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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...
December 9, 2014
The ability to provide the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey with heavier firepower other than a ramp mounted machine gun has taken a step forward with the demonstration of forward-firing munitions at the Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. A test was carried out in November and was described as “a great success” by Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22.  A...
December 9, 2014
The decision by the Indian government to select Sikorsky Aircraft (a United Technologies Corporation subsidiary) to provide its navy with 16 S-70B Seahawk multi-mission helicopters (with eight further options) is notable in at least two respects.  Firstly, it has selected a "safe-pair-of-hands" with the export version of a proven helicopter with no development issues, other than those that...
December 8, 2014
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey successfully demonstrated its forward-firing capability at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. Initial design work for the forward...
December 8, 2014
The Indian Navy has chosen Sikorsky to fulfill their Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for maritime roles including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). Negotiations for the production of 16 S-70B SEAHAWK helicopters are...
December 3, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation. The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat...
December 2, 2014
In the September issue, I wrote about laser strikes on aircraft. Since that article was written, in fact predating that article, there has been an effort underway to get the FAA to consider formulating some guidelines for eye protection devices from laser strikes. As I said in the previous article, I don’t think a regulation or full-blown rule change is necessary. A well written Advisory Circular...
November 5, 2014
Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and General Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command were grilled by the media about the who’s and why’s of defense cutbacks at this year’s annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) gathering in Washington, D.C. Shyu, who is often praised by Army individuals for ‘getting...
November 5, 2014
An Airbus Helicopter EC155 B1 in Marshall, Minn. Photo courtesy Metro Aviation Just like the helicopters that Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) systems are installed in, there is no single solution for every user’s needs. Each system has its own unique capabilities just as each manufacturer has its own approach. But to be a viable solution in the...
October 31, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply its armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters. According to Sikorsky, part of United...
October 28, 2014
All British and United States Marine Corps (USMC) troops have now left the Camp Bastion – Leatherneck operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and handed over to the 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA). A joint force of helicopters and aircraft made the final transfer of personnel to Kandahar on Monday, October 27 after the...
October 15, 2014
An AgustaWestland AW101 on display at this year’s Farnborough airshow. Photo by Andrew Drwiega Although still conducting its investigation into whether senior managers from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland paid bribes to win a defense contract for 12 AW101 Merlin VIP helicopters, Reuters news agency reports that the...
October 15, 2014
Boeing AH-64. Photo by Ernie Stephens 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...
October 2, 2014
AgustaWestland AW 149. Photo by Andrew Drwiega In early September, all three OEM competitors for the Polish military’s multirole helicopter requirement were able to present their offerings for review one last time at the Polish defense exhibition, MSPO, held in Kielce, Poland. Sikorsky’s S-70i, which is already manufactured in Poland for international customers including the militaries of...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
September 24, 2014
The Australian Army now has the best available visual simulation for its AS665 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger training, according to Thales. The company has announced that it delivered ahead of schedule an...
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...
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