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April 2, 2012
British Apache attack helicopters operating from HMS Ocean during NATO’s Operation Unified Protector over Libya had a "cognitive effect" on the minds of Col. Gaddafi’s military commanders, according to Group Capt. Peter Squires, commanding officer of the United Kingdom’s 906 Expeditionary Air Wing at the time.   On March 27 at the RAF Club in London, Capt. Squires addressed...
April 1, 2012
Ka-52 Alligator. While Russian Helicopters is expanding globally in civil markets, the manufacturer’s military variants continue to draw international attention. Photos by Russian Helicopters During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from global expansion, emerging markets and training, to...
April 1, 2012
Protecting the Olympics and Paralympics from terrorism is a serious business. This summer, the Olympics arrive in London, and the armed forces are being made ready for the challenge. Leave has been canceled during the period of the games for those actually, and even potentially, involved in the huge security operation. The largest warship in the Royal Navy, HMS Ocean, at 21,500 tons, and having recently...
April 1, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) aimed at producing a smaller, cheaper, and yet more powerful engine for the UH-60 and AH-64 fleets is not only running on-time and on-budget, but has become a major player in the Army’s future budgetary planning. Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) is a 50/50 joint venture involving Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney that is producing the...
April 1, 2012
Artist’s impression of the two versions, Army and Royal Navy, flying in formation. The AW159 Lynx Wildcat from AgustaWestland is the successor to the existing Lynx and will enter service with the British Army and Royal Navy (RN) during 2014-2015, more than 36 years since the first Lynx helicopter achieved operational capability with the British Army in 1978. The designations are the Lynx Wildcat AH...
March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 26, 2012
The Australian Defence Force’s Boeing CH-47 Chinook fleet has rejoined the International Security Assistance...
March 21, 2012
A Turkish Armed Forces Sikorsky helicopter crashed into a residential area in Afghanistan on March 16, killing all 12 people on board, plus four Afghan civilians on the ground. According to the Turkish military, the helicopter and its crew were tasked to...
March 6, 2012
The German Army’s Forward Air Medical Evacuation unit has contracted Cassidian to provide medevac support in Afghanistan. The agreement is an...
February 13, 2012
Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted, “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took over control in 2005. The clincher to this change has been that...
February 2, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a U.S. Army contract to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system, as part of the EADS North America UH-72A Lakota Mission...
February 1, 2012
The unmanned K-MAX is now in the midst of a six-month aerial resupply testing period in Afghanistan. Photos by Lockheed Martin/Kaman Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace’s unmanned K-MAX has entered combat service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. USMC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 received the first K-MAX unmanned aerial system in early December, with the initial cargo re-supply...
February 1, 2012
Boeing has contracted a group of Canadian companies to provide in-service support for 15 Canadian Forces’ CH-147F Chinooks. L-3 Communications, out...
February 1, 2012
Spanish Air Force AS332B behind one of the international extraction forces. The fifth gathering of European international military aircrews that were seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in personnel recovery techniques met at the Albacete airbase in Spain from October 14-26, 2011 under the auspices of the European Air Group. This was the annual Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardization...
February 1, 2012
With Afghanistan already in the drawdown stages in the minds of politicians, the challenge ahead for U.S. Army Aviation commanders will be to maintain the quality, capability, volume and performance of the force it has built up since the windfall in spending following the cancellation of the Comanche program. As its commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield stated during his opening address at the recent...
January 31, 2012
The folks at Boeing concerned with rotorcraft have established a pre-AUSA media lunch in Washington, D.C. The aviation and specialist press are invited to hear summaries on the OEM’s rotorcraft performance in 2011 and an outlook for 2012 from U.S. Army program managers that participate. David Koopersmith, vice president of attack helicopter programs, began by saying that 50 aircraft had been...
January 12, 2012
Marines running low on ammo may one day use an app on their digital handhelds to summon a robotic helicopter to deliver supplies within minutes, enabled by technologies from a new Office of Naval Research (ONR)...
January 10, 2012
Small attack helicopters known as "killer eggs" because of their size and shape are to be deployed in London during the Olympics, the Standard can reveal today. SAS and SBS commanders are...
January 9, 2012
They are the embodiment of a modern, high-tech military and a fixture in Hollywood action movies, but night-vision goggles can literally be a pain in the neck, new Canadian research seems to confirm. A recent study found that...
January 4, 2012
The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be...
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