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Afghan Air Force Afghan Airmen Complete First Phase of Pilot Training on Raytheon-led Contract. The first 16 Afghan Air Force (AAF) students recently completed English-immersion training on a contract led by Raytheon Company to provide fixed- and rotary-wing pilot training for up to 80 Afghan airmen. The students are now attending aviation ground school, the second phase of the four-part pilot training program. The $42.8 million, three-year training contract supports NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan under the U.S. Army's Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) contract. Jun 23, 2011

Boeing Boeing is optimistic about cyber protection and unmanned aircraft. Chris Raymond, head of strategy and business development at the Defense Space & Security division of Boeing, highlighted cyber protection and unmanned-aircraft programs as having potential for growth. His comments came as the Pentagon aims to rein in its spending. Raymond said unmanned aerial vehicles "will stay hot from a research and development perspective." Jun 20, 2011

Goodrich, EADS Goodrich has won a lucrative deal to provide a vital piece of flight safety equipment for Airbus Military's A400M transport. The order from EADS company Cassidian will see Goodrich's UK-based Sensors and Integrated Systems team provide its Terprom terrain referenced navigation (TRN) system to support future low-level operations. Development activities will continue at the company's Plymouth site in Devon, England, for about the next two years. Jun 20, 2011

Hamilton Sundstrand Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation's NP2000 propeller successfully completed performance testing with the U.S. Air Force on C-130H aircraft, and is nearing completion of operational evaluation by the New York Air National Guard on LC-130 aircraft, marking two more milestones in Hamilton Sundstrand's propeller modernization program. The testing with the U.S. Air Force covered complete aircraft and propeller performance gains on C-130H aircraft, after replacing the Hamilton Sundstrand four bladed 54H60 propeller with the modern NP2000 eight bladed propeller. As a result of operational evaluation on LC-130 aircraft for the past two years, the New York Air National Guard has requested the NP2000 propeller as a permanent modification for their fleet of LC-130. The NP2000 propeller system offers many benefits to C-130 users, including shorter take-off roll, improved climb, quieter operations, and lower operating and support costs. Earlier this year, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Hamilton Sundstrand a contract for the procurement and installation of as many as 25 electronic propeller control system (EPCS) aircraft kits for the U.S. Navy Reserve's C-130T aircraft and the U.S. Air National Guard's LC-130H aircraft. EPCS kits replace 54H60 propeller mechanical controls with a system based on digital computer software and are part of Hamilton Sundstrand's propeller modernization program, which can be applied to NP2000 propellers in the future. Jun 20, 2011

Hamilton Sundstrand Hamilton Sundstrand Joins the Boeing KC-46 Tanker Team. Boeing has selected Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation as a supplier to the Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Hamilton Sundstrand will supply the KC-46's environmental control system, electric power generation system, emergency ram air turbine system, fans and engine bleed air system, engine controls and accessories, bleed air leak detection system, and the engine/auxiliary power unit fire detection and overheat detection system. The KC-46 multi-mission tanker is based on the Boeing 767 commercial transport. Hamilton Sundstrand's hardware is identical to, or largely based on, the systems that the company supplies to the Boeing 767-400. Software modifications will be necessary in certain systems to accommodate the needs of the KC-46 and its multi-role air refueling mission. Boeing will provide the Air Mobility Command an inventory of 179 KC-46 tankers. Initial flight is scheduled for 2014, with delivery of the first 18 aircraft projected to occur by 2017. With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. Jun 20, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Space Systems' woes worsen. Lockheed Martin Space Systems will forfeit $15 million for issues related to a satellite for the U.S. Air Force, the latest in a series of performance issues. The defense contractor's space systems unit is planning to reduce its workforce by about 1,200 employees. "In today's economic environment, we have two choices: Make painful decisions now or pay a greater price down the road," said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president of the space division. Jun 24, 2011

Lockheed Martin UAE reins in planned acquisition of Lockheed missile interceptors. The United Arab Emirates was planning to buy as much as $6.95 billion worth of missile interceptors from Lockheed Martin, but has decided to scale back its plans, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency says. In August, the UAE adjusted its order for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors from 144 to 96, according to a report that was recently submitted to Congress. Jun 23, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin may offer F-35 stealth fighter to India. Lockheed Martin may try to rejoin India's massive combat-jet competition by offering its F-35 stealth fighter. Lockheed's F-16 model was previously eliminated in April from the $11 billion contest. India has tripled its defense budget over the last 10 years, and the country has previously purchased C-130J transports from the company. Jun 21, 2011

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