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Job – Systems Engineer – Belgium – 10 months in Belgium

Location: Belgium

Salary: TBD

Job type: Contract

Category: Aerospace Engineering

Job Reference: 2019 – 3

Posted on

4 Feb 2019

About the Role:


  • Participate in the design of systems developed within the Actuation System Business Units. Those systems consist of mechanical assemblies, electronic units (including embedded software) and power sources.
  • Discuss regularly with the Customer.
  • The main activities will be:

o Negotiate the specifications, including system interfaces, with the Customer;

o Simulate the system’s static and dynamic performances;

o Flow down top-level requirements to the various components constituting the system;

o Write the component’s technical specifications;

o Synthesise the analyses and test results demonstrating that all requirements have been met;

o Perform impact analyses of new requirements or of detected non-conformities.

Required knowledge

  • Deep knowledge of MATLAB/SIMULINK.
  • Knowledge of DOORS.
  • Knowledge of aerospace design norms.
  • Good knowledge of development of electronic control units.

Required experience

  • 5 years’ experience in system design.

Vivid Resourcing are committed to equality of opportunity for all applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships or any other characteristic protected by law.



06 Feb 19. BAE boss agrees to Brough meeting to discuss future of East Yorkshire factory. MPs want to see whether more than just aircraft could be built at the East Yorkshire aerodrome. The top boss of BAE has agreed to meet with MPs in Brough to discuss future-proofing the aircraft manufacturer’s output in East Yorkshire.

In October 2017, BAE Systems, which operates the Hawk aircraft factory in Brough, announced it would reduce its Humber workforce by almost half, cutting 400 out of 950 jobs by the end of 2019.

The defence technology company announced in September it had secured a contract to supply nine Hawk Advanced Jet aircraft, which will be built in Brough, and 24 Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. However, a spokesman said the order would not put a stop to the East Yorkshire redundancies.

A host of MPs from the region met with the company’s chief executive, Charles Woodburn, in Westminster this week to discuss “diversification” at the manufacturing output at Brough, pushing for more than just Hawk aircrafts to be built at the Humber site.

David Davis MP, whose Haltemprice and Howden constituency is home to the factory, and Hull MP Emma Hardy both called on Mr Woodburn to meet them in Brough to discuss securing the future of manufacturing jobs at the historic aerodrome.

Former Cabinet minister Mr Davis said: “It is vital everything possible is done to ensure highly skilled jobs at the site are protected.

“Pleasingly, the Minister for Defence Procurement confirmed the Government is of the same view and is working with BAE to ensure everything possible is done to secure contracts for future orders [of Hawks].

“I, and my colleagues, have agreed with BAE to hold further meetings with their senior management team in order to ensure we secure the long-term future of the Brough site and protect high skilled jobs in East Yorkshire.” Ms Hardy, whose Hull West and Hessle constituents work at the factory, said MPs wanted BAE to explore “other options” for the factory’s production line.

Labour MP Ms Hardy said: “It feels like we keep delaying the issue all the time by saying, ‘If we can just get a few more orders’. But we will still be back at the same problem in a few years time – that there are not enough orders for Hawks.

“We asked about what else could be built in Brough and for BAE to explore other options. BAE are keen for the answer to be: more Hawk orders internationally.

“For MPs, we are keen for that to be part of it but to also have diversification. The CEO agreed to look at other options again once he has visited Brough and had a think.”

According to those present, Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde in Lancashire, asked why the manufacturing of low-emission bus engines, some of which is carried out in the US by BAE, could not be moved to UK factories.

CEO Mr Woodburn is understood to have told MPs the company has already looked into making changes to its Brough output but the focus is now on securing more Hawk orders.

Ministers confirmed to MPs that they are working with BAE chiefs to help secure future Hawk contracts to keep the Brough production line moving. Discussions are known to be going on with Kuwait over possible Hawk orders.

BAE sources said the current recruitment of 70 engineers in Brough and another 30 apprentices starting in September should ease fears over the company’s long-term plans for the site.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: “We maintain regular dialogue with MPs representing constituencies where we employ people across the UK to keep them informed.”

