UNMANNED BOEING LITTLE BIRD H-6U This new aircraft offers search, re-supply, communications relay and surveillance and more, all with a low-risk approach, low operational costs and high flight readiness.
Prevented by 1948 Key West Agreement from operating fixed-wing combat aircraft,US Army turned to attack helicopters.Army wanted improvement over AH-1 Cobra in terms of armament,maneuverability & range.Boeing AH-64 Apache delivered all & more,with avionics allowing it to operate at night farther forward on battlefield than previous helicopters.Exceptionally strong rotors & armored compartments to protect pilot & copilot/gunner.Introduced 1984,& over 1,100 built.
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approaches the landing zone during a combat search and rescue training mission, June 24, 2014, at Cellina Meduna training ground near Maniago, Italy. Establishing a good relationship with other branches of the U.S. military helps mitigate risk and confusion in the event of a real-life situation requiring military intervention and assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)
Lobbying by British firm has reportedly held back Government decision on refreshing fleet of helicopters The billion-pound cost of replacing the Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters could soar as lobbyists urge the Government to buy from the British defence group AgustaWestland. Boeing, the American defence giant, is offering to provide the Ministry of Defence with 50 new aircraft at a cost of £20m each as it seeks to refresh the 14-year-old fleet. However, the Yeovil-based manufacturer…
UK's next generation of submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters have entered service with the Royal Navy 4 months earlier than planned.Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities.
BALTIC SEA, May 30. 2017. A crew member is winched from a Swedish Armed Forces helicopter NH90, on the quarter deck of HSWMS Vinga as it conducts a Passing exercise with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One vessels . NATO Photo by FRAN CPO Christian Valverde.
UH-1 Huey helicopters wait on the runway for take off during a large formation mission Oct. 22, 2013, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The wing conducts these flight operations to test its capability to prepare and launch multiple aircraft at the same time, highlighting Yokota’s mission as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Stacy Moless/released)