January 1, 2001

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Europe Embarks On $11-Billion A380 Gamble

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Northrop Grumman Positioned To Become No. 2 EW Player

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Boeing Shuns Very Large Jets While Aiming for Longer Range

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Europe Embarks On $11-Billion A380 Gamble

European governments' involvement in the transport project's funding could lead to a serious transatlantic trade dispute

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Northrop Grumman Positioned To Become No. 2 EW Player

NEW YORK Northrop Grumman Corp., a product of more than 17 acquisitions since 1993, is expected to encounter little government opposition to its proposed $5.1-billion purchase of Litton Industries. The acquisition will make Northrop Grumman one of the world’s two largest suppliers of electronic warfare (EW) systems and subsystems; BAE Systems plc (with its recent acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s Sanders) will be the other.

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Boeing Shuns Very Large Jets While Aiming for Longer Range

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V-22 Hydraulic Woes Strike Again

WASHINGTON Investigators have determined the MV-22 that crashed on Dec. 11 killing all four on board suffered a hydraulic problem. While officials aren’t certain it caused the loss of the aircraft, it spotlights an area that has long-plagued the tiltrotor.

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Europe and Russia Seek To Reinforce Airbus Ties

PARIS A series of accords with Russia and Europe could considerably strengthen cooperation in the aerospace arena, particularly with EADS and its Airbus Industrie affiliate. The agreements, which are all preliminary, are part of a strategy elaborated by Russian President Vladimir Putin to anchor Moscow more firmly to the Western economy, and in particular that of Western Europe, which is seen as a useful counterweight to the U.S.

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NASA Reopens Door To Pluto Mission

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Was Boeing 747 A Prologue?

LOS ANGELES The Boeing 747 program was effectively launched by Pan American World Airways in 1966 with half as many firm orders as the Airbus Industrie A380 now has, but competing airlines soon responded with additional orders. Boeing officials said the 747-100 was launched with a $525-million order for 25 aircraft from Pan American, but competing airlines boosted the total order value to $1.8 billion within five months of the program go-ahead in April 1966.

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Virgin To Make A380 ‘New Flying Experience’

LONDON and MUNICH Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to buy six A380s not only provided Airbus the numbers it needed to launch the program. It also is the first airline to endorse the consortium’s vision of the mega-transport’s potential to become a “cruise ship” in the sky.

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Raytheon, Thales Form Defense Venture

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Finmeccanica Suspends Astrium Talks

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