Tuesday, June 16, 2009

General Dynamics Awarded Joint Systems Integration Center Contract by U.S. Joint Forces Command

FAIRFAX, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD - News), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) to provide mission support services to the USJFCOM Joint Systems Integration Center (JSIC). This is a five-year single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total potential value of $101.9 million.
With the award of this contract, General Dynamics will support the JSIC in establishing, maintaining and extending the assessment of current military systems, near-term technology insertions and acquisition solutions for the joint warfighter. Work will include continuing and expanding the current assessment process and reporting results.
"General Dynamics will continue its long-standing support of the Joint Systems Integration Center in resolving command and control interoperability issues, evaluating existing and emerging capabilities, and rapidly integrating technology solutions that support the warfighter," said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "We're proud of our role in ensuring these technologies are interoperable when they are deployed in theatre."
The USJFCOM Joint Systems Integration Center provides combatant commanders, services and agencies unbiased evaluations of existing and emerging command and control (C2) capabilities and recommendations to resolve interoperability problems that impede operations. It conducts demonstrations and assessments of programs and systems, evaluates new joint capabilities and integrates and demonstrates the initial operational capabilities of new systems.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the company specializes in ground systems; imagery processing; mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is available online at www.gd-ais.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.

BAE Systems Wins $33 Million Contract for Airborne Countermeasures

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 9:00 am EDT
NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems has been awarded a $33.6 million low-rate initial production contract for the ALE-55. The AN/ALE-55 is part of the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) system that provides fighter aircraft with electronic defense against radar guided missiles.
Business Wire - Artwork depicts the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet with the towed ALE-55 countermeasures system, and a notional representation ...
“We conducted a very successful production readiness review and believe BAE Systems will continue to perform, produce, and deliver a very capable system,” said Capt. Paul Overstreet of the Naval Air Systems Command. “The ALE-55 will significantly enhance self-protection for our aircraft across a range of threats.”
The ALE-55 consists of an onboard electronic frequency converter (EFC) and a fiber-optic towed device (FOTD). The EFC converts radio frequencies to light that is transferred over a fiber-optic cable to a transmitter in the FOTD that jams missile threats to the aircraft.
“We’re well on the way to providing the Navy the protection it needs in modern combat,” said Burt Keirstead, director of Navy Programs at BAE Systems Electronics Solutions business.
BAE Systems began low-rate initial production of the AN/ALE-55 Lot IV in June 2008 and is expected to complete production of Lot V in September 2011. When combined with the previous Lot IV award, this Lot V production award increases the total FOTD deliveries to 473 and the total contract value to $65.6 million.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

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Nanocomp Technologies Reaches New Production Milestones for Carbon Nanotube Yarn and Large-Format Mats

Company delivers 10 kilometers of CNT yarn to Fortune 100 aerospace customer;
achieves 4-foot by 8-foot mat production breakthrough

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 9:00 am EDT
CONCORD, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., a developer of energy saving performance materials and component products from carbon nanotubes (CNTs), today announced it has produced and delivered 10 kilometers of its CTex™ CNT yarn to one of its Fortune 100 aerospace customers. Delivering long lengths of CNT yarn further solidifies Nanocomp’s position as the only U.S. commercial company to fabricate industrially relevant finished materials from carbon nanotubes. In addition, the Company is announcing today its new capability to deliver 4-foot by 8-foot CNT mats, the largest of their kind in the world.
Nanocomp’s fundamental breakthrough is its patent-pending method for high-volume production of very long CNTs (approximately one millimeter in length), and then processing the nanotubes into contiguous macrostructures. Over the past 18 months, the company has been distributing CNT yarn into the marketplace, recently delivering the 10 kilometer shipment to meet its customer’s volume and performance specifications.
“We are steadily proving to the world that nanotubes can deliver their game-changing properties in industrially useful product formats,” said Peter Antoinette, president and CEO of Nanocomp Technologies. “Perhaps most remarkable to us, however, is hearing the engineers from our most demanding customers talk about the many new design possibilities that have become available to them with Nanocomp’s products in the mix. The fact that these highly conductive products are lighter and stronger than aluminum, can be draped like a cloth or spun like a yarn or wire, and can tolerate even the harshest of operating environments solves many long-standing design objectives – particularly the challenges of weight reduction.”
Nanocomp is experiencing significant customer demand in the aerospace and aviation markets for nanotube materials to save weight in a variety of complex systems, as well as to provide electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding components. Most recently, the company received a number of DoD contracts to further develop its state-of-the-art technology as Nanocomp progresses toward advanced manufacturing processes and wide-scale commercialization. For more information and multimedia presentations, please visit www.nanocomptech.com.
About Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.
Nanocomp Technologies’, Inc. purpose is to leverage its proprietary and fundamental advancements in the production of long carbon nanotubes as well as its unique ability to fabricate them into physically strong, lightweight and electro-thermally conductive yarns and sheets. The company’s objective is to develop products with revolutionary performance benefits creating a new generation of energy saving advanced materials and electro-thermal devices. It has 16 patents pending and won The Wall Street Journal’s prestigious Technology Innovation Award in 2008. The company is headquartered in Concord, N.H. For additional information, please visit www.nanocomptech.com.
Nanocomp and the Nanocomp logo are trademarks of Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. All other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.
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AIRSHOW-Embraer sees "faint signals" of market flattening out

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - The head of Brazilian planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA) has seen some signs the market has bottomed, though it is difficult to say for sure, he told Reuters Television on Tuesday.
"We have seen some faint signals that we may be flattening out at a very low level," Chief Executive Frederico Curado said at the Paris Air Show.

GE's Dowty Business Delivers 600th Dash 8 Q400 Propeller System

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 8:19 am EDT
LE BOURGET, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Aviation’s Dowty business recently delivered the 600th propeller system for the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The advanced six-bladed propeller system for the Dash 8 has single removable all-composite blades.
“Dowty has 19,000 all-composite blades in service, accumulating more than 270 million blade flying hours,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE Aviation Systems. “The new Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner is the next step in the continuing evolution of the Q400 aircraft. We will continue to invest and develop propeller systems technologies resulting in environmental and operational cost benefits for our customers.”
The Q400 six-bladed all composite propellers deliver more thrust and less noise than smaller propellers turning at a higher speed. Made from a new generation of lighter and stronger materials, these slow rotating propellers are mounted further out on the wing to help reduce noise levels.
Operating costs of the Q400 NextGen airliner, already among the lowest of any regional aircraft, will be made even lower by increasing the scheduled maintenance intervals and further optimizing maintenance tasks to reduce downtime during the aircrafts life cycle.
The Q400 aircraft is already the most technologically advanced turboprop airliner and the NextGen features will make it even more so. The Q400 NextGen aircraft is the turboprop airliner for the twenty-first century.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE - News), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aviation Systems LLC and GE Aviation Systems Ltd are subsidiaries of General Electric Company.
For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation.

