Rapid Fire June 27, 2013: Eurocopter’s Export Wish List
- Big defense contracts in Eurocopter’s sights, according to La Tribune [in French]: the US, Qatar, Poland, Norway, India, and Malaysia.
“[The] MOD appears to have done remarkably well out of this settlement compared to previous public expectations of doom and gloom. It is no small feat to emerge from a bruising spending round with a relatively small cut to the overall budget, and with a commitment to keeping capital expenditure on a flat (i.e. real terms small decline) basis.”
- Finland and Sweden may in the future participate in air surveillance in Iceland, pending parliamentary due process and discussion with NATO.
- The French government is postponing the submission of it Loi de Programmation Militaire (a 5-year budget plan) by at least 2 weeks. President Hollande announced flat budgets, as opposed to dramatically decreased ones, but this will come with lots of strings attached, such as a lack of inflation indexing. Le Point [in French].
- Today’s video below features helo eye candy from the US Marines training at Camp Pendleton, CA: