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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...
May 1, 2013
Safran Engineering's first standalone Brazilian engineering contract comes in the form of modifications for a fleet of Helibras-built...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Navy’s future Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) requirement looks like it’s breaking down into a straight fight between a modernized version of the current aircraft, Northrop Grumman’s C-2A Greyhound, and the new contender in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. At the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Md. (from April 8-10), both of the contenders were...
May 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). The cargo resupply aircraft are deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will take place at NAVAIR’s Patuxent River, Md. base and various OCONUS locations. According to the Department of Defense, the contract is expected to run...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is wearing out at a much faster rate than was predicted thanks to a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense findings state: “The Operational Tempo (OPTEMPO) in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is, five times that of peace time, and much higher than the design usage spectrum, further taxing the...
May 1, 2013
Armed Aerial Scout: Will they or won’t they? “What do we do with the Scout? Do we buy new or do we do a SLEP [service life extension program with the Kiowa Warrior]?” asked Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, PEO Army Aviation, during his address at the annual Quad-A convention, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas. Addressing industry delegates in the audience, he continued...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
May 1, 2013
The opening late afternoon session of the U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) annual convention usually has a vibrant expectation to it. An eclectic mix of fighting men and women all with aviation in common, some shouldering old buddies with the “where the heck did you go” conversation; beside them old veterans—some recently retired and working in industry, others...
April 30, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev.-based All Metal Maintenance Stands has installed a series of multi-purpose stands at the U.S. Coast...
April 26, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins covering eight different types...
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...
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