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January 7, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $52.2-million extension to Rolls-Royce covering AE 1107C engine support on U.S...
January 3, 2013
Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office has obtained a $1.4-billion contract extension to supply 17 MV-22 tiltrotors to the U.S. Marine Corps and four CV-22s to the U.S. Air Force. The agreement is an expansion of an existing V-22 Lot 17 contract. The deal also provides funding to purchase...
January 2, 2013
The Philippine Navy will receive three AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters following the signing of a Dec. 20 contract between the Philippine Armed Forces and AgustaWestland at the Department of National Defense (DND). The acquisition is valued at around $33.6 million and includes logistical support. According to a statement from the DND, in November 2012 the Naval Helicopter Acquisition Project (NHAP)...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
The decision by the Danish Ministry of Defence to purchase nine MH-60R helicopters from the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team has underlined again how strong the belief is in the international naval community in MH-60R/S helicopter. The order is valued at around $686 million with the first three aircraft expected for delivery during 2016 and last aircraft by 2018. The existing eight Lynx Mk90Bs will begin to...
January 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53K ground test vehicle (GTV). Progress in the ongoing development of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) heavy lift helicopter replacement, the Sikorsky CH-53K, has been announced with the delivery of the prototype aircraft to the flight test team. This means that NAVAIR and Sikorsky pilots can begin the program of scheduled ground checks that will take place over the next year...
January 1, 2013
CAE has an unparalleled breadth of experience in helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal. In fact, no other company has designed training systems for a greater variety of rotary wing platforms. CAE has simulated helicopters from virtually all the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kaman, MD...
January 1, 2013
Though still in development, the MD-540F is showing the potential to be a superior warrior. They say that the best situation an aircraft manufacturer can be in is to have a product that both the military and the civilian worlds want. Very few have been able to continuously satisfy both sectors with a single hull design. But MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz. is one of them. In 1963, Hughes...
January 1, 2013
In kicking-off this first issue of 2013 in a change to the usual format of this column I now intend to devote it a selection of smaller items that may be pressing, current, historic or that just take my interest—as long as they all have a bearing on military rotorcraft and the people who use them:   Christmas Sequestration [In front of a toy store window] Bob Cratchit: Well, my loves, which one...
December 20, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has introduced an electronic defense countermeasures system designed to deflect laser-guided weapons for helicopters, other aircraft, ground-based vehicles and ships. Elmar Compans, head of Cassidian’s Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit, notes that...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 19, 2012
Mindful of the day when Afghan forces will need to conduct operations together, the Kandahar Air Wing were brought together with the 4th Lightning Strike Pathfinder Academy to conduct cargo loading and familiarization exercises. It was the first time the two had operated together. The exercise took place on December 5 and was coordinated by Pathfinders of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 6, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over the first pair of EC725s to the Royal Malaysian Air Force as part of an...
December 4, 2012
The decision by the Danish Ministry of Defence to purchase nine MH-60R helicopters from the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team has underlined again how strong the belief is in the international naval community in MH-60R/S helicopter. The order is valued at around $686 million with the first three aircraft expected for delivery during 2016 and last aircraft by 2018. The existing eight Lynx Mk90Bs will begin to...
December 3, 2012
Rebel forces opposed to the Syrian regime run by President Bashar al-Assad claimed to have shot down a Syrian forces helicopter on November 27 using man-portable Russian-built SA-16 Gimlet ground-to-air missile(s). Video footage purports to show a helicopter being hit from the side in the engine just below the main...
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...
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