New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Asia / Pacific) May 29, 2011
Lawmakers appear unlikely to revise Taiwan policy Chinese Gen. Chen Bingde said that on a recent trip to the U.S., he spoke with lawmakers interested in revising the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. The act requires the U.S. to help the island defend itself, but Congress appears unlikely to revise the law. James Miller, an official at the Pentagon, said the Department of Defense will soon be ready to release a report on Taiwan arms sales May 24, 2011
Comac Aircraft, Fokker Chinese manufacturer Comac and Fokker Technologies have signed an agreement to co-operate on unspecified projects. Dutch media reports suggest the two companies want to work together to develop new aircraft types. Comac and Bombardier recently agreed to partner and explore commonalities between their C919 and CSeries airliners. May 24, 2011
Korea Aerospace Industries Indonesia has placed a $400 million order for 16 Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainers, the type's first export sale. The Indonesian Defense Ministry signed the deal on Wednesday, said Enes Park, executive vice president of KAI. The contract stipulates that the aircraft must be delivered 18 months after the signing of a loan agreement between the South Korean and Indonesian governments. The announcement follows a 12 April letter the Indonesian government sent to KAI designating the South Korean firm as the preferred bidder to replace Indonesia's BAE Systems Hawk 53s. The letter all but sealed the fate of the T-50's rivals in the competition, the Aero Vodochody L-159 and Yakovlev Yak-130. May 26, 2011
Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has considered re-engining options for the T-50 Golden Eagle as the company waits for the US Air Force to finalise requirements for the T-X trainer contract. With the 17,700lb thrust (78.7kN) General Electric F404, including afterburner, the Lockheed/Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 is already the most powerful jet in the competition to replace the Northrop T-38C trainer. But the air force's requirements have not been set, and options range from a rebuilt T-38C to a clean-sheet design, with an off-the-shelf trainer...