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August 8, 2014
CH-47. Photo courtesy Boeing 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...
August 5, 2014
Boeing demonstrated the AH-64E and AH-6 to the media ‘up close and personal’ in the early morning desert sun When Boeing calls asking if you would like to join its pre-Farnborough/Le Bourget media briefing week, it is unwise to say “no.” The schedule is always hectic, crisscrossing the United States on variously timed early and late flights, but the agenda always makes the effort...
August 5, 2014
The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) is running a competition asking the public to vote on their favorite public relations image of the year. Naturally, Rotor & Wing's favorite image will be...
July 29, 2014
The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled locally in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and 2006 under Project AIR 9000 Phases 2, 4 and 6. Phase 2 called for a squadron of 12 to provide extra mobility for forces on operations, while Phase 4 and 6 required 28 helicopters to replace the...
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...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 8, 2014
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a highly critical report on Australia’s acquisition and entry into service of the NH Industries MRH90 multi-role helicopter for the Army and Navy. The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and...
July 2, 2014
AgustaWestland and the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation have penned a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued at more than $160 million, includes...
July 1, 2014
Diagram showing AVX Aircraft’s offering for the Joint Multi-Role competition. Renderings courtesy of AVX Aircraft Coaxial compound and tiltrotor aircraft are making news thanks to the U.S. Army’s search for the next-generation platform to replace its Sikorsky Black Hawk and Boeing Apache helicopter fleets from 2035 onward. While both technologies have been around for many years and to differing...
June 30, 2014
Airbus Helicopters EC225 above an offshore oil rig. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region on possible purchases following a recent successful tour of the EC175 and EC145 T2 in the region. Asia is an area where Airbus sees great potential for its products and the manufacturer has been focused on...
June 26, 2014
Discussions are reportedly under way in Japan to acquire a new utility helicopter for the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). The eventual procurement cycle could last a decade and be worth around $2 billion. The ambition is to replace the 150+ Bell Helicopter UH-1H/Js utility helicopters that were manufactured and improved under license by Fuji heavy Industries. The last UH-X program was awarded...
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...
June 25, 2014
NHI has delivered the 200th NH90 helicopter to Belgian Defence. The Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army Aviation School...
June 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first fully “built-in-Brazil” EC725 to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in the company’s cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence...
June 13, 2014
It has always been, and will always be, the role of a well-trained U.S. Army helicopter mechanic to take care of Army aircraft. However, the problem over the past several years has been a simple matter of mathematics – too many man-hour requirements, too few man-hours available. Enter the civilian contractor. Civilian maintenance contractors have always been a part of Army Aviation, augmenting the...
June 13, 2014
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) has awarded AAR’s Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The...
June 12, 2014
Duke Airborne Systems has designed a robotic remote weapon system (RMS) for use in helicopters. The RWS incorporates land-based technology on an airborne platform, reducing the need for attack helicopter...
May 30, 2014
Thales will provide its integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI) to modernize the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system, with completion expected in 2018. The first batch are planned to be completed by 2014, when Thales’ IESI...
May 28, 2014
EADS North America, Inc. has secured a $33.8-million modification to an existing contract to increase funds and...
May 22, 2014
Lord Corporation and Sikorsky Aircraft have finished testing the hub mounted vibration sensor (HMVS) on a UH-70A Black Hawk. The flight test took place at Fort Eustis, Va., in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. During the American Helicopter Society International’s Forum 70 this week in Montreal, Lane Miller, vice president...
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