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July 3, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $19.1-million extension from the U.S. Navy for non-recurring engineering efforts related to the...
July 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com This month’s issue marks the formal launch of an increased focus within the pages of Rotor & Wing on vertical lift R&D and science and technology (S&T) efforts to develop rotorcraft into the future. In addition to a special R&D Report: Target 2030 that’s part of our Military Insider publication (starting on page M1), the July issue features Keith...
July 1, 2012
Marines with the Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) perform a “hot hook-up” with a hovering K-Max. USMC The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed a procedure known as a “hot hook-up” using an unmanned Kaman...
July 1, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has obtained a $23-million contract from the Naval Air Systems Command for...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
Left: Crosby during an exclusive Rotor & Wing interview. Right: At Quad-A in April, Crosby at a press conference with other Army leaders, including Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield (sitting next to Crosby). U.S. Army Aviation Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) since 2008, leads an organization with seven unique Project offices, more than 2,250 military...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
For the moment at least, while traditional high-spending military customers from Europe and North America are being put to the sword by their financial masters (motto: fear naught—apart from accountants), industry is having to radically rethink its global military business strategy. The markets for high-price ticketed items such as attack helicopters and those designed specifically for military...
July 1, 2012
An EC725 being loaded onboard the Airbus A400M military transport in Toulouse, France. EADS Current and potential operators of NH Industries NH90 and Eurocopter EC725 helicopters will be...
July 1, 2012
Rendering of a AVX Aircraft Joint Multi-Role (now Future Vertical Lift) aircraft dropping troops into the battlefield. AVX During the AHS Forum in May, U.S. Army Aviation and other helicopter industry leadership from the science and technology (S&T) community noted that the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative is on track, but emphasized the need to secure funding sources in order for the program to...
July 1, 2012
Lewis currently serves as the director for aviation development at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. He manages and directs the execution of the Army Aviation Science and Technology portfolio, including basic and applied research, and advanced technology development. A career Army Aviator and experimental test pilot, his duties now include serving as the...
June 29, 2012
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency’s Aviation branch in Philadelphia has issued an $8.7-million...
June 27, 2012
During a ceremony on Friday, Boeing delivered the 100th CH-47F Chinook to the U.S. Army from its modification center in Millville, N.J. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) noted that the milestone was reached...
June 27, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $74.4-million contract to Bell-Boeing for one CV-22 that will replace a lost tiltrotor...
June 27, 2012
The question concerning the development of a new generation of Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft for 2030 and beyond is a simple one. How radical and how rapid can the development of a new class of aircraft be given the poor state of research and development funding and the unlikely change in those circumstances over the next few years—exactly the time when the ground-breaking R&D needs to...
June 26, 2012
The U.S. State Department has authorized Bloomfield, Conn.-based Kaman Corp. to begin negotiations with the government of New Zealand involving the SH-2G Super Seasprite. The proposed sale would cover 11 SH-2Gs, a...
June 21, 2012
Officially jump-starting a United States trek that will include stops in Washington, D.C., Redstone Arsenal and Fort Bragg, Eurocopter showcased its X3 demonstrator on Wednesday in Grand Prairie, Texas. The technology prototype appeared to a crowd of hundreds—including operators, government officials and spectators—following a parade of other helicopter types at the American Eurocopter...
June 20, 2012
Sandel Avionics has agreed to provide Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with HeliTAWS for the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH)...
June 18, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $19.1-million extension from the U.S. Navy for non-recurring engineering efforts related to the...
June 11, 2012
The U.S. Army's first Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior has entered service with the Air Cavalry Squadron in Fort Riley, Kan. The helicopter was the...
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