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July 22, 2013

Headlines July 22, 2013

News

Joint Chiefs chairman seeks Afghan troops deal by October

America’s top general July 22 said he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October to give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence instead of a total pullout.

 

Business

EADS to consider adopting name of plane-making unit Airbus

European Aeronautics, Defence and Space Co. is looking at taking on the name of its better-known Airbus SAS unit as Chief Executive Office Tom Enders boosts integration efforts, a person familiar with the plan said.

Airbus raises 2013 order target to more than 1,000 jets

European jetmaker Airbus has raised it order target for 2013 to more than 1,000 aircraft, compared with a previous goal of more than 800, sales chief John Leahy told Reuters July 19.

Honda’s Fujino readies ‘flying Acura’ to challenge Cessna

Michimasa Fujino began working on Honda Motor’s aviation project 27 years ago at a hangar in Mississippi. Next year, Fujino, now president of the aircraft unit, says the project may finally get off the ground.

GE settlement with FTC lets Avio Aviation deal proceed

General Electric Co. reached an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that will allow its $4.3 billion acquisition of the aviation business of Italian aerospace company Avio SpA to proceed.

Lithium power seen trumping risk in aircraft battery use

If the lithium battery-fed fire that scorched a parked and empty Boeing Dreamliner jet in London had occurred over the ocean, hours from an airport, the result could have been catastrophic.

Boeing says tanker on track for U.S. approval following review

A Boeing aerial tanker built to refuel other warplanes during flight is expected to win final approval soon following an important design review conducted in early July by the U.S. Air Force, according to the company.

BAE Systems to protest Navy jammer award to Raytheon

BAE Systems, the United Kingdom’s largest defense contractor, is protesting a U.S. Navy decision to award Raytheon a contract for a new radar-jamming system program that could be worth as much as $7.4 billion.

 

Defense

Navy chief says budget cuts keep second carrier from Gulf

Automatic budget cuts will prevent the Navy from returning a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region in fiscal 2014, the service’s top officer said.

Winning over Congress means showing ship can do doughnuts

In Washington, lawmakers want to know if the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship is worth the money and can survive a fight. In San Diego, officers say they’re finding it so agile it can do doughnuts in the water.

LCS Freedom suffers propulsion loss at sea

The littoral combat ship (LCS) Freedom suffered a temporary loss of propulsive power July 20 while operating near Singapore, the Navy reported, but the ship never lost all power.

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones

The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrillas hiding nearby, it was an unexpected gift from the propaganda gods.

U.S. military drone network in the Middle East and Africa

In the aftermath of the war in Iraq and as the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, the Pentagon is shifting its fleet of drones to other global hot spots. Among them is Turkey, where the Air Force operates four unarmed Predator drones from Incirlik Air Base.

Lavish homes for the military’s top brass

It’s good to be king. Or in this case, general. The Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend about the hundreds of costly and posh homes–replete with chefs, gardeners and security teams–where the military’s top brass are billeted.

 

Vets

Bill would let schools directly access VA records of vets’ benefit entitlements

Educational institutions would have direct access to Veterans Affairs Department records of a student’s education benefits entitlements under a new House bill designed to help student veterans get better financial counseling.

 

Space

NASA asteroid mission is new focus of budget debate in Congress

President Obama’s proposed asteroid-lassoing mission, a key piece of NASA’s plan for human spaceflight in the next decade, is trying to make it through the House of Representatives without getting blown to smithereens.

 

International

EU blacklists military wing of Hezbollah

European Union governments agreed July 22 to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on the EU terrorism blacklist in a reversal of past policy fueled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe.

Panama Finds MiG fighter jets on North Korean arms ship

Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said July 21.

United Kingdom: World’s largest jet flies with Red Arrows at Royal International Air Tattoo

The Airbus A380 flew in formation with the display aircraft at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, to the delight of crowds. The event, held at RAF Fairford, also featured aerobatic displays by the Frecce Tricolori of the Italian air force and the Breitling Wingwalkers from Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

United Kingdom: Navy’s new Astute class hunter-killer subs enter service

HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are the first of seven new nuclear-powered British attack submarines to become operational over the next decade. The Astute class submarines have cost more than £1 billion each and are among the most advanced in the world. They can circumvent the globe without surfacing, carrying a payload of dozens of cruise missiles and torpedoes.

United Kingdom: Dambusters to get new F-35 Lightning II fighter

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, head of the RAF, will today announce the famous 617 Squadron will become the first to fly the F-35 stealth fighter known as the Lightning II. The decision secures the future of the world-famous squadron when it stops flying its ageing Tornado GR4 jets next year.




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