The Marine Corps has just taken delivery of the first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters just last week on May 7th of 2016 at the Marine Corps Air station in Yuma, Arizona. Unique in purpose and design, the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter has interlinking rotors and whose primary mission is to handle cargo load operations with a maximum payload exceed 6,000 pounds. Jerry McCawley, Chief Pilot and Flight Safety Engineer with Lockheed Martin, revealed that the Kaman K-MAX Helicopters can actually fly by itself independent of a physical pilot.

The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter were used in missions during the conflicts in Afghanistan and were reportedly moving over five million pounds of cargo for almost three years flying unhanded. The K-MAX Helicopters’ chief advantage is keeping convoys off the road and in turn preventing ambush roadside attacks that have claimed the lives of so many during the war.

Utilizing MACS Yuma’s training ranges in California and Arizona, the K-MAX Helicopters are expected to become a vital and essential part of testing and full-scale operations. Already revolutionizing the environment of expeditionary Marine air-ground combat power and capabilities, the K-MAX Helicopters scope of duties will continue to expand as MCAS Yuma continues to expand its scope of operations.  McCawley went on to further extolling the K-MAX Helicopters by praising its resilience and ability to fly at all hours day or night.

“It’s out here in Yuma for future test and development with the Marines. It’s great now, and it’s only going to get better,”

says McCawley.

The K-MAX Helicopter will be the latest in an expansive and already massive collection of military aircraft alongside strengthening training, testing and operations for the Marine Corps. Kaman announced the that the K-MAX will begin production again back in 2015 due to 10 commercial orders with the first deliveries set for the beginning of the fiscal year of 2017.

Lockheed Martin has also demonstrated a firefighting version of the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter back in November of 2014 and once again in October of 2015 demonstrating the ability to deliver over 24,000 pounds of water in just under one hour.

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The Ch-47 Chinook has been a staple of the US Army since the early 70’s and remains one of the most iconic aircraft in American history to this day. Although the US Army has no immediate plans and intentions to replace the venerable aircraft, when the time does come for it to move on from the Ch-47 Chinook, the AVX aircraft will be its successor. With a 27.2t (60,000lb) tiltrotor replacement and  13.4m (44ft) propellers, the AVX tiltrotor aircraft has been deemed the most perfect fit for a heavy-lift cargo aircraft by an independent advanced rotorcraft design shop. The Texas-based shop in Benbrook has several Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aerodynamicists as staff and with the wealth of experience and knowledge between them have approved the AVX as the most sensible and probable successor to the storied Chinook. The CH-47 is among the last of the current-generation helicopters that are intended to be slowly phased out in favor of a next-generation design.

AVX  has offered light/medium compound coaxial designs as part of the army’s Joint MultiRole technology demonstrator project and has revealed that the forward lifting canards and would be powered by two Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) engines along with having dual ducted fans mounted forward of the horizontal tail.

Troy Gaffey, Chief Executive of AVX has stated that his team would offer a tiltrotor solution currently being pushed by Karem Aircraft with optimal speed tiltrotor and Bell Helicopter has promised to promote an up-scaled V-280 Valor type for "FVL Heavy". An artist’s rendering has drawn some tentative speculation but as of yet AVX still hasn’t completed any detailed work on the tiltrotor. Gaffey is not worried and has stated that AVX feels really comfortable with the first three capability sets in regards to their compound coaxial helicopter configurations.

Speaking at the Army Aviation Association of America symposium in Atlanta, Gaffey believes that the Capability Set 4 is logically a tiltrotor and will be a CH-47 replacement. Previously AVX has proposed a tiltrotor for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane project which was won eventually by Aurora Flight Sciences LightningStrike platform.

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The deputy commander of the United States Pacific Command has suggested that the United States Army must utilize innovative aircrafts with increased speed, range, as well as survivability than is currently attainable with today’s helicopter offerings. Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield has said that the long distances across the Pacific Ocean are a challenge for the current generation of army rotorcraft, specifically the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, as well as the CH-47 Chinook. All of these rotorcrafts were adopted in the last century. The proliferation of anti-aircraft weaponry has also posed as a challenge to these existing rotorcrafts.

