Groundbreaking 'DevOps' development approach speeds progress on improved GPS
AURORA, Colo., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon's (NYSE: RTN) use of technology development best practices and its completion of a systems engineering milestone are driving progress on the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system will provide improved performance and security for the GPS technology used by millions of users worldwide.
Raytheon has completed its latest major systems engineering milestone for the final software iteration, a marker of the progress achieved by the GPS OCX program course corrections implemented over the last two years. The milestone provided extra rigor and accountability around the systems engineering for the rest of the GPS OCX program. It also enables more efficient completion of the remaining software development and associated cyber protection capabilities that will harden the system against hackers, double GPS accuracy, enhance its availability, and eventually replace the stop-gap and patching measures currently used on the legacy GPS ground system.
The OCX team reduced development cycle times to create more efficient and effective software development by using a commercial best practice called DevOps. DevOps combines commercial cloud technologies, new automation and software development processes. This is the first use of DevOps in a large-scale U.S. Department of Defense acquisition program.
"The recent milestones achieved for OCX demonstrate our resolve to meet long-term schedule commitments and keep our momentum in 2017," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. "These software development innovations are helping to drive OCX capabilities, the replacement of the legacy GPS ground system, and significant enhancements to GPS overall."
The U.S. Air Force-led GPS Modernization Program will yield new positioning, navigation and timing capabilities for U.S. military and civilian users across the globe. Developed by Raytheon under contract to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, GPS OCX is replacing the current GPS operational control system and will support the launch of the GPS III satellites. The new system will provide enhanced performance, the effective use of modern civil and military signals and secure information-sharing with unprecedented cyber protection.
The T-X program, established by the US Air force, aims at procuring a new two-seat jet trainer thus replacing the T-38 Talon's fleet whose average age is over 50 years. One of the program's driving requirements for the new trainer would be to prepare pilots for the increased complexity in some areas especially regarding information management, which is considered as an essential part of fifth generation aircraft. The request for proposal called for 350 aircraft, along with a number of ground training systems, with initial operating capability scheduled for 2024 and full operational capabilities in 2034.
In a world trainer's market is valuated at $3 billion per year (according to a Teal Group report, a leading aerospace and defense market analysis firm) the T-X competition is considered as "the most important" due to the fact that other countries currently operating the T-38 Talon- such as the Turkish and German Air forces- are considered as primary potential customers for the T-X program. Consequently, the competition attracted most major airframes capable of building high end jet trainers.
For U.S defense contractors the stakes are high since, the T-X competition's results will have its consequences on their positioning. For companies like Boeing and Northrop, currently depending on F-15 (Boeing) and F-18 (Boeing/Northrop Grumman) orders, losing the T-X competition may jeopardize their position as a prime contractor in the tactical aircraft market. Northrop has been appointed as a prime contractor for the B-21 strategic bomber and Boeing is using its close relationship with the Trump administration by trying to promote for a new F-18 variant as an F-35 C replacement. However, a scenario where Lockheed Martin emerges as a winner would place it as the sole U.S manufacturer of tactical military aircrafts.
The importance of the competition and its consequences, pushed some contractors to submit some of their existing aircraft before the formal RFP release while others decided to proceed with clean sheet designs.
