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  • Air Tanker Base opens to combat Brown Fire

    SIERRA VISTA — The Forest Service’s Air Tanker Base operations opened earlier than its planned May 10 date, albeit it is currently operating out of the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, not from Fort Huachuca’s Libby Army Airfield. Gilbert Gil, Coronado National Forests Sierra Vista Ranger District Air Tanker Base manager, said the Army is planning to make repairs to some of the area on the post which support aircraft operations for the Forest Service, requiring the need to move the functions to the city’s airport. Tuesday morning the site on the civilian side of the airfield was busy as three...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Path Becoming Clear

    11/18/2013 2:31:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 18, 2013 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The path to a fully multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon is finally becoming clear. At a media briefing here tomorrow (Wednesday), the company hopes to announce the first test flight in Italy of an aircraft carrying the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile. The jet’s full operational clearance to drop smart bombs came recently. Meanwhile one of the prototypes will fly next spring with the Selex AESA radar. Neither the Storm Shadow nor the AESA radar is yet under contract. There have been media reports that Saudi Arabian money is funding these integrations. Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter capability manager, told AIN here Monday that...
  • [Video] Dennis Rodman rips Obama over North Korea: 'He can't do [expletive]'

    05/11/2013 1:51:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | May 10, 2013
    Dennis Rodman told TMZ he will be travelling back to North Korea in August to resume political dialogue with Kim Jong-Un because Barack Obama "can't do [expletive]." According to the gossip site, Rodman said he plans to do everything he can to get the "dear leader" to release Kenneth Bae, an American who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly scheming to overthrow the government.
  • BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman

    12/21/2012 7:55:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/22/2012 | Roland Jackson
    BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman. The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company. "BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk...
  • VIDEO: Latest voter-fraud sting nabs son of long-serving Dem congressman

    10/24/2012 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 9 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 10/24/12 | Will Swaim
    The son of a prominent Virginia congressman agreed to help an undercover reporter forge documents in what he thought was an illegal voting effort aimed at re-electing the president, a just-published video reveals. After raising legal and practical concerns, Patrick Moran, son of Virginia Democrat James Moran, encouraged the reporter to create phony utility bills that would allow others to cast multiple votes in the November 6 election. Supporters of stronger voter ID laws seized on the video as evidence of widespread corruption among liberal get-out-the-vote organizations. “What he’s doing is soliciting fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent ballots, and that’s...
  • India to buy 145 howitzers from BAE Systems

    05/12/2012 12:33:25 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | May 12, 2012 | MarketWatch
    NEW DELHI -(MarketWatch)- India's defense ministry has approved a proposal to buy 145 ultra-light howitzers from U.S.-based BAE Systems Inc. for about 30 billion rupees ($560 million), a senior defense ministry official said Saturday, as the South Asian country continues its efforts to modernize its armed forces. The proposal to buy the M777 artillery guns was cleared Friday by the Defense Acquisitions Council, chaired by defense minister A. K. Antony, the official, who didn't wish to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires by phone. He said the signing of a final contract could take some more months after completion of...
  • BAE Systems in £133m deal to provide Brazilian navy with 3 ocean patrol ships

    01/02/2012 8:52:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    This is Money ^ | 2nd January 2012
    BAE Systems in £133m deal to provide Brazilian navy with 3 ocean patrol ships By Daily Mail Reporter BAE Systems has signed a £133million deal to provide the Brazilian navy with three ocean patrol ships – and hopes to follow it up with further orders. The defence giant said the first of the three 90m vessels would be delivered in 2012 and could open the floodgates to future orders. ‘It positions us really well as a partner to Brazil,’ said BAE’s commercial director Nigel Stewart. ‘This is very much the start of a partnership, a gateway to something for the...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Drops Defamation Lawsuit

