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  • Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed
    Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed 15 October 2020
    The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make progress as Defiant’s flight test program advances. Defiant’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb continue to increase as more data is gathered. On October 12, with about two-thirds prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots (242.81 m/h; 390.7720km/h) straight and level and 232 knots in a descent. Defiant is expected to have a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 m/h / 460 km/h) The helicopter is partic...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Domestic Production Device from ASELSAN for Air Defence
    Domestic Production Device from ASELSAN for Air Defence 4 August 2020
    New integration work was carried out on the Pedestal Mounted Stinger (KMS) systems developed as the main contractor of ASELSAN. National IFF Short / Medium Range Interrogator Devices were integrated into KMS, which has two separate configurations, ATILGAN and ZIPKIN. Ground tests of the study carried out within the scope of the Friendly Enemy Recognition Identification Systems (IFF MOD-5) Project were conducted on 1-3 July. In the ground tests, using the National IFF Inter...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • Navy Helicopter Agreement
    Navy Helicopter Agreement 18 May 2020
    India continues its naval investments due to the growing tension in the region, the platforms that have reached the end of its economic life and the consolidation of maritime domination.  The US, which recently signed an agreement with India for the procurement of naval helicopters, took action for the production phase of the platforms. The US Navy signed a USD 904.8 million deal with Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the manufacture of 21 MH-60R Sea...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials 25 March 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design 17 March 2020
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing will compete for the design planned to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, which has been operational since 1979. The US Army has awarded Bell and a Sikorsky-Boeing team Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contracts for the next stage of its Future Long Range Air Assault (FLRAA) programme. Over the last several years, Bell and the Sikorsky-Boeing team designed, built and flew demonstrators for the service’s Joint Multi-Rol...
  • Russian Day at Eurasia Airshow
    Russian Day at Eurasia Airshow 30 January 2020
    Aiming to build the Eurasian market within the framework of Turkey, Eurasia Airshow will be held in Antalya this year. Hakan Kurt, Eurasia Airshow Senior Manager, said that Russia is the biggest participant of this year's fair and added, “We will make the third day of our fair ‘Russian Day’”. Kurt announces that the request came from Russian authorities. Kurt also said that Pakistan, which was not a participant last year, will be at the forefront by taking its plac...
  • Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender
    Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender 16 January 2020
    Boeing has submitted its response to the STH invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program, also known as Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH). Boeing has offered its CH-47 Chinook to the German Army’s tender for a heavy-lift helicopter to replace its Sikorsky CH-53Gs. The STH invitation to tender was issued on 24 June 2019 by the German procurement authority, specifically, the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and I...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks 1 November 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W 26 September 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K 16 August 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger 10 August 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk
    Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk 8 June 2019
    Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk testbed helicopter equipped with Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) technology made its maiden flight on 29 May, the company announced on 6 June. The flight took place at company's West Palm Beach facility in Florida on 29 May. İt also marked the official start of the flight trials programme for the OPV technology following an earlier test aboard a S-76B Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) testbed helicopter. &quo...
  • Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 Flew Second Time
    Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 Flew Second Time 17 April 2019
    At the Army Aviation Association of America(AAAA) annual summit, recent details about the Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 Defiant helicopter are shared. Defiant’s first flight took place on March 21, and second flight was on April 5. The 15-day short time difference between two flight, shows that program is going as planned.  On second flight, helicopter reached the expected speed for that test. The platform also proved out its hover performance, manoeuvrability, pedal turns, and a hover ladde...
  • 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 ...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines 26 March 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight
    Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight 22 March 2019
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida site.  The coaxial helicopter— which is part of the Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration program aimed at helping the service define requirements for a medium-lift Future Vertical Lift aircraft — took off at 7:47 a.m. and flew for more than 30 minutes. It successfully performed low-speed manoeuvres. DEFIANT is designed to fly at ne...
  • Sector News Issue 71 16 March 2019
    Daewoo, Back to Roots Leonardo’s Cyber Signature on NATO The USA Said “Gustav” India Seeks Thales’ Hydras Sikorsky’s Two-in-One: HH-60W METEOR Shower beyond the Horizon Ambitious Missile by Rafael  “METE”s in the Inventory MKEK to Supply 50,000 MPT-76  Meteksan’s Kement Launches from the Ground F-16 Fitted with ASELSAN Armour F...
  • Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
    Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer 6 March 2019
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Asahi-class guided-missile destroyer on 27 February in Nagasaki Prefecture. Shiranui , which is the first JMSDF ship to feature a periscope-detection radar, was launched in October 2017 and began sea trials in July 2018. The first vessel of the class, JS Asahi (pennant number 119), was commissioned in March 2018. The class has a top speed of 30 kt and a crew complement of 220, according to the JMSDF. Eac...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces
    Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces 30 January 2019
      A contract was concluded at the PZL Mielec facility for the delivery of four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the Polish special operations command. This includes retrofitting of the airframes, logistical and training packages. The head of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Mariusz Błaszczak, stated that the helicopters are to be delivered by the end of 2019.   According to the MoD, the agreement is worth PLN 683 million (approx. $182 million). The price i...
  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started
    The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started 15 January 2019
    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than double the speed and range of existing operational helicopters. The technology and experience gaine...
