The acquisition of Pearson Engineering by Israeli firm Rafael could see UK manufacturing of the Trophy active protection system for the Challenger 3 MBT — but how well does the deal sit with the UK government's defence industrial strategy?
Alaska Airlines challenges Virgin America citizenship again
Alaska Airlines has reiterated its call on the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to check on Virgin America's compliance with US foreign ownership regulations on domestic carriers.
Alaska has gone further than the petition it lodged in February and asked DOT to promptly issue an order tentatively finding that Virgin America no longer qualifies as a US carrier.
According to Alaska Airlines, a March 9 Wall Street Journal story reported that US-based investors in Virgin America had exercised their rights to sell back their almost 77% of the carrier's capital to the UK-based Virgin Group Ltd.
After the February petition by Alaska, Virgin America commented, “This is a meritless petition. We are a US owned and controlled airline that is in full compliance with the law and all Department of Transportation regulations. Nothing has changed in our ownership structure which was approved by the DOT. Should our ownership structure change in the future, we will of course notify the DOT in advance, so they can confirm our continuing compliance.”
Virgin America says it has no further comment to add in response to the latest Alaska petition.
More from Defence Notes
The Uruguayan army and navy are receiving second-hand platforms from key allies Brazil and the US
After jointly receiving a new hypersonic missile prototype contract, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are confident the weapon can be developed and designed to provide USAF with overmatch capabilities.
A recent report supports DoD claims that a new commercial broadband network would harm existing US military SATCOM and GPS services.
What do US policymakers make of UK strategic thinking in the wake of the Integrated Review, and how could subsequent events affect the transatlantic defence relationship?
Applied Physical Sciences receives Phase 3C research contract from DARPA for undersea sensing systems.