    12/16/2011 8:49:55 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 16, 2011
    SAN ANTONIO – A Medal of Honor recipient has dropped a lawsuit against his former employer in which he accused the defense contractor of ruining his chances of landing work at another company by claiming he was mentally unstable and a problem drinker. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that he is dropping the defamation against BAE Systems OASYS and a former supervisor, Bobby McCreight, because they settled their differences amicably. The company says it is pleased the matter is resolved. No terms were disclosed. Meyer filed the lawsuit in San Antonio...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Sues Defense Contractor, Claims Company Sold Sniper Tech to Pakistan

    11/30/2011 5:09:50 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 11-30-11 | Sun Tzu
    Two months ago, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan, the military’s most prestigious award. On Monday, Sgt. Meyer alleged that a defense contractor has called him mentally unstable and a problem drinker, ruining his chances for a job in the defense industry. In legal papers filed Monday, the Marine claims that BAE Systems, where he worked earlier this year, retaliated against him after he raised objections about BAE’s alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the Pakistani military. He says his supervisor at BAE effectively blocked his hiring...
  • Marine Who Won Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable

    11/29/2011 2:02:24 PM PST · by DFG · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/29/11 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    In September, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military award, to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the marine who saved 36 of his comrades during an ambush in Afghanistan. Obama called Meyer one of the most "down-to-earth guys that you will ever meet." But today Meyer, 23, is having trouble getting a job because of allegations by defense contractor BAE Systems that he has a drinking problem and is mentally unstable. Meyer filed legal papers Monday claiming the allegations were in retaliation for objections he raised about BAE's alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the...
  • Shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon engages swarms of small, fast attack boats in Navy tests

    09/01/2011 9:22:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    militaryaerospace.com ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | John Keller
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 31 Aug. 2011. Laser weapons experts from the Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., the BAE Systems U.S. U.S. Combat Systems segment in Minneapolis, and the U.S. Navy have tested a shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon based on the Navy's Mk 38 MOD 2 deck gun, during which experts tested the laser weapon against a simulated attack by fast, maneuvering small attack boats, intermingled with neutral boat traffic. The tests of the Mk 38 MOD 2 Tactical Laser System (TLS) concept were at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Mk 38 tactical...
  • Boeing and BAE partner to put a laser on a machine gun, make the world a better place

    07/27/2011 9:26:34 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 21 replies
    Engadget ^ | 27 July, 2011 | Tim Stevens
    Automated, computer-targeting machine guns are okay in a pinch, but sometimes putting 180 25mm slugs down range every minute just isn't enough. Sometimes you need a little more energy, and that's when you strap a laser on the thing. Boeing and BAE are partnering up to take the existing Mk 38 Mod 2 Machine Gun System, which offers a 25mm M242 barrel, and pair it with Boeing's directed energy system. The resulting beautiful machine is called the Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System, offering the ability to fling both hot metal and even hotter photons against whatever targets would...
  • BAE Systems to Support F-35 Mission Planning; Secures Another Data Security Patent

    01/19/2011 9:29:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviationnews.eu ^ | 1/19/2011 | BAE
    BAE Systems has signed a $3.8 million contract to continue supplying the secure operating system that runs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s mission-planning software. The company’s operating system collects data at different security levels and is used by the aircraft’s software to develop the mission plan, which includes intelligence, weather, communications and navigation. That information is then loaded on to the jet for mission execution. When it is complete and the plane has returned, the operating system parses the data according to its security classification. The process, known as a cross domain transfer, occurs within seconds. “The most advanced aircraft...
  • WikiLeaks cables: 'Rude' Prince Andrew shocks US ambassador

    11/29/2010 12:12:25 PM PST · by maggief · 81 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 29, 2010 | # David Leigh, Heather Brooke and Rob Evans
    Duke railed against France, British anti-corruption investigations into BAE and American ignorance, leaked dispatches reveal Prince Andrew launched a scathing attack on British anti-corruption investigators, journalists and the French during an "astonishingly candid" performance at an official engagement that shocked a US diplomat. Tatiana Gfoeller, Washington's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, recorded in a secret cable that Andrew spoke "cockily" at the brunch with British and Canadian business people, leading a discussion that "verged on the rude".
  • BAE to slash almost 1,000 jobs amid fears £5.2bn super aircraft carriers may be axed

