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Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Business
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The first delivery of a combat-functional helicopter retrofit for France was announced this week by Airbus Helicopters.The aviation company said the first conversion of a Tiger helicopter from its original HAP version, with combat support capability, to HAD, or multirole combat use, has been delivered to the French military.The French Ministry of Defense has ordered 36 retrofits of its helicopters from HAP to HAD."We are pleased to have achieved this first delivery in accordance with the specifications of our customer," Alexandra Cros, head of governmental affairs France at Airbus Helicopters, said in a press release.The conversion involves more than 100 airframe modifications, and the installation of over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables, the company said.The res...
Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Business
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the AEGIS weapon system by the U.S. Navy for new construction in support of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $ 135.8 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.The contract calls for new construction and integration of a DDG AEGIS, which is a centralized, automated, command-and-control weapon system used to rapidly detect and track more than 100 targets at once.Work on the contract will occur in several U.S. states, as well locations in Japan, and is expected to be completed in December 2018.The terms of the deal provide cost reimbursement from the U.S. government that would aid Lockheed Martin on potential c...
Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Business
The FTSE-100 mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint the Conservative Party's boss as the company's next chairman in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt.Sky News has learnt that Sir Mick Davis is "no longer in the running" to replace Jan du Plessis less than a fortnight after it emerged that he was the frontrunner for the post.A group of leading shareholders, representing roughly 20% of Rio's stock, wrote to the miner's board earlier this week to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.City sources told Sky News this weekend that several institutions were drawing up plans to oppose the re-election of Rio's nominations committee members next year if they had proceeded with recruiting the former Xstrata chief.The existence of the letter, sent by the Investor ...
Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Technology
A space launch has been aborted just moments before lift-off after a small aircraft strayed into the rocket's hazard area.Commercial shipper Orbital ATK was within two minutes of launching its unmanned Antares rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia when the aircraft appeared six miles offshore, flying at around 500ft.It prompted the postponement of the launch, which will now take place on Sunday morning.Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.Image:The rocket is raised into position at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in VirginiaThe cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's mic...
Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance.The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region.Residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in a 25 September vote.While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters in the city were allowed to take part.Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had denounced the vote as unconstitutional. But the Kurdistan Regional Governm...