June 16

Boeing Logistics Contract Builds on Decades of Support for Israel Apaches

first_imgBoeing Logistics Contract Builds on Decades of Support for Israel Apaches Boeing [NYSA: BA] today announced a contract to provide the Israeli Air Force (IAF) with integrated logistics support for Israel’s AH-64A-model and D-model Apache helicopters.The direct commercial sale, awarded in December 2020, is a five-year follow-on contract that builds on Boeing’s current IAF Apache support. Boeing will deliver logistical, program, engineering and technical support, A- and D-model technical publications, D-model unique repairs, an in-country field service representative, and overhaul material kits for various drivetrain systems, including transmissions and gear boxes.“This tailored support package and Boeing’s decades of vertical lift experience bring superior global sustainment expertise to our Israeli customer and elevates the capability of their Apache fleet to support key missions,” said Indra Duivenvoorde, director of Europe and Israel services for Boeing.Boeing has been delivering support for the IAF’s fleet of Apache helicopters for decades and currently provides transactional spares, A-model repairs, support and test equipment, and engineering project support for the IAF. A Boeing field service representative has been co-located with the customer since 1991 to provide on-site technical support.In addition to the U.S. Army, Israel is one of 16 partner nations around the globe operating the Apache as its primary attack helicopter, with multiple global defense forces expressing high interest. More than 2,500 helicopters have been delivered worldwide.Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries, leveraging the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aerospace, air force, Attack, Boeing, building, director, Engineering, Europe, Government, helicopter, innovation, Israel, leadership, project, security, technologylast_img read more

September 28

Series E331 takes ACT concept forward

first_imgINTRO: Building upon experience with its Advanced Commuter Train prototype, East Japan Railway has decided to adopt articulation for its latest Tokyo suburban EMUsWHEN the cherry blossom blooms in Tokyo, local residents flock to the parks and green spaces to hold hanami parties under the cherry trees. This year the blossom started to open on March 27, which happened to be a landmark day for JR East.The day marked the final acceptance test for JR East’s future commuter train, Series E331. This is a pre-production version of the experimental Advanced Commuter Train (RG 4.02 p201), which has been used to evaluate a number of design concepts.The AC Train, as it is known, was successful enough for JR East to decide to move to a version that could be built in large numbers, and the E331 may prove to be the standard design for several Tokyo commuter routes in the future.The E331 will be tested on the Keiyo line from Tokyo to Chiba, and an intensive programme of trials is planned between now and September. Once JR East is satisfied with performance, passengers will be given the opportunity to give their own assessment.The train is formed of two sets of seven articulated cars, with three out of eight bogies on each set powered (Fig 1). Both stainless steel and aluminium bodies were tested on the AC Train, and the choice was made to use stainless steel for the E331. Another comparison was between bogies with two or four air springs for the secondary suspension, the decision being in favour of four springs as this offered a lower risk of derailment.The AC Train had outside-hung sliding doors, but JR East found that these were vulnerable to the build-up of dirt, snow and ice. The operator therefore decided to revert to conventional doors sliding into bodyside pockets.The direct-drive traction motors which eliminate gears and hence noise and transmission losses have been retained, albeit with some modifications. Fed with variable voltage and variable frequency power from an IGBT inverter module, each motor has an hourly rating of 200 kW. Maximum speed of the Series E331 is 120 km/h, which is the same as earlier JR East commuter trains.The 200m train length corresponds to a train of 10 conventional cars, but on Series E331 the cars are about 50mm wider. It was originally planned to provide extra passenger capacity in the wide inter-car gangways, but new regulations introduced after the fire on a metro train at Taegu in South Korea require the fitting of end doors to each vehicle. Design life will be 20 to 25 years, confirming that JR East has broken with the concept of the half-life train embodied in Series 209. A big question for JR East will be life-cycle and maintenance costs. Maintenance will be a particularly critical issue, as none of the existing depots or workshops in Tokyo is geared up to cope with articulated cars.TABLE: Table I. Principal data for Series E331 Tokyo commuter EMUGauge mm 1067Overall length mm 200000Width mm 2989Roof height above rail mm 3620Floor height above rail mm 1130Car length mm Cars 1, 7, 8, 14 16050 Cars 2 to 6, 9 to 13 13000Distance between bogie centres mm 13400Total weight tonnes 258·1Car weight tonnes Type M 16·8 Type T1 16·5 Type T2 16·7 Type T3 21·5 Type T4 20·2 Type Tc 24·1 Type Tc’ 25·1Maximum speed km/h 120Motor rating kW one-hour 200 continuous 160Power supply 1·5 kV DCSeating capacity 500Total nominal capacity 1567CAPTION: ABOVE: Series E331 will be tested on JR East’s Keiyo line where it may reduce overcrowding; the unit has space for 1576 passengers compared with 1520 on the Series 201 EMUs that currently operate on this routeRIGHT: Articulation is a key feature of the Series E331, but a decision to adopt the concept would require major changes to JR East’s maintenance facilities in TokyoCAPTION: Following successful testing on the AC Train prototype, JR East has decided to adopt direct-drive permanent-magnet synchronous motors for Series E331CAPTION: Fig 1. Formation of Series E331, showing powered bogies spread over the two seven-car sectionslast_img read more

