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Superjet Contracts
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April 14, 2014   Henan Oberoi Aircraft, China, has contracted with Russia's Sukhoi to purchase 100 of their Superjet Aircraft with final deliveries in 2018.  The jets sell for US$35 to U.S.$36 million each. In addition, the companies will jointly build a factory to assemble the jets in Zhengzou, scheduled for opening in 2016.

Nov. 5, 2013  United Aircraft Corp., Moscow, received new contracts for 81 Irkut MS-21 twin-engine, short to mid-range aircraft, currently under development, and 96 Sukhoi Superjets. Total of the contracts is over US$12 billion.

Aug. 28, 2013  A contract for the purchase of six Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft worth about US$217.2 million was entered into with Russia's Utair Aviation and VEB-Leasing.

The Superjets, leased by Utair by VEB, are expected to be flying throughout Europe, Russia, and Western Siberia. Sukhoi will provide training for aircraft crews and ground support personnell, in addition to maintaining the jets.

Aug. 27, 2013  Ilyushin Finance Co. has contracted for the purchase of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft with an estimated value of US$724 million for deliveries through 2015.

March 8, 2013  Sukhoi announced that Indonesia has completed contracts with them for approximately US$424 million to purchase 12 Superjet 100 aircraft. It is anticipated that all of the aircraft will be delivered prior to the end of 2013.

June 21, 2012  In contracts totaling US$212.4 million, OJSC Transaero Airlines of Russia and Sukhoi, Russia have agreed to the deliveries of six Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners commencing in 2015 with completion by 2017. The companies also agreed that Transaero may choose to purchase up to ten additional Superjet aircraft.

March 3, 2012  It was announced that Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 LR aircraft will be powered by new PowerJet engines providing nearly 10% more thrust and greater fuel-savings than the engines previously selected, once the new aircraft is produced. The engines will allow the new Superjet to carry a larger payload at longer distances than previously specified.

Feb. 28, 2012  The national Armenian airline, Armavia, announced today that they expect to take possession of their second new Sukhoi Superjet in April of this year.

Feb. 25, 2012  Superjet announced that they anticipate deliveries of an additional 10 aircraft outside of Russia during the second half of 2012. Thus far Russian Airline Aeroflot has taken deliveries of six Superjet 100 aircraft with Armavia operating one aircraft. Superjet has received firm orders for over 200 Superjet 100 aircraft to date.



Pentagon Budgets for Boeing 767 Air Tanker
Boeing 767 Air Tanker
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March 17, 2014  The 2015 Pentagon budget includes US$777 million for development of the air refueling tanker version of the Boeing 767, designated the KC-46A, for the U.S.A.F. They are also contracting with Boeing for a total of US$1.6 billion to produce seven of the aircraft.


MQ-9 Reaper UAV Contracts
MQ-9 Reaper
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March 17, 2014  In its 2015 budget the Pentagon has included US$200 million for contracts with General Atomics for the purchase of an additional twelve MQ-9 Reaper UAV aircraft for the U.S.A.F.


Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II JSF
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
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March 17, 2014  In the 2015 budget announced by the Pentagon, contracts with Lockheed-Martin for the U.S.A.F. for the F-35A will include 26 aircraft. Original projections were that 30 aircraft would be ordered by the Air Force. As anticipated, a total of 69 F-35B aircraft will be contracted for with Lockheed-Martin, for deployment by the U.S. Marine Corps. Instead of the 49 F-35C aircraft originally projected by the Navy for 2015, contracts will be issued for 20 aircraft.

Nov. 8, 2013  It was announced today that The Netherlands and Lockheed have contracted for 37 additional F-35A JSF aircraft. Value of the contract is approximately US$6.0 billion. The Netherlands is currently testing two F-35 aircraft, previously ordered. It is anticipated that the new JSF aircraft will replace aging F-16 fighters.

Nov. 7, 2013  The U.S. Dept. of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin an additional US$422 million to provide "sustainment support" for F-35 aircraft.

Oct. 25, 2013  The Pentagon has contracted with Pratt & Whitney for an additional 38 engines for the F-35 aircraft at a cost of US$1.1 billion.

Oct. 11, 2013  The U.S. Navy Air Systems Command gave Lockheed Martin an additional US$30 million in contracts covering long lead-time parts for two F-35 aircraft to be acquired by Japan.

