New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) May 6, 2012
BAE Systems BAE is near Hawk aircraft deal with Saudi Arabia. BAE Systems is near to signing a deal with Saudi Arabia to provide Hawk trainer aircraft, according to a media report. The $808 million contract could be finalized sometime in the next few months. May 1, 2012
NATO NATO secretary-general defends missile shield. NATO SecreNATO secretary-general defends missile shieldtary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says that despite reports of problems, the European missile shield is on track. "This will make it possible to protect parts of NATO territory, and that concept will be further developed in the coming years so that we will gradually be able to protect all the populations in European NATO countries," he said. "As far as NATO is concerned, we have tested the systems and they work." May 1, 2012
Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Receives $315 Million Contract to Supply LiftSystem Technology. Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received a contract for $315 Million from Pratt & Whitney to supply the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem[umlaut] for 17 F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Rolls-Royce is the only company in the world to produce the advanced technology that enables F-35B aircraft to perform Short Take Off and Vertical Landings (STOVL), and that provides increased mission flexibility. Neil Mehta, Rolls-Royce LiftSystem Programme Director said, "Rolls-Royce continues to focus on increasing efficiency as we provide this vital capability to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. We anticipate continuous cost improvements as production volumes ramp up to meet the needs of the F-35 programme.O The LiftSystem comprises a Rolls-Royce LiftFan[umlaut], Roll Posts and a 3-Bearing Swivel Module. Rolls-Royce is a subcontractor to Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II programme. Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will produce 17 LiftSystems for the fourth lot of Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) through 2012, with a further order for the fifth lot expected later in the year. To date, Rolls-Royce has delivered 32 LiftSystems, plus spare parts. In 2011, the LiftSystem proved successful in the first ship-borne landings on the USS Wasp, as well as...