Sierra Nevada to Modify Two King Air 350 ISR/SAR Platforms for Saudi Arabia

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Beechcraft King Air 350 EMARRS. Source: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center

The U.S. Defense Department reports that Saudi Arabia has ordered the modification of two Beechcraft King Air 350 planes to fulfill an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance role through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) action.  Under the $23.8 million award (FA8620-16-C-4003), Sierra Nevada of Hagerstown, Maryland, will act as the prime contractor. Continue reading

New Norwegian AW101 SAR Helos Receive Advanced Leonardo-Finmeccanica Radar

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

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Norwegian AW101. Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

On May 31, Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced the AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian all-weather search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter.  The new helicopter was unveiled by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s minister of justice and public security, during a rollout ceremony at Leonardo Helicopter’s Yeovil, England, facility. Continue reading