    09/09/2010 3:58:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 9th September 2010 | Ian Drury
    BAE to slash almost 1,000 jobs amid fears £5.2bn super aircraft carriers may be axed By Ian Drury on 9th September 2010 Defence giant BAE Systems is planned to axe almost 1,000 jobs as it copes with the inevitable cuts inflicted by the Government's spending review. Shocked union chiefs warned the move could be the 'tip of the iceberg' amid fears the Royal Navy's two £5.2billion aircraft carriers to be ditched to cut costs. The Ministry of Defence has asked BAE in the past week to look at the financial implications of scrapping one or both of the 65,000-ton replacement...
  • BAE studies F-35 assembly for speedup

    07/19/2010 5:27:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | UPI
    BAE Systems is starting to reconfigure its F-35 aft fuselage assembly line to speed up production, the company said Monday. The company, in a news release from the Farnborough Air Show, said first steps in the redesign project took place recently at its Samlesbury site in the United Kingdom, where the F-35's aft fuselage is built. A team from across BAE Systems' Military Air Solutions business stripped one of the six work stations to its bare floor and walls to examine the approach and techniques needed to achieve a production rate increase. Every stage of the manufacturing process – from...
  • UK: MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet 'of the future' (Taranis, named after Celtic god of thunder)

    07/13/2010 11:54:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – An unmanned jet capable of striking long-range targets has been dubbed the "combat aircraft of the future" by the Ministry of Defence. The Taranis -- named after the Celtic god of thunder -- was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, on Monday. The £142.5 million prototype is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with stealth technology to make it virtually undetectable. In a press release, the MoD described the Taranis as "a prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future." It is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance...
  • BAE cuts links to Saab and ill-fated fighter

    03/06/2010 2:48:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 383+ views
    The Times, UK ^ | March 5, 2010 | David Robertson
    BAE cuts links to Saab and ill-fated fighter David Robertson BAE Systems is to dispose of its stake in Saab, the Swedish aerospace company, bringing to an end its controversial relationship with the Gripen fighter aircraft. BAE, Europe’s largest defence company, said today that it had sold half of its 20.5 per cent stake in Saab for SwKr1 billion (£93 million). The shares were sold to Investor AB, a Swedish investment fund that now owns 30 per cent of Saab’s capital and 39.5 per cent of the voting rights. BAE said that it would dispose of its remaining shares through...
  • Sealy plant loses Army truck deal [Houston, Tx area]

    02/13/2010 7:24:32 AM PST · by deport · 58 replies · 1,611+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2-13-2010 | STEWART M. POWELL
    3,000 jobs may be cut WASHINGTON — The Houston-area economy suffered a second blow Friday, with the U.S. Army rejecting a Sealy-based company's appeal to keep combat truck production in Texas, where it has been for 17 years. The Army's action to award the contract to a Wisconsin firm — following a review ordered by Congress' watchdog Government Accountability Office — could claim an estimated 3,000 jobs at the Texas plant in suburban Houston, with layoffs beginning later this year. Coupled with President Barack Obama's proposal last week to cancel NASA's $108 billion back-to-the-moon Constellation program, the Houston area...
  • BAE Systems targets 300 Typhoon exports (Eurofighter)

    08/29/2009 10:35:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1,772+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 Aug 2009 | Amy Wilson
    BAE Systems targets 300 Typhoon exports BAE Systems will go head-to-head with the US in the lucrative fighter plane export market as it attempts to sell up to 300 Eurofighter Typhoons abroad to keep production going when domestic orders dry up. By Amy Wilson The biggest potential export markets for BAE and its consortium partners, EADS and Finmeccanica, are India, Japan and Saudi Arabia, which is already buying 72 Typhoons. An order from Switzerland could come as soon as next year and the consortium is also pursuing sales in Greece and Romania. It also has long-term ambitions in Brazil, Malaysia...
  • Freedom for US contractor Don Ayala who shot dead handcuffed Taleban killer (Hero gets probation)

