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July 25, 2012
Timothy Gowen has succeeded retiring Navy Capt. John Slaughter as head of the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement for the U.S...
July 24, 2012
Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aircraft Australia company, has obtained a contract from the Austrailian Defence Force (ADF) involving a four-year agreement...
July 23, 2012
Boeing has inked an $84-million deal with the U.S. Army for production and support...
July 20, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal has issued a $41.9-million contract extension to Sikorsky Aircraft...
July 19, 2012
MD Helicopters has obtained a $40-million contract from the U.S. Army for the purchase of MD530F helicopters...
July 19, 2012
The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal has issued a $2.8-billion contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for more than 900 UH-60 and...
July 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has granted Bell Helicopter an extension to a previous contract for repair work...
July 10, 2012
The UK Ministry of Defence’s Eurocopter Puma Mk2 fleet has performed its first internal qualifications, leading up to the modified helicopter’s...
July 10, 2012
Following the first Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 24 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60Rs to the Australian Navy in the summer 2011, as well as two MH-60 Sierras to the Royal Thai Navy in August—a deal stated at the time to be worth around $3.2 billion—Mike Sears, director of international programs, MH-60R/S Seahawk stated at the Farnborough Airshow Monday that further potential customers now...
July 6, 2012
AgustaWestland North America has wrapped up a week of flight demonstrations for the U.S. Army, as part of the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program. AgustaWestland used an AW139M to serve as a technology demonstrator, and plans to present a militarized...
July 3, 2012
Rockwell Collins demonstrated its synthetic vision technology in a Black Hawk simulator during Quad-A in April 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Rockwell - for avionics development on the multifunction radio frequency (MFRF) program. The...
July 3, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $19.1-million extension from the U.S. Navy for non-recurring engineering efforts related to the...
July 2, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center’s Lakehurst, N.J.-based Aircraft Division has granted a $26.5-million contract to Lockheed Martin’s facility in...
July 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com This month’s issue marks the formal launch of an increased focus within the pages of Rotor & Wing on vertical lift R&D and science and technology (S&T) efforts to develop rotorcraft into the future. In addition to a special R&D Report: Target 2030 that’s part of our Military Insider publication (starting on page M1), the July issue features Keith...
July 1, 2012
CW3 Aaron Posey (right), checks out the upgrades on the OH-58D with squadron commander Lt. Col. Paul Cravey. Bell has handed over the first Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior under the “A2D” conversion program to the U.S. Army. The helicopter, which joined the 1-6 Air Cavalry Squadron in Fort Riley, Kan., represents the first to receive a conversion from the existing OH-58A model to the rebuilt...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
Left: Crosby during an exclusive Rotor & Wing interview. Right: At Quad-A in April, Crosby at a press conference with other Army leaders, including Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield (sitting next to Crosby). U.S. Army Aviation Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) since 2008, leads an organization with seven unique Project offices, more than 2,250 military...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
For the moment at least, while traditional high-spending military customers from Europe and North America are being put to the sword by their financial masters (motto: fear naught—apart from accountants), industry is having to radically rethink its global military business strategy. The markets for high-price ticketed items such as attack helicopters and those designed specifically for military...
July 1, 2012
Rendering of a AVX Aircraft Joint Multi-Role (now Future Vertical Lift) aircraft dropping troops into the battlefield. AVX During the AHS Forum in May, U.S. Army Aviation and other helicopter industry leadership from the science and technology (S&T) community noted that the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative is on track, but emphasized the need to secure funding sources in order for the program to...
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