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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Apr 18, 2010

U.S. anti-ballistic missile system will cover Europe by 2018 To thwart possible missile threats from Iran, the Pentagon has vowed to upgrade its anti-ballistic missile system to blanket all of Europe by the year 2018. It's an aggressive plan but a pair of top U.S. generals told Congress on Wednesday that Iran could produce enough bomb-grade fuel for a nuclear weapon in as little as one year. Apr 16, 2010

Airbus The French air force will field a further eight CN-235 tactical transports from late next year to partially compensate for the delayed introduction of its larger Airbus Military A400Ms. Signed by France's DGA procurement agency, the EUR225 million (USD305 million) follow-on deal will boost the air force's CN-235 fleet to 27 aircraft, the service says. The move is "a transitional measure until the arrival of the A400M", and will enable the service to relieve the burden on its current CN-235s, Dassault-Breguet C160 Transalls and Lockheed Martin C-130Hs, it adds. France will receive a total of 50 A400Ms, but its first example is now not expected to be handed over until around late 2012 - three years late. Apr 15, 2010

Airbus, EADS, Northrop Grumman WTO avoids landing in tanker plane contract dispute World Trade Organization Secretary-General Pascal Lamy says his organization will not get involved in a dispute among the U.S., France and Germany over a $35 billion contract to replace 179 aging U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers. France and Germany say the U.S. has engaged in protectionism in the bidding process for the tanker planes, and Airbus parent EADS maintains the contract term favors U.S.-based Boeing. Apr 14, 2010

Alenia Aeronautica Romania's air force has accepted its first two Alenia Aeronautica C-27J Spartan tactical transports for training use, and expects the type to begin supporting international operations from early next year. Delivered to the service's 90th Air Transport Base at Bucharest Otopeni airport on 12 April, the aircraft had first undergone a two-week...

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