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IAI Introduces a Naval Rotary UAV at IMDEX 09

Source: Defense Update, 13-May-09

Kiowa Warrior gains firepower

Kiowa Warrior gains firepower

In recent months, Avenger’s M3P machine gun has taken on a new life as the machine gun of choice for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior units stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The M3P is providing Kiowa units with what they needed as outlined in two Operational Needs Statements from theater

Source: US Army, 13-May-09

US Army pilots applaud the UH-72A Lakota

US Army pilots applaud the UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America has delivered 67 UH-72A Lakotas to the Army and Army National Guard, with all helicopters supplied on or ahead of schedule and within budget.

Source: EADS, 13-May-09

Mil pitches Mi-26T for Franco-German heavylift deal

Source: Flightglobal, 13-May-09

First New Zealand NH90 commences test flights

First New Zealand NH90 commences test flights

The first of the eight-strong fleet had its initial test flight at manufacturer NH Industries in Marignane, France, last week.

Source: Scoop, 12-May-09

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa (3F)

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa

12-May-09

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Eurocopter Rotor – May/June 2009 edition

Source: Eurocopter, 10-May-09

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HAI announces the winner of its IPOD giveaway at Quad-A

Source: RotorNews, 08-May-09

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French army seeks Tiger enhancements for Afghan debut

French army seeks Tiger enhancements for Afghan debut

The French army is conducting a series of urgent modifications to its Eurocopter Tiger HAP attack helicopters, in advance of receiving an order to deploy the type operationally for the first time, to Afghanistan.

Source: Flightglobal, 08-May-09

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CSC wins $347M US Army helicopter maintenance contract

Source: CSC, 08-May-09

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HAI Exhibits and Speaks to Attendees at Quad-A

Source: RotorNews, 08-May-09

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Obama budget cut proposals include entire VH-71 program

Source: Star Gazette, 08-May-09

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8-May-09 Sikorsky S70A La Quebradora, Huitzilac, Mexico

8-May-09 Sikorsky S70A La Quebradora, Huitzilac, Mexico

08-May-09

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Battleship Park to display helicopter once used by presidents, arriving from Nevada base

Source: WHNT, 07-May-09

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Plans to consolidate UK Joint Helicopter Command bases abandoned

Source: Rotorhub, 07-May-09

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Curtiss-Wright Controls Awarded Development Contract for CH-53K Helicopter

Curtiss-Wright Controls Awarded Development Contract for CH-53K Helicopter

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 07-May-09

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Meggitt receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Awards

Source: Meggitt, 07-May-09

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US Army remains undecided on cargo re-supply by UAVs

Source: Flightglobal, 07-May-09

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Kiowa helicopters begin their arrival at Ft. Riley

Source: Mercury, 07-May-09

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Columbia Helicopters Completes Work on Nevada Army National Guard Chinook Helicopters

Source: Vertical, 07-May-09

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General says Marines open to fewer V-22 purchases

Source: Star-Telegram, 07-May-09

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U.S. Army aviation review targets increases for UH-60, CH-47

Source: Flightglobal, 07-May-09

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Meggitt Avionics secures Apache Longbow contract continuation from Boeing

Meggitt Avionics secures Apache Longbow contract continuation from Boeing

Meggitt Avionics has received follow-on orders fromBoeing for the Helicopter Air Data System (HADS) for the AH-64D Apache Longbow. These cover hardware deliveries through 2010 and continued programme management and engineering support as part of a long-term agreement covering the Apache through 2012.

Source: Meggitt, 07-May-09

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DAGR 2.75” guided rockets flight tested on Apache, AH-6 is next

Source: Rotorhub, 07-May-09

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7-May-09 Sikorsky MH-53 Malaquite Beach, US-Texas

7-May-09 Sikorsky MH-53 Malaquite Beach, US-Texas

07-May-09

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7-May-09 Salanvali Road, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

7-May-09 Salanvali Road, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

07-May-09

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EADS North America appoints retired Air Force General to Board of Directors

Source: EADS, 06-May-09

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SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has confirmed plans to acquire 20 Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters to serve as a strike and surveillance aircraft from Fiscal 2012 to FY2017.

Source: Flightglobal, 06-May-09

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US Army gave no-bid Afghanistan helicopter contract to Slovak EMS operator

Source: Wired, 06-May-09

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U.S. Air Force leaders worry about future of CSAR mission

Source: Press & Sun Bulletin, 06-May-09

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V-22 Faces Mission Capable Rates Issues

Source: Aviation Week, 06-May-09

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Bell will pay to repair Marine copter gearboxes damaged by faulty component

Source: Star Telegram, 06-May-09

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US still working Pakistani helicopter deals says Mullen

Source: Rotorhub, 05-May-09

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Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout Program Awarded Contractor Logistics Support Contract

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-May-09

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U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

These operations marked the first time that the Navy operated an autonomous VTUAV aboard a surface combatant vessel.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-May-09

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EADS highlights helicopter, aircraft and test capabilities for U.S. Army at Quad-A 2009

Source: EADS, 05-May-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Indian Army HAL Dhruv on test flight

Source: http://www.airliners.net/photo/India---Army/Hindustan-ALH-Dhruv/1511485/L/, 05-May-09

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Bell Helicopter reveals “Hybrid Tandem Rotor” to replace AH-64 and UH-60

Source: Flightglobal, 05-May-09

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Australia’s Seahawk replacement now urgent says new defence white paper

Source: Rotorhub, 05-May-09

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Australian Chinook buy to replace not augment existing army fleet

