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The AN−2−100 lifted a cargo weighting 3202 kg, which is the record for such class airplanes

AN−2−100 light aircraft, which is up−to−date modification of the world−known AN−2 biplane, performed a test flight at ANTONOV Company's test base. The AN−2−100 lifted a cargo weighting 3202 kg, which is the record for such class airplanes, to the altitude of 2700 m. Let's remind that the maximum payload of this biplane is 1500 kg. 

The attempt to set the record was made by a crew of test pilots of ANTONOV Company captained by Sergii Tarasiuk and co−piloted by Valerii Yepanchintsev. This crew is known in particular owing to expedition to the South Pole on the AN−3 aircraft.

Report on attempt to set the record will be sent to the International Federation of Aviation Sport.

Leaders of enterprises of aircraft industry of Ukraine and United Aircraft Company took part in the event.

On August 31, 2017, the aviation society will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the AN−2 maiden flight. This world's biggest biplane became the first airplane of ANTONOV family.  


The AN−2−100 is intended for passenger, cargo and mixed cargo−passenger transportations on local airlines. It can be operated autonomously at small airfields, in a wide altitude range, under good and adverse climatic and weather conditions.

The main difference between the AN−2−100 and its predecessor is in a power plant with MC−14 turboprop engine, made and produced by Motor Sich stock company (Ukraine). One of the advantages of this replacement is substitution of the aviation gasoline for aviation kerosene. Thus, the aircraft profitability rises significantly. Besides, the AN−2−100 is equipped with the AV−17 reversible propeller (instead of the AV−2). The operational empty weight of AN−2−100 is 200 kg less than that of the AN−2.

This new aircraft was named "Henrih Ongirskii" after H.H. Ongirskii (1939−2012), Deputy General Designer of the ANTONOV Company, who made a great contribution in the AN−2 and AN−3 program development.


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Textron Aviation highlights versatile product line at ABACE 2017

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is displaying its leadingCessna Citation XLS+ light midsize business jet and Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop at this year’s Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE) April 11-13 at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. During the three-day event, the company is also highlighting its new family of large-cabin business jets – the midsize Cessna Citation Latitude, super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude and large-cabin Cessna Citation Hemisphere – which will bring a broad range of capabilities and class-leading features to the market.

“ABACE is a great opportunity to showcase our class-leading platforms in region and introduce our customers to the new innovations we are bringing to market,” said Bill Schultz, senior vice president, Business Development, China. “The Citation Latitude has quickly become the best-selling midsize business jet since it entered the market less than two years ago, and we believe this aircraft is going to be a great fit for the region with its imminent certification in China.”

Leadership in region

With more than 1,000 Textron Aviation turboprop aircraft positioned throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the company’s platforms continue to lead the market. The Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan platforms have proven to be ideally suited to the region’s needs. These aircraft offer an unmatched combination of performance and flexibility to meet a variety of business and special mission aviation needs. The total ownership experience goes beyond the superior range, solid load capacity and numerous cabin configurations by providing dependability and low operating costs, ensuring customers receive the most value for their aircraft.

A favorite among private and commercial operators in the region, the Grand Caravan EX allows for extended missions and higher payload. The amphibian model continues to garner interest throughout China and surrounding markets by giving operators greater access to remote locations with a first-class interior configuration that can accommodate up to nine passengers. The company continues to deliver Caravans to customers in China through its joint venture with AVIC General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVIC General).

The Asia-Pacific region is perfect for the extensive mission and performance capabilities of Textron Aviation’s broad range of Citation business jets with approximately 250 in operation throughout the region. Textron Aviation and AVIC General operate the joint venture – Cessna-AVIC (Zhuhai) Co. Ltd. – for paint, interior installation, flight testing and delivery of the Citation XLS+ for Chinese customers. Business owners consistently have chosen the Citation XLS+ more than any other aircraft in the light midsize category for its unparalleled combination of comfort, ease of operation, range of mission capabilities and favorable operating efficiencies. The aircraft allows customers in China to travel from Beijing to Hong Kong or from Hong Kong to Shanghai, well within a one-day trip.

New Citation innovations

The company’s new large-cabin business jet family, with the Citation Latitude, Longitude and Hemisphere, are also positioned to bring additional capabilities to the Asia-Pacific region, offering impressive packages of performance, technology and comfort at the lowest operating costs in their respective segments.

