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September 5, 2014
German Bell UH-1D Hueys leaving the Ovar Portuguese airbase in northern Portugal. Photo by Andrew Drwiega “We train up to 700 students a year and we have somewhere around 27 training schools - and that doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Gray, the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) manager. “There is no harmonization of flying...
September 4, 2014
Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to "...meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift tandem rotorcraft listed in the...
September 3, 2014
Here we go again. Another crisis in the Middle East with the U.S. and the Great Britain among the first to react with military assistance to protect and resupply civilians freeing from the surprisingly well organized and equally well armed forces of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). News of the Iraqi Air Force and Army, the force that took over from American and allied forces when they exited the country...
September 3, 2014
At this year’s Quad-A convention, held in Nashville, Tenn. in May, Bell Helicopter displayed a full scale mock-up of its V-280 Valor, a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft. Photo by Andrew Drwiega The most unsurprising announcement of the year so far is the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate’s (AATD) decision revealed on August 12 that the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter...
September 1, 2014
Fully integrated flight data recording is now affordable for the light single and twin engine fleet. PHI is outfitting their Bell 407s with NORTH FDS HUMS/HFDM recorders. Photo courtesy PHI Health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) and helicopter flight data management (HFDM) systems are powerful aviation tools. Their capabilities will eventually make them mandatory and will prove indispensible to the...
August 27, 2014
The Russian operator of a United Nations chartered Mi-8 helicopter that crashed on August 26 in South Sudan has been claimed to have been brought down by rebel ground fire, possibly a rocket-propelled-grenade (RPG). There were three fatalities among the Russian...
August 21, 2014
The MD 530G scout attack helicopter has just completed its ‘live fire’ qualification exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., according to MD Helicopters. This included the .50 caliber and 7.62mm weapons, as well as laser-guided and unguided rockets. According to the company, the MD 530G live fire tests included the firing of four Raytheon TALON laser guided rockets at distances ranging...
August 18, 2014
Redstone Defence Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated mission avionics for between 700 and 900 U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The conversion will mean the change from analog cockpit gauges to digital instruments. The Black Hawks will be known as UH-60Vs, and the system has been acquired to replicate the same pilot vehicle interface (PVI) that pilots would experience in...
August 18, 2014
Tension stemming from the conflict in Ukraine is cited as a reason behind Poland’s announced intention to increase its defense spending up to two percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In line with this it is fast-tracking helicopter programs within the Polish Ministry of Defence’s Technical Modernization Program 2013-2022. According to the Polish Ministry of Defence, it is currently...
August 8, 2014
CH-47. Photo courtesy Boeing From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough Airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general...
August 4, 2014
Graphic of the Combat Rescue Helicopter. Courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus...
July 25, 2014
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has enlisted AgustaWestland to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract, worth approximately $150 million, was announced at the Farnborough...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 10, 2014
In producing a complicated landing gear system for a test version of a new military light tactical helicopter, Triumph Aerospace Systems - a member of Triumph Group – was seeking a supplier that could make some critical parts in a limited quantity. “When choosing a supplier, we always want to be sure they are going to provide a quality part, and deliver on time, because we design complex...
July 1, 2014
Diagram showing AVX Aircraft’s offering for the Joint Multi-Role competition. Renderings courtesy of AVX Aircraft Coaxial compound and tiltrotor aircraft are making news thanks to the U.S. Army’s search for the next-generation platform to replace its Sikorsky Black Hawk and Boeing Apache helicopter fleets from 2035 onward. While both technologies have been around for many years and to differing...
July 1, 2014
Boeing officials have confirmed that there will be at least one further version of the AH-64 attack helicopter and probably two more versions of its CH-47 heavy lift helicopter before any aircraft developed through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative are fielded. Boeing’s outgoing director of attack helicopters, Mike Burke, stated that the Apache AH-64E was a...
June 26, 2014
The question of new challenges ahead for a re-styled “expeditionary” Army, particularly as they will apply to U.S. Army Aviation, was the subject of an almost aptly named ‘Deep Dive’ session at this year’s 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (aka Quad-A) back in May in Nashville, Tenn. Operating in the maritime environment was one of the primary topics of conversation...
June 23, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Moog Integrated Defense Systems has introduced what it calls its Gen3 Weapons System, which made one of its first public appearances aboard an MD-530G light attack helicopter at Heli-Expo 2014. Although the company says it can be used aboard any airborne military platform, it is quick to add that it was designed to be the optimum size and weight for light attack helicopters and...
June 20, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract amendment with the Government of Canada on the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program, pursuant to the previously disclosed Principles of Agreement. The amended contract enables Canada’s Department...
June 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will display its mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup at Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, including one of its newest military helicopters, the twin-engine EC645 T2. Also shown at Eurosatory 2014 will be Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine high-performance AS550 C3e Fennec, tailored...
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