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November 24, 2023

MH-139A Grey Wolf Heading For Production

First Production Aircraft Delivery Is Slated For 2024

Boeing's Grey Wolf program is transitioning towards low rate initial production of the MH-139A Grey Wolf after completing the program’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) phase, recently delivering the sixth and final test aircraft to the Air Force. “Delivering all of the RDT&E aircraft to the Air Force enables them to continue critical operational testing and allows Boeing to focus on building the first production aircraft.” said Azeem Khan, MH-139 program director. “The Grey Wolf will provide crucial national security capability improvements to the Air Force. This is an important step in getting the aircraft into service.”

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Italy Slaps Down $1.8B Collins/Safran Deal

Safran Says they "Exercised their Golden Power" with Veto but Will Continue Pursuit

Italian officials refused a proposed Safran acquisition of a section of Collins Aerospace, with back channels citing concerns of contracts for domestic European military programs. Safran announced the government veto on November 20th, putting off the acquisition of Microtecnica, the Italian subsidiary of Collins Aerospace (itself a Raytheon business).  Italy, so goes the rumor, was not too keen on allowing Microtecnica to end up in French hands. Safran's statement referred to the move as Rome's "decision to exercise its Golden Power" in opposing the sale, a somewhat melodramatic but not wholly inaccurate characterization of the veto. Safran will continue

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