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Defiant First Flight Delayed Until Early 2019

First flight of the SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter prototype has been pushed to 2019, officials from program partners Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Dec. 12. Sikorsky, which developed the underlying X2 technologies on which the Defiant is based, has long publicized 2018 as the year the Black Hawk-sized Defiant would first leave the […]

Airbus Inks New Three-Year Dauphin Deal With Lithuania

The Lithuanian Air Force has renewed the HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search-and-rescue helicopters, a deal under which the aircraft averaged 97 percent availability during the previous three years. The helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to […]

With New High-Speed Prototype, Russian Helicopters Gunning For Sikorsky’s Raider

The Russian Ministry of Defense has officially approved development of a new high-speed combat helicopter prototype that will be considered a direct rival to the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky [LMT] S-97 Raider. The design of the new helicopter, which includes coaxial rotors and can reach speeds of about 250 miles per hour, was drawn up by […]

Russia Showcasing Mi-38, KA-52K helos at Egypt Defense Show

Russia is showcasing the Mi-38 and KA-52K helicopters at the first annual Egypt Defense Expo this week in Cairo. Rostec, the state corporation that owns Russian Helicopters, said that the medium, multi-role Mi-38 is “one of the most highly automated civilian helicopters in the world.” The KA-52K began sea trials last year for the Russian navy, […]

Lockheed Martin’s Skunks Work Plans to Hire 500 Engineers if it Can Find Them

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Skunk Works advanced development division will be looking to hire 500 engineers over the next few years, and the supply simply isn’t there, according to Skunk Works head and company vice president Jeff Babione. “I don’t know that there’s an engineer we wouldn’t be adding,” Babione said in a Tuesday call. he […]

Lockheed Lowering F-35 Simulator Costs Through 3-D Printing

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is using 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, technology to lower the cost of manufacturing F-35 flight simulators by an estimated $11 million over the next five years. Using new 3-D printing machines, the number of parts and components required to build full-motion F-35 simulators will be reduced from 500 down to just […]

Newly Minted Collins Aerospace to Upgrade B-1 Trainers

Collins Aerospace [UTX], formerly Rockwell Collins, will update B-1 Lancer training systems for Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI), which last month received a contract for B-1 training system sustainment from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Maintenance Command. There are 35 Lancer flight and maintenance training devices at a number of different Air Force Bases for […]

Egypt Given Green Light To Buy $1 Billion Worth of Apaches, Weapons

The U.S. State Department has given the go ahead for Egypt to buy 10 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters through a foreign military sales deal worth up to $1 billion. Egypt is bolstering its attack helicopter fleet to fight terrorists on the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. “Egypt intends to expand its […]

Serbian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Airbus H145

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of nine planned H145Ms to the Serbian Air Force and the Serbian Ministry of Interior, the company said Nov. 26. Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site in Germany to accept the first H145M, Airbus said. Four of the Serbian Air Force H145Ms will […]

Russia Completes Testing of Su-57 Avionics System Upgrade

The communications, navigation and surveillance systems featured on the Su-57 are described by its developers as an integrated avionics “complex” featuring a network centric architecture with a unique approach to embedded computer processing and data transmission. Engineers from the Sukhoi Design Bureau, a design arm of the Russian Sukhoi Corporation in cooperation with Radioelectronic Technologies […]