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July 14, 2011
Andrew Drwiega talked exclusively to three of Sikorsky’s presidents on the eve of the Paris Air Show 2011, including Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino. Rotor & Wing: There is a widespread international concern today over the direction and pace of rotorcraft development in order to meet future needs. A main focus of concern seems to be the lack of government funding...
July 13, 2011
Andrew Drwiega, Rotor & Wing’s Military Editor, talked exclusively to three of Sikorsky’s presidents on the eve of the Paris Air Show 2011. The meeting occurred hot-on-the-heels of the Australian Defence Force’s long-awaited decision to buy the MH-60R Seahawk for its Air 9000 Phase 8 requirement for 24 multi-role maritime helicopters. But the conversation was much more about how...
July 6, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the program, which converts existing OH-58A models with a 3,500-lb max gross weight to a D model, with a max gross weight of 5,500 lbs. U.S. Army Lt. Col...
July 6, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the...
July 1, 2011
Lockheed Martin has completed testing of its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) again moving sea targets in the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin AFB in Florida. The tests highlighted the abilities of the missile’s tri-mode seeker, which was mounted in the nose section of a modified Sabreliner 60 and used against multiple targets, including a Revenge Advanced Composites (RAC) patrol ship. While the trials...
July 1, 2011
The world’s leading helicopter designers and manufacturers need to radically change their products to incorporate more speed, greater range, bigger payloads, better reliability and reduced operating costs. This is a message that Philip Dunford, VP and COO for Boeing Mobility Systems, says he has been preaching “for the last seven years” and he is still doing so today although now it...
June 30, 2011
This year’s Paris Air Show was a washout in my more ways than just the weather, the partial rail-strike which made the daily commute from central Paris more of a misery than it already is, and the extortionate price of hotel rooms. In the summer of 2011 we experienced real signs of the migration of power to the east, especially in military helicopter terms. We are in strange times. The slashing of...
June 30, 2011
The Brazilian Navy has agreed to acquire two additional Sikorsky S-70B Seahawks as part of the U.S...
June 21, 2011
Sikorsky’s S-70i, the international Black Hawk variant, is making its first...
June 19, 2011
“We will build two S-97 prototypes with the first flying in under three and a half years,” said Sikorsky President Jeff Pino, talking exclusively to Rotor & Wing on the eve of the Paris Air Show. Pino believes that Sikorsky, by investing in research and development now, is preparing for the future. He doesn’t see the lack of government...
June 15, 2011
Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a new self-protection system processor for military aircraft at its facility for the U.S. Navy’s Naval...
June 9, 2011
Lockheed Martin has completed testing of its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) again moving sea targets in the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin AFB in Florida. The tests highlighted the abilities of the missile’s tri-mode seeker, which was mounted in the nose section of a modified Sabreliner 60 and used against multiple targets, including a Revenge Advanced Composites (RAC) patrol ship. While the trials...
June 9, 2011
Lockheed Martin has completed testing of its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) again moving sea targets in the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin AFB in Florida...
June 1, 2011
Eurocopter Tiger.  Eurocopter/Anthony Pecchi Eurocopter has reportedly resolved “technical/harness problems” with the Tiger UHT (Unterstutzungshubschrauber Tiger) destined for the German Army, with 16 of the 80 ordered now delivered. Full responsibility for the aircraft was turned over to the Army last March, with the new aircraft being operated with the Kampfhubschrauberregiment 36...
June 1, 2011
ARH-129D is the latest attack variant of the AW129 Mangusta. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has now completed development and testing of upgraded weapons and target acquisition systems for the ARH-129D aerial reconnaissance helicopter, the latest version of the attack-variant AW129 Mangusta. The company has also completed the first flight of the T129, an upgraded AW129 being modified to meet the needs of...
June 1, 2011
Bell AH-1Z.  Bell/Kalee Appleton    The U.S. Marine Corps will deploy its first operational squadron equipped with a mix of UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs this November, bringing together the results of its H-1 upgrade program started in 1996. This will be the first opportunity for the two helicopters to deploy together with a Marine Expeditionary Unit. The value of the combination of the new upgraded...
June 1, 2011
Boeing’s AH-64 Block III features 26 performance-enhancing upgrades.  Boeing Boeing is on track to deliver the first AH-64 Block III Apache to the U.S. Army this coming October, with the first “half dozen or so” designated for initial testing and training, according to Scott Rudy, manager of the Apache Block III program. Delivery of the first Block III aircraft to Army units will...
June 1, 2011
The problem with second-guessing special operations actions is that you don’t actually find out what really happened until much later. But why should those involved tell the world about their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) when they might have to use them again in a similar scenario in the near future? With little information officially given to date about the U.S. Naval Special Warfare...
June 1, 2011
As this issue went to press in mid-May, Pakistan agreed to return the tail section and wreckage of the modified helicopter involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad to U.S. government officials. But due to the nature of the top-secret operation, military rotorcraft experts say it could be years before the full details about the raid and the Sikorsky UH-60’s modifications...
June 1, 2011
Sikorsky S-97 Raider The American Helicopter Society International (AHS), the Alexandria, Va.-based organization for professional helicopter engineers, held its 67th Forum from May 3–5 in Virginia Beach, Va. The combination technology forum, convention and exposition drew 1,200 members from around the world, plus a total of 69 service providers, aircraft manufacturers and component fabricators from...
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