Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) May 23, 2010

Sarkozy pushes for fighter deal as Brazilian elections approach. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing for a $6.3 billion deal to sell 36 warplanes to Brazil amid concerns that Brazil's upcoming presidential elections could threaten the sale. Brazil has not yet narrowed down a field of three bidders for the jet contract from France, the U.S. and Sweden, and, with reports of a split over procurement, some experts say the country's next president could put negotiations on hold or restart the process from scratch. May 19, 2010

NATO countries need to boost defense spending. Only six of NATO's 26 European members are meeting their defense spending target of 2 percent GDP, and the decline in spending needs to be reversed if the alliance expects to stand up to its security threats, according to a new 10-year strategic vision for the alliance. In addition to increasing defense spending, the countries need to deploy forces further afield to address unconventional threats such as terrorism and cyber attacks, experts say. May 19, 2010

BAE Systems The UK Royal Air Force will send its remaining British Aerospace Nimrod R1 signals intelligence aircraft to Afghanistan later this year. The mission will be the type's last major deployment before its retirement in March 2011. Currently equipped with two aircraft at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the RAF's Nimrod R1 component has recently received unspecified upgrades, including to the type's communications intelligence suite, Gordon says. A third R1 was retired from service in October 2009. May 20, 2010

BAE Systems, Eurofighter BAE Systems has won a roughly [pounds sterling]150 million (USD221 million), five-year contract to provide avionics support for Eurofighter operators Germany, Spain and the UK. The contract will incentivise BAE to improve the reliability reduce the volume of repairs needed. May 18, 2010

Northrop Grumman The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD152 million contract to provide in-service support for the infrared countermeasures equipment installed on many of its large aircraft. Announced by Northrop on 18 May, the three-year contract continues the company's previous relationship in...

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