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October 1, 2011
This Kuwait Army Boeing Apache AH-64A is the first Apache to land on a San Antonio-class Navy ship. Photo by Mass Comm Specialist 1st Class...
October 1, 2011
The Royal Navy Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) fleet of Sikorsky Sea King Mk7s has conducted a drug raid in Afghanistan, destroying...
October 1, 2011
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed the first test flight of the T129 P6 prototype in Ankara. The T129 is...
October 1, 2011
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Boeing a £1-billion ($1.64-billion) contract for 14...
October 1, 2011
Reporters get a first-hand look at the Boeing AH-6i during a recent tour of company facilities in Mesa, Ariz. For more see “All Change for the Better at Boeing,” August 2011 Rotor & Wing, page 36.  Photo by Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor Boeing has now achieved all of its self-imposed milestones in preparing the AH-6 for the Army’s much-anticipated Aerial Attack Scout helicopter...
October 1, 2011
Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallions recently completed the first rapid ground refueling of Bell AH-1W Super Cobras in Afghanistan.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53D Sea...
October 1, 2011
The Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft (NSRWA) office, based at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is approaching its second anniversary in January 2012. Its mission is to “procure, field and sustain non-standard rotorcraft for the Department of Defense (DoD), allied countries or as directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in support of other contingency operations.” As U.S. forces...
October 1, 2011
John Piasecki, president and CEO of Piasecki Aircraft Corp., is one of Frank Nicholas Piasecki’s seven children. Piasecki Senior flew his first helicopter on April 11, 1943, the PV-2. Before the end of WWII, the first tandem helicopter was airborne, the XHRP-1. The “Flying Banana” would straighten out in time to transform into today’s ubiquitous Chinook. Hearing John Piasecki speak...
September 30, 2011
BAE Systems has been contracted by the Royal Australian Navy to develop a training system for landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships. The training program...
September 29, 2011
A British Army Boeing WAH-64D Apache Longbow visited Helitech on Tuesday. Its crew had the experience of operating in Afghanistan with five tours between them. The aircraft, based at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk—the home of...
September 22, 2011
Bell Helicopter has inked a four-year deal with Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429s for the Royal Australian Navy's Retention and Motivation...
September 19, 2011
Raytheon has wrapped up testing of its Talon laser-guided rocket system using Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbows...
September 6, 2011
The Naval Aviation Training Systems program office has produced a portable desktop trainer (DTT) for Sikorsky MH-53E...
September 2, 2011
Bell Boeing's V-22 program has been awarded a $34-million U.S. Air Force contract for new CV-22 trainers and upgrades to existing...
September 2, 2011
The Finnish Defence Forces has contracted Patria to provide ballistic protection plates for its fleet of...
September 1, 2011
Makers of military rotorcraft are understandably nervous these days with the real possibility of up to $700 billion in defense-related cuts between now and 2023. Add in the recent credit default showdown and trillions in anticipated budget cuts from the so-called Congressional “super committee,” and the uncertainty increases. But the anxiety could be unnecessary, according to several industry...
September 1, 2011
Military commanders, not to mention their political masters, dread any operational loss that results in a high number of military personnel being killed and/or injured, especially in a single incident. Such an event can turn a nation’s public commitment to the ongoing war and thus erode the will of the politicians to prosecute it further. The loss of the U.S. National Guard Chinook CH-47D (not a...
September 1, 2011
With the web transforming the frequency of the news cycle from daily/weekly to hourly/by-the-minute updates in recent years, it’s easy to miss—or filter out due to information overload—significant events. It’s impossible to follow all the world’s news in a single day, let alone actually think about it. The downing of a U.S. Army National Guard Boeing CH-47D Chinook on Aug. 6...
September 1, 2011
The Chinese and Asian military helicopter markets are ones that are double-edged for most western helicopter manufacturers (OEMs). While directly supplying the Chinese military is not a market that is open to them, the huge rise in China’s economic strength and its subsequent renewed drive to modernize its military forces are giving many of its neighbors, who can buy from the western OEMs, the reason...
September 1, 2011
Sikorsky has completed its first international delivery of the MH-60 variant. The Royal Thai Navy purchased the two MH-60S Seahawks through...
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