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November 21, 2011

First CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivered To Mexico

Aircraft Based On The Same Airframe As U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144a Ocean Sentry

EADS North America has delivered the first of four Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) it will supply to the Mexican Navy. The program is a foreign military sales contract managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses a configuration of this same twin-engine aircraft -- the HC-144A Ocean Sentry -- for its own patrol, surveillance, transport and disaster relief mission duties.

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Rotorsim Inaugurates Joint NH90 Training Program For Netherlands

Sim System Also Available For Other Operators

Rotorsim, a consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, announced its continued expansion into the military training market on Monday by officially inaugurating the launch of the Joint NH90 Training Program (JNTP) for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

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Royal Saudi Land Forces' Black Hawk Helicopters Set For Upgrades

Sikorsky Aerospace Services To Retrofit Aircraft With Latest Technology

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced the signing of a follow-on contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) to upgrade its fleet of Black Hawk UH-60A helicopters to the more modern UH-60L aircraft configuration at the Dubai Air Show last week.

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F-35B Cost Overruns Threaten Marine Helos

Deficit Politics May Require Raiding Funding For UH-1Y, AH-1Z

Some defense budget overruns are covered by Congress simply gritting its teeth and writing bigger checks. But with a growing public outcry over the federal deficit, overruns on the development of the Marine Corps F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter are so large that corresponding cuts elsewhere may affect other aviation assets.

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Sense And Avoid Radar Sensor Successfully Completes First Flight Demonstration

X-Band Radar Sensor Affords 60 Seconds Of Avoidance Time

A Multi Sensor Detect Sense and Avoid (MSDSA) program developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completed its first airborne demonstration using a prototype, x-band radar sensor. This new Sense and Avoid (SAA) sensor repeatedly detected and tracked airborne intruders resulting in over 60 seconds of avoidance time.

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US Army Successfully Tests Hypersonic Weapon System

Boost-Glide Vehicle Flew Non-Ballistic Trajectory To Target

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first test flight of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept Thursday.  At 0630 EST (0130 Hawaii-Aleutian Time), a first-of-its-kind glide vehicle, designed to fly within the earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range, was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii to the Reagan Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll.

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