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Pros & Cons: Armed scout rivals

The US Army officially remains undecided, but it’s not for a lack of options. There are instead plenty of potential heirs of the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, the army’s “interim” armed scout since the late-1960s. Here are some pro’s and con’s of the five main contenders in no particular order.1. Sikorsky S-97 RaiderPROs: The coaxial-rotor, […]

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Acronym FAIL: A silent but deadly technology for helicopters

I’m NOT making this up. Be very careful how you pronounce Bell Helicopter’s latest technology development program, which the company announced this morning. Bell Helicopter and U.S. Army Sign Cooperative Agreement to Develop Drive System TechnologiesFORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 8, 2010) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Aviation […]

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#AUSA2010: Kiowa Warrior steals spotlight

After surviving two attempts to field a replacement scouthelicopter, the Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is only getting strongeras the US Army considers a wide range of options for its future. The Kiowa Warrior assumed a starring role on the service’sbiggest stage — the annual convention of the Association of the US Army. Army officials […]

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UCAR lives, but aircraft switch sides

In the defense industry, stuff goes around, comes around, then switches sides. Last August, the US Navy rejected Northrop Grumman’s bid based on the MQ-8B Fire Scout for a contract to demonstrate autonomous resupply. Compared to the winning bidders — Boeing A160 Hummingbird and Kaman/Lockheed Martin K-MAX — the Fire Scout lacked cargo-carrying capacity. Almost […]

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An untilted history of the tiltrotor

Richard Whittle can take a bow. His new opus, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey“, is not a good book. It’s a great book. Despite the strongly worded subtitle, this is no one-sided, axe-grinding, accurate-but-unfair sort of books. It is a meticulously constructed, expertly written, history about one of my […]

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#DXB09: Lebanon Air Force re-invents UH-1 Huey as bomber

DUBAI — Lebanon‘sair force officials on Saturday revealed making a desperate modification to aBell Helicopter UH-1 Huey to drop bombs amidst a bloody war against abarricaded terrorist haven in 2007. The Lebanese military resorted to the “Huey bomber” ideaafter a failed attempt to restore Hawker Hunter jets to flying status. Lebanon‘s Hunters have been parked […]

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