  • SB1 Defiant Unveiled
    SB1 Defiant Unveiled 31 December 2018
    Sikorsky and Boeing provided the first look at the SB1 Defiant helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program.    The SB1 Defiant is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability.    The helicopter is participating in the Army's Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator pro...
  • First Flight of SB-1 Defiant Delayed
    First Flight of SB-1 Defiant Delayed 14 December 2018
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant’s first flight will likely be delayed until early 2019 after “minor” problems were discovered within the aircraft’s testbed. Until a few weeks ago, the SB-1 Defiant demonstration helicopter was on track to achieve first flight in 2018. However, discovery of unnamed issues on the powertrain system test bed, which must be fixed before the aircraft takes to the skies, caused the delay. The two companies are now focusing...
  • Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129
    Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129 7 December 2018
    The Philippine Air Force’s technical working group (TWG) has identified the combat utility and attack helicopters that have met its requirements to fulfil its capability demands. 24pilipinas.com stated that Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the TWG has recommended the Sikorsky Black Hawk for its combat utility helicopter acquisition project, while the T129 ATAK of the Turkish Aerospace Industries was selected for its attack helicopter project. Lorenzana sa...
  • DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS
    DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS 31 October 2018
    Lockheed Martin and the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have demonstrated autonomous helicopter operations with US Army pilots flying the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) for the first time, Lockheed Martin announced on 29 October. Together with the FAA and DARPA, Sikorsky is developing autonomous and optionally-piloted technology that will ultimately decrease instances of the number one cause of helicopter crashes: Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT...
  • S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie
    S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie 30 October 2018
    The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter produced at the PZL-Mielec plant for the Gendarmerie General Command was displayed. In the news published by Scramble Magazine, the image of the J-3943 tail number seen on the platform. Helicopter is painted with white, red and dark blue colour of the gendarmerie. The newest and advanced model of the UH-60 Black Hawk platforms, the S-70i helicopters, are equipped with modern avionics such as a fully integrated digital cockpit. Powered by two T70...
  • S-97 hits 200 knots
    S-97 hits 200 knots 5 October 2018
    The Sikorsky S-97 Raider light tactical prototype helicopter flew faster than 200 knots on September 21st at the Sikorsky Development Flight Centre, Lockheed Martin has announced. Raider, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is based on the company's proven X2 Technology, enabling speeds twice that of conventional helicopters. The development of X2 Technology and the Raider program has been funded entirely by significant investments by Sikorsky, Lockheed...
  • MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation
    MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation 21 September 2018
    The Turkish Company, the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation’s (Makina Ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu/ MKEK) 105mm air transportable light towed howitzer Boran is transported for first time. The new 105mm MKEK towed howitzer can provides direct and indirect fire support to the forces deployed in combined arms operations. Turkish Land Forces plans to acquire 106 Boran howitzers. The MKEK 105mm towed howitzer can fire all type of ammunition uses by NATO countries. The ...
  • EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment
    EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment 11 July 2018
    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU) according to the Jane’s. The first programme concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for Hellenic Navy’s all eight Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopters. Helicopter have to anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare mission as well as search and rescue operations. The total cost is set at EUR28.9 million, ...
  • Cirit to be mounted on Black Hawk
    Cirit to be mounted on Black Hawk 6 July 2018
    ROKETSAN, stated that there is an ongoing process to install Cirit missiles to Sikorsky's Black Hawk helicopters. ROKETSAN's press release about Farnborough Air Show includes information. Statement  indicates that CİRİT is already being used on the T-129 ATAK  and AH-1 COBRA attack helicopters, to the TIGER Helicopter.Information about  Black Hawk reads, "While work on the integration of the CİRİT to the BLACK HAWK helicopters is progressing, there is a...
  • Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue
    Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue 22 May 2018
    Sikorsky plans to offer Canada its S-92 civilian helicopter for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s search and rescue operations. The service operates a fleet of 14 Leonardo Cormorants, a variant of the EH-101, for search and rescue and is now working on a project to modernize its search and rescue fleet. Canada is yet to decide whether to buy new aircraft or upgrade the Cormorants. Sikorsky's offer would focus on providing a solution that is more affor...
  • Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28
    Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28 17 May 2018
    PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of Sikorsky, has signed an agreement with the Ecuador Army for an M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. The company plans to deliver the twin-engined, turboprop aircraft within this year. M28 is able to carry up to 2,300 kg of cargo and to operate in extreme environmental conditions without decreasing payload.  
  • The First CH-53K Handed Over to US Marines
    The First CH-53K Handed Over to US Marines 17 May 2018
    Sikorsky delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) on 16 May. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps' fleet, the company said. The CH-53K will replace USMC's aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet which entered service with the USMC in 1981. Sikorsky said that 18 additional aircraft are already in various stages of production. This first CH53K heavy lift helicopter will b...
  • Partners for Chinook Revealed
    Partners for Chinook Revealed 30 April 2018
    Boeing revealed partners to support its bid to supply CH-47 Chinooks for Germany's heavy-lift helicopter competition. The company will work with CAE, Diehl Defence, Honeywell, Liebherr, Rockwell Collins and Rolls-Royce to provide “local long-term support and training” services. Boeing’s offer will either be based on the standard CH-47F model or extended-range MH-47G version. Germany is expected to release a final request for p...