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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.”...
March 31, 2011
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Joint Program Office (PMA-275) recently marked 100,000 total flight hours...
March 6, 2011
Turbomeca shook hands with representatives of the US Coast Guard (USCG) on the Sunday morning to mark the signing of a second support-by-the-hour contract. The...
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...
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