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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...
June 12, 2014
Duke Airborne Systems has designed a robotic remote weapon system (RMS) for use in helicopters. The RWS incorporates land-based technology on an airborne platform, reducing the need for attack helicopter...
June 9, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter - a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin - will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service’s...
May 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has been granted a $337-million modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for the manufacture and...
May 7, 2014
The Boeing Company awarded a contract to L-3 Display Systems to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays (MPDs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The...
May 6, 2014
Graphic showing a Wildcat firing a FASGW missile. Rendering courtesy of UK MoD Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project...
May 6, 2014
On April 8, Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, seemed to have conceded to the Senate Armed Services Committee what was always going to be an unwinnable fight against the sequestration-caused reshaping of U.S. Army Aviation; that the Guard could not keep its Boeing Apaches. The Guard will hand over its 192 AH-64 Apaches to the regular force while gaining 111 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in...
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