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April 25, 2013
A full scale mock-up of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C, the unmanned platform that is to succeed the MQ-8B, was on show earlier this month at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Md. The MQ-8C is built around the Bell 407 helicopter while the MQ-8B was originally modeled around the Schweizer 333 platform (UTC absorbed Schweizer in August 2004 and the company is now a...
April 25, 2013
Istres French Air Force air base, France—Earlier today Eurocopter demonstrated the first public flight of its optionally manned capability at the Istres air base, located in the south of France and near the company’s Marignane facility. The demonstration aircraft, an EC145 with 70 lbs of control equipment onboard, flew two demonstration paths within a restricted area inside the airfield. The...
April 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $6.6-million contract to Lockheed Martin for continued operational support of two K-Max unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).     (Unmanned K-Max...
April 1, 2013
Lockheed Martin/Kaman unmaned cargo K-Max.    Gary Tenison, vice president of business development and marketing for Kaman Aerospace, told Rotor & Wing that the company’s recent restructuring is part of a strategy to focus on operators. “One Kaman is about consolidating the Kaman business,” he said. “Helicopters were once apart and are now within the Aerosystems group...
March 15, 2013
Rolls-Royce has introduced its M250-C47E engine along with a new smartphone application and additional services for RR300 operators. The company detailed the offerings during the 2013 Heli-Expo in Las Vegas last week.   Rolls-Royce M250-C47E at the company's Heli-Expo booth. Photo by Barry Schwartz   The U.S. Navy is the military launch customer...
February 20, 2013
The Thales I-Master radar system completed flight trials on a Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Austria earlier this month. The flights were the first time the I-Master has been...
February 14, 2013
Washington, D.C.-based National Aeronautical Association (NAA) has listed the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max as one of seven finalists for the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy...
February 1, 2013
March 4–7: HAI Heli-Expo 2013, Las Vegas, Nev. Contact HAI, 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.rotor.com March 12-14: ATC Global, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Visit www.atcglobalhub.com March 18–20: 9th Annual CHC Safety & Safety Summit, Vancouver, Canada. Contact CHC, phone 1-604-232-7424 or visit www.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com March 25–28: 56th Annual AEA International...
January 11, 2013
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has chosen the Telephonics Corp. AN/ZPY-4(V)1 surveillance radar as part of the U.S. Navy’s...
December 5, 2012
Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems and AAI—all subsidiaries of Textron Inc.—have opened a research lab in Huntsville, Ala. that will focus on systems integration and manned-unmanned teaming. The complex, which includes the Bell/AAI...
November 29, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. has issued a $15-million contract to San Diego, Calif.-based Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems covering...
October 18, 2012
Fort Collins, Colo.-based Scion UAS has obtained a $3-million contract from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory involving the...
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 5, 2012
The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $28-million contract in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. The agreement covers...
October 1, 2012
The PZL-Swidnik SW-4 Solo on display during the International Defence Industry Exhibition in early September. Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik took the wraps off its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program during the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Kielce, Poland. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air...
September 10, 2012
  Politicians have allowed good old animosities and pointless diplomatic foot-stamping get in the way of good decision making that is in the long-term interest of the United States. As the Russian government continues its support of the collapsing leadership of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad, and tries to supply new and/or repaired helicopters to its forces (the ship, the Alaed carrying them...
September 5, 2012
Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik SA introduced its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program on Tuesday during the 20th International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Europe. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter” (RUAS/OPH). The company plans to market the...
September 1, 2012
Boeing’s unmanned H-6U Little Bird has carried out 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a private ship off the...
September 1, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has extended the tour of duty for the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max in Afghanistan. The unmanned aerial system (UAS) has delivered more than 1.6...
September 1, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has employed the unmanned K-Max in the cargo resupply role in Afghanistan since November 2011. Thanks to the digital age, remotely piloted aircraft barely rate the raising an eyebrow, unless you’re on the battlefield and one is about to save the day for you. They have names like Predator, Fire Scout and Global Hawk. And who knows how many are still “black projects”...
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