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Jun 21, 2009

Germany has emerged as a doubtful partner in a three-nation European Advanced Unmanned Air Vehicle development project, after the country's defence minister raised questions about the risk that the project would not be completed successfully. At Paris, EADS Defence and Security unveiled a full-scale scale model of the twinjet-powered fixed-wing aircraft for a modular intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions, but Germany's federal ministry of defence state secretary Rudiger Wolf has told his French and Spanish colleagues involved in the project that, for Germany, Advanced UAV would not progress for now. Jun 19, 2009

Avro Aircraft

Avro Vulcan XH558, the last flying example of the famous delta-winged cold war icon, made its 2009 air show debut last weekend, after GBP 500,000 (USD 820,000) was raised to prevent the aircraft being permanently grounded. The Vulcan, which was the star of last year's Farnborough air show after a GBP 700 million, 15-year restoration, made its return at the RAF Brize Norton families day and the RAF Cosford air show. It is due to be gracing the skies at next month's huge Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Jun 17, 2009

Eurocopter

Eurocopter will provide the AS550 C3 Fennec military helicopter for the trials in India's light utility helicopter competition, instead of the AS350 civilian helicopter that was tested in an earlier tender that was later cancelled. The company has an AS550 with its weapons on display at Paris (below) and Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter's senior vice-president for sales and customer relations in Asia Pacific, says that the flight tests for India's LUH competition could be begin shortly. Jun 19, 2009

Eurocopter

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