Anthony Osborne tony.osborne@aviationweek.com

Anthony Osborne tony.osborne@aviationweek.com
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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)
Italian Combat Search-And-Rescue AW101 Emerges 
The first fully configured AW101 combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopter, destined for the Italian air force (AMI), is now being flown by AgustaWestland.
India Tries To Recover VIP Helo Deposit 
The Court of Milan has stopped the Indian government from claiming back the €278 million ($387 million) it paid as a deposit for the 12 AW101 VVIP helicopters it purchased from AgustaWestland in 2010.
U.K. Offers Typhoons For Baltic Air Policing 
LONDON - The move, announced by U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond in Parliament on March 17, will see several Eurofighter Typhoons deploy to Siauliai air base in April, where they will join Polish air force fighters also deployed for the operation. (Photo: BAE Systems)
Helibras Delivers First Upgraded Panthers 
Two AS565 Panther K2s were handed back to the Brazilian army on March 13.
Russian Helicopters Boosts Revenues 
Russian state-owned helicopter consortium Russian Helicopters increased revenues by 10% in 2013 despite delivering fewer helicopters during the year.
Czech Government Agrees To New Gripen Lease Deal 
LONDON - Prague’s leasing of 14 Gripens -- 12 single-seat and two twin-seat aircraft -- will be extended to 2027, with a possible option for two extra years until 2029. (Photo: Saab)
Gatwick To Firm Up Second Runway Options By May 
The owners of London’s Gatwick Airport are preparing to firm up their plans for a potential second runway.
KC-135 Crew Did Not Recognize Dutch Roll Situation 
Investigators probing the loss of a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker in Kyrgyzstan last year have concluded that component failure and a lack of crew experience were key factors in the aircraft’s loss.
Airbus Unveils New Version Of Orlik Trainer 
The Orlik Multi-Purpose Trainer (MPT) was rolled out from the company’s facility at Warsaw-Okecie Airport in Poland on March 7, and features a modernized glass cockpit and other systems to allow operators to carry out more basic tactical training and a lead-in to combat training.
USAF Plans To Cut C-38 Fleet 
On top of plans to cut the A-10 Thunderbolt and U-2 Dragon Lady fleets, the U.S. Air Force is also planning to cut its little-known C-38 Astra fleet.
Airbus, Turkey In 'Intensive' Talks On A400M 
LONDON - The talks heated up after comments by Airbus CEO Tom Enders at the company’s annual press conference on Feb. 26, during which he described the protracted negotiations and “bargaining” between Turkey and Airbus over the late delivery of Turkey’s first A400M as an “increasingly unbearable situation." (Photo: Airbus)
Airbus Helicopters To Extend Production At Mississippi Plant 
Plans by the U.S. Army to purchase another 100 Airbus UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters to support future rotary-wing training will not affect Airbus Helicopters’ plans to assemble AS350 Ecureuil/Astar helicopters in the U.S., company officials say. (Photo: US Army)
Singapore Confirms A330 MRTT Purchase 
The government of Singapore has confirmed it has chosen the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to replace its aging Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers.
Norway And U.K. Sign F-35 Agreement 
The accord--drawn up in London last September and signed in Oslo on March 4--is exploring opportunities for closer engagement, particularly in the areas of pilot and technician training.
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