The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from… Read more »
The Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit Sajjan, has announced that upgrades for their Bell “Griffon” B412 and Leonardo “Cormorant”AW101 should be a priority in the defence budget. He feels that if upgrades cannot be guaranteed, that the helicopters should be removed from service. This announcement was made at a conference on defence policy reviews. Debate has… Read more »
The Rajasthan Government has asked MSTC Ltd to auction their grounded AgustaWestland AW109E. They have agreed to e-auction the helicopter, but will charge a rate of 3% for it. The helicopter was grounded back in 2011, due to a clip in a rotor blade broke. As reported by Times of India, the reserve price of… Read more »
May 2 saw the formal creation of the Joint Venture between India and Russia. The deal between India’s Hindustan and Russia’s Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport will now enable them to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters, reports TASS.
Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it has been selected to provide Image Generation technology as part of the first flight simulator being delivered to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in support of its new T-625 helicopter design. The simulator will feature Quantum3D’s Independence®… Read more »
The Peruvian Government have approved the purchase of 36 helicopters and 14 transport planes for the military, primarily for emergency response work such as flood relief. The national newspaper La República said that the National Emergency Operations Center had reported that during the period of rains, landslides and floods, it was necessary to mobilize about… Read more »
CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »
Egypt is in the final stages of deciding on the purchase of Russian Helicopters’ Kamov Ka-52K. Andrei Boginsky, Russian Helicopters CEO has said that the result of the tender will be made clear during this month. The Ka-52K helicopter has been dubbed the Alligator as it provides fire for amphibious attacks, can carry out anti-amphibious… Read more »
At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »
Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 conducted forward arming and refueling point operations as part of Assault Support Training 1 at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, in support of the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-17, April 17. Lasting seven weeks, WTI is a training evolution hosted by MAWTS-1… Read more »
Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »
The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Stepan Kubiv, has revealed that the Ukraine and Poland will be working together to develop and modernize helicopters for their two armed forces. The reason for the joint development is because the Ukrainian Defence Ministry cannot sustain the development of new helicopters by themselves and need the assistance of Polish… Read more »
Mexico has made plans with Rosoboronexport to order a batch of Mi-17 military helicopters. These helicopters will be used for defence and law enforcement, reports Sputnik News. This will not be their first business, as in 2012 they received an order of Mi-17V-5 helicopters for their Navy.
Russia hopes to replace their imported engines from Ukraine with a domestically produced version. CEO of United Engine-Making Corporation has commented that these engines are more reliable and have digital control technology. They plan to replace 130 VK-2500 engines by 2019, reports Tass.
The Royal Canadian Air Force has had their CH-148 Cyclone helicopters grounded since 10 March. This was after an incident where one of the helicopters had a “momentary change in the descent rate.” A team from Sikorsky is currently at 12 Wing Shearwater, where the incident occurred, to conduct an investigation into the helicopter in… Read more »
The Nigerian Air Force has officially inducted their two new Mi-35M attack helicopters during their 53rd anniversary celebration on 22 April. The induction was held in Makurdi. Present was the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammad Dan-Ali, Chief of Air Staff and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. Abubakar has commented that the new Mi-35Ms will boost NAF… Read more »
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that they now have a helicopter budget of $3.1 million. They plan to purchase one helicopter, to deploy game rangers during poaching incidents, a fixed wing aircraft for wildlife surveillance and five unmanned aerial vehicles for general surveillance. They hope the new helicopter will increase response time when… Read more »
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots and crew members with the Iowa Army National Guard have been given an opportunity to train on a first-of-its-kind flight simulator at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center here. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer, nicknamed “the BAT,” is a highly immersive, home-station flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft,… Read more »
Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for approximately $50 million by the U.S. Navy to provide the Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) with the Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) algorithm for the MH-60S. The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and completed by June 2021. An initial order… Read more »
RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-sponsored trials. The goal of the international trials cited technology- testing for enhancing safety during helicopter operations in limited visibility environments. Held at Älggialp, Switzerland, the… Read more »
Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.
The Pentagon has given the Marine Corps permission to begin purchasing 200 of the new Lockheed King Stallion. The acquisition cost has risen 6.9% from $29 billion to $31 billion. The King Stallion CH-53K will be able to transport up to 27,000 pounds, reports Bloomberg.
