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A Russian Naval Ka-27. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Russia Plans New Helicopter Carriers, Attack Rotorcraft In Coming Years

As it upgrades and expands land forces aviation, Russia also is investing in naval aviation, including plans to modernize the flagship Ka-27 naval helicopter and to start the design of new models. The Ka-27 was designed in the 1960s and has become significantly outdated. The Ka-27 is mostly intended for landing on destroyers and corvettes […]

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 participates in a live fire range flight during Raven 18-06 at the Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss., August 9, 2018. Raven is a realistic military training exercise, in which HMH-461 provides air support to Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. This exercise allows the squadron to conduct core and mission skill training to improve the squadron’s combat readiness within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The CH-53E Super Stallions and crew are assigned to HMH-461, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)

Raytheon Awarded $60 Million For CH-53, V-22 FLIR Systems

Raytheon [RTN] took home a five-year $59.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for support of its forward looking infrared (FLIR) system aboard the CH-53 and V-22 Osprey aircraft, the Department of Defense said on Wednesday. A $16 million initial delivery order for the contract’s first year was issued “concurrently with the award,” the DoD […]

A U.S. Navy MH-60R Helicopter using an AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) system as an integrated dipping sonar system. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Approval of $6 Billion Military Acquisition Provides Shot in the Arm for Indian Navy’s Helicopter Programs

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Aug. 15 approved procurement of nearly $6.6 billion worth of military equipment and services. Included in that sum is procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) at a cost of over $3 billion. The Acceptance of Necessity (AON) for this program was established […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Former US Army Depot Bosses Arrested For Faking UH-60 Rotor Blade Records

Two former supervisors at the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas have been arrested for passing off non-conforming UH-60 Black Hawk rotor blades as meeting U.S. Army specifications, according to a statement from the U.S. Justice Department. Albert Flores, 57, and Samuel Escareno, 54, made their initial appearance before a magistrate for the U.S. Attorney’s […]

Turkey Receives First of Five CH-47 Chinooks on Order

Turkey took delivery of the first of five CH-47 helicopters on Saturday, part of the second batch of Chinooks it is approved to buy from Boeing [BA]. Turkey is a foreign military sales customer for the CH-47F. The country initially ordered six Chinooks with the final delivery in November 2016, according to a Boeing spokesperson. Turkey […]

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

Bell Takes Home Half-Billion Dollars in AH-1Z Work for US Marine Corps

Bell [TXT] recently was awarded a contract worth more than half a billion dollars to build new attack helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. The $509 million deal covers the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z new-build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. In addition, the contract provides […]

Mi-17 helicopters operated by the 2nd Wing of the Afghan National Army Air Force take off at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

US Government Lets Hundreds of Millions In Contracts for Afghanistan Rotorcraft Services

The Defense Department on Aug. 24 let more than a quarter-billion-dollars in helicopter-related contracts, mostly for rotorcraft services in support of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Columbia Helicopters, based in Aurora, Oregon, was awarded an option year modification by U.S. Transportation Command in the amount of $243 million to a previous service contract to provide […]

RAH-66 Comanche

Modern Aircraft Modeling Software May Save Army From Past Development Pitfalls

Using modern, high-fidelity computer modeling and simulation software, Army engineers are solving the issues that crashed earlier attempts to develop leap-ahead helicopter technologies, which service officials say should shave time, risk and cost from the effort to field a revolutionary rotorcraft. The Army has not had a successful new-start rotorcraft development program in almost half […]

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 […]