Sept. 27, 2013  The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin signed two contracts today, valued at $7.8 billion, for F-35 Lightning aircraft. A total of 36 aircraft are to be produced for the sixth and 34 aircraft for the seventh Low-Rate Initial Production lots. The contract does not include engines for the aircraft, nor software and systems to make them combat ready.

Sept. 15, 2013  The U.S. Navy added over US$77.3 million to existing contracts with Lockheed for F-35: electronic components, "non-recurring technical efforts for manufacturing technology transfer and planning tasks required to ensure a manufacturing base with sufficient technical knowledge", and "initial non-prime mission equipment and interim technical support for the United States Reprogramming Laboratory".

Sept. 12, 2013  The U.S. Navy added US$149 million to an existing contract with Lockheed for: "redesign and qualification of replacement F-35 electronic warfare system components due to current diminishing manufacturing sources" for completion by March of 2018.

Sept. 2, 2013  The U.S. D.O.D. agreed to contract with Pratt & Whitney for about an additional U.S. $1.0 billion covering 36 engines installed on F-35 fighter aircraft, plus two spares. Also included are costs for management, engineering, and additional spare parts. Deliveries are expected in the last quarter of 2013.

Sept. 3, 2013 The U.S. Pentagon contracted with Pratt & Whitney for U.S. $69.6 million to provide for advanced acquisitions of parts for additional F-35 fighter aircraft engines.

Pratt & Whitney has delivered total of 107 engines for the F-35 fighter to date.

Aug. 26, 2013  The U.S. Dept. of Defense has just ordered an additional 71 additional F-35 JSF aircraft. In the announcement of the purchase it was stated that Lockheed agreed to reduce the cost of the aircraft by four percent. That, in addition to some additional cost cuts on other contracts, enabled the purchase of all of the aircraft planned for purchase prior to the most recent budget cuts.

June 6, 2013  The The Department of Defense gives Pratt & Whitney US$650 million to cover additional unspecified F-35 engine testing and performance delays and two additional test engines.

January 28, 2013  The U.S. Pentagon announced that due to additional computer programming delays it will be at least until 2017 before the F-35 JSF can be made combat ready.

December 14, 2012  The U.S. Pentagon announced contracts for an additional 32 F-35 aircraft today worth approximately US$3.8 billion. It was reported that the contracts were signed at this time to avoid defense budget cuts that could be enacted in 2013. It was not reported if the aircraft ordered will be combat capable.



Lockheed C-130 Hercules Contracts
C-130 Hercules
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March 17, 2014  Lockheed will be building an additional ten C-130 aircraft for the U.S.A.F. The U.S. Pentagon 2015 budget includes US$1.1 billion for the contract.

Jan. 17, 2014  The Israel Ministry of Defense has awarded Elbit Systems, Haifa, Israel, a US$15 million contract to update Israeli Air Force C-130H aircraft to current standards. The work, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, includes a glass cockpit system, advanced radar, and a pilot head-up display.

Jan. 2, 2014  India has announced that they will be purchasing six more Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft in 2014 under a contract for approximately US$1 billion.

Nov. 6, 2013  In a US$406 million contract, Rolls-Royce will supply engines and support for C-130, C-2 and P-3 aircraft. The contract will expire in 2019. Rolls-Royce also received a US$90 million contract to provide engine repairs on U.S. Navy E-2 Hawkeye aircraft.

April 15, 2013  CAE of Montreal, Canada announced receiving new contracts amounting to some US$215 million. Among these are a training system for the U.S.A.F. C-130 weapons systems.

Other contracts have been signed with the Royal Australian Navy, Kuwait Air Force, and commercial airlines throughout the world for a variety of flight simulators, training products, programs, and services.

Nov. 13, 2012  The USAF announced the deployment of the C-130 Combat King II dedicated to search and rescue missions and the MC-130J Commando, an air tanker used for specialized ops.

June 2, 2012  Marshall Aerospace of Great Britain has been awarded contracts to service Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft for the British Air Force worth some US$542.4 million. Work will be carried out at their Cambridge Airport facility and is expected to be completed by December of 2015.