Russian Helicopters has signed a contract with the government of the Pakistani province of Punjab for the delivery of a new civilian Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter. The helicopter is produced by Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works, reports Defence Aerospace. The new helicopter has to be delivered in the second quarter of the year. It will be used for… Read more »
President Vladimir Putin has finally given his approval for an Indo-Russian joint venture for the production of 200 Kamov military helicopters. The deal, signed in 2015 for $1 billion, is between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. They have yet to sign the MoU, reports Press Trust of India.
The Czech Republic will soon be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet. They are looking for a multi-role rotorcraft that will meet the technical, cost and performance requirements. The procurement will also mean the replacement of the Mil Mi-24s. Leonardo has come forward with the proposal of its AW139M, saying that… Read more »
The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship…. Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply… Read more »
Belarus has received the last batch of six Russian Mi-8 MTV-5 helicopters. This batch was the second in a contract of 12 military helicopters. The Belarus Defence Ministry has reported that the flight and technical staff have been trained to operate the modern helicopter. The new fleet will be used in medical services, transportation and… Read more »
The Swiss Air Force has recently ran a series of tests on a new system which will help with low-visibility conditions such as whiteout. The trials were done in three days, sponsored by NATO, using an Airbus EC635 helicopter fitted with LIDAR sensors and processors. RUAG Aviation was in charge and carried out all integration… Read more »
After four years with Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronavl, AgustaWestland’s AW139 helicopters have reached the 5,000-flight-hour landmark. Chief Executive Officer, Mauro Moretti has commented how the relationship between Panama and Leonardo’s AgustaWestland is stronger than ever. They even expect the delivery of two additional AW139s later this year.
The Czech Republic is looking into a military contract costing around CZK 6 billion. Although sources say the costs may double. Companies that are gunning for the contract include Airbus, Bell and Sikorsky. The competition is high between the three companies, but a spokesperson has said that the decision may not necessarily be made by… Read more »
Textron has developed a modification to its Aerosonde unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to give it a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability and will demonstrate it at sea this summer. The modification allows for more flexibility in operations and a reduction in footprint for launch and recovery equipment. The Aerosonde HQ — Hybrid Quad —… Read more »
A $1 billion joint venture between India and Russia was signed in 2015 and last year they had finalised the broad agreement, but are now halted waiting for the final presidential clearance. The JV between Hindustan Aeronautics and two Russian defence majors was created so that production of 200 Kamov 226T multi-role helicopters could be… Read more »
Dragonfly Pictures Inc. has developed a dual-rotor UAS, called the DP14 Hawk, that the US Army hopes will one day be used for wounded soldier evacuation. The drone can carry up to 430 pounds for 24 hours in its cargo space of 6-feet by 20-inches. Cruising speeds reach up to 82 miles per hour. It… Read more »
JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will organize a Russian display at the LAAD 2017 Latin American Defence and Security Exhibition. The exhibition supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense will be held at the RIOCENTRO exhibition center (Rio de Janeiro) on April 4-7, 2017. Russia’s official delegation to the exhibition will be… Read more »
Boeing’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program is off to a flying start, with the first flight of its live training aircraft marking official transfer to the military aircraft register. This was achieved following successful completion of an Airworthiness Board Review, and receipt of approval for a special flight permit from the Australian Defence Force’s… Read more »
China’s AC313, their first heavy lift helicopter for civilian use, has passed its airworthiness tests. Changhe Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd commented that the helicopter flew in heavy rain that exceeded 0.03 inches in six minutes. It flew an altitude of 200 to 500 meters at high speeds during the test flight. Xinhua News reported that… Read more »
Ceremony Flights Nuri Sikorsky S61A-4 (Avionics Upgrade Program) executed by AIROD Sdn Bhd executive officer, Maj Gen Ir. Dato ‘Ibrahim bin Maritime Force (Retired) to the Chief of Air Force, Hon Gen Dato’ Sri Haji Affandi bin Remove the RMAF. Avionics upgrade program Nuri S61A-4 AIROD Sdn Bhd is cooperation and Heli-One Norway. Program upgrades… Read more »
The Deputy Chief of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has announced that they proposing a service centre in Sri Lanka for Russian-made helicopters. Sri Lanka has a large number of Russian-made helicopters, including 12 Mi-8/17 helicopters, 36 BMP-2 vehicles, 6 Mi-24Ps and roughly 50 BTR-80 carriers, reports Sri Lanka Guardian.
