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BAE Systems The UK Royal Air Force has launched a training course for the first instructors who will prepare crews to fly its new fleet of BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Being delivered at RAF Kinloss in Scotland by the service's 42 Sqn Operational Conversion Unit, the six-month course will prepare an initial cadre of 24 pilots, weapons systems officers and weapons systems operators. The bulk of these will take instructor posts, while the remainder will be the lead officers on 201 Sqn, the first operational unit to field the MRA4. Aug 4, 2010

BAE Systems The UK Royal Air Force hopes to issue inspection guidelines on 4 August that should enable it to begin resuming flight operations with its BAE Systems Hawk T1/1A jet trainers. A ground inspection of one aircraft conducted at RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales on 27 July found surface cracks in the structure of one of the aircraft's Martin-Baker Mk10B ejection seats, the service confirms. Its entire Hawk T1/1A fleet - which includes the aircraft of the Red Arrows aerobatic display team - was suspended from flight operations as a safety precaution. The RAF ordinarily has around 90 of the legacy type in use, including 14 flown for the Royal Navy. Aug 3, 2010

BAE Systems BAE Systems is poised to receive its first production orders for a new low-cost guided rocket that will equip the US Marine Corps' attack helicopters. The company expects to secure contracts within days for the first two low-rate initial production lots of its advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS), totalling a combined 925 of the 2.75in (70mm) rounds. With more than 1,000 rounds to be produced above the USMC's initial requirements, Adamakos says: "We're ready for international sales, or for the US Army. We've had a lot of interest from people on APKWS." Jul 29, 2010

Cranfield Aerospace Cranfield Aerospace has conducted a first series of flight tests with its Valkyrie vertical take-off and landing mini unmanned air vehicle, and is offering to develop an operational version for the UK armed forces. Performed at Cranfield airport in Bedfordshire earlier this year using a 1.4m (4.6ft)-span proof-of-concept design, the activities were intended to support engineering activities linked to the perch-and-stare type's navigation and gust-insensitive control technologies. Aug 4, 2010

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