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October 3, 2012
The U.S. Navy has exercised a $41 million option involving its VH Presidential Helicopter contract with Sikorsky Aircraft. The...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman will partner to develop a helicopter based on the AW101 Merlin for upcoming bids for the USAF Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s Marine One Presidential Helicopter replacement. AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
September 10, 2012
  Politicians have allowed good old animosities and pointless diplomatic foot-stamping get in the way of good decision making that is in the long-term interest of the United States. As the Russian government continues its support of the collapsing leadership of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad, and tries to supply new and/or repaired helicopters to its forces (the ship, the Alaed carrying them...
September 6, 2012
Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James Amos has stated that a program aimed at replacing the Sikorsky VH-60s and VH-3 Sea Kings that carry the president has moved forward...
September 1, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has extended the tour of duty for the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max in Afghanistan. The unmanned aerial system (UAS) has delivered more than 1.6...
September 1, 2012
Col. Tony Potts with the PEO-Aviation flag. U.S. Army Col. Anthony “Tony” Potts, project manager for Aviation Systems since April 2008, leads a diverse organization with four unique product offices, more than 40 product lines, and some 400 military, government civilians, and contractors with an annual budget exceeding $753 million. Rotor & Wing had an opportunity to sit down with Col. Potts...
August 21, 2012
It is rare for any product that was first delivered 50 years ago to be still selling “like hot cakes,” but that is the story of Boeing’s H-47 Chinook. This is the 50th anniversary year of Boeing delivering its first H-47 helicopter and the defence/aviation media have been busy speculating whether it could make its centenary celebrations with further updates and the lack of any, as yet...
August 7, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has extended the tour of duty for the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max in Afghanistan. The unmanned aerial system (UAS) has delivered more than 1.6...
August 1, 2012
Attending the Farnborough Airshow in early July reconfirmed the increasingly widely held belief that the center of gravity of business, particularly military aerospace, is moving eastward and away from Europe. Everybody knows it, and while the facade was still familiar, the commitment was not there. As a journalist, there were fewer rotorcraft press briefings than I have ever seen. AgustaWestland alone...
July 31, 2012
Textron Marine & Land Systems operating unit MillenWorks has obtained a contract from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to design a pair of components for the Helicopter Crew Safety System (HCSS). Plans call for the work to take place over 18 months at the MillenWorks facility in Tustin, Calif. The...
July 19, 2012
The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal has issued a $2.8-billion contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for more than 900 UH-60 and...
July 12, 2012
On June 6, 2012, a lone CV-22 from Canon Air Force base in New Mexico—home of the 27th Special Operations Wing—flew a 2,600-nm round trip lasting more than 11 hours to USS Wyoming (SSBN-742, an Ohio class submarine), to simulate a medical evacuation. The aircraft appeared over the submarine within 15 seconds of the allotted time and a litter was lowered from around 150 feet to simulate the...
July 6, 2012
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division has contracted Lockheed Martin Logistic Services for avionics maintenance, documentation and technical support...
July 6, 2012
AgustaWestland North America has wrapped up a week of flight demonstrations for the U.S. Army, as part of the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program. AgustaWestland used an AW139M to serve as a technology demonstrator, and plans to present a militarized...
July 3, 2012
Rockwell Collins demonstrated its synthetic vision technology in a Black Hawk simulator during Quad-A in April 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Rockwell - for avionics development on the multifunction radio frequency (MFRF) program. The...
July 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com This month’s issue marks the formal launch of an increased focus within the pages of Rotor & Wing on vertical lift R&D and science and technology (S&T) efforts to develop rotorcraft into the future. In addition to a special R&D Report: Target 2030 that’s part of our Military Insider publication (starting on page M1), the July issue features Keith...
July 1, 2012
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has finished upgrades to the first S-61T airframe for the U.S. Department of State. In 2010, the State Department...
July 1, 2012
Marines with the Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) perform a “hot hook-up” with a hovering K-Max. USMC The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed a procedure known as a “hot hook-up” using an unmanned Kaman...
July 1, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman has selected John DeLisi as director of the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). DeLisi replaces the retiring Tom Haueter. DeLisi has been with NTSB for 20 years and served as the OAS deputy director since 2007. Brad Pedersen has succeeded Donald Harlan as president and CEO of Breeze-Eastern. Pedersen was formerly the president of Airborne Systems...
July 1, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has obtained a $23-million contract from the Naval Air Systems Command for...
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