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January 17, 2013
AgustaWestland has agreed to provide eight AW159s to the Republic of Korea Navy for its Maritime...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 7, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $52.2-million extension to Rolls-Royce covering AE 1107C engine support on U.S...
January 4, 2013
UIC Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has agreed to establish an assembly plant in New Delhi with Elcom Systems Private Ltd., which is part of India’s SUN Group. The facility will produce Kamov Ka- and Mil Mi- series variants, starting with the Ka-226T. The agreement, which was...
January 3, 2013
Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office has obtained a $1.4-billion contract extension to supply 17 MV-22 tiltrotors to the U.S. Marine Corps and four CV-22s to the U.S. Air Force. The agreement is an expansion of an existing V-22 Lot 17 contract. The deal also provides funding to purchase...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
One result of the European Defence Agency’s examination in November of the options for member nations to pool and share resources is that several states have shown interest in “cooperating in the testing phase or the pooling of spare parts for the NH90.” According to EDA CEO Claude-France Arnould, this could take the shape of...
January 1, 2013
The decision by the Danish Ministry of Defence to purchase nine MH-60R helicopters from the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team has underlined again how strong the belief is in the international naval community in MH-60R/S helicopter. The order is valued at around $686 million with the first three aircraft expected for delivery during 2016 and last aircraft by 2018. The existing eight Lynx Mk90Bs will begin to...
January 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53K ground test vehicle (GTV). Progress in the ongoing development of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) heavy lift helicopter replacement, the Sikorsky CH-53K, has been announced with the delivery of the prototype aircraft to the flight test team. This means that NAVAIR and Sikorsky pilots can begin the program of scheduled ground checks that will take place over the next year...
January 1, 2013
CAE has an unparalleled breadth of experience in helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal. In fact, no other company has designed training systems for a greater variety of rotary wing platforms. CAE has simulated helicopters from virtually all the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kaman, MD...
January 1, 2013
Though still in development, the MD-540F is showing the potential to be a superior warrior. They say that the best situation an aircraft manufacturer can be in is to have a product that both the military and the civilian worlds want. Very few have been able to continuously satisfy both sectors with a single hull design. But MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz. is one of them. In 1963, Hughes...
January 1, 2013
In kicking-off this first issue of 2013 in a change to the usual format of this column I now intend to devote it a selection of smaller items that may be pressing, current, historic or that just take my interest—as long as they all have a bearing on military rotorcraft and the people who use them:   Christmas Sequestration [In front of a toy store window] Bob Cratchit: Well, my loves, which one...
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $4.8-million contract to Honeywell for the installation of the company’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) across the USCG’s fleet of MH-60T helicopters. The USCG order is for 42 Zing HUMS 1230 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits. Data collected from sensors located around the...
December 19, 2012
Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir Putin in early December. This is the first export order for the new Ka-62. Graphic...
December 18, 2012
The Swedish armed forces have increased their skills in maintaining Turbomeca’s Arrius 2K2 engines with the completion of the first training courses covering Level 1 and Level 2 maintenance. This is linked to the EASA part 147 license and covers the continuous reinforcement of acquired...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 12, 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has secured two bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command related to the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky...
December 12, 2012
During times of austerity it is good to see that the occasional commitment by government to an asset that has played a significant role in a variety of activities since being commissioned into active service in 1998. HMS Ocean, currently the largest Royal Navy warship afloat until the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers in the latter part of this decade, will receive a £65-million upgrade...
December 12, 2012
The fickle Indian Ministry of Defense’s approach to the procurement market appears to be veering away from its more traditional preference for “Made in Russia,” at least as far as military helicopter acquisitions seem to be heading. Boeing has been “the lucky winner” in matching a U.S. $1.4-billion requirement to replace the Indian Air Force’s Mi-26 aircraft (only three...
December 6, 2012
In a spread of contracts valued at around $70 million announced by global simulation and training organization CAE, there is one requirement for the development of two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The RAN will buy 24 MH-60Rs from Sikorsky with the first two deliveries scheduled for 2014. The contract originates with the United States through the...
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