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South Korea dumps Boeing fighter jet tender, Lockheed soars back
Reuters
South Korea's government bowed to public pressure and voted down a bid by Boeing to supply 60 warplanes, saying it would restart the multi-billion tender process to get a more advanced, radar-evading fighter. Lockheed Martin's F-35A, previously considered too expensive, has shot to the front of the line in the race for the contract after the defence ministry singled out a fifth-generation fighter as the preferred option.
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Drop in numbers of F-35s being ordered could mean increased costs for a Canadian F-35
Ottawa Citizen
There was some relief last week in the F-35 camp, when news came that the Netherlands was committing to the purchase of 37 of the stealth fighters. The plan sets a budget of 4.5 billion euros, or $6 billion, for the aircraft and a further 270 million euros a year for maintenance and operating costs — equivalent to the annual operating costs of the current F-16 fleet.
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Lockheed Martin names former RCAF commander as Canada head
The Globe and Mail
The former commander in charge of leading NATO forces in Libya has been named to head the Canadian operations at defence contractor Lockheed Martin. Retired Lt.Gen. Charles Bouchard will take on the role at the U.S. defence giant effective immediately.
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F-16 fighter flies for first time without a pilot
Ottawa Citizen
The U.S. Air Force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time. More from a report by Agence France Press: The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a base in Florida, as part of a program that will see the converted fighter jet used as a target for pilots in training, manufacturer Boeing said.
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Strategic priorities in a sequestration era
A&D
Find out where A&D leaders forecast priorities for the future — technologies needed, production required, threats to the industrial base, and where money is being spent. No challenge has been greater for government contractors than dealing with budget uncertainties and the prospect of massive changes to contracts and requirements for the future.
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South Korea dumps Boeing fighter jet tender, Lockheed soars back
Reuters
South Korea's government bowed to public pressure and voted down a bid by Boeing to supply 60 warplanes, saying it would restart the multi-billion tender process to get a more advanced, radar-evading fighter.

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Bombardier CSeries jet completes maiden flight
CBC News
It took almost 10 years and about $3.5 billion, but Canadian company Bombardier's much-anticipated new commercial jet, the CSeries, successfully completed its maiden flight.

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Photos from the National Search and Rescue Exercise
Ottawa Citizen
The Royal Canadian Air Force is in the midst of hosting the National Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). It started Sept. 16 and runs to Sept. 20 in Gimli, MB.

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Canada company wants Canadian companies to hire 10,000 Canadian Forces members
Ottawa Citizen
Canada Company today issued a challenge to the Canadian business community to show their commitment to Veterans by hiring Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members transitioning from Military to civilian life. In an effort to facilitate the Veteran-hiring process, Canada Company introduced the Military Employment Transition (MET) program, now known as the Canada Company MET Employer Coalition.
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AGM 2013 Saskatoon
RCAF
The annual general meeting serves as the most important opportunity for members to shape their association. Reflecting on the nature of the association – its mission and vision – as well as on the accomplishments of the previous twelve months is referred to as "the fundamental accountability act". Members of the association call their directors and governors to account – from Wing presidents, through to Group executive members, on up to the members of the national executive council.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs’ & SGTs’ Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014
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