Britain orders 14 MH-47G Chinook heavy helicopters

The Royal Air Force will continue to deploy the CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopter for many years to come. Indeed, an agreement was signed on March 25 between the British authorities and the Pentagon, concerning an order for 14 MH-47Gs as well as engines, armament and defense systems, for a total amount of $2 billion. This order, under discussion since 2018 and initially for 16 aircraft, will ultimately be postponed for 3 years at the request of the British authorities, in order to absorb the budgetary effects of the Covid19 crisis. The new aircraft will replace the oldest of the 60 CH-47s still in service in…

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Airbus wants to join forces with Leonardo to deal with new generation American helicopters

The US Army Future Vertical Lift program, one of the components of the BIG-6 super-program, will undoubtedly profoundly change the technological characteristics of helicopters in the decades to come, and above all the expected performance, as well in terms of speed than distance covered or carrying capacity. For the time being, FVL consists of the Futur Long Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, program intended to replace the H-60 ​​Black Hawks, as well as the Futur Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, program to re-capitalize the component of attack and reconnaissance that the US Army lost with the withdrawal of the OH-58 Kiowa. And whether it's the...

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5 European countries join forces to design the next medium multi-role helicopter

European helicopters are, unquestionably, among the best rotary wings in the world, and have been for several decades. Over the course of industrial concentrations and consolidation of activity, two major European groups have emerged in this field, the Franco-German Airbus Hélicoptères and the Italian-British Agusta-Westland. Is it to respond to the emergence of new technologies such as those implemented in the United States as part of the US Army's Future Vertical Lift program? or the upcoming arrival of China and its Z-20 on the international market? anyway, these 4 countries are home to European helicopters, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, joined in this by…

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Can we develop a heavy European high performance helicopter?

After several months of uncertainty, the German authorities have announced that they are ending the procedure aimed at acquiring a heavy helicopter from the United States to replace its fleet of CH-53s reaching the end of their age. Although no additional information on German ambitions in the field has been given, it could well be a unique opportunity for Europe to finally acquire a device of this type, as it represents, after the United States, the largest western world market for this type of military aircraft. Indeed, in addition to Germany, 5 European armies today use this type of aircraft, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom. When to…

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US Army's Futur Vertical Lift program arouses strong export interest

The Future Vertical Lift program, one of the main pillars of the US Army's BIG 6 super program aimed at restoring the US armed forces to the technological and operational advantage on the battlefields for decades to come, has not yet crossed the industrial milestone. However, according to the Pentagon, 8 partner countries of the United States have already sent Washington a letter of interest concerning these rotary-wing aircraft which should enter service in the second half of the decade. If the United States is accustomed to a certain international interest in its Defense equipment programs, such responsiveness is however exceptional for a program…

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US Army selects Sikorsky Raider-X and Bell 360 Invictus for FARA program

The US Army announced yesterday March 25 in a press release the names of the two finalists for the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft program, or FARA, intended to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters and part of the AH attack helicopters. -64 Apache. As for the FLRAA (Future Long Range Assault Aircraft) program intended to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk tactical transport helicopters, it is the companies Bell with its Bell 360 Invictus and Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, with the Raider-X, which have been selected. Proposals from Boeing, Kareem Aircraft and AVX Aircraft/L3 were not accepted. By this decision,...

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The US Army unveils the great ambitions of the program that will replace the Black Hawk

On several occasions, we have already presented the FLRAA program, for Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, intended to replace the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk maneuver helicopters, and integrated into the Futur Vertical Lift hat program, itself one of the pillars of the "Big 6" super program. If we knew that the expected performance, particularly in terms of speed, clearly exceeded the current performance of rotary wings, the American military authorities have now detailed their ambitions in a more precise way, and the least that can be said is that the term "ambition" is not usurped! Today, a maneuver helicopter, whose primary function…

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Bell V-280 Valor in strong position to replace US Army Black Hawks

Launched in 2009, the Futur Vertical Lift program, or FVL, one of the 6 pillars of the “Big 6” super-program, aims to replace all rotary wings in service in the US Army with new generation aircraft. , with performances well ahead of those of the helicopters currently in service. In 2016, it was decided that the first program to see the light of day would be the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters. To do this, the new program would rely on the Joint Multi-Role technology Demonstrator or JMR-TD, a technology demonstrator program launched in 2013…

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