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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jan 22, 2012

Avcorp Industries Avcorp announces Delivery of First F-35 Outboard Wing Production Unit for the F-35 Lightning II. At a ceremony held at its Delta, B.C facility today, Avcorp Industries announced the delivery of the first F-35 Carrier Variant Outboard Wing (CV-OBW) production unit intended for in-service operation. The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, attended the ceremony along with special guests from BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. Avcorp will deliver the first production unit direct to the final assembly line at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. "This first delivery marks a critical milestone for the Company, our suppliers, the F35 Program and the Canadian Aerospace Industry here in lower mainland" said Avcorp President and CEO Mark Van Rooij. "The Outboard Wing is regarded as one of the most complex assemblies that the Canadian aerospace industry contributes to the F-35 program and we are honored to have Minister Julian Fantino here with us today to share in this very important event." Avcorp secured the F-35 Outboard Wing contract in 2009, following a period of close collaboration with Industry Canada, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. Planning and rollout of manufacturing capabilities and quality systems occurred throughout 2010 with initial production beginning mid-2010. Avcorp is currently the single source for this critical assembly. The Outboard Wing is the foldable portion of the wing on the carrier version of the F-35. It allows for easier handling and storage of the aircraft on the Carriers' deck and hangers, while keeping its long-range and low-landing speed flight characteristics. The Outboard Wing will be fitted onto the first production standard F-35 carrier version. Avcorp is currently contracted to 260 ship sets, with opportunity to secure 340+ ship sets of Outboard Wings for the F-35 (CV). The total estimated value including the additional opportunity could be over USD500 million over 10 to 15 years of production. This program creates more than 75 family wage jobs at Avcorp and supports many more in the local community. Jan 19, 2012

Boeing Boeing to Build More Wideband Global SATCOM Satellites for US Air Force. Boeing has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to produce and launch the eighth and ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites. The WGS-9 authorization and the WGS-8 production option, which was authorized last month, have a combined value of USD673 million and are part of the USD1.09 billion contract modification announced by the Air Force in September 2011. "With these options exercised, we are able to expand the WGS constellation and provide communications resiliency for combatant commanders worldwide," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "This will give warfighters the ability to ensure that vital communication links are available at all times, even in the event that one or more critical nodes are disabled." WGS-8 and -9 will join four other satellites that are part of the Block II series. Block II adds a switchable radio frequency bypass that enables the transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imagery at data rates approximately three times greater than the rates available on Block I satellites. WGS-9 is being funded through a cooperative agreement that the U.S. Air Force has forged with Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and New Zealand. This expands the WGS international partnership beyond WGS-6, which was funded by the Australian government in 2008. "International participation in WGS is a win-win arrangement on many levels," said Cooning. "Use of common SATCOM systems provides communications interoperability between allied forces. For the U.S. military, the partners bring additional funding to expand the constellation and make it more resilient. And for a relatively modest investment, international partners receive immediate access to worldwide services that they might not otherwise be able to obtain." WGS satellites are built on the proven Boeing 702HP platform, which features highly efficient xenon-ion propulsion, deployable thermal radiators, and advanced triple-junction gallium-arsenide solar arrays that enable high-capacity, flexible payloads. The WGS communications payload has unique flexibility that is important to the military, as well as the ability to interconnect terminals that operate in different frequency bands and to reposition coverage beams based on evolving mission needs. WGS supports missions including tactical communications to and between ground forces, and relaying data and imagery from airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a USD32 billion business with 63,000 employees worldwide. Jan 18, 2012

Boeing, U.S. Air Force Air Force contracts with Boeing for ninth WGS satellite. The U.S. Air Force has signed a USD377 million contract with Boeing to build a ninth Wideband Global Satcom satellite, which follows a contract from an eighth WGS satellite a month ago for...

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