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Denmark falls for Romeo

AgustaWestland suffered a Danish tragedy on 21 November, when the nation’s defence ministry confirmed the selection of the rival Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk (US Navy image below) to meet its future shipborne helicopter requirements. Nine “Romeos” will be delivered between 2016 and 2018 under the deal, which still requires the final go-ahead from Denmark’s finance ministry. […]

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#OSH11: Sikorsky talks about life after X2

Sikorsky test pilot Kevin Bredendeck briefed the AirVenture crowd on 25 July on what comes next for the X2 high-speed, coaxial-pusher-combo helicopter.

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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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US Army imagines life after Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook and Kiowa

In reality the future doesn’t look pretty for army aviation. Boeing’s production line in Philadelphia for the CH-47 Chinook closes in 2017. The Sikorsky line in Connecticut for the UH-60 Black Hawk shuts down after 2022. And Boeing’s line in Arizona for the AH-64 Apache kills the lights after 2025. The army has two choices: […]

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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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VIDEOS: Sikorsky races X2, then unveils S-97 scout helo

Photo by Stephen Trimble Rolling up to Sikorsky’s flight test center on the edge for the Everglades before dawn this morning, I told the guard I was here for the “X2 media event”. The guard looked confused, and replied: “But that’s tomorrow.” The dude left me hanging in shock and primal dread for several seconds […]

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VIDEO: Sikorsky X2 breaks speed record

Thanks to The Woracle for posting video on YouTube showing the X2′s record-breaking flight. Here’s background: Sikorsky tour of X2 light tactical helicopter mockup at 2009 Quad-A convention Sikorsky video hints at X2 helicopter’s military potential

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Video briefing on Sikorsky X2 armed scout mock-up

Here’s Jim Kagdis, Sikorsky business development manager, explaining the X2 light tactical helicopter’s aerodynamic and technical details in the exhibit hall at the Quad-A convention on 6 May. The X2 aircraft on the exhibit floor is not the real thing. It’s just a mock-up. But Jim’s presentation reveals a lot of new and interesting data […]

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Sikorsky unveils mock-up X2 armed scout

Sikorsky today has unveiled this mock-up for a light tactical helicopter (LTH) based on the X2, a developmental coaxial rotor aircraft capable of 250kts.The unveiling comes at the Army Aviation Association of America convention in Nashville. The X2 LTH is likely Sikorsky’s prime candidate for the Army’s armed scout helicopter contract. The at least 18-month […]

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HELI-EXPO: R-R lifts veil on Eurocopter “X3″ high-speed prototype

The pseudo-race to develop a high-speed helicopter just got a little more interesting. My colleague John Croft, attending the Heli-Expo in Long Beach, cajoled a confirming quote from Rolls-Royce about a secretive new Eurocopter concept called the X3. [Sikorsky already grabbed X2 for its high-speed prototype. Hmm -- Anybody know who got the X1?] The […]

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