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April 11, 2016
Two Mistral-class helicopter carriers are slated for delivery to Egypt later this year, according to a French official. Andre Parant, French ambassador in Cairo, told reporters during an April 10 press conference that France would deliver its two carriers to...
April 7, 2016
The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), procured originally to replace engines in the U.S. Army's Boeing AH-64E and Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters, also might power the Army's future vertical lift light assault rotorcraft, according to media reports.   Army officials told reporters recently that the capabilities requested in the ITEP make it "certainly a candidate" for FVL category set one...
April 6, 2016
Sikorsky Aircraft has been asked to deliver 109 military helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces by 2020.   The order is part of an ongoing General Purpose Helicopter Project, which was initiated in 2009 to develop the...
April 5, 2016
The U.S. Defense Dept. has awarded Bell Helicopter with additional funds under a foreign military sales contract to deliver AH-1Z attack helicopters to Pakistan.   Bell’s additional funds amount to $170,173,188 to...
April 4, 2016
An FAA-appointed group has submitted recommendations for operating micro UAS in national airspace, according to an Associated Press report.   The Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee has reportedly called for “creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.”   The committee was tasked with recommending by April...
April 1, 2016
A Washington, D.C.-area museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Marine Corps reopens today with expanded facilities and new exhibits, including one honoring Marine helicopter combat operations during the Vietnam War.   The National Museum for the Marine Corps closed last March to begin adding 117,000 sq ft of space and new exhibits that include a tableau featuring a restored Vietnam-era Sikorsky...
April 1, 2016
AAR's airlift division has begun search and rescue (SAR) and support helicopter services for the U.K. Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. The company together with British...
March 31, 2016
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The 100-million-euro deal calls for the delivery of...
March 29, 2016
A powerful methane-detection sensor flight tested by NASA researchers might increase the viability of using small unmanned aircraft systems for pipeline patrol, the agency said March 28.   The Pasadena, California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been testing its Open Path Laser Spectrometer sensor on various platforms since 2014. Similar to another sensor NASA developed for use on Mars, the device...
March 28, 2016
Russian Helicopters is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with the Indian Ministry of Defense to provide after-sales service for Mi-17s. Company CEO Igor Chechikov said the...
March 25, 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.   The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained...
March 25, 2016
Heli-One has developed repair capability for the Sikorsky S-92 air inlet, said the MRO provider. According to a press release, the air inlet was identified as a top contributor to aircraft-on-ground events for the S-92. The component was found to have...
March 24, 2016
The U.S. Army and NATO are planning tests this coming fall and winter of systems to counter threats to rotorcraft from degraded visual environments, R&WI has learned.   Allied nation researchers are scheduled to test four DVE solutions in flight starting in October, when they are to be taken to Yuma...
March 24, 2016
The first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) performed its maiden flight at Finmeccanica's Yeovil, U.K., plant March 21. This marks the start of the flight test program leading to aircraft deliveries for the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2017 to continue to...
March 22, 2016
Indian defense leaders have approved a procurement policy that emphasizes the acquisition of equipment with substantial content made in that country, according to press reports from that nation. Those reports quote Defense Minister Manohar...
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Army said it is moving ahead with research on potential new component-level technologies for future rotorcraft.   A team from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory completed the first-ever live-fire test of a rotor blade with individual...
March 21, 2016
As Japan faces the expansion of neighboring military powers and its own dwindling population, its defense ministry has in a historic decision cleared women to serve as combat helicopter pilots and to join the growing ranks of their peers worldwide, according to a media report.   The Japan Times said March 16 that the Ground Self-Defense Force will permit women to pilot anti-tank helicopters like the...
March 18, 2016
Erickson Inc. has been selected as a subcontractor by a pool of prime contractors that have been awarded two Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts for Counter Narcotics and Global Threat (CN&GT) operations, logistics and training support. The contracts...
March 15, 2016
A second CH-53K King Stallion has entered the U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter program, and the first aircraft has achieved flight envelope expansion to 120 kt, Sikorsky said in a company press release. The CH-53K Engineering Development Models (EDM) achieved their first flights on Oct. 27, 2015, and Jan. 22, 2016. As the flight test...
March 11, 2016
The Royal Marines' Commando Helicopter Force has successfully performed training exercises in extreme climatic conditions on its new AW159 Wildcats for the first time in Norway, said the service. Four Wildcats from 847...
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