May 22, 2012  Lockheed Martin has fulfilled its contracts to deliver seventeen C-130 Hercules aircraft and supporting equipment to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The deal, worth some US$1.4 billion, was entered into on December 17, 2007, with deliveries commencing in mid 2010.

April 2, 2012 The U.S. Navy has awarded Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, IN a total of US$25 million contracts for maintenance to be completed within ten months to the engines and propellers of USMC KC-130J Hercules aircraft.

March 22, 2012 The United States has signed contracts with Rolls Royce for an additional US$275 million in engines for their military aircraft including the C-130 Hercules, V-22 Osprey, P-3 Orion and C-2 Greyhound.



CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Contractss
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
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March 17, 2014  The Pentagon has announced that their 2015 budget includes the purchase of two additional CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing for the U.S. Army, valued at about US$100 million.

August 5, 2013  The U.S. Army has contracted with Boeing for the purchase of 177 CH-47 Chinook helicopters, with an option to purchase 38 more. Providing the entire order is completed, it will be worth over US$4.0 billion.



UH-60 Black Hawk Contracts
UH-60 Black Hawk
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March 17, 2014  In the U.S. 2015 Pentagon budged, the U.S. Army will contract for an additional 28 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with Sikorsky for about US$500 million.

Jan. 3, 2014  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. will be modifying eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Saudi National Guard standards under a U.S. Dept. of Defense contract for US$105.3 million. Work is to be completed by March of 2016.

Nov. 21, 2013  The U.S. Army contracted with Sikorski Aircraft Corp. for an additional seven UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in the amount of US$77.5 million for delivery by June 30, 2015.

August 9, 2013  Lockheed-Martin will be providing software services for Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters through September 2015, in a contract worth US$39.5 million.



AH-64 Apache Contracts
AH-64 Apache Helicopters
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March 17, 2014  U.S. Army to contract with Boeing for 26 AH-64 Apache helicopters worth about US$600 million, as per the Pentagon's 2015 budget.

Jan 31, 2014  Agusta Westland has been awarded a US$705.2 million contract by the British Ministry of Defence to cover repairs of Army Apache helicopters through 2018.

Aug. 8, 2012  British Apache AH Mk1 helicopters, build by Agusta Westland under license from Boeing, will be receiving about US$1.25 billion in upgrades beginning in 2013. The upgrades are intended to extend the service life of the Longbow helicopters through 2030.

Feb. 11, 2012  The Indonesian Army announced plans for contracts with Boeing to purchase a total of eight AH-64 Apache helicopters through 2014. Total purchase price is expcted to be around US$25 million.



Saab Gripen Fighter Contracts
Saab Gripen
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March 17, 2014  The lease of fourteen Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighters from Sweden by Czechoslovakia for the Czech Air Force, set to end in 2015, has been approved for an extension through at least 2027. Value of the lease contract extension is about US$1.032 billion.

Dec. 1, 2011  Switzerland announced that they have contracts with Saab of Sweden to purchase 22 Gripen fighter aircraft to replace their aging Northorp F-5's in a deal worth about US$3.4 billion.



P-8A Poseidon Contracts
Boeing P-8A Poseidon
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March 17, 2014  The U.S. Navy orders an additional sixteen P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing for US$2.1 billion. Deliveries should be completed by April of 2017.

August. 23, 2013  The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional thirteen P-8A Poseidon aircraft and supporting parts from Boeing for US$1.98 billion, with final deliveries by April of 2016.

April 24, 2012  Herley Microwave Components, Lancaster, PA, USA, will be providing microwave assemblies for the United States Navy for US$1.3 million. The quantity of assemblies and length of the contracts were not disclosed. The assemblies are expected to be installed in P-8A Poseidon ASW aircraft, newly acquired by the U.S. Navy.

March 28, 2012  The United States Navy officially showed off its new land based Boeing P-8A Poseidon ASW aircraft today. Eventually the Navy hopes to acquire 117 of the aircraft.



U-2 Spy Planes to be Retried
Lockheed U-2
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March 17, 2014  The Pentagon's 2015 budget will eliminate the remaining Lockheed U-2 aircraft currently deployed. Their functions will be taken over by satellites.