GE Aviation
Jennifer Villarreal
+ 1 616 617 7755

The Allied Defense Group Announces $24 Million In Ammunition Orders

VIENNA, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Allied Defense Group, Inc. (Amex: ADG - News) announced it has received ammunition orders totaling more than $24 million from several customers. The contracts include new extensions of existing engagements as well as orders from new customers won in competitive situations across both of the firm's operating units, Mecar S.A. and Mecar USA.
"These orders reflect the strength of the competitive standing of our ammunition and ammunition-related service businesses and contribute to our already substantial backlog," said Major General (Ret) John J. Marcello, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Allied Defense Group. "These wins also add to our increasing global reach and expand our customer base to a new NATO country as well."
Concluded Major General Marcello, "Based on strong relationships with our customers, our engineering expertise, and our ability to rapidly bring new products to market, we continue to make progress on our goals. And, as we have said previously, we continue to expect to return to profitability in the second fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2009."
About The Allied Defense Group, Inc.
The Allied Defense Group, Inc. is a multinational defense company focused on the manufacture, sale and distribution of ammunition and ammunition-related products for use by the U.S. and foreign governments. For more Information, please visit the Company web site: www.allieddefensegroup.com.
Certain statements contained herein are "forward looking" statements as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied and include, but are not limited to, those discussed in filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Northrop Grumman to Provide EyeDrive Mini-Robot to U.S. Customers

Agreement With Israeli-based ODF Optronics LTD Expands Northrop Grumman Remotec's Presence Into Lightweight Robotics Marketplace
CLINTON, Tenn., June 16, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC - News) subsidiary, Remotec Inc., based in Clinton, Tenn., has signed an agreement with ODF Optronics LTD, Tel Aviv, Israel, to be the exclusive worldwide manufacturer and sole provider of ODF's Eye-Drive mini-robot in the United States and Canada.
EyeDrive is an observation and surveillance remote-controlled mini-robot that provides continuous real-time 360-degree audio and video surveillance. It includes a unique touch screen operator control unit featuring ODF's proprietary Point 'n Go(tm) navigation. This innovative system allows the user to simply touch a location on the control unit's panoramic view to direct the robot, making deployment intuitive and easy. At about five pounds, EyeDrive can be easily carried, deployed and controlled by a single operator.
"EyeDrive is an innovative system with great synergy to our Andros product line, providing unique capabilities to our first-responder and military customers. It is lightweight and durable enough to be thrown through windows, over fences or into other hard-to-reach locations," said Mike Knopp, president of Northrop Grumman's Remotec subsidiary. "With this agreement, Northrop Grumman Remotec strengthens its lead in the U.S. robotics market in all weight classes. Remotec and ODF are a formidable team determined to help our valued customers keep danger at a distance."
Both Remotec and ODF Optronics produce an array of combat-proven robots.
"The EyeDrive was designed from the ground up with innovative features that meet exacting requirements and has been validated in combat with excellent user feedback," said Josef Fishman, president and chief executive officer of ODF Optronics. "Remotec is a natural partner for us given their reputation for customer satisfaction and excellent performance. The agreement with Northrop Grumman is considered by ODF as a major step toward successful introduction of ODF products to the North American and global strategic markets."
For more than 25 years, Remotec has served the military, explosive ordnance disposal units, hazardous materials units, and other first responders as a leading provider of mobile robotic systems for application into a variety of undesirable, hazardous, and potentially life-threatening environments.
ODF Optronics Ltd. develops and manufactures innovative and cost-effective situational awareness and image understanding systems that serve and protect military, law enforcement and security professionals engaged in low-intensity conflict and anti-terrorism activities in urban environments. ODF Optronics products are in use by many military, police and government agencies in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and Israel. The company is also active in developing and producing customized special-order products for Special Forces.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
George I. Seffers
Northrop Grumman Information Systems
(703) 345-8548

Aerosonic Chosen as Key Supplier to AleniaSIA for the AleniaAermacchi M-346 Trainer Aircraft

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 8:00 am EDT
CLEARWATER, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerosonic Corporation (NYSE Amex: AIM), a leading supplier of precision flight instruments and systems for commercial, business and military aircraft, announced today that it has signed a Long Term Supply Agreement (“LTSA”) and received an initial production order from AleniaSIA to supply its Integrated Multi-Function Probe (“IMFP”) and related equipment for the production of AleniaAermacchi M-346 aircraft FBW Flight Control System. The deliveries to AleniaSIA will begin in March of 2010. Based on current forecasts, Aerosonic expects this program to generate up to $10 million in revenue over the next 4 years
The IMFP provides angle of attack, and air data to the aircraft in one probe, reducing flight control system complexity, weight and cost on military and commercial aircraft. It is currently installed on the latest model of Lockheed F16 Block 60 fighter aircraft.
“With this LTSA and initial production order, we are pleased to play a supporting role in the success of the AleniaAermacchi M-346 program while further strengthening our relationship with AleniaSIA,” commented Doug Hillman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This order provides us with an increase in both our customer base and backlog for one of our most technologically advanced products in a growing segment of the military market.”
Aerosonic Corporation, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, is principally engaged in the manufacture of aviation products. Locations of the Company include Clearwater, Florida and Earlysville, Virginia. For additional information, visit the Company's website at www.aerosonic.com.
This document contains statements that constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. "Forward-looking" statements contained in this document include the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its senior management team with respect to future actions by officers and directors of the Company, prospects of the Company's operations, profits from future operations, overall future business prospects and long term stockholder value, as well as the assumptions upon which such statements are based.
Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements in this document include, but are not limited to, adverse developments with respect to the resolution of current stockholder litigation, adverse developments involving operations of the Company's business units, failure to meet operating objectives or to execute the business plan, and the failure to reach revenue or profit projections. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained in this document to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes to future operating results over time.
Aerosonic Corporation, Clearwater
Mark Perkins, 727-461-3000

PTC Extends Leadership in Aerospace & Defense with Samsung Thales Corporation's Selection of Pro/ENGINEER in Competitive Benchmark