The spokesman said he could not comment on the detail of the meeting.

Others present on Monday, February 5, included Graham Stuart, Trade Minister and MP for Beverley and Holderness, Stuart Andrew, Minister for Defence Procurement, Labour’s shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith and Hull MPs Diana Johnson and Karl Turner. (Source: News Now//www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

04 Feb 19. BAE Systems Expands Operations and Workforce. BAE Systems, the third-largest defense contractor in the world, is expanding operations into Manchester, New Hampshire – the latest in a series of strategic investments in its facilities and workforce to prepare for continuing and projected business growth. The company has signed a new lease for an approximately 200,000-square-foot campus located at 3000 Goffs Falls Road that will allow for significant expansion in the Granite State. The new space will add to the company’s large New Hampshire presence, which includes state-of-the-art facilities in Hudson and Nashua and more than 6,000 people at multiple facilities across the state. When the new Manchester facility is fully staffed, the campus will house up to 800 employees primarily focused on supporting the company’s electronic warfare programs.

“BAE Systems has a long and rich history in New Hampshire,” said Ray Brousseau, vice president and deputy general manager at BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector. “Our investment in the new Manchester campus will enable us to tap into the talented local workforce to expand our capacity and improve our ability to deliver high-quality products to the warfighter.”

BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector, headquartered in Nashua, actively recruits a diverse pool of workers, and hired nearly 2,000 people in 2018. Its electronic warfare business provides a massive impact on the communities where it operates – providing more than $450m in salaries and benefits to more than 3,100 employees in 16 states, and $161m in subcontracts to more than 740 suppliers in 46 states in 2018.

Over the past several years, the sector has invested more than $100m to expand manufacturing capacity to meet increasing production rates of the company’s top programs and deliver on its commitments to its customers – with a strong focus on its electronic warfare business. That investment, along with the new Manchester expansion, will enable the company to enhance manufacturing efficiency, improve overall cycle time, and build additional capabilities for future growth.

Outside of New England, the company’s Electronic Systems sector continues to expand its operations in Austin, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama. In Austin, the company has hired more than 150 people in the last year and in Huntsville, the company is currently developing a $45.5m state-of-the-art facility that will create hundreds of jobs in the community over the coming years. The company is also expanding and investing in its Combat Vehicles manufacturing network in Aiken, South Carolina; Anniston, Alabama; Elgin, Oklahoma and York, Pennsylvania. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)


05 Feb 19. Secretary of the Navy Names Independence-Variant LCS Ship USS Kingsville. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) is named in honor of the city of Kingsville, Texas, and is the first ship to bear the name.

“I am pleased to name a future Independence-variant LCS USS Kingsville,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The citizens of Kingsville have been steadfast partners to the Navy and Marine Corps team and their enduring support of our future strike fighter pilots have helped make the city of Kingsville the gateway for naval aviators. I am confident this ship will continue that legacy of service for decades to come.”

The future USS Kingsville will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. This ship will be 419 feet long with a beam length of 104 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

The Navy has accepted delivery of 17 littoral combat ships (LCS). Including the recent contract modifications, a total of 35 LCSs have been procured with 11 ships under construction (LCS 17, 19-26) and seven more ships in pre-construction (LCS 29 – 32, 34, 36, 38).

The LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare missions. LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals. (Source: ASD Network/US Navy)

06 Feb 19. US Navy names next two Independence-class littoral combat ships. The US Navy’s next two Independence-class littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Augusta (LCS 34) and USS Kingsville (LCS 36). Announced by US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, the future USS Augusta is named after the capital city of Maine and the future USS Kingsville in honour of the city of Kingsville, Texas. LCS 34 is the sixth vessel to bear the name Augusta and LCS 36 is the first ship to bear the name. Both the vessels will be constructed by Austal USA’s manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. Austal secured the contracts to build the two ships last year.

Spencer said: “From the earliest days of the American Revolution to every conflict since, the citizens of Maine have been an important part of the Navy and Marine Corps team. I am pleased that a future ship will carry on that tradition of service by bearing the name and history of their great capital city.

