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June 6, 2013
Brighton, UK—Peter Dymond, acting chief of HM Coastguard in the UK, fleshed out details of the Future Coastguard Program that entails the reduction of the 18 maritime Rescue Coordination Centers plus a small base in London, down to a hub and spoke system of eight Coastguard Operations Centers controlled from the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC). Dymond explained the depth of the...
June 5, 2013
The Polish Air Force is adding its second VIP-configured W-3A Sokol twin-engine transport helicopter to its fleet, part of a 2011 contract for five...
June 5, 2013
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a contract to Sikorsky valued at $435.3 million to build four new CH-53K test article aircraft, as the Navy’s aviation branch prepares to launch the upgraded variant of the manufacturer’s C-53 series transport helicopters.   The CH-53K is designed to carry up to 27,000 lbs (around 12,250 kg) over a range of 110 nautical miles under...
June 5, 2013
Brighton, UK—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...
June 4, 2013
Boeing has selected the dual ship set Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (AHR150A ADAHRS) from Archangel Systems for the upgraded CH-47 Chinooks involved with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Project Julius program. This provides the Thales digital glass cockpit with attitude...
June 3, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a contract for more than $7.5 million to Lynn, Mass.-based General Electric covering the critical hard tooling required for the...
June 1, 2013
AgustaWestland is making its expectations for success in the North American market very clear. With opportunities in the U.S. government markets expected to top $20 billion over the next 15 years, according to AgustaWestland North America Chairman and CEO R. Scott Rettig, the company seems bullish in the face of sequestration issues and its own internal problems. AgustaWestland – at least its North...
June 1, 2013
Admiral Tony Dalton became head of Helicopter Systems for the ADF in September 2012. He joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1980, graduating as a pilot in 1981 and going on to fly helicopters with four RAN helicopter squadrons, an exchange posting with the UK’s Royal Navy and a tour flying peacekeepers in the Sinai. Counting time on the Iroquois, Sea King, Gazelle and Seahawk, he has logged a...
June 1, 2013
  When U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the cancellation of the acquisition of a new presidential helicopter – the VH-71 Kestrel – in the summer of 2009, he may have been demonstrating his intention to be tough on wasteful defense spending, but in effect he was merely delaying a problem that would have to be addressed at a later date – or do without his Marine One helicopter...
June 1, 2013
My father was a U.S. Navy hero in World War II, so at an early age I had developed a keen appreciation for several aspects of seamanship, and became, largely in an effort to please my dad, something of a junior knot-tying expert. I pursued this admittedly arcane activity with great energy, memorizing a respectable vocabulary of useful knots, and precisely how to tie them. I could deliver rote verbal...
June 1, 2013
The first OH-58F Kiowa Warrior has conducted its maiden flight at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. There are currently three aircraft with the U.S. Army—two OH-58Fs and one OH-58D with F model. Col. John Lynch, TRADOC capability manager, emphasized that the aircraft were the first to feature the CASUP (Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program) improvements. The overall weight of the Kiowa Warrior has been reduced by...
June 1, 2013
A full scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C, the unmanned platform that is to succeed the MQ-8B, was on show in early April at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Md. The MQ-8C is built around the Bell 407 helicopter while the MQ-8B was originally modeled around the Schweizer 333 platform...
June 1, 2013
R&W’s Question of the Month Which manufacturer(s) do you think will win the U.S. Navy’s relaunched VXX Presidential Helicopter replacement program? Let us know, and look for your and others’ wresponses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Other Side of History I was enjoying reading the May 2013 print edition, when one article caught my attention. I’m...
June 1, 2013
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace, reports that the company’s sales are up 13 percent to just under £7 billion. GKN is a Tier 1 supplier to the aviation industry and operates through four divisions with facilities in 35 countries and an employee base of 50,000. Bryson said that GKN has turned its traditional reliance of the defense market around from 70-30 percent defense/civil to only 39...
June 1, 2013
The New Zealand Ministry of Defense has agreed to buy 10 SH-2G Super Seasprites from Kaman Aircraft Corp. According to Kaman, the $120-million contract includes spare parts, a full mission flight simulator and related logistics support...
June 1, 2013
Products | R&D Eurocopter conducted the first public flight of its optionally manned capability in late April at the Istres air base, located in the south of France and near the company’s Marignane facility. The demonstration aircraft, an EC145 with 70 lbs of control equipment onboard, flew two demonstration paths within a restricted area inside the airfield. The first flight, with a pilot...
June 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) procurement saga took another twist in May when Lt. Gen. William Phillips, Army acquisition advisor to the Secretary of the Army, appeared before a Senate Armed Services Congressional subcommittee on Airland. Commenting on last summer’s flying technology demonstrations provided by each helicopter manufacturer looking to participate in a new Request for...
June 1, 2013
  By the end of June, Le Bourget will be transformed, once again, into the aviation industry’s largest trade show. Helicopter manufacturers including AgustaWestland, AVIC, Bell, Boeing, Enstrom, Eurocopter, HAL, KAI, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and others will join the many service and equipment suppliers from the rotorcraft industry, in addition to the miles of fixed-wing aircraft displays...
May 31, 2013
The U.S. Army has granted a $135.8-million payment to Sikorsky Aircraft as part of a...
May 30, 2013
Boeing in Mesa, Ariz. has won three foreign military sales (FMS) procurement bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal. The first two involve AH-64 Apache Block III...
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