AFA 2021: USAF, Lockheed Martin select Collins Aerospace for new C-130J wheel, brakes
20 September 2021
by Pat Host
The Collins Aerospace Goodrich C-130 Carbon Brake and Lock Ring Wheel. The company is providing the system to the USAF for 60 C-130Js. (Collins Aerospace)
The US Air Force (USAF) and Lockheed Martin have picked Collins Aerospace to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for 60 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, according to a Collins Aerospace statement.
Collins Aerospace will provide its Goodrich C-130 Carbon Brake and Lock Ring Wheel system as part of this award. It features a two-piece aluminum lock ring wheel that provides for easier maintenance and a lock ring design that eliminates the need for tie bolts.
Collins Aerospace spokesman Al Killeffer said on 14 September, ahead of the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual conference, that the company will provide approximately 240 wheels and 240 brakes, four per aircraft, as part of this contract. Collins Aerospace will start delivering these new integrated wheel systems in January. Killeffer declined to specify the value of the award.
AUSA 2021: US Army test pilots fly Defiant tech demonstrator during FLRAA source selection
15 October 2021
by Pat Host
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator as seen on 20 February 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. US Army test pilots have flown the platform during FLRAA source selection to help the team better refine its end product for the service if Sikorsky-Boeing wins the FLRAA procurement. (Janes/Pat Host)
US Army test pilots recently flew the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator during source selection for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition to help the team have a better end product for the service if it wins the procurement.
Chris Downey, Boeing Defense, Space, and Security Future Vertical Lift (FVL) global sales and marketing, told
on 14 October that Sikorsky-Boeing is concerned with continuing to gather as much information and data as possible to better validate its Defiant X design and improve its models, tools, and processes. Having the US Army test pilots fly the SB>1 Defiant during source selection also helps the team optimise its software.
Downey said two US Army test pilots flew the SB>1 Defiant in its last two flights, which took place after proposal submission. Sikorsky-Boeing submitted its bid in September.
New Russian PD-35 turbofan engine commences ground testing
15 October 2021
by Nigel Torp Petersen
UEC-Aviadvigatel PD-35 turbofan engine core in testing in October 2021 (United Engine Corporation)
Early-stage static testing has begun on the engine core that will become the new Russian PD-35 turbofan aircraft engine. The engine is intended to have a thrust range of 24 to 40 tonnes (239 kN to 398 kN) and it has potential applications on Russia's future military transport aircraft fleet, as well as commercial aircraft programmes such as the CR929 and the Il-96-400. Original equipment manufacturer UEC-Aviadvigatel announced on 11 October 2021 that assembly of the gas-compressing core of the engine was completed in mid-September at a site near the Russian city of Perm and development had progressed to running the demonstrator at low power to confirm the integrity of the design.
AUSA 2021: Kaman Air Vehicles launches Kargo heavy-lift autonomous UAV
14 October 2021
by Pat Host
A full-scale model of Kaman Air Vehicles' Kargo heavy-lift autonomous quadcopter UAV on display on 13 October 2021 at the AUSA annual convention in Washington, DC. The company unveiled the aircraft at the event. (Janes/Pat Host)
Kaman Air Vehicles unveiled its Kargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an autonomous heavy-lift quadcopter capable of carrying approximately 363 kg payload, with a full-scale model at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual convention.
Romin Dasmalchi, Kaman Aerospace senior director of business development and government relations, told
on 13 October at AUSA that the aircraft is designed to support future US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) operating concepts such as Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations that imply austere conditions and forward deployment. Kaman Air Vehicles wants the Kargo to provide the US armed services logistics options so that they are not using expensive aircraft such as the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotors to fly cheap cargo for short distances.
Dasmalchi said the Kargo will have a cost-per-flight-hour on par with a commercial helicopter that runs a 300 hp engine such as a Robinson R66.
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