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Airbus Gets $117M Modification on Army Lakota Helicopter Procurement Contract

Airbus‘ helicopter manufacturing business provide an additional 16 UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the U.S. Army under a five-year, $116.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract. The Army Contracting Command has obligated $58.4 million in fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement funds at the time of award, the Defense Department said Thursday. Work under …

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Airbus Gets $273M Army Light Utility Helicopter Supply Contract

Airbus‘ helicopter manufacturing business has received a potential three-year, $273.3 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 35 units of the UH-72A Lakota aircraft. The Army Contracting Command solicited and received one bid for the procurement of light utility vehicles, the Defense Department said Thursday. The service branch will obligate $136.6 million …

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Motorola Solutions Closes Airbus DS Communications Business Purchase

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has wrapped up the purchase of the Airbus DS Communications business from Airbus Group‘s defense and space segment. Chicago-based Motorola said Wednesday it made the acquisition to expand its portfolio of command center and software enterprise platforms. Airbus DS Communications offers the VESTA emergency call-handling software designed to support text-to-911 …

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Motorola Solutions Eyes 911 Software Portfolio Expansion Via Airbus DS Communications Purchase

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has agreed to buy Airbus’ communications business through the acquisition of the latter’s Plant Holdings subsidiary for an undisclosed sum in a push to expand 911 software offerings. Airbus DS Communications operates under Plant Holdings and provides command center software platforms that work to field emergency calls, Motorola …

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Public Safety Industry Vet Jeff Robertson Named Airbus DS Communications President, CEO

Jeff Robertson, formerly president and managing partner of Ten Eight Solutions, has been appointed to succeed Bob Freinberg as president and CEO of the communications business within Airbus‘ defense and space segment. The company said Tuesday Robertson will oversee Airbus DS Communications‘ strategic initiatives and further its commitment to develop public safety platforms in his …

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KKR Completes $1.2B Buy of Airbus Defense Electronics Business

Global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (NYSE: KKR) has concluded its approximately $1.2 billion purchase of the defense electronics business of Airbus Group. France-based Airbus first announced the transaction in March 2016 as part of the company’s defense and space portfolio reorganization. Airbus said Tuesday it will maintain a 25.1 percent minority …

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Airbus Secures $212M Contract to Build ESA’s 2nd Orion Spacecraft Service Module

Airbus‘ defense and space business has been awarded a potential $212 million contract by  the European Space Agency to produce a second service module for the Orion spacecraft that Lockheed Martin currently builds for NASA. Airbus said Thursday the second European service module will be built to provide propulsion, power and thermal control as well as water …

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Reuters: Airbus Defense Chief Anticipates EU Military Spending Changes by 2018

Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus‘ defense and space segment,  has said he expects to see changes to military spending in Europe next year and anticipates “intensive” discussions among European countries about the future of NATO, Reuters reported Tuesday. “This discussion is long overdue when you consider that only five countries in Europe …

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Rick Lober: Hughes Looks to Expand Mobility Offerings Through Airbus Partnership

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Jan. 17, 2017 — Rick Lober,  vice president and general manager of Hughes Network Systems‘ defense and intelligence systems division, has said the company aims to expand its mobility service offerings through its partnership with Airbus. He said in an interview with ExecutiveBiz published Jan. 10 Hughes will work …

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Airbus to Support UK Military Transport Aircraft Fleet Under Potential $506M Contract

Airbus has secured a $506 million contract from the U.K.’s defense ministry to provide in-service support for the Atlas A400M airlifters of the British air force. The ministry said Thursday the contract covers maintenance, upgrade and repair services for the country’s Atlas fleet through 2026. Julian Young, chief of air materiel at the U.K.’s defense …

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