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October 1, 2012
Eurocopter EC725 in SAR configuration. Eurocopter has signed an agreement with the Royal Thai Air...
October 1, 2012
The first modernized CH-53GA aircraft has been handed over to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) by the Eurocopter Military Support Center, with another 39 aircraft to follow over a three-year period. The plan to update the aircraft reaches back to 2007 when it was decided to extend the design life of the aircraft from 6,000 to 10,000 hours. This should allow them to operate beyond 2030. Eurocopter is...
October 1, 2012
Green Blade 2012 exercise logo. Exercise Green Blade, scheduled for Sept. 17 to Oct. 5 in Belgium, is the second major multinational helicopter training exercise organized by the European Defence Agency this year. It follows hot on the heels of Exercise Hot Blade (see Rotor & Wing, August 2012, page 44), which was held in Portugal from July 4-19. Whereas Hot Blade’s ambitions are to train...
September 27, 2012
Under the foreign military sales (FMS) program, the U.S. Navy has granted a $13-million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft to provide field support, training...
September 26, 2012
The U.S. Army has granted a $111-million contract to Lockheed Martin for performance-based logistics (PBL) on the...
September 26, 2012
The U.S. Navy has awarded an $83-million contract to General Electric for component repairs and spare parts on the T-64 engine. The 16 engines under the...
September 25, 2012
The South African Air Force has selected AgustaWestland to support its fleet of 30 AW109 light utility helicopters (LUHs). The manufacturer will provide...
September 25, 2012
One of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) NH90s on order received an aerial check from a certain "royal" test...
September 24, 2012
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has granted a $33.2-million extension to an existing Northrop Grumman contract involving the second phase of the Advanced Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor (ARMS), Multifunction RF...
September 21, 2012
Cobham Aerospace Communications has inked an agreement with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to supply audio and radio communication systems...
September 21, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has agreed to provide the German Armed Forces with support in Afghanistan related to the mobile version of its computer-based operations support system, which is compatible with the...
September 18, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over the last two UH-60M Black Hawks from a 15-helicopter order to the Swedish Defence Material...
September 18, 2012
Eurocopter has delivered the first Puma Mk2 to the UK Ministry of Defence. Eurocopter is in the process of upgrading three additional...
September 18, 2012
The first modernized CH-53GA aircraft has been handed over to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) by the Eurocopter Military Support Center, with another 39 aircraft to follow over a three-year period. The plan to update the aircraft reaches back to 2007 when it was decided to extend the design life of the aircraft from 6,000 to 10,000 hours. This should allow them to operate beyond 2030. Eurocopter is...
September 18, 2012
A British Army Air Corps Captain has just deployed to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan for his second tour of duty. Hardly headline news until the name Captain Wales is mentioned, aka Prince Harry and third in line to the throne of the British Royal Family. The news incited an immediate response from alleged Taliban sources who claimed that they would now do their best to kill or capture him...
September 17, 2012
Bell Helicopter has received a $59-million contract extension for work on the OH-58A Kiowa Warrior to OH-58D cabin conversion...
September 13, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has won a $10-million extension of an existing U.S. Army contract involving the...
September 12, 2012
Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which 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 Design Co. (RDC), which will supply avionics for the Ka-52 Alligator. Under the contract with Poly...
September 10, 2012
  Politicians have allowed good old animosities and pointless diplomatic foot-stamping get in the way of good decision making that is in the long-term interest of the United States. As the Russian government continues its support of the collapsing leadership of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad, and tries to supply new and/or repaired helicopters to its forces (the ship, the Alaed carrying them...
September 10, 2012
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency at Redstone Arsenal has granted a $15-million IDIQ contract to Cobham to provide its on-board inert gas...
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