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July 8, 2013

Headlines July 8, 2013

News

In difficult year for Boeing, 777 crash may not be major setback

The first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 jetliner July 6 may not pose much of a setback to the company, in part because design features of the plane helped prevent burning and break-up that could have led to greater loss of life, experts said.

 

Business

Battle over F-16 combat-jet upgrades unfolds amid new plane push

The F-16 fighter jet, the most widely flown western combat aircraft in its 35 years in service, is getting a new lease on life as defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. to BAE Systems Plc vie to upgrade existing fleets.

Airbus backlog rises to record with 758 aircraft orders in 2013

Airbus SAS’s backlog rose to a record after the No. 2 plane maker booked 241 orders last month, fueled by sales at the week-long Paris Air Show that brought in $129 billion worth of deals for airliners.

GE wins EU approval to acquire Avio’s aerospace parts business

General Electric Co., the biggest maker of jet engines, won European regulatory approval to buy Avio SpA after the U.S. company agreed not to impact business involving the European Typhoon combat jet.

BAE Systems wins Boeing 737 Max work in commercial aircraft push

BAE Systems Plc, Europe’s biggest defense company, won an order to supply flight-control to Boeing’s 737 max jetliner as it seeks to boost civil sales amid declining military spending in the United Kingdom and United States.

Elbows fly in Airbus, Boeing battle over mini-jumbos

At almost $1 million a square meter, big jets are the most expensive real estate, surpassing London’s “Billionaire’s Row.” Little wonder then, that a row over elbow space is sharpening the latest contest between Airbus and Boeing.

 

Defense

Pentagon furloughs hit bases from pharmacy to repairs

Furloughs of the U.S. military’s civilian workers that began July 8 will start to show their effects as the week unfolds, from elimination of Saturday hours at a base pharmacy in Washington State to a possible slowdown in work on Patriot missile interceptors in Pennsylvania.

Furloughs to curtail F-35 flight testing

Flight testing of Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet will fall short of planned totals for the year due to budget cuts that will keep the Pentagon’s civilian workers off their jobs one day each week for the rest of the fiscal year.

U.S. Marine Jeremiah Arbogast: male rape in military is ‘about power’

A study by the US Defense Department estimates 26,000 men and women in the military were subject to some level of unwanted sexual contact in 2012.

 

Veterans

Study calls Pentagon effort to recover MIA Americans ‘acutely dysfunctional’

The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.

 

Space

Curiosity Mars rover hits the road

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has finally begun the long drive to its primary mission destination – Mount Sharp.

U.K. astronomers to co-ordinate their search for alien signals

British scientists are to make a concerted effort to look for alien life among the stars. Academics from 11 institutions have set up a network to co-ordinate their Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

 

Technology

Solar Impulse plane completes U.S. journey in New York 

The Solar Impulse plane has landed at New York’s JFK airport, completing the final leg of a journey across the US on solar power alone.

 

International

United Kingdom: Territorial Army bases cut as reservists get extra pay and pension.

Part-time soldiers will receive thousands of pounds in extra benefits, but dozens of reservist bases will close in an overhaul of the Territorial Army.

Top defense, telecom firms join U.K. cyber security war

BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, BT Group, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard are among companies that will team up with government to share information on tackling cyber threats, the Ministry of Defence said July 5.

Iran starts five-day naval exercise in Caspian Sea as part of a readiness test for navy

An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country’s navy has started an exercise in the Caspian Sea. A Fars story July 8 quotes Adm. Khordad Hakimi, chief of the northern naval fleet, as saying that the maneuver in Iran’s territorial waters will end Thursday. Hakimi says the exercise is called “Amniat e Paydar” — or “Sustainable Security” in Farsi.




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