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07 Apr 11. Tata Technologies, a global provider of engineering services, is forming a new vehicle program group to meet the demand for faster, more complex vehicle development support within the auto industry. Tata Technologies’ Vehicle Programs & Development (VPD) Group will include more than 200 engineers operating from four automotive engineering centers of excellence worldwide — Detroit, Coventry (UK), Pune (India) and Stuttgart (Germany). Kevin Fisher, a senior Tata Technologies executive with more than 30 years of experience in vehicle program engineering, has been named president of the new organization and will be based in the Detroit suburb of Novi. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

07 Apr 11. The Ohio Department of Development awarded a Contingency Grant to Latrobe Specialty Steel Company recognizing the Wauseon plant’s creation of 31 new full-time jobs and the retention of existing jobs. Latrobe’s Wauseon plant will use the grant to purchase new equipment for its growing precision wire manufacturing business. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

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07 Apr 11. Boeing has delivered F-15K 47 and F-15K 48 multirole fighter aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base, South Korea. The F-15K Slam Eagle, an advanced variant of F-15E, is equipped with the latest technological upgrades and is extremely capable, survivable and maintainable. The service life of the aircraft is planned until 2040, with technology insertions and upgrades throughout its lifecycle. Six of the new F-15K Slam Eagles are scheduled to participate in an advanced aerial combat training exercise alongside the US Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, US, in early 2012. The company has delivered the first six of 21 F-15Ks under the next fighter II contract, with the remaining aircraft scheduled to be delivered before April 2012. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

12 Apr 11. Lockheed Martin completed delivery of the second production C-5M Super Galaxy at a ceremony here Monday with a crew from Dover Air Force Base, Del. The fifth C-5M overall to be delivered to the Air Force, this aircraft will undergo internal paint restoration at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., before traveling to its home base at Dover. Maj. Gen. James T. Rubeor, commander of the 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve, said in a statement: “Though it’s still early, the operational accomplishments of the C-5M in such a short amount of time are extraordinary. Obviously, this is a tremendous investment for the Air Force. With this fifth Super Galaxy, we’re adding a new level of capability to the equation for determining how strategic airlift is used in both present and future contingency operations.” Lockheed Martin is on contract to modernize a total of 52 C-5s, consisting of 49 B-, two C- and one A-model aircraft through the Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program (RERP). The program incorporates more than 70 changes and upgrades, including newer, quieter General Electric engines making the C-5M more reliable and 10 percent more fuel efficient than legacy C-5s. Three test aircraft were delivered and flown before the modernization program entered full production.

12 Apr 11. The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT for the United Arab Emirates Air Force has successfully completed its maiden flight following conversion of the aircraft in Madrid. The crew reported that the aircraft, its systems and two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines performed entirely satisfactorily during the 2hr 55min flight on 9th April. As it features some different avionics, and is the first “receiver” to be powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent engine, the UAE A330 MRTT no

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