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May 1, 2009
Attack of the Flying Robots! The headline to this column is reminiscent of a bad 1950s science fiction movie, but in actual fact, it describes the new reality of warfare. Unpiloted drones are the darlings of defense strategists in the Pentagon who promote netcentric, integrated warfighting capabilities. These futuristic flying machines do the work that humans find too dull, dirty or dangerous. The...
May 1, 2009
NEWS The U.S. Marine Corps will bring a dozen MV-22B Ospreys that have been flown in Iraq for 18 months back to the United States this month, ending a long-awaited combat debut that marked a major milestone for the tiltrotor troop transport. "Operationally it has probably exceeded all expectations we had," Marine Col. Mathew Mulhern, V-22 program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command, told...
May 1, 2009
MILITARY | TECHNOLOGY Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Air System (VUAS) has passed its first sea trials. The VUAS, which is based upon the Sikorsky (formerly Schweizer) S-333, flew three missions from the U.S. Navy’s Webster Field at NAS Patuxent River, Md., to the stern of the USS McInerney. In each approach, which followed different routes, the MQ-8B Fire Scout approached...
May 1, 2009
MILITARY | COMMERCIAL Thanks to $85 million in new government funding, Russia’s Mi-38 helicopter is scheduled to finish test flights this year, states a news release from the Kazan Helicopter Plant. "Serial production of the Mi-38 should begin...in 2010." So, will there be a market for this medium-lift helicopter, which is targeted for both civilian and military missions? Yes...
May 1, 2009
The company received a $60.3-million U.S. Army contract to supply 24 Bell Armed 407s to Iraq, with an option for...
April 30, 2009
The Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, was deployed from its base in Iraq to its current base in Afghanistan. The squadron was originally...
April 29, 2009
CAE and its partners used the UH-1 Huey to demonstrate a system that fuses real-time landscape, using a light detection and ranging sensor, with a terrain...
April 28, 2009
Petty Officer 1st Class Latoyna Crawford and Petty Officer 3rd Class Johnnie Wiley won the Commander, Helicopter Sea...
April 17, 2009
Electronic component manufacturer Telephonics Corp. has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to support a continuing radar suite upgrade...
April 14, 2009
India-based MRF has won a contract to manufacture helicopter tires for Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd’s line of Chetak military helicopters. The tires will be...
April 14, 2009
April 8, 2009
LaBarge Inc., a Missouri-based electronic manufacturer, secured a $5.1-million contract...
April 1, 2009
MILITARY The Justice Department has charged Hossein Ali Khoshnevisrad, an Iranian citizen, and his Iranian company, Ariasa AG (Ariasa) with illegally purchasing/exporting helicopter engines and F4E-capable aerial cameras to Iran. According to a Department of Justice affidavit, Khoshnevisrad and Ariasa allegedly purchased 17 Rolls-Royce 250 turbines through an Irish trading company from Rolls-Royce Corp. in...
April 1, 2009
MILITARY Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest ever helicopter-carrying destroyer. The 197-meters (646 feet), 13,950-tonne (13,729 ton) Hyuga will carry 11 helicopters...
April 1, 2009
Military — The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command requested that the purchasing schedule to buy the CV-22 tiltrotor Ospreys be accelerated with eight of the Ospreys to...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | SERVICE They were promised in 2007, but eight Bell 412 EPs and three UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters meant to bolster Mexico’s war against drugs won’t be delivered until this September. That’s the news that hit Congress on March 10, 2009, during hearings into the escalating drug violence along the U.S-Mexican border. Waiting until September to deploy these aircraft is...
April 1, 2009
Engine Recuperators, Efficiency and Survivability In their endeavors to produce a V/STOL UAV called the V-STAR (VTOL Swift Tactical Aerial Resource), Frontline Aerospace Inc. wanted to improve the range potential of their prototype UAV. Its use of Rolls-Royce 250-C20 engines required some research into improving range efficiency with that motor. That research brought them to recuperators. To beat these...
March 18, 2009
On March 18, 2009, Japan’s navy commissioned its largest helicopter carrier vessel ever. The...
March 18, 2009
The Minnesota National Guard has a new helicopter base. The $37.2 million, 140,000 square foot aviation support facility is...
March 6, 2009
Amarillo College, in Texas, has collaborated with Bell Helicopter for almost 10 years. Now, with Bell's new 137,000-square-foot hanger expansion in the works in Amarillo, the aerospace manufacturing college students have a...
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