Robert Wall

Robert Wall
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European UCAV Programs At Critical Juncture 

LONDON and PARIS — Europe may still be playing catch-up with the U.S. when it comes to unmanned combat air vehicles, but in some respects European companies already have more riding on the long-term future of these endeavors than do their North American rivals.

Incumbents, Newcomers Battle For Airlifter Orders
The next two years could see a sea change in the shape of the worldwide airlift market
Fighter Contenders See Multiple Export Opportunities
Future of European, U.S. fighter lines rests with buyers in Asia, the Middle East and South America
Incumbents, Newcomers Battle For Airlifter Orders 

The next two years could see a sea change in the shape of the worldwide airlift market, as new entrants try to secure their global positions while incumbents aim to keep production lines open.

Despite tight defense budgets, operations in Afghanistan and increased demand for humanitarian support around the world have kept the airlift market relatively vibrant, a situation not hurt by the fact many air forces are operating aging airlifters.

With KC-46 Design Set, Airbus Sees Tanker Competition 

Few military competitions will mirror the protracted, bare-knuckle fight between Boeing and EADS over the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker program. Now the two rivals are ready to take the battle on the road as other countries look to recapitalize their fleets.

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What's in the works for 737 MAX, A320NEO and CSeries
European UCAVs Program At Critical Juncture 

Europe may still be playing catch-up with the U.S. when it comes to unmanned combat air vehicles, but in some respects European companies already have more riding on the long-term future of these endeavors than do their North American rivals.

ACM Dalton Discusses Pathway To RAF Force 2020 

The Royal Air Force is undergoing a sweeping overhaul of its fleet, with a raft of aircraft being phased out and new ones, such as the Air Seeker signals intelligence aircraft, F-35 fighter and Airbus Military A400M transport, coming into service through 2020.

Fewer, Smaller Unmanned Combat Aircraft In U.S. Future 

The future of large aircraft used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is undergoing a major change, with many older, tested designs shuffling toward retirement.

Replacing them are penetrating manned and unmanned combat aircraft—including F-22, F-35 and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) with enhanced, non-traditional ISR integrated with their attack capabilities. In addition, these designs will be linked with other stealth platforms on and under the sea and in space.

Rolls-Royce Unveils Partners For New Joint Venture
MTU Aero Engines and Japanese Aero Engines Corp. will join a new engine joint venture formed by P&W and Rolls-Royce.
Airbus Ramps U.S. FInal Assembly Line Plans 

Airbus's interest in setting up a U.S. final assembly line for the A320 may seem like the aerospace equivalent of painting the white roses red, but there are larger business issues at stake than just trying to fool U.S. buyers into thinking they are “buying American.”

Fastjet Hopes To Unleash Air Transport In Africa 

Poor roads and rail infrastructure have long made Africa a poster child for promoting growth in aviation, but regulatory, safety and financial issues have overshadowed the market's development.

MBDA Eyes International Spear, Meteor Interest 

There's nothing novel about European firms chasing export deals to offset shrinking domestic defense budgets, but MBDA wants to go a step further by making weapon-design decisions to help enhance its new products for customers beyond the home market.

Historically, MBDA—the joint venture comprising BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and EADS—has generated roughly 30% of turnover from exports. But Paul Stanley, market development director, notes that “to sustain the business we will be looking much more to 50%” of exports.

New Flight Trials For X-51, X-48, Phantom Eye
New flight trials for X-51, X-48, Phantom Eye demonstrate advanced vehicles
Rolls-Royce Eyes 787-10X, 777X Applications
It is unclear whether Boeing will launch the 787-10X at Farnborough.
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