Flightsafety Tapped For Pegasus Cybersecurity Efforts | Qatar Displays Apaches | Remaining Austrian Saab 105s GroundedDec 26, 2019 05:00 UTC
Boeing won a $4 million contract modification for B-1 and B-52 bomber engineering services. The modification is for recurring and non-recurring engineering services to B-1 and B-52 aircraft. The B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber. It is also called „Bone“. The B-52H is the US Air Force’s long-range, large-payload multirole bomber and is known as the Stratofortress or the Buff (big ugly fat fellow). It is the USAF’s principal strategic nuclear and conventional weapons platform, and supports the US Navy in anti-surface and submarine warfare missions. Work will take place in California, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2020
Flightsafety Services won an $11.8 million contract modification for support of the KC-46 Aircrew Training System. The contract modification provides for the exercise of calendar year 2020 operation and sustainment and cybersecurity efforts. The KC-46A Aerial Refueling Aircraft, based on the KC-767 refueling aircraft. The contract for KC-46 tankers was awarded to Boeing in February 2011. The company announced the major suppliers to be involved in the project in June 2011 and the Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) for the program was completed in August the same year. Last month the Pegasus completed the first flight around the world last month in a seven-leg trip. The Boeing aircraft is undergoing initial operational testing and evaluation to test its capabilities and effectiveness even as the Air Force flagged concerns with certain issues identified during the inspection, including a problem with the cargo locks. Flightsafety will perform work until December 31, 2020.
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The Qatar Emiri Air Force showed off its new AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters for the first time during the country’s annual National Day Parade on December 18, Jane’s reports. The US Department of Defense awarded a $667.5 million contract to Boeing in May 2016 to build 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for Qatar. The first one was handed over in May to the QEAF at Boeing’s Mesa plant in Arizona. The same month, the US State Department approved the sale of a second batch of 24 AH-64Es to Qatar at an estimated cost of $3 billion.
Poland has taken delivery of the four S-70i Black Hawks it ordered for its special forces. The delivery ceremony took place at 1st Transport Aviation Base on December 20. The European country has paid $177 million)for the rotorcraft, which also includes a logistics and training package. Poland has been attempting to modernize its rotorcraft inventory for several years. The controversial process initially saw Warsaw in April 2015 place an order for 50 Airbus Helicopters H225Ms to be operated by all three branches of its armed forces. However, a change of government saw that contract cancelled in October 2016. Instead, Poland has pursued a piecemeal acquisition strategy: in addition to the S-70is it has ordered four Leonardo Helicopters AW101s for anti-submarine warfare operations by its navy.
The 12 remaining airworthy Saab 105 twin-jet trainers operated by the Austrian Air Force have been grounded after cracks were found in the bolts connecting their tail sections to their centre fuselage. Of the dozen 1970s-vintage Saab 105s still flying out of 40 originally delivered, cracks were found in 10 of them. However the Department of Defense expected the aircraft to be able to fly again in March. The Swedish jet trainer are scheduled to retire at the end of 2020. At the end of November it was reported that they has to be grounded, because of cracks in the bolts. Airspace surveillance has since been carried out by the more expensive Eurofighters.
Boeing won a $35.1 million modification, which provides for the production and delivery of ten Advanced Capability Mission Computers (ACMC) in support of F/A-18 E/F production for the Navy, 66 ACMCs for the government of Australia and 10 ACMCs for the government of Kuwait. The Advanced Capability Mission Computer is an integrated information processing system, providing complete hardware and software solutions. It is built on a well-defined open systems architecture allowing for rapid insertion of emerging technologies. The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft was manufactured by Boeing, and flew for the first time on 29 November 1995. The single-seat F/A-18/E and the two-seat F/A-18/F fly greater ranges with heavier payloads, have more powerful engines and provide greater survivability. Work will take place in St. Louis and expected completion will be in August 2023.
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