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29 Nov 10. Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced today the commissioning of the first new high-velocity, hard metal machining centre to undertake F-35 opportunities of up to $212m Cdn for various customers over the initial fifteen years of the program. Magellan currently has firm contracts for the multi-year purchase of manufacturing packages for components of the F-35 program for approximately $26m. The potential manufacturing packages are also multi-year buys for components for the F-35 program for increasingly larger quantities as the program ramps up to full scale production, which is estimated by Magellan to occur in 2016. The components will be manufactured in Chicopee Manufacturing, Magellan’s Centre of Excellence for high velocity, hard metal machining, in Kitchener, Ontario.

30 Nov 10. Raytheon Company will relocate its Patriot New Equipment Training program to Fort Sill, Okla., beginning early next year. The move is in response to the U.S. Army’s Base Realignment and Closure decision and relocation of the Air Defense School to Fort Sill. The program trains Army personnel on upgrades to the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System equipment operation and maintenance. The combat-proven Patriot is the world’s most advanced air and missile defense system and is the defense system of choice for 12 nations around the globe, including five NATO nations. Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

24 Nov 10. Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), along with Elbit Systems of America, LLC (ESA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., joined the 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group in a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 18 to celebrate the activation of depot repair capability for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) prime mission equipment at Robins Air Force Base. This public/private partnership will ensure a continuous flow of serviceable assets to the war fighter for continued mission capability and weapon systems reliability. The continued operational availability and reliability of the JHMCS system is critical to U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy war fighters as well as Foreign Military partners around the world. VSI and its public partner, the 567th Electronics Maintenance Squadron, will perform depot level repairs and certifications of JHMCS components. The JHMCS electronic unit repair capability is currently online and active, with serviceable units being delivered to both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy supply chains. For the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colonel Victoria Reed, Commander 402nd EMXG was joined by Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of ESA, Drew Brugal, President of VSI, Kurt Huff, Vice President ESA Services and Support Solutions, and Ron Buck, Program Manager of the JHMCS Aerospace Sustainment Directorate.

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01 Dec 10. The Royal Australian Air Force is planning to decommission its last General Dynamics F-111Cs, closing a chapter in aviation history that began with the first flight of the F-111A prototype in the US almost 46 years ago. The F-111Cs, the last F111s in operation anywhere in the world, will be replaced by a fleet of 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets, the first 11 of which are already in Australia with another three to be delivered by the end of 2010. Another 10 two-seat F/A-18Fs have been scheduled for delivery by October 2011 to fully replace the F-111. The RAAF originally planned to replace the F-111 this year with the Lockheed
Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, reports Flightglobal.com.
However, Lockheed’s delay in

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