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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...
January 6, 2012
U.S. aerospace giant Sikorsky still has yet to pay the $8 million in penalties the Conservative government levied against it for failing to deliver on the Canadian...
January 4, 2012
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 resupply mission taking place on Dec. 17. The unmanned helicopter transported more than 3,000 lbs of food and supplies from Camp Dwyer to...
January 1, 2012
AAR will use Sikorsky S-92s for airlift support in Afghanistan. The helicopters will transport mail and cargo. AAR Corp. Wood Dale, Ill.-based...
January 1, 2012
Bell Boeing’s V-22 flies past the helipad-equipped Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai while en route to making its first appearance at the Dubai Airshow in November. Bell Boeing Bell Boeing showcased the V-22 at the Dubai Airshow for the first time in November, promoting the advantages of the tiltrotor concept to governments in the Middle East. With orders from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force...
December 21, 2011
The U.S. Navy has granted Northrop Grumman a follow-on contract for integrations and laboratory test support for the LN-251 navigation systems on Sikorsky...
December 5, 2011
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR Corp. has obtained two renewal options from the U. S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) for airlift...
November 1, 2011
September 1, 2011
Makers of military rotorcraft are understandably nervous these days with the real possibility of up to $700 billion in defense-related cuts between now and 2023. Add in the recent credit default showdown and trillions in anticipated budget cuts from the so-called Congressional “super committee,” and the uncertainty increases. But the anxiety could be unnecessary, according to several industry...
September 1, 2011
September 1, 2011
August 31, 2011
An intriguing insight into what might be the U.S. Army’s developing view of how it sees the proposed Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter has come out of a presentation from Col. Doug Rombough, Program Executive Officer for rotary wing aviation for Special Operations Forces (PEO-RW). He gave the presentation at a recent Special Operations Forces industry conference, indicating that the current plethora...
August 1, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the program, which converts existing OH-58A models with a 3,500-lb max gross weight to D models, with a max gross weight of 5,500 lbs. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew...
August 1, 2011
Final assembly of the first CH-53K is taking place at Sikorsky’s new Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) center in West Palm Beach.  Sikorsky Sikorsky has begun final assembly of the first CH-53K prototype test aircraft, with the sponsons and main rotor pylon now attached to the basic airframe. As of mid-July, all landing gears had successfully completed a trial fit check and were...
July 27, 2011
Following a series of three crashes that resulted in the deaths of 17 people and a grounding of the Royal Thai Army’s helicopter...
June 30, 2011
Bell Helicopter has completed test flights in Colorado of the OH-58 Block II demonstrator in high and hot conditions. Test pilots...
June 20, 2011
Rear Admiral Steven Eastburg, U.S. Navy, speaking on the first day of the Paris Air Show, expanded on the announcement a few days ago that the Royal Australian Navy had bought 24 Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk helicopter replacement aircraft for their maritime helicopter competition, Air 9000 Phase 8. “They are the first in a number of countries that will believe will eventually...
March 25, 2011
Sikorsky Aircraft’s new Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) campus for the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy lift...
March 3, 2011
The key themes outlined in the Financial Year 2011 U.S. Defense Budget hold no major surprises in their focus: • Taking Care of People • Rebalancing Military • Current Wars • Current/Future Conflicts • Reforming What and How We Buy • Supporting Our Troops in the Field The presumed spend of U.S. GDP in 2011 is expected to be 4.7 percent (assuming the GDP projections reflected...
February 24, 2011
During trials in late January, Kaman and Lockheed Martin continued to make strides in the testing of the unmanned K-MAX at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground...
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