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January 1, 2013
We have all heard about “the bridge to nowhere.” What about a bridge to somewhere? Somewhere can be improved aviation capabilities en route to the U.S. Army’s Aim Point 2030. The challenge is with aviation leadership’s willingness to actually be the honest broker and analyze the benefits of the bridging technology available to them. A 200-plus-knot cruise speed for a Black Hawk...
December 20, 2012
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a £258-million contract to extend the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) program to the expected end of service of the helicopter type in 2016. The SKIOS extension has been necessary following the need to rebid the search and rescues-helicopter (SAR-H) project. The military were...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 12, 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has secured two bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command related to the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky...
December 5, 2012
Progress in the ongoing development of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) heavy lift helicopter replacement, the Sikorsky CH-53K, has been announced with the delivery of the prototype aircraft to the flight test team. This means that NAVAIR and Sikorsky pilots can begin the program of scheduled ground checks that will take place over the next year. Production of the ground test vehicle (GTV)...
December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
December 1, 2012
The U.S. Army has completed the antepenultimate phase of its competition for a new Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) helicopter to replace the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Three of the key players in the competition—Bell, Boeing and EADS North America—demonstrated to the Army what their respective aircraft can do in recent weeks during a series of voluntary flight demonstrations (VFDs) designed to...
December 1, 2012
Approaching the beginning of my fifth decade, I look back to those old western movies with high regard, remembering as a boy being thrilled by the arrival (just in the nick of time naturally) of the cavalry with their white hats, yellow neckerchiefs, white gloves and blue uniforms with the distinctive yellow stripe down the trousers. The image was one that endured, from Randolph Scott in 7th Cavalry to...
December 1, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312 Lakotas...
November 29, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. has issued a $15-million contract to San Diego, Calif.-based Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems covering...
November 28, 2012
Stakes are getting ever higher as government rotary wing contract awards often have far-reaching positives for American defense contractors. In the works are programs to replace the Army’s scout helicopter (Armed Arial Scout) and the Air Force’s combat search and rescue (C-SAR) helicopters (Combat Rescue Helicopter—CRH). The scout replacement is now in round three after the...
November 16, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312...
November 14, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas has obtained a $9.4-million extension of an existing contract related to the...
November 9, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron has obtained a $33.4-million U.S. Army contract covering...
November 8, 2012
The U.S. Army has granted a $66.1-million modification to an existing contract related...
November 7, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Command has issued a $214.2-million contract to Bogota, Colombia-based Vertical de Aviacion related to helicopter support services in Afghanistan...
November 7, 2012
Howell, Mich.-based Construction Helicopters is one of six companies to receive U.S. Transportation Command contracts related to cargo and passenger...
November 7, 2012
AAR Airlift Group has obtained a one-year extension from the U.S. Transportation Command contract related to helicopter support in Afghanistan. The $161.5-million agreement...
November 7, 2012
Middle East militaries have been showing “a lot of interest” in the MH-60R and MH-60S, with greatest interest primarily in the 60R model, according to Mike Sears, deputy program manager for foreign military sales (FMS) at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. They are also interested in the compatibility of...
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