Embraer And Pratt & Whitney Partner On 100% SAF | Egypt Might Purchase K-9 | Netherlands Gets MQ-9 Update
Bell Boeing won a $149.1 million contract modification for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters. Boeing is responsible for the fuselage, landing gear, avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, performance and flying qualities. Work will take place in Texas and Pennsylvania. Estimated completion date is November 30, 2022.
Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding with Pratt & Whitney to collaborate on studies of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Technical teams from the two companies will engage to define an integrated ground and flight test plan for 100% SAF in a GTF-powered Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The initiative reflects the companies’ commitment to supporting the aviation industry’s environmental goals, including the goal of reaching net zero CO2 emissions for air travel by 2050. Alongside efforts to continually improve aircraft and engine efficiency, SAFs have a critical role to play towards decarbonizing air travel, by reducing dependence on fossil-based fuels.
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The US Army announced a contract valued $94 million to Lockheed Martin for technical assistance support for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment. Patriot (MIM-104) is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Work will be performed in Sweden, Kuwait, Poland, South Korea, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of November 30, 2024.
South Korea and Egypt are negotiating the latter’s purchase of K-9 self-propelled howitzers. The negotiations are under way at the EDEX 2021 exhibition taking place in Cairo, industry officials told Yonhap News Agency. Egypt is also eyeing K-10 ammunition resupply vehicles. These contracts could include a technological transfer for the local production of the artillery system, the officials said.
General Atomics won a $10.4 million modification for the Netherlands MQ-9 update. MQ-9A Block 5 has endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS and can operate up to 50,000 feet. It has a 3,850 pound payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of external stores. Work will take place in California. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2021.
Aero Vodochody and OMNIPOL handed over four overhauled L-39C aircraft to the Kazakh Air Force. The overhaul included an extensive modernization of the avionics. The handing over of the aircraft took place in October, the company said in a recent release.
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