Rapid Fire 2011-05-12: Macedonian Helos

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* Economic events will be driving more and more military budget decisions over the next few years. Writing in Caixin Weekly, Andy Xie pens “Chimerica’s Slippery Slope to Stagflation.” * State-controlled Russian Helicopters indefinitely suspends $500 million IPO due to lack of interest; company announces delivery of 3 Mi-171Sh helicopters to Peru defense ministry. * Boeing delivers UAE’s 1st C-17A heavy airlifter. The UAE ordered 6: they will take delivery of 3 more C-17s in 2011, and 2 in 2012. * The Royal Netherlands Navy takes delivery of mission planning and analysis systems from Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. * Alexander could have used this: Elbit Systems snags EUR 43 million contract to build a helicopter pilot training center for Macedonia’s defense and security forces. Macedonian airpower is mostly helicopters. * UK’s new Defense Infrastructure Organisation plans to save GBP 1 billion over the next 4 years through sale of surplus land and buildings. * Lockheed Martin gets $24 million USMC contract to upgrade 36 gunnery trainers for the M1A1 main battle tank and LAV-25 light armored vehicle. * General Dynamics NASSCO lays keel for T-AKE 14, a US Navy Lewis and Clark […]

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