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Bomber leg of nuclear force could be reduced under treaty. Under the new START nuclear arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia, the U.S. could reduce the bomber portion of its nuclear force and rely more on land-based and sea-based ballistic missiles, an expert says. The U.S. currently has 846 launchers; however, the treaty states that the country can have 800 but deploy only 700. The U.S. would likely want to keep the maximum number of land- and sea-based missiles. Apr 2, 2010

Airbus, EADS Pentagon extends tanker deadline by 60 days for EADS bid. The Pentagon has extended the deadline on bids for the $35 billion contract to build a new aerial refueling tanker for the Air Force to allow a bid from Europe's EADS. The current sole bidder is Boeing, after EADS' partner Northrop Grumman dropped out of the contest last month, and while EADS had asked for the 90-day extension on the deadline, the Pentagon granted 60 days for the company to put a bid on the contract. Apr 1, 2010

Airbus, EADS Airbus parent EADS looks beyond Europe for expansion. Facing domestic spending cuts, Europe's EADS says it is prepared to expand its defense business with acquisitions abroad. The company's divisional CEO Stefan Zoller said that with European growth over, the company's future growth will be global. Apr 1, 2010

Airbus, EADS EADS has insisted that its position on bidding for the US Air Force's KC-X aerial refuelling tanker contract remains "unchanged", despite President Nicolas Sarkozy indicating that the company "will bid" after his US counterpart promised a fair competition. During a public appearance in France with President Barack Obama this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he trusted Obama's assurances that the Pentagon's process for picking a contractor to build the USD35 billion fleet of aerial-refueling tankers would be fair. "I said to him, 'I trust you.' And I do trust him," Sarkozy said. "If you say to me that the request for proposals, the call for tenders, will be free, fair and transparent, then we say EADS will bid, and we trust you."E Mar 31, 2010

BAE Systems The last operational flight of the UK's British Aerospace Nimrod MR2 (highly modified vintage BAe/de Havilland Comets jetliners from the 1950s) this week marks the end of a chapter in the Royal Air Force's history, but work on the next installment is already well under way. Mar 30, 2010


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