Author Archives: Amy Kluber

US Air Force Vision for 27 Special Operations Squadrons May Portend More CV-22s

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force vision for 386 operational squadrons — an increase of 74 — includes 27 proposed special operations forces squadrons, an increase of seven from the current number. While that increase would likely involve fixed-wing aircraft, such as Lockheed Martin [LMT] AC-130 gunships and MC-130 Combat Talons, such augmentation […]

Bidders Await US Air Force Award on UH-1N Replacement This Month

Bidders on the U.S. Air Force UH-1N replacement program are awaiting a final contract award this month to replace the service’s Huey fleet with 84 helicopters. While the acquisition contract could be worth up to $900 million, the Air Force forecasts $4.1 billion in total costs over the projected 30-year service life of the aircraft. […]

Sikorsky Eyes Potential US Air Force Increase in Rescue Squadrons

Sikorsky [LMT] is eyeing a proposed nine-squadron increase in U.S. Air Force rescue squadrons — an increase, which, if funded, could mean an additional 10 to 20 rotor air frames beyond the 112 currently planned HH-60Ws. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson outlined the proposed increase in her speech at the Air Force Association annual conference […]

First UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter test flight in Huntsville, Ala. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Air Force To Outfit Rescue Choppers With Collision-Avoidance Systems

The U.S. Air Force has chosen FreeFlight Systems to provide FAA-mandated collision-avoidance systems for the Sikorsky [UTX] HH-60G Pave Hawk, the service’s primary combat search-and-rescue helicopter. FreeFlight’s 1203C satellite-based augmentation system/global navigation satellite system sensor will provide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, or ADS-B, for the Pavehawk. Once installation is complete, the helicopters will be fully compliant […]

Leonardo, Polish Firm Collaborate In Development of New Combat AW249

Leonardo and Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have agreed to collaborate on development of a new combat helicopter, the AW249. The 249 would meet the Polish Army’s requirement for a new combat helicopter under the nation’s “Kruk” procurement program. The twin-engine AW249 would be used for air support and armed escort operations. It would have a maximum takeoff weight […]

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Leonardo, Polish Firm Collaborate In Development of New Combat AW249

Leonardo and Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have agreed to collaborate on development of a new combat helicopter, the AW249. The 249 would meet the Polish Army’s requirement for a new combat helicopter under the nation’s “Kruk” procurement program. The twin-engine AW249 would be used for air support and armed escort operations. It would have a […]

Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Schiebel Demos Camcopter UAV Trials for Belgian Navy

Schiebel has successfully completed trials for the Camcopter S-100 anmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the Belgian Navy, the company said. The tests demonstrated search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy were aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations. This was […]

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Navy Osprey Variant to Begin Production in $4 Billion Contract

Bell [TXT] Boeing [BA] will begin V-22 work for the U.S. Navy in a contract awarded last week worth $4.2 billion. The new CMV-22B variant will serve as the Navy’s future carrier onboard delivery aircraft. The contract is a modification to a prior acquisition contract and provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider (Sikorsky)

Sikorsky Says S-97 Raider Fits Army’s Reconnaissance Requirements

  Sikorsky’s [LMT] S-97 Raider, after flight testing commenced last week, participated in the U.S. Army’s industry day June 25 on its draft solicitation for a new attack reconnaissance aircraft. The Army June 22 said in a draft solicitation the “Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP) seeks to design, build, and test technically mature aircraft […]