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April 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a $27.9-million modification to a Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training contract covering long lead materials and support for nine mission avionics systems and common...
April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 9, 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 Sea Air Space exposition being held at National Harbor, Maryland (from April 8-10), both of the contenders were...
April 8, 2013
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, may be remembered militarily for leading the United Kingdom in the campaign to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982, which had been invaded by Argentina’s forces in a surprise attack. She served three terms in office and her defining moment could be said to have been during the Falklands War. Her close relationship with...
April 5, 2013
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained a $10.1-million extension of an existing U.S. Navy contract that calls...
April 4, 2013
The United Kingdom’s 24 upgraded Royal Air Force (RAF) Pumas are to receive new self-sealing fuel tanks, thanks to a contract between Eurocopter, the OEM delivering the upgraded helicopters, and GKN Aerospace. It has already delivered some of the new tanks...
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
TSI’s D Smith (left) presents Moral Courage award to Bond CEO Richard Mintern.  The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo. TSI’s D Smith noted that...
April 1, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on March 6, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received in early March. Bell...
April 1, 2013
With the threat of sequestration in the air, a question mark against the numbers of military that would attend, and a gloomy presence by an industry reluctant to take part in a gathering that has seemingly got progressively smaller both in exhibitors and visitors, the annual winter AUSA ILW Aviation went ahead in January 2013 at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. But speakers there...
March 27, 2013
Sikorsky has handed over five S-70i Black Hawks to the Special Forces unit of the Columbian Army’s Air Assault Division. The airframes were built at PZL Mielec...
March 21, 2013
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program to challenge industry engineers to dream up “novel concepts” for the next generation of vertical lift. During a conference call with reporters, VTOL X-Plane Program Manager Ashish Bagai said that one of the main objectives is to “not just revisit existing methods...
March 13, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has elected to offer the L-3 Aviation Products GH-3001 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), Stormscope WX-500 lightning...
March 6, 2013
Columbia Helicopters acquired 10 helicopters from the Swedish Department of Defense, comprising six Boeing Vertol 107-IIs and four Kawasaki Vertol...
March 5, 2013
Becker Avionics has reached an agreement to partner with Helibras, Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Brazil, to provide its DVCS6100 digital audio system for the Brazilian Army Aviation fleet of AS550 A2 Fennec and...
March 5, 2013
The expectation of a battle royale between the press and the management team from AgustaWestland at the company’s press conference on the eve of the opening of Heli-Expo in Las Vegas over the alleged Indian AW101 scandal in India did not materialize. Instead, newly appointed CEO Daniele Romiti (since February 21) and longstanding employee Roberto Garavaglia, senior vice president of marketing...
March 5, 2013
At a press conference on Monday at HAI’s Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison said that while the partnership with Boeing on the V-22 remains intact, the OEM would now be taking the lead in tiltrotor development for the Joint Multi Role (JMR) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL), where Boeing has partnered with Sikorsky. “We still have the same strong relationship with Boeing today on V-22...
March 1, 2013
Left to right, Vijraya Kumar, general manager of RWR&DC for HAL; Maj. Gen. PK Bharali, VSM ADG, Indian Army Aviation; RK Tyagi, chairman of HAL; and Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, DCOAS (P&S). Helicopters were much in the news at the 9th Aero India show, the biennial event held at the Yelahanka Air Base on the outskirts of Bangalore from Feb. 6-10, 2013. While there are certainly enough helicopter...
March 1, 2013
Sikorsky and Boeing will once again team over a military rotorcraft project, this time the venture is the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) requirement for a Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD), the forerunner to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) requirement in the 2030s. Signed on January 13, the agreement means that the companies will submit a joint proposal to...
March 1, 2013
AE 1107C engine. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued an $83.7-million contract to Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for 38 AE1107C...
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