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Italy Live Fire Tests AARGM, U.S. Navy Says AARGM-ER Will Have Notable Range Improvement

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) revealed the week of April 1 the Italian Air Force conducted a successful test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and the in-development AARGM-ER is expected to have a “significant improvement in range.” The AARGM is a joint U.S. Navy- Italian Air Force international cooperative […]

TRANSCOM Head Defends Plan To Buy Foreign-Made Cargo Ships

The leader of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) is defending the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 request to buy up to 24 foreign-built, used commercial ships for the military’s reserve fleet, saying they are the cheapest, fastest option to replace aging cargo vessels. Asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee why the ships would […]

Boeing, BAE, Rolls-Royce Invest In U.K. Hypersonic Engine Company

Boeing [BA] on April 11 said its venture arm has made an investment in a small British company that is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment in Reaction Engines is part of a $37.3 million funding round that includes Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. BAE in 2015 also made an investment in Reaction Engines […]

Canada Adds $313 Million To Boeing Contract For Chinook Helicopter Logistics Support

Canada has agreed to a new $313 million contract amendment with Boeing [BA] to continue providing full systems logistics and engineering support for its Air Force’s fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The fixed-price amendment, announced April 2, has been added to an existing 20-year performance-based logistics (PBL) contract between the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Boeing […]

Airbus Receives First Order In Latin America For H160 Helicopter

Airbus announced its first order in Latin America for the H160, agreeing to a deal for one of the medium utility helicopters with an unnamed Brazilian customer. The deal, announced April 3, was signed after a recent H160 flight demonstration in Marignane, France. The customer purchased the helicopter for private and business aviation operations, according to […]

Spain Purchases 17 CH-47F Helicopters For $1.3 Billion

Spain has purchased 17 Boeing’s [BA] CH-47F cargo helicopters with modifications for $1.3 billion, according to a State Department notice. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on April 4. Modifications for the CH-47F helicopters include 21 Common Missile Warning System AN/AAR-57A(V)8, and 42 Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation […]

Marines Seeking Foreign Buyers To Extend H-1 Production Line Out To 2030s

Having nearly fielded its planned fleet of upgraded attack and utility helicopters, the Marine Corps is seeking foreign buyers to keep the Bell [TXT] H-1 production line open past 2022. Production of the UH-1Y Huey ends in the current fiscal year while its cousin, the AH-1Z Cobra closes in fiscal 2022, according to Marine Col. David Walsh, […]

Bell, Leonardo Vying For Potential Navy Training Helicopter Contract

Textron’s [TXT] Bell Helicopter and Leonardo are touting two different approaches, pitching cost effectiveness against full requirements, for a potential Navy contract to replace its fleet of training helicopters with 105 new aircraft. Navy officials are looking to move on from the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter for their advanced training program. A Request For Proposals (RFP) […]

Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]

The MQ-8C Fire Scout completes a test flight at the Point Mugu Sea Range, Naval Base Ventura County.  (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

MQ-8C Testing Link 16

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Navy said Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] MQ-8C unmanned helicopter is proceeding apace and the service is focusing on getting the aircraft into the field and fully established but is also considering adapting its weapons to fit on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Capt. Jeffrey Dodge (PMA-266), Fire Scout program […]