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March 3, 2014
Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin has received a $22-million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision...
March 1, 2014
The retirement of Maj. Gen. William ‘Tim’ Crosby means that we will no longer be treated to his folksy, home-spun tales that immediately got the attention of his audience and often warmed them to his words. As a larger-than-life character he replaced the dapper civilian, Paul Bogosian, in December 2008. Crosby took up the job when defense still had plenty of money in the pot due to the...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
February 27, 2014
MD Helicopters has released details of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. – MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton believes, or rather “dreams,” of taking her once-ailing company forward to rapid manufacturing and production of existing and new helicopters. A self-confessed “obsessive for technology and innovation,” Tilton believes that one of the ways to get her company back into the mainstream of helicopter production...
February 25, 2014
The U.S. Army ran a test flight of the Lockheed Martin Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) mounted on the newest version of the Apache AH-64E yesterday during AUSA Winter in Huntsville, Ala. M-DSA is the lastest step forward for the in-service Modernized target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), of which over 1,200 have been delivered to the Army and...
February 10, 2014
Source: Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has received a $60-million sustainment and support contract from AgustaWestland for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system on the UK’s...
January 28, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year,” said Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager, at a media gathering following the annual AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, DC. Pat Donnelly, JMR program director, said 50 Boeing employees were now based with Sikorsky in Connecticut and that the team was bonding as the JMR...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 15, 2014
AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Arlington, Va. — Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, revealed on Tuesday the full extent of his command’s plans to hit the budget crisis head-on. Speaking on the first day of the Army Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., he said that Army Aviation would retire its fleet of Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters...
January 8, 2014
A Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk of the 48th Fighter Wing crashed Tuesday on a beach in Norfolk, England during a training flight. The four crewmembers onboard all died in the incident. The helicopter, one of two that set off from the base at RAF Lakenheath late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 7, were taking part in a training exercise...
January 2, 2014
EADS has kicked-off the New Year with a group rebranding, which has also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses, while Airbus...
January 1, 2014
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
December 31, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 rotorcraft during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
December 12, 2013
Christie Digital Systems has obtained a contract from Aero Simulation to provide 12 Matrix StIM WQ LED projectors as part of an upgrade for the...
December 5, 2013
Rockwell Collins will continue to supply its image generators for Boeing’s Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) through the provision of its EP-8000.  LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said...
December 4, 2013
The U.S. Army’s 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion has transitioned the first Boeing AH-64E Apache into initial operating capability (IOC) status. The battalion, referred...
December 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Three of the larger stories involving the helicopter industry in 2013 have ties to Eurocopter. The first is something Eurocopter didn’t do in relation to arguably the biggest story of the year, as the manufacturer dropped out of U.S. Army Aviation’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) competition, which leads to Future Vertical Lift (FVL), first with the medium variant. Army Aviation...
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