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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Asia / Pacific) Oct 11, 2010

Japan considers U.S. drone purchases. Japan is reportedly in the market for three U.S.-made Global Hawk spy drones worth around USD50 million each as the country has rising tensions with China and seeks to monitor nuclear and missile programs in North Korea. The decision follows the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain in disputed waters several weeks ago, and the unmanned aircraft could help the nation monitor remote islands and suspicious ships close to its waters. Oct 4, 2010

Airbus Airbus Military will deliver its first A330 multi-role tanker transport to the Royal Australian Air Force "in the coming weeks", following its receipt of military certification for the type from Spain's INTA body.Received on 5 October, the certification "covers the design and operation of all the military systems added to the aircraft in addition to the basic civil design", Airbus says. This includes its aerial refuelling boom system and Cobham 905E underwing hose and drogue refuelling pods. Reached several months later than expected, the milestone follows the mid-March award by the European Aviation Safety Agency of a civil supplemental type certificate for the tanker conversion to the A330-200. Development and certification work on the A330 MRTT has seen the type deliver more than 450t of fuel in over 280 sorties, Airbus says. Oct 6, 2010

Lockheed Martin Thailand is set to go ahead with mid-life upgrades for some of its Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs, in a move that will augment its air combat capabilities in the face of ongoing budget constraints. The USD700 million upgrade programme that Bangkok has requested for 18 of its F-16s will be conducted in three phases. Six will be modified over a three-year period in each phase, with the individual phases overlapping by one year. Lockheed is...

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