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March 4, 2011
The Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor has come a long way since the early days when cost overruns, design problems and two back-to-back fatal accidents in 2000 nearly cancelled the program on...
March 3, 2011
The key themes outlined in the Financial Year 2011 U.S. Defense Budget hold no major surprises in their focus: • Taking Care of People • Rebalancing Military • Current Wars • Current/Future Conflicts • Reforming What and How We Buy • Supporting Our Troops in the Field The presumed spend of U.S. GDP in 2011 is expected to be 4.7 percent (assuming the GDP projections reflected...
March 3, 2011
When will the outdated critics of the V-22 Osprey realize that the world has moved on and their protestation are out of touch with the real world. ‘Wake up and smell the coffee!’ Just look at the current crisis in Libya. The constant running of video clips on news broadcaster CNN clearly show a deck full of MV-22s on the USS Kearsage—a ship whose primary mission as described by the U.S...
March 3, 2011
Afghanistan AAR Deploys S-92s to Afghanistan Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over two S-92s to AAR Corp. for passenger and cargo missions in Afghanistan. AAR is conducting operations for the U.S. Transportation Command, which supplies services for the Department of Defense. Both helicopters are designed with flexible interior space in order to accommodate passengers or cargo. India Russian Helicopters Opens...
March 1, 2011
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered two S-92s to AAR Corp. for passenger and cargo missions in Afghanistan. AAR is...
March 1, 2011
The Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor has come a long way since the early days when cost overruns, design problems and two back-to-back fatal accidents in 2000 nearly cancelled the program on several occasions. The bugs were worked out long ago and the vertical short/takeoff and landing (V/STOL)-capable V-22 is seeing a lot of action these days. Over the last two years, the V-22 has accumulated nearly...
February 24, 2011
During trials in late January, Kaman and Lockheed Martin continued to make strides in the testing of the unmanned K-MAX at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground...
February 24, 2011
Greg Steiner, president of Kaman Aerospace Corp., spoke with Rotor & Wing late last week about developments in the company’s unmanned K-MAX program, and what to expect during Heli-Expo, which starts March 5 in Orlando. R&W: Please provide an update regarding the K-MAX unmanned aerial system (UAS) program for the U.S. Marine Corps’ cargo resupply mission. Steiner: It’s moving along...
February 17, 2011
Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland has introduced a militarized version of the AW139. The “M” variant is a being offered for the...
February 8, 2011
Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over two S-92s to AAR Corp. for passenger and cargo missions in Afghanistan...
February 1, 2011
Eurocopter completed the initial runs of four airframes in late 2010—the second prototype EC175, the Tiger HAD and NH Industries NH-90 tactical transport helicopter (TTH) for both France and Spain. The EC175 (shown at right) took off December 17 from the manufacturer’s plant in Marignane, France for a series of basic handling and system...
February 1, 2011
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the AAR Corp. Defense Systems and Logistics division with a 2010 Secretary of Defense performance-based...
February 1, 2011
The U.S. Army is not short of commitments; an ongoing war in Afghanistan, troops still engaged in New Dawn in Iraq, worries over the volatility of North Korea and a Chinese defense budget with a recent tendency to climb steeply with every passing year. In fact, U.S. forces operate in around 80 countries. But there was concern among those attending this year’s AUSA Aviation Symposium and Exposition in...
January 27, 2011
Afghanistan Kiowa Overwatch in Afghanistan Laghman Province, Afghanistan—U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-58 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village on January 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by...
January 5, 2011
Lockheed Martin has received $249 million in contracts to maintain and upgrade a fleet of H-60s from its facility in Owego, N.Y. According to...
January 4, 2011
Eurocopter subsidiary Helibras has handed over the first three Brazilian Armed Forces EC725s under a 50-helicopter...
January 1, 2011
The United Kingdom is moving towards smaller, more specialized operations, backed by a better organized defense-wide logistics process. That is the perspective recently presented by Lt. Gen. Gary Coward, Chief of Materiel (Land) at the Defense Equipment and Support (DES), part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence. As a direct result of the Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), the UK’s...
December 28, 2010
The U.S. Navy has released a report that describes how 10 crew members of HSM-41 from North Island NAS in San Diego caused more than...
December 16, 2010
ITT Corp. has handed over the first major structural subassembly for the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The delivery of the initial sponson—a 25 x 4 x 5-foot structure that attaches to each side of the helicopter and houses landing gear, fuel and other components—comes after three years of design and...
December 14, 2010
Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin have won a $45.8-million U.S. Naval Air Systems Command contract to evaluate the K-MAX...
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