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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Nov 27, 2011

AAR, Kawasaki, ShinMaywa AAR to Build Cargo Systems for Kawasaki's C-2 Military Transport Aircraft. AAR announced today that it was selected by the team of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries to manufacture cargo handling systems for the Kawasaki C-2, formerly the C-X aircraft. The C-2 is Japan 's next-generation military transport aircraft slated to replace its aging C-1 fleet. AAR is manufacturing systems for two initial production aircraft, with delivery expected to be completed in calendar year 2013. The overall program requirements are expected to run for ten years. AAR worked with Sojitz Aerospace, international distributor for the C-2 program, and has been working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries since it was selected to design and develop the aircraft's cargo system in 2004. The systems are being produced at AAR's Cargo Systems Division at its Goldsboro, North Carolina manufacturing facility. "We are very proud of our role in the development and production of this new cargo aircraft designed to support the Japanese Ministry of Defence transport requirements," said Terry Stinson , Group Vice President for AAR's Structures and Systems segment. "The order further strengthens AAR's position as a leading cargo systems provider to the global aerospace market and we are pleased to extend our close working relationship with Kawasaki and ShinMaywa Industries." AAR plans to expand its cargo systems business with the acquisition of Telair International GmbH and Nordisk Aviation Products, known for their leadership position in the commercial cargo market. The acquisition is expected to close during the first week of December. AAR Cargo Systems specializes in the design and manufacture of in-aircraft cargo handling systems for military and commercial applications. AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. Nov 16, 2011

Boeing, U.S. Air Force Boeing delivers 20 GPS-guided bombs to U.S. Air Force. Boeing has delivered 20 GPS-guided bombs that each weigh 30,000 pounds to the U.S. Air Force. The bombs, called Massive Ordnance Penetrators, are designed to destroy underground hideouts. The bombs weigh five tons more than any other bombs deployed by the U.S. military. Nov 17, 2011

DARPA, MIT DARPA, MIT team up to build a sprinting robot ostrich. The agency responsible for developing state-of-the-art technologies for the Defense Department is building a robot ostrich that is capable of running at almost 20 mph and also able to navigate rough terrain. DARPA's two-legged FastRunner robot is being developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robot Locomotion Group and will stand 4 feet tall and weigh more than 60 pounds when complete. Nov 16, 2011

DoD, Congress, Senate Armed Services Committee Panetta: Pentagon's shipbuilding, construction projects threatened, Sen. Reid Responds. The congressional supercommittee faces a Nov. 23 deadline to announce USD1.2 trillion in cuts, or the defense industry could face additional cuts. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has written a letter to two senators warning of the consequences of the maximum 23% cut in defense spending if the congressional supercommittee fails to trim the federal budget. "Such a large cut, applied in this indiscriminate manner, would render most of our ship and construction projects unexecutable -- you cannot buy three-quarters of a ship or a building -- and seriously damage other modernization efforts," Panetta wrote. While some Republicans have said they would try to shield defense from further cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Democrats would not allow that to happen. If the congressional supercommittee does not reach an agreement on budget cuts, defense could face an automatic USD500 billion in cuts. "If committee fails to act, sequestration is going to go forward," Reid said. The Senate Armed Services Committee has cut an additional USD21 billion from its version of the defense authorization bill for 2012. To meet new guidelines from the Budget Control Act passed over the summer, the committee revised the bill by reducing costs for 580 programs in the Defense Department's base budget. Nov 15, 2011

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