Since its introduction in the summer of 2015, the Latitude has rapidly set a new standard, redefining the expectations for a midsize business jet. In 2016, the company delivered 42 Latitudes, making it the most delivered midsize jet in the world for that year. The Latitude, with a maximum range of 5,278 kilometers (2,850 nm) and a best-in-class four-passenger range of 5,000 kilometers (2,700 nm) at high-speed cruise, is set apart from the competition by its combination of comfort and efficiency. The aircraft offers an unrivaled cabin experience featuring the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in its category. It brings all of the amenities of a larger jet at a midsize acquisition cost. Certification of the Latitude by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is imminent.

Designed specifically for maximum passenger comfort with the lowest cabin altitude in its class at 1,814 meters (5,950 ft), the Longitude is poised to revolutionize the super-midsize category. With seating for up to 12 passengers, the aircraft features a stand-up, flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a class-leading walk-in baggage compartment fully accessible in flight. With a range of 6,482 kilometers (3,500 nm) and full fuel payload of 726 kilograms (1,600 lbs) the business jet will bring even more value to customers, particularly for popular non-stop routes such as Beijing to Moscow or Shanghai to Perth.

The Longitude is designed to feature the longest maintenance intervals in its class – 800 hours or 18 months – which is expected to make it the most cost effective to operate in its category. No super-midsize business jet will offer more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower total ownership cost. Certification of the Longitude is anticipated at the end of 2017.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the large-cabin business jet segment will see a clean-sheet design aircraft with the recent introduction of the Citation Hemisphere. With a range of 8,300 kilometers (4,500 nm), the Hemisphere will connect important city pairs such as Beijing to Dubai or Shanghai to Hawaii. The three-zone cabin will offer the widest cabin in its class at 206 centimeters and features exceptional style and quality of finishes with the flexibility to meet a wide variety of operator’s needs. The aircraft’s cabin altitude of 1,524 meters (5,000 ft) will ensure passengers arrive at their destination feeling refreshed.

The Hemisphere will be powered by two Safran Silvercrest engines, a next-generation engine with over 12,000 pounds of thrust. The aircraft will also come well-equipped with Honeywell’s advanced Primus Epic. fully integrated cockpit solution. To support the superior handling characteristics for an aircraft this size, the Hemisphere will incorporate a full fly-by-wire flight control system, providing the latest design for maximum performance. The first flight for the Hemisphere is expected in 2019.

Dedicated support

As part of the company’s most capable and accessible global service network, Textron Aviation operates a company-owned service facility and dedicated parts depot in Singapore. In addition, a team of expert service technicians is positioned throughout the Asia-Pacific region offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, refurbishments and other specialized services. The company also has nearly 40 authorized service facilities supporting the fleet of aircraft throughout the Asia-Pacific region.


About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information

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Piper Aircraft announced today at the 2017 Sun-n-Fun Fly-In and Expo that the Piper M600 has received approval from the FAA for the Hartzell five-blade composite swept tip propeller. The five-blade composite propeller, designed specifically for the Piper M600, features thin, maximum efficiency airfoils providing the opportunity for increased performance and stunning ramp appeal. The durability of the new Hartzell prop integrates exceptionally well with the Piper M600 and enhances the aircraft’s outstanding reliability.

“The Hartzell propeller five-bladed prop design not only provides the opportunity for increased performance, it also adds to the value of Piper’s new M600” said Piper Aircraft President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Piper’s offering of the Hartzell 5 blade M600 composite prop provides a contemporary look and enhances cabin comfort by reducing in-flight vibration.”

The advanced design of the carbon composite propeller blades allows for an unlimited life certification and makes them five to ten times stronger than similar wood core blades. The design features a stainless steel shank, nickel cobalt leading edge, and mesh erosion screen for FOD protection. Hartzell five-blade composite propeller is offered as a Piper factory option for 2017 on new M600 aircraft.

About the Piper M600

The Piper M600 features a new, clean sheet design wing and a sophisticated Garmin G3000 touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck. The M600 seats six and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 600shp engine. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 274 ktas/507 km/h, a max range of 1,484 nm / 2,748 km, and a standard useful load of 2,400 lbs. / 1,089 kg. The G3000 avionics suite is the next generation of Garmin architecture, offering the most comprehensive, intuitive, and technologically advanced package on today’s market.

