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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...
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...
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