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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...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
PARIS — IF THE WARS IN SOUTHWESTERN Asia have not been kind to NATO armies, showing them to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared for the irregular conflicts which they now face, some capability areas have fared worse than others. While not plumbing the depths of irrelevancy attained by light armored vehicles, which have been shown by mines and improvised explosive devices to be deadlier to their crews...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY Another curious pronouncement was the U.S. Army’s assertion that the rotorcraft industry is not acting as if the nation were at war. The director of Army aviation, Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, told a Pentagon press briefing March 23 — following his testimony...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY The Combat Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Div. is deploying to Iraq 45 days early to support the surge in U.S. forces in the Baghdad area. Boeing AH-64Ds and CH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s from the...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT U.S. Marines attached to Battalion Landing Team 2/2 (2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Div.) board a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) on April 2 in the Persian Gulf. The Marines were headed to Qatar to participate in Eastern Maverick 2007, the latest in...
May 1, 2007
ATTACK — The U.S. Navy aims to achieve initial operational capability for the armed-helicopter kit for the Sikorsky Aircraft/Lockheed Martin MH-60S Knighthawk this month. The kit, designed to be installed on the aircraft in about 12 hr, includes eight Hellfire missiles, an AAS-44 forward-looking infrared, two GAU-21 50-caliber guns, an M240 machine gun or GAU-17 7.62mm minigun, an integrated...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/ATTACK-UTILITY With the total of U.S. military helicopters shot down in Iraq since the start of the year rising to eight, the Pentagon is looking at systems and tactics to better protect rotorcraft and the soldiers and Marines on them. U.S. officials confirmed in late February that the Feb. 7 crash of a U.S. Marine...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT The U.S. Marine Corps has developed a fix to extend the service life of its Sikorsky CH-53Es until the new CH-53K replaces them starting in Fiscal 2014. A life limit of 6,120 hr on the -53E transition bulkhead, a complex, desktop-sized panel where the tail boom folds...
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