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June 13, 2012
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 “D” variant under the wartime replacement aircraft (WRA) program, which seeks to replenish the...
June 11, 2012
The U.S. Army's first Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior has entered service with the Air Cavalry Squadron in Fort Riley, Kan. The helicopter was the...
June 7, 2012
French NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant. As the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook clatters toward its objective, navigation being assisted by a moving map and a pre-planned mission profile, the pilot is aware of a familiar voice filling the headphones. It is a voice they have heard several times before and they know, aside from the callsign, that the person speaking is watching their...
June 5, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded a $9.9-million contract to Goodrich Corp. for its health and usage...
June 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com A week before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for AHS Forum 68 (from May 1-3), I figured I would receive a number of updates about the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative and rotorcraft science and technology (S&T) efforts for both the military and commercial industries. What I couldn’t predict was an unfolding story (see “Sikorsky President Jeff Pino to...
June 1, 2012
Although the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program could be officially declared as “off and running” with the announcement of a Request for Information (RfI) on April 25 by U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA), there should be no expectation that this will result in a major new technology-based program. The AAS requirement is intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which...
June 1, 2012
The Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense has ordered 20 EC725s. Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering will manufacture the helicopters in Astana. Eurocopter Eurocopter has received an...
June 1, 2012
Jeff Pino during his speech at Heli-Expo in February. Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named...
June 1, 2012
Left: From left to right, John Garrison, Phil Dunford, Lutz Bertling, AHS Director Mike Hirschberg, James Wang and Jeff Pino. Bell Photo The May 1 panel was part of the annual event from AHS International, with AgustaWestland’s James Wang, vice president of R&D, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing Military’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Eurocopter...
June 1, 2012
Existing military helicopter procurement for the United Kingdom’s armed forces appears to have been given short/medium term approval following the announcement by defense minister Philip Hammond of the delayed planning round (PR) 12 Committed Core Equipment Program to the UK’s Parliament on May 12, 2012. According to Hammond, the delay of PR12 had been due to the Ministry of Defence wrestling...
May 24, 2012
The U.S. Army's Flying Tigers of the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment has completed its transfer from Fort Hood, Texas to Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base...
May 22, 2012
The Canadian Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada have issued a $10-million contract to L-3 Wescam to support its...
May 18, 2012
Boeing has won a $486-million contract related to the AH-64D Apache Block III low rate production and support. Work will take place at the...
May 16, 2012
Cobham Aerospace Communications, Cobham Antenna Systems and Cobham Commercial Systems—all part of Cobham—have teamed with EDMO Distributors to...
May 16, 2012
During the AHS International Forum, Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, U.S. Army Aviation program executive officer, told a crowd of engineers on May 1 that expanded collaboration between science and technology (S&T) and military program management needs to occur, “a marriage if you will, because we can ill-afford to be pursuing things that don’t either support the Future Vertical...
May 10, 2012
Lockheed Martin has wrapped up testing of its direct attack guided rocket (DAGR) with a Boeing AH-64D Apache at the Yuma...
May 9, 2012
Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas. The May 1 roundtable discussion was part of a three-day event from AHS International that featured AgustaWestland’s Dr. James Wang...
May 8, 2012
Aarhus, Denmark-based Terma has widened its memorandum of understanding with Sikorsky Aircraft. The MOU expansion hinges on the Danish...
May 8, 2012
Although the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program could be officially declared as “off and running” with the announcement of a Request for Information (RfI) on April 25 by U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA), there should be no expectation that this will result in a major new technology-based program. The AAS requirement is intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which...
May 8, 2012
The push to train crewmen and maintainers serving in the Afghan Air Force is not solely the responsibility of those NATO countries currently operating in Afghanistan (look out for Rotor & Wing’s forthcoming feature on U.S. Army training of Afghan helicopter aircrew). On April 1, the first 10 Afghan helicopter maintainers began a 90-day course at the OAO Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant in...
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