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November 7, 2013
U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)’s Directorate of Acquisition has granted three contract modifications – to AAR Airlift Group, Columbia Helicopters and Construction Helicopters – related to...
November 6, 2013
The U.S. Army is expanding its capabilities to protect the Persian Gulf region through joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy and friendly Middle East countries. Particular emphasis is being placed on working with the Navy to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for littoral (close to shore) operations in the region, to include over-water survival training and shipboard landings. The Texas...
November 5, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has finished testing a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual environments (DVE), such...
November 5, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has gone through the initial testing phase of the 35-foot main and 10-foot tail rotor blades for the CH-53K, the heavy lift helicopter being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. The blades are designed to meet USMC requirements for the CH-53K’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 lbs. Mike Torok, CH-53K vice president at Sikorsky, notes that the blades are important in helping...
November 1, 2013
Cockpit flight simulator. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) is requesting industry assistance as it searches to develop systems to help keep helicopter crews from being hit by man-operated hostile ground fire. Locating and avoiding ground fire is one of the biggest challenges any helicopter crew can face when flying above an operational environment. Training synthetically...
November 1, 2013
The long-running and painful (to both sides) Canadian Maritime Replacement Program may be heading toward a solution after the Canadian government took the drastic step of bringing to a meeting those involved – and rivals – to try and force an answer. According to The Canadian Press, a meeting was staged at the beginning of October between Canadian Defense and Public Works officials and...
November 1, 2013
Elbit Systems has received a follow-on contract to supply its Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s Surion helicopter. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), otherwise known as the Surion, is a joint venture between Korean...
November 1, 2013
AirframesS-97 fuselage arrived at Sikorsky on September 20. Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a...
November 1, 2013
MQ-8C ground tests. The U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed ground testing and engine runs during its initial testing at Naval Base Ventura Country Point Mugu, Calif. Northrop Grumman engineers...
November 1, 2013
British military flying in Germany came to a close October 4 with the departure of the last Westland Lynx Mk9A of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (1AAC) from Gütersloh airfield in northern Germany. The AAC departure marks the end of British military flying in Germany since the end of World War II, as well as bringing to a close 1AAC’s residency in Gütersloh...
November 1, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
November 1, 2013
Kratos MTDS. Sikorsky Aircraft has granted an $8.5-million contract to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions related to maintenance training systems for the CH-53K. The agreement involves a Maintenance Training Device Suite (MTDS) and a...
November 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new helicopters from MD as the Middle Eastern nation...
November 1, 2013
Eurocopter and AeroVironment signed a cooperative agreement during the AUSA annual meeting in late October to begin exploring new collaborative opportunities. The partnership will focus on combining...
November 1, 2013
Karem Aircraft is designing its TR36 technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role competition. Images courtesy of Karem Aircraft As soon as the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) awarded four Technology Investment agreements in respect of the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD) Phase 1, the main question on...
October 31, 2013
The Lithuanian Air Force has placed an order for three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphins with financing support from the European Union. According to Eurocopter, the...
October 31, 2013
Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will take two hardware ship sets of the Rockwell Collins HF-9000 high frequency radio system for its Surion Marine Helicopter program. Further production orders are expected in 2016 once the development work has been completed. The voice...
October 30, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) has moved a major step forward with the first run of the competing engines now complete. ITEP was created to find replacement engines for the General Electric T-700s that power the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The new engines will provide power in the 3,000 SHP range compared to the 2,000 SHP range of the T-700 they will...
October 29, 2013
European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is heavily promoting its UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Air Force as a safeguard against cuts to the U.S. Army budget that would seriously impact UH-72 production. Proposed budget cuts for the 2014 fiscal year could reduce acquisition of the U.S. Army’s planned UH-72A fleet by 31 aircraft—which could effectively end Lakota production by early...
October 29, 2013
Northrop Grumman displayed its glass cockpit for the Sikorsky UH-60L cockpit digitization program at this year’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention in Washington, D.C. The open architecture digital system involves both hardware and software, to include partitioned and architecture driven solution, according to Ike Song, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Situational Awareness...
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