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February 11, 2014
Source: QinetiQ QinetiQ has been awarded a five year contract to provide test and evaluation services to the UK Ministry of Defence in support of its Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP)...
February 10, 2014
Source: Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has received a $60-million sustainment and support contract from AgustaWestland for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system on the UK’s...
February 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, used a very apt metaphor when he said that in the degraded visual environment that is the sequestration budget – the Army leadership was still looking for the ground. The tempo for change was set after a visit to Army Aviation leaders last year by Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, when he stated: “We can’t afford to...
February 1, 2014
Norway has ordered 16 AW101s for its SAR program. The Norwegian government has placed a $1.6-billion order for 16 AgustaWestland AW101s to meet its all weather...
February 1, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
February 1, 2014
Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) has reached an agreement with the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to provide six AS332 Super Pumas. The helicopters will...
February 1, 2014
Andrew Drwiega Leadership 101 is all about having the knowledge and decisiveness to make tough decisions when they are required. It is also about getting inside the enemy’s decision-making process so that you can always be ahead one step ahead (at least) of your adversary. In the face of a potentially unrelenting and damaging opponent, Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation...
January 29, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290 aircraft delivered by Airbus...
January 28, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year,” said Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager, at a media gathering following the annual AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, DC. Pat Donnelly, JMR program director, said 50 Boeing employees were now based with Sikorsky in Connecticut and that the team was bonding as the JMR...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) has reached an agreement with the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to provide six AS332 Super Pumas. The helicopters will conduct anti-drug...
January 17, 2014
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, has received a $26.6-million cost-plus-fixed-fee for on-site flight test management, engineering...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 15, 2014
AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Arlington, Va. — Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, revealed on Tuesday the full extent of his command’s plans to hit the budget crisis head-on. Speaking on the first day of the Army Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., he said that Army Aviation would retire its fleet of Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters...
January 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $18.5-million contract to procure six additional months of...
January 8, 2014
A Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk of the 48th Fighter Wing crashed Tuesday on a beach in Norfolk, England during a training flight. The four crewmembers onboard all died in the incident. The helicopter, one of two that set off from the base at RAF Lakenheath late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 7, were taking part in a training exercise...
January 3, 2014
MD Helicopters is planning to hand over 14 new aircraft to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during a ceremony on Friday. KRG officials will receive the dozen single-engine MD530Fs and a pair of twin-engine MD902 Explorers at MD's...
January 2, 2014
EADS has kicked-off the New Year with a group rebranding, which has also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses, while Airbus...
January 1, 2014
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
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