“I firmly believe the only way we will close the gap with the problems facing us today is with Future Vertical Lift (FVL),”

Crutchfield said as he spoke about the army-led acquisition program which will incorporate a new family of aircrafts capable of reaching double the speed and range of current models.

“We must have Future Vertical Lift,”

he added.

“It is the only way we will be successful in the PACOM environment with the distances. That range and that speed and that survivability are critical to army aviation to be effective in this fight.”

Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield spoke on April 30th in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Army Aviation Association of America conference. He believes that range and speed are key areas to focus on if the United States Army intends on rapidly responding to a crisis or contingency operation over the South China Sea. This region is where China has been establishing man-made islands in attempts to forward operating locations as well as to increase its disputed territorial claims. Crutchfield is concerned that the United States Army may arrive “late to need” in the event of a natural disaster such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which are fairly common in this region.

“We have to be able to go further and stay longer. It must be swift because lives depend on it,”

Crutchfield said.

“We must do all this in an expeditionary way because we are an expeditionary army.”

“I want to emphasise that our job and our mission is to support the soldier whose operational job is to destroy our nation’s foes in close ground combat,”

added Brig Gen Erik Peterson.

“We have to have the capability, the agility, the manoeuvrability and power to be in the right place at the right time to deliver infiltration, exfiltration, reconnaissance and precision fires. We’re not prepared to sacrifice manoeuvrability or agility in the terminal area.”

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Lockheed Martin team in the UK is creating facilities in the UK to handle performance of F-35 Lightning 2 aircraft.

When the F-35 fighters arrive in Britain, they are hoping for completion in early or around 2018 is what the completion is scheduled for currently. The Air Force base is to begin sometime this month and will include a maintenance and finish facility, a logistics center and also will have a training center as well.

Cliff Robson, the senior VP of F-35 Lighting at BAE Systems said the construction work at RAF Marham signals the start of an exciting time for the Lockheed Martin team in Britain. The team is ecstatic and is ready to start working the first F-35 jets to arrive to the facility; also the contract shows BAE Systems interest and involvement with the F-35 Lightning program with credentials providing the UK’s military operations.

BAE Systems has a proven pedigree in delivering maintenance and support to the Royal Air Force jets thought bases in the United Kingdom which also includes RAF Marham for the last decade which supports the operations of the tornado GR4 fleet.

The defense team of the United Kingdom is worth around $166.6 million dollars only including their defense team.

On Thursday the defense team announced with the completion of another aft fuselage of the F-35 jet, the fuselage will be delivered to assemble the final line in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Boeing Company recently announced that they have been awarded a new US Army contract worth over $1.5 billion to upgrade their Apache helicopter fleet. Over the course of the next several years, the Army will send 117 of their older Apache Helicopters to Boeing’s Mesa facility to be equipped with modern technology. The Army will use this new contract to bring their entire Apache fleet up to current specs and standards.

Boeing’s Mesa facility is actually quite well known for their work on the Apache upgrade programs, as the facility already has 290 Apaches in their system. By the end of the new US Army contract, Mesa will have upgraded and modernized nearly 700 Apaches.

Despite being introduced nearly 30 years, the Apache Helicopter is still as popular as ever among the US and foreign militaries alike.

Kim Smith, Vice President for Boeing’s Attack Helicopter Programs, had this to say about their ongoing Apache maintenance program.

“With our integrated production, services and training teams, Boeing is able to affordably support the Army through each phase of the Apache’s lifecycle.”

Apache helicopters are one of the most important assets in the US Army, and they have seen action in many different conflicts including Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. Its weapons systems features a 30 mm M230 chain gun, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rockets. One of the most unique features of the Apache is its Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS), which allows either the pilot or the gunner to sync their helmet movements with the the M320 chain gun. Modern additions to this system include thermo-optic targeting, high resolution displays, increased surveillance range.

