Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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U.S. lawmakers said exploring F-22 version for Japan
The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee is considering requiring the U.S. Air Force to study the viability of creating an export version of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-22 fighter jet, a source closely following the issue told Reuters on Monday.

Airbus not seeing major orders at airshow
Airbus does not expect big orders at this month's Le Bourget airshow, the plane maker's Chief Executive Thomas Enders was quoted as saying in newspaper interviews published on Tuesday.

Qinetiq workers strike over pay

Workers at defence research firm QinetiQ have voted to strike in protest at a pay freeze, union officials said. Union Prospect said its 2,000 members voted by 3-1 for a campaign of strikes, while most supported other forms of industrial action like an overtime ban.

BBC News

Navy Terminates Contract For VH-71 Presidential Helicopter

The Navy today announced that it will terminate the VH-71 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program contract. The announcement follows a Department of Defense (DoD) decision to cancel the existing presidential helicopter replacement program.

DoD Press Release

Only 8 Russian strategic submarines are combat-ready

Russia's navy has 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in service, but only eight of them are combat-capable, a Russian military analyst said on Monday.

RIA Novosti

Asia's defence spending overtakes Europe's

Asia has overtaken Europe's level of defence spending as countries across the region react to China's growing influence and rapid military modernisation.

The Telegraph

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