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March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 1, 2012
Lynn Tilton speaking during her Heli-Expo 2012 press conference. Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted: “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took...
March 1, 2012
During Heli-Expo, the U.S. Federal budget was announced with the confirmation that the Department of Defense will indeed spend $486.9 billion less than was planned in last year’s budget (savings to be gained through reductions in force structure and modernization). The headline was that base defense spending will reduce by 1 percent to $525.4 billion in 2013, while DoD Overseas Contingency Operations...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 13, 2012
Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted, “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took over control in 2005. The clincher to this change has been that...
February 11, 2012
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth 9258) has handed over a pair of MD500s with upgraded night vision goggle (NVG)-certified cockpits to the U.S. government. The company...
February 7, 2012
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced that the U. S. Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. "The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent...
February 1, 2012
Spanish Air Force AS332B behind one of the international extraction forces. The fifth gathering of European international military aircrews that were seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in personnel recovery techniques met at the Albacete airbase in Spain from October 14-26, 2011 under the auspices of the European Air Group. This was the annual Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardization...
January 10, 2012
Small attack helicopters known as "killer eggs" because of their size and shape are to be deployed in London during the Olympics, the Standard can reveal today. SAS and SBS commanders are...
January 9, 2012
They are the embodiment of a modern, high-tech military and a fixture in Hollywood action movies, but night-vision goggles can literally be a pain in the neck, new Canadian research seems to confirm. A recent study found that...
January 4, 2012
The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be...
January 1, 2012
Boeing AH-6i “Little Bird” soaks up some sun in between demonstrations at the Dubai Airshow. Photo by Douglas Nelms Boeing is promoting its AH-6i to meet reconnaissance/attack helicopter requirements for military forces in the Middle East. The AH-6i is the aircraft Boeing is entering in the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. Mike Burke, director of attack helicopters...
January 1, 2012
“Marines are sending unmanned helicopters to Afghanistan to test a safer way to supply troops deep inside hostile territory. The 3-ton, twin-rotor K-MAX, built by Lockheed and Kaman, will be capable of ferrying up to 3 tons of supplies. Human controllers will guide it from its main base to isolated forward-operating bases. The goal: replacing risky truck convoys that are exposed to ambushes and...
December 30, 2011
New helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel colour cameras are being developed by the US Army. The army said the technology...
December 8, 2011
Australia’s MRH90 helicopter program has received a significant boost with an agreement between the Commonwealth and manufacturer...
December 6, 2011
Bell Helicopter Textron displayed its militarized 407AH at the Dubai Air Show, promoting it and the IA407 being developed for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Both aircraft use the civilian-certified Bell 407 modified to carry an array of aerial weapons. However, the major difference between them is that the IA407 is strictly an Army program, with Bell selling the civil 407 to the U.S...
December 6, 2011
It has always been surprising that American, British and other International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations operating in Afghanistan have not come under greater surface-to-air (SAM) missile attacks. As improvised explosive devices (IEDs) became successful in Iraq then became the major threat to the movement of ground troops in Afghanistan, ISAF coalition forces took to the air for troop movement...
December 5, 2011
Lockheed Martin has received two contracts totaling $30.6 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the...
December 1, 2011
The Ghost mini-UAS will be available in 2012. IAI Israel Aerospace Industries is actively promoting its new lightweight mini-unmanned air system (UAS) intended for urban warfare zones. The Ghost vertical take-off and landing UAS was officially revealed last February, and displayed at both the Association of Unmanned Air Systems Conference in September and the Army’s AUSA Meeting & Exposition in...
December 1, 2011
A QinetiQ artist’s impression of the Gazelle UAS. Have you heard about the old helicopter, the new technological application and the customer that needs to spend as little as possible? You have? Okay, I admit that wasn’t much of a challenge in these recession-like times. In fact it’s commonplace. The old helicopter is the Aerospatiale SA342 Gazelle, the technological application revolves...
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