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November 22, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

Missile Defense Still ‘Troubled’

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Industry Supports China Trade Opening

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Expensive Failure for Japan's H-2

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Missile Defense Still ‘Troubled’

WASHINGTON Despite a major shakeup last year, grave problems still dog the Pentagon's national missile defense program, jeopardizing a deployment go-ahead decision in mid-2000. An independent group of 12 military experts chaired by Air Force Gen. (ret).

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Industry Supports China Trade Opening

SAN FRANCISCO The trade accord that sets the groundwork to bring China into the World Trade Organization is unlikely to have immediate impact for aerospace, but it is viewed positively by manufacturers, who believe any effort that opens the Chinese economy to increased trade will rebound in their favor.

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Expensive Failure for Japan's H-2

TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO Japan's drive to develop a commercial launch industry has been stalled by the first-stage failure of the high-priced H-2 on its eighth mission. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi vowed that the loss of the H-2 during a Nov. 15 launch will not impede the nation’s drive to develop the H-2A as a less costly derivative.

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Russians to Top Bill at Malaysia's Lima

PERTH, AUSTRALIA Russian hardware suppliers will use LIMA `99 to showcase their lower cost solutions, primarily for Southeast Asian nations in need of defense upgrades at a time when their national budgets are weak. Sixty Russian suppliers will come to Malaysia for the Dec.

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Bombardier, Raytheon Sales Reflect Rapid Bizjet Growth

DUBAI Business jet manufacturers revealed a pair of major deals and a spate of smaller ones here last week, confirming the Middle East as one of the world’s hottest business aviation markets. The strength of the market was reflected in the large number of models and companies present, including first-time exhibitor Galaxy Aerospace, which brought its super mid-size cabin Galaxy jet and Astra SPX, and Bombardier’s Learjet 45, which was on display in Dubai for the first time.

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Emirates Looks to Acquire Narrow-body Aircraft

DUBAI Emirates Airline is to open discussions with Airbus Industrie and I Boeing about the purchase of narrow-body aircraft to serve short-haul routes in the region. The Dubai-based carrier of the United Arab Emirates will be considering aircraft with a minimum of 120 seats, such as Boeing's 737 and Airbus Industrie’s A320 family of aircraft.

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Pentagon Warns U.K. On Privatizing Defense Labs

LONDON A U.K. parliamentary committee has labeled the Ministry of Defense’s plan to privatize government research laboratories as “fatally flawed.” Noting Pentagon warnings, the panel said the move would jeopardize cooperative work with the U.S. as well as other European countries and “should not proceed as planned.”

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Ryan Designs UAV Helicopter for Navy

WASHINGTON Northrop Grumman's Ryan Aeronautical Center is the latest company to reveal its design for an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that the U.S. Navy could fly from small helicopter decks on combat ships on real-time reconnaissance missions.

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Saab, Celsius to Join

Paris Saab’s initiative to acquire Celsius, which will give birth to northern Europe’s biggest defense group, is expected to pave the way for broader crossborder alliances, according to Swedish industry executives. Saab will invest nearly $600 million to acquire Celsius, a 9,500-employee defense electronics group with SKI 2 billion ($1.4 billion) in revenues.

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DUBAI 2000

DASA Trainer Link Leads German Push in UAE

Lockheed Martin fails to seal its F-16 deal despite intensive talks at the Dubai air show

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