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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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EADS UH-72 shows how ‘green fields’ can work

The US Army received its 100th UH-72 Lakota yesterday with an atypically lavish delivery ceremony. Dignitaries gathered inside the EADS North America hangar on the outskirts of Columbus, Mississippi, included Governor Haley Barber and even his wife. A real Lakota Indian chief attended (er, with apologies to General Custer), and he fully endorsed his tribe’s […]

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How long before UH-72 gets militarized?

Early tomorrow I board an airplane to Columbus, Mississippi. A proud community, Columbus boasts the birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams and the world’s largest toilet seat factory. It also happens to be the manufacturing home of the UH-72 Lakota, a beachhead for EADS’ North American expansion. I’m going down south because EADS has invited journalists […]

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Who needs Northrop Grumman anyway?

While we’re all waiting for Northrop Grumman to decide whether it wants to play, let’s consider what could happen if they don’t submit a bid for the $35 billion tanker contract.In the absence of a Northrop-led proposal, what would stop EADS North America from submitting its own bid for the KC-X deal?I can think of […]

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Can USAF break ‘helo hex’ with CVLSP

Photo by US Air Force The past decade has not been kind to all-new military helicopter programs. I can only think of one — the unarmed, civil-certified UH-72 Lakota — that has turned out okay. But the ARH-70, VH-71 and CSAR programs blew up after barely getting started. The H-1 upgrades program lives on, thanks […]

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New EADS-Boeing US defense battle heating up

Flight’s European editor Niall O’Keefe confirmed yesterday that EADS North America will offer an armed version of the UH-72 light utility helicopter (LUH) for the armed reconnaissance helicopter contract. The ARH-72, a twin-engined version of the Eurocopter EC145, will likely battle the single-engine Boeing AH-6S Phoenix for the potentially $6 billion contract.Most interestingly, as Niall […]

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