    05/08/2009 4:58:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies · 1,768+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/8/2009 | Tim Reid
    A former US military contractor who shot and killed a defenceless and handcuffed member of the Taleban walked free today after a judge decided he had been provoked by the Afghan’s brutality. The extraordinary case of Don Ayala, a former US Army Ranger...ended in a Virginia courtroom when he was sentenced to probation for the killing of Abdul Salam in November last year. US prosecutors...originally charged Alaya with murder....But the judge decided that probation was warranted under the circumstances. Alaya was also fined $12,500. Ayala had pleaded guilty to the voluntary manslaughter of Salam, an undercover member of the Taleban,...
  • BAE Systems delivers 500th M777 Howitzer (Most to US MIlitary)

    04/17/2009 5:15:40 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 44 replies · 3,470+ views
    Defence Talk ^ | April 17, 2009 | Jeff Head
    BARROW, UK: BAE Systems workers today celebrated delivery of the 500th M777 howitzer to the US military. Weighing in at less than 4200kg, the revolutionary M777 is the world's first artillery weapon to make widespread use of titanium and aluminum alloys, resulting in a howitzer which is half the weight of conventional 155mm systems. BAE Systems Global Combat Systems' facility at Barrow-in- Furness is responsible for the prime contract management of the M777 programme, including direct customer liaison and acceptance of the weapon system in the US, control of the UK and US supply chain, engineering design authority and manufacturing...
  • Army Contractor Pleads Guilty in Detainee (Terrorist) Shooting

    02/09/2009 1:55:43 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 57 replies · 1,460+ views
    Associated Press via North County Times ^ | February 4, 2009 | Matthew Barakat
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An Army contractor is facing up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a handcuffed Taliban member who had just set one of the contractor's colleagues on fire. Don M. Ayala, 46, of New Orleans, struck a plea bargain Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, avoiding murder charges that could have resulted in life in prison. Ayala provided security on what the Army calls a Human Terrain Team, in which social scientists and anthropologists are embedded with combat brigades to help soldiers understand local culture. On Nov. 4, Ayala...
  • Anthropologist attacked in Afghanistan has died from burns; man accused of executing the attacker

    01/10/2009 4:25:24 PM PST · by BBell · 64 replies · 2,453+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | January 09, 2009, 11:15 AM
    McLEAN, Va. -- An anthropologist has died of burns she got when was set on fire in Afghanistan in an attack that authorities say prompted her fellow contractor, a New Orleans resident, to kill an Afghan man. Greg Caires, a spokesman for military contractor BAE Systems, says Paula Loyd died Wednesday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio more than two months after she was doused with fuel. The 36-year-old suffered burns over 60 percent of her body. Loyd's job with BAE was to help U.S. soldiers navigate local culture. One of Loyd's colleagues has been charged with second-degree...
  • Aviation: Cute little Swedish warbird shows off

    11/07/2008 5:28:41 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 17 replies · 2,318+ views
    www.youtube.com ^ | 05/25/2008 | WesternCulture
    If Russia and Sweden once again will find themselves in a military conflict (last time was 1809, when Sweden lost Finland), a wild stab in the dark of a guess would be that Gripens will play a role in fending off the bear. The SAAB Gripen suffered from some initial problems, but has turned out a very interesting and competent plane. This is, to a large extent, thanks to British BAE Systems. God save the Queen. In order to watch the recent "show off" at Linköping, Sweden, just click the link below.
  • Shaheen Plays Defense At BAE Systems

    10/30/2008 5:15:32 AM PDT · by whd23 · 4 replies · 656+ views
    NH Public Radio ^ | October 29, 2008 | Josh Rogers
    Campaigning at BAE is rarely a cakewalk for Democrats, and if Jeanne Shaheen was under any illusion that she was going to have an easy morning of it, it was quickly punctured. “We protect those that protect us and we were deeply disappointed.” That was the event’s MC, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Vice President of BAE’s electronic warfare division. “….Deeply disappointed that the state Democratic party, on your behalf, characterized us as war profiteers,. bilking the public. I’d like to know what you were thinking at the time when you sort of let that stand, and to this day it still stands.”...
  • BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry (Mantis w/ Brimstone missiles)

