Apr 5, 2009
The UK Ministry of Defence is close to completing an "achievable, affordable and realistic" unmanned aircraft system strategy out to 2023. Its long-term requirements call for multi-mission assets with sovereign design authority. Two tactical unmanned air vehicle types are now used by UK forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to gather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) data: the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 and General Atomics' armed MQ-9 Reaper. As both are flown under urgent operational requirement deals, the UK will lack a sustainably supported capability until the British Army's Thales UK/Elbit Watchkeeper system achieves initial operational capability late next year. Apr 2, 2009
Members of UK's Defence Manufacturers Association and Society of British Aerospace Companies have voted to merge the two trade bodies. Pending agreement of final terms a new organisation could be in existence in 2010. Mar 30, 2009
Airbus in Broughton may be the biggest aerospace employer in Wales, but almost as vital to the sector are parent company EADS's sites in Newport, which employ 1,400 people - most in high-skilled engineering and technical jobs - and arguably support several times that number in academia and the supply chain. EADS's presence in the small south Wales city began when it bought secure communications specialist Cogent in 2001, transforming it from a purely defence supplier into a much broader specialist in integrating communications, cryptology and surveillance systems for public sector customers. Part of EADS's Defence and Security division, it relocated last year from the other side of Newport to a [pounds sterling]35 million ($51 million) campus at Celtic Springs, which it shares with a unit of EADS Innovation Works, the European giant's new global network of seven research and development facilities or technical capability centres. Mar 30, 2009
India has issued a request for information for new advanced jet trainers, casting doubt on the future role of the BAE Systems Hawk in the country's air force. New Delhi ordered 66 Hawk 132s in 2004 after an assessment that took almost 20 years to complete, with an option for another 40 aircraft. The defence ministry, however, has chosen not to take up the options. Instead, it wants to assess various newer candidates in the market before making a decision. According to...