Textron Aviation, the general aviation business unit of the American Textron group, has recently been working towards creating a super-midsized jet named the Cessna Citation Longitude. This new aircraft is anticipated to be valued at $23.9 million, and currently seems to have relatively few development risks. Textron Aviation is taking advantage of their time-proven practice of adapting technologies and components from already existing models in order to create enhanced aircraft offerings to their customers.


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Just recently a rollout ceremony was held by Embraer to present their new E190-E2 narrow-body aircraft in front of a whole host of employees, friends, family and dignitaries assembled at their plant in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. Pratt & Whitney’s PW1900G-powered E2 has already logged over 14,000 hours of flight tests and Embraer has since scheduled the prototypes first flight to occur in early July or August of this year.


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In a recent announcement in April 2015, the Indian Air Force (IAF) states that it is approaching the finalization of a deal with Dassault Aviation for the procurement of 36 Rafale multi-role combat aircraft. Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, stated, “Our civil servants will discuss terms and conditions in more detail and continue the negotiations." Under a government cooperation, Modi had asked France to supply the aircraft in fly-away condition in an effort to address the importance of fighter jets within the country. This previous agreement took place in January 2012 under a $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) contract. If put into action, 18 of the total 126 Rafales would be manufactured in France and the additional 108 would be assembled within India by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). However, this plan was delayed because Dassault did not want to guarantee Indian-built fighter jets.


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In a recent joint venture announced in April 2015, Raytheon and Kongsberg hope to source solutions for the upcoming OASuW (Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare) mission. This marks the second time that the two companies combined efforts, the first of which took place last year for the development of the Joint Strike Missile.


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In March of 2015, Boeing delivered the Lot 1 production remote controlled QF-16 full scale aerial target (FSAT) drone to the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. "The United States Air Force's QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target provides the next generation of combat training and testing for our nation's warfighters," Boeing said in the description of the optionally unmanned target drones.


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Headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense company offering a wide range of products and services to many platforms including business aviation, combat vehicles, shipbuilding, and weapons systems and munitions. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary Jet Aviation is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. At the beginning of the week, the Switzerland-based Jet Aviation announced that they have been selected by Boeing Business Jets to complete the interiors of two Boeing 777-300ER planes following an intense and competitive bidding process. Work on the two aircraft, which belong to an undisclosed Asian customer, will begin immediately. The project is expected to take over three years to complete. Matthew Woollaston, director of Market Development & Completions Sales for Jet Aviation Basel is excited to score the contract.


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The Boeing Company’s Space Exploration division has submitted a bare bones version of its CST-100 commercial crew vehicle in a contract for NASA’s space station cargo mission denoted Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2). The contract is currently undergoing its second round of bidding in seeking an unmanned, reusable (up to a projected 10 times) vehicle for carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The cargo version is derived from Boeing’s crewed CST-100 which recently won a contract along with SpaceX for manned missions to the ISS – the Commercial Crew Program. By providing the same capsule for both CRS-2 and Commercial Crew missions, Boeing hopes to drive down costs with economies of scale. The Commercial Crew Program anticipates two flights a year once the CST-100 is operational.


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Headquartered in Paris, Dassault Aviation is a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets and is a subsidiary of Dassault Group. The company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch, but after World War II he changed his name to Marcel Dassault and the company name eventually became Dassault Aviation. In February 2015, the European Neuron unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator led by Dassault Aviation and French defense procurement agency DGA finished its testing in France. First debuting in December of 2012, the USD$439.8 million multinational Neuron technology demonstrator marked the first flight of a European stealth aircraft as well as the first European UCAS. France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland are all involved with this aircraft.


