This week in Aerospace & Defence: Investments indicate interest in lightweight aircraft, autonomous manufacturing, and urban air mobility

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Investments in the development of additive manufacturing, software analytis tools, flight simulators with advanced systems, and AI in aircrafts in aircraft parts 

  • Boeing’s Additive Manufacturing Fabrication Center will develop repeatable, stable, and efficient additive manufacturing processes and increase additive manufacturing production of fly-away parts and systems. 
  • Raytheon Intelligence & Space launched a new hardware emulation and software analysis tool called DejaVM that provides a virtualized environment to evaluate and reduce cyber threats against mission-critical systems in a modern networked space. 
  • The Thales Reality H AW139 civil helicopter simulator is a state-of-the-art Full Flight Simulator designed to deliver advanced mission-oriented, high fidelity training for AW139 helicopter crews. 
  • Rolls-Royce Germany is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) in a new partnership with Altair for its engineering, testing, and aerospace design to reduce and accelerate certification and design iterations, reduce extensive physical testing, and improve product quality. 

Key Digital Manufacturing solutions: 

  • The aerospace industries’ necessary relevant and accurate rework is facilitated by robotics and guided by sensor data, increasing overall yields and efficiency. 
  • China’s growing aerospace industry is set to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest aviation market. 
  • Airbus will increase its annual sourcing from India to about USD 650 Mn, up from USD 500 Mn. 
  • The use of topology optimization and additive manufacturing can help companies make lightweight and consolidate aircraft parts. 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Spirit AeroSystems account intelligence report: Spirit AeroSystems builds several pieces of Boeing aircraft, including fuselage and cockpit sections. It also produces front wing spares for the Airbus 350. The company is keen to expand smart inspection on aerostructures and monitors stock with A.I., M.L., IoT, and big data. Read More>>
3M account intelligence report: 3M focuses on virtual and A.R. allowing owners to visualize their vehicle graphic mockup on a 3D digital image placed virtually in their driveway or office parking lot. It focuses on wearable respiratory tracking solutions to monitor, predict and improve breathing quality. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Honeywell to invest up to USD 300 Mn in new quantum computing joint venture with U.K. firm 
Tech giant Honeywell will invest in its three-year-old group with UK-based Cambridge Quantum Computing. The company will compete against other major quantum computing players such as IBM, Microsoft, and Google. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – uAvionix
HQ Location – San Francisco Bay Area, USA 
Total Funding – USD 10 Mn
About: uAvionix’s Ping network system enables companies to operate drones safely and reliably. It has experts in embedded R.F. engineering, sUAS operations and compliance, hardware, software, and cloud services. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Aerospace

Merger and Acquistion
Mystery bidder paid USD 28 Mn to fly to space with Jeff Bezos 
The winning bid amount would be donated to its foundation, Club for the Future, which aims to promote STEM careers among future generations and “help invent the future of life in space.” Read More>>
Airbus Helicopters’ acquires ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH 
ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced the sale of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH to Airbus Helicopters. The transaction aims to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Read More>>
 500 jobs at Shannon Lufthansa base at risk
The company is carrying out a strategic review of its operations following what they say is the “devastating” impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will have a devastating effect on the aviation industry. Read More>>
Boeing gains extra FMS contract for Saudi missiles 
Boeing will provide Saudi Arabia with support equipment to procure 36 data link pods and containers for the Stand-Off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER). The modification exercises an option supporting the SLAM-ER obsolescence redesign program. Read More>>
Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides equipment support to USMC 
The contract is valued at USD 495 Mn and has a duration period of five years. The company will deliver more than 10,000 repaired parts per year to sustain the Marine corps’ combat and tactical ground equipment. Read More>>
Honeywell to provide cockpit technologies for a 7-seater Lilium jet 
The compact fly-by-wire system will act as the flight control system on the all-electric 7-Seater Lilium Jet, responsible for controlling its moveable parts, including the 36 control surfaces and ducted fans that provide its high levels of maneuverability in every stage of flight. Read More>>
Collins Aerospace to supply sleek PSUs for A320 Airspace cabins 
Airbus has selected Collins Aerospace to update the architecture. Its sleek appearance has been designed to fit seamlessly within the Airspace cabin to help airlines with A330neo and A350 aircraft equipped with Airspace cabins to achieve a consistent passenger experience across their fleets. Read More>>
Embraer’s Eve clinches second major order for eVTOLs 
Embraer’s urban air mobility unit Eve has secured new commitments for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Brazil-based helicopter operator Helisul signed up to 50 eVTOLs, states Embraer, taking the unit’s order book to up to 250 examples. Read More>>
U.S. Army to buy remote-controlled weapons from Rafael for USD 150 Mn 
Along with its American partners, the Israeli defense company will supply the U.S. Army with APC “lethal” weapons positions. Meanwhile, a deal with the U.S. Marines for Iron Dome interceptors is in the works. Read More>>
Airbus Helicopters calls on industry to join sustainable aviation fuel user group 
The company issued a call for companies involved in the rotary field to drive the deployment of biofuels through the creation of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) User Group to reduce aviation’s impact on citizens and the environment. Read More>>
Boeing partners with Alaskan Airlines for test flights featuring new technology 
Boeing Co. and Alaskan Airlines will test new aviation technologies. It includes a halon-free fire-extinguishing agent that reduces effects on the ozone layer, engine nacelle designed to reduce noise, and cabin sidewalls made of recycled material. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Rolls-Royce names Anita Frew as the new chair  
The company conducted a comprehensive search, and Anita emerged as the outstanding candidate. She joins Rolls-Royce as it seeks to recover from the pandemic. Much of its income from airline customers dried up last year when travel stopped, and it has cut costs, taken on debt, and raised equity to survive. Read More>>
Thales appoints former Airbus executive as head of India business 
The company has announced the appointment of Ashish Saraf as Vice-President and Country Director for India. Saraf will be responsible for the strategic growth of Thales in the country across all of its markets, further strengthening local teams, collaborations, and innovation. Read More>>
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