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German Military to Administer Deep Cuts in Manpower, Procurement

Bowing under economical burden the german Government plans deep cuts in defense spending, dramatically reducing planned procurement of main weapon systems and platforms. Overall the personnel level in military services will be reduced from 185,000 to 65,000, to include only professional service members. Among the hardest hit industry group will be EADS, with its Eurofighter Typhoon, NH90, Tiger helicopters and Euro Hawk drones affected, all programs are managed by EADS subsidiaries.

Harfang Flying over Libya

In the past two weeks France has been deploying its medium altitude, long endurance ‘Harfang’ drones over Libya, operating from Sigonella air base in Sicily. Harfang was transferred from Afghanistan to support the Libyan theater of operation.

Euro Hawk has Landed in Europe

The first high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) Euro Hawk Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) unmanned aircraft platform has landed today in Manching Air Base, southern Germany. The unmanned...

Typhoon, Rafale Shortlisted for India’s MMRCA

The Swedish company SAAB confirmed today that its Gripen combat aircraft has not been shortlisted for the Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) programme.

EADS to License New Composites Manufacturing Techniques

EADS is offering technology licensing associated with the company’s patented Vacuum Assisted Process (VAP), including a preform manufacturing machine that is highly automated and self-adaptable. VAP provides an optimized out-of-autoclave manufacturing process the makes the production of large, lightweight parts more cost effective and provides high quality finished products.

First Flight for the New MRTT Royal Saudi Air Force Tanker

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has successfully completed its maiden flight lasting 4hr 15min. Following the...

France to Announce MALE Acquisition Decsion Next Week

the French MOD has decided to use General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drones to fulfill the French Air Force requirement for Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE). France is planning to buy four aircraft and, according to the blog editor Jean-Dominique Merchet, the French MOD is expected to announce the selection as early as next week.

Pentagon Expected to Announce Today the Winner of $35 Billion KC-X...

The U.S. Defense Department is expected to announce today (Feb. 24, 2011) the winner of a $35 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract...

Israel’s Heron TP Could Support French Strategic Intelligence Operations by 2012

Dassault is proposing to support the French Ministry of Defense Intelligence gathering operations with Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to be leased from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Dassault and IAI have entered a teaming agreement in 2008 along with Thales and Indra, to jointly offer the Heron TP for strategic intelligence gathering services in France and Spain.

Final KC-X Tanker Proposals Submitted by Boeing, EADS

On Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 Boeing and EADS submitted their final proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition. Both proposals address the...

nEUROn Subsystems Begin to Assemble at Istres

Saab AB has delivered to Dassault the front and central fuselage sections of the European UCAV technology demonstrator nEUROn. Dassault Aviation the Prime contractor for the nEROn. As subassemblies and parts of the unmanned aircraft are arriving at Istres, nEUROn program is entering the critical phase of assembly and integration of the final air vehicle.

EADS Defence & Security Rebranded as ‘CASSIDIAN’

Defence and Security division of EADS is rebranding itself as 'CASSIDIAN', reflecting its ambitious mission 'to support those who protect the world'. The new...

AgustaWestland to Offer HH-71 for USAF Combat Search and Rescue HH-60G...

AgustaWestland plans to compete for the U.S. Air Force's planned replacement of HH-60G Pave hawk combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter with over 100...

New Opportunities Mature for Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Advanced Trainer

One of the most modern Advanced/Lead-In Fighter Trainer in production today, the M-346 from Alenia Aermacchi is gathering momentum to become the leading trainer...

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