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BAE Systems has completed production of the latest F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft for the United States Marine Corps—the 50th of its kind for the branch. Over the last decade, BAE has made approximately 200 F-35 aircrafts since production of the rear aft and tails for each jet began in 2004. BAE has taken a real sense of honor in being such a reliable producer of this aircraft for the US Marine Corps. “Reaching milestones like this gives the whole team a real sense of pride,” said Ryan Pearce, F-35 program former apprentice and production team leader. “We've delivered nearly 200 aircraft sets whilst at the same time constantly looking to improve the way we do things so that we deliver the quality and value that the program demands." BAE Systems teamed with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to deliver the F-35 Lightning II. It is the world’s largest defense program, which has a current requirement for over 3000 aircraft. BAE brings the expertise when it comes to the airframe, systems, and military and technical services. The F-35 Lightning II JSF is the world’s first and only fifth-generation supersonic, all-weather, stealthy, multi-role fighter. There are three variants of the F-35: the Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant, the Carrier Variant (CV), and the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version. Characteristics of the F-35A include:


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The M500 is Piper’s newest single-engine aircraft in their M-class series. The aircraft which has been in production since the early 1980s will receive several key upgrades. The new M500 will feature Garmin G1000 avionics which is comprised of dual 10-inch PFDs with all the basic instruments and a centrally-located 12-inch MFD that has a movie map display, electronic charts, real time weather and more. Other features include an automatic level mode which will bring the airplane to a neutral position with the press of a button. Included in the Garmin avionics system is the Garmin Electronic Stability Protection. The system prevents stalls and loss of control when the autopilot is disengaged. The autopilot system is a GFC 700 with enhanced autopilot flight control system. Underspeed Protection (USP) protects the aircraft from stalls, while autopilot is engaged by maintaining airspeed at or above the stall. Also featured on the aircraft are the Aspen EFD-100 standby instruments, electroluminescent placards in the cockpit, GTX 33 extended squitter transponder, a centrally-located audio panel, dual USB charging ports, and GTS 825 traffic advisory system. As an optional upgrade, the Garmin GSR-56 global satellite datalink Iridium satellite transceiver is available.


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Airbus Helicopters has seen steady ordering in their heavy-class helicopters over the last few years. The end of year results for 2014 show that heavy-types are continuing to dominate the order book. The order size was “more or less stable in comparison to the previous two years,” according to chief executive president Guillaume Faury. Over the last three years (2012 to 2014), their helicopter deliveries totaled 475, 497, and 471. This is, however, a slight decline from their peak total of the last eight years, when they delivered 588 in 2008. Of the 471 total helicopters delivered last year, 101 of those were heavy-class. These were split between 53 NH Industries (NHI) NH90s and 48 Super Pumas. This is a big development in the helicopter industry, but one that Faury believes will last for the next couple years. Faury is quoted as saying “It is a significant change in mix. There are lots of heavy helicopters required at the moment. I see this as a trend for a few years to come.” The NH90 has two pilots, can hold up to 20 troops or 12 medevac stretchers, can fit 2 NATO pallets, can carry over 4 tons externally, and uses 2 Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM332-01/9 turboshaft engines.


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Bombardier Aerospace, the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world behind Boeing and Airbus, ended the 2014 calendar year on a strong note with an increase in aircraft orders and deliveries, particularly its many business jet lines.In the third quarter of 2014 alone, Bombardier successfully delivered 45 business jets. 8 of those were Learjets (7 Learjet 70/75s, 1 Learjet 60XR), 18 were Challengers (12 Challenger 300/350s, 6 Challenger 605s), and 19 were the Global 5000/6000 Series. This represents an increase from the 36 deliveries in the third quarter of 2013, one calendar year earlier. As of the third quarter of 2014, Bombardier had delivered 126 business jets. New aircraft orders on the other hand, have remained relatively steady as compared to previous years. Overall, including order backlogs, the company has made steady growth and increases in revenue from previous years. The company, in the 4th quarter of 2014, solidified its progress by securing new orders for Global 6000s worth $293 million and for Learjet 75s worth $81 million.


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On January 2, 2015 the Aerospace and Defense company, Boeing, was awarded a contract by the Naval Air Systems Command for the procurement of recurring Advanced Airborne Sensor Capability Platform Integration Kit In-Line modifications in support of the P-8A Poseidon . Contract work will be performed in Washington, California, New York, North Dakota, and is expected to be complete in April 2017. This $60 Million contract is an addition to Boeing’s $2.4 Billion contract for the production of P-8A Poseidon Aircraft that was awarded by the Navy on February 26, 2014. Based on Boeing’s next-generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A Poseidon gives the Navy improvements to anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. In addition, the P-8A is able to drop and monitor weapons such as sonobouys, torpedos, and depth charges. It is planned for Boeing aircrafts to provide a total of 117 P-8As to replace the current fleet of P-3 aircrafts. 


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