Look for Boeing to make even more upgrades to the Apache fleet in the years to come.

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The Dutch Military has awarded Boeing the contract for 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters which has been valued at an estimated $308 million dollars. According to an announcement from the Defense Department, the funding for the helicopters comes as part of amendment to an already existing foreign military sales contract with the country of Netherlands. Work on the Chinooks will be conducted at Boeing’s facility in Ridley Township, Penn. And if recent announcements are to be believed, the deliveries are expected to be fulfilled this month with U.S. Army’s Contracting Command officials overseeing the program.

The Ch-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter whose primary roles revolve around battlefield supply, artillery placement and the transport of troops. The CH-47 is among one of the fastest helicopters notching a top speed of 170 knots and also boasts being among one of the heaviest lifters as well.

It was originally designed and produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 60’s and is one of the few aircrafts from that era to still remain in production with over 1200 in action to date. The Chinook has been a staple in many of history’s most iconic wars including the Vietnam War, the Iran Conflict, The Falklands War and the War in Afghanistan/Iraq. Needless to say the Chinook has played a vital role in the various conflicts as an all-purpose passenger/ cargo and transport helicopter for our ally troops as a symbol of disaster relief.

The contract amendment comes just days after the Dutch military reached an agreement with Airbus DS Electronics and border security to supply missile launch detection systems in an effort to better protect F-16 fighters and NH-90 helicopters. The missile launch detection system to be delivered is not subjected to the limitations of previous warning technologies simply because it operates on a solar-blind UV spectrum with the ability to detect small arms fire and utilizes high resolution sensors combined with the processing power to rapidly identify threats. The missile launch detection system will be standard outfit for all F-16 fighters of the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

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AAR Corporation, an aviation support company that was founded in 1951 and supplies a wide range of services and products to the government, defense, and aerospace industries, has recently entered into an agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems in order to manage and overlook distribution necessities as well as to support the Japanese military aircraft in Japan by stocking inventory of defense parts. UTC Aerospace Systems serves as one of the world’s biggest suppliers of technologically advanced defense and aerospace products.

"Our number one priority is delighting our customers and meeting their needs as effectively as possible with the best aftermarket solutions and service,"

said the Vice President of Aftermarket for UTC Aerospace System, Ajay Agrawal.

"We are pleased to work with AAR to help meet the critical needs of the Japanese military segment."

Under this multi-year distribution agreement, AAR Corporation will be offering electric systems, environmental and engine controls, as well as propeller and actuation systems which will support military aircraft platforms such as the C-130, F-15, E-2C, as well as AWACS. This deal will significantly strengthen the relationship between AAR Corporation and UTC Aerospace Systems as its inventory and parts support for foreign military customers expands from its current global supply chain. This distribution agreement will be building upon AAR Corporation’s current existing business in the Japanese military segment. AAR Corporation has been selected in recent years as the exclusive supplier of Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APS) accessories and parts for specific military aircrafts operation in that region.

“As an independent provider of aviation aftermarket services, relationships with OEMs like UTC Aerospace have become important to our growth strategy and expands the value operators receive as part of our aftermarket support solutions,”

said the Chief Operation Officer at AAR Aviation Services, John Holmes.

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This past month, the US Army has officially began its search to find replacement “Block III” engines for its second generation RQ-7B Shadow UAV (RQ-7Bv2) aircraft. The initial RQ-7Bv2 scout planes entered service just last year, but new mission equipment is already weighing down the planes immensely.  To put this extra weight into perspective, the RQ-7B was designed to have an overall takeoff weight of 280 lbs, but after adding all the necessary equipment and mission modifications, the takeoff weight balloons to 460 lbs. This takeoff weight is especially troublesome considering that the US Army will likely make even more changes to the aircraft equipment.

