Tuesday, October 23, 2012

US-Israeli missile defence exercise set for October-- IHS Jane's AirForces Newsbrief -

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Portugal receives last upgraded P-3C Orion
The Portuguese Air Force (FAP) received the last of five P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft upgraded to the Capability Upkeep Program-Plus (CUP+) configuration on 10 October. Portugal originally acquired five P-3C Orions from the Royal Netherlands Navy in 2006, and subsequently awarded a EUR99.7 million (USD128.5 million) contract to Lockheed Martin in 2007 to upgrade them to the P-3C CUP+ configuration

[first posted on 12 October 2012]

AVIC and IAI look to extend industrial collaboration
Senior management from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) discussed extending industrial collaboration activities during talks held in Beijing on 10 October, the Chinese state-owned company said. The talks were led by AVIC President Lin Zuoming and IAI President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Weiss and also included senior officials from AVIC subsidiary Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation

[first posted on 12 October 2012]

Comment: BAE Systems board faces recriminations
With the collapse of the BAE Systems and EADS merger, recriminations and blame for the failure of the deal have been levelled by the public and shareholders alike at the company boards. There were three major events during the past eight years that have brought BAE Systems to its present position. These were the USD4.2 billion acquisition of United Defense in the United States in 2005; the USD3.5 billion sale of the group's 20 per cent holding in Airbus in 2006; and the USD4.5 billion purchase of America's Armor Holdings in 2007

[first posted on 11 October 2012]

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US-Israeli missile defence exercise set for October
Exercise 'Austere Challenge 2012' ('AC12'), a joint US-Israeli missile defence drill that was postponed in May, is scheduled to begin in October 2012 and see the simulated use of both states' defensive assets. The first of more than 1,000 US military personnel began arriving in Israel in mid-October for the three-week exercise, and they will be stationed in a variety of locations across the country, according to US Air Force Lieutenant General Craig Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander and senior US commander for 'AC12'

[first posted on 18 October 2012]

Elbit and Northrop Grumman to develop terrain following/avoidance system for transport aircraft
Elbit Systems and Northrop Grumman are jointly developing a terrain following (TF) and terrain avoidance (TA) system for military transport aircraft, it was announced on 10 October 2012. The system will be designed to allow transport aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules to operate safely at low level during the day and night, and in degraded visual conditions

[first posted on 10 October 2012]

Prototype Anka UAV brought down by technical malfunction
A prototype Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) crashed during a test flight in late September, the company has announced. According to a statement, a technical problem caused the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) aircraft to crash during a flight on 27 September

[first posted on 04 October 2012]

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