Feb. 29, 2012  The first Lockheed U-2 flew on August 6, 1955. U-2 aircraft currently being flown were built in the 1980's. The U.S.A.F. has spent billions of dollars to keep them flying with upgraded engines, avionics, and electronic spying equipment.

Three U-2 aircraft are based at Osan Air Base, about 50 miles south of the dividing line between North and South Korea. They fly sorties, collecting information vital to national security, on an almost daily basis. Recent developments in the region have made the aircraft an even more valuable asset.



A-10 Thunderbolt II Contracts
A-10 Thunderbolt II
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March 17, 2014  The Pentagon announced that in its 2015 budget all the remaining A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) aircraft will be retired from service.

The Air Force says that the A-10 has only been used in ten percent of the ground support missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dec. 6, 2013  The U.S.A.F. has awarded Northrop Grumman a US$24 million contract for work to keep their A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft flying through at least 2028. Work will begin immediately and continue through 2017.

Original plans were for the U.S.A.F. to replace A-10 aircraft, used for low level ground support, with the F-35, still under development. It has been pointed out that the A-10 carries more ordnance, is capable of more loiter time over target, and can fly slower and lower, an advantage for ground support aircraft. While the 30 mm Gatling gun of the A-10 has an ammunition supply of 1,700 rounds, the 25 mm Gatling gun of the F-35 has a 250 round ammunition supply. It was recently disclosed that the F-35 is even more vulnerable to lightning and anti aircraft fire than previously reported.

Feb. 4, 2012 The U.S. Dept. of Defense will reduce the number of A-10 Warthog ground support aircraft to lower the overall Air Force budget. There will be 20 active-duty aircraft, 20 reserve, and 62 National Guard aircraft retired.

That will leave about 169 A-10 Warthog aircraft actively deployed, plus 28 reserve and 46 National Guard aircraft.

The A-10 is best known as a highly maneuverable, low flying anti tank, anti armor aircraft that can also provide control to guide other aircraft toward ground targets.



F-15 Eagle Contracts
Boeing F-15 Eagle
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March 17, 2014  Per the U.S. 2015 Budget, some 51 U.S.A.F. F-15 Eagle aircraft will be retired. The total F-15 aircraft deployed with the U.S.A.F. will then number 172.

Dec. 6, 2013  Boeing will be modifying 68 Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle aircraft with automatic recovery systems.  The anticipated completion of the work is by 2019. The contract was awarded to Boeing by the U.S. Dept. of Defense and is worth about US$15.5 million.

The systems are intended to regain straight and level flight should the pilot lose situational awareness. The systems take control of the aircraft when the pilot takes his hands off of the control column and throttle. The same systems will be incorporated into the avionics of some 84 F-15 aircraft scheduled for delivery to Saudi Arabia from 2015 to 2019.

July 10, 2013  Air Force Life Cycle Management has contracted with Pratt & Whitney for approximately US$11.4 million to cover travel and relocation expenses for 15 contractor and engineering technical services reps. They will be supporting engine work for Foreign Military Sales, the U.S. Air National Guard, the U.S.A.F. and the U.S.N. at fourteen locations throughout the United States. Work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2016.

April 25, 2012  Seventy Saudi F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft will be upgrading their electronic warfare and missile warning systems with avionics from BAE, Nashua, NH. All work will be done in the United States. The contracts are for US$367 million, with deliveries by November 2018.

April 4, 2012  The South Korean Air Force now has 61 Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter bombers with the last two delivered today. The aircraft can launch the latest long rang air-to-ground and and anti-shipping missiles.

March 20, 2112  The U.S.A.F. took delivery of the first of sixty upgraded F-15 Eagle fighters today. The upgrade work was done under contracts to Korean Air Corp. and is expected to increase the service life of the jets operating in the Asian Pacific area.



Dassault Rafale Contracts
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March 17, 2014  India's HAL and Dassault have agreed that 108 Rafale aircraft will be produced under license in India, with the first 18 aircraft produced in France. A contract for the aircraft has yet to be signed, however, this agreement brings the signing closer to fruition. Value of the final contract is estimated to be up to US$15 billion, with approximately half of its value being in technology transfers. It will be about another 42 months after signing of the contract before the first French produced Rafale aircraft reaches India.

