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March 6, 2011
UIC Oboronprom division Russian Helicopters is displaying four models during Heli-Expo that the company considers the...
March 3, 2011
The key themes outlined in the Financial Year 2011 U.S. Defense Budget hold no major surprises in their focus: • Taking Care of People • Rebalancing Military • Current Wars • Current/Future Conflicts • Reforming What and How We Buy • Supporting Our Troops in the Field The presumed spend of U.S. GDP in 2011 is expected to be 4.7 percent (assuming the GDP projections reflected...
March 3, 2011
Afghanistan AAR Deploys S-92s to Afghanistan Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over two S-92s to AAR Corp. for passenger and cargo missions in Afghanistan. AAR is conducting operations for the U.S. Transportation Command, which supplies services for the Department of Defense. Both helicopters are designed with flexible interior space in order to accommodate passengers or cargo. India Russian Helicopters Opens...
March 1, 2011
It’s back to the drawing board as far as the future of the UK’s military Search and Rescue helicopter fleet is concerned. The Soteria Consortium, winner of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Search and Rescue—Helicopter (SAR-H) competition, launched by the UK government in 2006, has had its bid cancelled. Soteria (comprising CHC Helicopter, Thales UK and Sikorsky—and the Royal...
February 14, 2011
Helicopter Association International has unveiled the winners of this year’s “Salute to Excellence” awards. Keith Johnson of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) will receive the AgustaWestland Safety Award. PHI Chief Pilot Michael Hurst has won the Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award. The...
February 7, 2011
Becker Avionics has agreed to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system for three...
January 27, 2011
Afghanistan Kiowa Overwatch in Afghanistan Laghman Province, Afghanistan—U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-58 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village on January 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by...
December 23, 2010
AgustaWestland has handed over two AW139s to the Ministry of Justice in Cyprus. The...
December 9, 2010
AgustaWestland has delivered three AW139s to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The...
December 3, 2010
If the industrial base in the United States can learn anything from the fall-out from the post-Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) recently carried out in the United Kingdom (UK), it would be that the recent cuts in the defence budget of around eight percent is going to hit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the hardest. At a recent industry gathering in London, (‘Chatham house’ rules...
December 3, 2010
Systecon Receives DALO Order The employee owned consultancy and software company Systecon AB has received an order from DALO (Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) worth 3.5MSEK (approximately $500,000). The order is for consultancy services and Systecon´s ILS analysis tools OPUS10 and SIMLOX. Systecon’s services and tools will be used in DALO’s current acquisition of a...
December 1, 2010
Counterpoint: Open Season for Helicopter Competition Shannon Bower’s commentary on Air Force helicopter programs (see “USAF Combat SAR,” November 2010, page 46) rightly concludes that there is no “Easy Button” when it comes to solving the challenges plaguing defense acquisition professionals in the Pentagon. However, the premise of his opinion piece completely undermines his...
November 30, 2010
    It is customary at every AUSA, the US Army’s annual convention staged in Washington DC during October, for the leaders of Army Aviation (dubbed ‘The Four Horsemen’) to openly discuss ‘on the record’ a wide range of subjects of current interest. Those present this year were: BG Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker...
November 30, 2010
Afghan National Army Air Corps Update NATO Training Mission Afghanistan News update at: ...
November 23, 2010
Prince William was one of four helicopter search and rescue crewmembers to respond Nov. 18...
November 12, 2010
AgustaWestland has handed over a second AW139 to the General Security of Libya. Part of a...
November 1, 2010
Nov. 29, 1945 is a very special day in the history of helicopter search and rescue (SAR) services. If you’re not familiar with it you should be. That was the day, not far from the Sikorsky factory in Connecticut, on a bleak and wind-torn reef in Long Island Sound, when a Sikorsky R-5 performed the first civilian helicopter hoist rescue by lifting two men off of a heavily storm damaged oil barge. That...
November 1, 2010
I normally write a positive, upbeat story about something good that is going on in our industry, because, let’s face it, we don’t need to be infighting, and the industry is fragile enough as it is. However, something is really sticking in my craw these days, and, it is not an industry problem—it is a military problem. Actually, it is a bureaucrat problem and it boils down to just one...
October 28, 2010
While military rotorcraft news will always be the main theme running through this newsletter, our military and defense industry readers are also hungry for information, comment and news of events that help to shape the structure and influence the deployment of rotorcraft forces worldwide, now and in the future. To this end, I make no apologies about occasionally broadening this column out to cover wider...
October 28, 2010
Second AW159 Lynx Wildcat Makes Its First Flight AgustaWestland announced that the second AW159 multi-role military helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility yesterday. During its maiden flight a range of general handling checks were completed and it performed as expected. The aircraft, designated TI2, is the second of three test aircraft that will...
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