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Rapid Fire March 15, 2012: Scrap Aircraft

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* Among the acquisition targets under consideration by EADS North America: digital imagery providers. * The latest batch of old USAF aircraft sold as scrap metal will be available for auction next week. * The US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command has been working on reducing the amount of fuel used to balance KC-135 tankers and C-5 Galaxies. They used to load 8,800 pounds of fuel to maintain the center of gravity of KC-135s but upgrades such as heavier avionics now provide some of that weight. Obviously reducing weight at takeoff also lowers fuel consumption. * The US Naval Research Laboratory is opening the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) in Washington DC. The new facility has several bays with high ceilings, a high-volume motion capture system, and other features to simulate different environments. * The US Army Contracting Command in Warren, MI wants to buy up to 1,000 modified M1061A1 trailers (presolicitation W56HZV11R0141). Responses for this small-business set-aside are expected by May 3rd. * South Africa’s military equipment exports have been decreasing, according to National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) published by DefenceWeb. * Russian firm Irkut is reportedly going to supply $10M worth of SUAVs to Vietnam, possibly […]

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