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  • Rii
    started a topic Helicopter News & Discussion

    Helicopter News & Discussion

    I thought we could do with a dedicated thread for helicopter news and discussion, and the recent first flight of Sikorsky's S-97 Raider demonstrator seems as good a starting point as any. Copypasta from the main news thread:


    Originally posted by Tango III View Post

    An exciting achievement. But where did the shrouding around and between the rotor hubs go?


    Last edited by Rii; 25th June 2015, 01:24.

  • TomcatViP
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    France eyes chinook helicopter acquisition

    In press information relating to the event, France's special forces command says: "The air force is actively studying the acquisition of [CH-47s] for the French special forces. They would complete the current range of helicopters."

    Parts of the French military have long been keen on acquiring a heavy-lift capability. During the late 2000s Paris was engaged in a joint effort with Germany under the Future Transport Helicopter programme.
    Source:
    FlightGlobal.com

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  • pilatus
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    The unit embedded Air Force personnel with the contractor, Sikorsky, to provide early warfighter involvement and operationally relevant developmental testing.

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    Australia to replace its Eurocopter Tiger Fleet with a Proven and Mature, Off-The-Shelf Attack Helicopter

    Australia has issued a request for information (RFI) for 29 airframes to replace the Australian Army existing Tiger attack helicopter.

    Under the Land 4503 program, the first 12 new rotorcraft must achieve initial operating capability (IOC) by 2026.

    According to the RFI Australia wants to purchase 29 proven and mature, off-the-shelf armed reconnaissance helicopters of which five will be used for training operations. Initial Operational Capability of twelve helicopters (one squadron) is expected by 2026, with full operational capability from 2028.
    [...]
    Australia selected the current fleet of 22 Eurcopter/Airbus Helicopter Tigers in 2001 and the final Tiger was delivered (eighteen were built with Eurocopter Australian at Brisbane) to the Australian Army ten years later. The helicopters are based at Oakey (Qld) with the Army Aviation Training Centre, School of Army Aviation and at Robertson Barracks-Darwin with two operational squadrons, 161 and 162 Reconnaissance Squadrons as part of the 1st Aviation Regiment. Due to all kind of issues, the helicopters became fully operational only by 2016 and first sea-borne ops by April 2019
    Let's hope they get something more reliable this time (that should be the easy part). Impressive also that the Tigers are to be phased out by earlier generation rotorcraft deemed more performant.

    Source:
    http://theaviationgeekclub.com/

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  • TomcatViP
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    CH-53E Super Stallion Reaches One Million Flight Hours

    Source:

    https://www.rotorandwing.com/

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  • XB-70
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    Boeing to build and refurb up to 600 Apaches

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ah-64e-459463/

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  • XB-70
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    Russia's military orders 108 new helicopters at Army-2019

    https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-n...08-helicopters

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  • TomcatViP
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    [...]Schultz says a joint Sikorsky and USMC flight-test campaign is "ahead of schedule in places and on schedule in others and not behind on any", with more than 1,400h now accumulated and the three-engined type recording an availability rate of 91%. The company expects to soon fix an issue with exhaust gas ingestion encountered under some operating conditions by extending the length of the number two engine's nozzle, he adds, describing the update as "a really solid fix".
    Source:
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...k-siko-459125/

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  • J-20
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    wow that is a black hawk? I thought it totally looked like the Harbin Z-20

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  • Lt Anderson
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    Originally posted by haavarla View Post
    Russian Army Mi-24M in action. Location Idlib, Syria.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FHiXlgD3_s
    Mi-24P.

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  • haavarla
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    Russian Army Mi-24M in action. Location Idlib, Syria.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FHiXlgD3_s

    Dang! you gotto love that Mi-24 sound!
    Last edited by haavarla; 17th June 2019, 19:22.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Sikorsky test flies Black Hawk helicopter without a pilot




    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A technology kit developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was used for the first time to operate a Black Hawk helicopter with full-authority, fly-by-wire flight controls. The May 29 flight marked the official start to the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted aircraft. Follow-on flight testing aims to include envelope expansion throughout the summer leading to fully autonomous flight (zero pilots) in 2020.

    View the Video

    • OPVBlackHawkFirstFlight2019-Sikorsky

    "This technology brings a whole new dimension of safety, reliability and capability to existing and future helicopters and to those who depend on them to complete their missions," said Chris Van Buiten, Vice President, Sikorsky Innovations. "We're excited to be transforming a once mechanically controlled aircraft into one with fly-by-wire controls. This flight demonstrates the next step in making optionally piloted and optimally piloted aircraft, a reality."

    This is the first full authority fly-by-wire retrofit kit developed by Sikorsky that has completely removed mechanical flight controls from the aircraft.*
    Source:
    UPI.com
    https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2019...ogy#assets_all

    *emphasizes are mine

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  • TomcatViP
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    See the US Air Forces new combat rescue helo fly for the first time

    A Lockheed Martin subsidiarys combat rescue helicopter took to the skies for the first time Friday.

    The HH-60W helicopter one of two that Sikorsky fully assembled flew from the companys West Palm Beach, Florida, test facility, the company said.

    The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 112 HH-60W helicopters to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk.


    Source:
    https://www.defensenews.com/"]Defense News.com[/url]
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 18th May 2019, 04:11.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Cameroonian Z-9 helicopter crashes

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  • TomcatViP
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    S-97 also use a clutch in part to prevent the rear prop from spinning during ground operation (also in the (read) article ).
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 17th May 2019, 18:23.

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  • SpudmanWP
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    The article was talking about exposed props around the cabin that soldiers can easily run into, especially in night ops or where vision could be obscured, like smoke.

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  • swerve
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    What's the basic design flaw? Have you read the article?

    "Yes, the ducted fans can vary the pitch of their blades in useful ways, making the aircraft more agile, Gaffey told me in an interview, and agility is crucial for the low-speed, low-altitude operations the Army envisions, ducking behind buildings and sneaking down streets to avoid Russian and Chinese anti-aircraft missiles. But thats not this design features most important virtue."

    Where's the flaw?

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  • TomcatViP
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    Airbus's "Chorizo Picante" doomed for... basic design failure*:

    We have not used the ducts not so much for propulsive efficiency or anything like that. We use the ducts primarily to protect personnel, said Gaffney, a veteran of decades of military helicopter programs. Running around at night in the dark Army operations, probably half of them at least are in time of darkness if you have an open propeller, someone could walk into it.
    Source:
    BreakingDefense New.com


    Read:
    https://www.verticalmag.com/news/air...-fara-program/
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 15th May 2019, 20:40.

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  • BlackArcher
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    First Apache AH-64E Guardian helicopter handed over to the IAF
    Last edited by BlackArcher; 15th May 2019, 20:42.

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