Issued on: 30/08/2019 - 23:04 Ottawa (AFP) Aerospace giant Airbus announced Friday that it is withdrawing from a Canadian government call for proposals to replace 88 aging fighter jets.The contract is reportedly valued at a minimum Can$15 billion (US$11.4 billion).The company announced in a statement with Britain's Defense Ministry that the Typhoon fighter presented by the Eurofighter consortium would no longer be among the candidates.The statement cited two factors for the decision, the first of which was that security requirements from the joint US-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) were too expensive."NORAD security requirements continue to place too significant of a cost on platforms whose manufacture and repair chains sit outside" the United States and Canada, the statement said.The new aircraft's central role will be to patrol North American air space with the US Air Force under NORAD.Additionally, "the significant recent revision of industrial … [Read more...] about Airbus drops bid to replace Canada fighter jets
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The Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction.TOP STORIESIs This ‘Making America Safe Again’?The Trump administration has quietly dismantled or cut back multiple programs that were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to help detect and prevent terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, a Times investigation has found. The retreat has taken place over the last two years at the Department of Homeland Security, which has primary domestic responsibility for helping authorities identify and block potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. More than 30 current and former Homeland Security employees and contractors voiced concern that the changes — including the cancellation of dozens of training exercises — have put Americans at greater risk. Let’s Go to the Videotape“Send her back!” At a rally featuring President Trump in North Carolina on Wednesday, that’s what … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Is This ‘Making America Safe Again’?
The May 14 visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Russia was, without exaggeration, expected in the Kremlin. After the report of Special Counsel Robert Muller released in March seemingly exonerated President Donald Trump of "collusion" accusations, a window of opportunity opened up to re-establish direct communication channels. These are particularly important to the US at the moment as it seeks not only to pull off the "deal of the century" in Palestine and find a solution in Syria, but also, more importantly, to corner Iran. To make its "maximum pressure" more effective, Washington needs Moscow to either get on board, or at least to remain neutral. Although Pompeo's visit did not result in a significant breakthrough, it allowed the two sides to explore avenues for cooperate, which they will likely move forward in the upcoming trilateral meeting between national security advisers from the US, Russia and Israel to take place in Jerusalem later this … [Read more...] about Will Russia back US’ maximum pressure on Iran?
The U.S. Department of Defense has a “handshake” agreement with Lockheed Martin Co to cut 8.8 percent from the price of its latest order of F-35A fighter jet, shaving a year from the time frame in which each aircraft will cost less than $80 million, a Pentagon official said on Monday, Trend reported citing Reuters. The Pentagon said over three years the agreement will be worth $34 billion for 478 F-35 fighter jets. It is preliminary and a final deal is expected to be sealed in August for the 12th batch of jets, one of the most expensive aircraft ever produced. The preliminary agreement details the first year, and lays out agreed upon options for two additional years. The options are there because purchases cannot officially be made until the U.S. Congress approves an annual budget for those years. This year’s agreement will lower the cost of each F-35A, the most common version of the aircraft, to $81.35 million this year, Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord said, … [Read more...] about Pentagon gets 8.8% discount in $34 billion F-35 jet deal
THE slow-motion genocide being inflicted on Baluch tribesmen in the mountains and deserts of southwestern Pakistan does not yet qualify as a major humanitarian catastrophe compared with the slaughter in Darfur or Chechnya. “Only” 2,260 Baluch fled their villages in August to escape bombing and strafing by the US-supplied F-16 fighter jets and Cobra helicopter gunships of the Pakistan air force, but as casualty figures mount, it will be harder to ignore the human costs of the Baluch independence (1) struggle and its political repercussions in other restive minority regions of multi-ethnic Pakistan (2). Already, in neighboring Sindh, separatists who share Baluch opposition to the Punjabi-dominated military regime of General Pervez Musharraf are reviving their long-simmering movement for a sovereign Sindhi state, or a Sindhi-Baluch federation, that would stretch along the Arabian Sea from Iran in the west to the Indian border. Many Sindhi leaders openly express their … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s Baluch insurgency