Feb. 1, 2012  Dassault has entered into exclusive negotiations with India to sell them 126 Rafale fighter aircraft. The Rafale prevailed over the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, Lockheed F-16 Falcon, Mikoyan MiG-25, and Saab Griffen in what was termed the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Competition (MMRCA).

Sources say that the French built Rafale has been determined to be the best overall value. Its initial unit cost is about 25% less than the nearest competitor, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and projected maintenance costs over its deployment life are also significantly lower. A contributing factor in the selection of the Rafale may also be that India has previously purchased Dassault Mirage fighters and their air force is already familiar with French aircraft.

It is expected that a contract worth up to US$18 billion will be finalized between April and October of 2012.

Nov. 1, 2011  Dassault officials state that their Rafale played a greater role over Libya than the Eurofighter by engaging and destroying ground targets. They claim that Eurofighter aircraft only played a supporting role by providing intelligence support, while never engaging the enemy.

Nov. 20, 2011  UAE officials say price and terms of a bid by Dassault to sell them 60 Rafale fighter aircraft are unacceptable.



CH-53 Helicopter Contracts
Sikorsky CH-53
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Feb. 28, 2014  Navy Supply System Command Weapons Systems Support has added US$14.3 million to a contract with Raytheon for continued repair work on CH-53 helicopters and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

July 8, 2013  Spirit Aeros Systems will be supplying Sikorsky Aircraft with major structural cabin components for four CH-53 helicopters in the amount of US$60 million. No further details were provided.



V-22 Osprey Contracts
Boeing/Bell V-22 Osprey
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Feb. 28, 2014  The U.S. Dept. of Defense has added US$351 million to an existing contract with Boeing-Bell for support work on the V-22 Osprey performed for the U.S. Navy. The contract expires on Nov. 30, 2016.

Jan. 31, 2014  The U.S. has contracted with Rolls-Royce Corp. for US$90.2 million to acquire a total of 40 Osprey engines. Included is the installation of the engines into USMC helicopters. The contract calls for delivery of the engines in November of 2015.

Jan 31, 2014  The U.S. Navy has added US$10.3 million to an existing contract with Boeing-Bell for logistics services on USAF and USMC Osprey aircraft. The contract expires on Feb. 28, 2014.

Jan. 17, 2014  The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing-Bell US$26.6 million for continuing improvement of the V-22 Osprey through December of 2014.

Jan. 14, 2014  As part of a US$1.13 billion contract, Israel will acquire a total of six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, including spare parts, logistics, and training, from the U.S. Dept. of Defense

Dec. 20, 2013  The U.S. Navy has funded the second year of a five year purchase contract for the V-22 Osprey. They ordered three aircraft for the U.S.A.F. and nineteen for the U.S.M.C. at a cost of $1.3 billion. The entire five year contract is for a total of 100 Osprey aircraft.

Dec. 16, 2013  The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command contracted with Rolls Royce for an additional US$57.1 million to upgrade engines used on the V-22 Osprey aircraft. The upgrades will be performed as the aircraft are scheduled for regular maintenance. Each Osprey aircraft is powered by two engines. Power will be increased from 6,150 h.p. per engine to 7,195 h.p. per engine. This will allow for better aircraft performance in thinner air found at higher elevations and in hot climates. The upgrades are also expected to lengthen engine life.

Dec. 11, 2013  Boeing-Bell has received a contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for US$33 million for V-22 Osprey aircraft avionics systems support, including continuing upgrades. All work is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

Dec. 9, 2013  The Naval Air Systems Command has contracted with Boeing-Bell for an additional US$18.1 million for logistics services until January of 2014 in connection with U.S.M.C., Special Forces, and U.S.A.F. V-22 Osprey aircraft.

Aug. 22, 2013  A V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft fitted with a drogue system was able to successfully refuel a pair of F-18 aircraft.  It is anticipated that, with more successful testing, the V-22 will be employed as an air tanker.

Aug. 16, 2013  The U.S. Marine Corps will be receiving an additional 99 V-22 Ospreys and the U.S. Navy a total of seven CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft by September of 2019 in a contract totaling US$4.9 billion

Aug. 2, 2013  Boeing-Bell will be producing an undisclosed number of helicopter rotor gearboxes for the U.S. Navy through December 2017 for a total of $42,995,069. Although not mentioned in the press release, the parts are most likely replacements for those used on V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

March 12, 2013  Boeing-Bell has been awarded US$73 million by the U.S. Navy to fix over 140 different parts that have failed on their Osprey aircraft. The work is to be complete by Sept. 30, 2015.

