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  • Eurofighter Typhoon flies with Taurus 350 radar-evading cruise missiles

    01/16/2014 9:14:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 16 2014 | David Cenciotti
    On Jan. 15, Airbus Defence and Space started the testing campaign of the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole combat plane with Taurus air-launched stand-off precision missiles. The first flight took place at the Manching Military Air Systems Center, north of Munich, and involved Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7), flown by Eurofighter Project Pilot Chris Worning. Taurus KEPD 350 is a German/Swedish missile that is manufactured by Taurus Systems GmbH, a partnership between MBDA Germany and Saab Dynamics. The missile has a range of +500 kilometres (300 mi), a speed of Mach 0.8-0.9 and stealth features. The first flight came after the successful...
  • Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing

    08/22/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Monday 19 August 2013
    Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing Performance of Typhoon jet hailed in its first decade of flying Two of the Royal Air Force’s leading officers have hailed the performance of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet during its first decade of flying and since deliveries were made to the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2003. With the addition of new technology developments over the last 10 years, the aircraft is now the world's only truly ‘swing’ role jet, able to switch from air-to-air to air-to-surface attack capabilities in the same mission. Praise indeed Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer, the RAF’s...
  • New Radar Technology Brings Advantages for Eurofighter Missions

    03/22/2012 9:26:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Cassidian ^ | March 22, 2012
    Cassidian proves capabilities of a new e-scan radar demonstrated by simulation study 15:48 GMT, March 22, 2012 Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has demonstrated, in a simulation study, the operational advantages of the Eurofighter’s future e-scan radar and has introduced the first pilots to the particular features of this technology. The two-year study was carried out under contract to the military procurement office, which is the Bundeswehr’s Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use (BAAINBw), in cooperation with IABG GmbH in Munich/Ottobrunn. For several years, IABG has been operating a man-in-the-loop simulator (MILSIM) to simulate realistic...
  • Korea seeks to buy 4 air tankers in 2014

    11/08/2011 6:31:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 11-08-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Korea seeks to buy 4 air tankers in 2014 An F-15K fighter of the Korean Air Force, bottom, engages in an aerial refueling exercise with a U.S. military KC-135 tanker over the West Sea on Sept. 16. / Courtesy of the Korean Air Force By Lee Tae-hoon Military officials said Tuesday that Korea plans to push forward the long-delayed plan to purchase four aerial refueling aircraft to boost the country’s air defense capabilities. The plan has been shelved since 1994 due to budget constraints and shifts in priorities. “The military is seeking to finalize the decision next year and include...
  • FOCUS: Europeans trying to beat U.S. for Japan's lucrative fighter contract

    09/26/2011 10:02:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    FOCUS: Europeans trying to beat U.S. for Japan's lucrative fighter contract LONDON (Kyodo) -- Over the next few months, a consortium of European manufacturers is hoping to persuade the Japanese government to place a multibillion dollar order for the Eurofighter Typhoon as the country's next mainstay fighter aircraft. But also in the running are the F-35 Lightning II fighter, or Joint Strike Fighter, whose development is led by U.S. aircraft maker Lockheed Martin Corp., and the F/A-18 Super Hornet designed by McDonnell Douglas, part of Boeing Co. of the Untied States. Reports from Japan suggest that the stealthy F-35 is...
  • Europe asks Korea to join Eurofighter program

    07/03/2011 10:51:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 07-03-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Europe asks Korea to join Eurofighter program By Lee Tae-hoon A multination consortium in Europe has invited Korea to join its high-end jet production project in an apparent attempt to win what would be Korea’s biggest arms-procurement deal. The move came following Seoul’s announcement that it would purchase 60 advanced fighter aircraft in line with its push to shift the country’s military posture from passive defense to proactive deterrence with a projected budget of up to 10 trillion won ($8.96 billion). “We welcome the Korean industry to participate as EADS’s full member,” Erwin Obermeier, a senior advisor of export projects...
  • Italy pushes Eurofighter as Turkey's 'only alternative' to US options

