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  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021
    Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021 11 September 2020
    Russia is planning to develop a new engine to power next-generation high-speed helicopter according to Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation). Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation), said on Tuesday. "Of course, we are engaged in this project, it is even eligible for the federal budget of the [Russian] Mi...
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory
    V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory 16 July 2020
    The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) became the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. V-22 was already in use in Japan but US was the operator. The V-22 can conduct multiple missions which are not possible with traditional rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft alone. The marine version resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term sustainabi...
  • Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters
    Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters 18 February 2020
    Kuwait is due to receive 30 H225M helicopters, but it will not do so until Airbus investigates problems with the first two and reports its findings to the country's MoD. Airbus says the Kuwaitis have told it no such thing. A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer. On 12 February the Kuwaiti MoD said that it ...
  • Intensive Agenda In The Sector
    Intensive Agenda In The Sector 31 October 2019
    In the defence industry sector, Ankara will have an intensive agenda today. The 5th Capture The Flag (CTF) competition organised by Defence Technologies Engineering Company (STM) will start early in the morning and end at around 18 in the evening. In the race, hacker teams will compete with each other to win the grand prize. On the other hand, defence companies will come together with different sectors at the Efficiency Summit to open a stand. The Australian / Asian Rotorcraft Forum will be h...
  • Return of Comanche 4 October 2019
    Bell has announced it will bid for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program with its company-developed 360 Invictus. The system is based on Bell’s 525 Relentless rotor system and resembles the formerly cancelled RAH-66 Comanche. Bell Textron Inc. has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus. This program will be the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype pr...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans 22 August 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • France Considers Acquiring CH-47 Chinook 16 July 2019
    France is considering the acquisition of an undisclosed number of special forces Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for its air force. Although the French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman rotorcraft – both in the 11t class.  
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time 5 July 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • Modernized Mi-28NM Unveiled 1 July 2019
      Russia unveiled upgraded Mi-28NM 'night hunter' attack helicopter which has been modernized based on operational experience in Syria. In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that 100 modernized Mi-28NM should be delivered to the Russian armed forces by 2028. The platform is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armoured and non-armoured vehicles in all weather conditions. Equipped with the N025 radar station to perform reconn...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy 21 June 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army 17 April 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy
    AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy 14 April 2019
    Poland will sign a production contract with Italian Leonardo company to acquire AW101 helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) duties with the Polish navy. Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed the planned buy on 8 April, stating that Warsaw intends to finalise an order during April. The acquisition is believed to include four AW101s. Leonardo Helicopters and Poland's defence ministry have signed an offset agreement worth $1...
  • USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting
    USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting 14 March 2019
      Despite questions about its future, the Air Force’s light attack experiment is scheduled to continue as the service plans to procure about six turboprop aircraft in fiscal year 2020 while opening up the experiment to more platforms over the next few years. The US Air Force is requesting $35 million from the US Congress to continue its light attack experiment in 2019 with the purchase of several aircraft from Sierra Nevada-Embraer and Textron. The ser...
  • Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter
    Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter 22 February 2019
    Turkish Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced the launch of a new project for a “heavy attack” helicopter. A composite image of the rotorcraft, along with a video clip, were shared on social media.  Project has no specific name officially, therefore it is called “Ağır Taarruz Helikopter,” but it also said as ATAK 2. According to the SSB, the heavy attack helicopter combines many important features. Helicopter will be abl...
  • Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru
    Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru 11 December 2018
    Russia has opened a centre for the maintenance and repairs of Russian-made Mil Mi helicopters in the Peruvian capital of Lima with the support of Russian Helicopters Group, the rotorcraft maker’s press office reported on Monday. Helicentro Peru will utilize the enterprise’s capacities to repair civilian Mi-17 helicopters operational in the region. Specialists of Russian Helicopters Group will be carrying out major repairs of Mi-17 helicopters operational in the Peruvian ...
  • Racer High-Speed Demonstrator Passes Preliminary Design Review Milestone
    Racer High-Speed Demonstrator Passes Preliminary Design Review Milestone 18 October 2018
    Airbus Helicopters continues to progress with the development of its Racer (Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) technology demonstrator, funded by European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean Sky 2 program, and aiming to provide the best trade-off between speed, cost-efficiency, sustainability and mission performance. After the validation of the demonstrator’s aerodynamic configuration last year, key subsystems have now successfully passed their preliminary design...
  • UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report
    UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report 17 June 2018
    According to the Pentagon’s inspector general Glenn Fine’s report, Afghanistan’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are not as capable as the Russian-made Mi-17s. The Afghan military has been flying the Russian-made chopper since the 1980s. Pentagon Inspector General Fine wrote in his latest quarterly assessment of U.S. expenditures in Afghanistan, posted in May, the same month the first Black Hawk was flown in an Afghanistan operation by the emerging air force.  Fine’s...
  • First Delivery to India Expected in 2020
    First Delivery to India Expected in 2020 12 April 2018
    The first batch of Russia’s Kamov Ka-226T light multirole helicopters may be delivered to India by 2020, TASS reports. According to a a source close to the Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer, "The first batch of helicopters may be delivered by 2020, provided that a contract is signed." Although TASS does not yet have an official confirmation of this information, the agreement between Russia and India on cooperation in helicopter manufacturing was sign...
