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June 23, 2016
Sikorsky said it has accepted a prototype aircraft by its Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP) to build a fleet of multi-role T70 helicopters. The undersecretariat signed a contract with TAI and the subcontractors on Feb. 21, 2014, to procure 109...
June 21, 2016
Singapore is reportedly putting off its decision to purchase Airbus Helicopter Super Pumas to replace its military fleet after the fatal crash involving a civilian aircraft of that model off the Norwegian coast in April.   Singapore announced back in 2015 its decision to replace some of its military’s 32 aging Super Pumas. Airbus had been the leading...
June 16, 2016
The U.S. Navy delivered the first three Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks to the Danish Defense earlier this month. The aircraft will replace the force's fleet of British Lynx through the U.S. Foreign Military...
June 15, 2016
South Korea has reportedly received its first four AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters, according to local media reports in that country. The reports said the South...
June 10, 2016
This week, aviators from around the world trained together in Kosovo for Operation Icarus, an exercise that builds cooperation between the U.S. and NATO partners when responding to complex situations.  Military crews of the Kosovo...
June 7, 2016
Turkey's defense ministry has started the clock on the development of more than 100 new utility helicopters over the next decade by signing final agreements with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Sikorsky and three other aerospace contractors in that country.  TAI, which is the prime contractor on the program, said today that, with the agreements signed, the Turkish Utility Helicopter program...
June 6, 2016
Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understand with the government of Kazakhstan. The parties are still discussing details of...
June 6, 2016
The U.S. defense secretary would be required to brief members of Congress one year from today on the Pentagon's progress in studying adverse health effects of rotorcraft operation on pilots, according to pending military funding legislation.   The House of Representatives Fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4909) includes Section 744, which directs the defense secretary to "carry...
May 26, 2016
Heli-One will provide the Royal Malaysian Air Force with glass cockpit upgrades for its fleet of Sikorsky S-61s, enabling the aircraft to fly during the...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 16, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced an AgustaWestland AW119 single-engine helicopter, called the TH-119. It was unveiled at the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition today in Washington, D.C. The aircraft...
May 12, 2016
The U.S. Pentagon has awarded Bell Helicopter a contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with 12 UH-1Y Venom utility and 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The Bell AH-1Z Viper is capable of carrying a large array of ordnance. Its Target Sight System provides range and accuracy, allowing operators...
May 9, 2016
The first two Kaman K-MAX helicopters arrived at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, over the weekend. The K-MAX's primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a max payload of 6,000 lb. It can also fly...
May 9, 2016
A Canadian Armed Forces CH-147F Chinook delivered 8,200 lb of food, water and other supplies to Fort McKay First Nation as part of efforts...
May 6, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it has donated $5,000 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Bell's EVP presented the donation to retired Lt. Gen. Daniel J. Petrosky, the...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 22, 2016
U.S. Southern Command troops have returned from firefighting duty in Panama's eastern province of Darién. More than 5,000 acres have burned in the current dry season there and Panamanian officials are investigating reports of...
April 18, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is providing assistance to Japan after two earthquakes struck the country's island of Kyushu within two days. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck April 14, resulting in nine deaths and widespread damage. The other struck April 16 with a...
April 14, 2016
The New Zealand Defence Force today marked the retirement of its five Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites and the operational transition to eight refurbished -2G(I) Super Seasprite versions of that helicopter.    The milestone came in a change-of-command ceremony for the No. 6 Squadron at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenuapai, just northwest of Auckland.    "Upgrading the...
April 11, 2016
Two Mistral-class helicopter carriers are slated for delivery to Egypt later this year, according to a French official. Andre Parant, French ambassador in Cairo, told reporters during an April 10 press conference that France would deliver its two carriers to...
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