Key sub-systems of the Airbus Helicopters RACER (Rapid and Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) technology demonstrator have now passed their preliminary design review (PDR) giving way to the launching of first components manufacture. Final assembly of the prototype is planned to start in Q4 2019
The Chinese Z-19E armed light helicopter is expected to start batch production in the foreseeable future probably for an unknown international customer. According to its developer the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the Z-19E helicopter has under gone professional scrutiny regarding its performance tests and passed verifications, demonstrating the model is capable of entering the production phase, AVIC said in a statement quoted by various Chinese media
A production line to manufacture Apache Helicopters for the Qatari Amiri Air Forces was launched Saturday in Boeings US facility in Mesa, Arizona. Qatar had signed a contract to buy 24 Apache armed helicopters for 667 million in 2016
The Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), acting on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armament agencies DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM, has awarded a de-risking study to a European consortium comprising Airbus Helicopters, Thales and MDBA for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of the Tiger attack helicopter to the Mk 3 standard. France, Germany and Spain will prepare together the development of new features and identify the innovations needed to improve the Tigers survivability and keep it fully operational beyond 2040
The Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter, considered a competitor to the Boeing Apache, has been shown equipped with armor made from graphene, according to a video released by China Central Television (CCTV) last week. Commenting on the video report, state owned Global Time said that extra armor modules could be seen on the side of the helicopter near the cockpit
Russian arms exporting agency, Rosoboronexport today said several contracts are in final stages of negotiations with India following the signing of the S-400 missile defence system deal today. “Rosoboronexport is ready to cooperate with India in any areas
The United States has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with rocket launchers, machine guns and countermeasures for an estimated cost of $82.5 million
MD Helicopters announced today a contract award for six armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to be delivered to the Lebanon Air Force. Awarded through United States Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, MDHIs new MD 530G will receive a US Army Airworthiness Release (AWR) by December 2019
Airbus Helicopters conducted test flight campaigns that included demonstrations with five Airbus-built Do-DT25 target drones controlled from a mission group commander who was airborne in a manned command and control (C2) aircraft. Flown in a test zone of Germanys Baltic Sea area, the MUT trial flights served multiple purposes, including validating such elements as connectivity, human-machine interface, and the concept of teaming intelligence through mission group management
MD Helicopters has won a second delivery order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter contract
Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement, the company said in a statement Wednesday
The Taiwan Army is to build a helicopter base for Apache, Bell Super Cobra Helicopters in Taitung County and Taichung for rapid response in case of a surprise attack by China. Attack helicopters such as Boeing AH-64E Apaches and Bell AH-1W Super Cobras, are to be stationed at Fong Nian Air Force Base, an unnamed official told
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