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January 1, 2012
“Marines are sending unmanned helicopters to Afghanistan to test a safer way to supply troops deep inside hostile territory. The 3-ton, twin-rotor K-MAX, built by Lockheed and Kaman, will be capable of ferrying up to 3 tons of supplies. Human controllers will guide it from its main base to isolated forward-operating bases. The goal: replacing risky truck convoys that are exposed to ambushes and...
December 29, 2011
It is two years since the UK sent the first Merlin helicopters nearly 4,000 miles (6,400km) to Afghanistan. It is too far to fly the RAF...
December 28, 2011
The Louisiana National Guard has upgraded two UH-72 Lakota helicopters with the Security...
December 27, 2011
Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight...
December 22, 2011
As we come to the end of 2011 what have we learned in the last 12 months and what is in store for the coming year in terms of the ongoing utility of military rotorcraft? What has certainly been confirmed is that helicopters continue to retain an important place at the cutting edge of military operational strategy. This was confirmed on May 2 in the raid mounted by U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development...
December 22, 2011
Eurocopter has handed over the first two AS350B2 Ecureuils that are part of a nine-helicopter order to the Ecuadorian Armed Forces...
December 22, 2011
AgustaWestland has completed deliveries of two NH90 NFHs to the Italian Army and Navy. The helicopters were the first from...
December 15, 2011
Seattle, Wash.-based HEATCON Composite Systems has been contracted by the U.S. Army to supply materials for repairing composite helicopters and airplanes. The...
December 14, 2011
The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching Science & Technology (S&T) effort designed to engineer, build and deliver a next-generation...
December 13, 2011
Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program hosted a team of Army aviators and maintainers from the Republic of Ecuador at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky. The group consisted...
December 9, 2011
The Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) has contracted Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) to upgrade its fleet of...
December 9, 2011
The U.S. Marine Corps recently admitted that the lifetime cost of operating their new V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft had increased 64 percent over...
December 8, 2011
Australia’s MRH90 helicopter program has received a significant boost with an agreement between the Commonwealth and manufacturer...
December 7, 2011
Representatives from the Royal Malaysian Air Force received a first-hand look at its initial Eurocopter EC725 during this week’s LIMA Exhibition. Eurocopter provided a live...
December 6, 2011
My observations this month surround two different assembly lines that I’ve witnessed recently. In November I visited Eurocopter’s Marignane sprawling headquarters complex outside of Marseille in the south of France. A month before I’d been to Boeing’s Ridley Park facility outside of Philadelphia. The immediate impression that was made upon me was the difference in assembly method...
December 5, 2011
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR Corp. has obtained two renewal options from the U. S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) for airlift...
December 2, 2011
The U.S. Army’s National Training Center (NTC) plans to retire three Bell UH-1H Hueys on Tuesday, Dec. 13...
December 1, 2011
EADS North America has handed over the initial UH-72A Lakota in the Security and Support (S&S) configuration to the Mississippi National Guard’s Company C, 1st of the 114th Security and Support Battalion. Entry into service follows the official rollout for the National Guard, Army and industry leadership in early November, further expanding the roles being played the Active Army and National...
December 1, 2011
The U.S. Army is progressing on an advanced science and technology (S&T) effort to develop a new engine for its Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apaches. The new powerplant will be developed under the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and designed to increase shaft horsepower while decreasing fuel consumption. An initial Request for Information was issued to industry in...
December 1, 2011
The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) Surion is the replacement for the Republic of Korea Army’s fleet of utility and transport helicopters. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) Korea Aerospace Industries...
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