GKN to buy Fokker for €706m

Aerospace group to pay €500m in cash and will take on €206m in debt

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Experts warn of killer robot arms race

Musk, Hawking and others call for autonomous weapons ban

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Finmeccanica changes tack on US sale

Brighter defence outlook sees retention of $5bn electronics arm

David Cameron wants to capitalise on his general election triumph

PM attacked over Malaysia trip amid scandal

Cameron’s counterpart at centre of allegations involving $600m

UK Ministry of Defence

Tribunal keeps UK-Saudi contract secret

Case concerned deal that allegedly involved corrupt payments

Week in Review

Week in Review, July 25

Credit Suisse’s strong results; Eli Lilly and Lockheed also in the news

Lockheed agrees to buy Sikorsky for $9bn

Deal fills one of few gaps in military contractor’s portfolio

Boeing admits Dreamliner costs too high

Commercial jet sales surge limits affect of air tanker charge

Drone users face jail amid safety concerns

Campaign comes after near miss involving German passenger jet

Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s potent new Astute Class attack submarines, sails into Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in September 2012 to begin sea trials. The 7,400 tonne submarine sailed from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where she was built, to HMNB Clyde in Scotland. The seven Astute Class boats planned for the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea. They feature the latest nuclear-powered technology, which means they never need to be refuelled and can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew’s oxygen from seawater as she goes. Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said: “Ambush’s arrival at her home port to begin her sea trials marks a key milestone in the Astute Class submarine programme and is testament to the skills of those involved in the UK’s world class submarine building industry. "Ambush is an immensely powerful and advanced vessel that will deliver an important capability to the Royal Navy giving it the versatility and technical excellence needed to operate successfully across the globe." The Astute Class is quieter than any of her predecessors and has the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected in almost all circumstances despite being fifty percent bigger than the Royal Navy’s current Trafalgar Class submarines. The boat’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Green, said: “It was very satisfying bringing Ambush into her home port for the first time after initial sea trials. The ship’s company and I are now looking forward to putting her through her paces over the coming months, ensuring that she is one step closer to being deployed on operations.”

Navy offers bounty to keep nuclear skills

MoD acts to stop skilled staff from moving to private sector

Lufthansa jet in near-miss with drone

Fears rise over unmanned aerial vehicles after incident at Warsaw

Otis elevators on the way down in China

United Technologies cuts profit forecast on declining sales

Musk says SpaceX complacent before crash

Founder blames broken strut for explosion of Falcon 9 rocket

Lockheed: vertical lift

What powers Lockheed’s ascent?

Lockheed agrees to buy Sikorsky for $9bn

Deal cements US company’s position as world’s leading supplier of military hardware

Discoveries show Pluto merits planethood

Demotion to minor status was a mistake that should be rectified

UK eager to claim share at final frontier

Economics of space are changing, opening up business opportunities beyond costly manned missions

Boeing takes $536m charge for tanker jet

Extra costs relate to fuel system for US air force refuelling jet

Nasa releases first close-up of Pluto

Pictures of dwarf planet’s surface astonish scientists

UK space start-ups to get £80m fund boost

Thales and Airbus to help identify and nurture prospects


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