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Italian Army Takes Delivery Of FOC Standard NH90 
LONDON - The Italian army has taken delivery of its first NH90 in the Fully Operational Capability (FOC) configuration.
U.K. Looks To Integrate Brimstone On Reaper UAV
The work, which will require trials to be conducted in the U.S., was revealed during a recent speech by U.K. Minister for Defense Philip Dunne. Defense Ministry officials have since confirmed the contents of the speech. (Photo: Aviation Week)
Rolls-Royce Aerospace President Resigns 
LONDON - Mark King, president of Rolls-Royce’s Aerospace division, is leaving the company just four months after assuming the role. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)
CFM Freezes Design Of 737 MAX Leap Engine 
LONDON - CFM has frozen the design of its next-generation Leap turbofan destined for Boeing’s 737 MAX family of narrowbodies. (Concept: Boeing)
Longer Runways Could Solve Heathrow Capacity Problem 

A team of consultants thinks perennially crowded Heathrow Airport could solve its capacity problem for a longer time and for less money by simply extending its existing runways, rather than building a proposed third runway.

Capt. Jock Lowe, a retired head of flight operations at British Airways and a former Concorde pilot, told Aviation Week there were no regulatory issues preventing the runways from lining up one behind the other, length to length in their layout.

Dubai Sets Runway Closures, Asks For Operations Cuts 
LONDON - Dubai Airport chief executive Paul Griffiths tells operators that the closures, set to start on May 1, 2014, are essential because the airport’s northern runway, 12L-30R, is nearing the end of its design life. (Photo: Dubai Airports)
Volvo Aero To Be Integrated Into GKN By Year's End
GKN says it hopes to have fully integrated Volvo Aero into the GKN structure by the end of 2013 following the takeover of the engine component company in July 2012.
Boeing Demonstrates C-17 To Algeria 
LONDON - Aviation Week understands that Boeing borrowed a U.S. Air Force C-17 and demonstrated the aircraft to Algerian officials at Boufarik airbase for several days between April 22-25.
Norway Firms Up F-35 Buy Plans 
LONDON - The Norwegian government wants to accelerate its plans to buy six Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters as part of the country’s program to modernize its fighter fleet. (Photo: USAF)
Royal Air Force Begins Reaper Missions From U.K. Base 
LONDON - Until last week, all of the U.K. missions were flown from Creech AFB, Nev., alongside their U.S. Air Force counterparts. (Photo: USAF)
Eurocopter Tests Optionally Piloted Capability On EC145
LONDON - The self-funded demonstration program, revealed April 25, made its first flights in early April and has already carried underslung loads and performed what the company calls a “representative observation mission.” (Photo: Eurocopter)
Eurocopter Extends Deadline For French NH90 Contract Signing 
Eurocopter has extended a deadline for the French government to buy an additional 34 NH90 helicopters for the country’s army.
BAE Systems To Work With Boeing To Improve Chinook Performance 
LONDON - Boeing selected BAE to develop the Active Parallel Actuator Subsystem (APAS) onto both the CH-47F and the MH-47G helicopters. The move represents the first time the active inceptor technology has been used on a non-fly-by-wire aircraft. (Photo: Boeing)
Brazilian Air Force Takes Part In First NATO Exercise 
LONDON - The Brazilian air force has taken part in its first NATO exercise, deploying one of its new Lockheed P-3AM Orions to Scotland.
Finmeccanica Strengthens Figures, Predicts Tough 2013
LONDON - The company forecasts a slowdown in defense spending in its “domestic” markets -- Italy, the U.K. and the U.S. -- that will “cause a drop in the Group’s revenue volumes in 2013.” (Photo: AgustaWestland)

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