  • New Russian High-Speed Helicopter Will Fly in 2019
    New Russian High-Speed Helicopter Will Fly in 2019 23 February 2018
    The prototype of the new high-speed combat helicopter being developed by Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer (part of hi-tech corporation Rostec) for Russia’s Defense Ministry will perform its debut flight in 2019, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov told TASS on Thursday. "The first flight tests of the experimental helicopter may take place during 2019 or closer to its end," the Rostec chief executive said. The new helicopter will be able to develop a speed of over 400 km...
  • US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos
    US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos 12 January 2018
    The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for up to 120 Boeing AH-6 light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft for Saudi Arabia and other undisclosed customers. The relevant notification published on 9 January on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website covers the manufacture and delivery of the ‘Little Bird’ helicopters in the AH-6SA (Saudi Arabia) and AH-6i (International) configurations. The contract will also include weapons such as M260 ...
  • Russian Mi-26 Under Modernization
    Russian Mi-26 Under Modernization 23 October 2017
    Russian Helicopters will modernize the Mil Mi-26 helicopter and is now developing a prototype of a new Mi-26T2V rotorcraft, the company’s press office reported on Friday. Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky said the new helicopter would embody the latest technical solutions considering its use in combat conditions. He also noted that the talk was about the upgrade of precisely the military version of the Mi-26 rather than the Mi-26T rotocraft, which is exported.&...
  • Demand Increase For 'Cayuse Warrior'
    Demand Increase For 'Cayuse Warrior' 24 July 2017
    The US Department of Defence wants to purchase up to 120 additional MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft to be supplied to allied countries under Foreign Military Sales. According to the notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 20 July, the helicopters will be delivered with the Mission Equipment Package (MEP) and the Enhanced-MEP (E-MEP) with an avionics system consisting of aircraft communications...
  • Airbus' Paris Surprise
    Airbus' Paris Surprise 21 June 2017
    Airbus Helicopters has revealed an updated concept for its Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) at the Paris Air Show. The new concept features updated aerodynamics which will help the platform reach a cruise speed of more than 400 kph. The company designed the RACER based on its X3. The airframe of the platform will be a hybrid metallic-composite for reduced weight and it will be equipped with a new high voltage direct current electrical generation contributin...
  • New Addition to Gabbiano Family
    New Addition to Gabbiano Family 20 June 2017
    Leonardo has unveiled its new Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light (UL) surveillance radar at Paris Air Show integrated on the company's ‘Hero’ mini unmanned rotorcraft. Weighing less than 24 kg, Gabbiano UL consist of a 12-inch nose antenna and separate Receiver Transmitter Processor (RTP).  The new addition to Gabbiano family of radars is designed for maritime patrol and search & rescue, high resolution ground mapping, ground moving t...
  • New Blood In Heli Design
    New Blood In Heli Design 9 March 2017
    Bell Helicopter unveiled a new concept helicopter, the FCX-001, on 7 March at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Bell Helicopter’s President and CEO Mitch Snyder said they had set up a team six months ago to focus on emerging technologies and find ways to incorporate them into their products, and FCX-001 came into view through this process. The future rotorcraft will feature an airframe that is made from advanced sustainable m...
  • H160 Decision by France
    H160 Decision by France 3 March 2017
    France chose Airbus Helicopters' H160 for its light helicopter programme (hélicoptère interarmées léger/HIL), deliveries of which is planned to begin in 2024. French Defence Ministry said 160-190 helicopters would be acquired under HIL programme to replace various rotorcraft such as the Navy’s Aérospatiale Alouette IIIs, multirole AS365 Dauphin and AS565 Panthers, and the Air Force’s AS555 Fennec light attack rotorcra...
  • Airbus and DCNS team up for VTOL Drone
    Airbus and DCNS team up for VTOL Drone 20 October 2016
    Airbus Helicopters and maritime systems company DCNS have joined forces to offer the former’s VSR700 unmanned rotorcraft – derived from the Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 – for a French navy tactical requirement. DCNS's role in the partnership will be to design and supply the entire warship-integrated VTOL drone system. DCNS will design and develop the solutions for the ship-based operation and integration of the drone, including the specification ...
  • Turkey receives first CH-47F Chinook
    Turkey receives first CH-47F Chinook 15 July 2016
    Turkey has received its first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift rotorcraft, following its completion in-country at the port of Izmir.  The purchase of this tranche comes under the US government’s 2013, $3.4 billion multi-year contract for the CH-47F. A $131 million contract modification was then made in September 2015, taking the total acquisition to 11 aircraft.
  • Japan to order 12 AW101 helicopters 24 June 2016
    Italian Leonardo Helicopters is in discussions with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force for a follow-on order of a dozen AgustaWestland AW101 rotorcraft. Speaking at Eurosatory media briefing, Giovanni Soccodato, Leonardo’s executive vice-president for strategies, markets and business development, said the company was “close to finalising” a new contract with Tokyo. Japan to order 12 AW101 helicopters.