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June 1, 2011
Eurocopter Tiger.  Eurocopter/Anthony Pecchi Eurocopter has reportedly resolved “technical/harness problems” with the Tiger UHT (Unterstutzungshubschrauber Tiger) destined for the German Army, with 16 of the 80 ordered now delivered. Full responsibility for the aircraft was turned over to the Army last March, with the new aircraft being operated with the Kampfhubschrauberregiment 36...
June 1, 2011
ARH-129D is the latest attack variant of the AW129 Mangusta. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has now completed development and testing of upgraded weapons and target acquisition systems for the ARH-129D aerial reconnaissance helicopter, the latest version of the attack-variant AW129 Mangusta. The company has also completed the first flight of the T129, an upgraded AW129 being modified to meet the needs of...
June 1, 2011
A special Spring 2011 Military Insider is available in the June edition of Rotor & Wing, which is now available online. Features include “Shifting Global...
May 13, 2011
AgustaWestland has delivered a mission planning and analysis system (MPAS) to the Royal Netherlands Navy...
May 6, 2011
Saab has inked a deal with the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide support and maintenance for Helicopter 15, a fleet of 20...
May 3, 2011
Manassas, Va.-based Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered the first CH-53K main rotor pylon (MRP) structural...
May 1, 2011
Bell Helicopter is moving forward with two upgrading/modification programs for the well-proven OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. These include a U.S. Army program begun last year to upgrade the OH-58D to the OH-58F model, and a Bell-funded program as its proposal for the Army’s projected Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. The OH-58F, an Army Acquisition II program, passed its Milestone B review in December...
May 1, 2011
Intuitive, dedicated, pragmatic, innovative, committed, diversified, and a pioneer, hero, visionary and people person. These are all words close colleagues used to describe Charles H. “Charlie” Kaman, the founder of Kaman Corp. who passed away on January 31 at age 91. During Heli-Expo in March, Rotor & Wing Senior Editor Andrew Parker sat down with four top executives from the...
April 29, 2011
The U.S. Department of Defense is conducting a survey throughout April that focuses on any pilots or crewmembers that have suffered back or neck pain...
April 28, 2011
The pressure of a decade which has seen the continual deployment of the U.S. military into foreign war zones, predominantly but not exclusively including Iraq and Afghanistan—where the insurgents relentlessly prosecute daily levels of violence resulting in climbing casualty lists—is having a recognizable impact on the soldiers who are called to duty. “After a decade of combat our soldiers...
April 28, 2011
The Department of Defense (DoD) currently recognizes that Army Aviation is a key enabler on the battlefield, even though it represents only 7 percent of the Army. Thurman revealed that Army Aviation has logged 4.5 million combat hours from Feb. 1, 2003 to date, with a further 1.1 million combat hours flown by unmanned aerial systems (UAS). “We are sustaining over 650 helicopters in Afghanistan and...
April 27, 2011
Intuitive, dedicated, pragmatic, innovative, committed, diversified, pioneer, visionary, hero and people person. These are all words colleagues used to describe Charles H. “Charlie” Kaman, the founder of Kaman Corp. who passed away on January 31 at age 91. In addition to inventions in the aerospace industry, Kaman also designed the Ovation series of guitars and founded Fieldco Guide Dog...
April 26, 2011
The U.S. Air Force announced Monday plans to hold open competitions for the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP) and HH-60 recapitalization programs. The separate competitions will seek to replace aging fleets...
April 25, 2011
Turkey’s Defense Industry Executive Committee has awarded Sikorsky a contract worth up to $3.5 billion for 109 international Black Hawks that will be used for utility and attack missions. The agreement involves helicopter assembly...
April 19, 2011
Quad-A, the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual gathering was kicked-off in earnest by MG Anthony Crutchfield on the first morning when he set the Army’s aim point for the new Joint Multi-Role helicopter at 2030. By that date, he said, the lifetime of all of the Army’s major platforms would be in sight: Apache Block III would come to the end of its service life around 2040, so...
April 19, 2011
Quad-A, the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual gathering was kicked-off in earnest by MG Anthony Crutchfield on the first morning when he...
April 18, 2011
Bell Helicopter has promoted Mitch Snyder to executive vice president of Military Programs. He will oversee all...
April 15, 2011
Pall Corp. has won a $14-million U.S. Army order to supply its Centrisep engine...
April 6, 2011
Polish Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary PZL Mielec has started conducting S-70i flight tests out from its new facility. Late...
March 31, 2011
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFUR-A) presented a briefing at the United Kingdom’s Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London on March 23. The following represents some highlights from the discussion that took place related to his presentation: “The International Mission in Afghanistan.”...
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