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Feb 28, 2013

Embraer wins U.S. Air Force deal for Afghan planes

WASHINGTON/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) won a U.S. Air Force deal on Wednesday to supply 20 light attack planes for counterinsurgency missions in Afghanistan, tightening U.S.-Brazilian defense ties after a politically charged bidding process.

Embraer and its privately held partner, Sierra Nevada, beat out U.S.-based Hawker Beechcraft for the $428 million deal, the Brazilian planemaker’s first with the U.S. armed forces.

Feb 27, 2013

Embraer bests Beechcraft for Afghan plane order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brazil’s Embraer bested U.S.-based Beechcraft in a high-stakes U.S. Air Force recompetition for 20 light air support planes to be provided to the Afghan military for training and counterinsurgency.

Embraer and its U.S.-based partner, Sierra Nevada, were awarded a $427.5 million deal, the Pentagon announced after the close of business on Wednesday.

Feb 11, 2013

Senior U.S. senator faults Taiwan over arms “complacency”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. senator leading a drive to persuade President Barack Obama to disregard Beijing’s concerns and sell new F-16 fighters to Taiwan faulted the island for what he said was a failure to push hard enough for the planes.

“When it comes to Taiwan’s military capabilities, there seems to be a puzzling sense of complacency in Taipei,” said Senator John Cornyn.

Feb 8, 2013

U.S. clears Boeing 787 for test flights, as delays loom

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. agencies cleared Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to restart test flights of its grounded 787 Dreamliner in order to get more data on potentially faulty batteries, but they also demanded a closer look at how the batteries were approved, which may delay resuming delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft.

The 50 Dreamliners in service were grounded worldwide on January 16, after a series of battery incidents, including a fire on board a parked 787 in Boston and an in-flight problem on another plane in Japan. The groundings have cost airlines tens of millions of dollars, with no end in sight.

Feb 7, 2013

U.S. regulator raises prospect of longer delay for Boeing 787

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Regulators need to
rethink how they approved the batteries on the Boeing Co
787, a top U.S. safety official said on Thursday, adding a new
and potentially time-consuming wrinkle to the plane’s grounding.

National Transportation Safety Board head Deborah Hersman
said regulators must review the “special conditions” used in
approving lithium-ion battery technology on the 787 Dreamliners,
after two battery related safety incidents in a matter of days.

Feb 7, 2013

NTSB zeroes in on Boeing 787 battery certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An air safety investigation of a battery fire on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner last month has narrowed the source to one of the battery’s eight cells, though the actual cause of the fire is not yet known, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Regulators should now reconsider the assumptions used to certify the plane’s lithium-ion batteries, Deborah Hersman said at a news conference in Washington, adding to the uncertainty of when the cutting-edge plane might be cleared to fly again.

Feb 7, 2013

U.S. regulator zeroes in on Boeing 787 battery certification

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – An air safety investigation of
a battery fire on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner last month
has narrowed the source to one of the battery’s eight cells,
though the actual cause of the fire is not yet known, the head
of the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Regulators should now reconsider the assumptions used to
certify the plane’s lithium-ion batteries, Deborah Hersman said
at a news conference in Washington, adding to the uncertainty of
when the cutting-edge plane might be cleared to fly again.

Feb 3, 2013

U.S. didn’t need rough interrogation to get bin Laden: Panetta

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the U.S. operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture.

The outgoing defense secretary, in remarks aired Sunday on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” said there had been many pieces to the “puzzle” solved to find bin Laden, who was held responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Feb 1, 2013

Blimps to bolster Washington’s air shield in test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A pair of big, blimp-like craft, moored to the ground and flying as high as 10,000 feet, are to be added to a high-tech shield designed to protect the Washington D.C. area from air attack, at least for a while.

The bulbous, helium-filled “aerostats” – each more than three quarters the length of a football field at 243 feet – are to be stitched into existing defenses as part of an exercise of new technology ordered by the Defense Department.

Jan 25, 2013

787 probe far from complete, regulator “very concerned”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators are nowhere near finishing an investigation into a battery fire on the Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner, a top official said on Thursday, raising the prospect of a prolonged grounding for the aircraft.

Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, made clear that investigators have found a series of “symptoms” in the battery damaged in a January 7 fire in Boston, but not the underlying cause of the problem. She also said the agency would be looking at the design of the battery compartment area of the plane and whether the certification standards had been strong enough.