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June 23, 2016
Egypt has received the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers, which were bought last year for about $1.1 billion. Cairo is planning to purchase 46 attack Ka-52Ks for...
June 22, 2016
A U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War will receive the Medal of Honor almost five decades later, the White House said this week. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles has been credited with saving 44 lives on May 15, 1967, as he served as a helicopter commander in the 176th Aviation Company, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division in Duc Pho, South Vietnam. That day, a North Vietnamese enemy...
June 15, 2016
South Korea has reportedly received its first four AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters, according to local media reports in that country. The reports said the South...
June 14, 2016
U.S. and Polish forces participated in an air assault exercise called Anakonda 2016 in Poland last week. About 35 NATO helicopters from the Polish 1st Army Aviation Brigade, 25th Air Cavalry Bridge and the U.S...
June 13, 2016
The Australian Army, national leaders and citizens of that nation this past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the midair collision of two Black Hawks that killed 18 troops conducting counterterrorism training.    The June 12, 1996, crash was "the most significant peacetime disaster to strike the Australian Army," said that service's chief, Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell, during ceremonies...
June 10, 2016
Despite military budget cuts, Qatar is moving forward with more helicopter purchases. The U.S. Defense Dept. said this week that Boeing has...
June 10, 2016
This week, aviators from around the world trained together in Kosovo for Operation Icarus, an exercise that builds cooperation between the U.S. and NATO partners when responding to complex situations.  Military crews of the Kosovo...
June 6, 2016
Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understand with the government of Kazakhstan. The parties are still discussing details of...
June 6, 2016
The U.S. defense secretary would be required to brief members of Congress one year from today on the Pentagon's progress in studying adverse health effects of rotorcraft operation on pilots, according to pending military funding legislation.   The House of Representatives Fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4909) includes Section 744, which directs the defense secretary to "carry...
May 31, 2016
The U.K. Defense Ministry is prepared to award a $3 billion contract for additional Apaches to Boeing rather than the Leonardo (Finmeccanica) Westland unit, according to a London press report.   The Telegraph newspaper said Boeing prevailed in bidding to provide 50 more attack helicopters for the British Army by "offering the new helicopters at a far lower price by tacking them on the end of a...
May 27, 2016
This coming weekend in the U.S. marks the traditional start of the summer season, and typically is filled with beach visits, barbeques and baseball. It can be easy, amid anticipation of the coming months' fresh air and freedom, to overlook the occasion for this holiday: Memorial Day. Since a congressional edict took effect in 1971, Memorial Day has given Americans a three-day weekend at the tail end of...
May 19, 2016
Rosoboronexport, a Rostec State Corp. subsidiary, said it will expand its export deliveries for its range of helicopters. It has delivered more than 100 helicopters...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 16, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced an AgustaWestland AW119 single-engine helicopter, called the TH-119. It was unveiled at the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition today in Washington, D.C. The aircraft...
May 12, 2016
The U.S. Pentagon has awarded Bell Helicopter a contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with 12 UH-1Y Venom utility and 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The Bell AH-1Z Viper is capable of carrying a large array of ordnance. Its Target Sight System provides range and accuracy, allowing operators...
May 6, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it has donated $5,000 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Bell's EVP presented the donation to retired Lt. Gen. Daniel J. Petrosky, the...
May 2, 2016
The U.S. Army has awarded Longbow Limited Liability Co. a $57.1 million foreign military sale contract to provide the Indian Air force with the company's...
April 14, 2016
The New Zealand Defence Force today marked the retirement of its five Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites and the operational transition to eight refurbished -2G(I) Super Seasprite versions of that helicopter.    The milestone came in a change-of-command ceremony for the No. 6 Squadron at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenuapai, just northwest of Auckland.    "Upgrading the...
April 7, 2016
The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), procured originally to replace engines in the U.S. Army's Boeing AH-64E and Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters, also might power the Army's future vertical lift light assault rotorcraft, according to media reports.   Army officials told reporters recently that the capabilities requested in the ITEP make it "certainly a candidate" for FVL category set one...
April 6, 2016
Sikorsky Aircraft has been asked to deliver 109 military helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces by 2020.   The order is part of an ongoing General Purpose Helicopter Project, which was initiated in 2009 to develop the...
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