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November 1, 2011
The U.S. Army has contracted FLIR Systems to supply Safire II stabilized multi-sensor systems for...
November 1, 2011
During the most intense of the Vietnam War years I had a strong sense that I was the luckiest young sailor in the Navy, as an Air Rescue Swimmer and H-34 Crew Chief stationed in Hawaii, operating Sikorsky S-58s out of Pearl Harbor and NAS Barbers Point across a variety of mission profiles supporting CINCPAC’s Fleet Composite Squadron One. Each Tuesday we were treated to the additional privilege of a...
October 27, 2011
Has the time arrived for greater consolidation among emergency services—the “blue light” operators? At the recent Helitech Conference at Duxford Imperial War Museum in the UK, that was precisely the question being asked by Richard Folkes, OBE, Head of UK Government and Corporate Affairs at AgustaWestland. His premise was that, in the “age of austerity,” the UK government (and...
October 26, 2011
Rotor & Wing contributor Shannon Bower took part in Operation Angel Thunder last week, a U.S. Air Force training exercise involving...
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
China’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) has received its fourth Eurocopter EC225. The delivery completes...
August 31, 2011
An intriguing insight into what might be the U.S. Army’s developing view of how it sees the proposed Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter has come out of a presentation from Col. Doug Rombough, Program Executive Officer for rotary wing aviation for Special Operations Forces (PEO-RW). He gave the presentation at a recent Special Operations Forces industry conference, indicating that the current plethora...
August 31, 2011
At the end of August the United Kingdom’s Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, confirmed a long-awaited contract with Boeing for a further 14 CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The confirmation came during a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the UK’s CH-47 Chinook fleet. This order is for 14 new aircraft, which includes two replacements for helicopters that were...
August 25, 2011
EADS North America has handed over more than half of a 345-ship order for UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army. The Army has received 219...
August 10, 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...
August 8, 2011
A NATO Boeing CH-47 Chinook crashed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan early Saturday, resulting in the deaths of 38 soldiers onboard, including 30 U.S. service members. According to U.S. officials, among the 25 special ops forces on board, 22 were...
August 1, 2011
Saab has teamed with Sikorsky on a maintenance agreement for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) fleet of UH-60M Black Hawks. FMV purchased the 15 helicopters last month through the U.S...
July 28, 2011
Huntsville, Ala.-based WestWind Technologies has inked a $4.6-million deal with the U.S. Navy to modify its combat serch and rescue...
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 1, 2011
Kazakhstan’s Federation for Civil Defense, Emergency Management and Natural Disasters Response (EMERCOM) hosted an international SAR training seminar in June, Kazspas 2011, featuring several Mil...
June 21, 2011
The European aviation market is a “top priority” for Russian Helicopters, CEO Dmitry Petrov said during the...
June 20, 2011
Rear Admiral Steven Eastburg, U.S. Navy, speaking on the first day of the Paris Air Show, expanded on the announcement a few days ago that the Royal Australian Navy had bought 24 Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk helicopter replacement aircraft for their maritime helicopter competition, Air 9000 Phase 8. “They are the first in a number of countries that will believe will eventually...
June 1, 2011
AAS-72X technical demonstration aircraft from EADS North America. EADS At the U.S. Army Aviation’s annual exposition, Quad-A, EADS North America took along one of its three company-funded technical demonstrator aircraft (TDA) which was virtually a challenge of “we’re here; where’s everyone else?” The aircraft is known as the Armed Aerial Scout 72X. The Armed Aerial Scout...
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
Russian Helicopters has handed over the first three Mi-171Sh military transports to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. The full agreement, reached in 2010, calls for a total of six Mi-171Sh...
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