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November 29, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. has issued a $15-million contract to San Diego, Calif.-based Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems covering...
November 27, 2012
The future of the United Kingdom’s Westland Attack Helicopter (WAH-64D) Apache force is in the early stages of review. With the UK’s commitment to operations in Afghanistan ending within two years, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Capability Sustainment Program (CSP) is examining the spectrum of possibilities, according to Col. Andrew Cash, Commander Aviation of the British Army’s 16...
November 16, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312...
November 5, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has partnered with Atech of Sao Paulo, Brazil to supply a tactical data management system (TDMS) for the Eurocopter EC725s that will enter...
October 31, 2012
What all of the competitors for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) acquisition seem to agree on is a satisfaction that the U.S. Army team conducting the evaluation of the different proposals is doing a great job. This has been a three-step process: 1) Request for Information (RfI) 2) Discussions with the army’s expert team, and finally; 3) a voluntary flight demonstration (VFD). The competitors, which...
October 24, 2012
Following a Voluntary Flight Demonstration (VFD) for the U.S. Army in late September and early October, EADS North America took its AAS-72X+ on a cross-country tour through mid-October, ending up at the AUSA exposition this week in Washington, D.C. The AAS-72X+, a derivative of the UH-72A Lakota, is one of the suitors for the Army’s potential Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. The Army will decide...
October 24, 2012
Bell Helicopter’s portion of the voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) that could be a precursor to a formal Armed Aerial Scout competition is taking place this week, according to the Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer. The Army is looking at alternatives to replace the existing fleet of OH-58Ds, and Bell is proposing an upgraded OH-58F that has a number of new...
October 18, 2012
Fort Collins, Colo.-based Scion UAS has obtained a $3-million contract from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory involving the...
October 17, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded L-3 Communications a $14.5-million contract for production hardware on the Bell OH-58D...
October 17, 2012
Atlanta, Ga.-based Professional Aviation Associates (PAA), a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has received International Traffic in Arms...
October 16, 2012
Northrop Grumman has received a $24.4-million delivery order from the U.S. Navy in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout...
October 11, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has contracted Bell-Boeing to provide seven V-22 Block C containerized flight training devices (FTDs). The $74-million contract also covers support and spares...
October 9, 2012
NACRA Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, or T-Rex. The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement has now entered its second phase, or “NACRA 2.0”, as of last June, according to NACRA Director Timothy Gowen. Movement into the second phase gives NACRA a stronger entry into the area of technology development while building stronger ties with research scientists...
October 8, 2012
Boeing has received a $136-million contract modification from the U.S. Army related to work on the...
October 5, 2012
The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $28-million contract in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. The agreement covers...
October 5, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a request from the Republic of Korea for a pair of helicopter fleet purchases through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The South Korean government is seeking to...
October 5, 2012
When Andrew Strachan, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Test Group, said that every politician and journalist should hear Society Fellow David Gibbings’ lecture on “The Helicopter Development Process: from Concept to Service,” he was right. People on the outside of an aircraft development program rarely get an insight into the sheer volume of work that is involved...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman will partner to develop a helicopter based on the AW101 Merlin for upcoming bids for the USAF Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s Marine One Presidential Helicopter replacement. AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
October 1, 2012
The Ministry of Defence has received the first of 24 Puma Mk2s. Eurocopter has delivered the first Puma Mk2 to the UK Ministry of...
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