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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...
November 1, 2012
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters expects to sell Mi-17 helicopters to the United States intended for the Afghan military, despite opposition from members of the U.S. Congress. Sergey Yarkovoy, deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer at Russian Helicopters, said that...
November 1, 2012
Boeing does not plan have an aircraft on display at the 2012 Dubai Helishow, but will have a booth with representatives there to talk to key members of Middle East militaries about its programs. These include the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 light attack/reconnaissance helicopter, CH-47F Chinook and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor. The company has already had significant discussions...
November 1, 2012
UAE Sikorsky Black Hawk on display at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. While much of the rest of the world worries about where its next meal is coming from, the petro-rich Middle East is still a robust market, particularly in the realm of military sales, according to Dan Darling, Middle East military markets analyst for Forecast International.  For 2013 alone, the six states of the Gulf Cooperative Council...
November 1, 2012
One of the amazingly positive results to have come from the war in Afghanistan is the increase in survival rate of battlefield casualties airlifted to in-theater hospitals by helicopter. From the days of extracting casualties from the frontlines by Bell 47/H-13 during the Korean War around 60 years ago, the methods and techniques have moved on to the point where a Medical Emergency Recovery Team (MERT) of...
October 31, 2012
What all of the competitors for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) acquisition seem to agree on is a satisfaction that the U.S. Army team conducting the evaluation of the different proposals is doing a great job. This has been a three-step process: 1) Request for Information (RfI) 2) Discussions with the army’s expert team, and finally; 3) a voluntary flight demonstration (VFD). The competitors, which...
October 31, 2012
Recently appointed Apache program Col. Jeff Hager confirmed during last week’s AUSA—the U.S. Army’s annual gathering in Washington, D.C.—that the Apache AH-64 Block III attack helicopter would now be officially known as the AH-64E (Echo). During a briefing, Hager pointed to the Aug. 9, 2012 decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) to go to full rate production, which he said...
October 24, 2012
Following a Voluntary Flight Demonstration (VFD) for the U.S. Army in late September and early October, EADS North America took its AAS-72X+ on a cross-country tour through mid-October, ending up at the AUSA exposition this week in Washington, D.C. The AAS-72X+, a derivative of the UH-72A Lakota, is one of the suitors for the Army’s potential Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. The Army will decide...
October 24, 2012
Bell Helicopter’s portion of the voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) that could be a precursor to a formal Armed Aerial Scout competition is taking place this week, according to the Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer. The Army is looking at alternatives to replace the existing fleet of OH-58Ds, and Bell is proposing an upgraded OH-58F that has a number of new...
October 17, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded L-3 Communications a $14.5-million contract for production hardware on the Bell OH-58D...
October 17, 2012
Atlanta, Ga.-based Professional Aviation Associates (PAA), a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has received International Traffic in Arms...
October 16, 2012
Northrop Grumman has received a $24.4-million delivery order from the U.S. Navy in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout...
October 11, 2012
Eurocopter subsidiary, Helibras, has established a manufacturing plant in Itajuba that will focus on the production, assembly and maintenance of the EC725 in Brazil. The initial production at the facility will focus on a 50-aircraft...
October 9, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has informed Congress of Indonesia's desire to purchase Boeing AH-64D Apaches. The estimated value of the agreement...
October 9, 2012
NACRA Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, or T-Rex. The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement has now entered its second phase, or “NACRA 2.0”, as of last June, according to NACRA Director Timothy Gowen. Movement into the second phase gives NACRA a stronger entry into the area of technology development while building stronger ties with research scientists...
October 5, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a request from the Republic of Korea for a pair of helicopter fleet purchases through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The South Korean government is seeking to...
October 5, 2012
When Andrew Strachan, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Test Group, said that every politician and journalist should hear Society Fellow David Gibbings’ lecture on “The Helicopter Development Process: from Concept to Service,” he was right. People on the outside of an aircraft development program rarely get an insight into the sheer volume of work that is involved...
October 1, 2012
The Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Sikorsky Aircraft to provide rotor blades...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman will partner to develop a helicopter based on the AW101 Merlin for upcoming bids for the USAF Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s Marine One Presidential Helicopter replacement. AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
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