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Nov 29, 2009

Iraq's efforts to re-equip its armed forces are set to receive a further boost, with Baghdad seeking a purchase of 27 new utility helicopters worth a potential USD1.2 billion. Six aircraft types will be considered under a Foreign Military Sales request outlined by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, with one to be selected in each of the light and medium utility helicopter categories. Candidates for the former requirement are the AgustaWestland AW109, Bell 429 and EADS North America UH-72A Lakota (based on the Eurocopter EC145), with the DSCA outlining a possible 15-aircraft purchase. The AW139, Bell 412 and Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk will contest a deal for 12 medium twins. Nov 23, 2009

IAI - Israel Aerospace Industries

Israel Aerospace Industries' North American Stark Aerospace unit has opened a new 8,000m (86,115ft2) facility at Golden Triangle regional airport in Columbus, Mississippi. A 1,900m extension is under construction. Stark's unmanned systems unitproduces the Hunter MQ-5B for the US Army. Nov 23, 2009


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