Ease of Use and Powerful Capabilities Drive Outstanding Scores In Technical Validation
On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 8:00 am EDT
NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC - News), The Product Development Company®, today announced that Samsung Thales Corporation, a leading Korean defense company, has selected Pro/ENGINEER®, PTC’s parametric 3D CAD/CAM/CAE solution as its next generation design solution in a competitive benchmark. With this decision, Samsung Thales, who had previously standardized on PTC Windchill® as its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, expands its use of the PTC® Product Development System.
Samsung Thales selected Pro/ENGINEER to provide a global design process optimized according to international standards as a means to secure global competitiveness, displacing its previous CAD system. Increasingly dissatisfied with the vendor’s level of investment and commitment to its existing tool, Samsung Thales decided to conduct a competitive benchmark earlier this year to select its next generation 3D CAD solution. During the benchmark, PTC Pro/ENGINEER outperformed other solutions both in terms of technical validation and support. Samsung Thales cited the simple and easy to adopt Pro/ENGINEER user experience and powerful capabilities as key influencers in its decision to standardize on Pro/ENGINEER.
“Samsung Thales has a long term relationship with PTC through the implementation of Windchill as its standard PLM solution,” said Seung-Cheol Baek, senior manager of Samsung Thales. “Windchill provides Samsung Thales with powerful, Web-based support for key product development processes in a single technology architecture and execution environment. The CAD solution benchmark was an independent assessment specifically focused upon usability and functional capabilities. Based upon this criteria, PTC Pro/ENGINEER was selected as the solution that best meets Samsung’s business needs. We look forward to expanding our strategic partnership with PTC by implementing Pro/ENGINEER and working with PTC Global Services to maximize the value we derive from the solution,” Baek added.
“Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill together make an unbeatable product development system for our customers who are facing continuing pressures to be world class in efficiency and innovation,” said Brian Shepherd, executive vice president, product development, PTC. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with Samsung Thales to help them achieve their product development process improvement goals.”
About Samsung Thales Corporation
Samsung Thales Corporation is Korea’s leading defense company specializing in electric equipments and systems. It holds accumulated technical competencies through core technology development and localization of various defense products, civil solutions and customer support & services. For more information, please visit http://eng.samsungthales.com/.
About PTC Solutions for Aerospace and Defense
PTC provides product lifecycle management solutions designed to meet the requirements of the global aerospace and defense industry. These solutions enable digital automation of product development and program management processes, as well as complete visibility and control over program information for secure, collaborative product development. PTC is an industry leader with all of the top 20 A&D companies as customers.
About PTC
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC - News) provides discrete manufacturers with software and services to meet the globalization, time-to-market and operational efficiency objectives of product development. Using the company’s CAD and content and process management solutions, organizations in the Industrial, High-Tech, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer and Medical industries are able to support key business objectives and create innovative products that meet customer needs and comply with industry regulations. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include: the successful development and integration of the technology necessary to offer an integrated and flexible product development system solutions that is able to adequately respond to the evolving requirements of customers in multiple vertical industries; PTC’s ability to extend our solutions and provide adequately levels of support, to vertical industries beyond the discreet manufacturing verticals traditionally served by PTC; the possibility that current economic conditions could cause our customers to reduce or forego investment in our solutions and/or could negatively impact our ability to collect receivables due from our customers, either of which would negatively impact our cash from operations and thereby reduce amounts available to invest in our business initiatives; as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in reports filed by PTC with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. The announcement of any particular selection of PTC products is not necessarily indicative of the timing of recognition of revenue there from or the level of revenue for any particular period.
PTC and its logo, The Product Development Company, Pro/ENGINEER, Wildfire and all PTC product names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.
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Weber Shandwick
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NASA selects ITT to develop critical sensors to measure CO2 from air and space

Sensors to provide detailed data on how carbon dioxide is emitted and absorbed
On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 8:00 am EDT
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT - News) today announced that it was chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to help design, develop and test a set of instruments to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) from air and space in support of NASA’s Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days and Season (ASCENDS) mission, which is expected to launch in 2015. In a 2007 survey by the National Academy of Sciences, ASCENDS was identified as being crucial to quantifying global distributions of land and ocean sources and sinks of CO2, which provides the scientific basis for future projections of carbon dioxide in climate models.
“We are extremely pleased NASA chose us to help develop this crucial mission. Increasing amounts of CO2 and its effect on the Earth has become an important topic for policy makers. Our ASCENDS technology now puts ITT front and center in efforts to monitor and measure carbon dioxide,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and director for Commercial & Space Sciences at ITT’s Space Systems business.
ITT was awarded an initial Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for ASCENDS Mission Support for a period of five years with a total value of $7 million. According to NASA, the sole source award went to ITT because its multifunctional fiber laser light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology was the only instrument that has demonstrated the capability of meeting the key science measurement requirement for ASCENDS.
ITT’s technology has matured during the last eight years through internal investment and more than 40 flight campaigns. It is capable of research missions on satellites, as well as manned and unmanned aircraft, and its key components – including the lasers – are space-qualified.
While there are other technologies capable of measuring CO2 from space, namely NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission, which did not reach orbit earlier this year, and the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite mission, currently in space, ASCENDS will be the only one capable of measuring CO2 day or night, through clouds and at all latitudes. The breadth of the ASCENDS measurements will be key to any CO2 regulations, cap and trade system, and international treaty verification.
“As Congress and the Administration debate CO2 regulations, and the U.S. prepares to meet this December to negotiate an international agreement to reduce emissions, ITT’s technology will be critical in helping to ensure that companies in the U.S. and around the world comply with CO2 emissions standards,” noted Mitrevski.
This summer, a team of ITT scientists and engineers will be deployed to Virginia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, along with a team of NASA scientists and aircraft operations personnel. Collectively, these teams will conduct a series of flights to demonstrate the ability to identify sources and sinks of CO2.
ITT’s Space Systems business (ssd.itt.com) provides innovative remote sensing and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions to customers in the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA National Weather Service, intelligence, space science and commercial aerospace to help them visualize and understand critical events happening on Earth, in the air, or in space in time to take effective action. Leveraging comprehensive capabilities, ITT’s solutions span from image and data collection through processing and dissemination. Key applications include high-resolution commercial imaging; space science; climate and environmental monitoring; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; positioning, navigation and timing; image and data processing and dissemination; and space control and missile defense.
About ITT Corporation
ITT Corporation (itt.com) is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2008 sales of $11.7 billion.
David Albritton, 703-790-6320

AIRSHOW-UPDATE 1-Avialeasing firms up order for 24 Superjets

* Sukhoi says has 122 firm orders for Superjet 100
* Avialeasing talking to three possible Superjet users

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - Russian planemaker Sukhoi on Tuesday said lessor Avialeasing had firmed up an order for 24 of its Superjet 100 aircraft in a deal worth $715 million.
That took the total number of firm orders for the Superjet to 122, moving it closer to its forecasted tally of 150 by the end of the year, Sukhoi said at the Paris Air Show.
Avialeasing said it was in the final stages of talks with three top Russian carriers to use the Superjet aircraft, which are being developed with Italy's Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI).
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft President Victor Soubbotin said he was optimistic that Western clients would follow suit in ordering Superjets once the aircraft was established in Russian fleets.
Deliveries will start in 2011, by which time the air transport market would have stabilised, Avialeasing said.
The Superjet is Russia's first civilian passenger plane since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Sukhoi unveiled a $1 billion deal at the show with Hungary's Malev [MALV.UL] and forecast further orders in spite of the industry downturn.

AIRSHOW-U.S. chasing up to 200 Lockheed Martin F-16 sales

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - The United States is chasing opportunities to sell up to 200 F-16 fighter jets on top of an Indian tender for 126 aircraft for which the plane is among the contenders, a Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) executive said.
"There are something between 100 and 200 aircraft that are very near-term opportunities that we are chasing, mainly in the Middle East and Far East, excluding India," F-16 programme manager Bill McHenry said at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday.
Lockheed Martin has a backlog of 95 F-16 orders, with production assured through 2012, executives told a news briefing. The F-16 has a unit price of around $40-50 million.

Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Announces Hiring of Nationally Recognized SEC Law Firm and Accounting Firm

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA and SHANGHAI, CHINA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jun 16, 2009 -- Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA, Inc. (OTC BB:WEMU.OB - News), a U.S.-based China manufacturing company specializing in products for customers in the industries of solar energy, aerospace, wireless telecommunications, medical equipment and automotive, today announced that the company has hired a new SEC law firm, Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP, and a nationally recognized accounting firm, Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation.
Worldwide Energy's Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Wang stated: "In order to ensure that WEMU is prepared for a listing on a national exchange, I have significantly strengthened our accounting and legal representation. Given our extraordinary growth and my vision to build a world-class solar company, I want to be sure that we are represented by experienced, nationally recognized firms."
Windes & McClaughry, in business 82 years, is an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, one of the largest accounting and business networks in the world.
About Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA, Inc.
Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA, Inc. ("Worldwide"), headquartered in South San Francisco, California, is a 15-year-old engineering-oriented firm specializing in photovoltaic (PV) panel, mechanical, electronics and fiber optic products manufacturing. The company's worldwide customer base includes the industries of solar energy, wireless telecommunications, aerospace, automobiles and medical equipment. Subsidiaries include: Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing Ningbo (Solar factory) Co., Ltd, Shanghai Intech Electro Mechanical Products Co. Ltd., Shanghai Intech Electronics Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Shanghai Intech Precision Mechanical Products Manufacturing Co. Ltd. And Shanghai Intech Electric and Electronics Co., Ltd., located in Shanghai and Ningbo, China.
For further information on Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA, Inc., please visit http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AqV78lfhzvvpdiI3CSoHCv.liRkC/SIG=10rctii27/**http://www.wwmusa.com/. You may register to receive Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA, Inc.'s future press releases or request to be added to the Company's distribution list by contacting John Ballard.
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Saab Awarded Contract for U.S. Army Gunnery Ranges

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 6:37 am EDT
Saab (STO:SAABB) has received a MUSD 12.4 (approximately MSEK 96) contract to produce and field simulators and targets for five gunnery ranges for the U.S. Army.
The lead integrator for the ranges is General Dynamics Information Technology who ordered the moving and stationary targets and simulators for installation over the next two years.
The ranges are part of the Digital Range Training System (DRTS) programme which provides live fire gunnery training facilities for the soldiers in a train-as-you-fight environment using live simulation and an after action review capability with position location, video imagery and digital vehicle information. This order increases Saab’s product base within training systems in the U.S. where it has been supplying targets and range controllers to the Army and Marine Corps since 1980.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on June 16 at 12.30.
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Hroux-Devtek Obtains Another Multi-Year Contract for the F-35 Lightning II-Agreement covering electronic chassis components worth over Cdn$10 million

Hroux-Devtek Obtains Another Multi-Year Contract for the F-35 Lightning II - Agreement covering electronic chassis components worth over Cdn$10 million
LE BOURGET, France, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX - News), a leading Canadian manufacturer of aerospace and industrial products, today announced that Noranco Inc. has awarded the Aerostructure Division of Héroux-Devtek (Magtron), a multi-year contract related to electronic chassis components for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter).
Under the terms of the agreement, Magtron, located in Toronto, Ontario, will perform operations, including brazing, heat treatment, and testing of complex avionic housings for all three F-35 variants over the next eight years. The F-35 aircraft quantity will ramp up throughout this period, with production rates currently planned to exceed 200 aircraft per year near the end of this contract. This contract begins in calendar 2010 and continues through 2017. Based on best estimated quantity production rates, the value of the contract is estimated to be in excess of Cdn$10 million.
As part of the agreement, Magtron will become Nadcap certified for the various processes involved in the manufacture of the Noranco products. Nadcap is the leading, worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace industry. Nadcap is the Performance Review Institute's (PRI) brand name for the industry-managed program for special processes in the aerospace industry.
"Héroux-Devtek is very excited to see Magtron participate in the F-35 program, as this contract expands our reach across all three sites of our Aerostructure Division," said Gilles Labbé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héroux-Devtek. "The selection of Héroux-Devtek for these critical components shows the confidence of Noranco in our technical ability, quality, and delivery. Our dedicated investment in Nadcap certification and new technology targeted at highly specialized, bonded machined products was instrumental in winning this contract."
About Héroux-Devtek
Héroux-Devtek (TSX: HRX - News), a Canadian company, serves two main market segments: Aerospace and Industrial Products, specializing in the design, development, manufacture and repair and overhaul of related systems and components. Héroux-Devtek supplies both the commercial and military sectors of the Aerospace segment with landing gear systems (including spare parts, repair and overhaul services) and airframe structural components. The Company also supplies the industrial segment with large components for power generation equipment and precision components for other industrial applications. Approximately 65% of the Company's sales are outside Canada, mainly in the United States. The Company's head office is located in Longueuil, Québec with facilities in the Greater Montreal area (Longueuil, Dorval, Laval and Rivière-des-Prairies); Kitchener and Toronto, Ontario; Arlington, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio.
About Noranco
Noranco Inc. is an integrated manufacturer and solutions-provider to the international commercial and military aerospace sectors. As a combined company with more than 400 employees across three manufacturing sites in the Greater Toronto Area, Noranco is one of the larger Tier 2 aerospace companies in Canada. The Company provides added value to customers through a wide range of sophisticated capabilities including high-precision CNC machining of aluminum and hard metals, sheet metal fabrication, processing, assembly, testing and supply chain management. Noranco produces a large variety of small to large aerospace products for a wide range of applications such as aero structures, landing gear, stringers, electronic/power distribution chassis, auxiliary power units, and environmental control systems.
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IoGLOBAL Taps SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES Satellite to Connect Troops in Afghanistan

Latest agreement leverages long-term relationship and expands communications with DVB IP platform
On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 6:17 am EDT
SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leveraging its global satellite fleet to meet growing demand for connectivity everywhere, SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG - News)(LUxX:SESG), today announced at the CommunicAsia conference that IoGlobal has signed a multiyear agreement to create a new DVB IP platform on the NSS-11 satellite to keep NATO troops in Afghanistan connected with friends and family back home.
IoGlobal’s new Asia 9 platform on the China beam of SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES’ NSS-11 satellite provides more than 70 Mbps of satellite-delivered streaming voice, data and video services to soldiers stationed in and around Kabul, Afghanistan. The solution expands on the growing, long-term relationship between IoGlobal and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES across three satellites and delivers a broad offering of mission-critical satellite-based services ranging from broadband to video streaming into the South Asian region.
“This latest agreement between IoGlobal and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES reinforces our service commitment to the Middle East and regions around the world, as the two companies deliver multiple SCPC, VSAT and DVB service platforms over our NSS-703, NSS-6, and NSS-11 spacecraft,” said Deepak Mathur, Vice President of South Asia and the Middle East for SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES. “IoGlobal and its team of dedicated professionals operate in extremely challenging environments and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is proud to play an integral role in enabling IoGlobal to meet the vital communications needs of troops serving in Afghanistan.”
About IoGlobal
IoGlobal is a technology-focused organization addressing RF and satellite ground station design and integration for ISPs, telcos and carriers worldwide. IoGlobal Services offers the IoStar brand of satellite-based VSAT Internet access solutions in Afghanistan. In the addition, the entity also provides end-to-end engineering and deployment services as and when needed for other companies in the RF and satellite deployment space.
SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is the newly combined SES division that brings together SES AMERICOM, the leading supplier of satellite services in the U.S., with the strategic global satellite services of SES NEW SKIES. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is a global leader that serves broadcasters, cable programmers, telecommunications companies and networks, governments, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, and educational institutions with efficient communications and content distribution solutions. Recognized as a major innovator of advanced satellite communications services, the division operates a fleet of 25 satellites in key orbital positions capable of providing coverage and service throughout the Americas and around the world. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES also has six spacecraft under construction and operates global ground facilities. SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES has offices in Princeton, The Hague, Washington, D.C., Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney. For more information, visit www.ses-americom.com or www.ses-newskies.com.
About SES
SES (Paris:SESG - News)(LUxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES, 90% of SES SIRIUS in Europe, and strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 40 satellites in 26 orbital locations. For further information: www.ses.com
Yves Feltes, Media Relations
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D-Link Unveils Power-Saving 8-Port Switch to Further Green Technology Initiative