    07/22/2008 4:45:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry14 Jul, 2008, 2127 hrs IST, AGENCIES FARNBOROUGH: BAE Systems PLC said on Monday it will develop an unmanned aircraft that can drop laser-guided bombs and fire missiles in a program jointly funded by Britain's Ministry of Defense. BAE announced the plans for the propeller-powered vehicle, known as Mantis, at the Farnborough International Airshow, outside London, and displayed a full-size model on the tarmac. The deal with the Defense Ministry, which covers the first phase of development and flight testing only, is designed to demonstrate the potential of a large unmanned aircraft...
  • World's Priciest Stealth Plane Takes First Run to Vertical Landing

    06/11/2008 8:39:21 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 13 replies · 187+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 6/11/08 | Joe Pappalardo
    The skies over Fort Worth, Texas, hosted a historic aviation milestone today when the most expensive plane on Earth—a modded version of the F-35 Lightning II that lands vertically like a helicopter—made its first flight. Its pilot certainly had the chops to do the job: He learned to fly short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) airplanes when Jimmy Carter was president. Retired Royal Air Force squadron leader Graham Tomlinson, now employed by BAE Flight Systems, flew AV-8 Harriers (the first STOVL warplanes to see action) for 28 years, including time in the late 1980s as a test pilot qualifying the FA-2 Sea...
  • Top Army general praises new cannon in Minnesota

    05/24/2008 4:38:11 AM PDT · by decimon · 61 replies · 167+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2008 | Unknown
    MINNEAPOLIS — The Army's top general said he saw the future when looking at a new artillery vehicle that can hit a target over the horizon while remaining lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than the vehicle it will replace. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army's chief of staff, examined the so-called non-line-of-sight cannon with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., at Minnesota defense contractor BAE Systems on Friday during a visit Casey said was meant to "check on our future." The cannon, a two-man combat vehicle with an automated ammunition system that can fire 155 mm projectiles with greater precision...
  • US gov may forbid BAE Eurofighter sale to Saudis(Britain)

    04/19/2008 4:17:06 AM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 16 replies · 151+ views
    Clearly, the Justice department believes there is reasonable cause to think US law has been violated by the Bandar payments. Since the money actually came from a British government account, it could be argued that the UK state - rather than BAE as such - was the actor, and thus should be denied the export permit it is asking for.It appears that the British government's application to export American tech on 72 Eurofighters to the desert princes is the subject of some debate both among Capitol Hill politicos and at the Departments of State and Justice.Now the US State Department...
  • Can Five Air Forces All Be Wrong?

    03/31/2008 7:01:46 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 27 replies · 1,133+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 03/31/08 | Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney
    Can Five Air Forces All Be Wrong? by Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney Jed Babbin announced recently that he is opposing the USAF's decision to buy the KC-45A air refueling tanker from Northrop Grumman and its European partner, EADS. He bases this on two main points: "First, the warfighters need a tanker that isn't so big and heavy that is unable to deploy on many of the world's airfields; and second, the Air Force is taking an unreasonably high risk on the NG-EADS aircraft." Jed who is a respected friend and colleague has been gracious in allowing me to respond in...
  • US Marines order more MRAPs

    03/22/2008 2:30:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies · 652+ views
    The Engineer Online ^ | 20 March 2008
    The US Marine Corps has placed two follow-on delivery orders worth a total of $715m with BAE Systems for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Under the new contracts, BAE Systems will build and deliver 1,024 Caiman-based Category I vehicles and 447 RG33 Category I and II vehicles (bringing the total to 3,150 Category 1 and 1,927 Category II vehicles respectively). BAE Systems anticipates that the Caiman award, worth $481.8m, will include spares and increased contractor logistic support. The RG33 order, worth $234m, involves the production of three special forces command vehicles, 51 ambulance variants and 393 RG33 Category II...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C., et al.

