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HN for Wed., May 24, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 11.

Ten-Year, $460 Billion Saudi Arms Deal Spells Windfall For U.S. Defense Primes

The historic sale of arms to Saudi Arabia announced on President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip is expected to bestow hundreds of billions of dollars on the U.S. defense industry, which will create thousands of jobs to fill the demand for tanks, helicopters, missiles and other weapons.Most of the windfall is destined for prime contractors Lockheed…

Air Force Lab Unveils Counter-Drone Systems

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on May 18 unveiled two technology efforts it is working on to disrupt and capture small, hostile drones.The first system, or spiral, which has been deployed at an undisclosed location overseas for several months, is designed to precisely disrupt radiofrequency communications between a drone and its operator and push…

Airbus Launches High-End Commercial Helicopter Brand

The Airbus Group announced the launch of Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), their high-end, private helicopter brand tailored to individuals and the business world on May 22.  Airbus, the European civil aerospace manufacturing group, made the announcement at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2017 in Geneva.   ACH will provide Airbus customers with…

Airbus Reaches Milestone With H130 Helicopter

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus Group announced the roll-out of their 700th H130, their light single-engine helicopter on May 16.The Airbus’ fleet of H130s have accumulated over 1.8 million flight hours and includes 340 operators around the world. The company’s light helicopters, which are used for private, passenger transport, have maintained the lowest operating cost in…