May 10, 2013
São Paulo, May 10, 2013 – Embraer Defense & Security will be present at the 4th edition of the IV International Defense Technology Exhibition & Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF), which will be held May 15-19, in Lima, Peru.
“We are interested in taking part in the main defense programs in Peru in the areas of surveillance and monitoring, internal security, and border patrol,” said Geraldo Gomes, International Marketing and Sales Director, Embraer Defense & Security. “Our purpose is to establish wide-ranging cooperation with the local government by promoting the technological capability of Peru’s industry.”
The Company will have a stand located in the Inka Pavilion (no. 170-171) and it will offer a broad spectrum of integrated solutions that combine high technology and operational efficiency at competitive acquisition and operating costs. This includes the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training airplane, the family of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and the KC-390 military transport and refueling jet.
The Super Tucano is now in operation with nine air forces in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, and it was recently chosen for the Light Air Support (LAS) program of the United States Air Force, for the purpose of performing counter-insurgency missions in Afghanistan. The ISR aircraft family consists of three models: Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), Multi Intel system (Remote Sensing and Surveillance), and Maritime Patrol (MP). All of the aircraft are capable of operating in an integrated manner with the Super Tucano, via a data link system. The KC-390, which is in the development stage, has 60 letters of intent to purchase and will set a new standard for medium-sized military transport aircraft, in terms of performance and payload capacity. The first flight is planned for 2014 and deliveries should begin in 2016.
The portfolio of Embraer Defense & Security also includes state-of-the-art radar technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and advanced information and communications systems, such as Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications.
March 18, 2013
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was selected by the Brazilian Air Force to execute a large-scale air refueling project for several Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
IAI’s proposal was chosen over many international companies, the Brazilian Air Force reported on their Website over the weekend.
Joseph Weiss, president and CEO of IAI, said “we are very pleased to have won the bid to provide the Brazilian Air Force with Multi-Mission-Tanker & Transport aircraft capable of performing air-to-air refueling, strategic troop and cargo transport, and aeromedical evacuation. We see the Brazilian Air Force as a very important and strategic customer.”
February 28, 2013
Defence and security company Saab has received order from Brazilian Embraer Defense and Security on upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to 380 MSEK.
The contract is for the delivery of an upgrade of the existing Erieye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) systems, as part of the modernization programme for the Embraer 145 AEW&C, named E-99 in the Brazilian Air Force. The E-99 is important within the Brazilian Air Force in the control of airspace and border surveillance and the upgrade will bring a substantial increased operational capability.
“Saab’s Erieye AEW&C Mission system provides excellent surveillance capabilities and control over air and sea targets. We are very proud to supply these systems toBrazilwhere it plays an important role in national security,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems.
The upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System will be delivered from 2014 until 2017.
Saab’s Erieye AEW&C Mission System has been well received on the market. The first system forBrazilon the Embraer 145 became operational 2002. Erieye is also in operations on Embraer 145 inMexicoandGreece. The very first Erieye system was delivered in 1997 for aircraft model 340 for the Swedish Air Force. Customers of the Saab 340 system also includeThailandand the United Arab Emirate. Saab is also delivering Erieye toPakistan, installed on the Saab 2000 aircraft.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
January 14, 2013
The Colombian Air Force has ordered one more Airbus Military C295 to add to the five examples already ordered for use on military transport and humanitarian aid duties.
Since accepting its first C295 in 2008 the CAF has steadily increased its fleet of the type and now operates four with two more to be delivered. It also operates six Airbus Military CN235-200s and six of the smaller C212.
Airbus Military Senior Vice President Commercial, Antonio Rodríguez-Barberán, said: “This second C295 order from Colombia in 2012 is deeply satisfying and confirms the C295´s excellent reputation with the Colombian Air Force.”
This latest order brings the number of Airbus Military C295s and CN235s sold this year to 32 and takes total C295 orders to 115, with 93 currently in operation in 15 countries.
