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December 1, 2015
Petty Officer 1st Class Daryk Brekke, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, offloads toys from a MH-65 at Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport Nov. 29 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Photo by Petter Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to...
November 5, 2015
The U.S. Army’s current search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration. The service seeks to enable pilots “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary” that lacks that ability, the...
October 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has named the top F-35 program executive to lead its Mission Systems and Training business unit and oversee the absorption of Sikorsky Aircraft. Lorraine Martin currently is executive vice president and general...
October 20, 2015
The U.S. Army wants to go fast, but Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopter want it to go faster. The Army is pursuing the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator initiative to develop the foundation for a family of vertical-lift aircraft capable of 230-kt-plus cruise speeds. Sikorsky is paired with Boeing on one contender, the SB>1 Defiant, while Bell is developing the V-280 Valor tiltrotor (with...
October 14, 2015
A key question since Lockheed Martin said it is buying Sikorsky Aircraft is whether the aerospace and defense giant has any interest in selling civil helicopters. The deal was announced July 20, with a key civil market (offshore oil and gas support) slumping and the general economy lagging, which hurt sales of...
October 12, 2015
Babcock International Group has won a five-year contract to provide engineering services to support Royal Navy helicopters at air stations...
October 1, 2015
Lockheed Martin's $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft has come under criticism by Pentagon officials who say the consolidation would reduce diversity and competition among U.S...
September 29, 2015
A political shift expected during Poland's upcoming parliamentary elections may contribute to the undoing of the country's $3 billion dollar acquisition of Airbus' helicopters. Time reported that Law and Justice, Poland's...
September 25, 2015
Lockheed Martin's $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft has been green lit in the U.S., Japan and South Korea, and now awaits additional approval from abroad, according to Reuters. LM along with Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. on Sept. 23 filed...
September 25, 2015
Following its first international sale of V-22 Ospreys to Japan, the Bell-Boeing venture behind the U.S. military's tilt rotor aims to attract buyers in the Middle East. According to John McGraw, a Boeing executive via Gulf News, the company perceives "great...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 23, 2015
France has agreed to sell its two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Egypt following a Wednesday deal made by the countries' delegates in Paris, according to various...
September 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters offered an all-new design for Japan’s new utility military helicopter—not one based on its H160—and hasn’t given up on taking over development of that 150-aircraft program, CEO Guillaume Faury told the media today. Japan picked Fuji Heavy Industries and Bell Helicopter July 17 to develop a UH-1 replacement for its Ground Self-Defense Force...
September 21, 2015
Two French-built helicopter carriers are attracting interest from multiple nations following that country's cancellation of a sale to Russia. The Canadian Press reported today that the Canadian government had been discussing with France a purchase of the two Mistral-class helicopter...
September 17, 2015
Rotorcraft advocates in Washington, D.C., are laying the foundation in Congress for future research funding, they say. Working under the umbrellas of AHS International and the Vertical Lift Consortium, lobbyists for major OEMs and other advocates have been making the rounds of appropriations...
September 15, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has bowed out of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's tender for a ship-based utility helicopter, explaining as its reasoning a...
September 11, 2015
Canada picked Vector Aerospace as the sole provider of maintenance services for General Electric T-58 engines on its aged military CH-124 Sea Kings, the company said. The Sea Kings are overdue for retirement. Canada awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a contract in 2004 for S-92-based Sea King replacements that were to enter service in 2011. But the...
September 8, 2015
Australia has named a Lockheed Martin-led consortium as its preferred bidder to provide basic military flight training to fixed-wing and helicopter pilots for 25 years starting in 2019. The $2-billion contract has yet to be finalized. The Team 21 consortium includes Lockheed Martin, Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft and Sydney-headquartered...
September 3, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is looking for a government or commercial off-the-shelf replacement for its aged 62 UH-1Ns, based on its "industry day" briefings last month attended by five prime contractors. The $2 billion UH-1N Replacement Program (as outlined in President Obama's fiscal 2016 defense budget submission) includes only procurement funding for 72 helicopters...
August 26, 2015
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract modification to deliver H-1 helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. A modification to a previously awarded acquisition contract, this award tasks Bell with manufacturing and delivering 16...
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