Little Birds: Boeing's Cavalry Rides To MDHI's Rescue - Sort OfBoeing and MD Helicopter employees have been told the companies will team to compete for the Army's armed reconnaissance requirement.The pair will offer a version of the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) design, based on the MH-6 helicopter, orignally developed by Hughes Helicopter.MDHI took over the rights to the design when they purchased Boeing's civil helicopter line some years ago.Speculation the pair would work together has risen since the Army said it would consider a new design in the wake of the Comanche decision. But nothing seemed to happen.To some the deal was the cavalry arriving. MDHI has been in reported financial cash flow difficulties for some time. Their new partner is reportedly still owed some $10-million from unpaid debt on the purchase price of the Boeing line.No further details of the arrangement - first reported on rotorhub.com several months ago- were given. Army officials, however, have made no secret of their preference for increasing numbers of MH-6s MLEBs - which currently fly with the 160th SOAR.The aircraft have proven dependable and effective, despite their advancing years, flying with many modifications, including an advanced cockpit designed to 160th's own specs.The agreement - an outline teaming arrangement - does not, of course, mean immediate salvation for MDHI. But it will help. The Army will likely run a competition, and procurement could still be years away given the persistent bureaucratic tone to Army aviation procurement. But best bet is that MDHI will now survive its difficulties. Boeing - obviously - would not pitch such an important deal - 360-odd aircraft are involved - with a prime partner that might go out of business during the procurement decisionmaking process.The text follows:'Boeing and MDHI have entered into an arrangement that will allow the two companies to compete for the US Army's upcoming Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program. 'On Wednesday, June 16, in Mesa, Ariz., corporate leaders signed a teaming agreement allowing the companies to utilize their respective and complementary capabilities to pursue new business.'Additional details will be provided as they become available.'
Australian Army to Retire Vietnam-Era Huey Gunship The Army will tomorrow officially retire the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter gunship, commonly called the 'Huey', a capability originally developed for the RAAF during the Vietnam War.Part of the ceremony will be a flypast of a Heavy Fire Team (three by UH-1H Huey Bushranger gunships) over Brisbane from 1pm to 1:30pm on Saturday 26 June. It will be accompanied by another Huey flown by the current Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Angus Houston. The helicopters will then touch down at Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera for a media conference attended by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Mal Brough, Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Angus Houston.WHAT: Farewell of Bushranger Helicopter Gunship capability and another significant announcement by the Assistant Defence Minister, Mal Brough.WHERE: Duncan Ovals, Gallipoli Barracks, Lloyd Street, Enoggera.WHEN: Saturday 26 June at 1:30pm.Interested media should be at the Lloyd Street entrance to Gallipoli Barracks at 1pm for escort to the conference.* Historical file vision of the Huey Bushranger gunships in action in Vietnam will be available from Channel 7 on Saturday morning.* In-flight vision taken by Defence cameramen from the chase helicopter during the flypast will be available from Channel 7 after 2:30pm Saturday.Note:The Iroquois helicopters entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force and were operated by the RAAF until 1986 when all battlefield helicopters were handed over to the Army.The gunships were operated by No 9 Squadron, RAAF, commanded at one stage by (now) Air Marshal Houston.For further information: Paul Lineham, Defence Public Affairs, 0408 972 329
