Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Africa / Middle East.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Africa / Middle East) Aug 15, 2010

Boeing Analysts hail Boeing deals for F-15, F-18. The U.S. decision to sell seven dozen F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia will keep Boeing assembly lines in St. Louis humming for years to come, according to analysts. "It's a fair bet (the deal) will keep the line going until at least 2016 or 2017," said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group. "Eighty-four is a fantastic number," he added. Though Boeing would not comment on the F-15 deal, first reported Monday by The Wall Street Journal, a spokesman did say that a $7 billion contract to extend the life of F/A-18 fighters would likely keep assembly lines operational until 2015. Aug 10, 2010

Boeing Saudi Arabia to get F-15s over Israeli objections. Despite concerns in Israel, the Obama administration has decided to move ahead with a USD30 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including advanced F-15 fighter jets. The Wall Street Journal reports that the jets won't include long-range weapons systems viewed as a threat to Israel; in return, Israel is not expected to lobby Congress to block the deal. Aug 9, 2010

Israel Aerospace Industries Australia will continue to operate Israel Aerospace Industries Heron unmanned air vehicles in Afghanistan until at least December 2011, following its signature of a contract extension with Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The Australian Defence Force flew its first mission with the leased medium-altitude, long-endurance system last January, in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission. Canberra...

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