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August 18, 2011

China Denies It Has Seen Downed U.S. Helicopter

Defense Ministry Says Report Is "Absurd"

Chinese defense officials are denying reports that Pakistan has given them access to the remains of an advanced helicopter used in the raid which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The helo went down during the raid, and was largely destroyed by the SEAL team before the mission was completed.

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UAE Company Says It Has Won GAO Protest In Mi-17 Acquisition

Cornische Aviation And Maintenance Limited Had Questioned Scope Of The Contract

In June 2011, the US Army issued a $367 million sole source award to the Russian arms company Rosoboronexport for the purchase of 21 Mi-17 aircraft, initial spares and engineering support for Afghanistan. With no public announcement, the Army also included an option for an additional $550 million in aircraft and long term support. Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited, Sharjah, UAE protested to the U.S. General Accounting Office that the Army's inclusion of multi-year sustainment support was in violation of U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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Extended Range Outlaw UAV Will Roll Out At AUVSI Conference

Griffon Aerospace Unwraps Latest Variant Of Its Small Aircraft

This week at the AUVSI North American Conference, Griffon Aerospace will unveil the Outlaw Extended Range (ER), which incorporates a new fuselage providing addition payload and fuel volume. The ER will carry up to 30 pound payloads aloft for 8-10 hours.

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Maple Seed-Inspired UAV Makes First Public Flight At AUVSI

Tiny Samarai, Ruggedized Stalker Presented By Lockheed Martin

A beefed-up long-endurance UAS and an aircraft inspired by a maple seed are among the unmanned systems being displayed by Lockheed Martin at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America show in Washington, DC this week.

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Gone West: Col. Ralph Albertazzie

Former Air Force One Pilot For President Nixon

ANN has learned of the passing of Air Force Col. Ralph Albertazzie (Ret.), who passed away at his home in Berkley County, WV. Col. Albertazzie had been the pilot of Air Force One during the Nixon administration.

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