|Presented on September 2016, the Boeing/Saab T-X is a clean sheet design. the Aircraft, powered by a General Electric F404, first flew on December 20th 2016.||Boeing/Saab T-X|
|Based on a modified M-346 Master - currently in use in Italy, Israel, Poland and Singapore- the T-100 is Leonardo’s design for the competition through its U.S subsidiary DRS (after its partner Raytheon announced its withdrawal due to business issues). The aircraft would be powered by two F124 engines provided by Honeywell.||Leonardo T-100|
|Already in service in the south Korean Air Force the T-50 presented for the competition presents minor changes (mostly avionics related)||Lockheed Martin/ KAI T-50|
|Northrop initially intended to participate in the T-X competition with an updated version of the Hawk T2/T128 - already in use in the UK, India, Finland and Australia- by partnering with BAE systems, L-3 Communications and Rolls-Royce. However, it had to switch to a new clean-sheet design as the modified hawk couldn't achieve the required performance due to airframe shortcomings. The new design was to be constructed by one of its subsidiary, Scaled Composites. Finally, both companies announced in a joint statement that they won't be submitting a T-X design.||Northrop Grumman/ BAE systems|
|The two companies their participation in the T-X competition on February 1st2017. The companies formed the Freedom Aircraft Ventures LLC in centennial, Colorado in order to develop a lightweight, all composite aircraft.||Sierra Nevada/TAI Freedom|
|Textron representatives expressed their interest in the T-X competition by offering a modified version of their Textron Airland light attack jet (a contender for the USAF A-X competition aimed at replacing the A-10). however, the company announced in September 2015 its decision that it would not offer the scorpion due to a requirement change ( from a low-cost advanced jet to a high performance fly-by-wire trainer with top tier handling qualities)||Textron Airland Scorpion|
|A derived version of the javelin MK-30, a cancelled project jointly developed by ATG and Israel Aerospace Industries||Slavatti Javelin|
However, some of the major U.S contractors, such as Northrop, Textron and later Raytheon, decided to abandon the competition as the RFP was released. The main factor behind this "lack of enthusiasm" was linked to providing a "lowest cost yet technically acceptable model". This requirement clearly favored off-the-shelf designs (such as Lockheed's T-50) or even designs mainly cost focused (such as the one offered by Boeing/Saab) rather than the common philosophy aimed at providing t.
Consequently, the T-X competition seems to be heading towards a head-to-head competition between the biggest U.S contractors: Lockheed Martin and Boeing in a face off that resembles the one that occurred between the two for the JSF competition unless if the US Air Force decides to go for a third choice: Leonardo’s T-100 which has already proven its capabilities as the M346 is currently used four countries including Italy and Israel two of the F-35 program partners with the latter having an important influence in U.S defense policy.
Hassan Maged P.H.D
Rheinmetall has just booked an order from the US Air Force to supply ammunition for the F-35 stealth multirole fighter. The contract, worth over US$6.5 million (6.2 € million), encompasses the supply of several ten thousand rounds in four lots. Delivery starts in December 2017.
The order is of major strategic significance to Rheinmetall for two reasons. For one thing, the US Air Force is currently procuring the F-35 on a large scale, with 1,200 planes on order. Numerous other nations have opted for the new aircraft as well, among them Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Turkey and Japan. For another, the ammunition selected – the new 25mm x 137 Frangible Armour Piercing (FAP) – complements Rheinmetall’s existing array of high-performance aircraft ammunition, allowing the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Group to bring its full expertise to bear in the field of aircraft armament. This means that further major orders can be expected, especially since the first user nations are already ordering smaller amounts of this advanced ammunition for testing purposes.
The FAP round was specifically developed by Rheinmetall for, and in conjunction with, NATO air forces to provide the F-35 with superior lethality against modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) at extreme slant ranges while still remaining deadly against enemy aircraft in air-to-air engagements. The 25mm x 137 FAP is a true all-purpose cartridge that is already in service with the F-35s of two NATO nations.
Manufacture of the ammunition for the US Air Force will take place at Rheinmetall Switzerland. Rheinmetall intends to have the ammunition of possible follow-up contracts assembled in the USA by Rheinmetall Day & Zimmermann Munitions (RDZM), a joint venture that operates out of Rosslyn, Virginia. American Rheinmetall Munitions and Day & Zimmermann established the joint venture in autumn 2016. Other potential customers will be supplied from locations belonging to Rheinmetall Waffe Munition Schweiz AG.
FINCANTIERI: “KRONPRINS HAAKON” LAUNCHED IN MUGGIANO
One of the most advanced oceanographic icebreakers in the world for the study of climate change
Trieste, February 28, 2017 – “Kronprins Haakon”, the oceanographic icebreaker which Fincantieri is building for the Norwegian government, has been launched at the shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). Fittings will continue leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled by the end of 2017.
The Norwegian Polar Institute will be the ship owner of the icebreaker for the Norwegian Government, while the vessel, taking its name from the heir to the Norwegian throne, will be used by the same Institute and by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Norwegian governmental body for oceanographic research and fishing, and by the University of Tromsø.
The launching ceremony was attended, among others, by Jan Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, by Sissel Rogne, Director of the Institute for Marine Research, by Anne Husebekk, Rector of the University of Tromsø and by Angelo Fusco, Senior Vice President Naval Vessels Business Unit & Italy Business Unit of Fincantieri.