Jan. 28, 2013  The USMC will be acquiring 17 additional Osprey aircraft and the USAF an additional four of the aircraft in contracts worth some US$1.4 billion.  Included is funding for the acquisition of parts to build an additional 22 aircraft.

April 23, 2012 Rolls-Royce is getting US$598 million in contracts from the U.S. for a total of 268 engines to power USMC V-22 Osprey aircraft. Deliveries will take place over five years, with first year production of 70 engines expected.

Feb. 6, 2012  The U.S. Navy will purchase 24 less V-22 Osprey rotorcraft through 2017 than originally anticipated to bring its budged in line with current military cuts. As now budgeted, the Navy will eventually have 98 Ospreys. Estimated budget savings from the cuts will be some US$1.75 billion.

On Jan. 13, 2012  The Pentagon reported that software upgrades have helped improve overall performance of the V-22 Osprey in the last half of 2011. The 2010 mission ready rate for the U.S.M.C. Ospreys was 53 percent, U.S.A.F. Ospreys 52%. The rate increased by 10 percent for U.S.M.C. Ospreys and 6 percent for U.S.A.F. Ospreys in 2011.



F-18 Hornet Contracts
Boeing F-18 Hornet
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Feb. 28, 2014  The U.S. Dept. of Defense awarded Boeing US$22.4 million for "supplies and services" to the U.S. Navy in support of their FA-18 Hornet aircraft. The contract expires in January of 2015.

Jan. 3, 2014  U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet aircraft will be having their engines overhauled by General Electric through the end of 2016 under a US$572.5 million contract.

Dec. 12, 2013  The United States Department of Defense has contracted with Boeing for US$872.8 million to upgrade avionics of F-18 Hornet fighter jets. Over 90% of the work will be performed on U.S. Navy aircraft, with the remainder of the work done of F-18 Hornet aircraft of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Switzerland. The contract expires in December of 2018.

Nov. 16, 2013   GE Aviation, Michigan, will be repairing avionics of the F-18 fighter, H-60 helicopter, Harrier jump jet, and V-22 Osprey until November of 2018 under a US$13.6 million contract awarded by Naval Supply Systems Support.

Nov. 6, 2013   Boeing received a modification to an existing contract with the U.S. Dept. of Defense worth over US$13.7 million to provide additional armament for F-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft through August of 2015.

Sept. 25, 2013 The U.S. Navy awarded GE Aviation, California, U.S.A. US$20,243,772 for an additional 240 F-18 external fuel tanks. Fulfilment of the contract is expected by January 2016.

March 13, 2013  The U.S. Navy has entered into contracts with General Dynamics in the amount of US$19.3 million. That will pay for new mission computers for F-18 Hornet aircraft. The contracts expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

June 3, 2012  The U.S. Navy is purchasing new rudders for their F-18 Hornet aircraft from Northrop Grumman in contracts worth approximately US$14 million. Deliveries will start in 2014 and are expected to be completed by October 2015.

May 5, 2012  The U.S. Navy has purchased 104 new radio frequency counter measure and jammer systems for its F-18 Hornet aircraft. ITT Exelis has contracts with the U.S. Navy to be building the systems, worth US$238 million. Deliveries are scheduled through 2016.

April 9, 2012  The U.S. Navy has asked General Dynamics to produce additional Gatling gun systems for use in their F-18 Hornets. The systems are being produced at the General Dynamics Saco, Maine U.S.A. plant and are to be delivered before the end of 2012. The US$7.8 million contracts are the third addition to US$10 million contracts from 2005, with a US12.5 million addition in 2006.

Feb. 22, 2012  The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing US$30 million contracts for inner wing replacements to their F-18 Hornets. This will enable the continued use of the aircraft until the long delayed Lockheed F-35 Strike Fighter is ready to replace them. Replacement inner wings are to be delivered within one year.

Jan. 26, 2012  Boeing will be producing an additional 15 F-18 Hornet aircraft for the United States Navy with deliveries commencing in early 2015. One Hornet will be the two seat "F" variant and the remainder will be the single seat "E" models. Value of the contracts is US$687.5 million.



