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US Army orders its first batch of suicide drones -

US Army orders its first batch of suicide drones
"Just as our small unmanned aircraft systems provide game-changing reconnaissance capabilities to ground forces, Switchblade provides a revolutionary rapid strike capability to protect our troops and give them a valuable new advantage on the ...
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Kaman Aerostructures Delivers the First Aerospace Components Manufactured at Its Mexican Facility

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaman Aerospace Group, a unit of Kaman Corp. KAMN +0.98% , announced today that its Aerostructures Division (Kaman) has delivered the first production parts fabricated at its new state of the art manufacturing facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. This facility, Kaman's first aerospace facility in Mexico, was opened November 2010. The parts were delivered to Aernnova Aerospace Mexico, SA de CV (Aernnova) located in Queretaro, Mexico. The deliveries consisted of sheet metal detail parts to be used in the wing structures assembled by Aernnova for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft, including the King Air, Baron, and Bonanza aircraft.

Kaman and Aernnova have signed a multi-year and multi-part number preliminary agreement for the manufacture of sheet metal detail parts in support of Aernnova's wing manufacturing operations. Additional first part number deliveries are scheduled over the next few months.

"We are pleased our Chihuahua plant is a fully operational sheet metal parts and subassemblies aerospace manufacturing facility after having opened just last year," said Greg Steiner, President Kaman Aerospace Group. "We also value our growing relationship with Aernnova and look forward to additional parts deliveries in support of their aerospace manufacturing programs in Mexico and elsewhere."

About Kaman Aerostructures

For more than 50 years, Kaman Aerostructures, a unit of Kaman Aerospace Group, has provided total aerostructures solutions for the global aerospace market. From Manufacturing Centers of Excellence in Jacksonville, FL, and Chihuahua, Mexico, Kaman Aerostructures' experience and capabilities cover a broad spectrum of products from machined and sheet metal fabricated detail parts to major metallic and composite assemblies.

About Kaman Corporation

Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at .



Airbús supera el millar de encargos netos en lo que va de 2011 - Expansió

Airbús supera el millar de encargos netos en lo que va de 2011 - Expansió

Airbús supera el millar de encargos netos en lo que va de 2011
El fabricante aeronáutico europeo Airbus superó el millar de encargos netos de aviones hasta finales de agosto, según las cifras actualizadas comunicadas hoy y que le distancian de su competidor, el estadounidense Boeing. Hasta el pasado 31 de agosto ...
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Lockheed Martin/KAMAN K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment


YUMA, Ariz., September 6th, 2011 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.

“The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. “Through various scenarios during QRA, the unmanned K-MAX UAS performed extremely well, exceeding the cargo delivery objectives of the assessment.”

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.8 million contract in December 2010 for unmanned K-MAX helicopters to perform in a U.S. Marine Corps evaluation of unmanned cargo resupply. The Navy intends to field a Cargo UAS this fall for a six-month deployment to augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics operations in Afghanistan.

"The Quick Reaction Assessment proved sustainment of a cargo-carrying capability in an operational environment” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Cargo UAS program manager at the Navy’s Patuxent River, Md., facility. "We look forward to deploying a capability that will supplement rotary wing assets and reduce Marine Corps exposure to improvised explosive devices in theater."

A formal report will be released by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) 30 days post completion of QRA. Results will be reviewed by Navy and Marine Corps leadership to determine the system’s suitability for deployment.

In July, the unmanned K-MAX successfully completed Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) testing at Pax River. The purpose of the E3 testing was to measure and provide results regarding the aircraft's electromagnetic susceptibility to certain frequencies, which can affect flight-critical and other systems on the aircraft.

“Since partnering in 2007, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace have successfully transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX power-lift manned helicopter into a UAS capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery,” said Terry Fogarty, general manager, UAS Product Group at Kaman Aerospace.

