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Uganda returns Hinds.

UGANDA ANNOUNCED on March 15 that it is returning two Mi-24 attack helicopters -reportedly because they have not been overhauled as specified in the contract. The supplier, Consolidated Sales Corporation (CSC) has been given three weeks to meet its obligations or face the loss of the contract and a demand for a refund. However, CSC maintains that the deal has no termination clause but does allow for amicable settlement or arbitration.

The latest difficulty is finding a suitable overhaul location. The Ugandans estimate the overhaul cost to be $1.2 million, but CSC objects to that amount. It has come up

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Tornado F.3s damaged by contractors

EIGHTEEN RAF TORNADO F.3s have been effectively grounded following the discovery of serious airframe damage after servicing by a private contractor. The MoD contracted out airframe modification work to increase the fatigue index of the RAF’s 97 Tornado F.3s and the first contract for 15 aircraft with BAe has already been satisfactorily completed.

The second contract for 18 aircraft was won by Airwork Services which undercut BAe’s bid of £11 million by £4 million.

The Mod has now cancelled the contract but it may cost up to £6 million per aircraft to rectify the damage.

Work on the aircraft was

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Shipbuilding in San Diego

Located in the shadow of the Coronado Bridge is National Steel and Shipbuilding Corporation (NASSCO), San Diego’s premier shipbuilder.

The American shipbuilding industry never really recovered from the decline of the mid-1980s. There are now only a handful of shipyards and most are struggling, but San Diego’s National Steel and Shipbuilding (NASSCO) is the exception. With more ships waiting in the backlog than at any time in their history, and an efficient and flexible shipyard and workforce, NASSCO has its sights fixed on building more and better ships.

San Diego’s most successful shipyard was founded in 1905, when NASSCO started

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Initial Contract Awarded for THK F-16 Upgrade

LOCKHEED MARTIN was awarded a $67.7 million long-lead contract on July 19 to begin development for the Peace Onyx III upgrade programme for the Turkish Air Force’s F-16C/D fleet, for which a Letter of Offer and Acceptance was formally signed earlier this year.

Work on this initial phase is scheduled for completion by July 2006, after which the main contract is due to be awarded, with Lockheed Martin’s total contract share amounting to some $800 million.

The programme will upgrade 117 aircraft, Lockheed Martin providing kits for 37 F-16 Block 30s, four Block 40s and 76 Block 50s. The deal

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Regulation of the relationship with the managing organization

Natalia V. Samosudova — Professor of «Organization of Construction and Property Management» Moscow State Construction University and the Graduate School of construction organization, expertise and real estate management.

The state’s attention to the problem of housing management after privatization and the emergence of private property in apartment buildings are concentrated mainly on the creation of legislative and normative-legal bases of management in the housing sector. At the same time the implementation of legal provisions in the field of management of apartment buildings (ICM) at the level of practical application due attention is not given. Especially it concerns the management, maintenance

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Green Light for Watchkeeper

UK DEFENCE Secretary John Reid gave the go-ahead on July 20 for the UK Armed Forces’ Watchkeeper battlefield surveillance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) programme, for which Thales UK was selected as prime contractor exactly 12 months ago. It was then expected that an S800 million contract for the programme would have been signed by the end of 2004, but revised thinking on Watchkeeper requirements have led to delays in signing the firm order. Reid now says that the contract will be for around $700 million, suggesting some cutback in overall requirements. He added: «The aim is to bring Watchkeeper into

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Brazilian AF P-3 AM Contract Progressing

PROGRESS CONTINUES on the Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB) P-3AM Orion contract, under which the FAB has acquired 12 former US Navy P-3As through a contract signed last year (see Brazilian P-3BR and C-295 Contracts Signed, July 2005, p22). Eight of these (with an option on a ninth) are being refurbished and upgraded for FAB service, whilst the remainder will be used for spares.

EADS CASA is upgrading the aircraft, but Aero Union Corporation (AUC) of Chico, California, announced on August 19, 2005, that it had been contracted to de-preserve and reactivate them. All have been in storage at the Aerospace

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AirForces News 01 1993

US ASTOVL programme

A DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of answers to a Reauest for Proposals (RFP) to demonstrate ana validate technologies for the US Defence Advanced Research Agency’s (DARPA) Thunder Cat advanced short take-off and vertical-landing (ASTOVL) aircraft programme was set for November 24. After examination of the RFP submissions for this joint DARPA/Navy/Marines/NASA project, DARPA was expected to select two contractors during January for Phase 2 of the programme, a three-year long investigation which will focus on detailed exploration of propulsion and other key technologies for the new aircraft. Contractors who have indicated their intention to bid on Phase 2

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Airbus Wins USAF KC-X Tanker Contract

US AIR Force officials announced on February 29 that the Airbus A330-200 has won its KC-X competition for a new air refuelling tanker. To be designated KC-45A in USAF service, the multi-role tanker-transport will be assembled at a new plant in Mobile, Alabama. Offered jointly by Northrop Grumman and Airbus’ parent company EADS, the aircraft was previously dubbed the KC-30 by the manufacturers.

$1.5 Billion SDD Phase

The initial $1.5 billion KC-X contract covers four flight test aircraft. It also includes five production options, targeted for a total of 64 aircraft, costing $10.6 billion. Ultimately, the programme will be worth

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Aerial Common Sensor Contract Award

ON AUGUST 2, as AFM was closing for press, the US Army awarded an industry team led by Lockheed Martin, a cost-plus-award fee contract, valued at $879 million, to complete development of the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) programme. Lockheed Martin’s successful bid for the airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system will be integrated on Embraer ERJ-145 type aircraft. Embraer will assemble the aircraft and fit the mission systems in Florida at a new facility at the former Naval Air Station at Cecil Field, outside Jacksonville.

The IxKkheed Martin proposal was selected over a Northrop Grumman-led team offering a version

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