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November 13, 2013
The Indonesian army Mi-17-V5 medium lift helicopter that crashed into jungle in the remote Malinau district of North Kalimantan province in the Indonesian part of Borneo island killing 13 on board was not overloaded and was in the final stages of landing, Indonesian military officials have stated. The crash on November 9 involved one of the Indonesian Army’s 15 Mi-17-V5 helicopters. According to...
November 7, 2013
U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)’s Directorate of Acquisition has granted three contract modifications – to AAR Airlift Group, Columbia Helicopters and Construction Helicopters – related to...
November 1, 2013
Elbit Systems has received a follow-on contract to supply its Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s Surion helicopter. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), otherwise known as the Surion, is a joint venture between Korean...
November 1, 2013
The long-running and painful (to both sides) Canadian Maritime Replacement Program may be heading toward a solution after the Canadian government took the drastic step of bringing to a meeting those involved – and rivals – to try and force an answer. According to The Canadian Press, a meeting was staged at the beginning of October between Canadian Defense and Public Works officials and...
October 31, 2013
The Lithuanian Air Force has placed an order for three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphins with financing support from the European Union. According to Eurocopter, the...
October 30, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) has moved a major step forward with the first run of the competing engines now complete. ITEP was created to find replacement engines for the General Electric T-700s that power the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The new engines will provide power in the 3,000 SHP range compared to the 2,000 SHP range of the T-700 they will...
October 25, 2013
The completion of the upgrade to the Boeing Chinook dynamic mission simulator at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) located at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, UK, has allowed the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to train its crews on both the old CH-47D and new CH-47F aircraft. The RNLAF operates both CH-47D/F models with delivery of the...
October 17, 2013
Elbit Systems has received a follow-on contract to supply its Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s Surion helicopter. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), otherwise known as the Surion, is a joint venture between Korean...
October 16, 2013
British military flying in Germany came to a close October 4 with the departure of the last Westland Lynx Mk9A of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (1AAC) from Gütersloh airfield in northern Germany. The AAC departure marks the end of British military flying in Germany since the end of World War II, as well as bringing to a close 1AAC’s residency in Gütersloh that...
October 16, 2013
AVX Aircraft is one of the four companies to be awarded a Technology Investment Agreement by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in respect of taking forward its Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter design to the next stage. The coaxial design is one of two being...
October 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has chosen Moog to design, build and certify the flight control system for the V-280 Valor program. The V-280 is vying for U.S. Army...
October 11, 2013
The Lynx helicopter onboard the UK’s Royal Naval ship HMS Lancaster has been busy helping to seize drugs in the Caribbean following a couple of successful operations during early October. The Lynx Mk8, on 815 Naval Air Squadron, is one of the main assets on HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate. The recent anti-drug operations just days apart resulted in a street value haul of $92.4 million (£58...
October 9, 2013
Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
October 4, 2013
During Helitech, engine maker Turbomeca made public a contract with the Netherlands Air Force involving overhauls for a fleet of Makila 1A2...
October 2, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 1, 2013
V-22 aerial refueling exercise. The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin unmanned K-Max helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet...
October 1, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet. The...
October 1, 2013
Bristol Belvedere approaching mountain base (Army Sioux on ground). Photo by Mike McKinley As a largely clandestine war in a far-off land, the Borneo campaign was one of the least discussed and written-about military actions post-World War II. Fought in the steamy jungles of Borneo from 1962-66, British and Commonwealth counter-insurgency (COIN) operations saw off the hostile forces of neighboring...
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