05 May 2022Aerospace
QinetiQ to support UK Royal Navy’s UAS intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance operations

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Center Setup
Bombardier moves to expand service center in Wichita, relocates US headquarters there
The company will expand its Wichita aircraft services business by transforming former Learjet production buildings into service hangars. The new US headquarters is a key pillar in Bombardiers’ long-term strategy for its presence and growth in the USA. Read More>>
King Aerospace preps for the opening of Arkansas expansion
The support service is in the final throes of preparation for the May opening of its expanded MRO facilities at Northwest Arkansas Airport, including the recent completion of testing of the fire-suppression system. The KACC ARK facility will provide 195,000 sq. ft of the hangar, engineering, shop, and office space to accommodate upgrades, maintenance, VIP interior refurbishment, and special mission modifications. Read More>>
European Space Agency opens center for space security in Germany News
The space agency officially opened a new center for space safety in Darmstadt in Germany to avert danger and facilitate security for essential infrastructure in space. The facility will also provide an opportunity for young engineers in the field to practice their skills. Read More>>
Northrop Grumman advances space systems and mission operations with the new facility
The company has begun construction on a new building in Albuquerque. The 25,000 square-foot facility will support space systems engineering and integrated mission operations services to Kirtland Air Force Base and other U.S. military customers. Northrop Grumman is the first organization to announce its intent to occupy a stand-alone building at the new mixed-use development. Read More>>
Raytheon plans a USD 200 Mn expansion in McKinney
The company opened a 178,000-square-foot intelligent manufacturing facility at its McKinney campus. The new phase was expected to generate seven hundred additional jobs at its McKinney site on University Drive. Now Raytheon has filed plans with the state for a $216 million campus expansion. Read More>>
Deal
HENSOLDT and Thales to equip German F126 frigates with Sensor Suite
HENSOLDT signed a contract exceeding EUR 100 Mn (USD 108 Mn) with Thales to deliver a TRS-4D naval radar for the German Navy’s multipurpose F126 frigates. Under the agreement, HENSOLDT will provide its non-rotating version of the radar with four fixed-panel arrays to Thales. Read More>>
Royal Navy picks QinetiQ to support Vampire drone testing program
The armed service is to use QinetiQs Banshee Jet80+ targets for the first phase of its Vampire testing program, which aims to decide which drones will be flown from the UK’s aircraft carriers in the future. The Vampire program could lead to the further development and acquisition of UAS as part of the Royal Navy’s Future Maritime Aviation Force for the next thirty years. Read More>>
Turkish Airlines, Brazilian budget carrier GOL ink codeshare deal
The airline has signed a codeshare agreement with Brazil’s budget airline GOL Linhas Aereas to expand destinations. Through the agreement, passengers will be able to purchase tickets to destinations in Brazil from flights departing from Istanbul and many other airports in Asia, the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa. Read More>>
AeroVironment wins USD 20 Mn contract for a hand-launched drone for Ukraine
The Defence Department announced it would contract with the defense industry for equipment for Ukraine. The Defence Department has awarded the first contract of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiatives USD 300 Mn budget for this year, a USD 19.7 Mn deal with AeroVironment for a small, hand-launched surveillance drone called the RQ-20 Puma AE. Read More>>
Partnerships
Leonardo DRS expands in West Plains with a public-private partnership
The company announced the start of the expansion of its manufacturing campus in West Plains. Complete the overpass needed for its expansion, Leonardo DRS was supported by multiple organizations, including the City of West Plains. Read More>>
Amazon.com partners with everyone but SpaceX
Jeff Bezos remains executive chairperson of both Amazon.com and Blue Origin. When picking a company to launch the 3,236 satellites that will make up Amazon’s “Project Kuiper” satellite internet constellation, Bezos would pick his other company, Blue Origin, to do the launch work. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Archer Aviation announces leadership transition; appoints Adam Goldstein sole CEO
The company announced that Adam Goldstein had been named sole CEO as it prepares for its next phase of growth in the fast-developing urban air mobility market. Over the last four years at Archer, the team has worked tirelessly to become a leader in the eVTOL industry. Read More>>
The Raytheon Emirates announces a new leadership team
The company appointed Paul Evans as managing director and Fahad Mohammed Al Mheiri as deputy managing director. Evans is a Raytheon Technologies veteran who brings decades of industry expertise to the Emirates. Read More>>
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