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    1. August 12, 2015

      Europe plays catch-up with US in drone technology

      Locked away in a large shed in the north of England, surrounded by fields of cows, is one of Britain’s most closely...

    2. August 3, 2015

      Tube upgrade to arrive 4 years late at double original price

      A modernisation programme to overhaul signalling on some of the oldest parts of the London Underground is to be...

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    1. July 17, 2015

      UK eager to claim its share at the final frontier

      Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, is in flying form. In the 24 years since she flew up to the Mir space...

    2. July 15, 2015

      UK space start-ups to get boost from venture capital fund

      The UK space sector is to get a boost from corporate investors such as Thales and Airbus after they backed an £80m...

    3. June 23, 2015

      Defence contractors: Upward trajectory

      Donald Rumsfeld, the former US defence secretary, was fond of talking about “known knowns”. Western defence spending is...

    4. June 5, 2015

      At EDF, Lévy is handed his toughest business task yet

      More than 40 years ago, Jean-Bernard Lévy was at the same school as François Hollande in the Paris suburb of...

    5. May 15, 2015

      Henri Proglio loses his touch with France’s political elite

      Henri Proglio has thrived in a country where politics and business go hand in hand — until now. The son of vegetable...

    6. May 12, 2015

      Henri Proglio accuses France of treating him as a Russian spy

      Henri Proglio, one of France’s top businessmen, has accused the socialist government of treating him as a spy and a...

    7. April 21, 2015

      Raytheon and Airbus close in on $9bn Polish defence deals

      Raytheon and Airbus took big steps on Tuesday towards securing Polish defence contracts worth an estimated $9bn as the...

    8. March 3, 2015

      Lockheed and Raytheon face off over European missile deals

      Battle to protect Germany and Poland’s skies Two of the world’s biggest defence companies are battling over bids to...

    9. February 12, 2015

      Egypt agrees fighter jet deal with France

      Egypt is set to order 24 Rafale fighter jets alongside a warship and other related equipment, according to President...

    10. December 23, 2014

      Thales picks Henri Proglio as chairman

      Thales has appointed Henri Proglio, the former head of state-owned energy company EDF, as its non-executive chairman,...

    11. October 15, 2014

      French government ousts Proglio at EDF

      France’s socialist government is to oust Henri Proglio as chief executive of EDF, replacing him with Jean-Bernard Lévy,...

    12. September 19, 2014

      Industrial companies relieved at No vote

      British industry saluted Scotland’s decision , with the vote allaying fears over the future of the country’s aerospace...

    13. April 30, 2014

      Space industry plans win extra thrust

      A new National Space Security Policy will make the UK more resilient to disruption of space services – whether through...

    14. beyondbrics

      March 26, 2014

      Russia's Sukhoi eyes big jet deal with Chinese company

      Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aviation has reached a preliminary agreement to supply up to 100 Superjet-100’s to China in what...

    15. November 5, 2013

      Worst may still be to come for defence sector

      As US lawmakers squabbled over how to reduce the national deficit, increasing the risk they would trigger deep,...

    16. October 13, 2013

      Europe defence groups urge technology sharing

      Some of Europe’s biggest defence companies have called on their governments to help them win foreign contracts by...

    17. September 16, 2013

      Defence contractors face changes to long-term government ties

      At a dinner in the autumn of 1993 now known as “the last supper”, the US deputy secretary of defence told industry...

    18. September 16, 2013

      Thales chief laments group’s international market prowess

      The head of Thales has sharply criticised the defence electronics group’s failure to win the international business it...

    19. July 9, 2013

      Brussels joins €22bn stimulus initiative

      Brussels is to team up with a number of large European companies to co-invest more than €22bn in key sectors in an...

    20. June 30, 2013

      France sells down stake in Aéroports de Paris for €738m

      France has sold a chunk of its shares in Aéroports de Paris for €738m, as part of its programme of reducing state...

    21. June 16, 2013

      EADS: Focus shifts to profits after failed deal with BAE

      His much-cherished deal crashed and burnt, but Tom Enders, chief executive of EADS, has subsequently secured...

    22. June 16, 2013

      Drones: Delay over ground rules hampers civilian progress

      One of the UK army’s earliest modern drones was so notorious for not returning from its missions in Kosovo in the early...

    23. May 27, 2013

      Signalling: Cultural complexities play role in International Express upgrade

      Even by the multicultural standards of suburban New York City, the route of New York subway’s 7 train through Queens is...

    24. May 3, 2013

      UK plans to lead world in commercial use of pilotless drones

      Britain’s skies could soon be buzzing with pilotless drones fighting fires, assessing storm damage and delivering...

    25. May 2, 2013

      Inside Business: Dirigisme dies hard in France

      Arnaud Montebourg could hardly have chosen a more fitting day to launch his latest public assault on one of the world’s...

    26. April 15, 2013

      Succession planning helps fuel CEO turnover

      Planned turnover of chief executives at the world’s biggest companies has reached its highest level this century, as...

    27. April 4, 2013

      Inside Business: EADS still faces tests

      Changes at EADS are coming thick and fast. But whether they are far-reaching enough to make Europe’s leading aerospace...

    28. April 2, 2013

      EADS backs Ranque and €3.8bn buyback

      The new EADS board of directors on Tuesday elected Denis Ranque, former chief executive of Thales, as its new chairman....

    29. March 27, 2013

      EADS: ready for take-off

      If Tom Enders ever decides to quit EADS, could somebody offer him a job in Brussels? Anyone who can persuade France and...

    30. March 7, 2013

      Lagardère plans EADS stake sale

      Lagardère, the French media group, said on Thursday that it expected to sell its 7.4 per cent stake in EADS, the...

    31. March 1, 2013

      Thales lifts profits and eyes EM growth

      Thales, the French defence electronics group, pleased the market on Friday after reporting 2012 profits that beat...

    32. March 1, 2013

      Italian banks slide on election results

      Fears that Italy’s inconclusive elections would jolt Europe back into a crisis triggered a sell-off across risky assets...

    33. February 5, 2013

      American to join EADS board for US market

      EADS is planning to bring an American on to its board for the first time, as the European aerospace and defence company...

    34. February 4, 2013

      EADS turns to ex-Thales boss as chairman

      Denis Ranque, the former chief executive of Thales, has emerged as frontrunner to be the next chairman of EADS. Two...

    35. January 23, 2013

      Dreamliner battery probe continues

      Japanese regulators investigating Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner disclosed on Wednesday that they had so far found no evidence...

    36. December 27, 2012

      Dassault chief steps back from controls

      At Istres on France’s south coast last week Dassault Aviation carried out the first public flight of its prototype...

    37. December 19, 2012

      Recovery talk lifts construction stocks

      European markets continued to rally for a second day as investors bought into riskier assets. The FTSE Eurofirst 300...

    38. December 5, 2012

      Dassault Aviation chief to step down

      One of the most keenly anticipated succession processes in French industry is set to unfold following confirmation that...

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