Anthony Osborne tony.osborne@aviationweek.com

Anthony Osborne tony.osborne@aviationweek.com
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Denmark Kicks Off Fighter Contest

Denmark has fired the starting pistol in its contest for a new fighter aircraft , sending out requests for information to four manufacturers .

Gatwick Begins Second Runway Consultations 
London’s Gatwick Airport has begun a public consultation over its aspirations to host the first new runway in the southeast of England since the Second World War.
 
Gatwick and Heathrow Airports were both selected by the U.K. government’s Airports Commission in December as possible sites for a new runway to boost capacity.
U.K. Committee Calls For Greater Transparency In UAV Operations 
LONDON - A U.K. government committee inquiry into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has called for greater transparency in a bid to improve public confidence and awareness of their use.
Airbus, Avicopter Sign Production Accord For EC175/AC352 Helos 
Chinese partner Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters have reached an accord for the production of up to 1,000 EC175/AC352 helicopters. (EC175 photo: Eurocopter)
Qatar Unveils $23 Billion In Defense Purchases 
Qatar has been working to increase the size of its defense and security forces in recent years, and the announcement is the largest arms deal to emerge from the gas-rich state yet.
MBDA Receives Development Contract For New Anti-Ship Missile 
LONDON - The weapon--known as the Future Anti-Ship Guided Weapon (Heavy) or FASGW(H) in the U.K., and the Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) in France--will equip the Royal Navy’s new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat naval helicopters, as well as the Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panthers and NHIndustries NH90s of the French navy. (AW159 photo: AgustaWestland)
Spain Opens UAV Flight-Test Center 
The €4.5 million ($6.2 million) Atlas (Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Unmanned Systems) complex, formally opened on March 21, features an airfield and 1,000 sq. km (386 sq. mi.) of airspace, which officials say are ideally suited for the testing of light remotely piloted air systems.
U.K. Royal Air Force Retires Tristars 
LONDON - The air arm formally concluded the type’s 30-year career on March 24 when two aircraft were launched from the home base at RAF Brize Norton to carry out refueling sorties over the North Sea before conducting farewell fly-bys at airfields associated with the aircraft.
Saudi Arabia Becomes First Paveway IV Export Customer 
LONDON - Raytheon U.K. has secured its first export order for its 500-lb. Paveway IV precision-guided bomb.
Reaper Brimstone Firing Trials Complete 
LONDON - A final decision on whether the weapon will be integrated with the UAS is yet to be made.
Italy's JSF Buy Could Be Reduced Further 
LONDON and MILAN - Italy has already reduced its planned buy of F-35s from 131 to 90, and Italian news outlets have suggested the new government could cut this by as much as half again. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)
Israel Exploring Closer JSF Cooperation With Italy 
MILAN - The two countries have widened their defense ties following the signing in 2011 of a deal for Israel to purchase the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer, while Italy in return plans to purchase two airborne early warning aircraft and an optical reconnaissance satellite from Israeli companies.
Alenia Aermacchi Looking For New Engine For M-345 HET 
MILAN - “We need a more powerful engine but one that does not require significant structural changes to the aircraft,” explained Enrico Mariotto, head of training systems at Alenia Aermacchi.
First Israeli M-346 Rolled Out 
AleniaAermacchi will deliver nine M-346I’s to Israel this year, with the first pair due to be formally handed over in the country on July 10.
Saab Confident About Swiss Gripen Referendum 
A referendum is set for May 18 in Switzerland on whether the country should buy JAS-39E Gripen combat aircraft, and Saab officials say they are confident that Swiss voters will approve it. (Gripen photo: Saab)
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