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23 Jun 17. Systems Engineer
22 Jun 17. FLIR teams with AIM Norway. FLIR Systems teams with AIM Norway (Aerospace Industrial Maintenance) in order to build a FLIR Service Center close to the headquarter of then Norwegian aircraft
maintenance provider. The companies want to supply technical continuance and support for regional search and rescue (SAR), airborne law enforcement (ALE) and military customers which use electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems in service in Norway, including the Star SAFIRE 380-HDc. Norway’s AllWeather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH) programme of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice is planned to start this summer. “Together with AIM Norway, we look forward to helping keep our customers operational and to building a great foundation for future business,” said Kevin Tucker, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Surveillance. Ove Haukåssveen, CEO of AIM Norway, emphasizes: “Norway has one of the most challenging operating environments in the world. We are proud to be part ofa team providing solutions that help make it a safer place.” (Source: ESD Network)
22 Jun 17. UK MoD invests £135m to build new F-35B aircraft hangar at RAF Marham. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £135m contract to a joint venture (JV) of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction for the development of a new aircraft hangar at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Marham, Norfolk, UK.
The latest investment in RAF Marham is the last of seven projects, worth £250m, aimed to prepare the base for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the next year.
The new aircraft hangar will have enough space to accommodate 12 of the new F-35 fighter jets.
Work under the contract also includes resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways, while the station remains operational.
Additionally, the MoD is adding vertical landing pads to RAF Marham for accommodating the F-35B’s ability to land vertically.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Flying from our new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the F-35B aircraft will provide the UK with the ability to project our influence globally. This contract will ensure that RAF Marham has the facilities to match this world-class aircraft when it arrives next year.
“The F-35B aircraft will provide the UK with the ability to project our influence globally.”
“Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs. The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.”
The RAF and Royal Navy will fly F-35B Lightning aircraft from Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers or from operating bases such as RAF Marham.
The aircraft will be operated initially by 617 Squadron, RAF, followed by 809 Naval Air Squadron.
Initial flight trials for F-35 jets from HMS Queen Elizabeth Class are scheduled to begin next year.
19 Jun 17. Rolls-Royce has opened its latest Defence Service Delivery Centre in the UK, located at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, to support the resident fleet of Typhoon combat aircraft. The Service Delivery Centre (SDC), established in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and the UK MoD, was officially opened by Air Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Air Officer Commanding RAF No1 Group.
A team of around 10 specialist Rolls-Royce engineers, together with their RAF and Serco counterparts, work at the SDC to deliver tailored support services for the Typhoon combat aircraft’s Eurojet EJ200 engines at the customer’s operating base. The SDC can also utilise live video