07 Oct 2021Aerospace
Elbit’s AI-powered assault rifles allow soldiers to shoot around corners

Key Insights and Signals in Aerospace & Defence

Partnership 
Airbus and Alstom sign cyber security cooperation agreement 
The partners will provide rail operators with solutions and services combining Alstom’s solutions and expertise in rail transport with Airbus CyberSecurity’s services and expertise in ensuring the security of industrial information systems. Read More>>
Airbus and Agrimetrics partner on satellite-based crop data 
Crop Analytics, a crop and field analytics package from Airbus, is available now in the UK via Agrimetrics Agrifood Data Marketplace. Airbus Crop Analytics uses algorithms to derive 15 crop and field properties from satellite data. Outputs are clipped to fields, de-clouded, and updated every few days. Read More>>
Lufthansa Technik extends collaboration with Rossiya 
The agreement provides engine shop visits at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Hamburg before mid-2022. Rossiya Airlines has been working with Lufthansa Technik since 2019, when the Russian airline decided to entrust the maintenance of its CF6-80s (747-400) to the German MRO company. Read More>>
United Airlines, Honeywell announce joint investment in Alder Fuels 
Alder Fuels is a cleantech company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel at scale by converting abundant biomass into sustainable low-carbon aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell’s Ecofining process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today’s jet fuel. Read More>>
Merger and Acquistion
BAE Systems to acquire smallsat company In-Space Missions
In-Space Missions recently won a contract to build a British military satellite. BAE Systems will acquire the company to develop small satellites for both government and commercial customers. Read More>>
Collins Aerospace acquires FlightAware 
Collins will now acquire FlightAware’s capabilities, which provide real-time and historical flight information and insights to the global aviation community. It offers comprehensive information about the current and predicted movement of aircraft. Read More>>
Vertex Aerospace to acquire Raytheon Technologies’ defense training and mission-critical solutions business lines 
The acquisition adds scale and diversity to the Vertex portfolio and expands the company’s service and product offerings with defense and government agencies and commercial customers, both domestic and international. Read More>>
Gentex acquires Israeli startup, expands monitoring capabilities 
The company acquired is Guardian Optical Technologies, an Israeli startup that pioneered unique, multi-modal sensor technology for driver-and-cabin-monitoring solutions in vehicles. The core of the company’s technology is an infrared-sensitive, high-resolution camera that combines machine vision, depth perception, and micro-vibration detection. Read More>>
Product Launch 
Bombardier set to launch an updated version of Challenger 350 private jet 
Challenger 350, which seats up to 10 passengers and lists for USD 26.7 Mn. The revamped plane’s interior comes with autothrottles, an automated power control system. Read More>>
Collins Aerospace unveils Lilac-UV, a new sanitizing light solution for aircraft interiors
Lilac-UV emits a slight violet light that disinfects surfaces in seconds to minutes, depending on lamp configuration and specific pathogen. Lilac-UV can be applied in lavatories, galleys, flight decks, cargo bays, and throughout the cabin and can be set for scheduled cleanings or manual applications during or between flights. Read More>>
Elbit Systems unveils ARCAS: AI-powered, computerized solution for assault rifles 
ARCAS’s capabilities include passive range measurement, automatic ballistic correction, detection of fire sources, video motion detection, the ability to shoot around the corner and from the hip, interface with tactical Command and Control (C2), navigation assistance, friend or foe identification, tracking of stoppage and ammunition and weapon zeroing without the need for live fire. Read More>>
Executive Movement 
Benchmark Electronics appoints Dave Clark as Chief Procurement Officer 
Dave will now lead all aspects of Benchmark’s Global Supply Chain Management organization. He will be instrumental in driving operational excellence across the entire purchasing value stream throughout the product lifecycle for its customers. Read More>>
Lufthansa names new head for Air Dolomiti 
The company has named Steffan Harbarth as the new chief executive of its Italian regional carrier Air Dolomiti. Harbath is currently one of two managing directors at regional unit Lufthansa CityLine, held several management positions at Lufthansa Group. Read More>>
Boeing names new government operations chief 
The company named a former senior Ford Motor Co and Softbank executive as its head of government affairs. Ziad Ojakli, who also served as an aide to former U.S. President George W. Bush, will be Boeing’s executive vice president of government operations effective Oct. 1. Read More>>
Deals
AAR Corp. (AIR) enters an exclusive distribution agreement with Arkwin Industries 
The agreement covers Arkwin’s broad line of engine actuation and commercial aviation products for the commercial aviation aftermarket. Read More>>
India approves Airbus-Tata deal for military aircraft 
As part of the joint-venture agreement, valued at USD 3 Bn, India will import 16 Airbus Defence and Space aircraft made in Spain within two years of signing the contract. Read More>>
Babcock International awarded the GBP 110 Mn contract for high-frequency radio communications 
The nine-year contract will support around 150 jobs across England, Scotland, and three of the UK’s overseas bases. DSRS uses the Earth’s ionosphere, part of the upper atmosphere, to allow radio signals to be sent and received across thousands of kilometers. Read More>>
BAE Systems wins contract from UK MoD for Typhoon training simulators 
The London and Farnborough-headquartered security and aerospace company will deliver ten training simulators within new facilities at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray. Read More>>
Collins Aerospace secures USD 493 Mn IDIQ to sustain USAF reconnaissance aircraft sensors 
Collins Aerospace business will help the U.S. Air Force maintain electro-optical/infrared sensors of the U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance planes under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Read More>>
Continental Mapping Consultants awarded FEDSIM ASTRO contract Collins Aerospace business will help the ASTRO is a multi-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle for robotics and unmanned systems with an estimated USD 100 Bn. The award was distributed to several federal contractors across ten vendor pools. Continental Mapping was one of the awardees for the data operations pool. Read More>>
L3Harris Technologies (LHX) to deliver enhanced night vision goggle technology to the US Army 
The ENVG-B delivers imagery and data from the battlefield directly to the soldier’s eye. The complete system will interface with the army’s family of weapon sights while enhancing interoperability and data sharing. Read More>>
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  • Denso and Honeywell establish an alliance to develop and manufacture electric propulsion systems for aircraft, initially prioritizing the urban air mobility (UAM) segment focusing on air taxis and delivery vehicles. 

Key Funding Alert

Paras Defence and Space Technologies IPO gets blockbuster demand from investors 
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Company –  Kayhan Space 
Total Funding – USD 570 K
About: Kahyan provides fully scalable cloud-based collision avoidance systems to operators of small or large constellations of satellites that need to have situational awareness of their fleet with utmost reliability. Read more>>

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