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July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
July 1, 2013
EADS North America proactively withdrew from the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator competition because the requirement for the transfer of Intellectual Property (IP) rights was too high a price to pay in the current climate of sequestration, said Eurocopter’s new President and CEO Guillaume Faury at a press conference during the Paris Air Show in June. One senior...
June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract here Sunday, June 16. Buying Russian defense equipment...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 1, 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 reduced by...
June 1, 2013
A full scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C, the unmanned platform that is to succeed the MQ-8B, was on show in early April at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Md. The MQ-8C is built around the Bell 407 helicopter while the MQ-8B was originally modeled around the Schweizer 333 platform...
May 15, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) procurement saga took another twist last week when Lt. Gen. William Phillips, Army acquisition advisor to the Secretary of the Army, appeared before a Senate Armed Services Congressional subcommittee on Airland. Commenting on last summer’s flying technology demonstrations provided by each helicopter manufacturer looking to participate in a new Request...
May 14, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based EFW Inc. has obtained an $11.8-million U.S. Navy contract to supply helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) for the Bell...
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...
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