“The citizens of Kingsville have been steadfast partners to the Navy and Marine Corps team and their enduring support of our future strike fighter pilots have helped make the city of Kingsville the gateway for naval aviators.”

“Spanning a length of 419ft, the Independence-class variants will have a beam length of 104ft and can cruise at speeds of more than 40k.”

Spanning a length of 419ft, the Independence-class variants will have a beam length of 104ft and can cruise at speeds of more than 40k.

So far, the Navy has accepted delivery of 17 littoral combat ships (LCSs).

Recent contract modifications bring the total number of LCSs to 35 and 11 of these ships, LCS 17, 19-26 are under construction, while seven more ships are in the pre-construction phase. LCS vessels are built to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. They are equipped with new technology to support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals. Construction of the LCS 34 vessel is expected to begin next year. (Source: naval-technology.com)

01 Feb 19. First Estonian minehunter upgrade completes. The first of three Estonian Navy Sandown-class minehunters to be fitted with new mine countermeasures (MCM) sonar and tactical data-handling systems has completed its capability upgrade at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard in Fife, Scotland. EML Admiral Cowan – the flagship of the Estonian Navy – underwent a five-month docking period at Rosyth between July and December 2018. The ship will now return to Estonia prior to undergoing trials in the North Sea in May 2019 to demonstrate full operational capability.

The Estonian Ministry of Defence in early 2016 selected Thales UK as prime contractor for the minehunter capability upgrade. Under the terms of contract, the company is taking responsibility for platform additions and alterations, and equipment/system specification, procurement, platform, and system integration. Thales is overseeing Babcock, which is embodying the upgrade, and managing all test, trial, and acceptance events.

The capability upgrade package includes fitting the Thales Sonar 2193 hull-mounted wideband minehunting sonar (replacing the Sonar 2093 variable depth sonar), the Thales M-CUBE command-and-control system (replacing the BAE Systems NAUTIS 3), an upgraded navigation system, and a number of other discrete upgrades and defect rectifications. Thales is also delivering a new fleet mine warfare data centre to the Estonian Navy. Sonar 2193, already in service on the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Hunt-class MCMVs and two ex-RN Hunt class vessels transferred to Lithuania, is optimised for shallow waters (down to 80m), and uses wideband pulse compression techniques to improve the detection and classification of low echo strength targets at longer ranges. In particular, the echo structure derived from wideband processing techniques significantly improves target classification. M-Cube leverages proven functionality from the TSM 2061 MCM tactical system and the DDS architecture already proven in the TACTICOS combat management system. Thales has previously sold the M-Cube command system for MCM upgrade programmes in India, Singapore, and Lithuania. (Source: IHS Jane’s)


06 Feb 19. Dassault Aviation: First Rafale Delivery to the State of Qatar. Today, a ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was held in Merignac facility for the delivery of the first Rafale to the Qatari Emiri Air Force, under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Geneviève Darrieussecq, French State Secretary to the Minister of Armed Forces, and in the presence of Qatar Emiri Air Force Commander, Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen. The first Rafale delivery, on schedule, comes after the signature in May 2015 of the contract for the acquisition by the State of Qatar of 24 Rafale to equip its Air Force, and an additional 12, in December 2017, for a total of 36 aircraft to fly under the Qatari colors. In the frame of this contract, a large group of Qatari pilots as well as technicians are being trained in France both by the French Air Force and the French Industry.

The very high level of the guests attending that ceremony reflects the importance of the historic and strategic partnership between Qatar, France and Dassault Aviation, and the Rafale, following on from the Mirage F1, the Alpha Jet and the Mirage 2000, will carry out the tradition and will contribute to secure the sovereignty of the state of Qatar.

