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October 29, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials working from a Royal Navy (RN) warship, HMS Argyll, have uncovered a haul of cocaine valued at more than $16 million that was hidden onboard a private yacht transiting...
October 29, 2014
Airbus Defense and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS, as it takes into account the naval sector’s requirements and the aircraft’s efficient integration onto all types of armed...
October 28, 2014
All British and United States Marine Corps (USMC) troops have now left the Camp Bastion – Leatherneck operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and handed over to the 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA). A joint force of helicopters and aircraft made the final transfer of personnel to Kandahar on Monday, October 27 after the...
October 27, 2014
The U.S. Army received its 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Boeing this month. Boeing delivered the Army's latest Chinook 75 days ahead of schedule, with a modernized airframe featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)...
October 22, 2014
Thailand’s navy and air force have acquired two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types: the light-utility EC645 T2 and the 11-ton-class EC725. The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016. Its purchase represents the first export order of this militarized version of the EC145 T2. In the Royal...
October 20, 2014
Erickson, a global provider of aviation services for commercial and government customers, was recently awarded an option period extension with the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Erickson will provide...
October 17, 2014
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has acquired eight Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters to replace its existing fleet of Hughes 500Ds. According to...
October 15, 2014
An AgustaWestland AW101 on display at this year’s Farnborough airshow. Photo by Andrew Drwiega Although still conducting its investigation into whether senior managers from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland paid bribes to win a defense contract for 12 AW101 Merlin VIP helicopters, Reuters news agency reports that the...
October 15, 2014
Boeing AH-64. Photo by Ernie Stephens Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to “meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22...
October 15, 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has a new agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply the nacelle structures for its V-280 Valor. Along with supplying the nacelle structures, IAI has become a member of Team Valor, a group of...
October 3, 2014
AH-6I flying in the desert near Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. facility. Photo supplied by Andrew Drwiega A Saudi Arabian contract for 24 AH-6Is has been confirmed to Boeing through a Foreign Military Sales agreement via the U.S. Army’s contracting command at Redstone Arsenal. The contract, valued at $234 million, authorized the company to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24...
October 2, 2014
AgustaWestland AW 149. Photo by Andrew Drwiega In early September, all three OEM competitors for the Polish military’s multirole helicopter requirement were able to present their offerings for review one last time at the Polish defense exhibition, MSPO, held in Kielce, Poland. Sikorsky’s S-70i, which is already manufactured in Poland for international customers including the militaries of...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
September 24, 2014
The Australian Army now has the best available visual simulation for its AS665 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger training, according to Thales. The company has announced that it delivered ahead of schedule an...
September 24, 2014
Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has been conducting flight trials of two unmanned helicopters in local rainforests to detect noxious weeds which are a threat to native plants and animals. The small, unmanned helicopters – which can fit into the back of a van – were developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO as part of Project ResQu, which...
September 17, 2014
Bell Helicopter will be showcasing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X this month at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (ADD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Currently, there are more than 170 Bell 206 Jet Rangers operating in Africa, most of them over 20 years...
September 8, 2014
The Cargo on/off Loading System (COOL) from Boeing CH-47 allows the rapid configuration of the helicopter floor between cargo and other missions. Photo courtesy Boeing On July 22, Bell-Boeing was awarded a $69.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order in support of the V-22 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The order relates to the...
September 5, 2014
German Bell UH-1D Hueys leaving the Ovar Portuguese airbase in northern Portugal. Photo by Andrew Drwiega “We train up to 700 students a year and we have somewhere around 27 training schools - and that doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Gray, the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) manager. “There is no harmonization of flying...
September 4, 2014
Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to "...meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift tandem rotorcraft listed in the...
September 4, 2014
Nibbio aircraft by Politecnico di Milano The winners of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 31st Student Design Competition were St. Louis University (SLU) in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate category. The challenge set by AHS for the 2014 Student Design Competition was to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft...
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