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18 Feb 08. EADS is announcing its long-term R&D partnerships with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) through the signing of a Contract Research Framework Agreement (CRFA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) respectively.

15 Feb 08. Tata Advanced Systems (TAS) signed an MoU with Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp to manufacture S-92 cabins in India. The S-92 cabin would
be displayed at the Tata Pavilion at the Defexpo 2008 show in New Delhi
beginning Saturday, said a statement issued by the company. However, the company officials refused to divulge the details of the MoU. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, USA, while TAS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Industries, focused on defence and aerospace.

Feb 08. BMT joins BAE Systems to compete for MARS Fleet Tankers. BMT Defence Services Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has joined today with BAE Systems to submit a single response to the MARS Fleet Tanker pre-qualification questionnaire issued by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

17 Feb 08. Tata inked an MoU with Israel’s largest aerospace and defence company Israel Aerospace Industries to establish a joint venture in India for developing and manufacturing wide range of defence products. The JV company would be set up by Tata Industries’ wholly-owned subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The company would develop, manufacture and support a wide range of defence and aerospace products, including missiles, UAVs, radars, electronic warfare systems and home land security systems.

16 Feb 08. Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) Bangalore, India and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, Haifa, Israel, signed a term sheet that will lead to the formation of a strategic JV. The JV will encourage indigenous advanced technology capabilities of missile electronics and guidance technologies within India and will enable Rafael to meet offset requirements by transferring valuable technologies and workshare to the JV.

24 Feb 08. GKN Aerospace signed an agreement for distribution partner
A J Walter Aviation Singapore (AJWS) to stock a full inventory of GKN Aerospace’s market-leading CrystalVue IIT passenger windows and flight deck windows at their Changi facility. With over one third of new aircraft deliveries predicted to be to the Asia Pacific region in the next 20 years (something over 8000 new aircraft), and the largest part of passenger movements expected to be, to, from, or within the region, efficient and timely product distribution to airlines will be of key importance to suppliers.

Feb 08. Saab signs new agreement with UK’s test pilots’ school. Test pilot students at the renowned Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), MOD Boscombe Down in the United Kingdom, will continue to have access to fly Sweden´s new generation Gripen fighter under the recently signed agreement with Saab. The agreement marks the 10th anniversary of collaboration between Saab and ETPS, which is an integral part of the UK Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre (ATEC), and is operated by QinetiQ in partnership with the UK MOD. This new agreement for 2008 will mirror the structured approach of the successful 2005-2007 campaigns, with two flying training campaigns in Sweden per year. The 2008 training campaigns will be for seven international students, each of whom will fly up to 11 hours on Gripen across seven sorties with their ETPS Instructor Pilots (IP’s).

07 Feb 08. Harris Corporation and Cisco announced that they are working together to speed the installation of Type 1 secure wireless networks for federal intelligence and civilian agencies. The two companies will combine their core strengths to provide the Secure Mobile Architecture Type 1 (SMArT-1) — a solution that expands the ability of federal agencies to view and share classified data over wireless information technology networks.

21 Feb 08. ITT Corporation and Terma A/S

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