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September 1, 2011
Makers of military rotorcraft are understandably nervous these days with the real possibility of up to $700 billion in defense-related cuts between now and 2023. Add in the recent credit default showdown and trillions in anticipated budget cuts from the so-called Congressional “super committee,” and the uncertainty increases. But the anxiety could be unnecessary, according to several industry...
September 1, 2011
The Chinese and Asian military helicopter markets are ones that are double-edged for most western helicopter manufacturers (OEMs). While directly supplying the Chinese military is not a market that is open to them, the huge rise in China’s economic strength and its subsequent renewed drive to modernize its military forces are giving many of its neighbors, who can buy from the western OEMs, the reason...
September 1, 2011
The health and mission effects of helicopter pilots and crewmembers who suffer from back and neck pain due to flying took center stage in late July during the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Seating Forum in Washington, D.C. A panel of speakers from military and scientific industries presented findings—as well as personal experiences—in regards to back and neck pain. The forum included representatives...
September 1, 2011
Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC Engineering Services has modified and delivered the last of 22 Russian Mi-17s for the Iraqi Air Force. This...
September 1, 2011
August 31, 2011
An intriguing insight into what might be the U.S. Army’s developing view of how it sees the proposed Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter has come out of a presentation from Col. Doug Rombough, Program Executive Officer for rotary wing aviation for Special Operations Forces (PEO-RW). He gave the presentation at a recent Special Operations Forces industry conference, indicating that the current plethora...
August 31, 2011
At the end of August the United Kingdom’s Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, confirmed a long-awaited contract with Boeing for a further 14 CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The confirmation came during a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the UK’s CH-47 Chinook fleet. This order is for 14 new aircraft, which includes two replacements for helicopters that were...
August 25, 2011
EADS North America has handed over more than half of a 345-ship order for UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army. The Army has received 219...
August 10, 2011
Makers of military rotorcraft are understandably nervous these days with the real possibility of up to $700 billion in defense-related cuts between now and 2023. Add in the recent credit default showdown and trillions in anticipated budget cuts from the so-called Congressional “super committee,” and the uncertainty increases. But the anxiety could be unnecessary, according to several industry...
August 9, 2011
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey program has presented a second multiyear procurement (MYP II) proposal to the U.S...
August 3, 2011
Enstrom Helicopter has delivered the first three training/utility-configured 480Bs to the Royal...
August 3, 2011
The health and mission effects of helicopter pilots and crewmembers who suffer from back and neck pain due to flying took center stage during the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Seating Forum, held July 26–27 in Washington, D.C. A panel of speakers from military and scientific industries presented findings—as well as personal experiences—in regards to back and neck pain. The forum included...
August 1, 2011
Saab has teamed with Sikorsky on a maintenance agreement for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) fleet of UH-60M Black Hawks. FMV purchased the 15 helicopters last month through the U.S...
August 1, 2011
Boeing’s AH-6i flies overhead in the Arizona desert during the final day of a media tour with the helicopter manufacturer. Photo by Andrew Drwiega Within Boeing’s recently restructured Defense, Space and Security (DS&S) division, rotorcraft are no longer grouped together, although they are all part of Chadwick’s military aircraft business. The AH-64 Apache is now within Global Strike...
August 1, 2011
Following the French government’s premature announcement in late May that its Gazelle and Tiger helicopters, together with British Apaches, would begin operations against Col. Gaddafi’s military regime in Libya in support of Operation Unified Protector, the British government had no recourse but to confirm the fact soon after. The Apaches’ first mission occurred on June 5/6, with the...
July 28, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton Corp. has assisted Bell Helicopter in supporting the Australian Army’s fleet of 206B1 Kiowas, which topped 60,000 operational hours in April 2011. Eaton, which supplies components...
July 28, 2011
Early this year the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) renewed its support-by-the-hour contract, which provides a fixed cost per engine per flight hour, with European engine maker Turbomeca. The OEM will provide modular maintenance and service support for all 244 Arriel 2C2CG engines in the USCG’s fleet of HH-65C helicopters spread over 18 Coast Guard stations. During the Paris Air Show Russ Spray, President...
July 15, 2011
The Colombian fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks has gone over the 300,000-flight-hour mark. The Army, Air Force and National...
July 14, 2011
Andrew Drwiega talked exclusively to three of Sikorsky’s presidents on the eve of the Paris Air Show 2011, including Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino. Rotor & Wing: There is a widespread international concern today over the direction and pace of rotorcraft development in order to meet future needs. A main focus of concern seems to be the lack of government funding...
July 6, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the program, which converts existing OH-58A models with a 3,500-lb max gross weight to a D model, with a max gross weight of 5,500 lbs. U.S. Army Lt. Col...
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