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Bell Touts New Tilt-Rotor High-Speed Helicopter

Bell Helicopter is beginning to manufacture parts for its new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft, a next-generation helicopter being developed as part of the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, or JMR TD program. The program...

Sikorsky, Boeing Expect To Fly JMR Demonstrator in '17

The SB-1 Defiant, being developed by Boeing and Sikorsky for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program, is on track for first flight in fiscal 2017, executives for the companies said Tuesday. …read more Source::...

3DELRR Illustrates New Export Reality

When the US Air Force selected Raytheon to produce its next-generation expeditionary radar system last week, it represented a big win for the Massachusetts-based company. But it was also a milestone for the Pentagon....

US Military: 21 Strikes Slow Islamic State Advance

US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had ‘slowed’ the group’s advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said....

Bell debuts full-scale V-280 tiltrotor mockup

​Bell Helicopter unveiled on 13 October the first full-scale mockup of it V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft that is the company’s entry into the joint multi-role technology demonstration (JMR-TD) program. …read more Source:: Flight Global...

Last Operational CH-46E Squadron Becomes MV-22B Unit

Four US Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knights perform a final air show appearance during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration on October 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The helicopters are from...

ATEC Successfully Tests Second ITEP Engine

The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has successfully completed a second test of its HPW3000 engine, its offering for the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) program. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

DARPA advances ship-based MALE UAV concept

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a step closer to demonstrating the launch and recovery of a medium-sized unmanned air vehicle from a small vessel, following a $19 million preliminary design...

New Algerian Super Lynx nears delivery

​AgustaWestland is close to delivering its first of six new Super Lynx 300-series helicopters to the Algerian navy, with the manufacturer having recently conducted flight trials of the type carrying South African-produced missiles. …read...

US Army details combat experience with AH-64E

​The US Army is counting on the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to remain in service for the foreseeable future, which will require incremental upgrades beyond the most up-to-date E model that have already...

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