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06 Aug 14. Boeing received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250m to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane. The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world. Additionally, the upgrade will result in a cost savings in personnel because the flight deck crew will be reduced from four to three. It also solves the challenge of finding out-of-production avionics for the AWACS fleet by utilizing readily available commercial-off-the-shelf digital avionics. The modifications begin in 2016 and will be completed by 2018. Under an earlier Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD) contract, Boeing installed a new digital flight deck and avionics on one NATO AWACS. Flight testing begins in the fourth quarter of this year with delivery scheduled for December 2015. As part of the EMD contract, Boeing also will upgrade the flight deck and avionics of a U.S. AWACS aircraft beginning this November.
07 Aug 14. Frazer-Nash has recently won two large competitively tendered contracts with the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation’s Airworthiness Team (DAT) worth approximately £2m over the next two years. The first of the two contract wins will see Frazer-Nash support the DAT in improving the understanding and implementation of Airworthiness and Air Safety management in DE&S. This will be based on further development of the Military Air-Safety Standards Framework (MASF) to provide the benchmark. Working with Systems Consultants Services Ltd and Aerospace & Airworthiness Consultancy Enterprises Ltd, Frazer-Nash will enhance the usability of the MASF and exploit it through a number of use cases including equivalence of regulations, airworthiness information and data management, release to service management, development of key strategies and competence assessment. The second contract will see Frazer-Nash providing technical support to aircraft certification programmes being conducted by MOD. The contract is an innovative enabling arrangement that allows MoD customers to access a range of subject matter experts, either directly from the Frazer-Nash team or from a wide range of niche specialists. A key benefit that Frazer-Nash offers is its specialist knowledge in dealing with certification compliance and understanding of equivalence between certification specifications.
01 Aug 14. Chemring Detection Systems, Inc. has secured three cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts for the development of Next Generation Chemical Detectors (NGCD) totalling $3.9m with options for $21.3m from the US Army Contracting Command. Work under the contracts will be performed at the company’s facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The NGCD Technology Development program defines requirements for three NGCD variants: a Multi-Sample Identifier, a Surface Contaminant Locator, and a Platform/Site Air Monitor. The Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM NBC CA) is conducting the NGCD program to fill known operational gaps in chemical detection. The three variants are being developed to detect, identify, quantify, alarm to and report on diverse chemical species in any phase of matter. These variants will support multiple mission events including Chemical Release, Site Assessment, and Decontamination. (Source: ASD Network)
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