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AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter. 
Photo: Bell Helicopter Textron.

Marine Corps Lays Out Requirements For Next-Generation H-1 Rotorcraft Replacement

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–The U.S. Marine Corps is beginning to develop its own requirements for a next-generation rotorcraft and hopes to find common ground with the Army as it leads the Future Vertical Lift program. “The requirements for the Marine Corps for an attack/utility replacement are structured around our operations, our … philosophy […]

Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo: Bell

Marine Corps Readies H-1 Fleet For Operations Into 2040s

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–Nearing the end of production for the most-advanced H-1 utility and attack helicopters, the U.S. Marine Corps is planning for how it will efficiently maintain and effectively upgrade the aircraft for the next 30 years of service. Now the service is focused on improving readiness of the fielded fleet while […]

General Atomics To Quadruple Footprint At U.S. Drone Research Park

Drone maker General Atomics will nearly quadruple its footprint in the Grand Forks, N.D., industrial park dedicated to unmanned aerial systems research and development. GA Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) currently occupies 5.5 acres at Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the United States. Under […]

U.S. Marine Aviation Commanders Failing To Report Accurate Readiness Rates

Marine Corps aviation squadron commanders incorrectly reported the number of aircraft ready for combat, leading to inaccurate accounting of readiness rates across the service’s aviation units, according to the Defense Department watchdog. Of 10 Marine Corps squadrons surveyed by the DoD Inspector General (IG), nine commanders did not report the state of their squadron’s aircraft […]

State Department Clears Latvia For UH-60M Purchase

Latvia is cleared to buy four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Sikorsky [LMT] under a potential $200 million deal approved by the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the deal Aug. 3. It includes the four aircraft in standard U.S. government configuration along with 10 General Electric [GE] T-700 engines and 10 embedded GPS systems. […]

Sikorsky’s Defiant Prototype Registered With FAA As ‘S-100’ Before First Flight

In preparation for first flight later this year, Sikorsky registered the SB-1 Defiant with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which gave the experimental prototype the designation S-100. An FAA registry certificate was issued Aug. 2 for the coaxial-rotor Defiant, which is based on the smaller S-97 Raider that has already flown. Sikorsky confirmed to Defense […]

Various helicopter participate in Composite Air Operation flights. Photo courtesy of Wim Das and Kees Otten

‘Hot Blade’ Exercise Focuses On Interoperability Of European Aviation Forces

The most recent in a series of European Defense Agency (EDA) exercises demonstrating interoperability among European militaries was held May 7-24 at the Beja Airbase in Portugal. Called “Hot Blade” 2018, the exercise saw participation from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia. It was the 12th exercise under the EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Program. The […]

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter of the California Army National Guard hovers above Lake Pardee in Ione, California, collecting water in a bucket, April 14, 2018, during wildland firefighting training, a cooperative mission between Cal Guard and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza)

Guard Troops, Dozens Of Aircraft Deployed To Fight West Coast Wildfires

At least 1,500 National Guard troops with more than two-dozen aircraft have deployed to fight the wildfires raging through Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The largest of several wildfire burning in California, the Mendocino Complex fire, has charred more than 300,000 acres, or 469 square miles, an area similar in size the Los Angeles, […]


Leonardo: Single Engine TH-119 Packs Twin-Engine Punch For Navy Trainer

With the TH-119, Leonardo Helicopters is offering the U.S. Navy twin-engine performance, power and safety in a single-engine package that is less expensive to buy and maintain. “With the TH-119, we are delivering what we are calling a full-spectrum training helicopter,” Andrew Gappy, Leonardo’s director of Navy, Marine Corps and federal programs, told sister publication RW&I. […]

Last Legacy Super Cobra Enters US Marine Corps Maintenance Program

The last legacy AH-1W Super Cobra entered the Navy’s integrated maintenance program at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in mid-July. Continuing the attack aircraft’s legacy snake nomenclature, W-model Super Cobras are being replaced with the AH-1Z Viper “The technology is more advanced in the Z than the W,” said Cary Mocanu, who manages Fleet Readiness Center Southwest […]