    02/24/2008 3:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 333+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008 | Newsmax
    <p>1. Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.</p> <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p>
  • Bribes inquiry was warned of ‘another 7/7’, court told(Saudi response to BAE probe)

    02/15/2008 2:32:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 178+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/15/08 | Christine Buckley, and Fiona Hamilton
    February 15, 2008 Bribes inquiry was warned of ‘another 7/7’, court told Christine Buckley, Industrial Correspondent, and Fiona Hamilton Fraud investigators were told they faced the possibility of “another 7/7” and the likely loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with inquiries into Saudi Arabia’s arms deals, it was revealed yesterday. High Court documents showed that the Saudis threatened to cut off intelligence, potentially making it easier for terrorists to attack London, if the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) did not drop its investigation into alleged corruption in deals with BAE systems. After threats by the Saudis...
  • Saudi royal Prince Bandar Bin Sultan's assets frozen (BAE bribery fallout)

    02/10/2008 12:45:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 249+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | 02/10/08 | Grant Ringshaw
    February 10, 2008 Saudi royal Prince Bandar Bin Sultan's assets frozen Grant Ringshaw PRINCE Bandar Bin Sultan, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to America, has been hit by a court order in effect freezing some of his US assets, as part of a class-action lawsuit over bribery allegations at British defence giant BAE Systems. A Michigan pension scheme ? the City of Harper Woods Employees’ Retirement System ? has been granted a restraining order, according to documents filed in the US district of Columbia and seen by The Sunday Times. The order, granted last Tuesday, blocks Bandar from transferring out...
  • Israel's RAFAEL signs $25m deal with US Navy

    11/20/2007 10:57:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 182+ views
    Ynetnews,Israel ^ | 11.20.07 | Naama Sikuler
    RAFAEL signs $25m deal with US Navy Armament Development Authority, BAE Systems land joint contract to supply US navy with advanced naval weapons systems. Contract second of its kind, to be completed by end of 2009 Naama Sikuler Published: 11.20.07 Israel's RAFAEL Armament Development Authority and US based BAE Systems announced Tuesday they were awarded a joint, $36 million weapons contract by the US Navy. The two will supply the US Navy with 62 Typhoon naval weapons systems by the end of 2009. The Typhoons are a range of remotely operated naval stabilized weapon systems, designed to combat ocean-based terror....
  • World’s Most Powerful Rail Gun Delivered to Navy

    11/15/2007 2:50:37 PM PST · by BGHater · 145 replies · 116+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 14 Nov 2007 | Erik Sofge
    For true sci-fi fans, any mention of a real-world rail gun will draw an instant, slightly audible gasp. Instead of relying on chemical propellants—such as gunpowder—a rail gun uses magnetic “rails” to launch a solid, nonexplosive projectile at incredible speed. Theoretically, rail guns would be able to precisely strike targets at extreme ranges, and would negate the risks associated with carrying around tons of explosive ammo. More to the point, they’re cool-sounding, just like lasers. Which is why the news that BAE Systems has delivered a functional, 32-megajoule Electro-Magnetic Laboratory Rail Gun (32-MJ LRG) to the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare...
  • Saudi King Abdullah on the hot seat

    10/31/2007 9:03:41 AM PDT · by Wuli · 1 replies · 113+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | 10/30/2007 | Judith A. Klinghoffer
    And that is the wonderful part of it. Saudis are beginning to be held accountable. The Saudi King’s visit was carefully managed. Aware that the best defense is an offense, he charged the British government with ignoring his warnings prior to 7/7. I am sure he was right. Londonistan is barely even Londonistan-even now. Responding to the charges of British bribery of high placed Saudis including the Yamanis, a Saudi officials argued that the fault was with the bribers not those bribed. At issues is the 43-billion-pound arms deal with Saudi Arabia which the British Fraud Office investigated until Blair.........
  • Israel used electronic attack in air strike against Syrian mystery target

