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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...
July 1, 2011
The world’s leading helicopter designers and manufacturers need to radically change their products to incorporate more speed, greater range, bigger payloads, better reliability and reduced operating costs. This is a message that Philip Dunford, VP and COO for Boeing Mobility Systems, says he has been preaching “for the last seven years” and he is still doing so today although now it...
June 30, 2011
This year’s Paris Air Show was a washout in my more ways than just the weather, the partial rail-strike which made the daily commute from central Paris more of a misery than it already is, and the extortionate price of hotel rooms. In the summer of 2011 we experienced real signs of the migration of power to the east, especially in military helicopter terms. We are in strange times. The slashing of...
June 30, 2011
NH Industries has delivered the first NH90 to the Italian Navy. The helicopter is part of a...
June 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has bought out Bell’s share in the BA609 tiltrotor program and is now expecting certification in 2015—12 years after the first flight—with deliveries beginning “immediately afterwards.” After years of discussions, the two helicopter manufacturers have found an agreement that was signed in June, just before the Paris Air Show. The European company is saying it is...
June 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has bought out Bell’s share in the BA609 tiltrotor program and is now expecting certification in 2015—12 years after the first flight—with deliveries beginning “immediately...
June 21, 2011
The European aviation market is a “top priority” for Russian Helicopters, CEO Dmitry Petrov said during the...
June 16, 2011
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has handed over a second batch of Mi-8AMTShs to the Russian Ministry of...
June 13, 2011
Peter Cutler is the new vice president of military and federal government programs for American Eurocopter. Among his responsibilities...
June 10, 2011
Russian Helicopters and VEB-leasing recently signed an agreement that covers the Latin American aviation market...
June 1, 2011
AAS-72X technical demonstration aircraft from EADS North America. EADS At the U.S. Army Aviation’s annual exposition, Quad-A, EADS North America took along one of its three company-funded technical demonstrator aircraft (TDA) which was virtually a challenge of “we’re here; where’s everyone else?” The aircraft is known as the Armed Aerial Scout 72X. The Armed Aerial Scout...
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...
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