December 27, 2012
The latest aircraft for the Aviación Militar Bolivariana Venezolana (Venezuelan air force) is the Y-8 tactical transport. The Chinese-built Shaanxi Y-8 will operate alongside the nation’s existing C-130 Hercules force. So far, five have been delivered; the final three aircraft are expected to be delivered in January 2013. The aircraft will serve with Grupo Aéreo de Transporte 6.
November 21, 2012
“The “Iron Dome” radar, developed and manufactured by ELTA Systems Ltd., an Israel Aerospace Industries’ Group and subsidiary, is a dependable protector of Israel’s citizens. The radar scans a designated sector around the clock, in all visibility and weather conditions, detecting any threat launched towards Israel. Outstanding success rates have been achieved so far in intercepting enemy rockets. The radar has unique characteristics compared with other radars throughout the world.” So says Avi Leshem, Deputy Manager of IAI/ELTA’s Detection & Interception Directorate, in his session at the International Aerospace Conference & Exhibition, which opens this week at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem
Upon initially detecting a threat (whether rocket or mortar round.) the radar estimates the location of the impact area, so as to be able to warn the relevant population in that area in good time, and provide the necessary data to the system to support decision-taking regarding the launching of an interceptor (for example, an interceptor is not launched if the impact area is defined by the system as uninhabited.)
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Heron UAS Has Flown Across the Andes in a Demonstration Held for a South American Customer
October 23, 2012
Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has marked a new achievement last month when crossing the Andes during an operational flight demonstration held in a South American country.
The system successfully demonstrated its advanced abilities for long range missions using Satellite communication for control and activation. The UAS was carrying a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electro Optical payload for day and night use, and a communication intelligence system. The Heron reliably performed various day and night flights during several days of activity, at ranges extending over 500 km and at altitudes of more than 25,000 ft. The system successfully demonstrated its performance under the extreme weather conditions which are typical to the Andes, including strong winds, very heavy cloudiness and icing conditions.
September 18, 2012
Colombia has signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of an additional C295 aircraft in a tactical transport configuration. Delivery is scheduled for February 2013.
The aircraft will be operated by the Colombian Air Force on military transport and humanitarian aid missions.
This new C295 will strengthen the capability of the Colombian Air Force by joining the four-strong C295 fleet that the CAF has been operating since 2008. The CAF also operates three Airbus Military CN235-200 transport aircraft.
“We are very proud of this repeat contract with Colombia which clearly demonstrates the satisfaction of our customer with our aircraft”, said Antonio Rodríguez-Barberán, Senior Vice President Commercial. “This latest order underlines Airbus Military´s leadership in this segment after achieving more than 100 orders worldwide”, he added.
This new deal means that 114 C295s have now been ordered, with 86 currently in operation in 14 countries.
July 18, 2012
Sikorsky Delivers 500th ‘M’ Model BLACK HAWK Helicopter
July 18, 2012
Stratford, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and the U.S. Army today celebrated the delivery of the 500th H-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter. The deliveries to date comprise 400 UH-60M utility and 100 HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft, the latter used exclusively as an air ambulance by the U.S. Army to rush wounded soldiers to field hospitals. Also included in the 500 are 73 UH-60M aircraft sold by the Army to six foreign militaries via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program.
“I speak for more than 17,000 Sikorsky employees — many of us service veterans — when I say we are truly honored to build a modern combat-proven helicopter that men and women in uniform around the world can count on to perform their critical multi-role missions,” said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer during remarks spoken a short distance from the BLACK HAWK helicopter production line.
The need for an all-new ‘M’ BLACK HAWK platform emerged during the late 1990s with the requirement to upgrade the analog UH-60A and UH-60L aircraft with a integrated digital cockpit, dual digital flight controls, wide-chord rotor blades, more powerful engines and structural enhancements. The resulting ‘M’ model saw measurable improvements to aircraft control, survivability, lift, range, navigation and situational awareness, engine durability and maintenance costs.