“Kronprins Haakon” will operate in the polar waters and will be one of the most advanced icebreakers in the world, providing a high-tech facility for the study of the marine environment. With a gross tonnage of about 9,000 tons, 100 meters long and 21 meters wide, the vessel will be able to accommodate 55 people in 38 cabins - research personnel, students and crew - and will be fitted out with the highest standards of comfort for passenger ships. Its hangar at the bow will have two helicopters and the unit will be equipped with complex instrumentation able to investigate the morphology and geology of the seabed.
Rolls-Royce Marine made the functional design of the ship. “Kronprins Haakon” will have a cruise speed of 15 knots and will be able to move on independently through ice thick up to one meter and with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the sea environment. The ship was in fact built according to criteria ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and hydrographic research activities in any area of operation.
Geelong, 28 February 2017 – Leonardo has announced, at the Avalon airshow in Geelong, Australia, that the company has been selected by Austrian-based Schiebel to deliver its active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar technology for the Camcopter® S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) being provided to the armed forces of a North African nation. The radar, Leonardo’s PicoSAR, will be used to support border-monitoring and anti-terrorism surveillance missions.PicoSAR will be delivered in 2017 and go into service the same year.
- Leonardo has signed a contract with Schiebel to provide the PicoSAR active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar, a surveillance system weighing just 10kg
This is the second time Leonardo’s PicoSAR radar has been chosen by Schiebel, the first being in support of a surveillance service contract. The two companies have also demonstrated a multisensor suite that included the PicoSAR and Leonardo’s SAGE electronic warfare system on the UAS to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and UK MOD, amongst others. Leonardo is promoting PicoSAR, as well as its Osprey 30 radar and SAGE system to Australia as sensor options for the UAS, which the RAN selected in December 2016.
- PicoSAR was a success in 2016, attracting 4 international orders including this contract and a sale to Safran Electronics & Defense for the French Army’s Patroller UAV
PicoSAR packages advanced ‘electronically-scanning’ AESA technology into a small and lightweight unit ideally suited for unmanned vehicles. It is suitable for missions over both land and sea. The recent UK Ministry of Defence ‘Unmanned Warrior’ trial, a major UAS demonstration that was held to demonstrate the benefits of unmanned systems to the Royal Navy, saw Leonardo’s SW4-Solo unmanned rotorcraft as well as the Camcopter S-100 both equipped with Leonardo AESA radars and electronic warfare systems. During the trial, the sensors were proven to extend the surveillance of naval vessels and improve situational awareness. With the recent selection of Leonardo’s Osprey for the US Navy’s new MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS, Leonardo is emerging as the leading provider of sensors for the world’s most advanced unmanned rotorcraft.
- Leonardo is a worldwide leader in airborne radar, providing surveillance and fire control radars to a wide range of international customers including Australia, the UK, Italy and the US Geelong, 28 February 2017 – Leonardo has announced, at the Avalon airshow in Geelong
UK-designed and manufactured, PicoSAR has been flown in Oceania, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, North America and South America. It has been acquired by more than 10 customers with 4 international orders being placed in 2016. PicoSAR is part of Leonardo’s portfolio of airborne surveillance and fire-control radars that includes best-in-class M-Scan (mechanically-scanning) systems as well as E-Scan (electronically scanning) systems. Both surveillance radars and fast-jet fire control radars are designed, manufactured and supported by Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems division.
The Düsseldorf-based technology group Rheinmetall generated consolidated sales of €5,602 million for fiscal 2016. Compared with the previous year’s figure of €5,183 million, sales increased by €419 million or 8%. Both sectors contributed to the growth in sales at the Group.
Consolidated sales up 8% to €5,602 million
Group EBIT increased by 23% to €353 million
Operating free cash flow significantly improved
Automotive generates EBIT of €223 million and exceeds target margin
Defence increases sales by 14% and improves EBIT to €147 million
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were increased by €66 million to €353 million in fiscal 2016, following €287 million the year before. This 23% improvement in earnings is primarily attributable to the Defence sector. Rheinmetall thus increased the EBIT margin to 6.3% in 2016, following 5.5% in the previous year, and fully lived up to the most recent outlook, which targeted an EBIT margin of around 6%.
Operating free cash flow likewise increased in both sectors. It was €161 million in the Group in 2016 and thus significantly higher than the previous year’s €29 million.
Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall AG: “We continued to grow in terms of sales and earnings in fiscal 2016. We also achieved a substantial rise in cash flow. The foundation has therefore been laid for enhancing our technology group for mobility and security in the next few years. We want to and will face up to this task. Organic growth and the further improvement of our results remain our targets for the fiscal year that has just started.”
Automotive Achieves Record Results
The Automotive sector performed well again in fiscal 2016 and surpassed all the previous year’s main key figures. In sales, the sector grew by 2.5% and increased its revenue to €2,656 million (previous year: €2,592 million) despite the declining performance on the Brazilian automotive market and with large-bore pistons.
The Mechatronics division made a disproportionately high contribution to growth again in 2016. It generated sales growth of over 5% with its products for reducing consumption and emissions.
The sector’s sales figures do not include contributions from the joint ventures in China, where revenue increased by €40 million or 5% to €825 million (previous year: €785 million). Adjusted for currency effects, revenue growth in China was around 10%. Rheinmetall Automotive’s 100% subsidiaries in China increased their sales by 31% from €83 million in the previous year to €109 million in 2016.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the Automotive sector reached a new high of €223 million in fiscal 2016 (previous year: €216 million). The EBIT margin in 2016 thus increased slightly again to 8.4% after 8.3% in the previous year.
Defence with Considerable Growth and Significant Earnings Improvement
The Defence sector generated sales of €2,946 million, growth of 14% or €355 million compared to the previous year’s €2,591 million. As in the year before, a double-digit growth rate was thus achieved.
As the order intake of €3,050 million was also well above the previous year’s figure (€2,693 million), the book-to-bill ratio (order intake/sales) remains at a value higher than 1.
The Defence sector’s order backlog, which is one of the sources for the sector’s future organic growth, totaled €6,656 million at the end of 2016, €234 million higher than the previous year’s €6,422 million.
The Defence sector’s earnings grew faster than its sales in 2016. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) reached €147 million in the reporting year, exceeding the comparative figure for the previous year by €57 million or 63%. The sector achieved an EBIT margin of 5% in fiscal 2016.
Rheinmetall will publish the final figures for fiscal 2016 on March 23, 2017.
Single-ship geolocation enhances aircrew survivability
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 -- Raytheon Company demonstrated, in a recent flight test, single-ship geolocation capability for the ALR-69A(V), a first for any radar warning receiver.
The AN/ALR-69A(V) — the world's first all-digital radar warning receiver — enhances aircrew survivability, providing "sensors forward" situational awareness at lower costs than competing systems through simple software modifications.
"Adding single-ship geolocation capability to a radar warning receiver transforms the way pilots execute their missions," said Paul Overstreet, ALR-69A program manager, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "The ALR-69A can now assist with targeting solutions while continuing to identify threats in dense signal environments."
Geolocation capabilities offer aircrews more options, allowing pilots to decide whether to maneuver to avoid the threat or to prosecute it. Before this added geolocation capability, aircrews only had an approximate direction of the arrival of the threat signals. The ALR-69A(V) now provides aircrews precise information on ground-based threat locations and precision-direction finding for airborne threats.
The ALR-69A(V) provides improved detection range and accurate, unambiguous identification in dense signal environments comprised of both threat signals and those from wingmen, coalition partners and commercial operations. Its 360-degree coverage is provided by four independent Radar Receivers, each covering one quadrant of the aircraft. Raytheon designed the ALR-69A(V) for the utmost in flexibility and growth potential. The modular, open architecture relies on many commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that allow for ready expansion or upgrade. The ALR-69A(V) is installed on the U.S. Air Force C-130H, KC-46A and is being tested on the F-16.
Dubai - 25/2/2017--Raytheon has been awarded a $1.1B.contract to provide Qatar with an early warning radar system) A/N FPS-132 Block 5. The early warning radar system will be part of Qatar integrated air and missile defense enterprise.
Raytheon will provide Qatar with one A/N FPS-132 Block 5 Early Warning Radar (EWR) to include Prime Mission Equipment package, technical and support facilities, communication equipment, encryption devices, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, and all other logistic support needed to make this system fully integrated and operational by June 30, 2021.
Despite the initial Defense Security Cooperation Agency notification regarding possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of one A/N FPS-132 Block 5 Early Warning Radar (EWR). The Qatari radar is expected to be an upgraded warning radar system (UEWR).
