Rapid Fire Oct. 26, 2012: Russian Aircraft Acquisition Plans

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* Russia intends to renew a significant part of its air force through the modernization or procurement of new aircraft over the coming years. Dmitry Gorenburg (based on a VPK article in Russian). * Rolls-Royce is putting together a new ship design team dedicated to developing support, surveying, and offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for navies and coast guards – but not heavier combat ships. Press release. * A report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) questions the decision by the Corps of Engineers to reach a settlement with DynCorp after structural failures were seen in a garrison built in Afghanistan. The company “absolutely disagree with several of the report.s conclusions”. SIGAR [PDF] | Bloomberg. * The US Army Contracting Command – Warren delayed the release of its RFP for Joint Logistics Integrator (JLI) services in Afghanistan, Kuwait and the US to late November. FBO | TACOM. * Syrian war boils over onto US allies; outside jihadists rush in, reports the Washington Times. * The UK is not willing to give the US access to its bases in a force buildup against Iran, according to the Guardian. * The German Bundestag’s finance commission has cleared the way for […]

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