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August 13, 2014
The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate has selected Sikorsky and Boeing to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology...
July 17, 2014
The Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) has granted military certification to AgustaWestland’s AW149 multirole military helicopter. Over the past few months, the AW149 has...
June 26, 2014
From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general attitude was now to take a...
May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 7, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter – a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin – will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service's SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
April 9, 2014
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the autonomous aerial cargo/utility system (AACUS) is...
December 1, 2013
Landing on a U.S. Navy ship. The U.S. Army is expanding its capabilities to protect the Persian Gulf region through joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy and friendly Middle East countries. Particular emphasis is being placed on working with the Navy to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for littoral (close to shore) operations in the region, to include over-water survival training and...
November 12, 2013
The Philippine Air Force has placed an order for eight AW109 Power light twin engine helicopters. Under the contract, AgustaWestland will also...
August 1, 2013
Helicopter operations in the last decade have concentrated on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations and asymmetric warfare as witnessed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By all reports they have got pretty good at it too. But by the end of 2015 the stated ambition is for all International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) to leave Afghanistan. Then what? Contingency is the new watchword, at least in the UK and...
August 1, 2013
One of the criticisms of the early years of British military operations in Afghanistan from the summer of 2006 was that there were not enough soldiers – or helicopters – to support the challenge of the mission. Early on, accepted policy in Helmand Province dictated the support of regional seats of government, which effectively tied the British Army into “platoon houses” soon after...
July 22, 2013
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) Air Show was held at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, over the past weekend.      (A Finnish Army NH90 TTL flies at the RIAT Air Show. Photo, courtesy of Andrew Drwiega.)   Perhaps due to the sequestration issue limiting the numbers of U.S. Air Force (USAF)...
July 15, 2013
Eurocopter has signed a €194-million ($252-million) contract with the German Federal Ministry of Defense for 15 EC645 T2 light utility helicopters for the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), part of Germany’s Special Forces Command. The missions that the helicopters are expected to perform for the special operations command include day/night...
February 1, 2013
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured...
January 18, 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has finished the first installation of its ARC-210 Gen5 radio on a combat search and rescue...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 19, 2012
Mindful of the day when Afghan forces will need to conduct operations together, the Kandahar Air Wing were brought together with the 4th Lightning Strike Pathfinder Academy to conduct cargo loading and familiarization exercises. It was the first time the two had operated together. The exercise took place on December 5 and was coordinated by Pathfinders of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 30, 2012
More than 600 British Royal Marine commandos are completing an annual six-week exercise, Black Alligator, which is at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The battalion-level exercise has...
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 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...
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