Leonardo: the successful C-27J Spartan sheds its skin to reach new performance heights

C-27J Next Generation / Leonardo

Leonardo has begun the final testing of the C-27J Next Generation which features new equipment, a new avionics system and advanced aerodynamic devices, these will enhance the existing high performance of the aircraft. The first C-27J in the new configuration will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in 2021.

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U.S. Navy awards Sikorsky contract to build six more CH-53K heavy lift helicopters

CH-53K Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) will build six additional production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new contract for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft will further support the U.S. Marine Corps in its mission to conduct expeditionary heavy-lift assault transport of armored vehicles, equipment and personnel to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center of operations.

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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches down on asteroid

Engineers at Lockheed Martin celebrated when NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touched down and collected a sample of asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020.

In the dark and cold of deep space yesterday, the Lockheed Martin-built OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descended to the surface of an asteroid and touched it with its robotic arm to collect a sample of its rocky material. Although brief, the Touch-And-Go, or TAG, event was years in the making.

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Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines partner on their 40th humanitarian delivery flight

Boeing

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines recently launched their 40th humanitarian delivery flight when the airline’s new 787-9 Dreamliner departed Everett, Wash., carrying more than 20,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies. The shipment, including supplies for health care and family needs, will be distributed to hospitals, clinics and charities in the Addis Ababa region.

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Airbus Canada transfers A220 material management services to Satair

Airbus

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership has officially transferred the overall A220 material management services offer to Satair, as part of the programme integration into Airbus. Since July, Satair, an Airbus services company, has taken the lead on global material support and services for A220 operators, working in close coordination with the A220 programme team in Airbus Canada.

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Airbus delivers first of 16 advanced law enforcement H125 helicopters to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Airbus Helicopters H125

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO collaborated with AHI as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, high-tech law enforcement helicopters ever developed.

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