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Friday, June 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Programs Updates

  • AttackLockheed 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 northeast Asia.

  • AttackLockheed Martin has introduced an advanced pilot FLIR at a demonstration on a UH-1H at Ft Belvoir, Va. The program leverages existing technology from the Lockheed Martin Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system deployed on the AH-64D Apache

  • Heavy lift — Sikorsky has selected four subcontractors to design and make the major fuselage sections for the new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter under development for the US Marine Corps.

  • Medium Lift — Production has started on Australia’s first MRH90. The maiden flight of the multi-role aircraft was in March.

  • Reconnaissance — A House subcommittee has proposed terminating the U.S. Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program.

  • Utility — The United Kingdom plans to launch a competition for a new medium-lift helicopter in early 2008.

  • Utility — Taiwan is considering upgrading its Bell UH-1Hs to make them safer and less expensive to operate in the wake of a crash in April that killed eight soldiers.

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