• Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S.
    Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S. 30 September 2020
    Thailand has purchased 12 T-6C Texan II for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with US-based Textron Aviation Defence worth USD 162 million. Under the contract, Textron will provide RTAF with the Integrated Training System, which includes a ground-based training system for maintenance teams, ground support equipment spare parts and other key elements. The Thailand-specified aircraft are to be called T-6TH, and may include certain features that may be different to other T-6 va...
  • 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...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • New Planes for Light Attack
    New Planes for Light Attack 18 March 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has purchased two AT-6 Wolverine platforms for use in ongoing light attack tests. The aircraft will be built in Wichita, Kansas. USAF has purchased for $70.2 million two Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft for its continued light attack experiment. The light attack experiment has evolved and diminished in scope over several years. Originally, the USAF intended to find a cheap-to-fly ground-attack aircraft. It intended to buy dozens of light at...
  • New Hovercraft Accepted
    New Hovercraft Accepted 11 March 2020
    The new hovercraft developed for use in amphibious operations, including landing helicopter dock, has completed acceptance tests. Textron Systems, which continues its activities in the USA, announced that completion of the acceptance tests of the Next Generation Ship to Shore Connector. Craft 100 used in testing activities was subjected to extensive trials. The platform, which successfully demonstrated its wire control system, electrical and propulsion system capabilities, met ...
  • US Approved Possible Ground Attack Aircraft Sale to Tunisia
    US Approved Possible Ground Attack Aircraft Sale to Tunisia 28 February 2020
    Tunisia, in armament race in the region, continues to acquisition of defence systems. According to a statement from the US Department of Defence, approval for the possible sale of AT-6 Wolverine aircraft requested by Tunisia has been approved. Platforms which are ground attack models of T-6 Texan IIs, Textron production. Besides the aircraft, the estimated cost of the package including guided bombs, BAE Systems production APKWS 2.75 "rocket guidance kits, 12.7 mm mach...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies 24 January 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • Tunisia to Buy T-6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US 15 October 2019
    Tunisia to buy 12 -6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US. The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for 12 T-6C Texan trainer aircraft made by Textron Aviation Defence for an estimated cost of $234 million. The offer also includes spare parts, support equipment and logistics support. The proposed sale will replace Tunisia's aging trainer fleet and allow Tunisia to continue training pilots to support Tunisia's counter-terrorism and border security missions. Th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters 11 February 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Griffon Modernization
    Griffon Modernization 30 January 2019
    Canada has announced modernization of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. With modernization, life of the platforms will be extended and will remain in the inventory until 2031. Total of USD 68 million agreement signed with Bell Helicopter Textron Canada for a modernization of 85 platforms. Within the scope of the program, the structural components of the platforms and avionics will be improved.Canada uses the Bell 412EP helicopters under the name CH-146 Griffon. The modernization agreement...
  • US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m
    US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m 17 November 2018
    Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain. Contract was announced at the Bahrain International Air Show on 15 November. The first batch of the aircraft will be delivered to Bahrain by the end of 2022, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday. The US Senate, on Thursday, rejected a measure, provided ...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract 26 August 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • Last Two Nominee for Light Attack
    Last Two Nominee for Light Attack 14 August 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has shared the draft of Request for Proposal with Sierra Nevada / Embraer and Textron Avitaion for the Light Attack Aircraft Procurement Program. According to the press release, the last Request for Proposal will be shared in December 2018. The statement also includes a description of the fact that the file is still being worked on but talks with potential suppliers will be carried out so that the necessary timings can be reached. Sierra Nevada...
  • New System to Replace M249
    New System to Replace M249 26 July 2018
    The US Army has signed an agreement with Textron Systems for a system demonstrator that could replace the M249 machine guns. Textron Systems will develop a prototype for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) under this agreement. Textron will develop the new platform based on the family Cased-Telescoped Weapons & Ammunition already in the Textron product family. Medium-caliber and magazine-fed weapon is planned to be less than 5.44 kilograms. Than...
  • Czech Nominee for Light Attack
    Czech Nominee for Light Attack 17 July 2018
    Aero Vodochody announced that the new variant of L-159 jet trainer is developing. The platform, called F/A-259 Striker, is being developed for the USAF for OA-X light attack aircraft. In June, the company signed a cooperation agreement with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) for the development of an advanced variant of the L-159, the new platform will be ready for delivery in 2020. This platform will be equipped with a fourth generation avionics suite. Company also noted that t...
  • New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft
    New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft 16 May 2018
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's) first leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use, the Ministry of Defence announced on 10 May. New Zealand leased a total of four King Air 350s and the remaining aircraft will be delivered progressively into 2019.  The new aircraft will replace RNZAF's King Air 200 platforms. The aircraft will be used for pilot training and two of the four King Air 350s will be configur...
  • 2nd Phase Began in Light Attack Experiment
    2nd Phase Began in Light Attack Experiment 10 May 2018
    The US Air Force has launched the second phase of a light attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base on 7 may which is being conducted to ensure rapid procurement process and to gather additional information about aircraft capabilities, as well as partner nation interoperability, prior to a potential light attack purchase. The Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine began an open-ended series of experiments at Holloman AFB.&n...
  • Textron Unveiled New VTOL UAV
    Textron Unveiled New VTOL UAV 8 May 2018
    Textron Systems unveiled its X5-55 vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 1 May.  The company developed the aircraft to meet requirements for a UAV that is able to take off and land vertically from tight spots while retaining the ability to fly efficiently over long distances. X5-55 uses four independently moving electric-powered rotors. The experimental aircraft was first flown in July 2017. Designed for intelligence, ...
