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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...
April 5, 2016
The U.S. Defense Dept. has awarded Bell Helicopter with additional funds under a foreign military sales contract to deliver AH-1Z attack helicopters to Pakistan.   Bell’s additional funds amount to $170,173,188 to...
April 1, 2016
A Washington, D.C.-area museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Marine Corps reopens today with expanded facilities and new exhibits, including one honoring Marine helicopter combat operations during the Vietnam War.   The National Museum for the Marine Corps closed last March to begin adding 117,000 sq ft of space and new exhibits that include a tableau featuring a restored Vietnam-era Sikorsky...
March 31, 2016
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The 100-million-euro deal calls for the delivery of...
March 28, 2016
Russian Helicopters is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with the Indian Ministry of Defense to provide after-sales service for Mi-17s. Company CEO Igor Chechikov said the...
March 25, 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.   The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained...
March 24, 2016
The U.S. Army and NATO are planning tests this coming fall and winter of systems to counter threats to rotorcraft from degraded visual environments, R&WI has learned.   Allied nation researchers are scheduled to test four DVE solutions in flight starting in October, when they are to be taken to Yuma...
March 22, 2016
Indian defense leaders have approved a procurement policy that emphasizes the acquisition of equipment with substantial content made in that country, according to press reports from that nation. Those reports quote Defense Minister Manohar...
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Army said it is moving ahead with research on potential new component-level technologies for future rotorcraft.   A team from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory completed the first-ever live-fire test of a rotor blade with individual...
March 21, 2016
As Japan faces the expansion of neighboring military powers and its own dwindling population, its defense ministry has in a historic decision cleared women to serve as combat helicopter pilots and to join the growing ranks of their peers worldwide, according to a media report.   The Japan Times said March 16 that the Ground Self-Defense Force will permit women to pilot anti-tank helicopters like the...
March 11, 2016
The Royal Marines' Commando Helicopter Force has successfully performed training exercises in extreme climatic conditions on its new AW159 Wildcats for the first time in Norway, said the service. Four Wildcats from 847...
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