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July 15, 2013
Eurocopter has signed 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 day/night...
July 12, 2013
McKinney, Texas-based Raytheon has won a $9.6-million extension of a U.S. Navy contract to repair multi-spectral targeting system...
July 9, 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. Toward the end of his qualification, he was required to complete a six-hour qualification flight. This meant flying point-to-point around the UK from his base at Wattisham airfield, Suffolk in...
July 8, 2013
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR has reached an agreement to team with Boeing on component repair, maintenance and overhaul (MRO) services for the Royal Netherlands...
July 1, 2013
The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France. But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual...
July 1, 2013
EADS North America proactively withdrew from the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator competition because the requirement for the transfer of Intellectual Property (IP) rights was too high a price to pay in the current climate of sequestration, said Eurocopter’s new President and CEO Guillaume Faury at a press conference during the Paris Air Show in June. One senior...
July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
July 1, 2013
The UK’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC), currently manned by members of the Royal Air Force and based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland, could be relocated to the new National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Fareham, near Portsmouth, around 2017 when the military ceases to contribute helicopters to the UK’s search and rescue capability. Vice Admiral Alan Massey, chief executive of...
June 28, 2013
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman joint venture Longbow LLC has secured a $90.6-million contract to supply...
June 26, 2013
The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing's heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F.      ICH-47F Chinook's first flight. Photo...
June 21, 2013
AgustaWestland is upgrading new production AW119 cockpit avionics with the Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI). Trilogy ESI, produced by L-3 Aviation Products...
June 21, 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...
June 19, 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 here Sunday, June 16. Buying Russian defense equipment...
June 19, 2013
The CAE NH-90 simulator in Australia is the first to attain Level D certification, according to industry sources here 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 the prime contractor for...
June 18, 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.   Kamov Ka-52 at the Paris Air Show. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters  ...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 12, 2013
U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)’s Weapons Systems Support unit in Philadelphia has...
June 11, 2013
The European Defence Agency’s (EDA) annual Hot Blade exercise is taking place in July this year and will be centered on the Ovar air base close to Porto in northern Portugal. Wing Commander Andrew Gray, the EDA’s helicopter program manager, is particularly pleased that an agreement between participating nations finally resulted in a 10-year funding plan. “We now have longevity, staffing...
June 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has obtained a $50.6-million contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to supply additional long lead parts...
June 7, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted an $8.4-million extension of an existing contract to Rolls-Royce of Indianapolis for further engineering services related to the AE 1107C powerplants on...
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