The RQ-7Bv2 is an unmanned aircraft used for a variety of tasks including target acquisition, reconnaissance missions, and surveillance operations. Usually, the RQ-7B is paired with an AH-64 Apache gunship for scouting purposes so as to survey the battlefield without ever sending in a manned aircraft. The latest generation of RQ-7B features a bevy of upgrade compared to its predecessor including a larger wing-span, higher fuel capacity, more aerodynamic design, and improved relay avionics.

All improvements considered, the RQ-7Bv2 has a flight endurance of nearly 9 hours, however, current RQ-78 engines fail too often to be considered reliable. The US Army has addressed this concern on several occasions, and they have expressed that the next set of engines must have a failure rate of no less than once every 1,000 flight hours.

US Army

“This propulsion system shall provide RQ-7Bv2 with a more reliable and lower life cycle cost system. The system shall allow growth in aircraft weight while maintaining performance.”

Over the next two years, the US Army will test two competing engine designs before making their final decision on which company will be awarded the “Block III” engine contract.  Production on the “Block III” engines will likely begin towards the latter part of 2017, and the US Army expects all engines to be completed and installed by 2019.

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The Airbus A350-900 is scheduled to make its FIDAE debut as a part of the air show’s flying display.  The huge wide body twin engine plane recently entered service with Brazilian Airline TAM, and the FIDAE air display will only serve to strengthen Air Bus’ reach within South America.  Airbus has seen its fair share of sales success in Latin America, and they believe their latest model will also sell well in the region.

The A350-900 is a wide body jet model with a range of over 8,100 nautical miles and a maximum flight time of up to 19 hours. When compared to its predecessor, the plane is fitted with more spacious seating areas as well as an increased fuel capacity. Each A350-900 features two separate seating configurations: the business class section has 42 lie-flat business class seats arranged in a series of four side by side groups, while the economy class features similar setup with a series of nine side by side groups.

Rafael Alonso, vice-president for Airbus Latin America, had the following to say about marketing the A350 in Latin America

“Latin America has tremendous potential for development of additional long-haul routes, and with the A350 XWB already operating in the region with TAM, we believe it is the most relevant aircraft to debut at FIDAE.”

Although customers in South and Central America have mostly only shown interest in the cheaper narrow body Airbus models, the company believes that market for will expand over the next decade or so.  The entire Central and South American aerospace industry is actually in an economic downturn, but this has not put a damper on Airbus’ prospects for the A350.

“We are seeing airlines respond to the region’s economic crisis very strategically, by reducing capacities and not renewing leasing agreements,”

he says.

“The business models of airlines in our region are working and the consolidation that took place with LAN and TAM and the acquisition of TACA by Avianca have created powerful airline groups with enormous purchasing power.”

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Sécurité Civile, the civil defense agency of the French government, will soon need to replace their aging fleet of nine Conair Turbo Firecat fire bombers and have recently considered potentially choosing the new Bombardier 415 Superscooper in order to modernize their fleet. Sécurité Civile’s current existing fleet of Firecat bombers, some of which have served as long as 58 years, were originally converted from Grumman S-2 Trackers; their type certificate is soon to expire in 2020.

Victor Devouge, the aerial division chief of Sécurité Civile, has said that the French government hopes to retire Conair Turbo Firecat fire bombers sometime between 2018 and 2022. This time frame is in line with their aircrafts’ structural life limit 25,000 flight hours, which will call for a two-year type certification extension. As they replace their fleet, France intends on acquiring a multirole aircraft which can deliver greater volumes of water while simultaneously reducing operating costs as well as acquisition costs. In the weeks to come, it is anticipated that an international call will be published for tenders to offer a replacement with wildfire fighting capabilities.

Devouge spoke in Sacramento, California, at the Aerial Firefighting International conventional this week, and suggested that a contract will be awarded in 2017 in order for aircraft deliveries to take place in 2018. France’s firefighting service already operates twelve Superscooper amphibians, as Devogue has expressed disappointment that the production of the 415 has paused due to a lack or orders. The three most recent aircrafts were delivered to Aero-Flite and are capable of scooping up 1,621 GL, or 6140L, in a dozen seconds.

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