About Hartzell Propeller

Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology aircraft propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. The company designs next generation propellers with innovative “blended airfoil” technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers and robotics. With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength, and durability with carbon fiber blades.

Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc. The aerospace technology company also includes Hi-Tech Metal Finishing and Mayday manufacturing. For more information on Hartzell Propeller, go to

About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., provides aviators throughout the world with efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350 and Matrix – offer businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Warrior, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.


Piper Aircraft has confirmed the sale of the first Piper M600 into Europe during the opening day of Aero Friedrichshafen and following the first customer M600 demonstration given in the region. The corporate customer, CTP Invest, is one of the largest commercial property developers in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe and previously participated in a fractional ownership program using a PC-12 and a Piper Meridian. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to the customer at the end of the summer in late Q3.

“Piper is thrilled that CTP Invest is expanding its corporate aircraft usage and has selected the efficient and cost effective M600 as its newest business tool” said Drew McEwen, Vice President of International and Direct Sales. “This is the first new Piper M600 to see service in Europe and we are confident that it will perform its mission with established Piper economy and reliability.”

“The M600 is a unique aircraft,” said Simon Caldecott, President and CEO at Piper Aircraft. “We cannot emphasize enough the value, performance, and safety that defines this airplane. We continue to increase our international presence by providing a compelling product line that is economically and operationally advantageous to aviators around the world. We are pleased to work with Piper OK for this initial European sale of the M600.”

The European M600 demonstration tour began immediately upon the aircraft’s arrival in the Czech Republic and will continue for the next ninety days. The tour will cover 6 countries, with visits to Piper dealerships and key aviation events throughout the territory.

Piper achieved FAA certification of the newest addition to the M-class family, the M600, in June of 2016. Application to EASA for validation was made immediately following receipt of FAA Type Certification. Europe validation is expected within the next ninety days.

About the Piper M600

The Piper M600 features a new, clean sheet design wing and a sophisticated Garmin G3000 touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck. The M600 seats six and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 600shp engine. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 274 ktas/507 km/h, a max range of 1,484 nm / 2,748 km, and a standard useful load of 2,400 lbs. / 1,089 kg. The G3000 avionics suite is the next generation of Garmin architecture, offering the most comprehensive, intuitive, and technologically advanced package on today’s market.



Piper Aircraft, Inc. and Averett University have launched an Aviation Alliance to provide training aircraft as well as student scholarships, sponsorships, maintenance and instructor training, and enhanced marketing support.

The eight-year agreement includes new Piper Archer TX training aircraft for the University as well as training for their aircraft maintenance and instructor teams. Additionally, Piper will provide enhanced support by offering sponsorships and scholarships.

“Piper is thrilled that Averett University has agreed to join the prestigious group of flight training institutions who have formed aviation alliances with us. We are even more pleased to be part of Averett’s growing flight program and look forward to supporting their promotional initiatives as they recruit some of the best and brightest talent,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

“This agreement with Piper Aircraft is the final piece of the puzzle for our Aviation program,” said Travis Williams, Chief Flight Instructor at Averett University. “Everything else was already in place, including a quality program with great staff and facilities, and now we have added, in my opinion, the premier training aircraft in the world with the Piper Archer fuel injected G1000 nxi, which will help prepare our students for their continued success after graduation.” ”

About the Archer TX

The Archer TX includes the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics package which incorporates moderns processing power that supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the displays. Saving valuable time in the cockpit, the displays initialize within seconds after start-up, providing immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more. Also included is the Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) (GSU 75), an Aspen Electronic Standby System (EFD-1000), a solid state 3-axis Magnetometer (GMU 44), Dual IFR Enroute/Approach and WAAS Certified GPS systems and Nav/Comm (16 watt) radios (GIA 63Ws), an Electronic Engine Indication System (EIS), a Mode S Transponder with ADS-B in / out capability (GTX 345), Digital Audio Panel (GMA 1347), Traffic Information Systems (TIS), and Terrain and Obstacle Mapping round out the standard equipment on the TX. The Archer TX comes standard equipped with a 180 hp Lycoming engine, offers 128 ktas / 237 km/h cruise speed. An optional fuel injected Lycoming IO-360-B4A engine is also available.

