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March 03, 2010

BAE Systems plc Pleads Guilty, Ordered To Pay $400 Million Criminal Fine

Charged With Making False Statements To The U.S. Government, Violating Arms Export Act

BAE Systems plc (BAES) pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to conspiring to defraud the United States.  BAES was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates to pay a $400 million criminal fine.

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U.S. Hopes Brazil Will Buy F/A-18 Fighter Jets

Facing Competition From Dassault Rafale And Saab Gripen NG

The U.S. Government hopes Brazil will enter into a multi-billion dollar contract to purchase F/A-18 Hornets when it buys 36 new fighter jets, and some see the arrival of the U.S.S Carl Vinson in Rio de Janeiro as a tactic to convince the Brazilian government that the Hornet is the best plane for them to buy.

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CVW 5 Continues Capability Upgrades With Arrival Of New Hawkeye 2000

Aircraft Can Serve As Fleet Information Hub Through Improved Data Links

Three new E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft arrived at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan to join Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 February 28.

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Russia Plans New Strategic Bomber

Prime Minister Putin Says Russia Must Upgrade Aging Military Aircraft

On the heels of the first flight of Russia's new T-50 Stealth Fighter, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (pictured, right) said the country will begin work on another new aircraft. "We won't limit ourselves to just one new model," Putin said at a government meeting that focused on military aviation.

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Aero-TV: The Next Horizon – Brian Binnie on Commercial Space Flight

SpaceShipOne Pilot Brian Binnie Reflects on the Future of Private Space Flight
On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation made international headlines when they awarded the Ansari X PRIZE to Scaled Composites for the successful launch of their craft, SpaceShipOne.   Inspired by the Orteig Prize, won by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for the successful completion of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Peter Diamandis formally announced the X PRIZE competition in 1996. The competition offered the largest incentive prize in history, a stunning $10 million dollar award, to the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface twice within two weeks.

Global Hawk Unmanned Recon Aircraft Makes History

First Roundtrip Flight From Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Facility

Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) made aviation history last month when it successfully completed its first roundtrip flight from the company's Palmdale, CA, manufacturing facility, the company announced Monday.

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