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  1. Finmeccanica's familiar bubble chalet returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year, but inside, new CEO Mauro Moretti was figuring out ways to cut costs.

    New Finmeccanica CEO Eyes Shake-ups

    • July 20, 2014

    Finmeccanica returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year with its hard-to-miss white bubble pavilion, but in his first air show appearance, new CEO Mauro Moretti promised that just about everything else at the Italian group is due for a ra

The Latest from FARNBOROUGH

  1. A $231 million deal to integrate the Storm Shadow stand-off missile on to the Typhoon combat jet is to be signed Thursday. BAE Systems

    Deal To Integrate Storm Shadow Missile With Typhoon Ready for Signing

    A contract to integrate the Storm Shadow stand-off missile on to the Typhoon combat jet is to be signed Thursday, Britain's defense procurement minister has confirmed.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  2. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want To Lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  3. The Tomahawk cruise missile has a range of more than 1,000 miles and features a 1,000-pound class warhead. Raytheon

    Raytheon Targeting Tomahawk of the Future

    With funds for new-production Tomahawk cruise missiles shrinking, Raytheon is looking to cash in on the next best thing upgrades and 'recertifications' of existing missiles, an effort that could last a decade or more.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  4. The Eurofighter Typhoon arrived at Farnborough showcasing the latest generation active electronically scanned array (AESA) Captor-E radar. A prototype AESA radar developed to meet British Royal Air Force requirements is to be flight-trialed on a the Typhoon as part of a UK deal awarded to BAE Systems. Eurofighter

    BAE To Flight-Trial New Radar for RAF Aboard Typhoon

    A prototype active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar developed to meet specific British Royal Air Force requirements is to be flight-trialed on a Eurofighter Typhoon jet as part of a 72 million (US $123 million) deal awarded to BAE Systems by the

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  5. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  6. AgustaWestland will integrate missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Signs To Integrate Missile Systems Onto Wildcat

    AgustaWestland signed a 90 million (US $154 million) deal on Wednesday to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) heavy and light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  7. Lockheed has made its first sale of the LM-100J, a commercial version of the C-130J. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Gets First Customer for Commercial C-130J

    ASL Aviation Group has become the first customer for Lockheed Martin's LM-100J, the new civil version of its popular C-130J military cargo transport, in a move that could potentially create return for military customers down the line.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  8. The AgustaWestland AW149 helicopter has received Italian military certification. AgustaWestland

    Italy Gives AW149 Military Certification

    AgustaWestland's AW149 helicopter, which the firm is pitching to Poland, received Italian military certification Tuesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  9. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the F-35 would not be making the trip to the Farnborough Air Show. US Air Force

    It's Official: F-35 Not Flying To Farnborough

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, to the disappointment of attendees, program supporters and partnered militaries.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  10. A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DoD is 'hopeful' it can make the trip.

    F-35 Cleared For Flight

    The F-35 might make it to Farnborough after all.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  11. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft participates in a flying display at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The Boeing Co.

    Boeing Sees UK C-17 Lease as Model for P-8

    As speculation grows that the UK could be interested in the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a Boeing official said the firm is looking at using its C-17 lease deal with the UK as a model for future P-8 customers.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  12. A Eurofighter Typhoon is pictured during a July 14 flight demonstration at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, England. Carl Court / AFP

    Eurofighter Aims for AESA on Typhoon Jets

    Eurofighter executives held out the prospects of Typhoon fighters being fitted with an operational active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) within three years at a briefing at the Farnborough International Airshow July 15.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  13. A different semiconductor material will be used with the radar on the Gripen E aircraft. A Gripen E/F test aircraft is shown here. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Gallium Nitride Gets Fighter Debut With Saab

    Gallium nitride, the semi-conductor material long seen as the next big thing in radar, is to be used by Saab on the Gripen E aircraft, officials said Tuesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  14. Additional flight trials may be conducted on Taranis, an unmanned combat air demonstrator. BAE Systems

    UK Weighs Request for Additional Taranis Flight Trials

    The British government is considering an industry request to undertake a new phase of flight trials of the Taranis unmanned combat air demonstrator vehicle, according to program officials here at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  15. Mikhail Pogosyan, president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, said he sees no connection between the crisis in Ukraine and company sales abroad. Here, he speaks to journalists in 2012. Romeo Gacad / AFP via Getty Images

    Russian Aircraft Boss Denies Ukraine Sales Fallout

    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) does not expect to see any fall in sales, or any change to its relationships with European and US partner companies, following the Ukraine crisis, an official said on Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  16. Qatar and Raytheon hope to agree on a deal by year end on the purchase of Patriot batteries. Raytheon

    Raytheon Aims To Sign $2B Qatar Patriot Deal by Year End

    Raytheon is aiming to sign a deal worth $2 billion with Qatar by year end for the supply of Patriot missile defense systems, officials said at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  17. US versions of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile will be produced by Raytheon, thanks to an agreement between the US and Norwegian companies. Kongsberg