    05/11/2011 8:48:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey ^ | May 11, 2011 | ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
    Italy pushes Eurofighter as Turkey's 'only alternative' to US options Wednesday, May 11, 2011 ÃœMÄ°T ENGÄ°NSOY The Italian Defense Ministry continues pushing Turkey to join the Eurofighter aircraft project as an alternative to its present fleet of US-made jets. 'Turkey wants part of its fighter aircraft fleet to remain outside the technological and other influence of the United States,' says a Turkish defense analyst The pan-European Eurofighter fighter aircraft is the only viable alternative to U.S. planes in its category for the Turkish military, ItalyÂ’s deputy defense minister said late Tuesday, urging Turkey to join the ambitious European-led defense program....
  • EADS: Boeing’s “dumbed-down” KC-767 increases KC-Y prospects

    04/19/2011 11:05:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight International ^ | 20/04/11 | Stephen Trimble
    EADS: Boeing’s “dumbed-down” KC-767 increases KC-Y prospects By Stephen Trimble EADS North America's top executive says recent disclosures by Boeing show the KC-767 was "dumbed-down" to win the US Air Force KC-X contract, potentially opening the door for KC-45 sales in the future. Sean O'Keefe, EADS NA chief executive, declined in an interview to admonish Boeing for his competitor's recent acknowledgement that marketing materials advertising a KC-767 with fuel-saving winglets throughout the competition were false. "I'm not going to pass judgement on anybody's marketing strategy or any competitor's veracity," O'Keefe said. "I wouldn't do that." But the absence of winglets...
  • PICTURES: Airbus Military completes first A330 tanker flight for Saudi Arabia

    03/16/2011 9:05:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Flight International ^ | 16/03/11 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURES: Airbus Military completes first A330 tanker flight for Saudi Arabia By Craig Hoyle Saudi Arabia's first A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) has made its first flight in modified form, touching down on 15 March at the end of a 4h 15min sortie. Conducted from Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid, the debut comes ahead of the company's planned delivery of the Royal Saudi Air Force's first of six aircraft late this year. © Airbus Military "The crew reported that the aircraft, its systems and two General Electric CF6 engines performed entirely satisfactorily," says Airbus Military. The company has previously...
  • EADS North America won’t protest Air Force tanker award to Boeing

    03/04/2011 9:54:55 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 41 replies · 1+ views
    EADS North America will not protest the U.S. Air Force’s award of its aerial refueling tanker contract to rival Boeing, company executives said Friday. “After meeting with the Air Force and the Department of Defense and evaluating the information they provided to us … EADS North America has decided not to protest the KC-X tanker award,” EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby Jr. said Friday. “The outcome was decided by price, and Boeing’s offer was at a lower price than ours.” He also suggested it might be hard for Boeing to deliver tankers on the Air Force’s timetable and make...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

    03/03/2011 8:04:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Register, UK ^ | 3rd March 2011 | Lewis Page
    Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought RAF gets just 107 jets – and new budget trainwreck looms By Lewis Page This plane is new and has just been expensively upgraded. It will be scrapped soon. Analysis Yesterday the UK National Audit Office published [1] a detailed report on the current status of the infamous Eurofighter combat jet – nowadays officially known as Typhoon. We here on the Reg defence desk have always had a low opinion of the cripplingly expensive, marginally useful fighter: but even we were amazed by the new facts and figures. The Eurofighter, almost unbelievably,...
  • Boeing labor union credits Obama for Air Force tanker win

    02/26/2011 8:05:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    al.com ^ | February 26, 2011 | George Talbot
    Boeing labor union credits Obama for Air Force tanker win Published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5:00 AM By George Talbot The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. will meet with top military officials on Monday to learn why its bid for the U.S. Air Force tanker contract fell short against rival Boeing Co. The details of that 10 a.m. CST meeting at the Pentagon could dictate whether or not EADS will protest the award The selection of Boeing’s KC-767 tanker, announced Thursday by the Air Force, stunned observers on both sides of the high-stakes competition for the $35 billion deal....
  • Merkel deplores, EADS angry over US tanker contract