“For the fourth time in our long and trustful partnership with Qatar, a Dassault Aviation aircraft will serve proudly in the Qatari Emiri Air Force. This first delivery is the culmination of a relationship started more than 40 years ago and I am very pleased and grateful that once again the State of Qatar, has renewed its confidence in our dedication and confirmed not once, but twice, the choice of the Rafale to protect its land and people”, declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. In 2017, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €4.8 billion. The company has 11,400 employees. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Dassault Aviation)

06 Feb 19. Bird’s nest: Mating Osprey with EPF for US naval forces integration. By seeking to deploy V-22 Ospreys from Expeditionary Fast Transport ships, the US Navy is expanding its reach and better integrating its fleet with USMC forces. Michael Fabey reports

The US Navy’s (USN’s) plan to embark Bell-Boeing V-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys on Austal USA Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships will broaden the scope of the aircraft’s operations and help weave together USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) missions. Ospreys have become a stalwart USMC aviation platform, launching off large-deck amphibious assault ships, San Antonio-class landing platform dock (LPD) vessels, and a variety of spartan airfields. The USN has also identified the Osprey as its carrier on-board (COD) replacement aircraft for the service’s ageing C-2 Greyhound fleet and has been successfully testing such operations at sea. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

06 Feb 19. NHI showcases ‘hybrid’ MTT variant of NH90 helo for maritime ops. NHIndustries (NHI) has showcased a ‘hybrid’ variant of its NH90 helicopter that incorporates elements of both the land- and sea-based models for those customers looking to conduct troop and transport missions in a maritime environment. The Maritime Tactical Transport (MTT) variant blends the land-based configuration of the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) with some of the specialist features of the maritime NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH). These features include folding rotors and a tail-boom, as well as a strengthened undercarriage. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London in early February, the President of NHI, Vincent Dubrule, said this particular version of the NH90 was launched some years ago, and that both Italy and Spain will take 10 and seven MTTs respectively as part of their existing orders. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 Feb 19. Australia begins SOF helo transition from Black Hawk to MRH90. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is “utterly focused” on developing the special forces role of the NHIndustries NH90 (MRH90 in national service) transport and assault helicopter, according to a senior official. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference held from 5–7 February in London, Brigadier General Jeremy King, acting head Helicopter Systems Division at the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said the ADF had begun the process of cross-decking the special operations forces (SOF) role from the Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawk to the MRH90.

“The first two MRH90s were delivered to the special forces regiment on [1 February], at which time two Black Hawks were withdrawn. The focus now is utterly on developing the MRH90’s counter-terrorist and offshore SOF capability,” the general said, adding that the process of replacing the 20 Black Hawks should be complete by the end of November 2021, when the platform will have been phased out of ADF service.

The standing up of the MRH90’s SOF capabilities is part of a wider enhancement of Australia’s special operations helicopter forces. In September 2018 the DoD issued a request for information (RFI) for a small SOF helicopter that can be transported aboard Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft for rapid forward deployment. As noted by the DoD, the helicopter should be a commercial or military off-the-shelf design fitted with a simple but proven intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment package. Manufacturers that have already expressed an interest in the requirement to Jane’s comprise Bell, which said it is to offer its UH-1Y Venom; Leonardo, which is offering its AW109; and NorthStar Aviation, which is offering its 407 Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH). (Source: IHS Jane’s)

04 Feb 19. India receives first Chinook helo. India has received the first of 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters during a ceremony at the manufacturer’s production facility in Philadelphia. The event on 1 February marked the commencement of deliveries to the Indian Air Force (IAF) that are set to run through to 2023. With this first helicopter having been formally accepted in the US, the IAF’s Chinooks are expected to be shipped to Mundra Port on India’s west coast in March before being flown to their future operational base at Chandigarh in the far north of the country.

India signed its government-to-government deal with the US in September 2015, with the USD1.1bn contract covering 15 Chinooks plus the option for a further seven. Once operational, the Chinooks will replace the three Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ heavy-lift helicopters that the IAF received from the then-Soviet Union in 1986. While the Mi-26 can lift heavier loads than the Chinook, the latter helicopter has more of a multirole capability and should boost the IAF’s overall rotary-lift capabilities while enhancing its capacity to assist in domestic and regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

01 Feb 19. FAI welcomes seventh Global Express. German Special Mission and VIP-Charter Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has welcomed its seventh Bombardier Global Express, MSN 9016, to the company’s 26-strong fleet. Following a 240-month inspection, the Global Express will undergo a complete interior refurbishment at the company’s growing MRO division, FAI Technik in Nuremberg. Further planned upgrades include the installation of a new cabin management system, KA-Band Ultra-High Speed Wi-Fi Internet and new exterior paint.  It is anticipated that the aircraft will be introduced to the market for sale or lease by the end of March 2019.

