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June 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. have started assembling the fuselage for the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor. The delivery of the first completed fuselage to the Bell Helicopter facility in Amarillo, Texas is expected later this year, and the Technology Demonstrator's first flight is...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
May 29, 2015
Monday, June 1 is the deadline for this year’s nominations to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, according to the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A). Since 1977, the Quad A-run Hall has honored persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period...
May 27, 2015
Poland’s main political opposition party is calling for the military to halt plans for a $3 billion acquisition of 25 H225M Caracals from Airbus Helicopters. A senior Ministry of Defense advisor told a press conference May 27 that the...
February 17, 2015
Extended range fuel systems for Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters will be supplied to the governments of Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements according to a contracting announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)...
October 27, 2014
The U.S. Army received its 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Boeing this month. Boeing delivered the Army's latest Chinook 75 days ahead of schedule, with a modernized airframe featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)...
October 3, 2014
AH-6I flying in the desert near Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. facility. Photo supplied by Andrew Drwiega A Saudi Arabian contract for 24 AH-6Is has been confirmed to Boeing through a Foreign Military Sales agreement via the U.S. Army’s contracting command at Redstone Arsenal. The contract, valued at $234 million, authorized the company to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24...
August 13, 2014
Today's announcement that the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) has selected both the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter to move forward and build their versions of the high speed Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) comes as no surprise. It does leave question marks over the other...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 1, 2014
Boeing officials have confirmed that there will be at least one further version of the AH-64 attack helicopter and probably two more versions of its CH-47 heavy lift helicopter before any aircraft developed through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative are fielded. Boeing’s outgoing director of attack helicopters, Mike Burke, stated that the Apache AH-64E was a...
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus reserve) and Air National Guard. The first portion of the long-term...
June 26, 2014
The question of new challenges ahead for a re-styled “expeditionary” Army, particularly as they will apply to U.S. Army Aviation, was the subject of an almost aptly named ‘Deep Dive’ session at this year’s 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (aka Quad-A) back in May in Nashville, Tenn. Operating in the maritime environment was one of the primary topics of conversation...
June 24, 2014
The U.S. Naval Systems Command has granted a contract worth $115.7 million to Sikorsky Aircraft related to the procurement of nine MH-60Rs for the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization. The agreement...
June 13, 2014
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) has awarded AAR’s Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The...
June 2, 2014
Sikorsky test pilot John Rucci with the CH-53K ground test vehicle, or GTV Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed...
May 28, 2014
Riding on a bus with a group of journalists through the swamplands near Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., we drove past an area packed with alligators, wild boars, fire ants and other creatures. While we didn’t see any wild boars, there were six or seven gators off the side of the road and mounds of fire ants that served to remind visitors to watch their...
May 28, 2014
EADS North America, Inc. has secured a $33.8-million modification to an existing contract to increase funds and...
May 23, 2014
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training has been awarded a $38.5-million contract for a delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering...
May 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has been granted a $337-million modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for the manufacture and...
May 21, 2014
The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected to the upgrade of its Bell AH-1W Cobras. The first contract, worth $11.6...
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