    02/25/2011 7:16:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Merkel deplores, EADS angry over US tanker contract Berlin/Paris - German Chancellor Angela Merkel deplored Friday Washington's decision to award a 35-billion-dollar tanker contract to Boeing Co instead of rival European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. A Merkel spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said an opportunity had been missed to improve the partnership between the European Union and the United States. But he said Berlin would not be taking any action and it was up to EADS and its US partners to analyse what had happened. The contract to build 179 Boeing KC-46A planes is one of the largest in the Defence...
  • The US Air Force’s Tanker Gamble

    02/25/2011 5:40:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    defense-aerospace.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Giovanni de Briganti
    The US Air Force’s Tanker Gamble (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published Feb. 25, 2011) By Giovanni de Briganti PARIS --- When all is said and done, the Pentagon’s Feb. 24 decision to award the $30 billion KC-X tanker contract to Boeing is a huge gamble for both the company and the department. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the Pentagon is gambling that Boeing will be able to develop and deliver a new, highly complex tanker design in less than six years, when it needed nine years to deliver the far simpler KC-767A to the Italian air force. However, the Pentagon...
  • Boeing won air tanker contract due to 'Chicago politics' says Richard Shelby

    02/25/2011 4:03:30 AM PST · by Liz · 36 replies
    Press-Register ^ | 2/24/11 | Staff
    U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said today that Boeing Co. won a $35 billion contract to build an air refueling tanker due to "Chicago politics." Chicago-based Boeing defeated the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. for the contract. EADS planned to assemble the tanker in Mobile. “I’m disappointed but not surprised," Shelby said. "Only Chicago politics could tip the scales in favor of Boeing’s inferior plane. EADS clearly offers the more capable aircraft. If this decision stands, our warfighters will not get the superior equipment they deserve.” Boeing wins air tanker contract The Pentagon awarded a $35 billion contract to...
  • Millions spent on tanker lobbying

    02/24/2011 9:26:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Politico.com ^ | February 24, 2011 | Chris Frates
    Millions spent on tanker lobbying By: Chris Frates February 24, 2011 09:24 PM EST For a decade, the world’s two largest aerospace companies fought a bitter battle to build the next fleet of Air Force refueling tankers, a fight that’s likely to continue at least at the political level even after Thursday’s announcement that Boeing bested EADS for the $35 billion contract. Both sides have spent millions of dollars working to convince lawmakers and opinion leaders of their plan’s superiority and there’s too much political capital invested for any of the players to just walk away – even if EADS...
  • PICTURES: Eurofighter reveals Typhoon development options for Middle East

    02/24/2011 5:04:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 24/02/11 | Siva Govindasamy
    PICTURES: Eurofighter reveals Typhoon development options for Middle East By Siva Govindasamy The Eurofighter consortium is developing a roadmap for the Typhoon that it believes will offer potential customers in the Middle East options to greatly enhance the type's capabilities. "The plan is to, over the next eight to 10 years, take a phased approach to enhancing the Typhoon's capability," says Rob Wells, Eurofighter's export future business manager. "It is the exports that are driving these enhancements." Eurofighter unveiled the plans, which include optional conformal fuel tanks, at IDEX 2011. Other enhancements include the option of MBDA's Meteor beyond visual-range...
  • U.S. Air Force Tanker Award will be Announced Thursday [Roundup, Murray threatens protest]

    02/23/2011 4:48:19 AM PST · by wolf78 · 11 replies
    defpro.com Defence Professionals ^ | February 23, 2011 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    The U.S. Air Force will announce the winner of the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract on Thursday, February 24 after financial markets close. Judging from the frequency with which Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter has been talking up the notion of a "globalized" defense market recently, European aerospace giant EADS is the winner. [...] From http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110223/NEWS01/702239828: Sen. Murray says Air Force tanker decision may come Thursday Sen. Patty Murray says she "won't tolerate" the Air Force choosing EADS over Boeing for the contract. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray expects the Pentagon to announce Thursday its choice between the Boeing Co. and...
  • Battling US for huge deal, Eurofighter woos Japan

