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The Latest from Paris Air Show

  1. The Irkut Yak-130 during a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show Tuesday. Aero3A

    Irkut Sees Export Prospects for Yak-130

    The Russian maker of the Yak-130 trainer/light-attack aircraft hopes to sign a deal with Bangladesh this year, the latest in Irkut's export push, according to the program's director.

    • Jun. 19, 2013
  2. Eurofighter Typhoon Agence France-Presse

    Eurofighter Makes Progress on Meteor Missile Integration

    Equipping the Typhoon with the MBDA Meteor missile came one step closer on Tuesday when the Eurofighter industrial consortium signed a contract with NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter management agency, to integrate the missile.

    • Jun. 19, 2013
  3. Eurofighter CEO Seeks 25% of Pending Jet Purchases

    New Eurofighter CEO Alberto Gutierrez made his debut appearance at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday, claiming he wants to sell 250 Typhoons overseas.

    • Jun. 19, 2013
  4. MBDA Tank-Killer Shifting to Sea Targets

    A Cold War missile designed to take out Soviet tank formations has taken a new step toward providing a possible solution to the threat of swarms of fast attack craft operated by the Iranians and others.

    • Jun. 19, 2013
  5. Elbit Launches 'Mini-Music' Countermeasure System

    Israel's Elbit has launched a 19-kilogram directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system, called mini-Music, which an official claims has 'no competition.'

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  6. Alenia Aermacchi's M-345 High Efficiency Trainer at the Paris Air Show. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Unveils New Trainer Aircraft

    Italy's Alenia Aermacchi presented a new basic-advanced jet trainer on Tuesday the M-345 HET that it claims will cost less than a turbo prop to buy and cost the same to run.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  7. Civilian contractors from Insitu launch a ScanEagle UAV from the US Navy dock landing ship Gunston Hall. US Navy

    British MoD Inks Deal for Boeing ScanEagles

    Boeing has secured Britain's Royal Navy as the latest customer for its ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle. The British want the machine to improve detection of fast-moving targets like the high speed attack craft operated by the Iranians.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  8. A rendering of the P.1HH Hammerhead by Piaggio Aero. Piaggio Aero

    Italian Procurement Chief Backs Hammerhead To Replace Reapers

    Italy's defense procurement chief has backed Piaggio Aero's new, unmanned variant of its P.180 aircraft as a candidate to replace Italy's Reapers.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  9. An artist's rendering of Lockheed Martin's SC-130J 'Sea Herc.' Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed in Talks With 3 Countries To Sell 'Sea Hercs'

    Lockheed Martin is in talks with the UK, Canada and a Nordic nation to sell its new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) version of the C-130J, and is due to enter talks to sell a coast guard version of the aircraft to Algeria.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  10. Martin-Baker ejection seats on display at the Paris Air Show. Colin Kelly

    Argentina Bans UK-made Ejection Seats

    Argentinean jet trainer manufacturer FAdeA has been banned from installing a British-made ejection seat in a new version of the Pampa by the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, according to company boss Raul Arganaraz.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  11. A rendering of the Hoplite-S and Hoplite-L concepts. MBDA

    MBDA Seeks Far-Future Tech Ideas

    Most car buffs will tell you that the concept designs on manufacturers' stands are often the most exciting part of a big international automobile show.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  12. US Exports Facing Delays due to Furloughs, Sequester

    Military equipment deals that require technical review will face a longer waiting period because of furloughs triggered by sequestration, a US Defense Department official said Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.