Kaman designed the K-MAX platform, and Lockheed Martin has designed the helicopter’s mission management and control systems to provide the K-MAX with exceptional flight autonomy in remote environments and over long distances.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, the Company conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.



Airbus Military delivers First A330 for Conversion into MRTT to Cobham in the UK

Airbus Military delivered today the first Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Bournemouth, UK-based Cobham Aviation Services for conversion into the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) configuration for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

This aircraft is the third of the 14 A330 MRTTs the Royal Air Force has contracted through AirTanker, a joint venture company also in charge of operating the aircraft. The first two aircraft have already been converted at Airbus Military´s facility in Getafe (Madrid), Spain.

To mark the arrival of the aircraft on their premises, Cobham hosted a ceremony today at their newly refurbished facility. Representatives from the RAF, UK Ministry of Defence, Airbus Military and AirTanker attended.

As part of the conversion programme, all the A330 MRTTs - which will be known in RAF service as "Voyager" - will be fitted with two wing-mounted 905E aerial refuelling pods; additionally seven "Voyagers" will be fitted for 805E centre-line mounted fuselage refuelling units. The first aircraft will commence operations by the end of this year, with the RAF operating the full fleet of 14 aircraft by the second half of the decade to replace its existing TriStar and VC10 aerial refuelling aircraft.

Head of Airbus Military Derivatives Antonio Caramazana said: "This is another important milestone in the A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme. It is an enormous pleasure to see the programme moving into the next phase with the conversion of the aircraft now beginning with Cobham in the home country of our biggest customer".

Air Marshal Kevin Leeson, Chief of Materiel (Air), said: "The conversions carried out at this tremendous new Cobham facility will turn Airbus A330s into the most capable military tanker transport aircraft of its type in the world. Today we celebrate the arrival of the first aircraft into the Cobham Conversion Centre. Voyager will provide enhanced levels of availability, reliability and comfort for its passengers. Its 4000 mile range carrying 291 passengers and freight will allow the UK to respond to world events with great speed. The air-to-air refuelling systems will provide access to an impressive 111 tonne fuel capacity and enable Voyager to refuel a large variety of platforms, from Typhoon jets to A400M transports".



First A350 XWB Upper Wing Cover being loaded on to the Beluga at Airbus’ Hamburg site

The first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover manufactured at Airbus’ Stade (Germany) site was loaded on to the Beluga today to be transported to Airbus’ Wing Assembly site in Broughton (UK). The A350 XWB lower wing cover made in Illescas (Spain) will arrive in Broughton in the coming days. The A350 XWB wing covers measure 32 metres long by six metres wide, making them the biggest single civil aviation parts made from carbon fibre ever.

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El helicóptero Eurocopter EC225 gana el concurso de SASEMAR

Tras resultar adjudicataria, hoy 5 de septiembre se ha procedido a la
firma del contrato de adquisición con Eurocopter España de un
helicóptero Eurocopter EC225 destinado al salvamento marítimo y lucha
contra la contaminación en el mar.

La Sociedad Estatal de Salvamento Marítimo SASEMAR, Entidad Pública
Empresarial adscrita al Ministerio de Fomento a través de la Dirección
General de la Marina Mercante, inicia así su plan de Salvamento
Marítimo en cuanto a medios aéreos con la incorporación de
helicópteros de gran porte para misiones en el Cantábrico y las Islas

El nuevo helicóptero EC225 sustituirá a uno de los actuales Sikorsky
S-61N y aportará a SASEMAR un medio de altas prestaciones en el
rescate y la vigilancia marítima en todo tiempo, con mayor capacidad,
alcance, autonomía y dotado de los avances técnicos en materia de
navegación, búsqueda y rescate más modernos del mercado.

El EC225 SAR es el helicóptero más idóneo para esta misión como así se
atestigua en todo el mundo donde está presente, en escenarios de
difícil operación como el Mar del Norte, el Sudeste Asiático, Brasil,
China, Taiwán y Japón, principalmente.


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