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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Oct 6, 2013

AeroVironment AeroVironment, Inc. (AVAV) today announced it has received an order from the U.S. Army for the companyOs Mantis* i23 gimbaled sensor payloads to continue upgrading the ArmyOs fleet of RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). AeroVironment, which develops and produces advanced upgrades for its highly integrated UAS, such as Raven, was selected as the result of a competitive bid. The multi-axis pan, tilt and zoom sensor payload enhances the capability of RQ-11B Raven UAS operated by the U.S. Army. U.S. government fiscal 2013 appropriations provided funding for the $19,984,999 order under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded in December 2012, and delivery is scheduled within 12 months. Oct 2, 2013

American Airlines, US Airways The Justice Department's fight with American Airlines and US Airways over whether the two carriers can merge received a blow as a judge rejected a request from the government for a delay in the case. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly turned down the request in a brief order issued on Tuesday. The delay had been requested because of the government shutdown. The Justice Department and several states sued on Aug. 13 to stop the merger, saying the deal to create the world's biggest carrier would lead to higher fares and stifle competition. Oct 1, 2013

Bell Helicopter Bell lays off 290 employees, citing cuts in defense spending . Bell Helicopter announced that 290 salaried and hourly employees were laid off from its Fort Worth, Texas, facility Monday. The company cited reductions in defense spending for the cuts. "The realities of our business are changing," Bell President and CEO Jim Garrison said in a statement. "Sequestration is having an adverse impact on our industry, making the future for defense spending more uncertain than ever." Sep 30, 2013

Boeing International sales could forestall end of C-17. Boeing's C-17 cargo plane could get a few more years of life if the company finds international customers for refurbished C-17s returned from the Air Force in exchange for new planes. The C-17 has international buyers, but the company says that so far, orders are small. Sep 30, 2013

Draken International Draken International, a leading provider of commercial air services, continues to rapidly build up its supersonic fleet with the delivery of twenty-five MiG-21 aircraft. With MiG-21 assembly...

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