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August 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to make a $772-million purchase of new aircraft that the Afghan Army does not have the capacity to operate, according to a new report from John Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR's latest report lists the purchase as one of its top concerns with the...
August 5, 2013
The U.S. Army has granted a $29.4-million contract to Arizona-based Honeywell International to purchase T-55 engines for the...
August 2, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has issued a contract to Cobham to upgrade the nitrogen inerting units (NIUs) on the Boeing AH-64...
August 1, 2013
Prince Harry (aka Capt. Harry Wales) is now qualified as a Boeing Apache aircraft commander, completing three years of training that has involved Conversion to Type (CTT) then Conversion to Role (CTR) courses. Prince Harry. Toward the end of his qualification...
August 1, 2013
Helicopter operations in the last decade have concentrated on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations and asymmetric warfare as witnessed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By all reports they have got pretty good at it too. But by the end of 2015 the stated ambition is for all International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) to leave Afghanistan. Then what? Contingency is the new watchword, at least in the UK and...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the initial NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) configuration to the Belgium Armed Forces. The helicopter is also the first to come from the manufacturer’s industrial complex in Donauworth, Germany. Belgium is the fifth...
August 1, 2013
During the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) meeting held in Phoenix in May, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) manager, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., had restated the V-22 program of record. USMC still requires 360 MV-22s, U.S. Air Force SOCOM 51 CV-22s, and the U.S. Navy 48 V-22s (although there is still no budget to purchase...
August 1, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer. There was a time, he said, “when the Black Shark (Ka-50) was the most advanced...
August 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract on June 16 in Paris. Buying Russian defense...
August 1, 2013
One of the criticisms of the early years of British military operations in Afghanistan from the summer of 2006 was that there were not enough soldiers – or helicopters – to support the challenge of the mission. Early on, accepted policy in Helmand Province dictated the support of regional seats of government, which effectively tied the British Army into “platoon houses” soon after...
August 1, 2013
The CAE NH-90 simulator in Australia is the first to attain Level D certification, according to industry sources who spoke with Rotor & Wing at the Paris Air Show. The Australian Army and Navy will be sharing 24 MRH-90s. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) is also believed to be considering buying simulators for its fleet of 20 NH-90s in the tactical transport helicopter (TTH) configuration. CAE is also...
August 1, 2013
The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing’s heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F. First flight of the AgustaWestland ICH-47F Chinook...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has inked a €194-million ($252-million) contract with the German Federal Ministry of Defense for 15 EC645 T2 light utility helicopters for the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), part of Germany’s Special Forces Command. The missions that the helicopters are expected to perform for the special operations command include...
August 1, 2013
U.S. Procurement Flaws In the June 2013 issue (see “Looking for Evidence of Lessons Learned,” page 54), Andrew Drwiega talks about the flaws in the U.S. procurement process for helicopter programs. An enormous amount of money and effort goes into research and development in responding to these Request for Proposals (RFPs). Mr. Drwiega did a good job of pointing out the frustrations put forth...
August 1, 2013
Sikorsky and Boeing are planning to establish a new joint venture aimed at pursuing U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) contracts that will expand the Saudi Arabian fleet of military helicopters. The two manufacturers announced the...
August 1, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on Sept. 24. The...
July 31, 2013
The first Tiger HAD/E-5002 military helicopter assembled at Eurocopter Spain's facility completed its maiden flight Monday, marking a new milestone for the government-industry Tiger program.      Eurocopter Spain's first Tiger completes...
July 24, 2013
The British Royal Navy celebrated the formation of its first AgustaWestland AW101 HM Mk2 Squadron yesterday at a ceremony held at the home of the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, in Cornwall, U.K.     The first five Merlin Mk2 helicopters have been upgraded from Merlin Mk1s as part of the Lockheed Martin led Merlin Capability Sustainment Program (MCSP). In total, 30 Merlin...
July 22, 2013
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) Air Show was held at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, over the past weekend.      (A Finnish Army NH90 TTL flies at the RIAT Air Show. Photo, courtesy of Andrew Drwiega.)   Perhaps due to the sequestration issue limiting the numbers of U.S. Air Force (USAF)...
July 19, 2013
The Armed Forces of Malta has a new contract to purchase an AgustaWestland A139 medium twin engine helicopter.      AW1071 Malta Armed Force AW139. Photo courtesy of...
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