Category: Helicopters & UAV/UAS

Russian Helicopters Plan to Produce More than 200 Copters in 2018

Holding “Russian Helicopters” plans to produce more than 200 rotorcraft in 2018 for domestic and foreign customers. This was announced on Friday by the general director of the holding Andrey Boginsky, TASS reports. “In total, more than 200. In general, for military products for foreign and Russian customers – more than 80. There are serious […]

Data-Driven Solutions Save 20-50% Maintenance Costs of Power Assets

The United States is facing increasing power outages, surges, and spikes problem, which costs around $150 billion annually. There is an effort to make the power grid more reliable, but the numbers reveal that the problem keeps rising. Over 3,800 outages were reported in 2016 alone, which marked a 9% upsurge in comparison to the […]

Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications. “This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step […]

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation […]

EU Moves Forward on UAV Regulation

A European Union-wide agreement has been reached on future commercial operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The agreement aims to have the necessary regulations in place by 2019. The European Commission, national aviation authorities and the drone industry hammered out the details at a conference in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. The ‘Helsinki Declaration’ identifies three […]

Japan To Get Surveillance Drones Provided By Northrop Grumman

Pentagon announced that Northrop Grumman has won a $130 million contract to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones. Northrop Grumman has received a contract valued at more than $130 million to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones, the US Defense Department said in a press release. “Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, […]

Royal Thai Police Becomes First H175 Operator In Asia Pacific

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai […]

Boeing MH-139 Helicopter Could Save Air Force More Than $1 Billion

The Boeing proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses. The company today submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain domestic […]

UN Aviation Agency To Call For Global Drone Registry

The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.  While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a Montreal symposium this […]

France to Start Equipping Its Drones With ‘Precision Guided’ Weapons

France announced its intention to start using armed drones on Tuesday, joining several states that use the deadly unmanned aircraft in various military conflicts. French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that France is going to start the process of arming its drones in the near future. The move will involve six US-made unmanned aircraft, which […]