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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...
January 1, 2014
The Brunei Ministry of Defense has received the first batch of four S-70i helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, including two during the Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
December 3, 2013
The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has received a Mission Planning and Analysis System (MPAS) in final operative configuration for its fleet of NH90s in the NATO frigate helicopter (NFH)...
November 26, 2013
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
November 12, 2013
The Philippine Air Force has placed an order for eight AW109 Power light twin engine helicopters. Under the contract, AgustaWestland will also...
November 8, 2013
Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial flight took seven minutes to validate the...
November 6, 2013
The U.S. Army is expanding its capabilities to protect the Persian Gulf region through joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy and friendly Middle East countries. Particular emphasis is being placed on working with the Navy to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for littoral (close to shore) operations in the region, to include over-water survival training and shipboard landings. The Texas...
November 5, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has finished testing a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual environments (DVE), such...
November 1, 2013
AirframesS-97 fuselage arrived at Sikorsky on September 20. Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a...
November 1, 2013
MQ-8C ground tests. The U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed ground testing and engine runs during its initial testing at Naval Base Ventura Country Point Mugu, Calif. Northrop Grumman engineers...
November 1, 2013
British military flying in Germany came to a close October 4 with the departure of the last Westland Lynx Mk9A of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (1AAC) from Gütersloh airfield in northern Germany. The AAC departure marks the end of British military flying in Germany since the end of World War II, as well as bringing to a close 1AAC’s residency in Gütersloh...
November 1, 2013
Cockpit flight simulator. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) is requesting industry assistance as it searches to develop systems to help keep helicopter crews from being hit by man-operated hostile ground fire. Locating and avoiding ground fire is one of the biggest challenges any helicopter crew can face when flying above an operational environment. Training synthetically...
October 31, 2013
The Lithuanian Air Force has placed an order for three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphins with financing support from the European Union. According to Eurocopter, the...
October 29, 2013
European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is heavily promoting its UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Air Force as a safeguard against cuts to the U.S. Army budget that would seriously impact UH-72 production. Proposed budget cuts for the 2014 fiscal year could reduce acquisition of the U.S. Army’s planned UH-72A fleet by 31 aircraft—which could effectively end Lakota production by early...
October 23, 2013
The U.S. Army Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has just placed a $13-million award to Raytheon for additional multi-mode airborne radio sets (MARS) that will support both conventional and special operations...
October 16, 2013
AVX Aircraft is one of the four companies to be awarded a Technology Investment Agreement by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in respect of taking forward its Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter design to the next stage. The coaxial design is one of two being...
October 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has chosen Moog to design, build and certify the flight control system for the V-280 Valor program. The V-280 is vying for U.S. Army...
October 11, 2013
The Lynx helicopter onboard the UK’s Royal Naval ship HMS Lancaster has been busy helping to seize drugs in the Caribbean following a couple of successful operations during early October. The Lynx Mk8, on 815 Naval Air Squadron, is one of the main assets on HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate. The recent anti-drug operations just days apart resulted in a street value haul of $92.4 million (£58...
October 9, 2013
Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
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