    02/22/2011 9:12:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2011 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Battling US for huge deal, Eurofighter woos Japan By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO – In a deal that could be worth billions of dollars and determine one of the primary fighter jets in Asia for decades to come, European aircraft makers are trying to convince Japan to do something it has never done before — snub America. U.S. planes have long been Tokyo's overwhelming favorite, but Japan appears to be wobbling under a strong sales pitch for the Eurofighter Typhoon, coupled with problems and restrictions that have made the American alternatives less attractive. The stakes are high. The contract...
  • Fighter deal bigger: 126 will rise to 260

    02/13/2011 11:03:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Deccan Chronicle, India ^ | February 13th, 2011
    Fighter deal bigger: 126 will rise to 260 February 13th, 2011 DC Correspondent Feb. 12: It is already known as the world’s biggest defence import deal in a long time. Now, it transpires, it is even bigger than that. The Indian Air Force is in the market to buy 126 Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) from one of six foreign vendors bidding for the contract. Over time, however, the IAF plans to buy 260 of them, Deccan Chronicle has learnt. That means, what has been talked about as a $10-12 billion deal will eventually fetch the winner of the contract...
  • EADS will not improve U.S. tanker

    02/08/2011 8:39:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 5, 2011 | Sabine Siebold
    EADS will not improve U.S. tanker (Reuters) - Airbus (EAD.PA) Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Saturday the European planemaker's parent company EADS would not improve its bid to build a fleet of U.S. Air Force aerial refueling planes. "It is not our style to make hectic corrections at the last minute," Enders told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich. Enders said EADS had made a very good offer for the contract, that also made economic sense, whereas competitor Boeing Co (BA.N) had announced "last changes" to its bid. The transatlantic rivals have...
  • Air Force Says Mix-up Did Not Provide Unfair Advantage in Tanker Bid

    02/06/2011 10:29:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 2/4/2011 | Wharton Aerospace
    A U.S. Air Force officer told Congress that both Boeing and EADS handled "correctly and professionally" a situation in which each received data from the Air Force about each company's bid to build a fleet of refueling tankers. Major Gen. Wendy Masiello also testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force unintentionally sent Boeing and EADS the rival bids on compact disks. The reason for the hearing was to determine whether EADS is in a better negotiating position after one of its employees briefly viewed a summary of the Air Force's assessment of rival Boeing's bid, according...
  • EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship

    02/02/2011 5:49:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1+ views
    EADS North America, Inc. ^ | February 2, 2011
    EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship TRS-3D naval multimode surface and air surveillance and target acquisition. (Photo: Cassidian) Lightweight, multifunction radar already operating on LCS 1 and U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter 07:59 GMT, February 2, 2011 Arlington, Virginia | EADS North America has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply its TRS-3D radar for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. As part of a recent Department of Defense award, Lockheed Martin will construct up to 10 Littoral Combat Ships through 2015. Under the terms of its contract, EADS North America...
  • So Both Sides Got Subsidies in KC-X, Now What?

    01/31/2011 11:30:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/31/2011 | Defense Tech
    The World Trade Organization has apparently issued a final ruling saying that Boeing did indeed recieve unfair — not illegal — subsidies that benefit the development of its aircraft fleet. According to the New York Times, the WTO ruled, in a confidential report, that Boeing received about $5 billion in subsidies. The WTO focused on about $24 billion in R & D contracts Boeing receives from the military and NASA along with Washington state tax breaks that European governments say gave the Chicago-based company a technological and financial edge. Last summer, the WTO found that EADS had received billions in...
  • Pentagon Defers Senate KC-X Questions

    01/28/2011 12:21:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Techology ^ | 1/28/2010 | Michael Bruno
    The U.S. Air Force will respond to a lawmaker’s inquiry on whether the Integrated Fleet Aerial Refueling Assessment (Ifara) can be eliminated from the service’s KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition, as well as comment on how important Ifara is to the award, an Air Force representative told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) this morning. Moreover, USAF will respond to a question about what options were considered to “level the playing field” after a data-release mistake last year, defense officials said during a wide-ranging and mostly theatrical hearing on the error. The 2.5-hr. hearing, which quickly became more contentious among...
  • Political Squabbling in Canada Over Proposed F-35 Purchase Prompts Eurofighter To Launch PR Campaign