September 26

Sandals adding new six-star resort in St Lucia

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 108 Views   no discussions Share BusinessNewsRegional Sandals adding new six-star resort in St Lucia by: Jamaica Observer – December 28, 2016center_img Share The concept of Sandals LaSource Grenada (seen here) will be used for the luxury included resort chain’s new property, Sandals LaSource St Lucia, for which ground will be broken in the Spring of 2017.Sandals Resorts International has announced that it will add a fourth resort to its award-winning list of properties in St Lucia, promising a level of unprecedented luxury on the Eastern Caribbean island.Groundbreaking for the new resort, to be named Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia and which will be nestled on 19 acres of land next to the existing Sandals Grande St Lucian Resort, is set to begin in the Spring of 2017, the Jamaica-based resort chain stated in a news release at the weekend.“The Sandals brand has enjoyed tremendous success in Saint Lucia since 1993 when it made its first foray there and the newest resort will, by all indications, be a game-changer,” the company added.The new resort will give Sandals guests in St Lucia the option of ‘staying at one, playing at four’. It will build on the concept of unparalleled luxury and innovation which has come to be synonymous with Sandals LaSource Grenada. As such, the company explained that Sandals LaSource St Lucia will boast an exotic infinity-edge sky pool bar offering picturesque views of the island’s beautiful north coast, 350 rooms and suites inclusive of the exotic SkyPool Butler Suites and all-butler signature swim-up Rondoval Suites, a first in the chain. The new resort will also feature an electrifying entertainment package to include a main stage with a 20’ high LED screen and a mobile DJ party scene.“We pride ourselves on continuously raising the bar, and Sandals LaSource St Lucia will completely re-energise the tourism market in St Lucia,” the release quoted Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart, who is also owner of the Jamaica Observer.“Since we first opened Sandals Regency La Toc in 1993 we have consistently invested millions of dollars to upgrade our offerings to ensure our resorts and the St Lucian destination are among the best in the world and thereby boosting the local economy,” Stewart added.The company said that in addition to the luxury-included amenities and the more quality inclusions that have come to be associated with the Sandals experience, guests at Sandals LaSource St Lucia will be wowed upon entry with a contemporary open lobby featuring a multi-purpose ‘Living Room’ with specialty piano bar, bowling and games, all state-of-the-art. The resort will also boast St Lucia’s first Café de Paris, Sandals’ signature French Patisserie, as well as an exquisite Butler Lounge convenient for guests with a late departure.“To complete the luxury experience, Sandals LaSource St Lucia will offer the luxuries of a full service Red Lane Spa, exciting shopping options in a European style plaza featuring indulgent stores and exhilarating entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine at any of the resort’s nine exclusive Five-Star Global Gourmet restaurants offering authentic dishes from international culinary perspectives,” the company explained.“We are very excited about the addition of this Six-Star resort and what it means, not just for Sandals but for St Lucia,” Stewart added. “We are thankful for the support we have received in St Lucia throughout the years and we look forward to revolutionising the hospitality industry and to giving our guests a new level of luxury. This resort will set the stage for the continued revolution of the tourism product in the Caribbean.”The new resort will join the existing Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon and Sandals Grande St Lucian properties and bring Sandals’ room count on the island to over 800, confirming its place as the largest hotel operator on the island, directly employing more than 1,300 people.Sandals Resorts operates 15 beachfront properties in Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia, The Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada. Sharelast_img read more