Chilean helicopter fleet grows stronger with first AW109 Trekker sale in the country


 An AW119Kx VIP and an AW109 Trekker utility will be delivered in 4Q2018 and 1Q2019 respectively
 Leonardo helicopters fleet in Chile exceeds 20 aircraft of various models including AW119, AW109, AW139 and W-3A Sokol covering VIP/corporate passenger, firefighting, utility and law enforcement
 Over 400 Leonardo helicopters are in service in Latin America for civil and military tasks

Rome, 30 March 2018 – Leonardo announced today that two additional civil helicopters will be delivered to Chilean private operators by early 2019, adding to a fleet of more than 20 aircraft currently in service. The deliveries will mark the entry of the new AW109 Trekker light twin, in a utility configuration, into the Chilean market in 1Q2019 as well as an AW119Kx single engine for VIP transport in 4Q2018. The AW109 Trekker maintains the AW109 Grand airframe, large cabin and top class performance while offering greater payload at a competitive cost, thus proving perfectly suited to meet the stringent requirements of Chilean operators in terms of capabilities, cost/effectiveness and environment, particularly in high altitude conditions.

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Boeing Form Joint Venture Partnership Targeting 55% Localization

With revenues to exceed $22 billion and 6,000 jobs by 2030

– Partnership to provide sustainment services for fixed- and rotary-wing military aircraft of KSA military fleet

– New partnership will support local content in a move to achieve the National Transformation Program goals and embrace Vision 2030

– Investment value to reach $450 million in facilities and equipment inside the Kingdom

SEATTLE, March 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and following the announcement of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crowne Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minster of Defense, to localize 50% of the total military spending by 2030, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Boeing [NYSE: BA] today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to develop a new joint venture (JV) aiming to localize more than 55% of the MRO services for fixed and rotary-wing military aircraft in Saudi Arabia. The agreement will also transfer technology to install weaponry on these aircraft as well as localize the supply chain for spare parts in the Kingdom.

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Successful Fifth Launch Brings Aireon Global Air Traffic Surveillance System Closer to Full Deployment

With 50 Aireon payloads in orbit, system testing is underway by airlines

MCLEAN, Va. – March 30, 2018 – Aireon announced today the fifth successful launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, hosted by the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation. At 7:13:51 AM PDT (14:13:51 UTC), a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 50.

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Countdown to Freedom: One Year to Brexit Day!

It is now exactly one year until the United Kingdom closes the door on its membership of the European Union and marches into a bright new future which will strengthen our union and guarantee our future prosperity. This is precisely the message Theresa May has been delivering today on a rainy tour around the country. It is good to see the Prime Minister extoling the real benefits of our departure. Although we have been forced into an ‘Implementation Period’ until December 31st, 2020, we will be well on the road to freedom from the EU in most areas of our lives. It is important to remember “no deal is better than a bad deal” and we remain prepared to walk away from the talks – a decision which would speed up our departure!

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