    01/25/2011 10:10:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Jan 25 2011 | David Pugliese
    Political Squabbling in Canada Over Proposed F-35 Purchase Prompts Eurofighter To Launch PR Campaign for Typhoon By Dave Pugliese Tue, Jan 25 2011 Defence Watch Bill Sweetman has some discussion in the latest issue of Defense Technology International about Eurofighter starting a low-key campaign in Canada to promote its Typhoon. According to Mr. Sweetman, the firm sees the ongoing political squabbling about the Joint Strike Fighter procurement as a potential opening for its fighter aircraft. Lately the Eurofighter PR machine has been pumping out the information. On Tuesday the Eurofighter consortium announced that the operational fleet of Typhoons (in service...
  • US military's tanker deal: a saga without end

    01/23/2011 11:10:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    US military's tanker deal: a saga without end Sun, Jan 23, 2011 AFP WASHINGTON - The battle between aerospace giants Boeing and EADS to supply new aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force could drag on even after the military finally makes a decision on the contract, experts say. For the past decade, the Pentagon has struggled to launch a new fleet of refueling aircraft to replace the old KC-135 workhorses that date back to the 1950s, but the effort has been marred by scandal and bitter feuds. Two previous attempts to move ahead with a new tanker were...
  • Indian tanker contest draws Airbus, Ilyushin bids, but Boeing stays away

    01/22/2011 7:31:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 21/01/11 | Greg Waldron
    Indian tanker contest draws Airbus, Ilyushin bids, but Boeing stays away By Greg Waldron Airbus Military and Ilyushin have submitted bids in India's revived competition for six in-flight refuelling aircraft, while Boeing remains on the sidelines. A New Delhi-based source close to the competition confirms that the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) is in contention for the requirement, along with the Ilyushin Il-78 tanker. The Indian air force already has an active fleet of seven Il-78MKs, says Flightglobal's MiliCAS database. Details on India's selection schedule are unclear, however. "There is no decision on the horizon," says the source. ©...
  • Can Boeing regain tanker bid balance from EADS?

    01/22/2011 7:21:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | Friday, January 21, 2011
    Can Boeing regain tanker bid balance from EADS? New Mexico Business Weekly . U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, Thursday visited the Everett (WA) factory floor where The Boeing Co. hopes to build U.S. Air Force tankers, and announced a new initiative to give Boeing back an edge. In the wake of numerous reports that EADS likely will win the Air Force competition to build new flying tankers, Cantwell said she’s asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to determine if the competition can still be fair after the accidental November release of bidding information to both Boeing and Airbus parent EADS....
  • EADS: KC-X tanker to be awarded next month

    01/16/2011 11:10:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/11/2010 | UPI
    European defense giant EADS expects the Pentagon to award the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract as early as next month. "The contract award … was to have been around the middle of November last year. It has moved toward next month," EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe said Wednesday in Paris, citing information from the U.S. Defense Department. European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. is in a fierce competition with U.S. arch-rival Boeing for the contract to outfit the U.S. Air Force with 179 in-flight refueling tankers.
  • Boeing, EADS tanker debate playing out in magazine ads?

    01/13/2011 10:49:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Wichita Business Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Boeing, EADS tanker debate playing out in magazine ads? Wichita Business Journal - by Steve Wilhelm , Puget Sound Business Journal. While the U.S. Air Force hasn’t yet had the opportunity to evaluate tanker bids from Boeing and EADS, the fight continues to be played out publicly in the pages of industry publications such as Aviation Week and Space Technology. The Air Force is expected to make a decision in February. Consider the Jan. 10 Aviation Week issue, which includes a two-page ad from Boeing, complete with American flags and closeups of two crew members, contending that the 767-based tanker...
  • France qualifies new Exocet missile

