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October 24, 2013
Moving to obtain the Boeing Apache airworthiness qualification for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), BAE Systems took the missile to the U.S. Army for test firing at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The APKWS is a 2.75-inch (70 mm) laser-guided rocket which offers a more precise weapon that the current unguided 2.75-inch Hydra 70 rockets mounted on Apache, yet would be much less expensive...
October 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has chosen Moog to design, build and certify the flight control system for the V-280 Valor program. The V-280 is vying for U.S. Army...
October 9, 2013
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) is requesting industry assistance as it searches to develop systems to help keep helicopter crews from being hit by man-operated hostile ground fire. Locating and avoiding ground fire is one of the biggest challenges any helicopter crew can face when flying above an operational environment. Training synthetically, either in a laboratory or in...
October 9, 2013
Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
October 4, 2013
During Helitech, engine maker Turbomeca made public a contract with the Netherlands Air Force involving overhauls for a fleet of Makila 1A2...
October 1, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the...
October 1, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101...
October 1, 2013
Mi-35M flight test. Photos by Andrew Drwiega For a journalist who was brought up during the Cold War, when NATO and Soviet Bloc forces were layered in depth either side of Churchill’s Iron Curtain, witnessing the transformation that has taken place within Russia over the last decade has been a revelation. (See more photos from the Rostvertol visit.) A decade ago when I travelled to Kazan city to view...
October 1, 2013
Attending a big defense exposition such as the recently held DSEI in London is no bad thing. The mainstream media had one central line of interest: Syria. The prospect of missile strikes in retaliation for President Assad’s widely alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people was on everyone’s mind. Afghanistan is yesterday’s news, despite the fact that according to Gen. Joseph...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
September 18, 2013
South Korea has given Longbow LLC a $51-million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to buy Longbow Fire Control Radars to go with the Apache...
September 12, 2013
As the UK armed forces look to shape the concept of Future Force 2020, with the Royal Air Force reducing to a manpower level of around 35,000 personnel, newly appointed Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford said that one of his main quests was to understand the role that synthetic world could play in preparing his force for its next challenge. As the newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff, he presented the...
September 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to appoint Lockheed Martin as a “tier one” member of the V-280 Valor program. The Hurst, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron plans to incorporate additional partners into the tiltrotor program the coming months. The V-280 is one of three groups vying for...
September 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy believes that there is potentially a good international second-hand market for its Sikorsky SH-60Fs as modern MH-60R/S aircraft replace them. That may be right as the first customer, the Spanish Navy, has confirmed an order for two (although it had been considering buying up to six SH-60Fs in 2010). The attraction for foreign military sales (FMS) customers...
September 3, 2013
The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition and sustainment contract to L-3 Wescam to provide MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR)...
September 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB in flight. The maiden flight of the Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB took place August 9 at the Rostvertol flight test center, which is also the...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 30, 2013
Sagem and Russian Helicopters subsidiary Kamov are collaborating to develop an enhanced version of the Ka-52 Alligator attack...
August 23, 2013
The Republic of Korea has become the 12th international customer for Lockheed Martin’s Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for the its Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopter. A $223-million agreement through to 2018 will provide the Koreans with 36 M-TADS/PNVS systems plus...
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