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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Jun 19, 2011

Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is close to signing major new contracts with the country's defence ministry and major civil operators and expects to make details public at Le Bourget this week. The state-owned holding company, which incorporates the Mil and Kamov design bureaux and Kazan Helicopters, is in the final stages of concluding the deals, says chief executive Dmitry Petrov. The civil contracts will involve two companies heavily involved in supporting Russia's oil and gas industry: UTAir, already the world's largest operator of Russian-built helicopters, and Gazpromavia. Jun 18, 2011

Czech Republic withdraws from U.S. missile defense program The Czech Republic was unhappy with its diminished role in the U.S. missile defense project and has decided against participating. Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. had proposed stationing a radar facility in the Czech Republic, along with ground-based interceptors in Poland. The Obama administration proposed a revised program in 2009 with the role of the Czech Republic unspecified. Jun 16, 2011

Airbus During its last visit to Le Bourget, Airbus Military was a company in crisis. Its most important and ambitious programme - to deliver the A400M transport to seven European militaries - was facing the threat of possible cancellation, and it had fallen behind schedule with delivering a fleet of A330-based multi-role tanker transports (MRTT) to Australia. Two years on, and the situation has changed almost beyond recognition. A400M development aircraft "Grizzly 3" will be making the type's proud Paris debut, with the French air force now due to take delivery of the first production example by March 2013. Jun 15, 2011

Rafale Aviation France's Rafale fighter programme is midway...

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