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June 1, 2012
Existing military helicopter procurement for the United Kingdom’s armed forces appears to have been given short/medium term approval following the announcement by defense minister Philip Hammond of the delayed planning round (PR) 12 Committed Core Equipment Program to the UK’s Parliament on May 12, 2012. According to Hammond, the delay of PR12 had been due to the Ministry of Defence wrestling...
May 24, 2012
The U.S. Army's Flying Tigers of the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment has completed its transfer from Fort Hood, Texas to Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base...
May 22, 2012
The Canadian Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada have issued a $10-million contract to L-3 Wescam to support its...
May 18, 2012
Boeing has won a $486-million contract related to the AH-64D Apache Block III low rate production and support. Work will take place at the...
May 17, 2012
The U.S. Army has issued a $43.2-million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft to convert four...
May 17, 2012
The California Department of Fire Protection and the U.S. Marine Corps took part in the fifth annual Wildland Firefighting Exercise...
May 16, 2012
Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin’s joint helicopter, the unmanned K-Max, has delivered more than 1 million pounds of cargo...
May 8, 2012
Aarhus, Denmark-based Terma has widened its memorandum of understanding with Sikorsky Aircraft. The MOU expansion hinges on the Danish...
May 8, 2012
Although the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program could be officially declared as “off and running” with the announcement of a Request for Information (RfI) on April 25 by U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA), there should be no expectation that this will result in a major new technology-based program. The AAS requirement is intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which...
May 8, 2012
The push to train crewmen and maintainers serving in the Afghan Air Force is not solely the responsibility of those NATO countries currently operating in Afghanistan (look out for Rotor & Wing’s forthcoming feature on U.S. Army training of Afghan helicopter aircrew). On April 1, the first 10 Afghan helicopter maintainers began a 90-day course at the OAO Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant in...
May 8, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s Military...
May 4, 2012
The U.S. Patent Office has issued a primary utility patent to Fort Worth, Texas-based AVX Aircraft covering technical functions of the company's designs, including...
May 1, 2012
Textron subsidiaries Bell Helicopter and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems have started construction on a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) capability development laboratory in Huntsville, Ala. The R&D facility will allow testing...
May 1, 2012
Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife, Kim, highlighting military families at Quad-A. Photos by Andrew Parker The sacrifices that military families make took center stage during the opening ceremonies of the Army Aviation Association of America’s Professional Forum and Exhibition (Quad-A) in Nashville. Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife...
May 1, 2012
Rockwell Collins provided a demo of its CAAS simulator during Quad-A (terrain elevation visible on left screen).  Photo by Andrew Parker Rockwell Collins has completed a series of flight tests of its Common Avionics...
May 1, 2012
Lynn Tilton with the MD540F. Photos by Andrew Parker After 15 years without unveiling a new rotorcraft, it only took around three months for MD Helicopters to pull together its latest offering—the 540F. An upgrade to the 530F, the new model will feature a Rolls-Royce engine, avionics from Elbit Systems and a six-blade rotor system. The company plans to enter the 540F into the U.S. Army’s Armed...
May 1, 2012
Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby speaking at the handover ceremony for the 200th EADS UH-72A for the U.S. Army in March. EADS North America and Eurocopter handed over the 200th UH-72A light utility helicopter (LUH) to the U.S. Army on March 1, marking it as the first purpose-built model built for the Army National Guard’s Security and Support (S&S) battalions. The UH-72A Lakota is the replacement aircraft...
May 1, 2012
The EADS AAS-72X+ on display during Quad-A. EADS North America introduced a boosted version of its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) offering for the U.S. Army during Quad-A in Nashville. Dubbed the AAS-72X+, the helicopter is a derivative of the AAS-72X Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH), and is based on the commercial EC145T2. Plans call for 72X+ production to take place at American Eurocopter’s facility...
May 1, 2012
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters has received a $7.26-million order from the Salvadorian Air Force (FAS) for three MD500Es. The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone...
May 1, 2012
U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) spoke about the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) and said that Americans “have to grapple with the situation that we face.” Photo by Andrew Parker During a speech at the Quad-A Forum & Exhibition in Nashville, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman...
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