Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Africa / Middle East.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Africa / Middle East) May 23, 2010

Unmanned blimps recruited to help with battle in Afghanistan. The Pentagon is turning to tethered, unmanned blimps to help battle the rise in homemade bombs in Afghanistan. Seven of the sensor-equipped airships, called aerostats, are already in service in the country, and 31 are expected to be in place by the end of the year, officials say. May 20, 2010

Continuing wars, acquisition reform put U.S. MRO market to test. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continuing to take their toll on military equipment, the U.S. military maintenance, repair and overhaul market faces perhaps the largest growth in its history. And with Washington's acquisition reform agenda, the workshare between industry and government is in for a possible overhaul. May 18, 2010

BAE Systems The UK Royal Air Force will send its remaining British Aerospace Nimrod R1 signals intelligence aircraft to Afghanistan later this year. The mission will be the type's last major deployment before its retirement in March 2011. Currently equipped with two aircraft at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the RAF's Nimrod R1 component has recently received...

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