Author Archives: Frank Wolfe

Leonardo Says Cyber Attacks On Assets Up 110 Percent From 2016 Through 2018

Leonardo’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) convened cyber security experts on Dec. 13 in Rome for a Cyber Shield exercise, as the company said that cyber attacks on company assets were up 110 percent between 2016 and this year.  Leonardo said that the “exponential” growth in such attacks has put a premium on “expert-level training” […]

German Military Orders Seven H145Ms for Search and Rescue

The German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, has ordered seven Airbus H145M search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters to replace its “obsolete” SAR fleet of Bell [TXT] UH-1Ds, which entered service in the 1970s, Airbus said  Dec. 13. Airbus, which is to be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the H145s, is to deliver the rotorcraft in […]

German Lawmakers Questioning Readiness of Military Equipment

The German federal parliament is questioning the combat readiness of military equipment, including A400 military transport aircraft, Tiger attack helicopters and NH90 multi-role helicopters delivered to Germany’s armed forces, or Bundeswehr. A Report on the Operational Readiness of the Bundeswehr Primary Weapons Systems by Hans-Peter Bartels, the Bundestag’ s military commissioner, earlier this year found […]

Bristow Group to Add Defense Work To Profile With Planned Buy of Columbia Helicopters

Bristow Group on Nov. 9 said it has signed a $560 million acquisition of Oregon-based, privately held Columbia Helicopters–a planned buy that will significantly increase Bristow Group’s defense operations. On the defense side, Columbia is a a Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB)-certified operator, a designation that allows the company to provide outsourced military transport. Columbia has […]

Rotor Focus May Shift in House, as Granger To Cede Chairmanship of HAC-D

While nearly all of the U.S. senators and representatives on the respective defense appropriations committees retained their seats at the polls on Nov. 6, the Democratic control of the House to begin in January will mean that there will be new leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and its defense panel. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) […]

Bell Says 407GXi Receives FAA Certification, Will compete for Navy TH-57 Replacement

The FAA has certified the Bell [TXT] 407 GXi, which has seen its first delivery to the Chilean-based Eagle Copters for corporate transportation purposes, Bell said Oct. 29. The 407 GXi features an all-glass cockpit, improved pilot awareness, more precise navigation, enhanced engine controls and improved connectivity. “This is an important milestone for the program, […]

Apache Crews Request Improvements For Apache MUM-T, Gun

MESA, Ariz.–An easier to use L3 [LLL] manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) data link, a more accurate Northrop Grumman [NOC] 30mm gun, and a decrease in the number of on-board “black boxes” are among the items that Army crews have requested for the Boeing [BA] AH-64E attack helicopters, according to Shane Openshaw, Boeing’s director of Apache programs. The […]

Bell showcases AH-1Z and UH-1Y at Marrakech Air Show

The Moroccan military has recapitalized its Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-16 fighters, its General Dynamics [GD] M-1 tanks, and, in the third stage, may soon recapitalize its fleet of Airbus Gazelle utility and attack helicopters. Last year, Airbus Helicopters observed the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight. At the Marrakech Air Show this week–Bell’s [TXT] […]

Sustaining AH-64 Apache Fleet To 2050-60 Looming Issue For Army

MESA, Ariz.–While the U.S. Army plans to have the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in its formations until 2050-60, Boeing [BA] officials believe that the Army will require a follow-on to the AH-64E to bridge the gap with the service’s Future Vertical Lift program. “Even using the most aggressive plan they have to replace that fleet […]