December 4, 2000

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

777 Orders Set Record, Raising Pressure on Airbus

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Failed F-22 Loads Test Not Seen as Roadblock

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Selection By Turkey Bolsters Boeing's AEW Drive

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777 Orders Set Record, Raising Pressure on Airbus

ILFC and Japan Airlines swell Boeing's order book for the wide-body twinjets. Airbus Industrie claims it's holding its own, but industry observers aren't so sure.

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Failed F-22 Loads Test Not Seen as Roadblock

WASHINGTON U.S. Air Force officials believe that despite a recent setback suffered during F-22 loads testing, the stealth fighter still is in a strong position to complete key performance criteria in preparation for a major Pentagon review of the program.

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Selection By Turkey Bolsters Boeing's AEW Drive

ANKARA and WASHINGTON After several years of trying to launch their new airborne early warning platform, Boeing and Northrop Grumman appear to have maneuvered the 737-based system onto solid ground with a key win in Turkey and an imminent decision by Australia on how many of the aircraft to purchase.

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China Slips Past U.S. AWACS Ban

WASHINGTON Russian officials say they’re going to lend China two airborne radar surveillance aircraft for three years and then sell them advanced, $200-million versions of the airplane in a deal similar to that offered by Israel which the U.S. fought hard and believes it has killed.

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USAF's Joint Strike Fighter Price Estimates Jump 10%

WASHINGTON The projected price tag of the low-end version of the Joint Strike Fighter has grown 10% over the baseline, and the Pentagon is primarily blaming higher than expected labor and overhead costs. But contractors competing for the work say that isn’t so.

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Eads Integration Team Targets Suppliers

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Dassault Seeks Rafale Exports

PARIS Dassault Aviation in the next 10 years expects to secure export orders for 250-350 Rafale multirole combat aircraft, according to company executives. The French manufacturer, however, will be facing fierce competition from the EF2000 Typhoon, upgraded derivatives of Lockheed Martin's F-16 and, in the longer term, Joint Strike Fighter.

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Raytheon Seeks Way Into ‘Fortress Europe’

WASHINGTON Fearful of being shut out of the European aerospace market, Raytheon managers are looking for potential joint venture opportunities or strategic partners to cement transatlantic industrial ties. The recognition that more formal arrangements will be needed in the future grew out of the company’s failed bid in the British Beyond Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile competition, which it lost to an all-European consortium.

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Advanced Radar, Aircraft Planned

WASHINGTON After more than a year of prodding by the Pentagon and wrangling between Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, the two companies have reached a teaming agreement to split the work of developing a Joint-STARS follow-on ground-surveillance radar and of integrating it into new U.S. and NATO reconnaissance aircraft.

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Qantas Buy Buoys A3XX and Latest 747

KUALA LUMPUR The opposing teams in the great aircraft manufacturers playoff each gained points last week when Qantas announced $4.6 billion worth of orders for a mix of 31 Airbus and Boeing aircraft as part of its 10-year fleet modernization plan.

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