Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) May 2, 2010

Airbus, EADS, Northrop Grumman In a scenario that couldn't have been imagined just a few months ago, European aerospace giant EADS is now pursuing a solo bid for the U.S. Air Force's USD35 billion replacement program for the KC-135 tanker aircraft. Winning the contract would represent the single most important step for EADS in expanding its U.S. revenue. Apr 28, 2010

EADS, Finmeccanica EADS and Finmeccanica have strengthened their relationship in the advanced jet trainer sector and provided limited details of their combined bid for the nine-nation Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) scheme. Involving EADS Defence and Security (DS) and M-346 manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi, the partnership submitted a joint response to a request for information for the AEJPT requirement on 15 March. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2009 linked to the project. Apr 29, 2010

General Electric, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin A transatlantic team has sweetened its price offer to the US Department of Defense seeking to keep alive a threatened alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In September, the General Electric-Rolls Royce Fighter Engine Team offered to deliver 21 F136 engines in Fiscal 2013 at a fixed price, converting the contract from a cost-plus structure years ahead of schedule. Apr 28, 2010

Israel Aerospace Industries Israel's Ministry of Defence is evaluating a Russian government request for a joint venture production facility in Russia for Israeli developed unmanned air vehicles. Last year Russia purchased Israel Aerospace Industries BirdEye-400 systems. Now Russia wants to buy more Israeli UAVs, such as the IAI Searcher-3 and its Heron. Israel's MoD refused to comment but industry sources say for future purchases the Russian government wants to enter into a joint venture production agreement for a local assembly facility. Israeli government sources told Flight International on 28 April that this is "a...

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