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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...
November 4, 2011
The U.S. Army has received its first AH-64D Apache Block III from Boeing. The company will manufacture 51 of the multi-role attack...
November 2, 2011
Sikorsky has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the 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 to fly in 2014, according to Chris Van Buiten, vice president of Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development arm of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Van Buiten added...
November 1, 2011
Yes it’s been said before, but meeting people one-on-one, in person, is becoming a lost art. Many of us know a few people that we’ve worked with for months—or even years—that we’ve never actually met, or even seen. One of my colleagues always jokes that a phone call equates to around something like 100 e-mails, and an in-person meeting is worth at least 200 phone...
November 1, 2011
The U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program has received its final safety enhancement program (SEP) from Bell for...
November 1, 2011
EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X on display at AUSA in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Andrew Parker America has started handing over UH-72A Lakota LUHs outfitted with security and support (S&S) battalion mission equipment packages (MEPs) to the U.S...
November 1, 2011
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has inked a deal with Boeing and Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR Corp. for...
November 1, 2011
The U.S. Army has contracted FLIR Systems to supply Safire II stabilized multi-sensor systems for...
November 1, 2011
The U.S. Army has issued a $14-million fixed-firm training and support contract with MD Helicopters involving the Afghan Air Force...
November 1, 2011
PORTAPAD Brings the Landing Site to You A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned timeframe. When the mission is completed, you have the ability to...
November 1, 2011
Bell has turned its tiltrotor attention to the V-22, as the manufacturer is in the final stages of selling its interest in the BA609 joint venture to AgustaWestland. Bell Photos Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison knew exactly what he wanted to talk about when sitting down for an Oct. 11 interview at AUSA—the V-22 Osprey and the big picture at the company, which has taken a “laser focused”...
November 1, 2011
The Chinook H-47 is 50 years old—a veritable Douglas DC-3 Dakota of the rotary wing world (which was actually rivaled by Boeing’s 247 in its early years). On September 21 at Ridley Park, near Philadelphia, the great and the good from the Chinook’s present and past gathered at a ceremony in the newly refurbished factory to mark the occasion. On hand was U.S. Army Aviation Program Executive...
November 1, 2011
The withdrawal of American, British and other ISAF personnel from Afghanistan is not going to be restricted by whether or not the Afghan security forces can duplicate the currently of proficiency that they bring; that would be virtually impossible given the ticking timetable counting down toward 2015. However, there is a large-scale effort driven by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Commander of the NATO Training...
November 1, 2011
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