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August 1, 2007
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Sikorsky Aircraft an $18.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract for production sustaining support for the MH-60R, including project management, engineering, and logistics. Work will be done in Stratford, Conn. and is expected to be complete by December. FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Ore., has been awarded a $9.4 million...
August 1, 2007
THE 1960S PROVED TO BE A PIVOTAL DECADE FOR THE helicopter industry. As the Vietnam War escalated, the versatility of the helicopter was demonstrated time and time again. With new technology came new applications and the helicopter was used for everything from troop transport to airborne attack. Medevac usage was also a critical mission, and paved the way for the future growth of civilian emergency medical...
August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
August 1, 2007
The 1980s was a time of new aircraft, new missions, new technologies, and limitless optimism. It was fun while it lasted. THE FUTURE OF THE HELICOPTER NEVER looked better than it does right now." So reads the opening sentence of an industry forecast story in the January 1980 issue of Rotor & Wing. In that same story, one manufacturer boldly predicted the estimated 4,000 helicopters in the U.S...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
PARIS — TODAY’S HELICOPTER industry is vastly different from what it was 40 years ago, when Rotor & Wing first began publishing. Back then, it was largely dominated by the United States. Europe’s fledgling manufacturers had only recently got their start, thanks to production licenses bought mainly from Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft. Thus, in the 1960s, almost all of the...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
July 1, 2007
MILITARY The NHIndustries partnership has proposed a new schedule to customers that would delay first delivery of the maritime version of the helicopter by two years, to 2009 Deliveries were to have begun this year. But customers in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway have had to wait while the industrial partners — Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, and Stork Fokker Aerospace — and their...
July 1, 2007
Attack — Eighteen new Boeing Apache AH-64D Longbows will be equipped with upgraded in-fleet General Electric T700 engines at the U.S. Corpus Christie Army Depot in Texas. Heavy Lift — Turkey is reported to be in discussions with U.S. officials about the possibility of acquiring 10 aircraft based on the CH-53K next-generation heavy lifter Sikorsky Aircraft is developing as a follow-on to the...
June 20, 2007
The government of Colombia will acquire 15 Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks from the U.S. Army. The $225 million transaction is a foreign...
June 19, 2007
Bahrain has agreed to buy nine Sikorsky UH-60Ms, the first international customer to purchase the new Black Hawk. The purchase is being made from the U.S. Army through the Foreign Military Sales...
June 15, 2007
The United States will keep its helicopters, Boeing CH-47s specifically, in Kandahar, Afghanistan an additional six months because no other ally has stepped forward, said Defense...
June 14, 2007
The Canadian air force wants to buy helicopter gunships to protect the medium-to-heavy lift transport helicopters it plans on buying. The Canadian defense minister last year revealed plans to purchase 16...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY Expansion of the active-duty U.S. Marine Corps from roughly 180,000 to 202,200 personnel could very well mean an increase in the rotary-wing elements of USMC aviation. President Bush has approved the "end-strength" increase. The Marine commandant, Gen. James Conway, has...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY Sikorsky Aircraft has won a $16.6-million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help solve one of the military’s more pressing problems in fighting desert wars: landing helicopters and taking off safely when blinding sandstorms obscure the landscape and create "brownout" conditions. DARPA awarded the contract under its Sandblaster program, a high-priority...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT Sikorsky Aircraft has selected four subcontractors to design and fabricate the major fuselage sections for the CH-53K heavy-lifter it is developing for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky’s fuselage team consists of Aurora Flight Sciences, EDO Corp., GKN Aerospace, and Spirit AeroSystems. Sikorsky said they were selected following an extensive solicitation and evaluation of multiple...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
Attack — Lockheed Martin will support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor and Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems on the AH-64 Apache. Attack — South Korea plans to decide if it should develop its own attack helicopters next year. The decision will depend on the geopolitical situation in...
June 1, 2007
Lockheed Martin was awarded a follow-on production contract for Arrowhead, the new electro-optical system for Boeing AH-64 Apache pilots, by the U.S. Army. The contract is valued at $311 million and authorizes production of 158 Arrowhead kits. Final deliveries are to occur in December 2009. McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., Mesa, Ariz. has been awarded a delivery order for $21 million as part of a...
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