Mark Burnand, Chief Test Pilot at Leonardo Helicopters UK, talks through the advanced avionics on board the latest generation battlefield utility AW149 helicopter.
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US joins NATO allies in European helicopter air assault exercise
American, Dutch and Polish rotary-wing assets were involved in large-scale operations practising cargo and personnel transport and drops, and other operations.
How the USS Gerald R Ford's new tech is proving the critics wrong
USS Gerald R Ford is the largest, most expensive and most advanced aircraft carrier ever built and has successfully deployed a raft of new technologies on its first operational deployment.
Sweden could face ASW capability gap by slashing NH90
As Sweden is set to become a NATO member, its regional ASW and ASuW responsibilities will increase. Phasing out the NH90 gradually will win some time for Stockholm, but soon it will have to make a decision on a new helicopter capability.
UK Wildcat helicopter weapons training and digitisation reaches next stage
The Wildcat Integrated Support and Training programme has reached its next stage with implementation of a Weapons Loading System trainer at the Royal Navy's Yeovilton base. The MoD is also experimenting with digitisation of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter.
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Scalable rolls out new calibration system at I/ITSEC 2022
The latest iteration of Scalable Display Technologies' calibration software includes new features and integrations with other products.
Industry must convince customers of the value of new tech at I/ITSEC 2022
Shrinking financial resources and increasing military tension best characterise 2022 for most countries. This year’s exhibitors at I/ITSEC will face the task of persuading customers that innovation and novel approaches are safe bets.
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24th November 2022
Northrop Grumman will provide UH-60V Black Hawk engineering support services as part of a KBR-led contract awarded by the DoD Information Analysis Center.
23rd November 2022
New modifications to existing Department of Defense contracts cover the latest AIM-9X air-to-air missiles and active electronically scanned array radars for the F-16.
17th November 2022
Elbit will supply passive and active IR countermeasures for installation on attack and utility helicopters operated by an undisclosed customer in Asia-Pacific.
15th November 2022
Boeing has completed its commitment to update the Royal Netherlands Air Force's CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter fleet.
15th November 2022
BAE Systems has conducted firing tests using its APKWS guidance kit for rockets fitted with high-explosive anti-tank/anti-personnel anti-materiel (HEAT/APAM) warheads, offering improved armour penetration.
8th November 2022
The second half of the UK New Medium Helicopter competition is on. Airbus, Boeing, Leonardo and Lockheed Martin are required to provide more detailed proposals and to demonstrate domestic social and economic values of their offers.
7th November 2022
Without pilots on board, the autonomous Black Hawk helicopter performed long-endurance medical resupply while navigating between mountain ranges.
4th November 2022
The US Navy has awarded contracts for training equipment to support the USMC's CH-53K programme and the Czech Republic's UH-1Y and AH-1Z fleets.
4th November 2022
El Salvador's military has received four MD 530 helicopters as part of a US State Department donation to support the Central American country's United Nations commitments in Mali.
3rd November 2022
The Royal Jordanian Air Force has agreed to acquire ten Model 505 training helicopters from Bell
2nd November 2022
KAI's contract to develop a home-grown marine attack helicopter for South Korea's marine corps means the service will not field a dedicated tandem-seat design such as the Apache or Viper.
31st October 2022
During the one-month-long campaign, the RN AW159 Wildcat HMA helicopters operated with seven different weapon loads configurations and test-fired Martlet LMM missiles for the first time in frontline conditions.
28th October 2022
Under the contract extension, Serco will continue supporting Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules operations with engine and associated equipment repairs until the fleet retires in 2023.
27th October 2022
Norway, Sweden and Spain are three European countries interested in buying the US MH-60R maritime helicopter.
26th October 2022
Upgrading the Royal Netherlands Air Force Apaches to the AH-64E V6 model will increase the fleet's attack power, versatility and situational awareness.
24th October 2022
While new legislations and penalties may help deter some former Royal Air Force pilots from training Chinese personnel, the UK should realise it has played a role in alienating its retirees and needs to better look after its people, experts say.
19th October 2022
The AW609 has hit a new milestone but Leonardo remains unable to share additional information about a UAE order for the tiltrotor.
13th October 2022
Honeywell is supplying T55-GA-714A engines to the UK via the FMS programme.
7th October 2022
Boeing Defence Australia is heavily involved in helicopter maintenance in Australia, and that will only accelerate when Apaches are introduced.