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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Programs Updates

  • 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 U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E.

  • Search and Rescue — AgustaWestland has picked Goodrich Corporation to supply high-performance, externally-mounted dual DC-electric rescue hoists for AW139s to be used by Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom for maritime search and rescue operations.

  • Search And Rescue — Sikorsky Aircraft has selected Goodrich Corp. to provide rescue hoist systems for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project H-92. The rescue hoist systems include externally-mounted single and dual, AC electric rescue hoists and support structures.

  • Transport — India has ordered 200 6.5-ton Kamov Ka-62s. The design carries 14 passengers or 10 infantry loaded with equipment. The maiden flight is scheduled for next year, but deliveries to India are not scheduled for five years. They will replace Mil Mi-8s.

  • Transport — The Philippine air force plans to retire its fleet of Bell Helicopter UH-1Hs in six years.

  • UAVs — The U.S. Defense Dept. has approved the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B, based on the Schweizer Aircraft 333, for low-rate initial production. The U.S. Army and Navy plan to acquire the aircraft.

  • Utility — A lightweight, ceramic-faced, composite armor panel developed and designed by India’s Defense Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment will be used on Hindustan Aeronautics Dhruv Advanced Light Utility Helicopter.

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