Boeing 737 Contracts
Boeing 737
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Feb. 28, 2014  Nok Air of Thailand has inked a contract to purchase a total of fifteen Boeing 737 aircraft with a value of around US$1.45 billion.

Nov. 17, 2013  Flydubai has signed contracts for a total of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and 11 Boeing 737 800 aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2017. Total value of the contracts is about $11.4 billion.

Nov. 14, 2013  Boeing announced plans to increase production of the 737 airliners from its present schedule of 38 aircraft built per month to 42 per month in 2014 and 47 per month in 2017.

Demand for newer Boeing 737 models that are larger, and/or have more efficient engines is increasing.   Recent data shows that the Boeing 737 600 and 700 Next Generation aircraft are being retired after about 12 years in service.   However, the average life span of a commercial airliner remains at around 25 years.

Nov. 7, 2013  It was announced that Aviation Industries Corp. of China (AVIC) will be producing the inboard flaps for Boeing's new 737 Max airliners. The amount of the contract was not disclosed, while its term was said to be multi-year.

Boeing partnered with Aviation Industries to build a factory in Tianjin, China that started full production this year. In addition to the 737, the factory produces parts for other Boeing aircraft including the 747, 767, 777, and 787.

At this time it is estimated that Boeing and its suppliers have contracted with Aviation Industries Corp. for parts with a value in excess of US$2.5 billion. Chinese parts can be found in over 9,500 aircraft flown throughout the world.



ATR 72 Turboprop Contracts
ATR 72
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Feb. 28, 2014  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise aircraft leasing has contracted with ATR, France, to buy twenty of its ATR 72 aircraft. Total value of the contract is about US$500 million.

Feb. 26, 2014  Bangkok Airways has contracted for a total of six ATR 72 aircraft with a value of around US$150 million.

Feb. 16, 2012  ATR will be delivering an additional 27 of their ATR 72 turboprop aircraft to Wing Air, Indonesia. The contracts, worth US$610 million, call for the aircraft to be delivered prior to December of 2015. Completion of the order will bring the total of ATR 72 aircraft operated by Wing Air to 60. Once deliveries are completed, no other airline will operate more ATR 72 aircraft than Wing Air.



Airbus A320 Contracts
Airbus A320
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Feb. 28, 2014  Airbus signed a contract with VietJetAir to purchase a total of 63 A320 aircraft with a value of approximately US$6.4 billion.

June 11, 2012  Airbus announced the signing of contracts with Norwegian Air Shuttle for 100 A320 NEO aircraft with deliveries commencing in 2015. In addition, Air Lease Corp., Los Angeles, CA, has signed a contract for 36 Airbus A320 NEO passenger planes.

April 19, 2012  Quantas Airlines has completed contracts with CFM International valued at about US$2.0 billion for some 156 new LEAP-X engines. When powering the soon to be introduced Airbus A320 NEO (New Engine Option) aircraft on order by Quantas, the engines, in addition to added winglets, are expected to greatly reduce the amount of fuel consumed.  The A320 NEO is expected to use only about 85 percent of the fuel consumed by earlier model Airbus A320 aircraft.

CFM International is an equal partnership between SNECMA, Courcouronnes, France, and General Electric Aviation, Evendale, Ohio, USA.



Airbus A380 Contracts
Airbus A380
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Feb. 28, 2014  Amedeo aircraft leasing contracted with Airbus for US$8.3 billion to acquire twenty of their A380 aircraft.

June 21, 2012  OJSC Transaero Airlines of Russia enters into a contract with Airbus for the delivery of four Airbus A380's, the world's largest airliners. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2015. The value of the contract is estimated to be around US$1.52 billion.

Feb. 10, 2012  The European Safefy Agency directed that all Airbus A380 aircraft have their wing covering attachment brackets checked after more cracks were found on another Quantas aircraft during a routine inspection. A total of 85 Airbus A380 aircraft have been built to date.

Jan. 19, 2012  In late December 2011 cracks were detected in attachment brackets used from the wing ribs to the wing covering on a Quantas Airbus A380 undergoing unscheduled engine repairs. This prompted Airbus to check eight additional high hour A380 aircraft. Cracks were found in brackets on one of those aircraft. When this was reported to the European Safety Agency they issued a directive calling for inspection of an additional eleven high hour A380 aircraft prior to their normal inspection dates.