Sikorsky delivered the first production UH-60M, affectionately called the Mike model, helicopter in December 2007, preceded by 31 low rate initial production aircraft from 2005-2007. The first production HH-60M MEDEVAC, outfitted with a dedicated clinical cabin followed in August 2008. The aircraft have accumulated a combined 200,000 flight hours to date.
According to Colonel Thomas Todd, the U.S. Army’s Utility Helicopters Project Manager: “The UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters are performing extremely well in theater, and I receive positive comments from our combat commanders frequently. The platform receives very high marks for the situational awareness the system provides the crew. These comments are also common from the other services, agencies and countries that have purchased H-60M aircraft. Accordingly, this 500th roll out of the H-60M underscores that the U.S. Army’s Utility Helicopters Project Office and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation continue to provide our Soldiers with quality equipment in a timely and cost efficient manner.”
The 500 H-60M aircraft are part of a planned production run of 1,375 ‘M’ models (956 UH-60M and 419 HH-60M aircraft) the Army plans to order through 2026. By then, the Army’s total BLACK HAWK fleet, including upgraded UH-60A and UH-60L aircraft, is expected to reach more than 2,100 aircraft.
The Army purchased the majority of the 500 H-60M helicopters as part of a five-year agreement that ended this month. Sikorsky will continue to build Mike models as part of a new five-year contract (Multi-Year 8) valued at $8.5 billion, which Sikorsky and the U.S. Army and Navy signed on July 6, 2012. Actual production quantities will be determined year-by-year over the life of the program based on funding allocations set by Congress and Pentagon acquisition priorities.
To meet Multi-Year 8 requirements, Sikorsky will deliver a baseline quantity of 234 UH-60M and 120 HH-60M BLACK HAWK aircraft for U.S. Army use and additional aircraft for Foreign Military Sales. The contract also includes 193 MH-60 SEAHAWK® helicopters for the U.S. Navy, as well as MH-60R SEAHAWK® aircraft for the Foreign Military Sales program.
July 3, 2012
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (July 3, 2012) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of a Bell 412 helicopter to the New York Police Department. The NYPD currently has three Bell 412s in service for a variety of missions ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and more recently, combating terrorism.
“The mission has changed rapidly. Now aviation is being used more as a force multiplier for patrol, gathering intelligence, counter-terrorism and the detective bureau,” remarked Captain James Coan of the NYPD Commanding Office. “We have a 64 year relationship with Bell Helicopter and we are very happy with them,” added Capt. Coan.
The NYPD began utilizing the Bell 412 for air-sea rescues and has now expanded their usage of the versatile aircraft to include counter-terrorism and other law enforcement missions to protect the city. The NYPD dedicated many hours to tailoring and designing the specifications of their third Bell 412 in order to meet the demanding and diverse needs of the largest police department in the United States. One of the counter-terrorism additions to the Bell 412 is a radiation detection system that can identify radiation signatures from an altitude of 200 feet in an effort to protect the city from nuclear bomb threats.
“The NYPD is one of the most recognized police aviation units in the world. They are a symbol of America and we are very proud they choose Bell helicopters for their heroic missions,” said Danny Maldonado, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bell Helicopter. “We give our most sincere thanks to the NYPD for selecting Bell Helicopter to be a part of their future,” Maldonado added.
Bell Helicopter has been a part of the NYPD since 1948 when it delivered a Bell 47, the first Bell helicopter to be used as part of an airborne law enforcement team. Since then, Bell Helicopter has strived to provide innovative product solutions and the best customer support and service to maintain its valued, long-standing relationship with New York’s finest.
The Bell 412 is not only the best in class product for the NYPD’s missions; it is backed by Bell Helicopter’s industry-leading customer support and service, ranking #1 in Professional Pilot magazine for 18 consecutive years as well as #1 in Aviation International News for six consecutive years.