Based in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametek Aerospace and Defense is a prominent designer and manufacturer of electronic components and electromechanical apparatuses catering to the commercial and military aerospace industries. The Aerospace and Defense Division of the Pennsylvania-based Ametek parent company produces engineered solutions for the business jets (lightweight through intercontinental), regional aircraft (turboprop and regional jets), UAV helicopters and trainers, marine vessels, military vehicles (tracked and wheeled), and space (launch vehicle, shuttle craft, and satellite) markets. In 2013, the Sensors and Fluid Management Systems (SFMS) branch of Ametek Aerospace and Defense secured a supplier contract with the Brazilian aircraft manufacurer Embraer Defense & Security to produce electronic systems for the A-29 Super Tucano platform. Per the agreement, Ametek will deliver its cutting-edge triaxial accelerometers and AMPHION solid-state relays (SSR) for installation aboard the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano counter insurgency aircraft. Manufactured to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and 573/717 ARINC standards, the Ametek triaxial accelerometers simultaneously measures acceleration along the vertical, longitudinal, and lateral axis. Showcasing the company’s patented fail-open technology, the Ametek solid-state relay provides dependable electrical power control.


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MD Helicopter, an American-based aerospace company which focuses on helicopter production, just unveiled their newest product, the 530G Scout Attack Helicopter. The 530G, which is scheduled for full production this year, is a very lightweight, versatile chopper that will replace its predecessor, the 530F model, which was developed in 1985. The 530G, which is smaller than a majority of Army choppers, is used primarily by US special operations forces. They are particularly useful in providing armed escorts or for light attacks. Other than the United States, other Allied countries are also regular buyers of these scout helicopters. In addition, these helicopters are being provided to the Kurdistan Regional Government, who are considered allies in the current fight against ISIS terrorists.


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GE Aviation, the aviation business belonging to international conglomerate General Electric, is poised for substantial growth over the next few years. The highly successful business just received $30 billion lift for its engine business. According to CEO David Joyce, GE exceeded its target for firm order commitments while at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.The boost is due mainly in part to the joint venture between GE and Safran that has resulted in increased business.


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In September of this year, Embraer Defense & Security, in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation, has made the first set of deliveries of the A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft to the US government. These are the first of 20 aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered to the US Air Force under the Light Air Suppot (LAS) program, which is designed to support the transition of security to Afghanistan’s forces as NATO withdraws its forces. The Light Air Support program is a critical component of the US objectives in Afghanistan, which will help ensure security in the region while simultaneously allowing for the successful withdrawal of US troops.


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