About Averett University
Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with three graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350 and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Warrior, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.


Tecnam celebrate sales success at AERO Friedrichshafen 2017

The public debut at Aero Friedrichshafen of the 11 seater Tecnam P2012 Traveller and the launch of the Slot Deposit Program immediately resulted in six orders from operators based in Argentina, South Pacific and Russia. In addition to launch customer, US based Cape Air, Tecnam anticipate many of the 40 operators who toured the P2012 will confirm their delivery slots in the very near future.

Tecnam’s also unveiled a number of new models, including upgraded versions of the P2002 Sierra, P2006T Twin and P Twenty Ten.

Tecnam returned to AERO after a three-year absence and bought together a team of over 80 sales and product support personnel representing 37 countries.

“We were delighted with the interest in all things Tecnam our return to AERO generated. The much anticipated public debut of P2012 Traveller and the launch of the Slot Deposit Programme both proved a tremendous success” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s CEO.

“Once again Tecnam demonstrated that everything is possible as long as we work as a team. Show visitors were saying that it was well worth the wait of three years to have Tecnam back as an exhibitor at Aero, especially with its stunning booth, display and wide range of airplanes” said Walter Da Costa, Tecnam’s Head of Global Sales and Marketing.


Tacit Blue: The Creation of Stealth


While never going into production, the odd-looking Tacit Blue was arguably one of the most important programs for the legacy Northrop Corporation. Over a span of three years starting in 1982, Tacit Blue proved that the company’s technological breakthroughs in low observables were real – paving the way for the successful B-2A Spirit bomber and a slew of other stealthy designs over the next 35 years.

In 1978, Northrop was asked to work on a new type of vehicle that would work as a battle management and control platform that could fly unseen near a conflict’s front lines. This Battlefield Surveillance Aircraft – Experimental (BSAX) would scan adversary ground forces to ascertain their composition and positions.Tacit Blue began with Northrop’s participation in the 1975/76 Experimental Survivable Testbed (XST) competition, which was won by Lockheed Martin and its eventual F-117A Nighthawk “Stealth Fighter.” Despite the loss, the Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) viewed Northrop’s low observable team as a national asset and decided it needed to be retained.

Military commanders would then be able direct air forces, artillery and tactical missiles against high-priority targets. This meant the aircraft had to carry an active radar system and fly undetected with 360 degree all-aspect, low observability near the forward edge of battle area.

Critical to this mission was a new type of radar built by Hughes Aerospace Corporation, which could direct its radar beam in different directions without physically needing to move. Because of its size, the aircraft was essentially designed around the radar by constructing a box and wrapping the low observable features around it. Thus Tacit Blue’s basic shape looked like a butter dish with wings.

Many engineering problems had to be overcome, but three in particular necessitated critical breakthroughs in low observable technology. They included being able to control the amount and intensity of radar detections; incorporating flowing curvature surfaces for improved aerodynamics and stealth, and the ability to operate against low-frequency radars.

Contrary to popular perception, stealth aircraft are not invisible to radar. But while detection cannot be eliminated, it can be redirected and minimized. Careful attention to an aircraft’s design can reduce the ability of radar detection along its aligned edges. By keeping the number of those edge detections to the fewest amount necessary, the detections are only briefly noticeable and usually don’t last long enough to track.

The third breakthrough occurred when the U.S. Air Force decided the vehicle also needed to be able to operate against low-frequency radars. Learning to defeat those additional systems proved critical in assuring battlefield survivability not only for Tacit Blue, but for all follow-on designs.The second breakthrough was in shape. Due to computer program limitations, early low observable designs featured flat-plate, faceted surfaces. Although faceted surfaces were effective enough in reducing radar return, they proved very troublesome aerodynamically. Smoothly flowing, complex curvature surfaces provided the answer. Not only were sweeping curves stealthy and more elegant looking than facets, they were much more aerodynamic.

Two curved, butterfly tails graced the aft end of the Tacit Blue prototype, resembling whale flukes. That likeness gave rise to the aircraft’s unofficial nickname of “Whale” with the people who worked on the program starting to call themselves “Whalers.”