    12/23/2010 10:55:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    France qualifies new Exocet missile Published: Dec. 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM PARIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- MBDA's Block 3 version of the MM40 Exocet anti-ship missile has been given its operational qualification by the French Defense Ministry's armaments agency. The Direction generale de l'armement, or DGA, said approval was given Dec. 6 and the first four missiles were formally accepted Dec. 16 by DGA's quality control department. An initial batch of 45 missiles, ordered in 2008 from prime contractor MBDA, will be delivered to the French navy between the end of this year and mid-2013. The original version of...
  • Boeing, EADS backers clash over Air Force tanker bill in Congress

    12/22/2010 8:11:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 4+ views
    al.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | George Talbot
    Boeing, EADS backers clash over Air Force tanker bill in Congress Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:17 PM By George Talbot Gulf Coast political leaders today accused Boeing Co.’s political backers of attempting to “sabotage” the U.S. Air Force tanker competition through 11th-hour maneuvering in Congress. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, both Republicans from Mobile, sharply criticized a bill sponsored by Boeing supporters and approved by the U.S. House under suspended rules late Tuesday. Bonner said that the so-called Defense Level Playing Field Act was an “underhanded” attempt to tilt the tanker contest toward Boeing. “The...
  • Bill complicates Air Force contract (new tanker)

    12/21/2010 8:01:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/21/10 | JEN DIMASCIO
    Bill complicates Air Force contract By JEN DIMASCIO | 12/21/10 6:38 PM EST The House on Tuesday approved an 11th-hour measure that supporters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. complained could delay the already long-running competition to make $35 billion in new aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who’s backing the EADS bid, said he and other supporters were caught off guard by the vote in the waning hours of this lame-duck session of Congress. “Boeing wants to have a leg up in the tanker negotiations, and they have been trying the entire...
  • Eurocopter Concludes 2010 with Four Firsts

    12/20/2010 9:44:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 10/20/2010 | Defense Professionals
    After a turbulent year, Eurocopter concludes 2010 with four maiden flights of different helicopter types from its range of military and civilian helicopters. In particular, the NH90 programme, which last week saw two first flights, experienced some significant ups and downs in 2010. Meeting harsh criticism in Germany, along with the Tiger combat helicopter, both platforms as well as other military helicopters provided noteworthy accomplishments for other countries. Further, the Tiger HAP continues to support the French Armed Forces’ efforts in Afghanistan. Begun in mid-2009 – the helicopter’s first deployment to a war zone has already achieved far more than...
  • Airbus Works on Final Aerial Tanker Bid, Claiming Edge on Boeing

    12/17/2010 6:47:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | December 17, 2010 | Andrea Rothman
    Airbus Works on Final Aerial Tanker Bid, Claiming Edge on Boeing December 17, 2010, 3:34 AM EST By Andrea Rothman Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus Military said it’s working on a final bid in the $35 billion U.S. Air Force airborne tanker contest as it seeks to trump Boeing Co. in a delayed competition that has already spanned nine years. Airbus’s defense arm is bullish about winning the order because its A330 airliner-based model offers greater capability than Boeing’s 767, Domingo Urena Raso, the unit’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Toulouse, France. “Our plane is bigger, it...
  • Senators: Force Pentagon to consider subsidies in tanker

    12/16/2010 4:29:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Seattle PI Blogs ^ | December 15, 2010
    Senators: Force Pentagon to consider subsidies in tanker Amid increasing speculation that EADS North America will win the U.S. Air Force's $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract, Boeing-friendly senators Wednesday called for forcing the Pentagon to account for illegal subsidies in the competition. A World Trade Organization panel ruled earlier this year that European nations illegally subsidized Airbus programs, including the A330, which is the basis for EADS North America's proposed KC-45 tanker. A separate WTO panel found in a confidential interim ruling that Boeing also received illegal subsidies, although those were reportedly much less than those that Airbus got....
  • Senators, France vs. Boeing

    12/13/2010 10:48:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1+ views
    Decatur Daily ^ | 12/14/10 | Eric Fleischauer
    Senators, France vs. Boeing WikiLeaks: Nation wanted EU firm favored by Shelby, Sessions By Eric Fleischauer The goal of giving a European conglomerate a contract worth tens of billions of dollars — pushed by Alabama’s U.S. senators — has strong backing from France, a recent WikiLeaks disclosure indicates. The cable also suggests France was not happy it was encountering hurdles with the EADS deal at the same time the United States was discouraging France from selling military equipment to Russia. The diplomatic cable, compiled after a Feb. 8 meeting in Paris, made clear that France is on the same side...
  • Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers

