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October 25, 2013
The completion of the upgrade to the Boeing Chinook dynamic mission simulator at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) located at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, UK, has allowed the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to train its crews on both the old CH-47D and new CH-47F aircraft. The RNLAF operates both CH-47D/F models with delivery of the...
October 24, 2013
Moving to obtain the Boeing Apache airworthiness qualification for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), BAE Systems took the missile to the U.S. Army for test firing at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The APKWS is a 2.75-inch (70 mm) laser-guided rocket which offers a more precise weapon that the current unguided 2.75-inch Hydra 70 rockets mounted on Apache, yet would be much less expensive...
October 23, 2013
The U.S. Army Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has just placed a $13-million award to Raytheon for additional multi-mode airborne radio sets (MARS) that will support both conventional and special operations...
October 17, 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...
October 16, 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 that...
October 16, 2013
AVX Aircraft is one of the four companies to be awarded a Technology Investment Agreement by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in respect of taking forward its Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter design to the next stage. The coaxial design is one of two being...
October 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has chosen Moog to design, build and certify the flight control system for the V-280 Valor program. The V-280 is vying for U.S. Army...
October 15, 2013
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 Helicopter Emulation Maintenance Trainer (HEMT) that...
October 11, 2013
The Lynx helicopter onboard the UK’s Royal Naval ship HMS Lancaster has been busy helping to seize drugs in the Caribbean following a couple of successful operations during early October. The Lynx Mk8, on 815 Naval Air Squadron, is one of the main assets on HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate. The recent anti-drug operations just days apart resulted in a street value haul of $92.4 million (£58...
October 10, 2013
Russian Helicopters has announced that it has won a Leadership in Competitive Procurement (LCP) award for increased transparency, particularly in its procurement process. The award, one of 11 awards presented on Oct. 3 by the Russian B2B Center (JSC Center for Development Economics), was presented to Russian Helicopters for ensuring “the transparency and openness of trade and the active use of...
October 9, 2013
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, either in a laboratory or in...
October 9, 2013
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 cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
October 4, 2013
During Helitech, engine maker Turbomeca made public a contract with the Netherlands Air Force involving overhauls for a fleet of Makila 1A2...
October 2, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 1, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the...
October 1, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101...
October 1, 2013
Mi-35M flight test. Photos by Andrew Drwiega For a journalist who was brought up during the Cold War, when NATO and Soviet Bloc forces were layered in depth either side of Churchill’s Iron Curtain, witnessing the transformation that has taken place within Russia over the last decade has been a revelation. (See more photos from the Rostvertol visit.) A decade ago when I travelled to Kazan city to view...
October 1, 2013
Attending a big defense exposition such as the recently held DSEI in London is no bad thing. The mainstream media had one central line of interest: Syria. The prospect of missile strikes in retaliation for President Assad’s widely alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people was on everyone’s mind. Afghanistan is yesterday’s news, despite the fact that according to Gen. Joseph...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
October 1, 2013
V-22 aerial refueling exercise. The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August...
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