First flight for the “Whale” took place, Feb. 5, 1982, and it was not the easiest vehicle to fly. However, the program conducted 135 test flights during the test period and successfully validated the low observable design features and radar sensor technology.

Tacit Blue did not go into service as its battlefield surveillance role was given to a standoff platform based on a commercial airline design. Using the sensor systems developed for Tacit Blue, the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS, came to be.

For Northrop, the success of Tacit Blue provided assurance to the Air Force that the then under-development B-2 stealth bomber would work as advertised. Thirty-five years later, Tacit Blue’s influence continues to shape Northrop Grumman’s designs for stealthy aircraft well into the foreseeable future.


MQ-4C Triton Improves Mission Capability with Successful Software Upgrade Test

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), completed formal lab testing and a successful first flight of an improved software suite that enhances the autonomous unmanned system’s operational capabilities and enables Early Operational Capability (EOC) deployment in early 2018.

The Navy conducted the first flight test of the software upgrade which is designed to enhance Triton’s capabilities including Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), multi-aircraft control and additional Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) radar modes.

“The integration of this enhanced software suite expands Triton’s operational maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting capabilities and moves it that much closer to qualification for operational missions in the pacific theater,” said Doug Shaffer, vice president, Triton programs, Northrop Grumman. “These flight tests further demonstrate the value and vast potential of this system.”

The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton is a forward-deployed, land-based, autonomously operated system that provides a persistent maritime ISR capability using a multi-sensor mission payload (radar, electro-optical / infra-red / electronic support measures). The MQ-4C Triton provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including vessel detection, tracking and classification over vast ocean and coastal regions. Its robust mission sensor suite provides unprecedented persistent 360-degree maritime domain awareness. The aircraft can fly up to 24 hours at altitudes of up to 56,500 feet with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles and can monitor 1 million square miles of ocean in a single flight.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.


U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Manned/Unmanned Teaming

PALMDALE, Calif., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Skunk Works®, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and Calspan Corporation successfully demonstrated manned/unmanned teaming to improve combat efficiency and effectiveness for the warfighter.

"This demonstration is an important milestone in AFRL's maturation of technologies needed to integrate manned and unmanned aircraft in a strike package," said Capt. Andrew Petry, AFRL autonomous flight operations engineer. "We've not only shown how an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle can perform its mission when things go as planned, but also how it will react and adapt to unforeseen obstacles along the way."

During the flight demonstration, an experimental F-16 aircraft acted as a surrogate Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) autonomously reacting to a dynamic threat environment during an air-to-ground strike mission. The demonstration success included three key objectives:
The ability to autonomously plan and execute air-to-ground strike missions based on mission priorities and available assets
The ability to dynamically react to a changing threat environment during an air-to-ground strike mission while automatically managing contingencies for capability failures, route deviations, and loss of communication
A fully compliant USAF Open Mission Systems (OMS) software integration environment allowing rapid integration of software components developed by multiple providers

The two-week demonstration at the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, is the second in a series of manned/unmanned teaming exercises to prove enabling technologies.

"The Have Raider II demonstration team pushed the boundaries of autonomous technology and put a fully combat-capable F-16 in increasingly complex situations to test the system's ability to adapt to a rapidly changing operational environment," said Shawn Whitcomb, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Loyal Wingman program manager. "This is a critical step to enabling future Loyal Wingman technology development and operational transition programs."

The first demonstration, Have Raider I, focused on advanced vehicle control. The experimental F-16 autonomously flew in formation with a lead aircraft and conducted a ground-attack mission, then automatically rejoined the lead aircraft after the mission was completed. These capabilities were linked with Lockheed Martin automatic collision avoidance systems to ensure safe, coordinated teaming between the F-16 and surrogate UCAV.

Effective manned/unmanned teaming reduces the high cognitive workload, allowing the warfighter to focus on creative and complex planning and management. Autonomous systems also have the ability to access hazardous mission environments, react more quickly, and provide persistent capabilities without fatigue.

"The OMS architecture used in Have Raider II made it possible to rapidly insert new software components into the system," said Michael Coy, AFRL computer engineer. "OMS will allow the Air Force maximum flexibility in the development and fielding of cutting edge autonomous capabilities."

