Environmental Control Systems 

Italy’s Microtecnica is being tapped to develop the environmental control system for Turkey Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) Hurkus turboprop primary and basic trainer. Delivery of the first Hurkus is expected in 2011. The Microtecnica design will use bleed air from the engine for cabin pressurization, heating and ventilation. A vapor cycle compressor will be used for aircraft cooling. The Hurkus is being designed by TAI to meet a Turkish air force requirement.

Schiebel’s Remotely Operated Video Receiver System Enhanced 

Schiebel’s remotely operated video enhanced receiver (Rover) has been tested and integrated onto the company’s Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system. The integration enhances the flow of information to users on the ground. The integration “will greatly improve the field commander’s situational understanding and decision-making process,” says Neil Hunter, managing director of Schiebel. With a Rover system transmitter-equipped S-100, the UAV operator and ground units are seeing the same image.

Boeing Monitors Jade Cargo Fleet, Leases BCF To Cargoitalia 

Jade Cargo has selected Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) system to monitor its fleet of six 747-400 freighters. The performance monitoring and custom alerting and analysis modules transmit airplane performance and consumption data to help carriers improve airplane fuel efficiency, flight-planning and maintenance scheduling. AHM system alerts and notifications are sent to airline staff through the MyBoeingFleet.com portal. Boeing is also supplying Italy-based cargo operator Cargoitalia with a newly converted MD-11 freighter through a long-term lease.

MDA’s Modified Ground-Based Interceptor Completes Flight Test 

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a flight test of a two-stage Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., on June 6. The two-stage GBI is undergoing developmental testing as part of the Defense Department’s investment in a new missile defense option for homeland defense. A target missile was not launched for this test. Following flyout maneuvers, the two-stage booster delivered an exoatmospheric kill vehicle to a designated point in space.

Honeywell Offers ‘Astronaut’ Training Scholarships To Educators 

Honeywell is continuing its Educators @ Space Academy Program this year, and has tapped 220 teachers from 17 countries and 44 states to attend the June 11-23 event. Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, the program is set up to encourage teachers to go beyond standard math/science curriculum via techniques developed through astronaut training at the center in Huntsville, Ala. Participants receive 45 hr.

Boeing Conducts Test Flight Of ScanEagle Compressed Carriage 

Boeing recently announced that its ScanEagle Compressed Carriage (SECC) unmanned airborne system on May 12 underwent testing at a facility in eastern Oregon. In a 75-min. flight, the aircraft’s airworthiness and flight characteristics were evaluated in a simulated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. The SECC, powered by a 6-hp., heavy-fuel engine, was launched from a ground vehicle, flew an autonomous flight plan at various altitudes and provided streaming video from its electro-optical/infrared sensor package to a nearby ground station.

British Army Operating Upgraded Lynx Mk9As In Afghanistan 

The British Army has begun operating an upgraded variant of the AgustaWestland Lynx, the Mk9A, in Afghanistan. A total of 22 Lynx helicopters are being modified to the Mk9A standard, the main element of which is the more powerful LHTEC CTS800-4N engine providing better hot-and-high performance. The Mk9As now deployed were recently ferried into the country via a Royal Air Force Boeing C-17, which was flown from Brize Norton air base in southern England to Camp Bastion in the Helmand region of Afghanistan.

Azerbaijan Setting Up Aerostar, Orbiter Production Line 

Two weeks after Russia announced its plan to produce Israeli UAVs, Azerbaijan also is inaugurating a production line for Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems’ Aerostar and Orbiter UAVs. says Yaver Jamalov, Azerbaijani defense minister. The country’s defense industry will hold 51% of the joint venture. The contract with Aeronautics has an estimated value of more than $200 million. Azerbaijan has signaled interest in arming the UAVs with bombs and rockets. The country’s air force already operates several dozen Aerostar tactical UAVs and Orbiter mini-UAVs.

Finnish AF Picks Lockheed Martin Airborne Surveillance System 

Lockheed Martin will head the team supplying the Finnish air force with an airborne surveillance system, as well as associated ground systems, under an approximately $100-million, four-year contract. Team members include Patria Oy, Rockwell Collins, DRS Technologies, Applied Signal Technology, AdamWorks and L-3 Communications. They will work with Finnish industry members to modify an EADS CASA C-295 turboprop aircraft with advanced surveillance systems and provide the ground stations and communications terminals to support the airborne system.

AeroVironment Global Observer UAS Completes Key Ground Tests 

Taxi tests of the AeroVironment Global Observer hydrogen-powered high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft have been conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif. Next up is a final flight readiness review and initial low-altitude battery-powered flights.

Ducommun AeroStructures Tapped For 777 Tail Work 

Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) received a long-term contract to furnish empennage vertical and horizontal fin tip assemblies for the Boeing 777; the initial set of tip assemblies is slated to be delivered in first-quarter 2011. Work will be performed at DAS’s Monrovia, Gardena, and Orange, Calif., sites, as well as at the company’s Guaymas, Mexico, location.

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