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May 1, 2013
Boeing has now delivered 40 newly developed AH-64E Apaches under the initial low rate initial production (LRIP) program—31 going to the U.S. Army and nine to foreign military sales (FMS) customers. The 31 aircraft are the first of 51 being produced for the Army under LRIP. Those 51 do not include those going to FMS customers, according to Col. Jeffrey E. Hager, project manager for Apache. Total order...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $6.6-million contract to Lockheed Martin for continued operational support of two K-Max unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The cargo resupply aircraft are deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will take place at NAVAIR’s Patuxent River, Md. base and various OCONUS locations. According to the Department of Defense, the contract is expected to run...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is wearing out at a much faster rate than was predicted thanks to a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense findings state: “The Operational Tempo (OPTEMPO) in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is, five times that of peace time, and much higher than the design usage spectrum, further taxing the...
May 1, 2013
Armed Aerial Scout: Will they or won’t they? “What do we do with the Scout? Do we buy new or do we do a SLEP [service life extension program with the Kiowa Warrior]?” asked Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, PEO Army Aviation, during his address at the annual Quad-A convention, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas. Addressing industry delegates in the audience, he continued...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
May 1, 2013
The opening late afternoon session of the U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) annual convention usually has a vibrant expectation to it. An eclectic mix of fighting men and women all with aviation in common, some shouldering old buddies with the “where the heck did you go” conversation; beside them old veterans—some recently retired and working in industry, others...
April 29, 2013
Boeing in Mesa, Ariz. has obtained a $19.6-million expansion of an existing contract related to Apache Block...
April 25, 2013
A full scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C, the unmanned platform that is to succeed the MQ-8B, was on show earlier this month at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Md. The MQ-8C is built around the Bell 407 helicopter while the MQ-8B was originally modeled around the Schweizer 333 platform (UTC absorbed Schweizer in August 2004 and the company is now a...
April 19, 2013
Northrop Grumman and partner DRS Technologies have conducted flight testing of the new Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped (MMS-DP) laser rangefinder/designator (LRF/D) on a Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving...
April 16, 2013
L-3 Wescam has completed flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters.      MD500E. Photo courtesy of L-3 Wescam   The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam's MX series...
April 15, 2013
With the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) currently focused on how it is going to manage the capability sustainment program of its Apache Longbow attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin is keen to add its VUIT video networking technology to the potential package of improvements. U.S. Army Apache D models have operated in Iraq and Afghanistan with VUIT, which allows Apaches to receive video feeds from...
April 12, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a $13.1-million contract to supply long lead parts and components as...
April 12, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—The twin-engine AW169 AAS was uncovered (literally) on Thursday as AgustaWestland’s entry into the competition for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout requirement. The mock-up, without rotor blade, was declared by Scott Rettig, CEO AgustaWestland North America, as a helicopter that would “set a new standard” in reconnaissance helicopters.   Photos...
April 11, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, uncovered the Bell V-280 Valor 3rd generation tiltrotor at the start of the annual U.S. Army Aviation symposium, Quad-A. The V-280 is Bell’s offering for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift helicopter project, which could result in the production of more than 4,000 aircraft...
April 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a $27.9-million modification to a Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training contract covering long lead materials and support for nine mission avionics systems and common...
April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 8, 2013
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, may be remembered militarily for leading the United Kingdom in the campaign to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982, which had been invaded by Argentina’s forces in a surprise attack. She served three terms in office and her defining moment could be said to have been during the Falklands War. Her close relationship with...
April 4, 2013
The United Kingdom’s 24 upgraded Royal Air Force (RAF) Pumas are to receive new self-sealing fuel tanks, thanks to a contract between Eurocopter, the OEM delivering the upgraded helicopters, and GKN Aerospace. It has already delivered some of the new tanks...
April 3, 2013
At the end of March, Flight Lt. Christopher Gordon, a Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing British and Afghan troops during a major contact with the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Flying one of two Chinooks, escorted by a Boeing Apache attack helicopter, his mission had required the insertion of the troops into a known insurgent...
April 1, 2013
MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton through the cockpit of the MD540F.    At HAI Lynn Tilton, owner of MD Helicopters, said she was scarred, but stronger for it, in her efforts to turn MD Helicopters around since buying the company in 2005. “I can feel the Howard Hughes legacy on my shoulders.” The latest MD product, the MD540F, is on many military wish lists, she said. “We have...
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