Skunk Works' expertise in OMS, battle management and manned/unmanned teaming enable integrated and collaborative operations between manned and unmanned aircraft to project power in the face of an increased anti-access and area denial environment.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company


Lockheed Martin Eyes Military Exoskeleton Market

ORLANDO, Fla., April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eyeing a new generation of industrial and military exoskeletons, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has licensed the bionic augmentation technology Dermoskeleton™ from B-Temia, Inc.

Dermoskeleton is the basis for computer-controlled devices that can increase mobility and load-carrying capacity by counteracting overstress on the lower back and legs. Lockheed Martin's technology license permits use of B-Temia technology to products for military, industrial, commercial and first-responder applications.

"This technology offers a pathway to increased loadbearing and greater agility for our FORTIS industrial exoskeleton," said Glenn Kuller, Advanced and Special Programs vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "It can also help to solve existing limitations of powered exoskeletons for our military and first responders. We're excited about the potential we see here."

"This agreement confirms our company's technology leadership and value of our work in increasing human mobility in both industrial and defense applications," said B-Temia President and CEO Stéphane Bédard. "Our arrangement with Lockheed Martin provides another avenue for our bionic technology to enhance human performance."

The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator's strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the operator's body directly to the ground through a series of joints at the hips, knees and ankles. Originating from

Lockheed Martin's exoskeleton research to assist soldiers in carrying heavy equipment over long distances, the same principles were applied to exoskeleton development for use in industrial settings. For additional information, visit our website.

About B-Temia

Founded in 2010, B-Temia is a developer and manufacturer of bionic technology in the growing market of human augmentation. Its proprietary Dermoskeleton™ technology provides improved mobility, strength and autonomy to the user, with applications in the medical, industrial and military fields.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


500th Eurofighter Typhoon produced, delivered to the Italian Air Force

The 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered today to the Italian Air Force during a special ceremony held at Leonardo Aircraft Division’s Turin site.

  • With 599 aircraft ordered, Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest collaborative industrial programme in Europe
  • Eight customers have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon worldwide
  • Almost 400,000 flying hours achieved worldwide 

The 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered today to the Italian Air Force during a special ceremony held at Leonardo Aircraft Division’s Turin site. Lt. Gen. Gabriele Salvestroni, Logistic Commander of the Italian Air Force, took delivery of the aircraft in the presence of Filippo Bagnato, Leonardo Aircraft Division’s Managing Director, Volker Paltzo, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug, Peter Schmidt, Deputy General Manager of NETMA, and representatives from the Eurofighter partner nations and partner companies.

Volker Paltzo, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said:
The 500 strong Eurofighter Typhoon fleet represents one of the largest and most capable fighter fleets in the western hemisphere, and will be the backbone of European airpower for decades to come. Today’s handover is a great testament to the programme’s success, and I firmly expect to see the fleet grow further as our partner companies continue to pursue opportunities for more orders internationally.

Filippo Bagnato, Leonardo Aircraft Division Managing Director, said:
We are very proud to deliver the 500th Eurofighter Typhoon produced to the Italian Air Force. The Eurofighter Typhoon is the largest collaborative industrial programme in Europe, it is a successful and significant contributor to the nation’s economic wellbeing, employing high-skilled workers and generating thousands of high-value manufacturing and engineering jobs. We are now fully committed to completing deliveries to the Italian Air Force, to develop the capabilities of the aircraft, and to the activities envisaged by Kuwait’s contract, while continuing to pursue a number of significant market opportunities around the world.

The first Eurofighter was delivered to the UK Royal Air Force at the end of 2003. The 100th Eurofighter was delivered to the UK Royal Air Force in September 2006. The 200th aircraft was handed over to the German Air Force in November 2009. The 300th aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force in October 2011, and the 400th to the German Air Force in December 2013.

The aircraft has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, high reliability across the globe in all climates. It has been deployed on multiple occasions on Baltic Air Policing duties with the Spanish, German, Italian and UK air forces and has been combat proven during operations in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

Through a series of continual enhancement steps, new capabilities are being added to the aircraft, with test and integration activity currently underway for advanced beyond visual range air-to-air missile Meteor, the precision guided cruise missile Storm Shadow and the precision attack missile Brimstone. The integration of these weapon systems will ensure Eurofighter Typhoon maintains its position as the most capable, agile and reliable swing-role fighter available on the international market today.


