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November 29, 2010
Boeing has awarded an Apache Block III diverter valve contract to Corona, Calif.-based Circor Aerospace Products Group, a subsidiary of Circor International of Burlington, Mass. The agreement covers the valve that is used for the AH-64D Apache Longbow s transmission system. Circor Aerospace... Read More »
August 1, 2010
CAMP BASTION, Helmand Province, Afghanistan During early summer the British Joint Helicopter Force Afghanistan [JHF (A)] began its operational integration into the U.S. 3rd Marine Aviation Wing, part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based alongside British forces at Camp Bastion, Helmand... Read More »
May 1, 2010
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is about to begin assessing submissions made by organizations wishing to manage a two-year Interim Synthetic helicopter Tactics course. The overall contract will be worth 3-4 million (approximately $4.1 to 5.4 million) with the location to be determined at single... Read More »
March 1, 2010
Soldiers from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit survey the area around Corail, Haiti in late January before boarding a Bell-Boeing MV-22. The U.S. Department of Defense budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a request for 30 MV-22B Ospreys for the Marines and five CV-22B troop transport... Read More »
March 1, 2010
Capt. Jeremy Duff, a battle commander for the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, uses an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) to prepare for various missions in Iraq. U.S. Army/Terry Moore The U.S. Army has declared five recently delivered Boeing AH-64D... Read More »
February 2, 2010
Boeing has delivered five Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) in the past year, the company is reporting. All five are ready to train helicopter pilots at the following locations: U.S. Army sites at Fort Hood, Texas (two trainers), Fort Drum, N.Y. and Illesheim, Germany, and an LCT for the Egyptian... Read More »
January 1, 2010
What s Stifling Innovation? On page 52 of the November 2009 issue of Rotor & Wing, Giovanni de Briganti asks, Are Legacy Designs Stifling Innovation? I would respond that there are, in fact, two stifling forces at work. First, there are the financial realities that drive OEMs and others to... Read More »
October 7, 2009
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a 480-million-euro integrated operational support (IOS) contract to AgustaWestland. The agreement, which runs until March 2014, is part of the Apache Future Support Arrangements (FSA) requirement. Along with a team that includes Boeing, Lockheed Martin and... Read More »
September 1, 2009
Textron Inc. has appointed John L. Garrison, Jr. as president and CEO of its Bell Helicopter subsidiary. He takes over from Richard "Dick" Millman, who worked in various roles for Textron for 43 years, becoming Bell s president and CEO in January 2007. Garrison comes from Textron s Industrial... Read More »
June 2, 2009
President Barack Obama's administration has notified Congress that Egypt would receive the AH-64D Apache Longbows under an $820-million deal. Congress has 30 days to block the Egyptian request for the Longbow. Egypt is saying it will use the helicopters to protect its borders. The sale includes... Read More »
June 1, 2009
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. was awarded a $60.3-million contract for the production of 24 Bell 407s for Iraq, with an option to purchase up to 26 additional 407 s. Work will be performed in Alliance, Texas, (55 precent) and Mirabel, Canada, (45 precent) with an estimated completion date of Sept... Read More »
June 1, 2009
MILITARY | SIMULATOR Boeing s Apache Longbow Crew Trainer 24 (LCT), which was built for the U.S. Army, is going to be "deployed in theater," said Sarah Hotaling. director of Boeing s Army, Navy and Marine Corps training systems program. Designed as a full-mission, high-fidelity flight simulator... Read More »
May 1, 2009
After decades of neglect, helicopter research and development are again gaining ground. Helicopters especially military helicopters need to improve in a lot of ways. Most everyone in the business agrees on that, and after eight years of rotorcraft-intensive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the... Read More »
March 1, 2009
MILITARY | ATTACK On January 28, 2009, an AH-64D Apache Block III attack helicopter equipped with a Longbow Unmanned Aerial Systems Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) successfully acquired and tracked an Unmanned Little Bird aircraft in flight. Using the Longbow UTA s two-way, high-bandwidth... Read More »
January 1, 2009
The outlook for U.S. military rotorcraft programs as the Obama administration comes to power might look bleak at first glance. Incoming President Obama s defense team inherits two costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a plan Obama supports to expand the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps by 92,000... Read More »
November 1, 2008
Both the Boeing Company and Bell Helicopter have dropped out of the bidding for 22 attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force, according to a Market Watch report. Boeing said that it would not bid for a contract to supply the Apache AH-64D Longbow because of time constraints. The Indian Army put... Read More »
November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter... Read More »
October 15, 2008
In an October announcement, the Army revealed that it has awarded General Electric s Engine Services division a contract for work on the AH-64 Apache Longbow project that will run until the end of 2011. The work, the exact nature of which was not disclosed, will be performed in Cincinnati, ... Read More »
September 1, 2008
Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache crews train at night at home to prepare for combat missions in Afghanistan. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has played a key role in supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan. Though a base like the one in Kandahar, for instance, is comparatively safe, you can... Read More »
June 1, 2008
Attack Boeing plans to fly its Block 3 AH-64D Apache Longbow on July 9, under an accelerated schedule sought by the U.S. Army. The new Apache, developed with money rolled over from the cancelled RAH-66 Comanche program, includes new software upgrades and modernized weapon systems, such as a new... Read More »
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