New York (AirGuideBusiness - Defense News) Mar 6, 2011
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil says a decision about the air force's F-X2 fighter procurement will be delayed by several more months. Rousseff says the step has been prompted by severe budget cuts of roughly $29.9 billion for fiscal year 2011 that will see the defence ministry's procurement allocation slashed by 26.5%. No decision is expected before 2012. Mar 1, 2011
Embraer Embraer confirms that its EMB-314 Super Tucano is a potential candidate for the UK Royal Air Force's basic trainer requirement, with Elbit Systems as a possible partner. Two other teams, led by BAE Systems and Cobham/Cassidian, are eyeing the basic trainer need as part of the UK Military Flying Training System's fixed-wing aircraft service provision deal. Final proposals will be delivered to Lockheed Martin/Babcock joint venture Ascent during March. Mar 1, 2011
Eurofighter The UK Ministry of Defence has been sharply criticised by MPs over its management of procurement programmes, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and BAE Nimrod MRA4, describing it as being in a "cycle of failure". The House of Commons public accounts committee says that poor decision making had led to cost overruns or delays to major projects and the consequent early retirement of a number of aircraft types including the BAE Systems Harrier. Mar 1, 2011
Israel Aerospace Industries Israel Aerospace Industries has shown two new unmanned rotorcraft to defence minister Ehud Barak, and released limited details on one. Powered by electric motors and weighing 4kg (8.8lb), the tandem-rotor "Ghost" features automatic take-off and landing, has a top speed of 35kt (65km/h) and a 25min endurance. Mar 1, 2011
Myanmar Myanmar will in March receive the first of 20 RSK MiG-29s ordered under a roughly U400 million ($553 million) deal, with their introduction to more than double the country's MiG-29 fleet. Ordered in November 2009, the aircraft will be delivered in three...