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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Jan 15, 2012

U.S., U.K. plan to collaborate on aircraft carriers The U.S. and the U.K. plan to team up on designing and deploying aircraft carriers. "This cooperation is a cutting-edge example of close allies working together in a time of fiscal austerity to deliver a capability needed to maintain our global military edge," said George Little, a Pentagon spokesman. Jan 9, 2012

Airbus, EADS France opts for refueling tankers from Airbus. France has announced plans to buy airborne refueling tankers from Airbus instead of Boeing. "The purchase order [for the tankers] is likely to be made in 2013, for delivery four years later," Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said. The French government owns 15% of EADS, the parent company of Airbus. Jan 10, 2012

EADS North America, U.S. Army EADS North America Awarded USD212 Million Production Contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a USD212.7 million contract to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be produced in the Army's Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training. "We're extremely proud of our track record of on time and on budget deliveries of the UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Army, Navy and Army National Guard," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America CEO. "The successful execution of this critical program is a result of the strong partnership we've built with the Department of Defense over the past seven years. The S&S Battalion-equipped Lakotas further demonstrate this modern platform's flexibility for growth to support an even broader range of demanding missions." The Lakotas equipped with the S&S Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP) will be operated by Army National Guard units across the country. The S&S Battalion MEP, integrated by American Eurocopter, will expand the capabilities of the Army's UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, and reflects the...

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