Aviation financier and lessor company Stellwagen, has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus Defence and Space C295 medium transport aircraft.

The agreement, which includes options for a further 12 aircraft, positions Stellwagen to address civil markets including the humanitarian sector, freight operators in austere environments, and government agencies such as search and rescue services.

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At the Paris Air Show 2017, Safran Electronics & Defense is unveiling the new-generation of its Euroflir 410 modular airborne electro-optical sensor system. It can be integrated to

special-mission aircraft, helicopters, airships and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Very-high-resolution multispectral cameras provide target detection and identification at longer standoff distances, in any environment (smoke, dust, fog, saline) and day or night. An optional laser designator guides precision air-to-ground munitions.

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A Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the production of aerostructures parts and assemblies was signed between Elbit Systems – Cyclone and Mahindra Aerostructures.

Under this arrangement, Elbit Systems – Cyclone will source content for their existing work packages from Mahindra Aerostructures, and the two companies will also team up on new work opportunities, leveraging each other’s strengths, capacities and capabilities.

Mahindra currently operates a large aerostructures manufacturing facility near Bengaluru in India.

Elbit Systems – Cyclone customer base includes Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Spirit Aerosystems, Sikorsky, Textron Aviation, Triumph and others.

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Rheinmetall is currently delivering 580 of its VarioRay laser light module set to Austria’s Federal Ministry of the Interior for Cobra, the country’s counter-terrorism unit. The package is worth over EUR1 million.

In 2016, the Austrian Federal Ministry of National Defence and Sport ordered 600 tactical laser light module sets for the Austrian Federal Army for the StG 77 assault rifle, and a further 164 sets for the MG74 machine gun. The system is based on the LLM-01 laser light module. This order was worth over EUR1 million.

(StG 77 assault rifle with LLM-01 laser light module, Rheinmetall).

(VarioRay laser light module, Rheinmetall).

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CONTROP Precision Technologies will launch the T-STAMP-XR compact electro-optical infrared payload for unmanned aircraft systems at the Paris Air Show 2017.

T-STAMP-XR system weighs 3.5 kg. It is comprised of a high sensitivity HD day camera, a cooled thermal imaging camera, and an optional laser designator or laser pointer.

The built-in inertial navigation system on the line-of-sight provides precise and accurate target coordinates, geo-location, hold-to-coordinate and point-to-coordinate capabilities. The optional laser pointer is available for onboard target pointing. Additional features include onboard automatic video tracker, image enhancement, local automatic gain control, picture-in-picture, digital video output, and optional H.264 video output.

(T-STAMP-XR, CONTROP Precision Technologies).

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At the upcoming Paris Air Show 2017 defence and aerospace event to be held in Le Bourget, Paris June 19-25, Elbit Systems will present SkEye WAPS airborne wide-area persistent surveillance system and SkyStriker fully autonomous loitering munitions system.

(SkyStriker, Elbit Systems).

(skeye onboard hermes 900, Elbit Systems).

(skeye, Elbit Systems).

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Leonardo Helicopters announced the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport on 12 June.

The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, also started on 12 June prior to delivery of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered for search and rescue (SAR).

The AW101 full flight simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D is a CAE Series 3000 device. Located in a new annex to the Thales Flight Training Centre, the simulator is operated and managed by Leonardo Helicopters to deliver its wide range of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training courses. The centre will also house a Royal Norwegian Air Force owned AW101 search and rescue console training device that is linked to the full flight simulator to provide rear crew training.

The AW101 simulator combines a Leonardo Helicopters developed flight dynamic model, avionics and aircraft software modeling, with CAE’s core simulation technologies, including CAE True six degree-of-freedom electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 visual system; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system.

This new simulator also includes mission systems such as SAR autopilot modes, digital map, radar, aircraft mission management computer, multi-purpose control and display units, cockpit display system and flotation system.

In December 2013 Leonardo Helicopters signed a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for 16 AW101 helicopters and support and training services for the initial 15 years.

(AW101 full flight simulator, Leonardo Helicopters).

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