AIN Defense Perspective » April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011 - 10:00am
Two reports have criticized the support arrangements for the UK Royal Air For...

Two semi-official reports have criticized support arrangements for the UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fleet. The UK National Audit Office (NAO) said that the four-nation collaborative contracts were complicated, and had resulted in “shortages of spares and long timescales for equipment repair.” The Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) referred to “a very complex supply chain that stretches all over Europe.”

April 22, 2011 - 9:45am
The Korean-built KAI T-50 Golden Eagle has reportedly been selected as Indone...

Indonesia has provisionally selected the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle as a new jet trainer, and will buy 16, according to the Chosunilbo newspaper in Seoul. The paper said that Korea Aerospace Industries “slashed the price of the T-50 to less than $25 million per jet” to head off competition from the Russian Yak-130.

April 22, 2011 - 9:30am
The Brazilian Air Force, the launch customer for Embraer’s KC-390 tanker-tran...

Embraer Defense and Security signed contracts for the KC-390 tanker-transport program with two industrial partners who will supply airframe structures.

April 22, 2011 - 9:15am
Northrop Grumman made the first carrier landing of its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye....

Northrop Grumman announced the first carrier landing of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, on the USS Harry S. Truman. In addition, the Pentagon has now authorized an additional 10 aircraft, following a successful Defense Acquisition Board review.

April 21, 2011 - 4:06am
A UK Royal Air Force Eurocopter Typhoon dropped air-ground weapons in Libya t...

NATO-led air operations over Libya have failed to prevent a stalemate in the civil war there, although humanitarian aid flights and shipments have been protected. Air strikes on the heavy weapons of the Gaddafi regime have continued, but NATO commanders admitted the difficulty of identifying and attacking regime forces that move in light vehicles and trucks.

 

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