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September 6, 2013
The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August, the V-22 completed a demonstration flight over north Texas equipped with a prototype...
September 3, 2013
The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition and sustainment contract to L-3 Wescam to provide MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR)...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53 through a Bell-Boeing V-22 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Folding blades and tail sections are perhaps the most physical attributes of a helicopter, especially in the military, that has been prepared for service at sea, usually for ship-borne operations where hanger space is at a premium. However focusing on just those two elements ignores the accumulation of...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 28, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet...
August 28, 2013
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a pair of contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense related to rotor blades and OH-58D cabins. The first contract, valued at more than $61 million, calls for the...
August 27, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the U.S. Army...
August 22, 2013
Last week Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to tour the Rostvertol factory in Rostov on Don. The tour included the production line for the Mi-35M and Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters, as well as a line refurbishing a couple of Mi-26s, the world’s biggest helicopter. The tour began at the workshop where metal...
August 21, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has executed a $92.3-million provision for services from Boeing in...
August 14, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry, and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company officially launched the endeavor August 13 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC. Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor & Wing and sister publication Defense Daily...
August 7, 2013
In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program. Related: Future Vertical Lift: An Overview The company cites its existing experience of working with the Department of Defense...
August 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to make a $772-million purchase of new aircraft that the Afghan Army does not have the capacity to operate, according to a new report from John Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR's latest report lists the purchase as one of its top concerns with the...
August 5, 2013
The U.S. Army has granted a $29.4-million contract to Arizona-based Honeywell International to purchase T-55 engines for the...
August 2, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has issued a contract to Cobham to upgrade the nitrogen inerting units (NIUs) on the Boeing AH-64...
August 1, 2013
The CAE NH-90 simulator in Australia is the first to attain Level D certification, according to industry sources who spoke with Rotor & Wing at the Paris Air Show. The Australian Army and Navy will be sharing 24 MRH-90s. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) is also believed to be considering buying simulators for its fleet of 20 NH-90s in the tactical transport helicopter (TTH) configuration. CAE is also...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the initial NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) configuration to the Belgium Armed Forces. The helicopter is also the first to come from the manufacturer’s industrial complex in Donauworth, Germany. Belgium is the fifth...
August 1, 2013
During the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) meeting held in Phoenix in May, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) manager, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., had restated the V-22 program of record. USMC still requires 360 MV-22s, U.S. Air Force SOCOM 51 CV-22s, and the U.S. Navy 48 V-22s (although there is still no budget to purchase...
August 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract on June 16 in Paris. Buying Russian defense...
August 1, 2013
The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing’s heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F. First flight of the AgustaWestland ICH-47F Chinook...
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