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While the music continues news has reached BATTLESPACE that two key projects may have had their funding requirements changed. The MoD and the CVF IPT has now believed to have gone for the larger 65000 tonne ship as it needs to accommodate a fixed–wing AEW solution such as the Northrop Grumman Hawkeye, in favour of the EH101 heli-solution proposed by AgustaWestland, also giving the ability to launch the conventional JSF whereas the smaller ship could only launch the V/STOL version. Another contract widely discussed in BATTLESPACE, Watchkeeper is proceeding and we understand that Thales is expected to sign in April. However other sources suggest that £120m may have been lopped off the budget which would cut the requirement, thus giving the Army enough money to buy a Phoenix replacement.

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