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May 8, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft was chosen by the U.S. Navy to build the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President. With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract to modify, test and deliver six FAA-certified S-92s and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into late 2020, the fixed price...
May 7, 2014
The Boeing Company awarded a contract to L-3 Display Systems to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays (MPDs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The...
May 7, 2014
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin an $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract...
May 7, 2014
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, support the system...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft rolled out the CH-53K King Stallion on May 5 at its facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky 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 that “King Stallion” had emerged as the chosen name for the variant – a safe pick that taps...
May 7, 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 SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
May 6, 2014
Graphic showing a Wildcat firing a FASGW missile. Rendering courtesy of UK MoD Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project...
May 6, 2014
On April 8, Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, seemed to have conceded to the Senate Armed Services Committee what was always going to be an unwinnable fight against the sequestration-caused reshaping of U.S. Army Aviation; that the Guard could not keep its Boeing Apaches. The Guard will hand over its 192 AH-64 Apaches to the regular force while gaining 111 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in...
May 6, 2014
A British Army Air Corps (AAC) AgustaWestland Lynx AH9A crashed on Saturday, April 26 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of five military personnel onboard. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is calling it a “tragic accident” during a routine flight and has not linked the crash to hostile...
May 6, 2014
With a building expectation that the U.S. Navy is on the brink of announcing, possibly in May, that Sikorsky will provide the next presidential helicopter (it is, after all, the only bidder left in a race), it seems that the first six aircraft have been slated for delivery as early as 2019. In a financial highlights summary issued by the U.S. Navy, within section IV on Investment & Development, and...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 6, 2014
The optionally piloted “me too” club grew by one on March 11 when Sikorsky Aircraft demonstrated its own optionally piloted U.S. Army UH-60MU Black Hawk (OPBH) for the first time. The flight took place at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sikorsky revealed in an announcement on April 21. Known within Sikorsky as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter...
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve operational problems at landing zones, such as blowing debris and unforeseen obstacles, without on-site or remote...
May 5, 2014
Haven’t you heard? Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. No pilots? Is nothing sacred any more? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws of nature. I was not overseeing flight management systems — I strapped on the...
May 5, 2014
The Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on April 29, 2014. Consolidating its maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den...
May 5, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines has begun the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson for the...
May 2, 2014
Sikorsky is currently engaged in full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with all seven main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades attached for the first time to a non-flying prototype called the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). Powered “Light-Off” with rotor blades spinning follows a “Bare Head” (without blades) test phase of the GTV...
May 2, 2014
Kaman's K-Max unmanned aircraft system, well-known in Afghanistan, has completed more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions and delivered more than four million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in...
May 1, 2014
The U.S. Army presented Columbia Helicopters with a $30.5-million firm-fixed-price contract for the after rotor head and...
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