The UEWR provides early detection and precise tracking of incoming ballistic missiles up to 3000 km, as well as quick, accurate determination of threat versus non-threat objects. Qatari UEWR is going to be a key sensor for Qatar Ballistic Missile Defense System, supporting the intercept of threatening ballistic missiles above the atmosphere and well away from their intended targets while concurrently performing the early warning mission.
UEWR enhances the layered defense system with a stronger architecture by joining the multi-band radars with a range of specialized interceptors, each matched against a specific type of threat. The Qatari Ballistic Missile Defense System based on THAAD and Patriot missile systems shall have a greater system-level discrimination and stronger defense against mass raids.
ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2017 -- The 13th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX and fourth Naval Defence Exhibition, Navdex, concluded with a cumulative of 90 deals worth over AED 19 billion signed to buy arms and defence systems for the UAE Armed Forces.
Raytheon achieved the highest record with three defense contracts for AED 2.736 billion which constituted 14.14 % out of 19.35 Billion AED contracts signed. Rosoboronexport came second (13,46%) in signing the largest single defense contract to sell UAE 5000 anti-armour missiles. Third came Tawazun Operation (12.55%) with a contract value AED 2.4 billion for Armour Mechanisms (8X8). The largest non-defense contract was signed with a UAE based company Maximus Air, nearly AED1.8 billion (9.3%) to buy air cargo planes for commercial use.
UAE Armed forces followed a balanced approach to boost UAE defense industry and to support local companies representing major international defence industry. 57.03% of the contracts signed were for local UAE companies versus 42.87% for international companies. Emirates Defence Industries Company susbisdaries’ contracts achieved Altogether the highest value of AED 3.93 billion (20.33%) , and came second International Golden Group IGG with 5.48% share.
Compared to Eurosatory, IDEX received One thousand two hundred exhibitors (vs 1571 for Eurosatory) and set the record for 101,000 visitors from across the globe, twice the number of visitors to the 2016 Eurosatory edition (57 024 visitors). in Sum, IDEX organizers achieved in making the exhibition as one of the major events for the defense and security sector.
An Interview with H.E. Chairman of ADA on the occasion of its participation in IDEX 2017
H.E. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi
Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest helicopter operator in the GCC and MENA regions is participating in the International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2017 (IDEX 2017).
“Aviation industry in the UAE is one of the strategic components promoting economic growth. The wise insight of our leadership has provided the proper platform, systems and investments to build a significant international hub of aviation and logistic services” Mr. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, ADA Chairman said.
“The Strategic vision of ADA is to be one of the major helicopter aviation companies in the world providing competitive logistic services to the military and civil sectors inside and outside the U.A.E.” he added.
In an interview conducted by Emirates News Agency, the local press and the National Shield magazine at his ADA office, on the outset of IDEX 2017.
Abu Dhabi Aviation is taking part in IDEX 2017. How do you view the significance of your participation and the International interest the exhibition is gaining worldwide?
IDEX is one of the most significant international events and is the largest exhibition of its kind. Since its launch in 1993, it has been able to establish its position as a meeting place of major decision makers and as a part of the UAE’s strategy to boost the economic development and diversify the sources of income. With a large number of participants exceeding 1,232 exhibitors, ADA’s participation in IDEX presents an opportunity to keep abreast of the latest technological breakthroughs and trends in the aviation sector. This is in line with ADA’s strategy of gaining exposure and experience. The event will allow ADA to participate alongside other regional and international companies, and to establish new partnerships that may introduce our expertise, skills and experiences to the world at large, especially that the aviation industry plays a vital role in the development of the military, civil, medical and recreation sectors in the region. This will further pave the way for ongoing development of the helicopter industry and shall enhance its role in the economic system and increase its contribution in the GDP. Also, we shall not forget that ADA is a national company that would never fail to attend and actively participate in such an important event.
What are the services you are promoting in IDEX 2017?
We are looking forward to draw attention to the services provided by ADA to the army and the police, starting from search and rescue and maintenance services to the provision of helicopter spare parts, along with training and transportation services.
ADA is more than 40 years old now, it has the first helicopter fleet in the MENA region and Europe. ADA is proud with the size of its accomplishments, whether in helicopter services, fixed-wing aircraft services, maintenance, supply of spare parts, search and rescue, transportation, air ambulance or medical evacuation operations. We have fully medically equipped helicopters providing a mini operation room which is the first of its kind in the Middle East. ADA has also taken a huge step to expand its services, where it established the largest specialized helicopter simulator training center in the MENA region. One of ADA advantages is its compliance with international safety and security standards, as this has become a significant challenge which distinguishes countries worldwide. Such compliance was promoted with ADA reaching 1 million hours of safe operation. We boast the huge fleet owned by ADA which qualified the company to be the largest helicopter operator in the MENA region.
