News Listings for McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache

  • Robst controls

    News | 02 Sep 1997 23:00

    <p>Penny &amp; Giles has developed a rotary variable-differential transformer for the automatic roller-decoupler device of the McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, which, on damage to the primary flight controls, informs the flight-management system when control has passed to the back-up system. Production of the units will begin in November. </p>
  • Tiger begins to roar

    News | 12 Aug 1997 23:00

    Optimism is rising as the Franco-German Tiger is prepared for production <p>Julian Moxon/MUNICH </p> <p>Morale has improved considerably at Eurocopter's Tiger programme office since the signature of the production-investment contract (PIC) at the Paris air show on 20 June. The event laid to rest last-minute doubts about the commitment of both partners (France and Germany) to building Europe's first purpose-designed anti-tank/combat- support helicopter. </p> <p>With elements of the programme now running up to five years later than originally planned, the relief is hardly surprising. "Our day-to-day business has taken on a new energy," says the manager for the German half of the programme, Wilfried Kuckein. "Now, at last, we can start planning for tooling, procedures, logistics and all of the other things that are needed for production." </p> <p>The next stage, due in November, is the signing of the government-to-government memorandum of understanding for series production of the fi
  • MoD orders more Starstreaks

    News | 17 Jun 1997 23:00

    <p>Britain's defence ministry has ordered a further 1,000 Starstreak close air defence missiles from Shorts Missile Systems (SMS), bringing the total bought so far to 7,000. </p> <p>Roy McNulty, chairman of SMS, the joint venture between Britain's Short Brothers and France's Thomson-CSF, welcomed the news at Le Bourget yesterday: "Starstreak's important role with the British Army is once again confirmed by this latest order." </p> <p>Starstreak comes in shoulder-fired, stand-mounted and armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) versions. The system is undergoing evaluation by the UK and US for use in the air-to-air role from the McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. </p> <p>Six Starstreaks have been fired from the tip station of the Apache's stub wings in phase one of tests; phase two involves integrating the Starstreak's laser beam guidance system with the Apache's Target Acquisition Sight and the helicopter's fire control system. </p>
  • Initial Starstreak testing is complete

    News | 19 Mar 1997 00:00

    <p>A test launch of a Shorts Missile Systems Starstreak from a US Army McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache helicopter in February completed an initial 17-month test programme for the missile. A further two-year programme has already been funded. The US Army, as well as the UK's Army Air Corps, is considering the Starstreak as an air-to-air missile for the AH-64D. </p>
  • New Year's resolution

    News | 08 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>ONE OF THE FEW people to emerge smiling from the Franco-German summit in Nuremberg on 9 December was Siegfried Sobotta, co-president of Eurocopter and chairman and chief executive of Eurocopter Deutscheland (ECD). </p> <p>During the summit, Germany gave no firm commitment to the joint Helios 2/Horus satellite programme; the European Future Large Aircraft was not even discussed; and no new clues were forthcoming as to how Germany will find the money to fund the next Eurofighter phase. Sobotta and his French counterpart Jean-Francois Bigay, however, emerged clutching some unexpectedly firm commitments to the Tiger and NH90 defence-helicopter programmes, with the French and Germans both firming up their orders. </p> <p>For Sobotta, who studied law before joining the Daimler-Benz trainee programme in February 1969, this was welcome news indeed. After being involved in the management of numerous projects in Daimler's automotive business, he became head of the cross-country vehicle divi
  • Concurrent inks Lockheed Martin computer deal

    News | 08 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>CONCURRENT Computer has allied with Lockheed Martin to produce rugged versions of its PowerMAXION real-time computer for military applications. </p> <p>Lockheed Martin plans to use the PowerMAXION in systems for sensor fusion, situational awareness, route replanning and battle management. An early application will be the US Army's Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate, flight testing of which is to begin in March, in a McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache helicopter. </p> <p>Under the agreement, Lockheed Martin Federal Systems, based in Owega, New York, will manufacture rugged military versions of the PowerMAXION. Concurrent says that this compact format is the key to airborne use of the multi-processor computer. The Ft Lauderdale, Florida-based company says that it is also working with Lockheed Martin to repackage the PowerMAXION on to SEM-E electronics modules similar to those used in the avionics of the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 fighter and the Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche helicopter. </