Next-Generation Switch Provides Up to 84% Reduced Power Consumption Without Sacrificing Operational Performance
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jun 16, 2009 -- D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, and the first company to introduce green technology to computer networking, today expanded its leadership role in the development of energy-saving products and initiatives. It is introducing the second generation D-Link® 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch DGS-2208, which provides up to 84% reduced power consumption* without sacrificing network performance.
Shipping now, the DGS-2208 is one of four environmentally friendly small office/home office (SOHO) unmanaged gigabit switches that will ship this year with newly enhanced power-saving features, including a power supply that is ENERGY STAR-compliant. Already available is the next-generation D-Link 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch DGS-2205.
This second generation release of the D-Link Green(TM) switches is part of an award-winning company-wide D-Link Green technology computing initiative that includes manufacturing environmentally responsible products, eco-friendly packaging, optimizing devices for ENERGY STAR compliance, and providing consumer education and recycling programs.
"Our goal is to maintain industry leadership as a pioneer of green networking technology by building in even more energy-saving features into our products without sacrificing performance," said AJ Wang, chief technology officer, D-Link. "We plan to continue the momentum of success we've realized with our first generation green products as we seek new avenues that protect the environment and help our customers save money in the process."
About D-Link Green Technology
D-Link Green technology conserves energy by recognizing when a port is active or inactive then adjusts its power accordingly, benefiting home/SOHO users who may not need perpetual use of their computers or the use of all the ports on their switches. It is also capable of altering power usage in relation to the length of its cable, conserving energy use for both the user and the environment without any loss of performance.
-- Power conserved when links are idle
Even when a computer is shut down, switches often remain on and
continue to consume considerable amounts of power. Through D-Link
Green technology, the new switches can detect when a computer is
turned off and will respond accordingly by powering down into
standby mode and reduce power used for that port.
-- Optimized power usage based on dynamic detection of cable length
Normally, switches send full power to cables regardless of the
actual length. Through D-Link Green technology, the switches are
able to analyze the cable's length and adjust the power accordingly.
Since the cable length used by home/SOHO users is usually less than
20m, power consumption can be significantly reduced.
The incorporation of D-Link Green technology into these second generation switches re-emphasizes D-Link's strong commitment to protecting the environment, leading the development of eco-friendly products that comply with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives. The RoHS directive restricts the use of specific hazardous materials during the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods while WEEE applies standards for proper disposal and recycling of products. D-Link's commitment to making its products more energy efficient is being appreciated by leading industry-watchers, such as PC Magazine and Laptop Magazine, which recently named the D-Link Green initiative the most innovative of 2008. D-Link has also been named a finalist in the 2009 Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA®) annual Mark of Excellence Awards competition for its D-Link Green technology policies.
Pricing and Availability
Power saving equals cost saving with the new second generation D-Link with MSRP price set at $79.99 for the DGS-2208. The DGS-2205 carries a MSRP of $59.99. All D-Link switches are available through D-Link's vast network of value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors.
About D-Link
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.
D-Link, D-Link Green and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other third party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2009. D-Link. All Rights Reserved.

Boulder-built and Operated QuikSCAT Provides 10 Years of Data on Earth's Climate

BOULDER, Colo., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This month marks a decade of success for NASA's QuikSCAT mission, one that continues to provide a wealth of information about Earth's climate since its launch June 19, 1999. Although QuikSCAT's mission life was designed for two years, the spacecraft continues to operate into its tenth year and its groundbreaking research is being used to help predict severe weather patterns, create wave-prediction models and to observe global climate change. Observations taken by QuikSCAT revealed the most extensive ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctic regions since scientists began taking measurements from space 30 years ago.
QuikSCAT, short for Quick Scatterometer, was built in a record-breaking 12 months at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., for the Goddard Space Flight Center. The mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., with a team of professionals and undergraduate students at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Boulder, Colo., performing mission operations.
"QuikSCAT has clearly demonstrated its reliability to both government and commercial customers, providing quality forecasting data to scientists and meteorologists - the type of data that could easily be extended with a new scatterometer mission," said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace.
QuikSCAT orbits the Earth 14 times per day, providing coverage of 90 percent of the planet's surface. The instruments aboard the satellite measure sea-surface winds measuring the brightness of radar returns over the ocean. Over the course of its mission, QuikSCAT has become critical in detecting hurricanes and extra-tropical cyclones; improving ocean forecasts and weather warnings; and identifying changes in polar ice.
At LASP, students have played a vital role in the mission operations of the QuikSCAT satellite. LASP is a rare institution in that it offers this type of hands-on, mission training for undergraduate students. Twenty undergraduate students work with mission operations professionals at LASP's facilities in Boulder, Colo., controlling five different spacecraft, including the recently launched Kepler mission.
"QuikSCAT continues LASP's long and successful history of having professionals working side-by-side with students to operate spacecraft for NASA and Ball Aerospace," said Darren Osborne, LASP's QuikSCAT flight director. "We're extremely proud to be part of the QuikSCAT team."
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which began as the Upper Air Laboratory in 1948, is dedicated to making discoveries through the research and technology efforts of its atmospheric, space physics, solar, planetary, engineering and mission operations divisions.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Since 1956, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and is a technology innovator in aerospace.
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL - News) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.
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AIRSHOW-Boeing says C-17 orders to extend production to 2011

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) said additional orders for eight C-17 cargo aircraft would extend the production line "well into 2011" if approved by the U.S. Congress.
Jean Chamberlin, head of the C-17 programme for Boeing, told Reuters in an interview at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that the company was aggressively pursuing additional cost reductions on the aircraft as it marketed the plane overseas.
Chamberlin welcomed moves by U.S. lawmakers to add eight more planes in fiscal year 2009 and said the company would continue to lobby Congress for 15 planes to be added in fiscal 2010.