Source: Rotorhub, 05-May-09

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05-May-09 160824 Bell AH-1W Cleveland National Forest, US-California (2F)

5-May-09 160824 Bell AH-1W Cleveland National Forest, US-California

05-May-09

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5-May-09 Bell AH-1 Ma’ale Efraim, Israel

5-May-09 Bell AH-1 Ma’ale Efraim, Israel

05-May-09

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US helicopters train with Korean amphibious assault ship

Source: US Pacific Command, 04-May-09

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Sikorsky Unveils X2 Technology(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter Concept

Sikorsky Unveils X2 Technology(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter Concept

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today unveiled its X2 TECHNOLOGY(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter (LTH) design at the Army Aviation Association of America annual convention. The new mockup reflects Sikorsky’s concept for potential military application of the high-speed enabling X2 TECHNOLOGY

Source: Sikorsky, 04-May-09

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Goodrich Engine Inlet Ice Protection System Passes Rigorous AH-64 Apache Tests

Source: Goodrich, 04-May-09

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Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin will team to pursue Army scout helicopter

Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin will team to pursue Army scout helicopter

EADS North America announced that it has assembled a world-class industry team comprised of Lockheed Martin and American Eurocopter that will offer a new armed scout helicopter solution to the U.S. Army — the Armed Scout 645.

Source: Eurocopter, 04-May-09

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4-May-09 44 Kamov Ka27 Baltic Sea, Russia

4-May-09 44 Kamov Ka27 Baltic Sea, Russia

04-May-09

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03-May-09 EV-08114 Mil Mi-17V5 El Alto de Rubio, Tachira State, Venezuela (17F)

3-May-09 EV-08114 Mil Mi-17V5 El Alto de Rubio, Tachira State, Venezuela

03-May-09

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Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

Navair issues temporary grounding bulletin on six UH-1Y Hueys and one AH-1Z Cobra due to extensive damage to the main rotor gearbox on two of the new Hueys.

Source: Aviation Week, 02-May-09

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Vermont Army National Guard upgrades to UH-72A Lakota

Vermont Army National Guard upgrades to UH-72A Lakota

The Vermont Army National Guard rolled out their two new helicopters on Friday 1st May

Source: WCAX, 02-May-09

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Arrival of New Helicopter Ushers in New Era for Airborne Mine Countermeasures

Source: WMBB, 01-May-09

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Soldiers perform successful parachute jump from the UH-72A Lakota

Source: Rotorhub, 01-May-09

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Obama Finds That Saving on Copters Could Be Costly

Source: New York Times, 01-May-09

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Australia eyes observer role for possible French Tiger deployment

Source: Rotorhub, 01-May-09

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Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force commissions first helicopter carrier

Source: Defense Update, 01-May-09

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Harris Corp Completes Major Program Test of U.S. Navy MH-60R Hawklink Data Link

Source: Harris, 01-May-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Bell AH-1J of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force

Source: Airliners.net, 01-May-09

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British Army’s re-engined Lynx AH9A to fly in July

30-Apr-09

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Tiger HAP passes Initial Operational Capability tests

Source: Rotorhub, 30-Apr-09

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Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services receives TC approval for the GE CT7-8A engine

Source: Vector, 30-Apr-09

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AgustaWestland seeks export buyers for AW159 ‘Lynx Wildcat’

AgustaWestland seeks export buyers for AW159 ‘Lynx Wildcat’

With the British armed forces’ first Lynx Wildcat utility helicopter to make its debut flight on 13 November, AgustaWestland is looking to secure its first export sale for the newly rebranded AW159

Source: Flightglobal, 30-Apr-09

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Boeing ponders “variably” manned aircraft

Source: Flightglobal, 30-Apr-09

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Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation has confirmed that it is experiencing user push-back against the introduction of the Australian Aerospace-Eurocopter MRH-90 utility helicopter by the Australian Army.

Source: Rotorhub, 30-Apr-09

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French Military Orders Five More EC725s

French Military Orders Five More EC725s

This new acquisition is part of the plan to revitalize the economy, which the French government introduced in December 2008. The five helicopters are scheduled for delivery between late 2010 and early 2012.

Source: EADS, 30-Apr-09

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Selex Galileo formally included in AgustaWestland T129 Programme for Turkey

Source: Selex, 30-Apr-09

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24 more Bell 407s Destined for Iraqi Air Force

Source: Bell, 30-Apr-09

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Boeing still hopeful of new Japanese AH-64D orders

Source: Rotorhub, 30-Apr-09

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AgustaWestland defends Obama helicopter plan

Source: Forbes, 30-Apr-09

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NV Energy faces wrongful death suit in Navy helicopter crash

Source: Las Vegas Sun, 30-Apr-09

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New details on Kaman SeaSprite financial settlement with Australia

New details on Kaman SeaSprite financial settlement with Australia

Australia has confirmed that the financial settlement with Kaman Aerospace allowing for transfer of the Royal Australian Navy’s eleven Super Seasprites back to the company was based on a bank guarantee rather than a cash payment.

Source: Rotorhub, 30-Apr-09

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Rostverstol expect to fly glass-cockpit Mi-26T2 upgrade 2010

Source: Aviaport, 29-Apr-09

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Sikorsky and Alp Aviation sign MOU to explore International Black Hawk Transmission Manufacturing in Turkey

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Apr-09

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Turkish Aerospace Industries delivers first S-70iâ„¢ Black Hawk Tailcone

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Apr-09

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