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Boeing, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems to Explore Fuel Cell and Composite Applications

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ODENSE, Denmark, Nov. 10, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Odense-based Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S today announced that Boeing Research & Technology will assess Falck Schmidt fuel cell products for potential use in Boeing renewable-energy power systems for military platforms.

The announcement followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies that also points to potential opportunities for the use of Falck Schmidt composite components and materials in Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) rotorcraft programs.

“This relationship with Boeing presents the opportunity to expand our proven power solutions to new fuel-cell applications that would offer armed forces significant operational advantages at better cost and with cleaner energy,” said Jan Falck-Schmidt, president and CEO of Falck Schmidt Defence Systems. “We also look to expand our composite technology used in ground-based applications — which have proven their capability in current military operations including in Afghanistan — to rotorcraft systems.

“This cooperation between Boeing and Falck Schmidt Defence Systems would not only contribute directly to our own growth, but also to the growth of the broader Danish industrial base,” added Falck-Schmidt, who is also the chairman of FAD, the Defence & Aerospace Industries Association in Denmark.

“Falck Schmidt is a key player in the Danish defense industry, providing proven power-supply solutions and composite materials to ground forces around the world,” said Tom Bell, vice president of Business Development for Boeing Military Aircraft, a division of IDS. “As they adapt their technologies for aerospace, we see natural links to Boeing’s current research and development activities.”

Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S has more than 40 years of experience and know-how as a prime contractor and supplier on land-based military programs. The company produces lightweight carbon-fiber, heavy-duty and high-reach mast platforms for reconnaissance and surveillance applications, vehicle-mounted missile systems and sensor systems. Its capabilities also span harnessing and instrumentation; modeling, prototyping, testing and manufacturing of structural composite and hybrid components for vehicles and other platforms, as well as add-on armor components; ground mobile auxiliary power units and integration; and logistics and life cycle support services.

Source: BOEING

 


Boeing Delivers First 777 to Guggenheim for Lease to Korean Air

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SEATTLE, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Guggenheim Aviation Partners recently celebrated the delivery of the leasing company’s first 777, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane that Guggenheim customer Korean Air will operate under lease.

The 777-300ER is Guggenheim’s first leasing arrangement with Korean, as well as the first new Boeing passenger airplane delivery to Guggenheim. The delivery is the 25th 777 for Korean.

Guggenheim is scheduled to take delivery of an additional five 777s.

The 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-seven customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.

Guggenheim Aviation Partners is a leading participant in commercial aircraft leasing with offices in Seattle, London and Singapore.

Korean Air, a premier global airline, has its headquarters in Seoul.

Source: BOEING

 


Boeing Awarded $72 Million JDAM Production Contract

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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $72 million U.S. Air Force contract for more than 2,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits.

Boeing will deliver the kits in 2011 and 2012. The Lot 14 production order is the second one-year option of a six-year contract Boeing received in January 2008. The agreement has a potential total value of $590 million with deliveries extending through 2015, if all options are exercised.

“JDAM provides warfighters an effective, accurate and battle-tested weapon,” said Dan Jaspering, Boeing director of Direct Attack Programs. “The Lot 14 contract and its additional options assure the long-term availability of this cost-effective weapon.”

The Air Force and Navy have used JDAM weapons extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq. JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing 500-, 1,000- and 2,000-pound unguided free-fall bombs into accurately guided “smart” weapons. Its modular design allows customers to easily upgrade the weapon in the field to provide additional capability, such as laser guidance and extended range. Boeing has produced more than 210,000 JDAM tail kits since 1998.

Source: BOEING

 


Boeing Completes Key Tests of Self-Protection System Aboard Australian Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft

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SEATTLE, Nov. 9, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has successfully completed tests of the Counter Measures Dispenser System (CMDS) for Project Wedgetail, Australia’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. The tests were conducted in September and October off the Washington coast and over Puget Sound, Wash.

Completion of CMDS testing is a key step toward verification of the Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft’s overall Electronic Warfare Self-Protection (EWSP) capability. EWSP is designed to warn aircrews about and protect against missiles targeting the aircraft. The CMDS responds to threats by releasing chaff and flares to decoy incoming missiles away from the aircraft. Boeing and its industry supplier, BAE Systems, developed and integrated the CMDS system.

Testing included 19 flights that dispensed more than 500 units of chaff and flares. The AEW&C team collected data via five high-speed video cameras mounted on the Wedgetail aircraft and an additional video camera attached to a T-33 chase plane.

“The testing program verified that the Boeing-installed self-protection system will effectively counter its intended threats reliably and safely,” said Kermit Hollinger, Electronic Warfare manager for Boeing AEW&C Programs. “This milestone is the latest example of Boeing’s ability to integrate military systems onto commercial aircraft and provide our customers with low-risk, cost-effective solutions to their operational requirements.”

Project Wedgetail includes six 737 AEW&C aircraft plus ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance.

The 737 AEW&C aircraft, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 commercial airplane, is designed to provide airborne battle-management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles. Able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously, the mission crew can direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area.

Source: BOEING

 


Embraer is certified by EASA for Part 147 maintenance training

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KLM Cityhopper, from The Netherlands, is the Company’s first customer

São José dos Campos, November 9, 2009 – Embraer has been certified by the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization (MTO).

The approval covers the four E-Jets of the EMBRAER 170/190 family – EMBRAER 170,
EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190, and EMBRAER 195, seating 70 to 122 passengers. The
first customer to be trained by Embraer, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ regional subsidiary
KLM Cityhopper, from The Netherlands, began the program last month.

“As an EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization, we are able to bring added value
to our customers, in terms of experience and know-how regarding the aircraft we designed from
the very beginning,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer Director, Customer Training. “We are
delighted that KLM is our first E-Jets customer to receive this approved training.”

Type training courses for the E-Jets are available at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos
Campos, Brazil, and can also be administered at customers’ locations, worldwide. The KLM
Cityhopper training program is being held at the airline’s headquarters at Schiphol International
Airport (AMS), in Amsterdam, and will be concluded in about a month.

“The opportunity to be trained directly by Embraer will enhance the learning experience. We
will greatly benefit from the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) depth of knowledge and
understanding of the aircraft, its operation, and maintenance, brought to the classroom by the
instructors,” said René Kalmann, Technical Services & Fleet Development Director of KLM
Cityhopper. “Furthermore, the convenience of having the courses at our own facilities cuts costs
and brings flexibility to the program, which can be tailored to better attend our needs.”

Embraer intends to add other aircraft type training courses to its portfolio under the EASA
MTO certification program. For more information about all the courses being offered, call
+55 (12) 3927-7541, or contact Embraer, at training@embraer.com.br.

Source: EMBRAER