Airbus Helicopters spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Singapore, Airbus Helicopters will showcase its comprehensive range of rotary wing products and technologies at next week’s Rotorcraft Asia. The inaugural tradeshow dedicated to the growing Asia Pacific helicopter market, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 April 2017.

Taking centre stage as the largest exhibitor at this regional event, Airbus Helicopters’ showcase includes an impressive life-size static display of its new-generation medium-lift H160, making its maiden appearance in Southeast Asia.

The company will also feature its state-of-the-art avionics suite Helionix and information on its suite of HCare customer services. Visitors will get a hands-on experience on the company’s latest virtual reality tool, which allows users donning a set of virtual reality goggles, to be immersed into a virtual cockpit environment, and ‘travel’ distances to ‘perform’ various missions.

Conference delegates will also receive first-hand sharing on the company’s innovation journey and its various on-going projects, from Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer, Jean-Brice Dumont, who will be a keynote speaker on day two of the Rotorcraft Innovation Conference co-located with the exhibition.

Asia Pacific remains a significantly important market for Airbus Helicopters. With over 1,900 Airbus helicopters in service, across 25 countries in the region today, the company is committed to growing its customer support network in this region, which currently covers three support hubs, 12 customer centres, 20 maintenance centres and four training centres.


First large sections road convoy reaches final assembly hangar in Toulouse


Toulouse, 12 April 2017 – The first large sections of Airbus’ next generation new transport aircraft, the BelugaXL, have arrived at the aircraft Final Assembly facility (L34) in Toulouse.

Following a five night long road convoy from Aernnova’s factory in Berantevilla, north eastern Spain, the panels (two laterals, one central) are required to complete the rear section of the BelugaXL.

Together with further work packages built by various other partners, the sections will eventually form the first BelugaXL. The design concept of the aircraft is similar to the current Beluga with the cargo bay structure, the aircraft’s rear-end and tail being some of the sections newly developed.

The BelugaXL was launched in November 2014 to address the transport and ramp-up capacity requirements for Airbus beyond 2019. The new oversize air transporters are based on the A330-200 Freighter, with a large re-use of existing components and equipment. The first of five BelugaXLs will fly mid-2018 and enter into service in 2019.


Embraer Receives Customers to Celebrate 20 Years of the ERJ 145 Jet Operations

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – April 11, 2017 – As part of the celebrations for the 20 years of commercial operation of the 50-seat ERJ 145 jet, Embraer receives, as of today, almost 30 operators of the jet family for the two-day Embraer Operators Conference (EOC), in Rio de Janeiro. The first commercial flight of the ERJ 145 occurred on April 6, 1997, with U.S. airline Continental Express.

“The ERJ 145 marked Embraer’s commercial renaissance, paving the way for the development of new programs, such as the E-Jets, which moved the Company into the lead of the commercial jet market for up to 130-seat aircraft,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer President & CEO. “Personally, I have a great affection for the program, which brought me to Embraer. I participated in practically all the jet's sales campaigns as Vice President of Customer Financing.”

The ERJ 145 family of jets consists of the ERJ 145 (50 seats), the ERJ 135 (37 seats), the ERJ 140 (44 seats) and the ERJ 145 XR (long-range 145 version). Since its entry into operation, the ERJ 145 family has accumulated more than 27 million flight hours and almost 730 million passengers transported, being used by more than 120 operators.

Over the last seven years, the ERJ's global customer base has almost doubled, from 39 operators, in 2010, to 70, today. During the same period, the application and use of ERJ models has been growing in emerging markets, such as Africa, where the ERJ fleet has increased from 16 units in 2010 to almost 60 jets in 2017.

Robust and with excellent operating history, the ERJ platform is a success in commercial aviation, with almost 900 units delivered, having applications in the business aviation market, with the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 jets, as well as in defense, such as the AEW&C, Multi-Intel and maritime patrol for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) segment.

In total, more than 1,200 aircraft based on the ERJ 145 platform have already been delivered worldwide, making the ERJ program one of the most successful in the aircraft industry