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June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract here Sunday, June 16. Buying Russian defense equipment...
June 18, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer.   Kamov Ka-52 at the Paris Air Show. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters  ...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 11, 2013
The European Defence Agency’s (EDA) annual Hot Blade exercise is taking place in July this year and will be centered on the Ovar air base close to Porto in northern Portugal. Wing Commander Andrew Gray, the EDA’s helicopter program manager, is particularly pleased that an agreement between participating nations finally resulted in a 10-year funding plan. “We now have longevity, staffing...
June 7, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted an $8.4-million extension of an existing contract to Rolls-Royce of Indianapolis for further engineering services related to the AE 1107C powerplants on...
June 3, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a contract for more than $7.5 million to Lynn, Mass.-based General Electric covering the critical hard tooling required for the...
June 1, 2013
AgustaWestland is making its expectations for success in the North American market very clear. With opportunities in the U.S. government markets expected to top $20 billion over the next 15 years, according to AgustaWestland North America Chairman and CEO R. Scott Rettig, the company seems bullish in the face of sequestration issues and its own internal problems. AgustaWestland – at least its North...
June 1, 2013
Admiral Tony Dalton became head of Helicopter Systems for the ADF in September 2012. He joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1980, graduating as a pilot in 1981 and going on to fly helicopters with four RAN helicopter squadrons, an exchange posting with the UK’s Royal Navy and a tour flying peacekeepers in the Sinai. Counting time on the Iroquois, Sea King, Gazelle and Seahawk, he has logged a...
June 1, 2013
  When U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the cancellation of the acquisition of a new presidential helicopter – the VH-71 Kestrel – in the summer of 2009, he may have been demonstrating his intention to be tough on wasteful defense spending, but in effect he was merely delaying a problem that would have to be addressed at a later date – or do without his Marine One helicopter...
May 31, 2013
The U.S. Army has granted a $135.8-million payment to Sikorsky Aircraft as part of a...
May 30, 2013
Boeing in Mesa, Ariz. has won three foreign military sales (FMS) procurement bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal. The first two involve AH-64 Apache Block III...
May 29, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted $40 million to Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas related to additional long-lead components for the MV-22 tiltrotor. The agreement involves...
May 21, 2013
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a £15 million ($22.9 million) contract to replenish its stocks of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. These are used on the British Army Air Corps (AAC) WAH-64D Apaches and reportedly on the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Reaper unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which have used a total of 380 weapons in Afghanistan. Figures provided in...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command has issued a $26.1-million expansion of an existing agreement with...
May 15, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) procurement saga took another twist last week when Lt. Gen. William Phillips, Army acquisition advisor to the Secretary of the Army, appeared before a Senate Armed Services Congressional subcommittee on Airland. Commenting on last summer’s flying technology demonstrations provided by each helicopter manufacturer looking to participate in a new Request...
May 13, 2013
The New Zealand Ministry of Defense has agreed to buy 10 SH-2G Super Seasprites from Kaman Aircraft Corp. According to Kaman, the $120-million contract includes spare parts, a full mission flight simulator and related logistics support for the multi-mission...
May 8, 2013
The U.S. Navy's Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 (HSM-35) has incorporated unmanned aircraft into its operations, becoming the first squadron to feature both manned and unmanned helicopters. HSM-35 will feature the Sikorsky...
May 3, 2013
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace, reports that the company’s sales are up 13 percent to just under £7 billion. GKN is a Tier 1 supplier to the aviation industry and operates through four divisions with facilities in 35 countries and an employee base of 50,000. Bryson said that GKN has turned its traditional reliance of the defense market around from 70-30 percent defense/civil to only 39...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
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...
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