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Jane's Air Forces News Briefs - 16 June 2004 (Read 1447 times)
 
Roger Whitcomb
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Jane's Air Forces News Briefs - 16 June 2004
Jun 21st, 2004 at 10:03pm
 
Prague approves Gripen lease deal
The Czech government has approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to lease 14 Saab Aerospace/BAE Systems JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft for 10 years from Sweden at a cost of Kcs19.65 billion ($760 million).[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

Canada strives to give air force new direction
The Canadian Air Force has produced a long-term strategy document outlining how the service intends to reorganise and modernise after 15 years of budget cuts.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

Modified B-1, B-2 top 'interim' strike options
Boeing and Northrop Grumman have proposed modified versions of the US Air Force's B-1B Lancer and B-2A Spirit bomber aircraft among the options they have presented to the service in response to a request for information on new long-range strike concepts that could be operational around 2015.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

Slovakia, Russia agree MiG-29 upgrade
Slovakia has reached agreement with Russia to modernise 12 Slovak Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft, supervised by the MiG design bureau, in a deal worth $43 million.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

UK considers arming Gazelles
The UK's Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is considering a programme to fit 7.62mm gun pods and a roof-mounted forward-looking infra-red sensor to British Army Westland Gazelle AH Mk 1 light observation helicopters.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

Netherlands set to win $5.5bn in JSF business
Dutch industry may win a total of $600 million in Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)-related business during the extended 11.5-year period of the current system development and demonstration (SDD) contract, Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin's JSF executive vice-president and general manager, said.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 11 June 2004]

German electronic-warfare live training exercise lays foundation for Euro-force
The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has staged the largest ELITE-series of electronic-warfare (EW) live training exercises in its nine-year history, and next year's edition is expected to become even bigger.
[Jane's International Defense Review - first posted to http://idr.janes.com - 9 June 2004]

Nozzle design renders large aircraft invulnerable to infrared threats
NTech Establishment, registered in Liechtenstein and operating from Hawaii, is developing an Advanced Infrared Suppression System (AIRSS) that it believes could render airliners and military airlifters virtually invulnerable to attack by IR-guided man-portable air-defense systems. NTech's principal and chief designer, Noshir Gowadia, formerly led the team charged with minimizing the IR signature of the Northrop Grumman B-2 bomber and has participated in numerous other "special-access" programs.
[Jane's International Defense Review - first posted to http://idr.janes.com - 9 June 2004]
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