    10/07/2007 11:53:36 PM PDT · by jdm · 74 replies · 2,486+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | October 08, 2007 | By David A. Fulghum and Douglas Barrie
    Mysteries still surround Israel’s air strike against Syria. Where was the attack, what was struck and how did Israel’s non-stealthy warplanes fly undetected through the Russian-made air defense radars in Syria? There also are clues that while the U.S. and Israel are struggling in the broader information war with Islamic fundamentalists, Tel Aviv’s air attack against a “construction site” in northern Syria may mean the two countries are beginning to win some cyberwar battles. U.S. officials say that close examination of the few details of the mission offers a glimpse of what’s new in the world of sophisticated electronic sleight-of-hand....
  • BAE wins Army night goggles contract

    08/31/2007 12:35:45 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 12 replies · 514+ views
    UPI ^ | 08/31/07
    LEXINGTON, Mass., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- BAE Systems said this week it has won a contract to design and develop new night-vision goggles for the U.S. Army. The company said it won the contract to create new digitally enhanced night-vision goggle for the U.S. Army’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle program. "This next-generation goggle will use digital imagery to improve soldier mobility and situational awareness under all lighting conditions and in the presence of battlefield obscurants," BAE Systems said in a statement Monday. "The helmet-mounted goggle will digitally combine video imagery from a low-light-level visible sensor and an uncooled long-wave infrared...
  • BAE shares fall as US Department of Justice launches probe

    06/26/2007 1:56:07 PM PDT · by Freeport · 4 replies · 302+ views
    www.flightglobal.com ^ | 26/06/07 | Helen Massy-Beresford
    BAE Systems shares fell on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday after the company announced that the US Department of Justice is to investigate its compliance with anti-corruption laws. BAE says the formal investigation will cover the company's business "concerning the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." The company's shares plunged nearly 50 pence to trade below 400p on the London Stock Exchange after the investigation was announced. The US market accounts for nearly half of its revenues and BAE says it was the fourth largest defence contractor in the USA, behind Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing by 2006 sales. Earlier...
  • US launches BAE corruption probe

    06/26/2007 7:01:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 323+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 26 June 2007 | Ben Bland
    The US Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into allegations that BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence firm, paid hundreds of millions of pounds in bribes to a Saudi prince. The allegations of illegal payments by BAE relate to the £43bn Al Yamamah deal, under which Saudi Arabia was sold Tornado jets and a range of other military equipment and services. News of the US probe sent BAE shares tumbling by 9pc in early trading. The BBC and The Guardian newspapers claimed earlier this month that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador in Washington, received up to...
  • Saudi scandal takes off again over prince's birthday plane(BAE kickbacks to Prince Bandar)

    06/16/2007 12:05:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 701+ views
    Saudi scandal takes off again over prince's birthday plane By Agence France Presse (AFP) Saturday, June 16, 2007 LONDON: British defense giant BAE bought Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan an Airbus plane under a multi-billion pound arms deal and is still paying the costs of flying it, The Guardian newspaper said Friday. The latest allegation met with renewed denials of wrongdoing from BAE, which said it does not pay or receive bribes or "offer other improper inducements," although a spokesman declined to comment on the specific plane charge. The newspaper last week alleged that BAE transferred secret payments totaling more...
  • Saudis hold back on signing Eurofighter deal until Brown becomes PM

    04/06/2007 5:43:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 743+ views
    The Times,UK ^ | April 5, 2007 | David Robertson
    April 5, 2007 Saudis hold back on signing BAE deal until Brown in No 10 David Robertson, Business Correspondent Saudi Arabia will wait for Gordon Brown to become Prime Minister before signing a £20 billion deal to buy Eurofighter Typhoon jets from BAE Systems, The Times has learnt. Negotiations for the sale of 72 fighter jets are believed to be progressing well but the Saudis want the deal endorsed by Britain’s next Prime Minister. The contract between the two governments is expected to be signed in late June or early July once a new leader is chosen by the Labour...
  • Blair did secret deal with Saudis

