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Entry of International Players Could Change India’s Aerospace Landscape Forever

February 13, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, IAI, India, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The Aero India 2017 airshow opening today (February 14) at Indian Air Force (IAF) Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru marks the 11th Aero India airshow. Unlike past events dominated by competitors seeking to sell aircraft to India, this time the world’s largest aerospace industries are offering to deliver complete production lines that will roll out today’s fighter […]
              

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Unmanned Peacekeepers Over Africa

September 5, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Syndicated Industry News 

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Boeing to Provide Logistics Support for CH-47

The U.S. Army has invested billions in rotary wing aviation over the last ten years. The UH-60, AH-64, CH-47 and OH-58D have flown millions of hours in support of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the same time they have developed and put into operation new versions of the aircraft such as the UH-60M and CH-47F. These aircraft have required intensive maintenance, support and modification due to the demands of the last decade.

Boeing (BA) as the manufacturer of the CH-47 also has benefited through these demands by providing logistic support to the aircraft. It recently received a contract for Performance Based Logistics (PBL) for the main rotor blades of the CH-47. The contract is for 5 years and worth almost $200 million. Rotor blades need to be repaired and rebuilt due to the harsh environments in Iraq and Afghanistan that often cause erosion and wear.

PBL is a current trend in U.S. military logistics support where the government is buying a level of support measured through metrics. This is supposed to be more efficient and cost effective as it minimizes buying too much support and reduces stockpiling of parts. Logistic contracts like this are a boon to the OEM for systems as they often for the first several years a system is in use get most of the support work. Depending on how much of the technical data owned by the Pentagon it may be they are the only ones who can do it and make billions over the life cycle of the system.

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Army buys a lot of Hellfires

The US Army awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce Hellfire missiles. These are normally fired from AH-64 and OH-58D helicopters and some Air Force aircraft. The missile is used by the US and its Allies. In Iraq and Afghanistan the Army has been using these with great effect to strike a variety of targets. The contract is valued at over $350 M and will purchase 1400 missiles. It is estimated that over 6000 have been used to date in the Global War on Terror.

For more see the Orlando Sentinal.

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Army to dispose of nuclear waste

The Army signed a contract with EnergySolutions for disposal of low-level nuclear waste. See the press release here. It is a five year contract worth over $20 M. There is no description of where the waste is being generated, but it is most likely from the manufacture or disposal of Depleted Uranium ammunition. This is used by a variety of Army weapons such as the 25mm cannon on M2/M3 Bradleys, the 30mm on AH-64 and the 120mm on the M1 tank for vehicular targets.

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Shhh!! Don’t tell Congress

HAL announced today in this article that they expect their MOU with Boeing to bear fruit with exports to America. See this previous story for more on the MOA. HAL believes that they will make parts and components for Boeing for such US military programs as the F-15, F/A-18 and AH-64. Based on the furor over the tanker award to Northrop-Grumman and EADS you would think Congress would protest the outsourcing of such jobs to a foreign country.

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GAO slams multi-year procurement with Boeing

February 9, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Federal Budget Process, GAO, production program 

The GAO wrote a report at Senate behest about performance on multi-year aircraft procurement contracts. See Business Week here. In the three they looked at, C-17, AH-64 and F/A-18, all cost more than original projections and did not deliver the savings hoped. Read more

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Increased Taiwanese Defense Budget buys new American systems

January 7, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Bell, production program, Raytheon, Taiwan 

With an increase in the 2008 defense budget, the Taiwanese military plans to buy AH-64 Apaches and Patriot PAC-3 missile systems. See DefenseNews.com here for more. The military also plans to invest in new cruise missiles and a study for an advanced submarine. Taiwan will also upgrade its Anti-submarine warfare aircraft by purchasing P-3 Orion aircraft.

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