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June 1, 2009
The future of the ARH program hinges on a variety of vital decisions made by both the government and potential contract bidders. As we walked the floors of the annual Quad-A convention at the Opryland Convention Center last month, the most interesting topic of discussion on the floor by far was the current state of U.S. Department of Defense Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) competition. Since the...
June 1, 2009
Piracy has been around for hundreds of years, but during these tough economic times, those being pirated have chosen to strike back at the robbers. The incident in early April, when a U.S. captain was taken hostage for days, inflammed the anger against these lawless people. The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), serving as flagship of U.S.-led anti-piracy Combined Task Force 151, was patrolling...
June 1, 2009
David R. Oliver, the chief operating officer of EADS North America, parent company of America Eurocopter, announced that his organization will be teaming up with Lockheed Martin to build the Armed Scout Helicopter 645, a gun-slinging version of the UH-72A twin-engine, light utility helicopter currently being delivered to U.S. Army National Guard units. The announcement was made during the opening day of...
May 27, 2009
There have been multiple attacks against carriers in the Gulf of Aden in the past few days and the European Union reported arresting 16 suspects. Swedish...
May 20, 2009
India’s Union Home Ministry has approved an expansion program for border security, which includes the purchase of eight new helicopters...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 18, 2009
This past weekend, Andrews AFB hosted the annual Joint Service Open House where members of every service participate in aerial shows, static displays and more. This year's show included aerial...
May 11, 2009
The Royal Air Force has announced that Prince William has completed basic singe-engine helicopter flight training, and is now scheduled to advance to multi-engine...
May 8, 2009
Northwest Helicopters, based in Washington, is an FAA certified repair station that has developed an important niche in the refurbishment of former military helicopters. The company specializes in Bell's UH-1 series, but it has also restored two Cobras and...
May 7, 2009
The PD-100 Black Hornet weighs half an ounce, contains onboard cameras and has 4-inch rotors that can fly at 20 miles per hour. The...
May 5, 2009
After nearly 30 years of California National Guard service, the last UH-1 Huey flew from Sacramento on its final...
May 5, 2009
The Securite Civile rescue helicopter was retired after an impressive 45 years of active service saving...
May 4, 2009
EADS and Lockheed Martin will bid, as a team, for the Army's armed reconnaissance helicopters. The team will offer the...
May 4, 2009
The annual Quad A convention begins today and runs through May 6. The event is held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in...
May 1, 2009
These men and women are doing everything in that helicopter except flying it. From the military perspective backseaters, GIB’s, spoons, whatever you may call them, these people bring a myriad of talent to helicopter missions. In CSAR, medevac, and maritime missions they bring aircraft technical skills, medical skills and gunnery expertise. All the services including the U.S. Coast Guard employ and...
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...
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