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April 26, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins covering eight different types...
April 25, 2013
A full scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C, the unmanned platform that is to succeed the MQ-8B, was on show earlier this month at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Md. The MQ-8C is built around the Bell 407 helicopter while the MQ-8B was originally modeled around the Schweizer 333 platform (UTC absorbed Schweizer in August 2004 and the company is now a...
April 16, 2013
L-3 Wescam has completed flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters.      MD500E. Photo courtesy of L-3 Wescam   The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam's MX series...
April 12, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a $13.1-million contract to supply long lead parts and components as...
April 12, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—The twin-engine AW169 AAS was uncovered (literally) on Thursday as AgustaWestland’s entry into the competition for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout requirement. The mock-up, without rotor blade, was declared by Scott Rettig, CEO AgustaWestland North America, as a helicopter that would “set a new standard” in reconnaissance helicopters.   Photos...
April 11, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, uncovered the Bell V-280 Valor 3rd generation tiltrotor at the start of the annual U.S. Army Aviation symposium, Quad-A. The V-280 is Bell’s offering for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift helicopter project, which could result in the production of more than 4,000 aircraft...
April 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a $27.9-million modification to a Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training contract covering long lead materials and support for nine mission avionics systems and common...
April 9, 2013
The U.S. Navy’s future Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) requirement looks like it’s breaking down into a straight fight between a modernized version of the current aircraft, Northrop Grumman’s C-2A Greyhound, and the new contender in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. At the Sea Air Space exposition being held at National Harbor, Maryland (from April 8-10), both of the contenders were...
April 8, 2013
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, may be remembered militarily for leading the United Kingdom in the campaign to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982, which had been invaded by Argentina’s forces in a surprise attack. She served three terms in office and her defining moment could be said to have been during the Falklands War. Her close relationship with...
April 5, 2013
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained a $10.1-million extension of an existing U.S. Navy contract that calls...
April 1, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on March 6, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received in early March. Bell...
April 1, 2013
With the threat of sequestration in the air, a question mark against the numbers of military that would attend, and a gloomy presence by an industry reluctant to take part in a gathering that has seemingly got progressively smaller both in exhibitors and visitors, the annual winter AUSA ILW Aviation went ahead in January 2013 at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. But speakers there...
March 7, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received by March 6. Boeing, partner on the V-22...
March 1, 2013
“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think that I’m probably quite useful.” This observation by the UK’s Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, was made on his return to the UK after a four-month tour of duty as a WAH-64D Apache crewman. His summary included the admission that...
February 7, 2013
Indian Defense Minister AK Antony opened the 9th Aero India airshow on Wednesday at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore. The growth of the Indian aerospace sector has attracted more than 600 companies and 78 declared international delegations to the event. The start was marked by a flypast of three Russian Mi-8 helicopters trooping the Indian national flag, the Indian Air Force (IAF) ensign and...
February 7, 2013
As Sikorsky enters its 90th year, Mick Mauer, company president, said that in 2009 he helped begin the strategy for aircraft cabins and other aerostructure components to be built in India, a project that has come together in two years. India has not only assembled but also shipped cabins, with the first S-92 with these parts now flying in Brazil. “India is now the sole source of S-92 cabins and the...
February 6, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued an $83.7-million contract to Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for 38 AE1107C engines, 34...
February 5, 2013
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued two contracts to CAE related to training and simulation at the company’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF). Under the first agreement, CAE will continue to supply ground school and simulator aircrew training for the...
February 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com With the U.S. government “fiscal cliff” averted in early January but debt ceiling talks and spending cuts still up in the air as of this writing, uncertainty remains about how much money will be available for future U.S. military needs, including its helicopter fleet. The commercial sector has a few bright spots but with the global economy still in flux, companies are...
February 1, 2013
Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office has obtained a $1.4-billion contract extension to supply 17 MV-22 tiltrotors to the U.S. Marine Corps and four CV-22s to the U.S. Air Force. The agreement is an expansion of an existing V-22 Lot 17 contract. The deal also provides funding to...
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