The Marine Corps is working together with Sikorsky to bring down the price of their new CH-53K helicopter. The CH-53K is in production to replace the Corps’ CH-53E helicopters. Although currently, the price is sitting at $95 million per helicopter, it has the potential, due to cost growth, to accumulate to $122 million. The Marine… Read more »
The holding company Russian Helicopters will finish delivering the second batch of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters ahead of schedule. The final lot was initially supposed to be delivered in May 2017, however, the Kazan helicopter factory is ready to send the helicopters on their way in April. Andrei Boginsky, Director General of the Russian holding company, was… Read more »
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron deployed to Okinawa from Camp… Read more »
Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Gleb Nikitin, met with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Goran Knezevic, Economy Minister to discuss a prospective maintenance centre for helicopters between the two countries. They have discussed that such a centre would be in Serbia and would accommodate Russian and Soviet-made helicopters. They also discussed the… Read more »
Recently, the US Department of Defence revealed that their plans to station a special squadron of US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys in Japan have been delayed. The arrival of the CV-22s was expected at the end of 2017, but the DoD is now expected to be in the Fiscal Year 2020, reports Air Forces Monthly…. Read more »
German operator Motorflug has commenced operations this week on the military training contract at the Buckeburg base. Motorflug were awarded the contract in December 2016 after successfully bidding with six Bell 206 JetRangers. After the German military made the decision to discontinue using Bo105s, they needed a basic training helicopter, and most basic level aircraft… Read more »
Russian Helicopters are up to date with their production plan and will be on schedule with the delivery of 46 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters to Egypt this year. As reported by Flight Global, these helicopters will operate from two “Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.” Another order they have for Ka-52 is from Algeria who have ordered… Read more »
On 3 March GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed a multi-million Euro total support agreement for a five-year period, covering standard parts supply and services for all of the RNLAF’s aircraft, helicopters and multiple support systems. After the five-year period, the contract can be extended twice for a… Read more »
Kaman is rushing to finish the second order of K-Max helicopters within a two-month deadline. During this year’s Heli-Expo, Kaman’s sales teams were working overtime to finalise potential deals. One deal is for the first batch of 10 K-Max helicopters to go to a dealer in China, who will resell them to a firefighting company…. Read more »
Safran has signed of a Support-By-Hour (SBH) covering engines operated by the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. The 17-year agreement between Safran Helicopter Engines UK and Airbus Helicopters is worth more than 100 million euros and relates to Arrius 2B2Plus and Arriel 2E engines powering new fleets of H135 and H145. In July… Read more »
Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to extend its long-standing tradition of serving the United States armed forces by providing support for the Airbus UH-72A Lakota. Based on Airbus Helicopters’ H145/EC145 platform, the UH-72A is a light utility helicopter used for a variety of missions… Read more »
During a Naval shipbuilding exhibition in Keeling Harbour, the Taiwanese Navy has unveiled their proposal for a helicopter carrier, called the Amphibious Landing Helicopter Dock Ship. The Navy has explained that this is their vision, but are as of yet unsure whether it will come to fruition, as the government will have to evaluate the… Read more »
HAI President Matt Zuccaro opened the 2017 Safety Symposium with a presentation of the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace System. Zuccaro explained how the technology behind UAS is one that we should aim to develop. He goes further to say that such technology will bring business to helicopter operators and that… Read more »
MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) used the HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas to showcase their new MD 6XX military and civil use helicopter. Based off the design of their MD 600N helicopter, the new MD 6XX differs by having a conventional tail rotor instead of the MD 600N’s NO-TAil Rotor. The aircraft has also been fitted with… Read more »
India has sent 30 of their Mi-17-1B multi-purpose helicopters to Russian Helicopters in Novosibirsk to be repaired. They plan to have all 30 repaired and ready to go by the middle of 2018. The helicopters will be sent over in six groups of five. A group of Indian aviation experts have gone to Novosibirsk in… Read more »
Frasca International has sold a Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Bell CH-139 JetRanger helicopter for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 3 Flying Training School (3 FTS). KF Aerospace Defence Programs is the prime contractor for the RCAF’s Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) program at the Portage la Prairie… Read more »
Boeing [NYSE:BA] today unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces. Boeing’s response to the Air Force, revealed at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium, is based on the market-leading Leonardo Helicopters AW139,… Read more »
New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English has allocated $503 million towards the Auckland Police. Part of the money will be used for their helicopter named “Eagle.” Eagle is currently available at pre-scheduled times, currently at 1800 budgeted flying hours a year. The new increase in funds will see that number go up to 3300, as… Read more »
