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May 8, 2013
The U.S. Navy's Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 (HSM-35) has incorporated unmanned aircraft into its operations, becoming the first squadron to feature both manned and unmanned helicopters. HSM-35 will feature the Sikorsky...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
Boeing has now delivered 40 newly developed AH-64E Apaches under the initial low rate initial production (LRIP) program—31 going to the U.S. Army and nine to foreign military sales (FMS) customers. The 31 aircraft are the first of 51 being produced for the Army under LRIP. Those 51 do not include those going to FMS customers, according to Col. Jeffrey E. Hager, project manager for Apache. Total order...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is wearing out at a much faster rate than was predicted thanks to a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense findings state: “The Operational Tempo (OPTEMPO) in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is, five times that of peace time, and much higher than the design usage spectrum, further taxing the...
May 1, 2013
Armed Aerial Scout: Will they or won’t they? “What do we do with the Scout? Do we buy new or do we do a SLEP [service life extension program with the Kiowa Warrior]?” asked Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, PEO Army Aviation, during his address at the annual Quad-A convention, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas. Addressing industry delegates in the audience, he continued...
April 30, 2013
The U.S. Navy is re-entering an updated Sikorsky MH-60S operational flight trainer (OFT) into service at the Naval Air Station (NAS) near San Diego, Calif. CAE provided a "technology...
April 30, 2013
The first OH-58F Kiowa Warrior has conducted its maiden flight at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. There are currently three aircraft with the U.S. Army—two OH-58Fs and one OH-58D with F model. Col. John Lynch, TRADOC capability manager, emphasized that the aircraft were the first to feature the CASUP (Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program) improvements.   The overall weight of the Kiowa Warrior has been...
April 25, 2013
Istres French Air Force air base, France—Earlier today Eurocopter demonstrated the first public flight of its optionally manned capability at the Istres air base, located in the south of France and near the company’s Marignane facility. The demonstration aircraft, an EC145 with 70 lbs of control equipment onboard, flew two demonstration paths within a restricted area inside the airfield. The...
April 15, 2013
With the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) currently focused on how it is going to manage the capability sustainment program of its Apache Longbow attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin is keen to add its VUIT video networking technology to the potential package of improvements. U.S. Army Apache D models have operated in Iraq and Afghanistan with VUIT, which allows Apaches to receive video feeds from...
April 12, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—The twin-engine AW169 AAS was uncovered (literally) on Thursday as AgustaWestland’s entry into the competition for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout requirement. The mock-up, without rotor blade, was declared by Scott Rettig, CEO AgustaWestland North America, as a helicopter that would “set a new standard” in reconnaissance helicopters.   Photos...
April 11, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, uncovered the Bell V-280 Valor 3rd generation tiltrotor at the start of the annual U.S. Army Aviation symposium, Quad-A. The V-280 is Bell’s offering for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift helicopter project, which could result in the production of more than 4,000 aircraft...
April 9, 2013
The U.S. Navy’s future Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) requirement looks like it’s breaking down into a straight fight between a modernized version of the current aircraft, Northrop Grumman’s C-2A Greyhound, and the new contender in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. At the Sea Air Space exposition being held at National Harbor, Maryland (from April 8-10), both of the contenders were...
April 1, 2013
With the threat of sequestration in the air, a question mark against the numbers of military that would attend, and a gloomy presence by an industry reluctant to take part in a gathering that has seemingly got progressively smaller both in exhibitors and visitors, the annual winter AUSA ILW Aviation went ahead in January 2013 at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. But speakers there...
March 7, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received by March 6. Boeing, partner on the V-22...
March 1, 2013
Left to right, Vijraya Kumar, general manager of RWR&DC for HAL; Maj. Gen. PK Bharali, VSM ADG, Indian Army Aviation; RK Tyagi, chairman of HAL; and Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, DCOAS (P&S). Helicopters were much in the news at the 9th Aero India show, the biennial event held at the Yelahanka Air Base on the outskirts of Bangalore from Feb. 6-10, 2013. While there are certainly enough helicopter...
February 6, 2013
AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and Thales are among the helicopter manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Aero India 2013, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. In the days leading up to the show, various exhibitors released details about...
January 22, 2013
The ESG-developed mission tactical workstation (MTA) has begun serving with the German Armed Forces fleet of Sikorsky...
January 17, 2013
AgustaWestland has agreed to provide eight AW159s to the Republic of Korea Navy for its Maritime...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 11, 2013
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has chosen the Telephonics Corp. AN/ZPY-4(V)1 surveillance radar as part of the U.S. Navy’s...
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