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March 30, 2015
The first shipment of UH-72A Lakota helicopters began arriving at the Army’s flight training facility at Fort Rucker, Ala., during the week of March 23, according to Army spokesperson Lisa Eichhorn. They will soon become the primary rotorcraft trainer for Army, thus beginning the phase-out out of the TH-67 Creek, the military designation for the Bell 206B Jet Ranger...
March 30, 2015
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) commissioned the 814-foot DDH-183 Izumo in Yokohama on March 25, making it the largest helicopter aircraft carrier ever built. The 21,495-ton ship – the first of two planned for its class – has a flight deck that can launch and recover any rotorcraft, including U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt rotors, which are...
March 18, 2015
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 10, 2015, a Louisiana Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Navarre Beach near Pensacola, Florida. Eleven soldiers and Marines were lost, including the helicopter’s crew of four Guardsmen and seven Special Operations Marines.  The helicopter was one of two conducting training with the Marines on insertion and extraction missions using...
March 16, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries to develop two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). The LCH version is expected to enter service in 2020, and the LAH is targeted to enter service in 2022.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The two companies already have a...
March 5, 2015
On the aviation side, the Army is requesting nearly $4.6 billion for its aircraft portfolio in FY ’16, up 9.6 percent from the nearly $4.2 billion enacted this year. The service is also requesting $820 million in aircraft modifications, down from the $878 million enacted in FY ’15. This funding request notably includes $49 million in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding while the no...
March 5, 2015
MD Helicopters has experienced growth in its military helicopter business while its competitors' sales have declined, according to company CEO Lynn Tilton. "We're sort of on the 'other end' of the wave," Tilton told an audience Tuesday here at the Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Heli-Expo show. "I hope it will continue, though, and not be short-lived." Tilton attributed the...
March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
February 20, 2015
 Airbus Helicopters recently reinforced their presence in the Middle East to support the region's rotorcraft– which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training. As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical...
February 4, 2015
The rear guard action being fought to keep Boeing’s AH-64 Apaches in the National Guard instead of transferring them all into the regular Army has been bolstered following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress last December. The legislation includes $1.25 billion for the National Guard and Reserve to address modernization shortfalls (not requested by President...
February 3, 2015
The United Nations is requesting the return of approximately 24 Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo. This comes three years after New Delhi recalled them to address its own country’s domestic needs. The Deccan Herald, an English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs...
January 9, 2015
So the troops are coming back from Afghanistan and the mission is over. Really? Haven’t we heard this somewhere before? On Aug. 31, 2010, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) confirming: “We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out...
January 5, 2015
Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron conducting simulated exercises. Photo by USAF Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce With the reduction in general defense spending now slicing capability from virtually every area across the military spectrum, the skills and dedicated assets of personnel recovery (PR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) forces appear to be easy pickings when it comes to saving money...
December 23, 2014
A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring...
December 22, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has finished delivering three airframes to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET): the first NH90 GSPA tactical transport helicopter, and two new Tiger HAD-E combat helicopters. All three airframes were assembled in the Spanish plant in Albacete, and are supported by an Industrial Participation Plan that fully involves the Spanish industry, headed by Airbus Helicopters Espana, in the...
December 18, 2014
Rockwell Collins has received a $420 million, four-year contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for continued deliveries of the ARC-210 advanced airborne software defined radio (SDR) system. The system is...
December 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016. The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with...
December 11, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to the French Army, following its Nov. 21 qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament. The new Tigers will join those already in service, which have been deployed to Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya and Mali. Photo courtesy Airbus...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
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