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August 9, 2013
During an event Thursday at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Orlando, company officials joined with representatives from the U.S. Army, Boeing’s Team Apache and operators to exalt the modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) topping 1 million flight hours.   Boeing Apache...
August 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to make a $772-million purchase of new aircraft that the Afghan Army does not have the capacity to operate, according to a new report from John Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR's latest report lists the purchase as one of its top concerns with the...
August 1, 2013
Prince Harry (aka Capt. Harry Wales) is now qualified as a Boeing Apache aircraft commander, completing three years of training that has involved Conversion to Type (CTT) then Conversion to Role (CTR) courses. Prince Harry. Toward the end of his qualification...
August 1, 2013
Helicopter operations in the last decade have concentrated on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations and asymmetric warfare as witnessed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By all reports they have got pretty good at it too. But by the end of 2015 the stated ambition is for all International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) to leave Afghanistan. Then what? Contingency is the new watchword, at least in the UK and...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the initial NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) configuration to the Belgium Armed Forces. The helicopter is also the first to come from the manufacturer’s industrial complex in Donauworth, Germany. Belgium is the fifth...
August 1, 2013
During the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) meeting held in Phoenix in May, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) manager, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., had restated the V-22 program of record. USMC still requires 360 MV-22s, U.S. Air Force SOCOM 51 CV-22s, and the U.S. Navy 48 V-22s (although there is still no budget to purchase...
August 1, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer. There was a time, he said, “when the Black Shark (Ka-50) was the most advanced...
August 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract on June 16 in Paris. Buying Russian defense...
August 1, 2013
One of the criticisms of the early years of British military operations in Afghanistan from the summer of 2006 was that there were not enough soldiers – or helicopters – to support the challenge of the mission. Early on, accepted policy in Helmand Province dictated the support of regional seats of government, which effectively tied the British Army into “platoon houses” soon after...
July 31, 2013
The first Tiger HAD/E-5002 military helicopter assembled at Eurocopter Spain's facility completed its maiden flight Monday, marking a new milestone for the government-industry Tiger program.      Eurocopter Spain's first Tiger completes...
July 12, 2013
McKinney, Texas-based Raytheon has won a $9.6-million extension of a U.S. Navy contract to repair multi-spectral targeting system...
July 9, 2013
Prince Harry (aka Capt. Harry Wales) is now qualified as a Boeing Apache aircraft commander, completing three years of training that has involved Conversion to Type (CTT) then Conversion to Role (CTR) courses. Toward the end of his qualification, he was required to complete a six-hour qualification flight. This meant flying point-to-point around the UK from his base at Wattisham airfield, Suffolk in...
July 8, 2013
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR has reached an agreement to team with Boeing on component repair, maintenance and overhaul (MRO) services for the Royal Netherlands...
July 1, 2013
The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France. But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual...
July 1, 2013
EADS North America proactively withdrew from the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator competition because the requirement for the transfer of Intellectual Property (IP) rights was too high a price to pay in the current climate of sequestration, said Eurocopter’s new President and CEO Guillaume Faury at a press conference during the Paris Air Show in June. One senior...
June 28, 2013
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman joint venture Longbow LLC has secured a $90.6-million contract to supply...
June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract here Sunday, June 16. Buying Russian defense equipment...
June 18, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer.   Kamov Ka-52 at the Paris Air Show. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters  ...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 11, 2013
The European Defence Agency’s (EDA) annual Hot Blade exercise is taking place in July this year and will be centered on the Ovar air base close to Porto in northern Portugal. Wing Commander Andrew Gray, the EDA’s helicopter program manager, is particularly pleased that an agreement between participating nations finally resulted in a 10-year funding plan. “We now have longevity, staffing...
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