The aircraft’s custom interior will be designed by FAI’s design partner, award-winning German design specialist, Tim Callies. Tim, who is well known in the business aviation industry for his work on Boeing BBJ’s, Airbus ACJ’s and Global Express business jets will work with the future aircraft owner to select custom features to suit his or her own particular taste and lifestyle.

The Global Express will be FAI’s third “Signature Edition” aircraft where a buyer can personalise the cabin design and select upgrades for an all-in turnkey price. The end result offers the benefit of a fully refurbished aircraft with major maintenance inspections completed.

Siegfried Axtmann, FAI Aviation Group Chairman, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the renowned Tim Callies and his team on our Global Express enabling the new owner to personalise their interior as part of our ‘Signature Edition’.  FAI Technik has performed numerous 120- and 180-month inspections on BD700 series aircraft, notably this aircraft will be the first Global Express to undergo its second 10-year inspection at our MRO. With its state-of-the-art carbon fibre cabin, it will represent extraordinary value for money on the Global Express pre-owned market.”

In addition to the seven Bombardier Global Express jets, FAI´s group fleet includes, five Bombardier Challenger 604s, one Challenger 850, 11 Learjet 60, plus one Premier 1A and one King Air 350. All Bombardier aircraft are maintained by FAI Technik GmbH in Nuremberg.

FAI is Germany’s largest general aviation operator by fleet operating more than 13,000 hours of airtime in 2017. It is also one of Europe’s largest Bombardier operators, which brings significant operational and cost benefits.

01 Feb 19. French A330 MRTT conducts first mission. A French Air Force (FAF) A330 Phénix Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) conducted its first operational mission on 15-17 January, the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 30 January. A French Air Force A330 Phénix MRTT conducted its first operational mission on 17 January, conducting five aerial refuellings of two Rafale combat aircraft flying home to France. The MRTT flew nearly 11 hours to France’s Détachement Air (Air Detachment) 181 at Saint-Denis, La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean, on 15 January, where it joined two Rafale combat aircraft from the FAF’s 4e Escadre de Chasse (4th Fighter Wing) on their way to Djibouti to their home base at Saint-Dizier. On 17 January the aircraft flew back to France with the two Rafales, refuelling them simultaneously from its underwing pods five times on the way home. (Source: IHS Jane’s)


06 Feb 19. RAF Tornados return home. Coverage appeared in The Mail, The Times, Star, Scotsman and Herald.  The Telegraph front page featured an image of Wg Cdr James Heeps being greeted home by his wife. Reporting focused on this milestone for the aircrew, the lengthy history of the aircraft and the operational capabilities of the new Typhoons. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: It is with a heavy heart, but enormous pride, that we bid farewell to the Tornado from operations. This truly is the end of an era, having played a vital role in keeping Britain and its allies safe for four decades. But, after so long in service, it is only right that we now look to the future. The combination of our state-of-the art F35s and the Typhoon’s new weapon systems will keep us as a world leader in air combat for a generation.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: “My sincerest congratulations to the Tornado Force, returning home after more than 4 years of continuous commitment to defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria – an exceptional effort from everyone, well done and thank you.”

As a Tornado GR4 pilot myself, I have seen the aircraft develop over its nearly 40 years of service into an outstanding combat aircraft, flown, maintained and supported by similarly outstanding air and groundcrew.  The Tornado Force has been continuously deployed on operations since 1990, serving with immense distinction in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and the Balkans.

I will personally be very sad to see the Tornado retire, but it is time now to pass the baton to our next generation combat aircraft.  The F-35B Lightning is now operational and the Typhoon is now fully multi-role capable and able to take on the Tornado’s missions.

