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Russian Helicopters presents its range to Iran

Russian Helicopters has been pushing its credentials at the Russian national exhibition Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 in Tehran this week where it also debuted the new multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter.. Led by the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, the event was held from 21 to 23 December in Tehran. “We plan to strengthen our business ties with our pa...

Flying testbed of Russia's future high-speed helicopter made its maiden flight

The flying testbed derived from the Mil Mil-24K (NATO reporting name: Hind) for testing components of the future high-speed helicopter flew for the first time on December 23, 2015, a defense industry source told journalists on Thursday, Dec. 24. According to the source, the airborne laboratory got off the ground for the first time at the Mil Helicopter Plant’s (a Russian Helicopter s...

India and Russia to jointly manufacture Kamov 226 helicopter under 'Make In India'

India and Russia took forward a project to jointly manufacture military choppers under the 'Make in India' initiative even as other plans, including one to construct frigates, took a backseat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow. Among the 16 agreements inked during the visit, the only one on defence cooperation - a significant facet of the bilateral relation - refe...

Second Sikorsky CH-53K ‘almost ready’ to join test campaign

After a slow start, the Sikorsky CH-53K development project is gathering pace at West Palm Beach, Florida, with sixth test flights and counting since initial lift-off in late October and a second aircraft almost complete. The US Marine Corps announced this week that one of its own pilots flew the King Stallion, taking over from Sikorsky’s test team for the first time. Lt Col Jonathan M...

New JV formed to market Saab's Skeldar UAV

Saab has formed a joint venture with UMS Aero Group that will take responsibility of marketing the former's Skeldar V-200 unmanned helicopter. UMS Skeldar will “strengthen Saab’s offerings in the tactical UAV market”, and the Skeldar division of Saab and all its assets – including the air vehicles, ground control stations, and training systems – will move to th...

SENER Delivers the First Helicopter to the Spanish Navy of the AB212 Life Extension Program

The SENER engineering and technology group, in a joint venture with INAER, the main helicopters operator in Spain, has delivered the first Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) helicopter to the Directorate-General of Armament and Material (DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defense, after completing the first phase of its modernization that will extend the operational life of seven AB212 helicopters by at least...

Russian Helicopters takes part in Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015

Russian Helicopters Holding Company taking part in the Russian National Industrial Exhibition - Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia – Iran 2015, which is being held under the supervision of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov in Tehran, December 21-23. During the exhibition, the holding company will showcase Russian civilian helicopters. The headl...

Australia set to acquire three more CH-47F Chinooks

The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of three more Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Australia. The potential Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program deal, which is valued at US$180 million and includes related equipment and support, would take the Australian Army’s fleet size to 10 aircraft. Boeing said it delivered the seventh CH-47F for Army in Au...

700th R66 Rolls Off Production Line

Robinson’s 700th R66 turbine helicopter rolled off the production line on December 18, five years after the five-place helicopter received FAA certification. S/N 700 is an R66 Turbine Marine, which is an R66 equipped with pop-out floats. The helicopter will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium. This will be the first Turbine Mari...

China-Russia Heavy Lift Helicopter Contract Deferred To Mid-2016

A contract to develop the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter should be signed between China's Avicopter and Russia's Rostec in mid-2016 instead of end-2015, Dmitry Shugaev, Deputy CEO of Rostec has said. "We can say that both sides have a desire to come together and finalize their contractual obligations as well as sign an intergovernmental agreement by the middle of next year. T...

Second Bell 525 joins test campaign with three following in 2016

Bell Helicopter’s first 525 “Relentless” commercial helicopter now has a companion on the test and certification campaignwith Flight Test Vehicle-2 (FTV-2) joining the programme last week, the company confirms. The company says it remains on track to achieve certification of the 9.1t super-medium-class helicopter in 2017, with three more developmental 525s coming online i...

Turbomeca Marks a Million Flight Hours with U.S. Coast Guard

Turbomeca (Safran) yesterday celebrated a major achievement: 1 million hours flown by U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins fitted with the Arriel 2C2-CG engine. Operating a fleet of over 200 Arriels, the U.S.C.G. is one of Turbomeca’s major US customers. The occasion was celebrated in presence of U.S.C.G. Lieutenant Commander Edward S Apontes, and several Turbomeca represen...