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August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has inked a €194-million ($252-million) contract with the German Federal Ministry of Defense for 15 EC645 T2 light utility helicopters for the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), part of Germany’s Special Forces Command. The missions that the helicopters are expected to perform for the special operations command include...
August 1, 2013
One of the criticisms of the early years of British military operations in Afghanistan from the summer of 2006 was that there were not enough soldiers – or helicopters – to support the challenge of the mission. Early on, accepted policy in Helmand Province dictated the support of regional seats of government, which effectively tied the British Army into “platoon houses” soon after...
July 31, 2013
The first Tiger HAD/E-5002 military helicopter assembled at Eurocopter Spain's facility completed its maiden flight Monday, marking a new milestone for the government-industry Tiger program.      Eurocopter Spain's first Tiger completes...
July 8, 2013
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR has reached an agreement to team with Boeing on component repair, maintenance and overhaul (MRO) services for the Royal Netherlands...
June 21, 2013
AgustaWestland is upgrading new production AW119 cockpit avionics with the Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI). Trilogy ESI, produced by L-3 Aviation Products...
June 7, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted an $8.4-million extension of an existing contract to Rolls-Royce of Indianapolis for further engineering services related to the AE 1107C powerplants on...
June 5, 2013
The Polish Air Force is adding its second VIP-configured W-3A Sokol twin-engine transport helicopter to its fleet, part of a 2011 contract for five...
June 5, 2013
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a contract to Sikorsky valued at $435.3 million to build four new CH-53K test article aircraft, as the Navy’s aviation branch prepares to launch the upgraded variant of the manufacturer’s C-53 series transport helicopters.   The CH-53K is designed to carry up to 27,000 lbs (around 12,250 kg) over a range of 110 nautical miles under...
June 4, 2013
Boeing has selected the dual ship set Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (AHR150A ADAHRS) from Archangel Systems for the upgraded CH-47 Chinooks involved with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Project Julius program. This provides the Thales digital glass cockpit with attitude...
June 1, 2013
Admiral Tony Dalton became head of Helicopter Systems for the ADF in September 2012. He joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1980, graduating as a pilot in 1981 and going on to fly helicopters with four RAN helicopter squadrons, an exchange posting with the UK’s Royal Navy and a tour flying peacekeepers in the Sinai. Counting time on the Iroquois, Sea King, Gazelle and Seahawk, he has logged a...
June 1, 2013
My father was a U.S. Navy hero in World War II, so at an early age I had developed a keen appreciation for several aspects of seamanship, and became, largely in an effort to please my dad, something of a junior knot-tying expert. I pursued this admittedly arcane activity with great energy, memorizing a respectable vocabulary of useful knots, and precisely how to tie them. I could deliver rote verbal...
June 1, 2013
  When U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the cancellation of the acquisition of a new presidential helicopter – the VH-71 Kestrel – in the summer of 2009, he may have been demonstrating his intention to be tough on wasteful defense spending, but in effect he was merely delaying a problem that would have to be addressed at a later date – or do without his Marine One helicopter...
May 30, 2013
Boeing in Mesa, Ariz. has won three foreign military sales (FMS) procurement bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal. The first two involve AH-64 Apache Block III...
May 29, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted $40 million to Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas related to additional long-lead components for the MV-22 tiltrotor. The agreement involves...
May 23, 2013
Breeze-Eastern has secured a contract from Boeing to design and build a new cargo winch for the MV-22 Osprey in operation with the U.S...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama has issued a multi-year contract to West Hartford...
May 15, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has won an $11.4-million modification of an existing U.S. Army foreign...
May 13, 2013
The New Zealand Ministry of Defense has agreed to buy 10 SH-2G Super Seasprites from Kaman Aircraft Corp. According to Kaman, the $120-million contract includes spare parts, a full mission flight simulator and related logistics support for the multi-mission...
May 3, 2013
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace, reports that the company’s sales are up 13 percent to just under £7 billion. GKN is a Tier 1 supplier to the aviation industry and operates through four divisions with facilities in 35 countries and an employee base of 50,000. Bryson said that GKN has turned its traditional reliance of the defense market around from 70-30 percent defense/civil to only 39...
May 2, 2013
American Eurocopter has hired Mike Spears to serve as senior director of the UH-72A Lakota Production and Retrofit facility in Columbus, Miss. He will take over from Fred Gerard, senior director of LUH...
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