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AIR­BUS HE­LI­COPTERS

Air­bus He­li­copters Inc, Texas, has been awarded a $273,289,949 firm-fixed-price con­tract for pro­cure­ment of 35 UH-72A he­li­copters by the US Army. One bid was so­licited and one bid re­ceived. Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March 8, 2021.

Air­bus He­li­copters, the leader in the civil and para­pub­lic he­li­copter mar­ket, has wrapped up Heli Expo 2018 in Las Ve­gas with or­ders for over 50 of the com­pany’s wide range of he­li­copters for cus­tomers world­wide.

BOE­ING

Boe­ing and Hawai­ian Air­lines have an­nounced on March 6, 2018 that the car­rier in­tends to pur­chase ten Boe­ing 787-9 jets val­ued at $2.82 bil­lion at list prices. Hawai­ian also has pur­chase rights for twn ad­di­tional Boe­ing 787s.

Boe­ing has been awarded a con­tract to mod­ernise the US Navy F/A-18 fleet, ex­tend­ing the life of ex­ist­ing Su­per Hor­nets from 6,000 to 9,000+ flight hours. In the early 2020s, Boe­ing will be­gin in­stalling ini­tial up­dates to the air­craft that will con­vert ex­ist­ing Block II Su­per Hor­nets to a new Block III con­fig­u­ra­tion. The in­def­i­nite-de­liv­ery con­tract is for up to $73 mil­lion. Ad­di­tional fol­low-on con­tracts could be awarded over the next ten years and in­volves 568 Su­per Hor­nets.

CANADA

Canada has named five firms that will be con­sid­ered to sup­ply fight­ers to re­place its fleet of CF-18s. Three Euro­pean firms, Das­sault, Saab and Air­bus, along with two US com­pa­nies, Boe­ing and Lock­heed Martin, have all made the of­fi­cial fighter jet sup­plier list. Es­ti­mated cost is $15 bil­lion and the air­craft ex­pected to be of­fered in­clude Lock­heed Martin’s F-35, Boe­ing’s Su­per Hor­net, the Eurofighter Ty­phoon, Das­sault Rafale and Saab Gripen.

DRDO

DRDO has suc­cess­fully flown its Rus­tom-2 at its Aero­nau­ti­cal Test Range at Cha­lakere at Chi­tradurga in Kar­nataka. This flight as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance due to the fact that this is the first flight in user con­fig­u­ra­tion with a more pow­er­ful en­gine. All pa­ram­e­ters were nor­mal. Rus­tom-2 is a Medium Al­ti­tude Long En­durance drone which can fly up to an al­ti­tude of 22,000 feet and has an en­durance of over 20 hours.

IN­DIA

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est In­dia Mar­ket Forecast by Air­bus, In­dia will re­quire 1,750 new pas­sen­ger and cargo air­craft over the next 20 years to meet an ex­po­nen­tial rise in both pas­sen­ger and freight traf­fic. To help meet this growth, In­dia will need 1,320 new sin­gle-aisle air­craft and 430 wide-body air­craft val­ued at $255 bil­lion.

IN­DIAN MOD

The In­dian govern­ment has is­sued a Let­ter of Re­quest

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