SilkAir Selects the Hamilton Sundstrand APS 3200 Auxiliary Power Unit

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- SilkAir has selected Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News), to install its APS 3200 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the airline's future deliveries of 11 firm and up to nine optional Airbus A320 series aircraft.
Hamilton Sundstrand has delivered more than 1,500 APS 3200 APUs to more than 70 airlines for their fleets of Airbus A320 aircraft.
"We are very pleased to continue our close partnership with SilkAir," said Dave Gitlin, Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power, Engine & Control Systems president. "SilkAir is a very important customer in the Asia Pacific region. We are tremendously proud to support this airline's growth with the APS 3200, which has proven its extensive A320 operational experience and low life-cycle costs, emissions and fuel consumption. Hamilton Sundstrand will continue to repair SilkAir's APS3200s in Singapore."
According to Chan Mun Chung, SilkAir Engineering manager, "We are pleased to further expand our relationship with Hamilton Sundstrand by selecting the APS 3200, with its 15 million hours of service experience, as our APU of choice as our fleet continues to grow to include 11 firm and up to nine optional A320 series aircraft. We judged the APS 3200 to be the best fit in our long-term strategic plan."
The APS 3200 APU is designed and produced at the Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems facility in San Diego, Calif.
Originally established in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, the carrier was renamed SilkAir in April 1992. This change marked the carrier's evolution from a holiday resort airline to a full-fledged regional carrier. As a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir is based in Singapore. Its positioning as a premium, short-to-medium-haul regional carrier gives it a unique appeal among leisure and business travelers in Asia. SilkAir currently operates flights to 30 destinations across 11 countries in the region. SilkAir's current fleet consists of 16 single aisle Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft, all of which are equipped with the APS 3200.
Other Hamilton Sundstrand systems on the A319 and A320 aircraft include the Electric Power Generating System and the Ram Air Turbine.
With 2008 revenues of $6.2 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 18,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems, and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.
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AIRSHOW-Airbus says A350 project to cost 11 bln eur

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus estimates development of its new A350 aircraft will cost about 11 billion euros ($15.2 billion), Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.
Enders said the figure did not represent an increase of its spending plans for the project, which will create a rival to Boeing's (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner, from a previously indicated 10 billion euros.
Airbus is owned by European aerospace group EADS (EAD.PA).

Pentagon approves Northrop E-2 plane production

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 5:17 am EDT
PARIS (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE:NOC - News) said a contract to build the first two production models of the U.S. Navy's new twin-engine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command and control aircraft was worth $432 million.
The fixed-price contract, which contains an incentive fee, includes funding for two production aircraft and will finance the acquisition of long-lead items for two more, the company said in a statement.
The Navy awarded Northrop the contract on Monday after the program passed a major milestone review, allowing Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer, to approve the start of low-rate production of the plane, which acts as a type of digital quarterback, for the Navy.
Northrop won an initial $1.9 billion contract to design and develop the plane in August 2003.
"This contract award confirms that the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye design is stable, and we have the critical manufacturing processes in place to produce and deliver a high-quality, reliable weapons system to the warfighter," said Jim Culmo, Northrop vice president in charge of the program.
Culmo said Northrop was on track to deliver the first pilot production aircraft in 2010.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft are equipped with an advanced Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT - News) radar that will pick up smaller targets at a greater range than currently deployed systems. Once fielded, it will join the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and EA-18G Growler on Navy carriers.
The Navy said Carter signed an acquisition decision memorandum on June 11 allowing continued work on the program after cost increases triggered a review that could have led to its cancellation.
Carter also approved low-rate production, which allows a ramp-up in manufacturing of a new weapon system, giving the program time to iron out any production problems before it moves into full-rate production.
The Navy said a rigorous review of the program showed cost increases could be mitigated by buying the aircraft at a more efficient rate. It said it was also pursuing cost-cutting initiatives, including possible multi-year procurements.
The current plan calls for the Navy to buy two aircraft in both fiscal years 2009 and 2010. It plans to buy 75 aircraft overall.

Spirit AeroSystems Selected to Design and Manufacture Pylon for Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

WICHITA, Kan., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR - News) has been selected to design and build the pylon for the Bombardier CSeries* commercial jet. In addition to the pylon, the work package for both the CS100 and CS300 aircraft models includes systems, strut-to-wing hardware, and the aft fairing package.
"Spirit is honored to partner with Bombardier on the CSeries aircraft program," said Mike King, senior vice president and general manager of Spirit's Propulsion Segment. "We're thrilled to welcome Bombardier as a new customer, and look forward to building the relationship."
Pylon work will be performed at Spirit's facility in Wichita, Kan. A pylon is a large, highly specialized aerostructure that holds an aircraft's engine and its casing to the wing. Spirit's Wichita location has decades of experience building pylons for large commercial aircraft. It currently builds pylons for every Boeing commercial airplane in production, and was awarded a contract to design and build the pylon for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet in 2008.
Industry-leading designs and processes will be applied by Spirit, including expansion of Spirit Exact(TM), an advanced manufacturing assembly process that utilizes detail part features such as holes, surfaces, and slots, to provide for "self location" of parts at assembly. The process minimizes or eliminates part locating tools and the cost, time and maintenance associated with them.
Parts will be designed and made from light-weight aluminum and titanium materials wherever possible, and will be manufactured at the company's Wichita, Kan., facility.
"Spirit has established itself as a leader in propulsion systems in the commercial market, and adding this work package to our portfolio is an important step in the future of our company," King said.
The Bombardier CSeries family of single-aisle commercial aircraft is designed for the 100- to 149-seat market, featuring the new Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan Engine. The CSeries aircraft combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology, and proven methods to meet commercial airline needs. The aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2013.
* CSeries is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or of its subsidiaries.
On the web: www.spiritaero.com
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc
Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, England; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and is developing a new manufacturing facility in Kinston, N.C. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.
About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may vary materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to future levels of business in the aerospace and commercial transport industries or in the number of aircraft to be built; the success and timely progression of our customers' new programs; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

U.S. Army's BLACK HAWK Helicopter Fleet Closing in on 1M Flight Hours in Iraq, Afghanistan

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopters flown by the U.S. Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war have accumulated more than 900,000 flight hours without a single material failure with the aircraft and are expected to break the 1 million fleet flight hour mark this fall, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. reported today from the Paris Air Show. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News).
The U.S. Army currently operates more than 300 BLACK HAWK helicopters combined in these two Overseas Contingency Operations. BLACK HAWK helicopters have flown these missions since February 2003 and are maintaining an 84 percent mission capable readiness rate while operating in the extreme heat, wind, and sand conditions.
"This is the ultimate testament to the durability, reliability and effectiveness of the BLACK HAWK helicopter - to support and protect our soldiers in such withering and hostile environments, and to keep performing mission after mission and without any material failures," said Scott Starrett, President of Sikorsky Military Systems.
The U.S. Army's total BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet exceeds 1,740 aircraft and has amassed nearly 6 million flight hours.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Sikorsky Aircraft Adapts Business Model to Enhance Customer Experience and Advance Growth

