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January 19, 2012
Swedish security and defense company Saab AB (SAAB- B.SK) said Wednesday it has...
January 12, 2012
EADS North America has received a U.S. Army contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters. The $212-million contract will involve 32 Lakotas...
January 12, 2012
Marines running low on ammo may one day use an app on their digital handhelds to summon a robotic helicopter to deliver supplies within minutes, enabled by technologies from a new Office of Naval Research (ONR)...
January 6, 2012
U.S. aerospace giant Sikorsky still has yet to pay the $8 million in penalties the Conservative government levied against it for failing to deliver on the Canadian...
January 6, 2012
Pentagon officials may be mismanaging a $2.6 billion program that buys foreign-made helicopters such as the Russian Mi-17 and provides them to U.S. allies, the Defense Department’s inspector...
January 4, 2012
A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache...
January 4, 2012
Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace’s unmanned K-MAX has entered combat service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. USMC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 received the first K-MAX unmanned aerial system in early December, with the initial cargo resupply mission taking place on Dec. 17. The unmanned helicopter transported more than 3,000 lbs of food and supplies from Camp Dwyer to...
January 1, 2012
Conflict is an inevitable part of today’s world. Soldiers need the right tools—including the unique air support that helicopters provide—to  fight and defend the country and its allies. Providing the right tools requires a defense budget that is approved with enough foresight and guidance to prepare for future equipment and support needs. If you believe these three statements are...
January 1, 2012
The Bell 407AH on display during the Dubai Airshow in November. Photo by Douglas Nelms Bell Helicopter Textron displayed its militarized 407AH at the Dubai Airshow, promoting it and the IA407 being developed for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Both aircraft use the civilian-certified Bell 407 modified to carry an array of aerial weapons. However, the major difference between them is that the IA407 is strictly an...
January 1, 2012
The fourth of eight Black Hawks destined for the Swedish Defence Material Administration. Sikorsky The U.S. Army has taken delivery of its...
January 1, 2012
Boeing is close to signing a deal with another international defense force as a new customer for the AH-64D Block III, although it is premature to say which one, when or how many, according to Mike Burke, director of business development for attack helicopter programs. During presentations at the Dubai Airshow in November, Burke said the company is also in discussions with another Middle Eastern armed...
January 1, 2012
Established in 1992, the Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. Employing approximately 17,500 people, Eurocopter Group designs, develops, produces and markets the most comprehensive range of civil and military helicopters in the world. One of the standout highlights of 2011 occurred on May 12, when Eurocopter’s X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter...
January 1, 2012
The transformation that no military wants, yet financial restraint is pushing everyone inexorably toward, is now upon us. Multi-role must now be the way forward. Not because it is better, but because it is rapidly becoming the only financially acceptable choice. Collaboration is a vital part of competition in terms of winning defense contracts. This is already part of the fabric around the procurement...
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...
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