Tenth US Army AH-64D Apache Longbow Battalion Certified Combat-ReadyST. LOUIS, June 18, 2004 – The U.S. Army's tenth AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter battalion has been certified combat-ready after completing extensive training in its Boeing [NYSE: BA] helicopters at Fort Hood, Texas. The 2nd Battalion, 6th Cavalry Brigade, based in Illesheim, Germany, completed eight months of training with the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters built at the Boeing Mesa, Ariz., plant. To qualify, the men and women of the battalion, known as the Fighting Sixth, completed a series of comprehensive classroom, flight and field exercises. Soldiers underwent a rigorous field examination, three live-fire exercises and completed approximately 3,200 flight-hours during the training program. The unit fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as an AH-64A Apache battalion. Upon their return, the helicopters were returned to Mesa where they were remanufactured into next-generation AH-64D Apache Longbows The U.S. Army is modernizing AH-64A Apaches into next-generation AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters that link a wide range of avionics, electronics and weapons into one fully-integrated weapons system. Boeing was awarded a contract in September 2000 valued at $2.3billion over five years to complete the remanufacture of aircraft.In addition to the U.S. Army, a total of 11 nations worldwide have selected the Apache for their defense forces. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services. Source: Boeing
25 de junho de 2004Iniciadas entregas de morteiros brasileiros de 120mmJá foi entregue ao Exército Brasileiro o primeiro lote de 20 unidades do Morteiro pesado 120 M2 Raiado (Mtr P 120 M2 R), primeiro produto desenvolvido pelo sistema de Ciência e Tecnologia da Força Terrestre e fabricado em estabelecimento fabril do Exército, no caso o Arsenal de Guerra do Rio de Janeiro (AGR). Devido ao seu manejo simples, o morteiro em questão permite rápida entrada e saída de posição. Além das operações comuns, pode ser empregado também em áreas de selva ou de montanha, bem como no escalão de assalto de operações aeroterrestres.Segurança e Defesa
30 de junho de 2004Finlândia encomenda mais blindados CV90As Forças de Defesa da Finlândia encomendaram à Patria Hägglunds mais um lote de veículos de combate de infantaria CV9030, no valor aproximado de 120 milhões de Euros. A encomenda inicial foi de 57 exemplares, 28 dos quais já foram entregues; as entregas dos 45 que compõem o novo lote serão feitas ao longo de 2006 e 2007.A Patria Hägglunds OY, contratada principal, é de propriedade da Alvis Hägglunds e da Patria. A primeira é responsável pela integração de sistemas e produção do chassis, enquanto a segunda ficará com a produção das torres e fará a montagem final dos veículos na Finlândia
Alemães e israelenses cooperam em modernização de LeopardsA Reinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH e a MBT Missile Division da IAI assinaram um acordo para o oferecimento conjunto de um kit de modernização para carros de combate Leopard 1 e 2, utilizando o míssil guiado a laser LAHAT, lançado a partir do canhão das viaturas. A utilização do LAHAT aumentaria o alcance eficaz dos carros para mais de 6.000m, conferindo capacidade de ataque de precisão a alvos blindados nessa distância.Abaixo O míssil LAHAT sendo disparado e, no detalhe, prestes a atingir o alvo (Fotos: IAI).
Tropas portuguesas na Bósnia vão ser rendidasA partir do próximo dia 15, as forças portuguesas de manutenção de paz em missão na Bósnia-Herzegovina, no âmbito da NATO, começarão a ser rendidas por um novo batalhão. O 2º Batalhão de Infantaria Mecanizado da Brigada Mecanizada Independente (2ºBIMec/BMI) das Forças Armadas Portuguesas desloca-se para a Bósnia-Herzegovina de forma faseada nos dias 15, 21 e 27 deste mês, avança esta quinta-feira em comunicado o Estado-Maior General das Forças Armadas.Esta força vai render o 3º Batalhão de Infantaria Pára-quedista da Brigada Aerotransportada Independente (3ºBIPara/BAI), que desde Janeiro se encontra em missão nos Balcãs.As tropas portuguesas encontram-se integradas nas Forças de paz da NATO, a Stabilization Force (SFOR).O batalhão que parte a partir de quinta-feira é composto por 289 militares, dos quais 276 integram o Batalhão português e 13 fazem parte do Multinational Battle Group (MNBG).Esta rendição é faseada de forma a manter no terreno uma força capaz de dar continuidade às tarefas atribuídas ao batalhão português a actuar em Doboj, a Norte da Bósnia- Herzegovina). 08-07-2004 13:17:08