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October 4, 2013
During Helitech, engine maker Turbomeca made public a contract with the Netherlands Air Force involving overhauls for a fleet of Makila 1A2...
October 2, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 1, 2013
V-22 aerial refueling exercise. The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin unmanned K-Max helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet...
October 1, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet. The...
October 1, 2013
Bristol Belvedere approaching mountain base (Army Sioux on ground). Photo by Mike McKinley As a largely clandestine war in a far-off land, the Borneo campaign was one of the least discussed and written-about military actions post-World War II. Fought in the steamy jungles of Borneo from 1962-66, British and Commonwealth counter-insurgency (COIN) operations saw off the hostile forces of neighboring...
October 1, 2013
Attending a big defense exposition such as the recently held DSEI in London is no bad thing. The mainstream media had one central line of interest: Syria. The prospect of missile strikes in retaliation for President Assad’s widely alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people was on everyone’s mind. Afghanistan is yesterday’s news, despite the fact that according to Gen. Joseph...
September 19, 2013
The UK’s Prince William, otherwise known as Flight Lt. William Wales, Royal Air Force, has completed his tour of duty as a search and rescue pilot with C Flight, 22 Squadron. His tour ended on September 10 with no incidents...
September 12, 2013
As the UK armed forces look to shape the concept of Future Force 2020, with the Royal Air Force reducing to a manpower level of around 35,000 personnel, newly appointed Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford said that one of his main quests was to understand the role that synthetic world could play in preparing his force for its next challenge. As the newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff, he presented the...
September 11, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin K-Max unmanned helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet committed funds to...
September 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to appoint Lockheed Martin as a “tier one” member of the V-280 Valor program. The Hurst, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron plans to incorporate additional partners into the tiltrotor program the coming months. The V-280 is one of three groups vying for...
September 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy believes that there is potentially a good international second-hand market for its Sikorsky SH-60Fs as modern MH-60R/S aircraft replace them. That may be right as the first customer, the Spanish Navy, has confirmed an order for two (although it had been considering buying up to six SH-60Fs in 2010). The attraction for foreign military sales (FMS) customers...
September 6, 2013
The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August, the V-22 completed a demonstration flight over north Texas equipped with a prototype...
September 3, 2013
The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition and sustainment contract to L-3 Wescam to provide MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR)...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53 through a Bell-Boeing V-22 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Folding blades and tail sections are perhaps the most physical attributes of a helicopter, especially in the military, that has been prepared for service at sea, usually for ship-borne operations where hanger space is at a premium. However focusing on just those two elements ignores the accumulation of...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 28, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet...
August 28, 2013
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a pair of contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense related to rotor blades and OH-58D cabins. The first contract, valued at more than $61 million, calls for the...
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