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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jun 12, 2011

AECOM Technology Corporation AECOM awarded U.S. Air Force Contract Field Teams task order worth up to US$15 million. AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has won a task order contract from the U.S. Air Force for Contract Field Teams (CFT) worth up to US$15 million, if the option year is exercised. The CFT task order was awarded under AECOMOs indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the U.S. Air Force to support the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Under this task order, AECOM will provide component repair, cleaning, packaging, shipping and A-10 wing refurbishment support for a previously awarded task order for the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, 576 Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Arizona. Additionally, AECOM will be performing parts reclamation on multiple types of legacy aircraft stored at the DMAFB facility. The task orderOs performance period is one base year and one option year. Approximately 100 AECOM employees will be added to support this effort at DMAFBOs desert storage facility. CFT task orders awarded to AECOM under its IDIQ contract to date total approximately US$330 million, and include assignments in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The CFT program, which has a maximum value of US$10.12 billion over a seven-year period through 2015, provides major and minor inspections, maintenance, modifications and repairs of aircraft and ground vehicles at government locations around the world. Jun 6, 2011

Beaver Aerospace & Defense Beaver Aerospace & Defense to Supply Flap Actuation System for PiperJet Altaire; Exhibit at Paris Air Show. Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacturing of unique and broad-range actuation technologies, will supply the flap actuation system for the PiperJet Altaire single-engine business jet. According to the contract, Beaver is responsible for the design, engineering, certification and production of the electromechanical flap actuation system. The PiperJet Altaire has gained significant appeal in the very light jet (VLJ) marketplace for its speed, range and payload, which outperforms twin-engine jets in its category. The aircraft also includes additional cabin height and width that rivals, and in many cases surpasses, the interiors of the largest twin-engine VLJs. "Beaver is excited to work with the visionaries at Piper Aircraft," said Lee Pichan, Sales Director at Beaver Aerospace & Defense. "This is the second Beaver actuation system to be included on the PiperJet Altaire." In 2010, Beaver Aerospace & Defense was selected by Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) to provide its groundbreaking electromechanical landing gear actuator for the PiperJet Altaire. Beaver Aerospace & Defense will be exhibiting at the 49th International Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, from June 20-26, 2011 in Hall 3 stand B158. Jun 6, 2011

Boeing Boeing estimates upgrades to Joint STARS could run $15 billion. Boeing has warned that the actual costs to upgrade the Northrop Grumman E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system, known as Joint STARS, could cost as much as $15 billion. The Air Force and Northrop estimate that the modernization will cost about $2.9 billion. Boeing is urging the Air Force to instead replace the system. Jun 10, 2011

Boeing Taiwan will receive 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III Apache helicopters under a new contract signed with the US government, a US Army official announced on 10 June. The order marks the latest show of US military support to Taiwan despite deep objections by China, and confirms the first international customer for the AH-64 Block III. Col Shane Openshaw, the army's AH-64 project manager, said Taiwan's first new-build helicopter will enter production in October, with the rest of the aircraft sprinkled through Boeing's production program. Jun 10, 2011

Boeing Boeing urges governments to buy 737-based military aircraft. With the fate of the 737 uncertain, Boeing is pushing governments to order the new military version of the aircraft "sooner rather than later." Chuck Dabundo, vice president and program manager at Boeing, said a review of the 737 could affect production of the P-8 variant. "For the customer base we see in the near term, we've got coverage there," Dabundo said. "It's the folks thinking about it, looking into the mid-to-late 20s, we're encouraging them to get on board sooner rather than later." Jun 9, 2011

Boeing Boeing has revealed its KC-46A tanker is heavier and slightly longer than any previous version of the 767-200 airframe on which it is based, but still refuses to provide essential details about the airframe configuration and refuelling system more than three months after winning the KC-X contract. The company's clamp-down on design details is a departure from its practice on the P-8A, which also involved adapting an airliner, a 737, for a military mission, and in the first round of the KC-X bidding process. New information has trickled out into the public domain since the contract award, including the public confirmation that...

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