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HN for Wed., March 15, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 6.

Bell Helicopter Focuses On V-280 Reliability, Maintainability To Drive Down Costs

AMARILLO, Texas—Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] has cut nearly 40 percent of production build time for its very first V-280 from what it initially predicted by focusing on reducing flight hour cost while increasing reliability and maintainability, according to V-280 Program Manager Chris Gehler.Bell Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications and Chief of Staff Robert Hastings…

Future Vertical Lift Set To Dominate Rotorcraft Development Efforts, Resources

All the traditional helicopters that the military will field are either already in service or under development and any future work will feed directly into the multi-service Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort, according to Jose Gonzales, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for tactical warfare systems.There are a handful of helicopter development efforts underway already.…

Pool of Bidders Grows For Air Force’s UH-1N Competition

Several companies the week of Feb. 27 revealed their offerings to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, including Boeing [BA], Lockheed Martin [LMT], and possibly Textron [TXT].The UH-1N Replacement Program plans to replace the Air Force’s entire Huey fleet with 84 new helicopters. They entered into service in the 1970s. The Air Force’…

Sikorsky Transfers S-70i Helicopter To Aselan For Turkish Utility Helicopter Program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, transferred an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter to defense electronics company Aselsan for use as a prototype for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP), Sikorsky said March 2.The transfer will enable Sikorsky to integrate an Aselsan-developed avionics suite into Turkey’s new T70 utility helicopter and later into the Turkish-built S-70i…

Bell Helicopter Unveils First Concept Helicopter At Expo

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] unveiled its first concept aircraft and helicopter, the FCX-001, to demonstrate technologies that will revolutionize the pilot and passenger experiences, the company said March 7.The FCX-001 concept aircraft came out of the work from a group of engineers and graphic designers and was unveiled at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas,…

General Atomics Awards Hughes Contract For Type-Certifiable Predator B SATCOM

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA ASI) recently awarded Hughes Network Systems LLC a contract to provide satellite communications (SATCOM) on the “Type-Certifiable” Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) system, according to a Hughes executive.Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes’ defense and intelligence and systems division, told sister publication Defense Daily March 9…