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November 5, 2012
Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has obtained a $97.8-million contract from the U.S. Transportation Command related to aircraft and support...
November 5, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has partnered with Atech of Sao Paulo, Brazil to supply a tactical data management system (TDMS) for the Eurocopter EC725s that will enter...
November 1, 2012
Major military, air medical and SAR operators will be among the more than 100 exhibitors at the 5th biennial Dubai Helishow, set to kick off Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Grand Stand, Meydan Racecourse. Organizers are expecting an estimated 2,000 visitors to the Middle Eastern helicopter souk, or...
November 1, 2012
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters expects to sell Mi-17 helicopters to the United States intended for the Afghan military, despite opposition from members of the U.S. Congress. Sergey Yarkovoy, deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer at Russian Helicopters, said that...
November 1, 2012
Boeing does not plan have an aircraft on display at the 2012 Dubai Helishow, but will have a booth with representatives there to talk to key members of Middle East militaries about its programs. These include the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 light attack/reconnaissance helicopter, CH-47F Chinook and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor. The company has already had significant discussions...
November 1, 2012
UAE Sikorsky Black Hawk on display at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. While much of the rest of the world worries about where its next meal is coming from, the petro-rich Middle East is still a robust market, particularly in the realm of military sales, according to Dan Darling, Middle East military markets analyst for Forecast International.  For 2013 alone, the six states of the Gulf Cooperative Council...
October 31, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $1-billion contract from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to supply 15 CH-47D Chinooks...
October 17, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded L-3 Communications a $14.5-million contract for production hardware on the Bell OH-58D...
October 17, 2012
Atlanta, Ga.-based Professional Aviation Associates (PAA), a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has received International Traffic in Arms...
October 11, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has contracted Bell-Boeing to provide seven V-22 Block C containerized flight training devices (FTDs). The $74-million contract also covers support and spares...
October 9, 2012
NACRA Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, or T-Rex. The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement has now entered its second phase, or “NACRA 2.0”, as of last June, according to NACRA Director Timothy Gowen. Movement into the second phase gives NACRA a stronger entry into the area of technology development while building stronger ties with research scientists...
October 8, 2012
The U.S. Navy has exercised an $11.9-million option with Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for maintenance services on the...
October 8, 2012
Boeing has received a $136-million contract modification from the U.S. Army related to work on the...
October 5, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a request from the Republic of Korea for a pair of helicopter fleet purchases through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The South Korean government is seeking to...
October 5, 2012
When Andrew Strachan, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Test Group, said that every politician and journalist should hear Society Fellow David Gibbings’ lecture on “The Helicopter Development Process: from Concept to Service,” he was right. People on the outside of an aircraft development program rarely get an insight into the sheer volume of work that is involved...
October 1, 2012
The Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Sikorsky Aircraft to provide rotor blades...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman will partner to develop a helicopter based on the AW101 Merlin for upcoming bids for the USAF Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s Marine One Presidential Helicopter replacement. AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
October 1, 2012
The PZL-Swidnik SW-4 Solo on display during the International Defence Industry Exhibition in early September. Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik took the wraps off its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program during the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Kielce, Poland. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air...
October 1, 2012
The Ministry of Defence has received the first of 24 Puma Mk2s. Eurocopter has delivered the first Puma Mk2 to the UK Ministry of...
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