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March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 2, 2015
DJI S-900 with DJI A2 Flight Controller. Photo by Mark Colborn Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Who would guess that small consumer drones would create such a buzz? But apparently it was the event to attend. Left: Author’s hobby drone: a DJI F550 hexacopter with 2-axis gyro-stabilized GoPro Hero 3 camera. Center: DJI NAZA...
March 1, 2015
A Chinook lifts underslung a 7,540 pound 777 howitzer during an exercise at altitude taking place around Fort Carson, Colo. in August 2014. Photo courtesy of Boeing Carrying an underslung load has been, and will continue to be, one of the mainstays of military logistical movement, particularly when any force is conducting an expeditionary campaign. For the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), it is...
February 20, 2015
 Airbus Helicopters recently reinforced their presence in the Middle East to support the region's rotorcraft– which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training. As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical...
February 19, 2015
Vector Component Services, a division of Vector Aerospace UK (owned by Airbus Helicopters) will share a £420 million (approximately $650 million) order that extends the support program for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of 60 Boeing Chinook CH-47 heavy-lift...
February 17, 2015
Airbus Helicopters Inc, part of Airbus Defense and Space, has been awarded a $220.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for 41 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. The helicopters will be built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. plant and all deliveries are scheduled for...
February 17, 2015
Extended range fuel systems for Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters will be supplied to the governments of Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements according to a contracting announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)...
February 16, 2015
In a surprise announcement on Sunday morning, transportation authorities released a provisional ruling on the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta held a teleconference on February 15, announcing the release of the anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making...
February 12, 2015
Ultra Electronics was won an $27.6 million (£18 million) contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy's (RN) Merlin AW101 maritime patrol helicopters. The contract is for two years with a further option for two years. The deal includes...
February 12, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, which will give the industry more opportunities for research that could help integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. Two Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) awarded to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site greatly expand the airspace available for...
February 11, 2015
Plenty of chatter this past year was devoted to the clear uprising of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. This tech is now within the purchasable grasp of the general public. It has spread, almost virally, and as a result has outpaced much of the development of rules for use in the National Airspace System. The FAA is scrambling to implement some sort of legal control over the use of...
February 9, 2015
The Sikorsky S-70i is manufactured by PZL Mielec in Poland. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Contrary to the end-of-year rumblings that Sikorsky would withdraw its bid for the Polish military’s requirement for 70 medium-lift utility helicopters, when the announcement of the bidders was made by the Polish Armament Inspectorate on Dec. 30, 2014, Sikorsky’s name was present through subsidiary PZL...
February 6, 2015
PrecisionHawk, UAV manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, recently released its Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System (LATAS) to aid...
February 4, 2015
The rear guard action being fought to keep Boeing’s AH-64 Apaches in the National Guard instead of transferring them all into the regular Army has been bolstered following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress last December. The legislation includes $1.25 billion for the National Guard and Reserve to address modernization shortfalls (not requested by President...
February 4, 2015
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract, Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache, AV-8B Harrier, B-52...
February 3, 2015
The United Nations is requesting the return of approximately 24 Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo. This comes three years after New Delhi recalled them to address its own country’s domestic needs. The Deccan Herald, an English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs...
February 3, 2015
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds and geolocates mine-like objects with its pulsed...
February 3, 2015
Over the past few months, the FAA has granted several exemptions to UAV operators in the commercial market. To date, the FAA has given 14 exemptions to 13 companies in various industries. Most recently, the administration granted the first exemption for the use of UAVs for photography in the real estate...
January 28, 2015
Turbomeca has received EASA type-certification for its Ariel 2N turboshaft engine, the newest addition to the Arriel 2+ family. The engine first ran in September of 2011, and it offers lower operating costs along with increased reliability and performance compared to its predecessors. It features a new axial compressor, new high-pressure compressor diffuser, new high-pressure turbine material and...
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