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February 8, 2016
NHI has delivered the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. This event took place in the Tessera, Italy, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility. The Helicopter took off from Tessera afterward.   The delivery of this sonar-equipped NH90 marks the end of the first phase of the Norwegian production program, joining the NH90 fleet that will commence embarked operations for the...
January 29, 2016
The National Commission on the Future of the Army proposed an aviation restructure solution that keeps AH-64 Apaches in the U.S. Army National Guard, but it would cost an extra $165 million per year, in addition to a $420 million upfront cost.   The commission, in its report released Thursday, offered its own solution, a mix of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) as proposed in its...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
January 25, 2016
Sikorsky’s financial data shows substantially increased profits throughout most of 2015 in spite of its changing hands from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to Lockheed Martin.   L-M released a statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Wednesday showing Sikorsky’s...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 11, 2016
Afghanistan’s defense ministry is working on a five-year development plan for the country’s air force, according to an Afghanistan news report.    The Khaama Press news agency quoted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Egypt’s navy plans to acquire more than 40 attack Ka-52Ks for two helicopter carriers it will buy from France. The...
December 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Russian Helicopters has received type certification of its medium, multi-role Mil Mi-38 and plans to start serial production of the transport helicopter in 2016 for the Russian market, the company said. The Mi-38 was...
December 28, 2015
Northrop Grumman has won a multi-million-dollar contract to develop a vertical-lift, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototype to support U.S. Navy reconnaissance needs at sea.    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $132.5 million contract Dec. 24 for phase 3 of its...
December 22, 2015
  Photo courtesy of besopha / CC BY-SA 2.0   Following a reversal of French military budget cuts, the country’s defense procurement agency has re-committed to attack-helicopter orders it previously canceled.    France’s Délégation Générale pour...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
December 18, 2015
Millions of dollars in additional funding and other supportive legislation may go toward rotary-wing technology in FY16, thanks to efforts led by American Helicopter Society International and other technology groups. The President is expected next week to sign a defense budget deal the U.S...
December 15, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace company, plans to develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for 7,000-lb and 10,000- to 16,000-lb class helicopters, a move one official believes might help the country become a “global hub of aeronautical development.” Hindustan announced its plan...
December 15, 2015
Two former helicopter test pilots are among the team of astronauts that successfully docked today at the International Space Station. American astronaut Timothy Kopra, British astronaut Timothy Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko blasted off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:03 p.m. local time. Despite trouble with the automatic rendezvous system, commander...
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