Rapid Fire 2011-05-12: Macedonian HelosMay 11, 2011 22:10 UTC
- 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 class dry cargo/ammunition ship. They also tout considerable manufacturing improvements over the class’ lifetime.
- Col. Tom Lynch, USAR (ret.) discusses policy & perils in Pakistan. Now that Pakistan has basically been caught harboring Osama Bin Laden, many aspects of the US-Pakistan relationship, and its associated military aid, are in question. Read the contrasting viewpoints as food for thought.