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August 20, 2014
An autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration was been completed using a Lockheed Martin unmanned Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) deployed by a Kaman K-MAX unmanned helicopter.  The test between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) was held at Fort Benning, Ga. and labeled...
August 7, 2014
The Armed Forces of Malta has received their first AgustaWestland AW139 to be used primarily in maritime border control...
July 17, 2014
The Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) has granted military certification to AgustaWestland’s AW149 multirole military helicopter. Over the past few months, the AW149 has...
July 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-171 in flight. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171s for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions, as well as personnel and cargo...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
June 17, 2014
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that is expected to enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders...
June 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will display its mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup at Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, including one of its newest military helicopters, the twin-engine EC645 T2. Also shown at Eurosatory 2014 will be Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine high-performance AS550 C3e Fennec, tailored...
June 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have completed successful tests of the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander's intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the...
May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 21, 2014
The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected to the upgrade of its Bell AH-1W Cobras. The first contract, worth $11.6...
April 30, 2014
Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super Seasprite helicopters from its Bloomfield, Conn. facility. The fleet of helicopters, destined for New Zealand, is due for delivery in mid-2015. New Zealand ordered 10 Super Seasprites, plus spares, a full mission simulator and logistics support in a $120 million deal in May 2013. The helicopters, upgraded former U.S...
April 29, 2014
Loading the Seahawk in preparation for MH370 search The Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the...
April 28, 2014
With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens that will put many lives in grave danger. The point was made by several speakers at the start of IQPC’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (April 8-9) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maj. Gen. Stig Nielsen, commander...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
April 10, 2014
AgustaWestland will provide the Armed Forces of Malta with a second AW139, with delivery expected in June 2015. The helicopter is equipped with a...
March 3, 2014
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has signed a contract with the Philippine Navy for two additional AW109 Power maritime helicopters. The helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection...
March 1, 2014
The retirement of Maj. Gen. William ‘Tim’ Crosby means that we will no longer be treated to his folksy, home-spun tales that immediately got the attention of his audience and often warmed them to his words. As a larger-than-life character he replaced the dapper civilian, Paul Bogosian, in December 2008. Crosby took up the job when defense still had plenty of money in the pot due to the...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
February 27, 2014
MD Helicopters has released details of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the...
January 15, 2014
AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Arlington, Va. — Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, revealed on Tuesday the full extent of his command’s plans to hit the budget crisis head-on. Speaking on the first day of the Army Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., he said that Army Aviation would retire its fleet of Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters...
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