Rapid Fire: 2010-06-10

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* Running of the Bulls: Deutsche Bank is bullish on military aircraft segment but cautious about weapons production firms. * FOR SALE: US defense security contractor Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, is on the block. * I, Robot: General Dynamics-led research consortium secures $220 million US Army contract for robotic air and ground systems research. * EH101 is back! In a switch, Boeing would license-build AgustaWestland’s helicopter, entering the US Presidential competition. An AW/Lockheed “US101” was the VH-71 program winner, before its cancellation and re-compete. * URS snags $95 million contract to provide communications and maintenance support to the USAF’s Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Support Center. * Eurocopter unveils NH90 TTH MEDEVAC variant for German military, proposes related CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) kit. * Neighborhood Watch: US Navy seeks to expand its role in patrolling “fragile maritime neighborhoods” of the world’s littorals. How it will do that with a shrinking fleet, will be the interesting part. * Last Call: Thursday is the last day to comment on the new UK coalition government’s defense program (or, as the British would say, defence programme).

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