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December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
December 1, 2012
The U.S. Army has completed the antepenultimate phase of its competition for a new Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) helicopter to replace the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Three of the key players in the competition—Bell, Boeing and EADS North America—demonstrated to the Army what their respective aircraft can do in recent weeks during a series of voluntary flight demonstrations (VFDs) designed to...
December 1, 2012
Approaching the beginning of my fifth decade, I look back to those old western movies with high regard, remembering as a boy being thrilled by the arrival (just in the nick of time naturally) of the cavalry with their white hats, yellow neckerchiefs, white gloves and blue uniforms with the distinctive yellow stripe down the trousers. The image was one that endured, from Randolph Scott in 7th Cavalry to...
December 1, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312 Lakotas...
November 30, 2012
More than 600 British Royal Marine commandos are completing an annual six-week exercise, Black Alligator, which is at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The battalion-level exercise has...
November 29, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. has issued a $15-million contract to San Diego, Calif.-based Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems covering...
November 28, 2012
Bangladesh is featuring in Eurocopter’s Asian business expansion with the announcement that the company has delivered its first ever Eurocopter-built rotorcraft—two AS365 N3+ Dauphins—to the Bangladesh Army. The helicopters will be used for multi-role transportation as well as for United Nations (UN) humanitarian missions. Bangladesh Army pilots attended ground school training at...
November 27, 2012
The future of the United Kingdom’s Westland Attack Helicopter (WAH-64D) Apache force is in the early stages of review. With the UK’s commitment to operations in Afghanistan ending within two years, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Capability Sustainment Program (CSP) is examining the spectrum of possibilities, according to Col. Andrew Cash, Commander Aviation of the British Army’s 16...
November 26, 2012
One result of the European Defence Agency’s examination in November of the options for member nations to pool and share resources is that several states have shown interest in “cooperating in the testing phase or the pooling of spare parts for the NH90.” According to EDA CEO Claude-France Arnould, this could take the shape of “bilateral...
November 16, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312...
November 8, 2012
The U.S. Army has granted a $66.1-million modification to an existing contract related...
November 7, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Command has issued a $214.2-million contract to Bogota, Colombia-based Vertical de Aviacion related to helicopter support services in Afghanistan...
November 7, 2012
Howell, Mich.-based Construction Helicopters is one of six companies to receive U.S. Transportation Command contracts related to cargo and passenger...
November 7, 2012
Middle East militaries have been showing “a lot of interest” in the MH-60R and MH-60S, with greatest interest primarily in the 60R model, according to Mike Sears, deputy program manager for foreign military sales (FMS) at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. They are also interested in the compatibility of...
November 6, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Command has granted a $72.4-million contract to Ottawa-based Canadian Helicopters/Canadian Commercial Corp. for helicopter services in Afghanistan. The...
November 6, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division has issued a $14.4-million contract to Sikorsky Support Services related to H-53 and H-60 support. The agreement, which runs through October 2015, covers...
November 5, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Command has awarded a $24.6-million contract to McMinnville, Ore.-based Evergreen Helicopters for aircraft and personnel in Afghanistan. The...
November 5, 2012
Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has obtained a $97.8-million contract from the U.S. Transportation Command related to aircraft and support...
November 5, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has partnered with Atech of Sao Paulo, Brazil to supply a tactical data management system (TDMS) for the Eurocopter EC725s that will enter...
November 1, 2012
Major military, air medical and SAR operators will be among the more than 100 exhibitors at the 5th biennial Dubai Helishow, set to kick off Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Grand Stand, Meydan Racecourse. Organizers are expecting an estimated 2,000 visitors to the Middle Eastern helicopter souk, or...
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