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. said today it has completed the realignment of its business into three distinct divisions to provide greater clarity for customers and respond to market demand. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News).
As part of the realignment, Sikorsky recently launched Sikorsky Military Systems to bolster its ability to respond to the needs of the U.S. and international military segments. In February, Sikorsky announced creation of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a rebranding of its existing commercial business units. In 2008, Sikorsky launched a comprehensive solution for customer support with the introduction of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
"As a company, Sikorsky has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last several years, which has positioned us well in spite of the economic downturn," said President Jeffrey P. Pino. "As we looked forward, we recognized that we had outgrown our prior business approach and needed to realign our business to achieve our longer-term vision. We needed to be ready to respond to the future demands of the marketplace. With this realignment, we are poised to do that."
Sikorsky, which saw revenues climbing during each of the past seven years, has followed a four-pronged business strategy: growth with margin expansion, excellence in execution, technological leadership, and globalization. The company realignment supports its strategic vision to become more global, to enhance its business unit focus on specific customer segments, and to continue its steady growth path.
"In renaming our military business, we chose to emphasize the 'systems' aspect because Sikorsky Aircraft is not simply a producer of helicopters but of comprehensive systems that go beyond 'hardware,' " said Scott Starrett, President, Sikorsky Military Systems.
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, led by Marc Poland, aligns the company's existing commercial business units located in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. Sikorsky Global Helicopters comprises current Sikorsky aircraft platforms S-76®, S-92® and H-92(TM) helicopters; former Schweizer platforms S-300C(TM), S-300CBi(TM), S-333(TM) and S-434(TM) helicopters; and all operations of Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG).
Sikorsky Aerospace Services, led by David Adler, offers the aviation industry one of the most comprehensive portfolios of support solutions for both military and commercial customers around the world. It supports more than 10,000 fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 75 countries and provides a full range of logistics, maintenance, training and material support services for a variety of aviation platforms.
Sikorsky's revenue reached a record $4.8 billion in 2007, followed by a record $5.4 billion in 2008. The company's backlog has grown to more than $12 billion.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

S-92(R) Helicopter Operated by U.K. Search and Rescue Achieves 1,000 Flight Hour Milestone

-- SAR Aircraft Marked Busiest Year Since Operation's Inception --
PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- A Search and Rescue (SAR) S-92® helicopter operating in the United Kingdom has reached the operational milestone of 1,000 flight hours as the SAR services provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and under the operation of CHC Helicopter Corp. continue to operate at availability levels of 98 percent. The S-92 helicopter is manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News).
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CHC Search and Rescue operates four SAR S-92 helicopters from two bases covering territory in the North Atlantic and the North Sea. In Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland, the fleet has conducted 244 rescue missions, while missions flown out of Sumburgh, Shetland Isles, Scotland, have totaled 150 to date. Aircraft technical availability at both bases has been 98 percent, said Ian McLuskie, UK SAR Manager, CHC Search and Rescue.
"We began introducing the new-technology aircraft to the service under a new contract nearly two years ago and our S-92 helicopters in Stornoway were the first to go live," McLuskie said. "This 1,000-hour milestone really highlights the extent to which the service is called into action and consistently proves its value in often challenging circumstances. It is also a great credit to our technicians who keep the aircraft operational 24 hours a day."
Sikorsky initially developed the S-92 helicopter for over-water search and rescue in demanding and challenging environments such as the North Sea and North Atlantic, where the MCA is in service.
The subject S-92 helicopter, call-sign G-SARB, reached and surpassed the 1,000-hour milestone in May 2009. The aircraft is one of two deployed at the Stornoway base for the MCA. McLuskie said that G-SARB and G-CGMU, (the second Stornoway aircraft), completed 172 SAR missions in 2008 -- the base's busiest year since operations began there in 1987.
In the first full year of SAR services at the two bases, the SAR S-92 helicopters completed 172 and 109 missions at Stornoway and Sumburgh, respectively. The MCA contract began in 2007.
"The search and rescue activities taking place in the U.K. are a testament to the reliability and performance of the S-92 helicopter," said Marc Poland, President, Sikorsky Global Helicopters. "Sikorsky is proud to see the CHC-operated MCA missions continue to add to that legacy."
Last year, during the early months of SAR S-92 helicopter service in the U.K., a crew rescued 14 fishermen from the vessel Spinningdale, which had run aground at St. Kilda. The rescue was conducted amid gusting 70-knot winds as the vessel sat stranded on rocky, cliff-facing terrain. The helicopter crew later was recognized with the Great Scot of the Year Award for its bravery and professionalism, and the winchman Phil Warrington has recently received the Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for his outstanding bravery on this mission.
The S-92 aircraft is the first helicopter in the world certified to the latest U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European airworthiness safety standards. The S-92 helicopter features a Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS), which allows the aircraft to operate in known icing conditions. RIPS has been certified by both North American and European aviation authorities and is available on S-92 helicopter military variants as well as commercial aircraft. EASA certification was issued in April for an IAFS equipped aircraft, which is currently in commercial operation.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Paris Air Show: CIAF Holding and Aviation Capital Group Form Joint Venture Aircraft Leasing Company

On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 5:00 am EDT
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Civil Aviation Finance Holding Co. (CIAF Holding), an Egyptian corporation, and US lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) today announced the formation of a joint venture aircraft leasing company to serve Egypt, the Middle East and Northern Africa.
The company is named Civil Aviation Finance and Operating Leases Co., or CIAF-Leasing. Executives of Egypt CIAF Holding and ACG signed the final documentation at the Paris Air Show during a press conference. Operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter this year.
The shareholders are CIAF, ACG, an aircraft leasing company rated among one of the top five companies in the industry, and the Civil Aviation Support and Development Fund, an Egyptian entity founded to support and develop civil aviation activities. Capitalization is undisclosed but is substantial. The Egyptian entities own 90% of the joint venture and ACG has a 10% shareholding. The initial investment profile of CIAF Holding will concentrate primarily on new and younger narrow-body aircraft.
Prof. Medhat Hassanein is chairman and CEO of CIAF Holding. He is the former Egyptian Minister of Finance (1999-2004). He is a Board member of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, a member of the UN High Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor and a Board member of HSBC in Cairo. Prof. Hassanein signed the final JV agreement on behalf of the CIAF Holding and the Fund.
ACG will serve as manager under a five year agreement with renewal options. The management service activities will include the general management and control of the day-to-day business operations and affairs of CIAF-Leasing subject to the directions of the Board of Directors of the Company.
Group Managing Director and CEO R. Stephen Hannahs signed the JV agreement for ACG.
Donald Bunker, a renowned aviation attorney based in Dubai, advised CIAF Holding on the creation of the joint venture. His firm, Donald H. Bunker and Associates in Dubai, caters to carriers and corporate operators worldwide.
“Relationships are extremely important and ACG’s 20-year history of building relationships with its customers worldwide made ACG the best and easiest choice for this JV,” Bunker said. “This is going to be a very interesting and fruitful enterprise. With the contacts the Egyptians have and the capabilities ACG has, this is a very good marriage.”
Prof. Hassanein said Egypt is well positioned to become the center of commercial aviation in the Middle East and Northern Africa, or MENA (pronounced mee-nuh). Cairo is already well-established as an aviation center for airline, airport, maintenance and related operations. Aircraft leasing is the next step in this progression. Prof. Hassanein envisions long-term expansion beyond the MENA. The MENA represents growth opportunities in global aviation for Egypt and for ACG. The MENA currently represents about 4% of ACG’s portfolio.
“At ACG, deals begin as a business transaction and they become relationships,” said Hannahs. “Partnering with Egyptian private and public entities broadens our presence in the region, but most importantly it creates a relationship that we will value for years and years to come.”
Hannahs expressed appreciation at ACG’s selection by the Egyptian partners to launch this joint venture. “This new partnership is a compliment and endorsement on a global scale of ACG’s business model. The joint venture is a source of stability in an unstable market where airlines and lessors have challenges finding financing and where lessors are facing unusual challenges of their own.”
“We look forward to our partnership with ACG,” said Prof. Hassanein. “ACG’s emphasis on relationships, its position in the global leasing community and its sound financial footing makes the company a perfect fit for our new joint venture.”
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About CIAF-Leasing
CIAF-Leasing is a joint-venture company between the Civil Aviation Finance Holding Co. (CIAF Holding), an Egyptian corporation founded under the Capital Market Law in November 2008 to serve as the financial arm of the Civil Aviation Sector in Egypt; Aviation Capital Group, an aircraft leasing enterprise rated among one of the top five companies worldwide in the industry; and the Civil Aviation Support and Development Fund, an Egyptian entity founded to support and develop Egyptian Civil Aviation activities. The initial investment profile of the Company will concentrate primarily on new and younger narrow-body aircraft to be operated in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa region.
About ACG
ACG is a “Tier 1” customer of the airframe and engine manufacturers, with a backlog of nearly 150 single-aisle and twin-aisle mainline jets. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific LifeCorp, the parent company of one of the largest and oldest insurance companies in the U.S. ACG has its own stand-alone investment grade credit rating and recently received an Ex-IM Bank commitment to finance 22 aircraft through the issuance of securities. When completed, this financing should offer an alternative to previously issued Ex-Im Bank-backed loans and potentially could alter the ways aircraft are financed in the future.
Aviation Capital Group is the owner/lessor and portfolio manager of a diversified fleet of commercial jet aircraft leased to the world’s leading airlines. Its portfolio includes more than 230 jets leased to more than 90 airlines in 42 countries. ACG’s Capital Markets Group provides asset management and remarketing services to aircraft investors and institutional clients. ACG was founded in 1989 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific LifeCorp, the parent company of Pacific Life Insurance Company. www.aviationcapital.com
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Elbit, Rockwell Collins venture wins $54 mln deals

