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April 27, 2012
The U.S. Navy has designated Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor to upgrade its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The $262-million contact covers an expansion in payload and...
April 23, 2012
The Pentagon has stated that weather was the “principal cause” in the Sikorsky Black Hawk crash that claimed the lives of four Americans in...
April 16, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received an order from Indonesian Aerospace subsidiary IPTN North America for a pair of S-300Cs. The training...
April 11, 2012
During a speech at last week’s Quad-A Forum & Exhibition, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.). Brooks also provided an update on the current financial situation facing the U.S. government, addressing the “800-pound gorilla” in a room of hundreds of soldiers...
April 4, 2012
The main aim of U.S. Army Aviation is now to preserve the force for the future, said Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, commanding general of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence, during his opening remarks at the 2012 AAAA Forum in Nashville. The annual gathering of the U.S. Army Aviation command was held against a backdrop of pending defense cuts that are currently set at $470 billion over the next 10...
April 4, 2012
After 15 years without unveiling a new rotorcraft, it only took around three months for MD Helicopters to pull together its latest offering—the 540F. An upgrade to the 530F, the new model will feature a Rolls-Royce engine, avionics from Elbit Systems and a six-bladed rotor system. The company plans to enter the 540F into the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition, in addition to...
March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 21, 2012
A Turkish Armed Forces Sikorsky helicopter crashed into a residential area in Afghanistan on March 16, killing all 12 people on board, plus four Afghan civilians on the ground. According to the Turkish military, the helicopter and its crew were tasked to...
February 23, 2012
Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own archives, the first civilian helicopter rescue took place on Nov. 29, 1945, when...
February 13, 2012
Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted, “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took over control in 2005. The clincher to this change has been that...
February 7, 2012
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced that the U. S. Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. "The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent...
February 2, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a U.S. Army contract to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system, as part of the EADS North America UH-72A Lakota Mission...
February 1, 2012
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s joint venture, Longbow LLC, has won an U.S. Army contract worth $181 million for Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III Longbow systems. The contract also...
February 1, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif.-based AECOM Technology Corporation has received a $16.5-million task order contract by the U.S...
February 1, 2012
The unmanned K-MAX is now in the midst of a six-month aerial resupply testing period in Afghanistan. Photos by Lockheed Martin/Kaman Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace’s unmanned K-MAX has entered combat service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. USMC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 received the first K-MAX unmanned aerial system in early December, with the initial cargo re-supply...
February 1, 2012
The EADS board of directors has elected Sean O’Keefe as chair- man of the board. The EADS North America CEO will replace the retiring Ralph Crosby. O’Keefe served as vice president of the technology infrastructure sector of General Electric before being appointed CEO of EADS in 2009. Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has hired Michael Gallagher as vice president and project manager. He will...
February 1, 2012
With Afghanistan already in the drawdown stages in the minds of politicians, the challenge ahead for U.S. Army Aviation commanders will be to maintain the quality, capability, volume and performance of the force it has built up since the windfall in spending following the cancellation of the Comanche program. As its commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield stated during his opening address at the recent...
January 31, 2012
The interaction between the U.S. Army aviation leadership and the “great and good” from industry at the AUSA ILW Aviation symposium at National Harbor, Md. came down to a three-way interaction between Boeing’s military aircraft vice president/general manager Phil Dunford, Sikorsky’s president of military systems Phil Maurer, and audience participant (but what a contribution) from...
January 17, 2012
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky has named 35 companies that will take part in producing two prototype S-97 Raiders for U.S. military evaluation. The Raider program will be self-funded by Sikorsky and the companies. Suppliers for the aircraft’s structures include Aurora, Cytec, East/West...
January 17, 2012
The Marine Corps V-22 Osprey’s safety, combat effectiveness and reliability have improved in the past year, according to the Pentagon’s test office. New aircraft software evaluated in tests from August...
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