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Program Insider: Program Updates

By Staff Writer | November 1, 2007

Attack, Observation/Patrol, Search and Rescue, Utility
  • Attack — Boeing has delivered to the U.S. Army the first AH-64D Apache Longbow under the extended Block 2 contract.

  • Heavy-Lift — Bell Helicopter delivered H-1s to the U.S. Navy despite concerns about production deliveries. The Navy took delivery of six Lot 1 helicopters. All six helicopters were delivered as of the first week of October and are in test in the Southwest United States.

  • Medium-Lift — Eurocopter is doing an assessment of the life-extension program for the U.K. Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma Mk1s with the aim of enhancing the medium-lift capability of the British armed forces.

  • Observation — The U.S. Coast Guard is reviewing its unmanned aerial vehicle requirements. An alternatives analysis may require options to the Bell Helicopter Eagle Eye tilt-rotor vertical unmanned aerial vehicle

  • Search and Rescue — The French air force has completed an operational deployment of its Eurocopter EC725s. Two of the helicopters have returned to France after a mission to support personnel deployed in Afghanistan.

  • Search and Rescue — U.S. Sens. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) and Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) are pushing to have six helicopters permanently stationed at the Army National Guard High-Altitude Training Center at the Eagle County Airport near Gypsum, Colo. Salazar hopes to introduce an amendment to the 2008 Defense Spending Bill that would require the U.S. Army to examine the cost savings of permanently basing two new Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60 Black Hawks, two Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, and two Eurocopter UH-72 Lakotas at the center.

  • Search and Rescue — The Spanish Marine Safety Agency has signed a contract for two more AgustaWestland AW139 medium-twins in the search and rescue configuration.

  • Utility — Elbit Systems has completed the first phase of an upgrade to the U.K. Royal Navy’s Westland Sea King HC4s. An initial six aircraft have been equipped with the helmet-mounted ANVIS/HUD-24 night-vision goggles and flight information systems. The first installations were complete and accepted within less than four months, according to the company.

  • Utility — The Royal Malaysian Air Force will offer a tender to international customers to replace its remaining Sikorsky Aircraft S-61A "Nuris." with 12 helicopters..

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