    12/09/2010 7:02:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Brazil to seek deal for A330 tankers After issuing a request for proposals in September, the Brazilian air force's KC-X tanker/transport procurement has taken an unexpected turn. Despite having initially forecast the participation of at least three bidders, sources in Brasilia indicate that Airbus Military's A330 multi-role tanker/transport might be selected before the end of the year. Launched earlier in the decade to replace the air force's four Boeing KC-137 (707) tanker/transports, the use of which has been hampered by low availability rates over the last few years, the KC-X programme was fast-tracked early this year. © Airbus Military Problems...
  • EADS North America Prepares to Build KC-45 Tanker Production Facility in Mobile, Ala.

    12/08/2010 8:16:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    EADS North America ^ | 08 Dec 2010
    EADS North America Prepares to Build KC-45 Tanker Production Facility in Mobile, Ala. MOBILE, AL -- 12/08/10 -- EADS North America today announced that it is soliciting bids through its recently selected program management firm for design and construction of the Mobile Conversion Center where KC-45 aerial refueling tanker aircraft will be militarized for the United States Air Force. Preparation for construction of the facility began in November with the selection of Hoar Program Management to oversee the project. The selection of a program manager and initiation of work on the Mobile Conversion Center reflects EADS North America's commitment to...
  • Time to Split the Baby (A solution to the Air Force’s tanker woes.)

    12/07/2010 7:43:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | JOHN NOONAN
    Time to Split the Baby A solution to the Air ForceÂ’s tanker woes. John Noonan December 13, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 13 Few defense acquisition tales have been as sordid as that of the U.S. Air ForceÂ’s new refueling tanker, the KC-X. The tanker acquisition program first popped up on the national radar screen in 2001, when Senator John McCain called into question a no-bid contract that would have leased modified Boeing 767s to the Air Force instead of purchasing a new tanker outright. An ensuing corruption scandal marred the leasing deal beyond recognition. In the years since, the issue...
  • Brazilian Minister Views first P-3 Orion Modernised by Airbus Military

    12/07/2010 1:35:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    The first P-3 Orion aircraft modified by Airbus Military for the Brazilian Air Force was inspected today by Brazilian Minister of Defence, Nelson Jobim, during his official visit to Spain. The aircraft is the first of a fleet of nine which will undergo a complete systems modernization programme, including the installation of Airbus Military´s Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS). As well as FITS, the aircraft will benefit from a powerful new suite of mission sensors, communications systems, and upgraded cockpit avionics. The engines are being updated and, depending on the condition of each individual aircraft, the structures are being renovated...
  • Synthetic fuelling

    12/07/2010 12:51:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 12/6/2010 | Mike Gerzanics
    In April 2004 the Australian Defence Forces selected EADS's Airbus A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport as a replacement for its ageing Boeing 707-based aerial tanker aircraft. Aside from supportability issues, the 707s had only a probe and drogue refuelling capability. Whenever its General Dynamics F-111s needed to air refuel, the Royal Australian Air Force had to rent a tanker with a boom. Several additions to the RAAF fleet, such as the Boeing 737-based Wedgetail, Boeing C-17 and future Lockheed Martin F-35 need a boom-equipped tanker to fully exploit their capabilities.Additionally, inter-operability with allied nations would be enhanced with a dual mode...
  • EADS poised to win Air Force tanker contest, analyst says

    12/06/2010 6:28:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    Ai.com ^ | 12/7/2010 | George Talbot
    The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. will win the U.S. Air Force tanker contract over rival Boeing Co., according to a leading defense analyst. Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va., said EADS has emerged as the clear favorite for the coveted deal, based on the Air Force's internal analysis of the two competing bids. "Boeing has lost this competition," Thompson said, citing conversations with Boeing executives. "The only question now is whether they choose to protest the award, and I'm not sure they will."
  • Air Force scrambled to fix tanker information mix-up

