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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...
October 1, 2012
The PZL-Swidnik SW-4 Solo on display during the International Defence Industry Exhibition in early September. Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik took the wraps off its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program during the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Kielce, Poland. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air...
October 1, 2012
The Ministry of Defence has received the first of 24 Puma Mk2s. Eurocopter has delivered the first Puma Mk2 to the UK Ministry of...
October 1, 2012
The first modernized CH-53GA aircraft has been handed over to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) by the Eurocopter Military Support Center, with another 39 aircraft to follow over a three-year period. The plan to update the aircraft reaches back to 2007 when it was decided to extend the design life of the aircraft from 6,000 to 10,000 hours. This should allow them to operate beyond 2030. Eurocopter is...
October 1, 2012
Green Blade 2012 exercise logo. Exercise Green Blade, scheduled for Sept. 17 to Oct. 5 in Belgium, is the second major multinational helicopter training exercise organized by the European Defence Agency this year. It follows hot on the heels of Exercise Hot Blade (see Rotor & Wing, August 2012, page 44), which was held in Portugal from July 4-19. Whereas Hot Blade’s ambitions are to train...
September 28, 2012
EADS North America has launched flight demonstrations of its AAS-72X+ to showcase it to U.S. Army leadership as part of a bid for...
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