News in brief

Radar contracts

British Aerospace Defence Systems has won a contract to provide radar enhancement equipment for the AWS-6 radars on the Danish navy’s seven batch 1 Stanflex patrol vessels. The Christchurch firm also won a contract for new AWS-9 (3D) surveillance and target acquisition radars for an unnamed country.

Team effort

GEC’s US subsidiary GEC-Marconi Aerospace has entered a teaming arrangement with Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems to design, develop and build trailing edge flap drive actuation system for the Ayres Loadmaster LM200 light cargo and utility aircraft.

BASE agreement

Plymouth-based British Aerospace Systems and Equipment (BASE) and Sikorsky have signed a deal for the supply of BASE SCR500 combined cockpit voice and flight data recorders for the new Sikorsky S-92 multipurpose helicopter. BASE also won a renewed contract to repair nose radomes of RAF C-130 Hercules aircraft.

$54bn sales forecast

Consultant Forecast International has predicted a $54.23bn market for regional airliners over the next 10 years. The market will be led by Bombardier, with its CRJ series of jets and its Dash Eight turboprops (34.6% of all revenues), followed by Brazil’s Embraer (17.5%), and Boeing (12.5%).

Moving up to Rolls

Airline Qantas is to upgrade the engines on its 18 Boeing 747-400s to Rolls-Royce’s RB211-524G-T. Up to 90 engines, including spares, will be supplied.

Wing orders

British Aerospace’s Filton and Chester plants will build Airbus wings for orders worth up to $4bn (£2.4bn): six long range A340-500s for Emirates and 10 A340-500/600s and six A320 family for International Lease Finance Corporation.