Sikorsky deposits Leonardo in the field of naval helicopters in South Korea

DAPA, the South Korean defense equipment acquisition and development authority, has just announced that it has accepted the American Sikorsky's offer for 12 MH-60R naval helicopters to equip its KDX-III destroyers and the FFX Batch III frigates from 2025. This is an important reversal of the situation, since until recently the Italian Leonardo and his AW159 were considered to be the great favorites of the competition, having already been selected under the earlier program, with eight of its helicopters sold to the South Korean Navy under the MOH Batch 1 program in 2012. NH Helicopters' NH90 also did not…

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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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After the Tigers, the Australian Army wants to replace part of its MRH90 Taipan

Decidedly, Australians do not seem to be big fans of European helicopters. After launching a call for tenders to replace their ARH Tiger combat helicopters, which they blame for overly complex and expensive maintenance, they are now preparing to replace their MRH 90 Taipan in service within the 6th aviation regulations of 'Holsworthy, by US-built HH-60W or MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. In question, the bad positioning (according to them) of the port machine gun and the descent smooth rope for special operations. The Australian government may soon announce, as part of the Land 2097 Phase 4 program,…

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Italy wants to participate in US Army FVL program with European help

The Italian authorities have announced that they have included measures to support its defense industry in its plan to use part of the €209 billion allocated by the European Union as part of the post-Covid recovery plan. While Rome's objective is obviously to support innovation and develop new technologies, the stated ambition goes well beyond declarations of principle, and identifies very specific areas, such as participation in the British new fighter program generation Tempest, the development of a new offer of naval engines and, in a way that may seem surprising, the participation in the Futur Vertical Lift program of…

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Sikorsky offers its S-70i Armed Black Hawk in the Philippines and tries to revive the market for armed maneuver helicopters

Decidedly, the tiny Philippine market arouses all desires! In a previous article, we saw how the Americans Bell and Boeing were positioning themselves with radically different offers in order to replace at short notice the offer of the Turkish industrialist TAI. The winner of this commercial competition will thus be able to place half a dozen combat helicopters with the Philippine Air Force. If the Philippine ambitions seem modest, the contracts envisaged are still counted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, for American manufacturers, the Philippine market is above all seen as a showcase for the entire Asia-Pacific region, where…

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The future American reconnaissance and attack helicopter is among these 5 models

In 1982, in the midst of the Cold War, the Pentagon decided to launch the design of a new light reconnaissance and attack helicopter intended to replace the US Army's OH-58 Kiowa, but also the Marines' AH-1 Cobra Bodies, and number of armed UH-1 Hueys, equipping the 3 armies. This was the RAH-66 Comanche program entrusted to Boeing and Sikorsky. Initially planned to be produced in 6000 copies, this revolutionary and stealthy device saw its target shrink to a trickle with the collapse of the Soviet bloc, to finally aim for only 600 copies at the start of 2000. Delays, technological impasses and ambitions excessive finally had…

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India orders 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters during Donald Trump visit to New Delhi

There are themed days, and today the predominant theme is the helicopter. Indeed, during his official visit to India, US President Donald Trump signed military orders for a quite modest amount of $3 billion, relating in particular to the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters for the Indian Navy. This order, eagerly awaited on the subcontinent, will significantly strengthen the anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare capabilities of Indian ships. The United States is very present on Indian calls for tenders in the field of Defence. Whether it's P8 Poseidon, Apache helicopters, anti-aircraft missiles or…

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Sikorsky and Rheinmetall offer CH-53K heavy helicopter to Germany

With 80 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters in service, the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, has the largest helicopter transport capacity in Europe. But the 110 machines ordered in 1971 and delivered from 1973, now show the weight of the years, despite the modernization program carried out between 1990 and 2001. This is the reason why, in November 2018, the German parliament validated the “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber“, or STH, program intended to acquire between 45 and 60 new heavy helicopters which will be delivered between 2023 and 2029, the CH-53s having to leave service in 2030. As in 1971, the competition…

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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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Bell V280 Valor hybrid helicopter demonstrates its capabilities

The Bell V280 Valor hybrid tiltrotor helicopter has just completed the test phase dedicated to low-speed evolutions, after showing significant performance in terms of speed and rate of climb. There was little doubt that the V280 would achieve high performance, Bell having proven tiltrotor experience with the V22 Osprey. Thus, the V280 reached an airspeed of 300 knots, or 555 km/h, in horizontal straight flight, like the V22, a rate of climb of 4500 feet per minute and a ceiling of 11.500 feet. In addition, the device has already performed…

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