We can all take immense pride in what the Tornado has achieved in defence of the nation over nearly four decades, and reflect back on the courage, commitment and achievements of everyone who has contributed to the success of this extraordinary aircraft. (Source: U.K. MoD)



05 Feb 19. Armed forces retention review. The Times reports that a review on retention within the armed forces has been ordered by the Prime Minister. The review will be carried out by Mark Francois MP, who initially investigated Army recruitment in 2017. An MOD spokesperson said: Recruiting and retaining talent is one of our top priorities and we have a range of schemes, including retention pay for specialist trades and flexible working to make sure we attract and keep the skilled personnel we need. The military has enough personnel to meet all its operational requirements, including being active on 25 operations in 30 countries throughout the world. In the past year we have recruited over 13,000 people into the Armed Forces. (Source: U.K. MoD)



04 Feb 19. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced that Seth Center as a new senior fellow and the director of the Project on History and Strategy in the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy. Dr. Center’s work at CSIS will employ a historical lens to examine the contemporary national security agenda, develop applied history findings to inform responses to future challenges, and connect diplomatic and military historians to the policy community.

04 Feb 19. White House Announces National Security and Trade Appointments. The White House has announced the following appointments for the Executive Office of the President:

  • Catherine A. Cole will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. Ms. Cole previously served as Associate Director in the Office of Trade and Manufacturing.
  • John A. Eisenberg will serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council. Mr. Eisenberg previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.
  • Robert A. Newson will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Military Office.
  • Kelly Ann Shaw will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, Investment, and Development. (Source: glstrade.com)


08 Feb 19. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has officially welcomed Dr Lesley Seebeck as the new appointment to the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board (NSAB) to support the development of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding plan. Dr Seebeck is the inaugural chief executive of the Australian National University’s Cyber Institute and was the Federal Chief Information Officer of the Year in 2017. (Source: Defence Connect)

07 Feb 19. The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has announced the appointment of a new chair, Rod Drury CSC, who will draw on his military service and professional experience to drive the SIAA’s agenda forward.  As the new chair of SIAA, Drury brings significant experience to the role, gained from a career spanning 35 years in both the local and global aerospace sector, including 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and over 15 years in various governance and leadership roles with multi-national aerospace companies. Drury’s appointment to the SIAA comes as part of the announcement of 2019 office holders. Drury is joined by deputy chair/treasurer David Ball, deputy chair Dr Alice Gorman and secretary Peter Nikoloff. (Source: Space Connect)



06 Feb 19. Safran and MTU Aero Engines Join Forces for the Next-Generation European Fighter Engine. In the presence of the French and German Ministers of Defense, respectively Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen, Safran and MTU Aero Engines today officially announced their partnership to jointly lead the development, the production and the after-sales support activities of the new engine that will power the next generation combat aircraft, as part of the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The aircraft will enter into service by 2040 to complement the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft. Both partners are willing to ensure a strong and effective management of the program, and to supply the Forces with their longstanding experience in military engines, the best technologies and innovative engine architecture.

In the frame of this partnership, Safran Aircraft Engines will take the lead in engine design and integration, and MTU Aero Engines will take the lead in engine services. MTU Aero Engines will be in charge of the low and high-pressure compressors and the low-pressure turbine, while Safran will be responsible for combustor, high-pressure turbine and the afterburner. The existing joint venture Aerospace Embedded Solutions [1] (AES) will be in charge of the engine control hardware and software under the responsibility and the lead of Engine integrator (Safran Aircraft Engines). The intention is to achieve a balanced French–German industry program share, assuming balanced funding by France and Germany.

“Through this collaboration which represents a step forward, we manifest that Safran is going to play a leading role in the construction of a European defense industry,” said Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran. “By teaming up with MTU Aero Engines, we will combine our respective areas of expertise according to the “best athlete” principle, while also generating strong synergies to foster innovation”, added Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines. “Safran has proven its ability to fully develop, produce and support military aircraft engines over the last six decades”.

“This program represents a milestone for European sovereignty in military engine technology,” said Reiner Winkler, CEO of MTU Aero Engines. “Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines are natural partners for this French-German collaboration. Both companies have specific experience in developing fighter engines, along with a history of partnership reaching back over 50 years.”

Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer of MTU Aero Engines, added: “Along with Safran Aircraft Engines, and based on our technological know-how, we feel that we are fully capable of delivering a state-of-the-art propulsion system. The key to success will be starting a technology and demonstrator program by mid-year.”

[1] Aerospace Embedded Solutions is a 50/50 joint venture of MTU Aero Engines and Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 91,000 employees. Safran Aircraft Engines designs, produces, sells, alone or in partnership, commercial and military aircraft engines offering world-class performance, reliability and environmental-friendliness. Through CFM International, a 50/50 joint company with GE, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world’s leading supplier of engines for short and medium-haul commercial jets.

MTU Aero Engines AG is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, turbine center frames as well as manufacturing processes and repair techniques. In the commercial OEM business, the company plays a key role in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-tech components together with international partners. Some 30 percent of today’s active aircraft in service worldwide have MTU components on board. In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s industrial lead company for practically all engines operated by the country’s military. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Safran)

01 Feb 19. GKN Fokker and LM Aeronautics Collaborating on Future F-35 Long Term Agreement.

  • Manufacturing of the Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) for the F-35
  • Follow-on agreement will cover a five year extension up to 2024
  • Continuous employment for approximately 600 employees

At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas USA both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed via a protocol document the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) content. Production will take place at GKN Fokker’s sites in The Netherlands and Turkey with delivery taking place over the next five years.

The protocol document was signed by Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of F-35 Supply Chain Management, Drew Ruiz and by GKN Fokker’s CEO John Pritchard.

State Secretary of Economic Affairs Mona Keijzer, Royal Netherlands Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, and the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for industrial participation, Maxime Verhagen all attended the ceremony. GKN Fokker has been a valued supplier on the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered the flaperons, inflight opening doors (IFOD), arresting gear, and designed and produced the electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) for all F-35 aircraft that are currently flying and in production. (Source: ASD Network)



04 Feb 19. Alain Flourens, 61, currently Head of Engineering for Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed Head of Industry for Airbus Helicopters, following Christian Cornille’s departure from Airbus. Alain will be replaced in his current position by Stefan Thomé, 47, currently Head of New Business Models & Services at Airbus Defence and Space. These management changes are effective on 1 April 2019. Alain Flourens joined Airbus Helicopters in February 2017 from Airbus Commercial Aircraft, where he held several assignments including Head of the A380 Programme, Head of the Single Aisle Programme, and Executive Vice President, Head of the Airbus Centres of Excellence. Flourens began his professional career in 1982 at the French Ministry of Defence. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1980 and obtained a degree in engineering from Toulouse ISAE Institute in 1982. With almost two decades of experience in helicopter engineering, Stefan Thomé held multiple management positions at Airbus Helicopters prior to joining Airbus Defence & Space in 2018. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as Head of Vehicle Integration & Doors Engineering, leading and managing all associated activities across Airbus Helicopters, while contributing to the definition of the Division’s research and innovation policy. Thomé has an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart.

05 Feb 19. Claude Alber Vice President Collins Aerospace in Europe.  As part of the new organization set up following the creation of Collins Aerospace, borned on last December from the merger between Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems, Claude Alber has now been appointed as Vice President Collins Aerospace for Europe. Claude Alber has now been named Vice President of Collins Aerospace in Europe to further increase the company’s focus in the region and deliver higher value to customers.

Through his executive leadership and regional insight, Alber will create Collins Aerospace’s enterprise strategy for Europe to deliver new growth and provide innovative solutions to customers. He previously was Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins.  (Source: ESD Spotlight)


07 Feb 19. TAE Aerospace welcomed Kim Scott to the company’s board of directors, building the corporate expertise of the company ahead of projected growth supported by the F-35 program. TAE Aerospace announced that Kim Scott has joined the board of TAE Aerospace as a non-executive director. On welcoming Scott to the board, TAE Aerospace CEO and managing director Andrew Sanderson said he looked forward to working with the experienced industry leader to help shape the future of the company, both here in Australia and now more


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