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September 18, 2012
Eurocopter has delivered the first Puma Mk2 to the UK Ministry of Defence. Eurocopter is in the process of upgrading three additional...
September 18, 2012
The first modernized CH-53GA aircraft has been handed over to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) by the Eurocopter Military Support Center, with another 39 aircraft to follow over a three-year period. The plan to update the aircraft reaches back to 2007 when it was decided to extend the design life of the aircraft from 6,000 to 10,000 hours. This should allow them to operate beyond 2030. Eurocopter is...
September 17, 2012
Bell Helicopter has received a $59-million contract extension for work on the OH-58A Kiowa Warrior to OH-58D cabin conversion...
September 13, 2012
Turbomeca has inked a support-by-the-hour (SBH) agreement with the German Federal Police. The contract covers 32 Arrius 2B2...
September 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over a pair of 407GXs to New York-based Helicopter Flight Services. The delivery represents the...
September 12, 2012
Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which 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 Design Co. (RDC), which will supply avionics for the Ka-52 Alligator. Under the contract with Poly...
September 6, 2012
Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James Amos has stated that a program aimed at replacing the Sikorsky VH-60s and VH-3 Sea Kings that carry the president has moved forward...
September 5, 2012
Poland-based AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik SA introduced its SW-4 “Solo” helicopter program on Tuesday during the 20th International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Europe. The prototype is what the company calls a “Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter” (RUAS/OPH). The company plans to market the...
September 5, 2012
Cougar Helicopters of Canada has entered into an agreement with the Bristow Group giving Bristow a minority interest in the...
September 4, 2012
The Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Eurocopter have signed a memorandum of understanding to look into opening a...
September 4, 2012
Turbomeca has received a repair and overhaul contract from Saab AB for the Swedish Air Force. The global support package...
September 1, 2012
Despite the traffic, humidity, political gridlock and so on, living in the Washington, D.C., metro area has its advantages, including for the aviation and defense industries. Cultural diversity is another major attraction, as just about every big act that goes on tour will come through the D.C. area. Taxi into Manassas after returning from the trips around DC. Photos by Andrew Parker Such is the case for...
September 1, 2012
MD Helicopters has received an order from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Metro Air Support Unit for a 500E. The order represents the...
September 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has established a regional service center in Singapore. The Seletar...
September 1, 2012
Russian airline UTair has obtained a seven-year, $45-million financing package from British bank HSBC on a security from French insurance agency COFACE to purchase 19 Eurocopter AS350s and AS355s. The agreement represents the...
September 1, 2012
MD Helicopters has obtained a $40-million contract from the U.S. Army for the purchase of MD530F...
September 1, 2012
AgustaWestland has a “deal with Russian Helicopters to develop a new technology 2.5-ton single engine helicopter for the export and internal markets,” said CEO Bruno Spagnolini, speaking on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. “This is a great opportunity to expand the cooperation that we already have with Russian Helicopters where we have established a joint venture for...
September 1, 2012
The Rachel project aims at replacing the Mi-8/17 in the 22,000- to 26,000-lb category. Russian Helicopters has completed a “feasibility study” for a Mi-8/17 replacement, dubbed the...
September 1, 2012
The Ka-62, a civil derivative of the military Ka-60, features new elements such as Turbomeca engines, a Transas avionics suite and a crashworthy fuel tank Russian Helicopters is planning on flying the Kamov Ka-62 medium twin in August 2013. The new helicopter, which bears some resemblance with the Eurocopter Dauphin, will be in the 12 to 15-passenger category. The manufacturer is targeting a very...
September 1, 2012
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation has agreed to buy 19 more S-92s from Sikorsky Aircraft. The contract follows an order for three S-92s placed in February 2012 at Heli-Expo. The combined 22-helicopter...
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