16 Jul 08. Boeing and AgustaWestland signed an agreement for the joint manufacture of new CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Italian Army in a ceremony held at the Farnborough Airshow. As prime contractor for the Italian CH-47F, AgustaWestland will be responsible for design and systems integration, and aircraft delivery to the Italian Army. Boeing Rotorcraft Systems will build the fuselage in Ridley Park, Pa. “This industrial agreement further expands our network of partnerships, allowing us to strengthen our long-lasting role as CH-47 Chinook supplier to the Italian Army and other operators in Europe and elsewhere,” said Giuseppe Orsi, AgustaWestland CEO.
15 Jul 08. The National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Airbus have signed a ten year framework agreement on research and technology cooperation. This new agreement is the first result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between EADS and the NRC. EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology organisation, signed this framework agreement on behalf of the entire Group in June 2008 in Canada. A spectrum of technical subjects will be covered by the Airbus-NRC agreement, ranging from manufacturing technologies to flight tests for environmental investigations. In particular, Airbus and the NRC will actively encourage the participation of Canadian supplier partners in the cooperation helping to maintain and develop the Canadian aeronautical industry’s technology base and competitiveness.
15 Jul 08. European Aerospace group EADS and Mubadala Aerospace, a division of Mubadala Development Company of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a multi-faceted supplier agreement. The partnership will allow EADS to extend its footprint in the Middle East in terms of suppliers and production capabilities. For Mubadala the agreement is an important step in the company’s commercial strategy to rapidly evolve the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s existing aerospace industry into a global aerospace hub. The cooperation is expected to generate in excess of US$1bn of revenue for Mubadala Aerospace over ten years. The agreement was signed on Monday at Farnborough Airshow. The EADS Mubadala agreement has three core components: Firstly, in cooperation with EADS, Mubadala’s recently announced composites plant will develop full design-to-build capabilities, significantly leveraging and advancing Mubadala Aerospace’s range of products and services. This will help the Abu Dhabi facilities to become a tier one supplier for the next generation of commercial aircraft. The plant will start operations in 2010, producing composite aerostructures for Airbus and potentially other manufacturers. Initially the plant will provide spoilers and flap track fairings for the Airbus A330, A340, A350 and A380. The planned next phase will see the manufacturing of primary structures and components.
16 Jul 08. SELEX Galileo signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Cobham Aviation Services Australia to pursue programme opportunities worldwide. SELEX Galileo of Finmeccanica and Cobham Aviation Services Australia, part of the Cobham Group, have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further promote their already successful collaboration in the surveillance systems’ market. Under this new MoU, the two companies will create a joint working group to identify, analyse and evaluate market opportunities in the surveillance sector, to be pursued on through dedicated partnership agreements. In 2007 SELEX Galileo secured a contract from Surveillance Australia, also part of the Cobham Group, to supply the airborne, land and mobile segments of the Surveillance Information Management system. The airborne segment includes 12 systems to be installed both on fixed and rotary wing aircraft of the Surveillance Australia and Australian Helicopters fleets.
15 Jul 08. Alliant Techsystems and RUAG Aerospace of Emmen, Switzerland have signed a teaming agreement to provide full-service and up