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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Oct 11, 2010

Turkey is preparing to build its own intelligence satellite After failing to buy an intelligence satellite from Israel or France, Turkey is preparing to build its own, "Gokturk", with Italian assistance for launch in 2012. Turkey awarded Israel Aerospace Industries a satellite contract in 2001, but on protest shifted the deal to France's Alcatel before Turkish anger at France's subsequent declaration that the Ottomans' mass killing of Armenians 85 years ago was genocide led to cancellation. However, sources point to a French launcher as the most likely lift vehicle, with Russia, China or even Iran as outside contenders. Oct 9, 2010

Airbus Airbus Military will deliver its first A330 multi-role tanker transport to the Royal Australian Air Force "in the coming weeks", following its receipt of military certification for the type from Spain's INTA body.Received on 5 October, the certification "covers the design and operation of all the military systems added to the aircraft in addition to the basic civil design", Airbus says. This includes its aerial refuelling boom system and Cobham 905E underwing hose and drogue refuelling pods. Reached several months later than expected, the milestone follows the mid-March award by the European Aviation Safety Agency of a civil supplemental type certificate for the tanker conversion to the A330-200. Development and certification work on the A330 MRTT has seen the type deliver more than 450t of fuel in over 280 sorties, Airbus says. Oct 6, 2010

Lufthansa Technik, Airbus Lufthansa Technik will manage component-level support for the UK's fleet of 14 A330-200-based Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft from late 2011, under an initially 10-year deal with Airbus Military. The company will establish a support presence at the Royal Air Force's Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire. Oct 5, 2010

QinetiQ QinetiQ has signed a 10-year agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to operate and maintain its national Physiological Flight Centre at Malmen, in southern Sweden. The terms of the deal encourage Qinetiq to market centre services to third-party customers. Facilities include a combined human centrifuge and high-performance aircraft flight simulator; a hypobaric decompression chamber and a hyperbaric high-pressure "diving" chamber; and a purpose-built test and survival pool. Oct 5, 2010

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