Checking the brackets takes around one day due, in part, to the number of brackets, plus the necessity of draining adjacent fuel tanks before inspections can commence. Replacement of defective brackets could add several more days to the procedure. Each Airbus A380 has some 4,000 such brackets.

Airbus has found that the cracks are probably due to over torquing during aircraft assembly. This has resulted in a modification of the assembly processes that Airbus hopes will resolve the issue.

Dec. 16, 2011  Airbus announced today that it anticipates a minimum of thirty of their Airbus A380 airliners will be delivered to carriers during 2012. Airbus A380 airliners sell for between US$370 million to US$380 million each.



BP Sells Aviation Turbine Oil Business
BP Oils.

Jan. 31, 2014 BP has agreed to sell its business that produces turbine oils for the aviation industry. Estimated annual revenues from the business amount to some US$100 million. The buyer is Eastman Chemical Co. located in Kingsport, TN, U.S.A. It has about 14,000 employees worldwide. BP will use the revenues generated by the sale to further market its lubricants to other industries throughout the world.


US$541.2 Million Merlin Contract
Agusta Westland AW-101 Merlin
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Jan 31, 1014  The British Ministry of Defence has awarded Agusta Westland a US$541.2 million contract. It covers the alteration of 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for use at sea by the Royal Navy. Deliveries of the altered helicopters would begin in 2016 and end in 2020.


Draken International Acquires the L-159 ALCA
Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA
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Jan. 20, 2014  In a contract valued at about US$25 million, Draken International, Florida, U.S.A. is purchasing a total of 28 former service Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) aircraft from Czechoslovakia.

Draken International provides contract air services to the U.S. Dept. of Defense, and has a number of various type of aircraft available for a multitude of training missions.



Beechcraft Sold to Boeing-Bell-Textron
Beechcraft Baron
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Jan. 20, 2014  Beechcraft Corp., manufacturers of the Baron, Bonanza, King Air, and T-6A Texan II military trainer, was purchased by Textron Inc. for US$1.4 billion. Boeing-Bell's Textron Helicopter division manufacturers the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Their existing fixed-wing aircraft company is Cessna Aircraft.


Lockheed F-22 Raptor Contracts
Lockheed F-22 Raptor
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Jan. 3, 2014  The U.S. D.O.D. has awarded Pratt & Whitney an additional US$2.31 million through 2014 for parts and maintenance to engines powering the Lockheed F-22 Raptor.

Jan. 3, 2014  The Department of Defense also awarded US$562 million under a contract to Lockheed covering upgrade modifications and support for the F-22 Raptor.

March 8, 2013  Lockheed Martin and the U.S.A.F. have signed contracts worth US$6.9 billion for improvements to the F-22 Raptor. No delivery dates or specific amounts of service are defined in the contract. Improvements to the aircraft include modified radar for air to ground attack, higher resolution combat identification sensors, and air to air weapons upgrades. It is anticipated that fulfillment of this contract will be completed by early 2023.

June 6, 2012  The United States Air Force announced that a new automated emergency oxygen system is being installed on F-22 Raptor aircraft. The U.S. government has thus far paid Lockheed Martin US$19,154,000 for forty automated emergency oxygen system kits with ten extras, including installation, to be finished by the end of April 2013. The Air Force says that all Raptor aircraft should have the new system installed by mid 2014.

March 30, 2012  Lockheed-Martin has received a US$664.4 million in contracts through 2012 for modifications to the F-22 Raptor fighter. Work will be done in Lockheed's plants located in Fort Worth, TX, Mariatta, GA, Palmdale, CA, and Seattle, WA.

March 23, 2012  F-22 Raptors are being fitted with air to ground missiles, new avionics and modified bomb bays for ground attack. The first modified aircraft have already been deployed and are operational. It is anticipated that all F-22 Raptor aircraft will have enhanced abilities to attack ground targets within the next ten years.

March 20, 2012  It was announced today that new emergency oxygen supply handles will be installed on the F-22 Raptor. The new handles should make it easier for pilots to obtain oxygen in the event of a system shut down.



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