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Apr 26, 2009

A strategic concept of operations (CONOPS) for unmanned air vehicle use by NATO is to be planned using lessons learned from the alliance members' Afghanistan experience. The strategic-level CONOPS will be developed by the Joint Air Power Competence Centre. Based in Germany, the centre is not formally part of NATO's structure, but has 17 of the alliance's 28 states as members, including the UK and the USA, and acts as a think tank. The CONOPS will enable NATO to address its needs for a co-ordinated deployment of unmanned aircraft systems. Apr 24, 2009


Seven countries have signed a three-month moratorium on the Airbus A400M military plane, a French spokesman confirmed on Tuesday, a reprieve which was offered to planemaker Airbus last month. The seven countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and non-EU member Turkey -- had in March agreed a three-month moratorium to prevent automatic cancellation of the EUR20 billion euro (USD$25.81 billion) contract. For Airbus the moratorium is a reprieve amid a delay in delivery of the A400M military transport plane, with governments deliberating whether to scrap Europe's biggest arms project. The seven countries have ordered a total of 180 of the A400M planes, and some countries, notably Germany and Britain, have expressed anger over delays of 3-4 years on the delivery of the plane, which could cause billions of euros in penalties. Apr 23, 2009

EADS, Northrop Grumman

The Euro Hawk surveillance demonstrator is set to make its first flight in the third week of December this year, six months later than planned. The EADS-Northrop joint program, using a Block 20 Northrop Grumman Global Hawk with an EADS-developed signals intelligence payload, is to supply the German government with the demonstrator and four more aircraft by 2014. Apr 24, 2009


The UK Ministry of Defence is expected to approve a production deal for its first Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoons in the coming weeks, and is continuing discussions with EADS in a bid to resolve a dispute over its delayed Airbus Military A400M transport. Describing the Typhoon as "an essential capability" for the UK armed forces, minister for defence equipment and support Quentin Davies says: "There have been a series of negotiations in Berlin, and I hope we can make a positive and favourable decision soon." Apr 24, 2009


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