Rapid Fire: 2010-09-17

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* EADS Astrium will market SpaceX’s Falcon 1e rockets as a lower-cost launch option for European customer to put small payloads into Low Earth Orbit. Agreement runs through to 2015. * The German Air Force is grounding all 55 of its Eurofighters, made by EADS, out of concern for the functioning of the pilot ejector seats. * Is the UAE about to ditch France’s Rafale as a Mirage 2000v9 replacement, and buy Super Hornets? Or are they just exercising some savvy negotiating? * Chemring Group, a UK maker of countermeasures and IED detection and disposal systems, is bullish on its FY 2011 outlook after it reported surging revenue and order-book growth, which it attributed to diversification outside Europe; the firm also reported a fire at its Kilgore Flares plant in Tennessee. * More US bases should be shut down to save money, says Gen. Brady, US Air Force commander in Europe. * Open tender for Russia’s amphibious ships? Russia appears to be continuing talks with France in the background. * NATO backs US on need for alliance-wide cybersecurity shield, US Deputy Defense Secretary Lynn says after visit to Brussels. * First British FSTA A330 aerial tanker flight at Getafe, Spain. […]

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