How many aircrafts and what aircraft models does ADA’s fleet comprise? Is there any intention to expand your fleet?
Abu Dhabi Aviation owns 61 aircrafts, 57 of which are helicopters including 412 Epi Bell, EP 412 Bell and AW139 VVIP and four of the world’s latest fixed-wing aircrafts Dash8/Q400, two Q200/ Dash8, and one Dash 8/Q300.
Owning such an advanced fleet of aircrafts that features high speed along with an advanced safety system has boosted the Company’s operations and allowed it to provide high quality customer service. As to expanding our fleet, it remains dependent on the customers’ needs and requirements.
However, ADA has cooperation agreements with aircraft manufacturers such as Agusta Westland and Bell Aircraft Corporation to buy 25 air crafts if prompted by the customers’ needs.
ADA has recently raised the number of its aircrafts to cover its contracts inside and outside the UAE, as an investment in the aviation sector.
How do you see the future prospects of your expansion strategy? What is the size of ADA investments?
The helicopter aviation sector in the UAE has seen multiple quantum leaps to become today one of the fastest growing worldwide.
ADA was established with a capital of AED 445 million. With its continuous success and expansion, its investments have reached more than AED 1 billion and 700 K in 2016.
As ADA is a national joint stock company, it takes into consideration the steady surge of its stocks and the satisfaction of its shareholders. Accordingly, we have sensed the need for diversified sources of income hence we established an aircraft simulator training center. The simulator has the ability to train full flight crews (the pilot, the co-pilot and the rest of the crew) for all aviation related entities. It is the largest and most significant simulator training center in the region. The training center will be ready by the first half of 2017 for Agusta Westland AW139, and Bell412 aircrafts. These helicopters are the most frequently used in the UAE, the GCC and Middle East regions. Pilots will be able to receive training in ADA, while such training was only available in Europe, the US or Malaysia. This will save the relevant trainees the effort of traveling and the cost of training. The center will be able to train more than 300 pilots every month with an average of 6000 hours of operation, all on one simulator. Once operative, the training center will boost the training standards to unprecedented levels and shall promote the confidence and peace of mind for the customers.
As another source of income, we have established Agusta Westland Aviation Services to provide aircraft maintenance, spare parts and accessories as a cooperation between ADA and Agusta , the specialized aircraft manufacture.
Furthermore, we have recently established ADA Millennium to provide feasibility studies, aviation and hospitality consultancy.
In addition, ADA owns 50% of Royal Jet, the luxury flight services company and holds 100% of the shares of Maximus Shipping Company.
What are your plans for sustainable growth?
Our plans stem from the UAE’s goal to meet the highest safety and security standards, and to continue supporting creativity which is a founding and inherent value of the air transport and services, and a core pillar of the industry’s development worldwide. We are also keen on keeping abreast of the latest technologies and expanding to new areas such as Africa. We will continue our efforts to achieve excellence, to be an international role model, to focus on high quality and excellent customer services, invest in human resources, develop leaders and adopt a culture of excellence through strategic thinking.
A last word?
The services provided by local aviation companies have been a pillar of our national economy.
ADA’s services; especially in the fields of operation, maintenance and training; are amongst the best in the Middle East and the world. One of the company’s most significant strategies is to take a proactive approach to overcome obstructions and identify problems and errors in order to improve its performance.
Anyone who follows up with the journey of ADA and the area of its coverage, would know that our target is for ADA to become one of the major international companies. ADA has proven that it has a great potential for further growth, especially as many of its services are provided abroad.
The company’s ability to upgrade its fleet and satisfy the local, GCC, regional and international markets, has allowed it to establish its name in the aviation industry. The expertise and experience along with a highly-qualified staff of pilots, engineers and administrators, have added much to our track record in aviation, maintenance and training.
This philosophy of diligence and ambition is just a part of many other incentives implanted in us by our wise leadership, which has enabled us to overcome challenges and trust the abilities of our fellow citizens in various fields; relying on scientific methodologies and international experience in our industry. Thus, we make sure to keep abreast of the increasing developments and breakthroughs in the aviation industry and its supporting services.