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September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
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 4, 2015
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis, a 31-year-old resident of Warrenton, Virginia, died Wednesday in a fatal helicopter accident during an exercise at a satellite training area of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Lewis, who worked...
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 21, 2015
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter expressed during a Thursday news conference his regret over the tight logistics, and subsequent failure, of Operation Eagle Claw, a multi-branch military operation launched early in 1980 to rescue 52 American...
August 20, 2015
An Apache helicopter pilot and military police officer are making history as the first women expected to graduate the U.S. Army's Ranger School. The service had not officially released the names of the two...
August 6, 2015
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will soon have an SH-60B Seahawk on display. The retired airframe, based off the U.S. Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, is one of three original prototypes Sikorsky built...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 15, 2015
The U.S. Navy has ordered the first V-22s for Japan, finalizing the first international sale of the Osprey. Bell Boeing, the strategic...
July 14, 2015
Sikorsky Innovations is offering a $25,000 cash prize to spur innovation and disruptive technology in vertical flight. Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development division of Sikorsky Aircraft, which describes it as an agile, networked group of...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 13, 2015
The U.S. Army is searching for contractors interested in working on a four-year project (starting during the current fiscal year) to develop and demonstrate a multi-spectral sensor to help its helicopter pilots fly safely in degraded visual environments. In a July 8 request for information with an Aug. 10 deadline, the...
July 10, 2015
U.S. Navy veteran and helicopter pilot Sunita Williams soon should resume pushing the boundaries of vertical flight, if NASA's plans hold. The space agency has selected her as one of four astronauts to work with Boeing and SpaceX to develop and flight test commercial launch vehicles for carrying crews to low Earth orbit (between...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 7, 2015
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is holding at least $8.7 million in excessive inventory for V-22 spare parts, the Pentagon’s inspector general has found. IG auditors selected 53 Osprey spare parts for...
July 6, 2015
A Mexican navy Black Hawk came under fire July 5 near the U.S. border, according to media reports, with its crew returning fire and killing six on the ground. The skirmish took place in a rural area about 20 miles south of Laredo, Texas...
July 3, 2015
Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence are finalizing plans for a joint venture to compete for military helicopter contracts in India with aircraft produced there. Airbus sees a requirement for hundreds of helicopters under India’s...
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