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08 Feb 17. Airbus Helicopters to open new MRO plant in India. Airbus Helicopters is looking to open a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for H225M helicopters in Goa, Jane’s has been told.
The helicopter has been selected for the Indian Coast Guard’s requirement for 14 Twin Engine Heavy Helicopters that would undertake search-and-rescue (SAR) and surveillance operations for the coastguard, in a requirement that was first announced in 2010. With the deal in the final stages of negotiation, the company is in the process of offering a raft of offset proposals to the Indian government in order to meet the 30% offset requirement for the procurement. According to an Airbus Helicopters spokesperson, the MRO facility in Goa is to be a new facility located close to the coastguard’s operational base, which will undertake intermediate and depot-level maintenance. All 14 helicopters are also to be re-assembled and flight-tested at the facility. A further performance-based logistics package is also being offered to the coastguard to ensure maximum fleet availability. The facility is being developed by Airbus Helicopters itself, however the company “may select” an Indian partner in the future. The initial Request for Information in 2010 was sent to Russian Helicopters, Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters), Sikorsky, and AgustaWestland, before a formal Request for Proposal was sent to AgustaWestland, Sikorsky, and Airbus Helicopters in 2012. The resulting competition saw the H225M and Sikorsky S-92 vie for the contract. In February 2015 senior Sikorsky officials said they were considering offering local assembly of the S-92 in India as part of their bid. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
06 Feb 17. Kellstrom Defense Aerospace, Inc. (“KDA”) is excited to announce the grand opening of its global headquarters in El Segundo, CA. This strategic location houses the executive team and shared services for the entire group of businesses, with close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and critical business partners in the Southern California South Bay defense community.
A ribbon cutting reception was held at the new offices located in the Pacific Corporate Towers (PCT) to commemorate KDA building a stronger presence in the Los Angeles aerospace community. KDA was welcomed into the community by numerous city council and state senate representatives and a contingent of aerospace business customers, industry partners, and suppliers to recognize the opening of the new corporate hub.
06 Feb 17. Social hub takes shape at Worthy Down. The Catering, Retail and Leisure (CRL) facility, the first ‘proper’ building on the site of the new Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down, has been completed. The new building includes four bars, a large dining room, kitchens and recreational and shopping/food court facilities. The internal fit-out of the CRL will now start. Once up and running, the CRL will be the ‘social hub’ for the Junior Ranks’ village. It will be a central meeting place and leisure facility for permanent staff and visiting students. The CRL is one of 26 buildings that Skanska, as main contractor, is delivering for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). The buildings being created to transform Worthy Down are a mix of technical training and classroom facilities and accommodation.
Peter Riches, DIO Project Manager for the project, said: “DIO supports service personnel by providing a fit-for-purpose estate and accommodation, so we’re pleased to be working with Skanska to deliver these facilities. The CRL will provide students from the college with a first-