    03/22/2007 1:07:03 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 6 replies · 365+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | 19 March 2007 | David Leppard
    BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair struck a secret deal with the king of Saudi Arabia, assuring him there would be no criminal charges against anyone implicated in bribery in Britain's biggest arms deal. In July 2005, Mr Blair assured the then crown prince, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who is now the Saudi King, that Britain would abandon an inquiry by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged massive corruption. It concerned a ?60 million ($146 million) "slush fund" allegedly set up by BAE Systems, Britain's biggest military contractor, to support the lifestyle of some members of the Saudi royal family. Mr...
  • Protecting ties with Saudis trumped BAE bribery probe, Blair says[UK]

    01/18/2007 8:01:00 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 13 replies · 573+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | Associated Press
    LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that Britain needed Saudi Arabia's help in fighting terrorism, and that ending a probe of Saudi arms deals with BAE Systems PLC was the right decision. Mr. Blair has come under criticism for calling off the Serious Fraud Office's probe of allegations that BAE made unauthorized payments to members of the Saudi royal family to secure a contract in the 1980s. In Paris, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's anti-bribery panel said yesterday that it has asked Britain to explain its reasons for halting an investigation into Saudi arms deals. The...
  • BAE shareholders approve sale of 20-percent stake in Airbus

    10/04/2006 6:49:24 AM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 5 replies · 323+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct. 4, 2006
    LONDON (AFP) - BAE Systems has announced that shareholders have backed the proposed sale of its 20-percent holding in troubled European aircraft maker Airbus to Paris-based peer EADS. The sale, totalling about 2.75 bilion euros (3.5 billion dollars), was announced Wednesday and is expected to complete no later than October 14. The disposal will hand Franco-German EADS outright ownership of Airbus, whose flagship A380 superjumbo was hit Tuesday by fresh delays. "At an extraordinary general meeting held earlier today, the shareholders of BAE Systems passed a resolution approving the disposal of BAE Systems' entire interest in Airbus," BAE said in...
  • BAE agrees to £1.87bn Airbus sale

    09/06/2006 1:02:14 PM PDT · by alnitak · 6 replies · 378+ views
    The BBC ^ | Wednesday, 6 September 2006, 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK | Anonymous BBC story monkey
    UK-based defence firm BAE Systems has agreed to sell its 20% stake in plane maker Airbus to EADS for 2.75bn euros (£1.87bn; $3.53bn). BAE estimates the sale will generate about £1.2bn net, allowing it to return about £500m to shareholders. If shareholders agree to the deal, pan-European EADS, which owns 80% of Airbus, will own the firm outright. The 13,000 Airbus workers in the UK - where the planes' wings are built - are not thought to be affected by the deal. "The board believes that Airbus is facing a challenging short to medium-term outlook," BAE said. The firm can...
  • BAE Denies Imminent Airbus Sale

    09/03/2006 2:32:37 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 473+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-3-2006
    BAE denies imminent Airbus sale Airbus has been hit by delays to its new A380 super-jumbo Defence and aerospace group BAE Systems has described a report that it is to sell its 20% stake in Airbus later this week as "premature". BAE first announced in April that it was thinking of withdrawing from the pan-European aircraft-maker. The buyer of its share is expected to be EADS, the Franco-German group which owns the remaining 80% stake in Airbus. UK-based BAE said it could not make any decision on the sale until it had completed its own audit of Airbus. Its comments...
  • Saudi Arabia buys 72 Eurofighters

    08/18/2006 2:21:05 AM PDT · by Jordi · 21 replies · 1,192+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 August 2006 | BBC
    The Eurofighter has taken more than 20 years to design and build Saudi Arabia has confirmed it is to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the UK, in a deal that could be worth more than £6bn ($10bn). The contract, brokered between the Saudi government and the Ministry of Defence, will safeguard thousands of jobs at UK defence firm BAE Systems. Saudi Arabia is buying the Eurofighters to replace its range of Tornado jets which were also made by BAE. The Eurofighter was developed by BAE with European firms EADS and Alenia. Confidential figure "The required commercial principles have now...