    • Jun. 18, 2013
  13. Avio's Vega launcher. Avio

    Finmeccanica Might Retain Stake in Avio Space

    Italy's Finmeccanica is considering hanging on to its stake in Avio's space operations, in the face of interest from overseas buyers, CEO Alessandro Pansa said at the Paris Air Show on Monday.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  14. Gen. Denis Mercier, French Air Force chief of staff. French Air Force

    Interview: Gen. Denis Mercier

    The French Air Force is facing a problem that is increasingly familiar across Europe: How to remain relevant as wider government financial problems impose limits on capabilities and personnel.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  15. The Standard Missile-6 uses the Aerojet-produced Mk 72 first stage propulsion system. Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Newly Formed Aerojet Rocketdyne Looks to Cut Cost, Consolidate Supplier Base

    Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company created after Aerojet parent GenCorp acquired Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corporation and formally combined last week, is looking to save significant money through cost cutting measures without closing plants or lay

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  16. A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. US Air Force

    USAF Official Looking To Fill ISR Gap with Int'l Partners

    Just as the US defense budget constricts, commanders are asking for increased ISR capabilities that simply aren't available.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  17. 3 European Firms Urge MALE UAV Development

    Three of Europe's biggest aerospace companies have urged the launch of a European medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV program, following years in which the continent has dragged its heels over unmanned technology.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  18. Boeing's P-8 Poseidon Boeing

    Boeing Anticipating Surge in International Orders as Programs Mature

    Several key programs in the Boeing portfolio are reaching maturity, and international orders may soon follow, company executives predicted at a media round table Sunday ahead of the opening of the Paris Air Show.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  19. MV-22B Osprey US Marine Corps

    100 Export Orders Expected for V-22

    The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor is set to see 100 export orders over the next nine years, the program manager predicted at the Paris Air Show on Monday.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  20. Training Plans: The French Air Force wants to replace its existing trainer aircraft with new ones that include embedded simulation, such as the Pilatus PC-21. Pilatus Aircraft

    France Spotlights Pilot Readiness

    Conflicted by the need to reduce training costs while retaining a cutting edge among its fast jet crews, the French Air Force is preparing to introduce a two-tier pilot readiness policy, and Chief of Staff Gen.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  21. An Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon takes off from the Uvda Air Force base in the southern Israel Negev desert during a joint Israel-Italy aviation drill. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

    Lack of European Consensus on Future Fighters, UAVs Hurts Industry

    Europe's military aviation industry is staring at a dim future while the continent's leaders haggle over solutions to save the sector's 200,000 high-tech jobs, experts have warned.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  22. Heron TP UAV. Israel Aerospace Industries

    IAI Raises Bid Against US Reaper in France

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has sweetened its bid to provide advanced unmanned aerial systems to the French Air Force with an offer for immediate deliveries of fully satellite-linked Heron-1s in support of ongoing operations in Mali.

    • Jun. 17, 2013
  23. Alenia Receives 1st Fuselage Parts for Italian F-35s

    Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has received the first F-35 joint strike fighter fuselage parts in order to begin assembling Italian JSFs in Italy, a senior official said on the eve of the Paris Air Show.

    • Jun. 16, 2013
  24. Finmeccanica: Sector Partnerships More Likely Than Mega Mergers

    Finmeccanica's strategy chief Giovanni Soccodato believes the future for Europe's defense industry lies in sector partnerships, with different firms taking leadership in different sectors, rather than mega-mergers like BAE-EADS.

    • Jun. 16, 2013
  25. Beth McCormick State Department

    Interview: Beth McCormick

    Beth McCormick is the US State Department's deputy assistant secretary for defense trade in its Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

    • Jun. 14, 2013
  26. Dassault Aviation's Rafale. Manjunath Kiran/AFP

    French Industry Focuses on Costs

    The French defense industry facing a global marketplace where major spenders are confronting budget uncertainty and emerging markets are swarmed by companies aggressively competing for any growth opportunity appears to be turning to an old environment

    • Jun. 14, 2013
  27. The CEO of Gripen-maker Saab said the firm is considering developing an unmanned version of the jet. Lasse Jansson/Swedish Armed Forces

    Saab Considers Developing Unmanned Gripen

    Saab is considering a plan to develop an unmanned version of its next-generation JAS Gripen-E multirole fighter as the company sets its sights on winning a series of medium-size international orders for about 300 manned Gripen-Es in the next 20 years.

    • Jun. 13, 2013

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