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December 6, 2011
It has always been surprising that American, British and other International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations operating in Afghanistan have not come under greater surface-to-air (SAM) missile attacks. As improvised explosive devices (IEDs) became successful in Iraq then became the major threat to the movement of ground troops in Afghanistan, ISAF coalition forces took to the air for troop movement...
December 5, 2011
Lockheed Martin has received two contracts totaling $30.6 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the...
December 2, 2011
The U.S. Army’s National Training Center (NTC) plans to retire three Bell UH-1H Hueys on Tuesday, Dec. 13...
December 1, 2011
Overall, 2011 could be described as a year that included some dramatic ups and downs for helicopters involved in combat. In the commercial market, while nobody can predict the direction of the economy, the continued development of new variants and sales inching forward is fueling a guarded optimism that 2012 could bring a return to more plentiful times. It’s been an eventful year, with the U.S...
December 1, 2011
Sikorsky X2 demonstrator’s “backbone” and coaxial rotors on display at AUSA in October. Photo by Andrew Parker Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for its S-97 Raider, going through all the sub-systems and overall system design, and has started the detail design and long lead time parts fabrication, which keeps the aircraft on target...
December 1, 2011
EADS North America has handed over the initial UH-72A Lakota in the Security and Support (S&S) configuration to the Mississippi National Guard’s Company C, 1st of the 114th Security and Support Battalion. Entry into service follows the official rollout for the National Guard, Army and industry leadership in early November, further expanding the roles being played the Active Army and National...
December 1, 2011
U.S. Army Apache Project Manager Col. Shane Openshaw speaks during the delivery ceremony for the first AH-64D Apache Block III in Mesa, Ariz. Boeing The...
December 1, 2011
The U.S. Army is progressing on an advanced science and technology (S&T) effort to develop a new engine for its Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apaches. The new powerplant will be developed under the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and designed to increase shaft horsepower while decreasing fuel consumption. An initial Request for Information was issued to industry in...
December 1, 2011
Chromalloy has named Carlo Luzzatto as its new president. Luzzatto replaces Armand Lauzon, who is now the CEO of Chromalloy and its parent company, Sequa Corp. Luzzatto was previously the co-general manager of the Ansaldo Energia division of Finmeccanica. StandardAero Business Aviation has appointed Marc McGowan as vice president...
December 1, 2011
The Armed Forces of Peru plans to use its Mi-171Sh transports for law enforcement. Russian Helicopters has handed over three Mi-171Sh...
December 1, 2011
Longbow, LLC has completed testing of its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) tactical common data link assembly (UTA) for the Boeing AH-64D Apache Block...
December 1, 2011
Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray (left) and Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries prepare to present a plaque to the U.S. Army. Turbomeca presented the ceremonial 10,000th Arriel to the U.S. Army Oct. 27 during an event in front of hundreds of employees in Grand Prairie, Texas. On hand to accept the engine—which will go into one of the Army’s EADS North America UH-72A...
December 1, 2011
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories in the helicopter industry that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of more than 300 items published from January to November 2011. These news stories, features and product announcements ran in the pages of the print magazine—this doesn’t include our daily Top Stories at rotorandwing.com, web-only features...
December 1, 2011
Under the umbrella of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan works a small but highly effective group assigned to NATO Air Training Command, or NATC for short. This group’s truly coalition composition is made up of forces from the U.S., Croatia, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Jordan and the UK. Pledges for personnel support from Colombia, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and...
December 1, 2011
The following quotes are taken from the official British government response made to the latest House of Commons Defence Committee findings and questions on how British forces are managed, prepared and used operationally. These comments are from the Fourth Report of Session 2010–12 on Operations in Afghanistan published July 17, 2011. The government’s response to this report was published Oct...
December 1, 2011
A2D conversions will help the Army maintain its fleet of 368 OH-58 Kiowa Warriors by replacing helicopters lost in combat. Bell Helicopter Combat is hard on helicopters, a known fact. It is particularly hard on those tasked to get down low to find the bad guys. As a result, aircraft attrition occurs through both accidents and enemy action. To alleviate those losses, Textron division Bell Helicopter and the...
December 1, 2011
Helicopter crewmembers try out the virtual reality environment of Virtalis’ HCR training system. Virtalis Virtalis Introduces Helicopter Crew Reality Training UK-based Virtalis has provided three helicopter crew reality (HCR) systems to the Defence Helicopter Flying School and FB Heliservices. The HCR units are operational at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Shawbury and Valley stations. HCR allows the...
November 22, 2011
Sandel Avionics has wrapped up U.S. Navy ground testing of its ST3400H HeliTAWS using a Sikorsky SH-60 test bed. The wire and...
November 15, 2011
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) signed a follow-on contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) to upgrade the command’s fleet of Black Hawk UH-60A helicopters to a UH-60L aircraft configuration...
November 9, 2011
Chicago-based Boeing has presented a second multiyear contract proposal to the U.S. Army for production and delivery of 155 CH-47F Chinooks...
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