    12/01/2010 9:05:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/1/2010 | Dominic Gates
    After an Air Force mix-up sent Boeing and EADS computer disks with crucial data on each other's bid for the air-refueling tanker contract, Boeing initially was left at a disadvantage, contrary to previous reports. The Air Force then had to scramble to level the playing field in the $40 billion competition. When Boeing tanker-team officials got the errant disk last month, they recognized from the labeling that the disk was intended for EADS, and did not open it. But their EADS counterparts did open the disk they received and looked at a spreadsheet of data on the mission performance of...
  • Eurofighter hopes to sell 40 jets to Turkey

    11/11/2010 8:36:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | November 11, 2010 | ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
    Eurofighter hopes to sell 40 jets to Turkey ÜMİT ENGİNSOY ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News Thursday, November 11, 2010 A consortium based in Italy, from where Turkey already receives attack helicopters and military surveillance, wants to further boost its role in the Turkish defense market. Italy and Turkey should carry their commercial relations to the strategic level, says Italy’s deputy defense minister. Eurofighter, a consortium of European aircraft makers, wants to sell 40 Eurofighter Typhoon 2020 jets to the Turkish Air Force, senior company officials said Thursday. "We are offering to Turkey the opportunity to jointly develop the Eurofighter 2020,...
  • UK closes in on $11bn fighter deal (India Eurofighter)

    11/07/2010 1:42:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 06 Nov 2010 | Praveen Swami and Dean Nelson
    UK closes in on $11bn fighter deal The European-made Typhoon fighter is winning the fight for the $11.5bn (£7.1bn) contract to supply 126 fighters to the Indian Air Force in a deal worth $5 billion and 2,000 new jobs to Britain. By Praveen Swami and Dean Nelson Published: 10:00PM GMT 06 Nov 2010 The multi-role combat aircraft, manufactured by a joint venture between Britain's BAE Systems, Italy's Alenia Aeronautica and the German-Spanish giant EADS, has come top in the Indian Air Force's technical assessment of rival bids, beating the American F16 and F18s, the Russian MiG 35 and its closest...
  • Eurofighter keen to open alliance to India

    11/03/2010 8:35:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 3 2010 | James Lamont
    Eurofighter keen to open alliance to India By James Lamont in New Delhi The Eurofighter consortium – the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy – is considering inviting India as the fifth partner in its defence alliance should it opt for the Typhoon multirole combat aircraft as part of the modernisation of its air force. The Typhoon is vying against jet fighters from the US, Russia, Sweden and France to supply the Indian Air Force with 126 aircraft, worth an estimated $11bn. The competition is expected to be decided in the first half of next year. A bold move to open...
  • Eurofighter hunts for Asian contracts

    10/13/2010 10:04:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 13/10/10 | Craig Hoyle
    Eurofighter hunts for Asian contracts By Craig Hoyle The Eurofighter consortium remains confident about its prospects in a slew of Asian fighter competitions, believing that its new radar and weapons could help it win contracts in what has so far been a barren region for the team. “Countries like Malaysia, South Korea and Japan need a new-generation multirole fighter that can be effective against many of the other aircraft in the region, including the Russian Flankers or Super-Flankers or Chinese J-10 or J-11. Their threat perceptions also vary – some may need more interceptor roles and others maritime roles,” says...
  • Boeing Likely To Lose WTO Ruling [company received illegal subsidies]

    09/15/2010 11:17:34 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 21 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WSJ.com ^ | Sep. 15, 2010 | Michaels, Daniel and Miller, John W.
    BRUSSELS—The World Trade Organization is likely to rule Wednesday that Boeing Co. received some illegal subsidies from the U.S. government, said people familiar with the case, fueling the debate with European rival Airbus and opening the door to negotiations on state support to plane makers. The preliminary, confidential WTO finding will come more than one year after the WTO ruled in a similar case that Airbus had benefited from illegal European subsidies. The European Union alleges that Boeing benefited from some $24 billion in tax breaks, research aid and export rebates from U.S. federal and state governments. Boeing officials say...