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June 30, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus reserve) and Air National Guard. The first portion of the long-term...
June 26, 2014
The question of new challenges ahead for a re-styled “expeditionary” Army, particularly as they will apply to U.S. Army Aviation, was the subject of an almost aptly named ‘Deep Dive’ session at this year’s 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (aka Quad-A) back in May in Nashville, Tenn. Operating in the maritime environment was one of the primary topics of conversation...
June 26, 2014
Discussions are reportedly under way in Japan to acquire a new utility helicopter for the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). The eventual procurement cycle could last a decade and be worth around $2 billion. The ambition is to replace the 150+ Bell Helicopter UH-1H/Js utility helicopters that were manufactured and improved under license by Fuji heavy Industries. The last UH-X program was awarded...
June 26, 2014
From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general attitude was now to take a...
June 25, 2014
NHI has delivered the 200th NH90 helicopter to Belgian Defence. The Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army Aviation School...
June 24, 2014
The U.S. Naval Systems Command has granted a contract worth $115.7 million to Sikorsky Aircraft related to the procurement of nine MH-60Rs for the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization. The agreement...
June 23, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Moog Integrated Defense Systems has introduced what it calls its Gen3 Weapons System, which made one of its first public appearances aboard an MD-530G light attack helicopter at Heli-Expo 2014. Although the company says it can be used aboard any airborne military platform, it is quick to add that it was designed to be the optimum size and weight for light attack helicopters and...
June 20, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract amendment with the Government of Canada on the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program, pursuant to the previously disclosed Principles of Agreement. The amended contract enables Canada’s Department...
June 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first fully “built-in-Brazil” EC725 to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in the company’s cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence...
June 17, 2014
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that is expected to enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders...
June 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will display its mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup at Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, including one of its newest military helicopters, the twin-engine EC645 T2. Also shown at Eurosatory 2014 will be Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine high-performance AS550 C3e Fennec, tailored...
June 13, 2014
It has always been, and will always be, the role of a well-trained U.S. Army helicopter mechanic to take care of Army aircraft. However, the problem over the past several years has been a simple matter of mathematics – too many man-hour requirements, too few man-hours available. Enter the civilian contractor. Civilian maintenance contractors have always been a part of Army Aviation, augmenting the...
June 13, 2014
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) has awarded AAR’s Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The...
June 12, 2014
Duke Airborne Systems has designed a robotic remote weapon system (RMS) for use in helicopters. The RWS incorporates land-based technology on an airborne platform, reducing the need for attack helicopter...
June 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have completed successful tests of the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander's intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the...
June 11, 2014
The U.S. Army has awarded Evergreen Helicopters of McMinnville, Ore. a $10.6 million modification to an existing contract to...
June 9, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter - a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin - will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service’s...
June 3, 2014
Inside the cockpit of an LAPD EC135 over Hollywood. Photos courtesy of Henry Perritt and Eliot Sprague When Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes in December and told Charlie Rose about Amazon’s dream of using small drones to deliver packages, half the world started looking out their windows. Helicopter pilots are starting to look over their shoulders. How much longer can they expect to be in a cockpit as...
June 2, 2014
Sikorsky test pilot John Rucci with the CH-53K ground test vehicle, or GTV Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed...
June 2, 2014
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into a near miss involving a Bell 412 Westpac rescue helicopter and an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), highlighting the dangers of UAVs operating above 400 feet without approval. The incident occurred in late March at 2200 hours (10:00 pm) when the Westpac helicopter took off from John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New...
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