  • Texan Delivery to the UK
    Texan Delivery to the UK 21 February 2018
    The first two Texan T6C advanced turboprops have been delivered to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), announced on 16 February. The trainer aircraft arrived at RAF Valley Station.  Manufactured by Textron Aviation, the aircraft is a part of a planned fleet of 10 to be used in Basic Flight Training from 2019. The Texan T6C fleet will offer trainee fighter pilots a lead-in aircraft to prepare them for their Advanced Jet Training on RAF's existing fleet of Hawk T2 aircraft whi...
  • Tiltrotor Passed A Milestone
    Tiltrotor Passed A Milestone 16 November 2017
    Boeing and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. announced yesterday the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has surpassed the 400,000-flight hour milestone.The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed in numerous missions around the world, including casualty evacuation, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation since entering service in 2007 w...
  • Scorpion Will Look For Launch Customer in Dubai
    Scorpion Will Look For Launch Customer in Dubai 6 November 2017
    Scorpion light-attack aircraft is set to make a debut appearance at the Dubai air show from 12-16 November.  Online flight tracking services show the twinjet as performing demonstration flights from Tabuk air base in Saudi Arabia on 1-2 November. Textron AirLand conducted the first flight of its production-representative Scorpion in December 2016. As the company seeks for a launch customer, Riyadh appears to be a potential customer.
  • Mobile Strike Boost to Afghanistan
    Mobile Strike Boost to Afghanistan 6 November 2017
    Textron Systems received a delivery order for 55 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) to the Afghanistan National Army. According to the Textron Systems, the first vehicle deliveries are scheduled for 2018.  689 MSFVs were delivered to the ANA between 2012 and 2015. 
  • 'Mobile Strike' Order to Textron
    'Mobile Strike' Order to Textron 20 October 2017
    Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems has been awarded a $333 million contract for the US Army procurement of up to 255 mobile strike force vehicles and related fielding hardware and field representative services for system de-processing. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of 13 October 2024. 
  • Textron's 'Nightwarden' Unveiled
    Textron's 'Nightwarden' Unveiled 20 June 2017
    Textron Systems unveiled the new Nightwarden tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS) at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The Nightwarden is capable of carrying out intelligence, serveillance and reconnaisance (ISR) missions in addition to its strike capability.  The UAV has a reduced acoustic signature, a payload of up to 59 kg, an endurance of 15 hours, a maximum speed of 90 kt, and a maximum service ceiling of 16 thousand ft.
  • 'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target
    'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target 17 February 2017
    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems announced on February 15th that the precision guided G-CLAW test was successful. Tests against mobile and stationary targets has been performed in October 2016 at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The missile was fired from the Cessna Caravan aircraft hit targets within a one-meter circular error probable (CEP). The weapon with GPS assisted inertia navigation system is locked onto the target with semi-active laser (Semi-Active Laser / SAL) s...
  • The USN's New 'Air Cushion Landing Craft'  Will Be Delivered in 2017
    The USN's New 'Air Cushion Landing Craft' Will Be Delivered in 2017 18 January 2017
    Textron Systems announced that the company will begin on-water testing of its Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) prototype, LCAC 100, in the next months. Textron was awarded the $212,7 million contract in 2012 and is scheduled to deliver the first platform to the US Navy later this year. Reportedly, the work on a further four SSCs has already begun at the company’s facility in Luisiana. Designed to transport large numbers of marines, equipment and weapons to shore from beyond-the-horizon, &l...
  • TAI's New Aircraft
    TAI's New Aircraft 7 January 2017
    As The US Air Force (USAF) releases technical documentations regarding its new generation training aircraft, the competitors of the programme became apparent. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) partnered with US based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), establishing a joint venture dubbed Freedom Aircraft Ventures LLC, to manufacture training aircraft. C4Defence managed to attain the first drawings of the aircraft to compete in USAF’s T-X Programme. USAF commenced a training aircraft compe...
  • 'Super Mushshak' Export Gather Speed
    'Super Mushshak' Export Gather Speed 23 December 2016
    Pakistan wants to export 100 new MFI-395 Super Mushshak trainers. Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told local media that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is in talks with Azerbaijan and the Maldives regarding the sales of indigenious Super Mushshaks.  Pakistan has recently sealed a deal with Turkey for 52 Super Mushshak training aircraft, as well as with Nigeria and Qatar. The aircraft is also in service of the air forces of Saudi Arabia, Ira...
  • Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed
    Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed 21 October 2016
    Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack fighter aircraft conducted its first weapons capability exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico between 10-14 October. During tests Scorpion launched Hydra-70 unguided 2.75 in rockets, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, and Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire missile.
  • Issue 41 Fair News 18 September 2016
    Ultra-Marshall Collaboration L3’s Modern Hercules on its Way to Argentina Hercules Modernisation by Elbit Lockheed Martin in International Market for Black Hawk QinetiQ and Thales’ Choice, Textron AirLand Scorpion Martin-Baker’s Solution for F-35 Seats Sense Vaccine for UAVs by IAI and Honeywell Airbus Concentrates on Civilian Aviation Boeing’s Submarine Venture Belated Conquest b...
  • FNSS signs agreement with Oman 27 April 2016
    The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) announced that five Partnership for Development (PFD) agreements were signed last year. The list comprises: Raytheon; Marine Alutech Bell Helicopters Textron Inc, Lockheed Martin International, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri AS. The announcement did not include any further information about the content of PFD agreements. 
  • USAF in search for a new CAS 14 March 2016
    The USAF is in search of a variety of options to replace the A-10 Warthog which was introduced in 1975 for its Close Air Support (CAS) requirements. Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, and Textron AirLand’s Scorpion existing aircrafts are candidate to CAS aircraft. A study will investigate whether a new clean-sheet design is required. An alternative option could involve a derivative of the T-X Advance Trainer, however with the T-X program not due until 20...