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13 Jul 16. Airbus Defence and Space authorises Turkish Air Force as regional support centre for CN235 aircraft. Airbus Defence and Space has authorised the Turkish Air Force’s 2nd Air Supply and Maintenance Centre (2nd ASMC) in Kayseri as a regional support and maintenance centre for Airbus CN235 aircraft following a detailed certification process conducted over the last year. The approval brings to a successful completion the process first announced at IDEF 2015. Turkey is the world’s largest operator of CN235s with 59 aircraft and has accumulated a wealth of expertise in the maintenance, repair, overhaul and updating of the aircraft in 20 years of operations. The agreement capitalizes on those proven capabilities to provide support for aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy as well as those of other operators in the region. A single CN235 aircraft will be brought to Kayseri from an allied country to perform tests and begin the implementation process in October.
12 Jul 16. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) plans to expand capabilities at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville, Florida with the assistance of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the State of Florida. Future investments would help Lockheed Martin grow Astrotech Space Operations’ capabilities and could add as many as 300 jobs to the site over the next four years.
The company evaluated a number of locations across the country that could handle additional work and selected Brevard County because it offers the best blend of talent and business opportunity for this project. Astrotech Space Operations offers payload processing services–like encapsulating and fueling a satellite for launch–for a range of customers. Under the planned expansion, its scope of work could potentially include production of aerospace components and subsystems. Lockheed Martin is evaluating options that are contingent on the completion of additional business case analyses, which are slated to occur in 2016 and 2017.
“We have sites across the country, but Brevard County offers a unique blend of skilled people and a growth-friendly business environment that make it a great fit for this project,” said Tom Malko, vice president of Assembly, Test and Launch Operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Partnering with the community creates a win-win for Florida, for Lockheed Martin and for our customers.”
The North Brevard County Economic Development Zone, Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast, Enterprise Florida and the City of Titusville all supported this planned expansion for the benefit of the local economy.
“Florida is home to one of the largest aerospace and aviation industries in the nation and we continue to grow,” said Governor Rick Scott. “It’s exciting that Lockheed Martin continues to expand in Florida, adding hundreds of jobs for our families. We will do all we can to make it easier for businesses like Lockheed Martin to succeed in Florida.”
“The EDC worked closely with Enterprise Florida, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the City of Titusville to ensure a strategic business approach was demonstrated that resulted in the selection of Titusville,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast. “This expansion builds upon a community known for its space legacy. Lockheed Martin’s decision to invest in Titusville adds to the city’s global recognition as a prime location for the next generation of space technology development.”
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, Astrotech Space Operations has prepared over 300 payloads for launch since 19