After years of investigation, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said it would seek to prosecute BAE Systems “for offenses related to overseas corruption.” The alleged offenses have been widely reported to involve the sales of Gripen fighter aircraft to South Africa and their lease to the Czech Republic (BAE is a partner with Saab in the Gripen International company); a ground radar system to Tanzania; and two former Royal Navy frigates to R
AIN Defense Perspective » October 26, 2009
The first Euro Hawk UAV for the German Air Force (GAF) was unveiled last month at Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif. facility. It was apparent that the wing pods that house the SIGINT sensors, provided by EADS Defence and Security, have again grown in size, since AIN provided a description of this program at the Paris Air Show last June.
The U.S. Air Force has recommended cancelling the Boeing avionics modernization program (AMP) that was supposed to upgrade more than 200 Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules airlifters. The program has already lost its only export customer: the Swedish Air Force. A spokesman for the Swedish Armed Forces told AIN that the AMP is too expensive and would entail long delays.
Airbus Military is increasingly confident about the technical progress of the A400M airlifter, but has refused to comment on the difficult, ongoing negotiations with the European launch nations over cost and timescale.
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