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August 13, 2012

News Briefs – August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman to cut 35 jobs in Colorado

Northrop Grumman says it expects to lay off 35 employees in Lafayette, Colo., Sept. 4, when it ends its internal service desk operations there.

The Daily Camera reports the Falls Church, Va.,-based security and defense firm told Colorado officials of its plans in a notice in June. The Camera received a copy Aug. 8.

The letter says Northrop Grumman intends to relocate its internal service desk operations from Lafayette to sites in Irving, Texas, and Labanon, Va. AP

 

Putin promises to boost Russian air force

President Vladimir Putin has promised to re-equip the Russian air force with hundreds of new aircraft as part of an ambitious military modernization program.

Speaking Aug. 11 at an airshow marking the air force’s 100th anniversary, Putin said the military will receive more than 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020.

He said boosting the air force is a key priority for the government.

Russia’s defense spending has fallen sharply since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leaving the air force to rely on aging Soviet-built planes, but a recent boom in oil revenues has allowed the Kremlin to launch a costly effort to upgrade military arsenals.

Air force chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Ekho Moskvy radio that the military will get 180 new aircraft this year alone. AP

 




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