March 28, 2011

CHINA RISING

GROWTH ENGINE

CHINA RISING

Buying Talent

MILITARY OPERATIONS

Libya’s Secret SAMs

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CHINA RISING

GROWTH ENGINE

China’s latest five-year plan makes the aircraft industry a national priority

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CHINA RISING

Buying Talent

A new tactic in Chinese aircraft industry’s quest to catch up

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MILITARY OPERATIONS

Libya’s Secret SAMs

Latest-model Russian-made SA-24 anti-aircraft missiles turn up in Tripoli

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DEFENSE

Intelligence Move

Another procurement misstep added to the Army’s intel aircraft saga

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DEFENSE

Mi-26 Makeover

MOSCOW Russia hopes that upgrades to the Mi-26, now undergoing flight trials, will help boost the helicopter’s chances in an Indian air force competition. The Mi-26T2 is up against Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook; the order is expected to be for 15 rotorcraft.

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

Supper Anyone?

Fractured European A&D industry may be fostering skills erosion

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

Transformation Time

Cassidian restructuring aimed at nurturing growth as military budgets shrink

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SPACE

Validating Vinci

Next-generation upper-stage rocket development effort nears halfway point

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SPACE

Optus Selects SS/L

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SPACE

NASA Crush Test

Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center applied almost 1 million lb. of force to crush a 20-ft.-tall aluminum lithium cylinder in a test-to-failure designed to update engineering data generated in the Apollo era. A follow-on to tests with smaller articles, the large-scale trial aims to generate shell-buckling knockdown factors that can be used to build the new heavy-lift launch vehicle Congress wants, with lighter structures based on modern materials and manufacturing processes that are still strong enough to withstand launch loads.

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