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  • attitude
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    Whats the fate of the Chinook?

    Find out why Army leaders don't want to fund Chinook upgrades.

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  • attitude
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    US Army picks 5 teams to design new attack recon helicopter

    The Army awarded five contracts to design Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft by early next year.

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  • attitude
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    Poland signs for AW101 helicopters

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  • TomcatViP
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    Army Secretary Defends Decision to Cut CH-47 Chinook Program

    The U.S. Army's top officials on Tuesday had to defend the service's decision to stop buying CH-47 Chinook helicopters to pay for futuristic aircraft and other modernization programs.

    Last year, Army officials made a decision to find about $30 billion to help pay for the service's modernization strategy over the next five years. The service did that by cutting or terminating 186 existing programs, Army Secretary Mark Esper told members of the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee as he described the proposed fiscal 2020 budget request.
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    Military.com

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  • TomcatViP
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    Long Live the King: With Problems Fixed, CH-53K Contract Expected in Weeks

    The Marine Corps is just weeks away from awarding a contract for the first lot of CH-53K King Stallions,[...]
    Sikorsky has 20 aircraft in production as of April 3 and has flown nearly 1,500 hours of its planned flight test regime. Deficiencies found during testing range from seat cushion design and handholds to engine gas reingestion, Rudder said. Test aircraft have flown faster than 170 kts, up to 18,000 feet and at greater than 60 degree bank, according to Sikorsky.

    The vendor and the program office are going to fix these, Rudder said. And were going to hold them accountable to fix it.
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    Rotor & Wings.com

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  • BlackArcher
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    Russia completes preliminary flight tests of Mi-26 T2V helicopter

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  • BlackArcher
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    IAF to begin inducting Apache gunships in August

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  • XB-70
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    Russia soon to induct latest Mi-26 variant.

    https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-n...y-flight-tests

    Similar article but with pictures of digital camo.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...iggest-457232/

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  • TomcatViP
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    Northrop Receives $104M IDIQ to Supply Helicopter Mission Computers to USMC, DLA & Bahrain

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  • halloweene
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    Originally posted by mig-31bm View Post

    Is it just me or S97 design is better?, more practical and what not
    The design is a record breaker working prototype. Not the proposed one.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Rolls-Royce to develop turbine options for Bells V-280 and V-247

    Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements, says Bell. However, we fully recognize that the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.
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    FlightGlobal.com

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  • XB-70
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    V-22 celebrates 30 years since 1st flight.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...reys-f-456769/

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  • XB-70
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    Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters to receive missile with extended range.

    http://tass.com/defense/1049469

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  • Cherry Ripe
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    Originally posted by mig-31bm View Post

    Is it just me or S97 design is better?, more practical and what not
    The advantage of the X-3 layout is that it can scale up nicely.

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    The S-97 might run into problems of providing sufficient thrust through one propellor, and length of driveshaft.

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  • mig-31bm
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    Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post
    Airbus to Pursue US Army Helo Program With X3-Based Platform





    IMOHO, it can only be that someone at Airbus misstook FARA for the Spanish word ... caray!​​*
    Is it just me or S97 design is better?, more practical and what not

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  • TomcatViP
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    Airbus Helicopters launches 5-bladed H145 upgrade

    The blades incorporate the latest airfoil design to produce more thrust than previous blades at the same power. While five blades have more drag than four blades in a rotor, Humpert said improvements to the aerodynamics of the rotor cuff of the blade had actually allowed the new H145s blades to provide more lift. This is the aerodynamic evolution which is technically behind it, he said. The new H145s blades fix directly onto the main rotor mast, meaning fewer parts and simplified maintenance. Airbus Helicopters Photo
    The new main rotor system has been simplified with no main rotor head so the blades are attached directly to the rotor mast. This means fewer parts, resulting in the lower weight and simplified maintenance.

    The blades have been designed for simplicity and thrust efficiency, said Humpert, and provide some different characteristics during flight. He said these included an increase in comfort level (with reduced vibration), while maintaining the same levels of noise and efficiency as the existing H145.

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    VerticalMag.com

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  • TomcatViP
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    Brazils navy ordered three Airbus H135 light twin-engine helicopters.

    The helicopters will be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron and will be used for missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation, says Airbus Helicopters. The aircraft are replacements for the Brazilian navys twin-engine, light utility Eurocopter AS355 cureuil helicopter.
    Source:
    FlightGlobal.com

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  • TomcatViP
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    From the Osprey to the CH-53K: Progress in Building a Maintainable Aircraft



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    Arent you with the logs demo shaping domain knowledge rather than manuals to launch the K fleet experience?

    Lambert: That is correct.

    We are focused on having the Marines working with the airplane get familiar and comfortable with the maintenance approach and indeed, to shape that approach.

    In Osprey interviews which you published from a decade ago, one of the challenges highlighted was the lack of knowledge, the lack of being comfortable with the airplane which led to a high amount of premature removal of parts for unknown failures.

    We are focused on training the Marines to make good sound judgment calls when troubleshooting and performing maintenance.
    An interesting piece worth reading

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    Second Line of Defense.com
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 23rd February 2019, 18:51.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Airbus to Pursue US Army Helo Program With X3-Based Platform

    Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said the company has proposed an aircraft design based on its X3 technology, which recorded a speed of more than 290 miles per hour before it was retired in 2014.

    Even said Airbus is enhancing the technology to meet future military requirements for high-speed helicopters.


    IMOHO, it can only be that someone at Airbus misstook FARA for the Spanish word ... caray!​​*

    Last edited by TomcatViP; 23rd February 2019, 17:47.

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  • Tango III
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    On 16 Feb'19, the Portuguese Air Force took delivery of two (of five ordered) Leonardo AW119Kx Koalas.



    https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/stat...95697353097216

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