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October 31, 2012
What all of the competitors for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) acquisition seem to agree on is a satisfaction that the U.S. Army team conducting the evaluation of the different proposals is doing a great job. This has been a three-step process: 1) Request for Information (RfI) 2) Discussions with the army’s expert team, and finally; 3) a voluntary flight demonstration (VFD). The competitors, which...
October 31, 2012
Recently appointed Apache program Col. Jeff Hager confirmed during last week’s AUSA—the U.S. Army’s annual gathering in Washington, D.C.—that the Apache AH-64 Block III attack helicopter would now be officially known as the AH-64E (Echo). During a briefing, Hager pointed to the Aug. 9, 2012 decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) to go to full rate production, which he said...
October 24, 2012
Following a Voluntary Flight Demonstration (VFD) for the U.S. Army in late September and early October, EADS North America took its AAS-72X+ on a cross-country tour through mid-October, ending up at the AUSA exposition this week in Washington, D.C. The AAS-72X+, a derivative of the UH-72A Lakota, is one of the suitors for the Army’s potential Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. The Army will decide...
October 24, 2012
Bell Helicopter’s portion of the voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) that could be a precursor to a formal Armed Aerial Scout competition is taking place this week, according to the Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer. The Army is looking at alternatives to replace the existing fleet of OH-58Ds, and Bell is proposing an upgraded OH-58F that has a number of new...
October 19, 2012
Vergennes, Vt.-based Simmonds Precision Products, a subsidiary of Goodrich, has received a contract to provide...
October 15, 2012
Rolls-Royce has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scott’s-Bell 47 to explore the...
October 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 11, 2012
Eurocopter subsidiary, Helibras, has established a manufacturing plant in Itajuba that will focus on the production, assembly and maintenance of the EC725 in Brazil. The initial production at the facility will focus on a 50-aircraft...
October 10, 2012
Community members, health service providers and public safety officials gathered with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday to take delivery of the first AgustaWestland AW139 to join the Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command. The medium twin-engine aircraft, plus nine sister ships due for future handover, will gradually replace the agency’s aging fleet of Eurocopter Dauphins currently...
October 10, 2012
Source: The Domus Group United Arab Emirates, Dubai: The Domus Group, a leading international exhibition specialist, revealed the names of over 80 International and domestic corporate exhibitors taking part in the coming Dubai Helicopter Show 2012- the third largest International civil and military helicopter technology and operations exhibition. International Contributors from U.S.A, Canada, U.K, Germany...
October 10, 2012
Bell Helicopter, Enstrom, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky will be among the featured exhibitors at the 5th edition of the Dubai Helicopter Show, scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in UAE. The Middle East venue will also highlight more than 80 helicopter operators, manufacturers and suppliers, including...
October 9, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has informed Congress of Indonesia's desire to purchase Boeing AH-64D Apaches. The estimated value of the agreement...
October 9, 2012
NACRA Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, or T-Rex. The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement has now entered its second phase, or “NACRA 2.0”, as of last June, according to NACRA Director Timothy Gowen. Movement into the second phase gives NACRA a stronger entry into the area of technology development while building stronger ties with research scientists...
October 8, 2012
The U.S. Navy has exercised an $11.9-million option with Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for maintenance services on the...
October 8, 2012
Boeing has received a $136-million contract modification from the U.S. Army related to work on the...
October 8, 2012
Eurocopter EC175 in flight. Watching an EC175 test aircraft performing a series of climbs, turns and hovers at a satellite airfield cum-training ground near Eurocopter’s Marignane headquarters showed not only an aircraft well on the way to certification, but talking to its flight test crew revealed the continuing headlong development rush that has been a company trademark since its inception in 1992...
October 5, 2012
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a request from the Republic of Korea for a pair of helicopter fleet purchases through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The South Korean government is seeking to...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman will partner to develop a helicopter based on the AW101 Merlin for upcoming bids for the USAF Combat Rescue Helicopter and the Navy’s Marine One Presidential Helicopter replacement. AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
October 1, 2012
The PZL-Swidnik SW-4 Solo on display during the International Defence Industry Exhibition in early September. Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik took the wraps off its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program during the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Kielce, Poland. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air...
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