    Raytheon To Produce US Variant of Kongsberg's JSM

    Potential US customers for Norwegian company Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile (JSM) will have their weapons produced by Raytheon as a result of a teaming arrangement the two companies announced Tuesday at the Farnborough International Air Show.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  18. CAE will upgrade NATO's AWACS simulators. NATO

    CAE Signs NATO AWACS Simulator Deal

    Simulation giant CAE has signed a contract to upgrade the simulators for NATO's fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  19. US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is focusing on streamlining acquisition. Tech. Sgt. Brian P. Boynton/ / US Air Force

    USAF Secretary: New Groups Will Focus on Industry Cooperation

    The US Air Force is in the process of standing up two study groups to understand how to streamline the acquisition process, according to the service's secretary.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  20. Lycoming Engines supplies engines for the Aerosonde Mk. 4.7 UAV. Aerosonde

    Lycoming: Use Aircraft Engines To Improve UAV Reliability

    As concerns grow over UAV reliability rates, US firm Lycoming Engines has claimed it is time for manufacturers to stop using snowmobile and chainsaw engines on their unmanned platforms and switch to general aviation aircraft engines.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  21. Finmeccanica CEO Mauro Moretti Finmeccanica

    New Finmeccanica CEO Hints at DRS Sale

    Mauro Moretti, the recently appointed CEO at Italian defense group Finmeccanica, has hinted that he might consider selling US unit DRS as part of a major shake-up at the group.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  22. Britains Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would use unspent funds from last year's budget on the programs. Here, he speaks speaks during a visit to officially open the Williams F1 new Advanced Engineering facility near Wantage in Oxfordshire on July 11. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AFP

    Cameron Announces 1.1 Billion in New Defense Spending

    British Prime Minister David Cameron opened the Farnborough International Airshow on Monday with an announcement that the government will spend 1.1 billion (US $1.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  23. A backdrop is installed ahead of a press briefing on the Lockheed Martin F-35 at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 14. CARL COURT / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: 'Growing Evidence' F-35 Incident Not Systemic

    Pentagon officials are increasingly confident that a fire that heavily damaged an F-35A joint strike fighter on June 23 was the result of an isolated issue and not a fleet-wide design flaw that will require redesign or replacement of parts.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  24. A KC-390 is on the assembly line. Embraer

    Embraer: First Flight for KC-390 On Track

    The first flight of Embraer's KC-390 tactical airlifter remains on schedule to take place by the end of this year, according to program Vice President Paulo Gastao Silva.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  25. Russian Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Yuri Slyusar, right, attends a press briefing along with other delegates in the Rostec chalet. Britain said it had barred a Russian delegation from attending the air show because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking an angry reaction from Russia. LEON NEAL/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Russian Deputy PM Suggests Farnborough Pullout

    Russia's deputy prime minister is recommending his country pull out of the Farnborough International Airshow after a number of Russian delegation members were denied visas to attend.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  26. BAE hopes to link the training systems of the F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon programs. Copyright Eurofighter-Geoffrey Lee

    BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    The F-35 joint strike fighter may well come to rule the skies of the future, but for decades to come it will need to work with existing 'fourth-generation' fleets.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  27. The US State Department is eyeing changes to trade export laws that would ease rules on sales of unmanned systems like the Predator. US Air Force

    US Official: Unmanned System Export Review Looking at MTCR

    Long-awaited changes to how the US handles the export of unmanned systems are coming, although anyone in industry hoping for a quick turnaround may be disappointed.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  28. US company Raytheon -- maker of Patriot missile launchers like this one at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep -- and competitor Eurosam have been asked to keep open their competing offers to supply a new long-range air and anti-missile defense system to Turkey. NATO nations have been calling on Turkey to rethink its selection last year of a Chinese company's system. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Turkey Looks for Possible Chinese Missile Replacement

    Amid pressure on Turkey to abandon its selection of a Chinese missile defense system, Raytheon has been asked by the governments of Turkey and the US to keep its Patriot offer open until August 30, officials said.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  29. An F-16 fighter jet from the South Korean Air Force flies over Seoul Air Base in September. AFP/Getty Images

    BAE Aims For Half of $10 Billion F-16 Upgrade Work

    After breaking Lockheed Martin's monopoly on F-16 upgrade work with a contract in South Korea, BAE Systems is now aiming to capture more than half of what it believes is a $10 billion market in upgrades on the fighter over the next decade.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  30. A technology transfer package includes having Brazilian firms build 80 percent of the airframe of the Gripen E fighters the country will buy. Stefan Kalm / Saab

    Brazil To Mostly Build Its Gripen E Fighters, Saab Says

    Brazilian firms will build 80 percent of the airframe of the Gripen E fighters due to be purchased by Brazil, the head of Saab said on Monday.

    • Jul. 14, 2014