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July 3, 2012
Tanan 300 vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial system (VTOL Tactical UAS) from Cassidian. Cassidian The Tanan 300 vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial system (VTOL Tactical UAS) from Cassidian was shown at recently at Eurosatory in Paris. The Tanan rotary UAS has been in development for around four years, which...
July 3, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $19.1-million extension from the U.S. Navy for non-recurring engineering efforts related to the...
July 1, 2012
Marines with the Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) perform a “hot hook-up” with a hovering K-Max. USMC The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed a procedure known as a “hot hook-up” using an unmanned Kaman...
July 1, 2012
Prince William, now a qualified SAR Operational Captain. UK MoD Second in line to the throne after his father, Prince William recently qualified as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot in duties as part of the Royal household in the UK will steadily increase, as the military involvement in conducting SAR missions around the UK is set to stop in the next few years. Military SAR will be replaced by a completely...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
For the moment at least, while traditional high-spending military customers from Europe and North America are being put to the sword by their financial masters (motto: fear naught—apart from accountants), industry is having to radically rethink its global military business strategy. The markets for high-price ticketed items such as attack helicopters and those designed specifically for military...
July 1, 2012
Lewis currently serves as the director for aviation development at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. He manages and directs the execution of the Army Aviation Science and Technology portfolio, including basic and applied research, and advanced technology development. A career Army Aviator and experimental test pilot, his duties now include serving as the...
June 20, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Fort Shaffer, Hawaii, has granted Evergreen Helicopter an $8.1-million contract to support EMS, firefighting and...
June 8, 2012
A Kuwaiti military helicopter lands at a troop medical clinic as part of evac training. The U.S. Third Army has teamed with the Kuwaiti military for a joint medical...
June 1, 2012
The Long Island Army National Guard has completed Bambi bucket training with two of its Sikorsky UH-60...
June 1, 2012
Boeing CH-46Es at Exercise Balikatan 2012, a joint training exercise involving the U.S. Marines and the Philippines. The U.S. Marine Corps Medium Helicopter...
May 23, 2012
The Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico has placed into service a new Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk simulator from FlightSafety International. The Level D simulator—which FlightSafety...
May 10, 2012
Lockheed Martin has wrapped up testing of its direct attack guided rocket (DAGR) with a Boeing AH-64D Apache at the Yuma...
May 1, 2012
Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife, Kim, highlighting military families at Quad-A. Photos by Andrew Parker The sacrifices that military families make took center stage during the opening ceremonies of the Army Aviation Association of America’s Professional Forum and Exhibition (Quad-A) in Nashville. Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife...
May 1, 2012
Rockwell Collins provided a demo of its CAAS simulator during Quad-A (terrain elevation visible on left screen).  Photo by Andrew Parker Rockwell Collins has completed a series of flight tests of its Common Avionics...
May 1, 2012
Honeywell has finished modifications to the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation...
May 1, 2012
An AH-1Z Cobra with the Aviation Combat Element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit hovers above the USS Makin Island in the first shipboard deployment of the attack helicopter. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps Editor’s Note: The following excerpt from “Snake Pit Superior” by Frank Colucci originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing sister publication, Avionics...
May 1, 2012
U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) spoke about the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) and said that Americans “have to grapple with the situation that we face.” Photo by Andrew Parker During a speech at the Quad-A Forum & Exhibition in Nashville, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman...
May 1, 2012
The single biggest threat to national security is the national debt. When Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) began his address to delegates on the second day of the main forum at the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) in Nashville, Tenn., with the above warning, you could almost sense the assembled military personnel reaching for their helmets and looking for a foxhole. Yet the quote is not new, but...
April 26, 2012
U.S. Special Forces have been committed into the fight against al Qaeda since Sept. 28, 2001—a mere 17 days after 9/11. “Since then, and for the last 10 years the fight has been continuous,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Mangum, Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation, speaking to delegates at Quad-A, the Army’s annual gathering held in Nashville in early April. He noted that the...
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