Throughout Operation Unified Protector, NATO spokespersons insisted that the alliance had remained faithful to the UN resolution 1973 by not deploying any troops inside Libya.
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In late September, the U.S. Pentagon announced that the first payment had been made concerning the supply of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Iraq, ending a period of delay due to budgetary issues and speculation about whether the contract would proceed.
British, French and U.S. aircraft began the action in mid-March, in a “coalition of the willing” named Operation Odyssey Dawn that was led by U.S. Africa Command. On March 31, NATO took command. Eleven other nations sent aircraft to join the campaign.
British commanders are counting the cost of a major and successful contribution to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. The UK and France were the biggest contributors to the campaign, after the first week when U.S. forces provided an initial boost. British aircraft and helicopters flew more than 3,000 sorties, including more than 2,100 strike missions. They successfully attacked about 640 targets with more than 1,400 precision-guided munitions.
Show organizer F&E Aerospace has designated Thursday as the Dubai AIr Show’s inaugural Futures Day, which will be dedicated to inspiring the UAE’s young people to build careers in the industry. The day will focus on the recruitment, education, and training of home-grown talent.
Fast-growing Dubai-based business aircraft management group Empire Aviation is about to conclude a major joint-venture agreement, which executive director Steve Hartley said will “double the size of the company.” It remains to be seen whether the deal will be sealed here at the Dubai Air Show this week.
Having taken the initiative in UAE commercial aviation, Dubai has a higher airline and airport profile than that of capital city Abu Dhabi and the other emirates. Research group Oxford Economics (OE) predicts that the importance of Dubai’s aviation sector will grow over the next ten years.
As the majority shareholder in Piaggio Aero Industries, with a 31.5-percent stake, Mubadala of Abu Dhabi is taking the lead in trying to advance the Italian airframer’s plans to launch a new business jet. The company is due to present a business plan and technical specifications for the proposed program by early 2012.
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