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KC-46 tanker aircraft completes flight tests ahead of first delivery

KC-46 tanker aircraft completes flight tests ahead of first delivery

Business
July 13 (UPI) -- The KC-46 Pegasus has successfully completed its final flight tests, setting the stage for delivery of the first aircraft to the U.S. Air Force in late October. The joint Boeing and Air Force team tested the Remote Vision System and completed tanker aircraft refueling certifications for the F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-17 Globemaster III, the Air Force announced Friday. The testing also included the KC-46 being refueled by the current KC-135 Stratotanker, which fulfills minimum qualifications for delivery of the aircraft. "With this milestone complete, the test program has demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018," Air Force service acquisition executive Dr. Will Roper said in a p...
Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Business
July 12 (UPI) -- Ahead of its second quarter earnings report, drilling services company Weatherford said it sold off Middle East assets for $ 287.5 million. A regional subsidiary of Weatherford International sold off its drilling operations in Algeria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, along with two idled land rigs in Iraq, to regional services provider ADES International Holding for $ 287.5 million. Through the agreement, ADES more than doubles its payroll count and adds 31 rigs and related contracts to its portfolio. "This landmark transaction significantly expands ADES' total fleet and more than doubles its operational fleet, in line with our strategy of executing smart acquisitions, alongside building our backlog and participation in tenders," ADES CEO Mohamed Farouk said in a statement. ADE...
Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of N Korea talks

Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of N Korea talks

World
Donald Trump is at Singapore's government house talking with the country's leader Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders were scheduled to meet one-on-one before an expanded working lunch with aides.Earlier, North Korean state media confirmed that Kim Jong Un will discuss denuclearisation with Mr Trump at their Singapore summit. Image: The motorcade transporting Mr Trump heads to the Istana, the official residence of the Singaporean PM Image: People watch as Mr Trump's motorcade drives towards to the Istana KCNA said the pair would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.The report also said Mr Kim was accompanied by his ...
James Anderson to take six-week break to rest long-standing shoulder injury ahead of England's Test series with India

James Anderson to take six-week break to rest long-standing shoulder injury ahead of England's Test series with India

Sports
Sunday, June 10, 2018 England pace bowler James Anderson is to miss Lancashire's next two matches as he rests a long-standing shoulder injury ahead of the forthcoming Test series with India. Anderson will sit out the games against Worcestershire and Hampshire as part of a six-week period of rest in a bid to be ready to face the tourists in a five-match series which starts on August 1. Anderson starred in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley as England fought back to draw the series 1-1 but will now rest a shoulder injury which he has managed for some time. "We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it's vital that we ensure...