Sikorsky has offered their HH-60U Black Hawk semi-modified helicopter as the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey replacement. Samir Mehta, the president of Sikorsky Defence Systems & Service, has said that this proposal will be low-risk for the Air Force. The Air Force is familiar with the HH-60U Black Hawks, as they bought three in 2011, reports… Read more »
The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Technology Office has placed a two year, jointly funded, Research and Development contract for a Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System, Capability Concept Demonstrator – “RWUAS CCD Phase 2”, with Leonardo in the UK. The contract aims to identify, develop and exploit the opportunities offered by… Read more »
Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017. This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of… Read more »
The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $150 million in follow-on production contracts to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter. Under the contracts, Lockheed Martin will produce TSS Lot 13 and Lot 14. The award also contains options… Read more »
Despite the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior being retired from the Army aviation inventory, contract support for the light attack and reconnaissance helicopter continues by members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Ron Newlan leads the contracting team in support of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization at MICC-Fort… Read more »
The British Military have been using their new Leonardo Wildcat helicopters for two years, even though they still do not have a tactical data link (TDL) capability installed. This means the crew have had to use voice communication, via radios or other media such as USB sticks to transfer the needed information. Due to budget… Read more »
As part of their plan for military expansion, Bell hopes to sign a contract with the UAE military. They have already done business in this sector; supplying Abu Dhabi Aviation with Bell 412 and Bell 212 units. Director for the Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Douglas Wolfe, has said that the low oil… Read more »
The Ohio National Guard revealed their newest aircraft, the UH-60M Blackhawk. The Guard has used the UH-60 Blackhawk for the past 30 years and welcome the newest model. Major Dave McDarmont has reported on the new “robust airframe” of the craft and how it has a longer service lifespan and is more durable. Complete with… Read more »
Tension between the Indonesian Defence Minister, Service Chiefs and Armed Forces Commander has risen due to the current AW101 situation. In November 2015, the Indonesian Air Force requested a contract for three AW101 VVIP helicopters. This request was denied by President Joko Widodo, as the cost for one alone would amount to $55 million. The… Read more »
This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The… Read more »
Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters and HAL have come together to form a Joint Venture in creating a light weigh multi-role Ka-226T. The agreement contract will take another two months as they still need formal registration between Russia and India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the intergovernmental agreement in December of 2015, reports India Times.
The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revealed that the Air Force is looking into purchasing an AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP helicopter. The investigation of the purchase has been controversial, as the Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu were unaware of the interest in the purchase. The Air… Read more »
Russia has been approached by four Indian provinces; Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab. As reported by The Nation, Sindh will purchase three helicopters, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will both purchase two and Punjab will buy one. A MoU has been signed between the two parties. Punjab will be able to purchase a helicopter for… Read more »
Raimundas Karoblis, the Lithuanian Defence Minister has disclosed his decision regarding Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas. Navickas, who was suspended in November last year, is under investigation regarding two SAR helicopters being sent to Russia. The minister has decided that Navickas will not be allowed to return to duty once the investigation is over…. Read more »
The Army’s PEO Aviation Utility Helicopters Project Office; the Aviation and Missile Command; and the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) teamed with principal industry partner Redstone Defense Systems (RDS) to develop the UH-60V aircraft. RDS, a joint venture between Yulista Aviation, Inc. and Science and Engineering Services, is currently modifying the… Read more »
Strategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Helicopters. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, a helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. A rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft is a… Read more »
Since opening its new H-60 Seahawk maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Building 325 just over one year ago, the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) helicopter program has gained operational efficiencies and staffing improvements that will send about 10 more aircraft to the fleet every year. The intention to consolidate H-60 MRO operations from… Read more »
The Algerian Air Force has a contract for 14 Mi-26T2s from Russian Helicopters. The second batch of deliveries have been seen in Italy in late January. They hope to conclude the deliveries by the end of 2017, reports IT Web. They also have a contract for 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russian Helicopters.