TEL AVIV, June 16 (Reuters) - Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems Ltd (ESLT.TA) said on Tuesday its joint venture with Rockwell Collins (COL.N) received several new contracts worth more than $54.1 million relating to the F-35 aircraft.
The contracts received from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) include the delivery of 52 F-35 Helmet Mounted Displays and 30 additional aircraft systems.
The joint venture, Vision Systems International, also received initial funding for the Pilot Fit Facility Standup at Eglin Air Force Base for the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System programme.
Delivery under the contracts will begin this year and continue through 2012. (Reporting by Tova Cohen; Editing by Hans Peters)

DASSAULT AVIATION : Fleet recovery of the Peruvian MIRAGE 2000

PARIS--(MARKET WIRE)--Jun 16, 2009 -- Fleet recovery of the Peruvian MIRAGE 2000
During a meeting held on the occasion of Le Bourget Airshow, the Vice- Minister of Defence of Peru, Jose Antonio BELLINA, with the representatives of the French Ministry of Defence and the companies Dassault Aviation, EUROTRADIA International, THALES and SNECMA, has confirmed the will of the Peruvian Government to invest in the fleet recovery of the MIRAE 2000.
This announcement follows the release of a Press Communiqué in which the Peruvian Minister of Defence, Antero FLORES-ARAO, confirms the intention of his Government to dedicate 140 Million US Dollars to this project.
The French industrials, supported by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), welcome this declaration and reaffirm their full support to the Peruvian Air Force.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a major world player in the aeronautical industry, involved in the civilian and military fields. The company's leadership status is driven by expertise in emerging and strategic technologies, trend- setting design capabilities, lean and flexible production facilities, a highly skilled and committed workforce, and a broad portfolio of civilian and military products.
World leader for the top-of-the-range business jets and only manufacturer of business jets in Europe with the Falcon family, Dassault Aviation also produces the Rafale combat aircraft. The French authorities appointed Dassault Aviation as prime contractor of nEUROn, an European UCAV demonstrator programme.
Thanks to its unique experience as an architect of complex airborne systems and digital flight control systems, the Company brings innovative cooperation schemes to the European military aviation sector.
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Bombardier Selects Goodrich Next Generation SmartProbe Air Data, Ice Detection, and Other Systems for CSeries Family of Aircraft

Systems are expected to generate more than $200 million in revenue over program life
On Tuesday June 16, 2009, 4:15 am EDT
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR - News) has been selected by Bombardier to provide several systems including its next-generation SmartProbe™ air data system and ice detection system for the new CSeries* family of aircraft.. Work will be performed primarily at Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems facility in Burnsville, Minn. The next-generation SmartProbe system provides all critical air data parameters for the aircraft’s flight control, pilot display and other systems. SmartProbe air data sensing technology integrates multi-function sensing probes, pressure sensors and air data computer processing. Elimination of pneumatic lines reduces system cost, weight and complexity. Full integration improves system reliability, maintainability and performance. The flexibility and versatility of the next-generation SmartProbe system make it suitable for flight control systems ranging from traditional to fully fly-by-wire flight control applications.
The primary ice detection system advises flight crews of ice buildup for activation of the ice protection system at the optimal time. The system helps reduce fuel consumption by activating the energy-consuming de-ice function only when required. Goodrich is the only company certified by the FAA to provide primary ice detection systems for commercial aircraft.
“In providing these advanced systems, we’re leveraging our expertise to bring truly integrated and optimized solutions to Bombardier for their next-generation single-aisle CSeries aircraft,” said Jan Mathiesen, vice president, Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems. “These selections continue to strengthen Goodrich’s role as the leading provider of air data and ice detection systems to the industry worldwide, and we welcome the CSeries to the growing number of commercial and military aircraft using our SmartProbe architecture.”
Goodrich has also been selected to provide the external, cockpit and maintenance lighting system for the CSeries aircraft.
Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft is expected to emit 20** per cent less CO2 and 50** per cent less NOx, fly four** times quieter, and deliver dramatic energy savings – 20** per cent fuel burn advantage as well as 15** percent improved cash operating costs – versus current in-production aircraft of similar size. Launch customer Lufthansa is scheduled to receive up to 60 of the aircraft; entry into service is expected in 2013. Other Goodrich content on the CSeries includes the high lift actuation system, as well as the nacelle system for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower™ PW1000G engine that will power the aircraft
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information, visit http://www.goodrich.com.
Goodrich Corporation operates through its divisions and as a parent company for its subsidiaries, one or more of which may be referred to as "Goodrich Corporation" in this press release.
* CSeries is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or of its subsidiaries.
** The CSeries aircraft is in the design phase. All data and specifications are estimates, subject to change in family strategy, branding, capacity, performance during the course of the design, manufacture and certification process. Performance has been estimated based on a 500-nm North American operating environment.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the company's future plans, objectives, and expected performance. Specifically, statements that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," or "plan," are intended to identify forward-looking statements and convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The company cautions readers that any such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that the company believes are reasonable, but are subject to a wide range of risks, and actual results may differ materially.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: demand for and market acceptance of the aircraft; the actual amount of product purchased under the contracts; potential cancellation of orders by customers; extension of contracts with the company relating to the aircraft beyond the initial contract period; and global demand for the aircraft’s spare parts and aftermarket services. Further information regarding the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results can be found in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.
The company cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward- looking statements contained in this release, which speak only as of the date on which such statements were made. The company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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