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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jan 1, 2012

AAI AAI has unveiled the Shadow M2, a significantly larger and heavier version of its RQ-7B Shadow, the US Army's standard tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The wingspan of the Shadow M2 grows from 20ft to 25ft (6.1m to 7.6m), and the aircraft is heavier by 120lb (54.4kg). It also features a redesigned fuselage, replacing the signature box with a streamlined, lift-generating structure. These changes extend the flight duration to 16h. "Basically the internal guts are the same internal guts that are in the upgraded RQ-7B," said Steven Reid, senior vice-president of AAI. "It's just that we can now carry additional payload and make use of that increased bandwidth that the TCDL [tactical common datalink] gives us." With the M2 upgrades, Shadow M2 can carry two separate payloads instead of the standard single EO/IR turrets. Dec 30, 2012

Airbus, EADS Ever since the Beatles managed it, "cracking the USA" has been an obsession for European musicians. However, it appears that imperative also weighs equally heavily on the European aerospace industry. Although the sector has some small footholds on the other side of the Atlantic, via the likes of BAE Systems and Finmeccanica, no one company has yet surfaced to challenge any of the US aerospace giants on their own turf. EADS has perhaps come the closest. Until 24 February 2011, when the US Air Force awarded the KC-X contest to Boeing, EADS appeared to have a strong chance of parking its tanker on Boeing's lawn. As well as the 179 aircraft up for grabs in the contest, EADS had promised, should it win, to move final assembly of its Airbus A330 Freighter to Mobile, Alabama. Dec 22, 2011

Boeing Boeing scopes out fighter competitions after losing Japan. Although Boeing lost out to Lockheed Martin for an order of fighters for Japan, it is keeping its eye on the horizon. "Japan was one competition. There are lots of others to go after," Boeing spokesman Paul Lewis said. The manufacturer is competing for fighter orders from several countries, including Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and South Korea. Dec 22, 2011

Boeing The US Marine Corps has revealed how it rescued one of the crew members of a US Air Force Boeing F-15E within 90min of crashing in Libya on 21 March, after launching an operation with six aircraft. Dubbed a 'tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel' mission, the action saw two Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors (one pictured below), two Sikorsky CH-53E support helicopters carrying quick reaction force personnel, and two Boeing AV-8B Harrier II strike aircraft launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The first of the rescue package was launched within 30min of the crash, while their vessel was around 130nm (240km) away from the accident scene. On arrival, the Harriers dropped two of their 225kg (500lb) laser-guided bombs, before one of the MV-22s landed to extract the pilot. The entire rescue mission totalled around 90min, from aircraft launch to recovery aboard the USS Kearsarge, the USMC says. Flying from Aviano air base in Italy, the F-15E was involved in supporting the US-led Operation "Odyssey Dawn" against the regime of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The USAF says the crew ejected after the aircraft "experienced equipment malfunction". Both were rescued after coming down in eastern Libya. Dec 19, 2011

Boeing UAVs can patrol the high seas for pirates, drug smugglers. Surveillance of the high seas is one of the fastest-growing markets for the defense industry as piracy, drug smugglers and other threats drive demand. Unmanned aerial vehicles can provide maritime surveillance as patrol aircraft. The P-8 Poseidon from Boeing and the MQ-8B Fire Scout from Northrop Grumman can be used for maritime surveillance. Dec 29, 2011

Boeing Boeing Statement on Saudi Arabia Purchase Agreement. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that it has reached an agreement to purchase from the U.S. government 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft and to upgrade 70 of its existing F-15s. "For Boeing, this agreement represents the continuation of an enduring partnership between the company and the Kingdom that dates back to 1945 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a DC-3 Dakota airplane to King Abdulaziz Al-Saud , the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ," said McNerney. "We appreciate the efforts of the Obama Administration and the trust of King Abdullah 's government in finalizing the agreement, which will support tens of thousands of American jobs and help the Kingdom enhance its defense capabilities and diversify its workforce." The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of Boeing's most valued customers operating a fleet of existing Boeing F-15s, Apache helicopters, AWACS, and special mission aircraft. "Boeing is privileged to support the important U.S./Saudi bi-lateral relationship, and we are pleased Saudi Arabia has chosen the proven, state of the art capabilities of our F-15 and rotorcraft platforms," said McNerney. "Boeing views Saudi Arabia as a market with great potential and has made it a priority to invest in Saudi Arabia 's aviation industry while working to strengthen local technical and vocational training programs and institutions." The signing of the letter of offer and acceptance between the U.S. government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the F-15 is the last official step toward completing an overall sale announced in late 2010 for 84 new and 70 upgraded F-15s. The U.S. government has also offered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 70 new AH-64 Apache strike helicopters and 36 AH-6i helicopters, plus support and training. All the LOAs together will total approximately USD24 billion in Boeing sales. Dec 29, 2011

Boeing, FedEx, U.S. Air Force Boeing 767 returns to favor with new orders. The Boeing 767, introduced in 1982, has seen recent orders from FedEx and the U.S. Air Force. "The 767 has been a great airplane that led the way for twin-engine overseas operations," says aviation consultant Scott Hamilton. Before the 767, airlines used aircraft with three or four engines for transoceanic flights. According to AirGuideAircraft the Boeing 767 is a mid-size, wide-body twin-engine jet airliner and it was the manufacturer's first wide-body twinjet and its first airliner with a two-crew glass cockpit. The aircraft features two turbofan engines, a conventional tail, and for reduced aerodynamic drag, a supercritical wing design. Designed as a smaller wide-body airliner than preceding aircraft such as the 747, the 767 has a capacity of 181 to 375 persons and a range of 3,850 to 6,385 nautical miles (7,130 to 11,825 km), depending on variant. Development of the 767 occurred in tandem with a narrow-body twinjet, the 757, resulting in shared design features which allow pilots to obtain a common type rating to operate both aircraft. As of November 2011, the 767 has received 1,057 orders from 71 customers, of which 1,013 have been delivered; 837 of these aircraft were in service in July 2011. The 767 is produced in three fuselage lengths. The original 767-200 entered service in 1982, followed by the 767-300 in 1986 and the 767-400ER, an extended-range (ER) variant, in 2000. The extended-range 767-200ER and 767-300ER models entered service in 1984 and 1988, respectively, while a production freighter version, the 767-300F, debuted in 1995. Conversion programs have modified passenger 767-200 and 767-300 series aircraft for cargo use, while military derivatives include the E-767...

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