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KAMAN ANNOUNCES FIRST K-MAX FLIGHT FROM REOPENED LINE
Friday, May 19, 2017
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K-MAX helicopter

Source: Kaman


K-MAX helicopter

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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Kaman Aerosystems announced that a successful first flight of a K-MAX helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.

K-MAX aircraft from the re-opened production line have been ordered by customers from around the world including China, Europe and North America. The aircraft is currently in use worldwide for firefighting, logging and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities. The U.S. Marine Corps maintains two unmanned K-MAX aircraft developed with Lockheed Martin. These aircraft successfully supported the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan for thirty-three months from 2011-2014 carrying more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo. Additional unmanned firefighting and humanitarian missions for K-MAX are also being developed and tested.

Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charlies H. Kaman, and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

Source:  www.kaman.com
Source Date: May 19, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
HELIBRAS DELIVERS TWO H225M'S TO BRAZIL
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Brazilian H225M delivered in May 2017

Source: Helibras


Brazilian H225M delivered in May 2017

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ITAJUBA, Brazil - Helibras has delivered two new H225Ms to the Brazilian armed forces. One of the helicopters will be operated by the Army, with the other destined for the Air Force. The rotorcraft were the first two of four to be delivered to Brazil this year.

The helicopters are being delivered under the 50-helicopter H-XBR program. The BRL1.5 billion contract under H-XBR was signed in June 2008. With the May delivery, the total number of aircraft delivered to Brazil under H-XBR is now 28. Production is expected to be completed in 2022.

The H225M of the Armed Forces has been manufactured in Itajubá since the inauguration of the company's new production line in 2012. Licensed-production, industrial offsets, and technology-transfer programs are important in Latin America since many countries are seeking to expand their developing defense industries. In fact, Brazil will no longer consider procurements without technology transfer included in the contract and also requires locally produced equipment. In order to reach that level of national content, Helibras has developed a supply chain and local suppliers that currently consists of 37 Brazilian companies.

Source:  Helibras
Associated URL: http://www.helibras.com.br/website/po/press/Helibras-entrega-dois-H225M-em-maio_
Source Date: May 25, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
RUSSIA BEGINS MI-28NM STATE TRIALS
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Source: Russian Helicopters


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MOSCOW - Russia has begun state trials of the Mi-28NM 'Night Hunter' attack helicopter.

Tass News Agency reported on May 25, 2017 that state trials of the latest Mi-28 variant have begun. Tass quoted Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky as saying, "We have already started [the state trials]."

Boginsky had said earlier in the year, "We will do our utmost to have preliminary conclusions by the end of this year and to discuss the first test batch of helicopters set aside for testing with our counterparts."

The Mi-28NM is a further development of the Mi-28N. Development work of the helicopter began in 2009, and it was first seen during summer 2016.

Mi-28NMs are expected to have a new surveillance radar, control system, and other onboard avionics.

Moreover, Russian industry is seeking to improve its weapons. General Designer of Machine-Building Design Bureau Valery Kashin told Tass News Agency in an interview in January, "A whole program for upgrading the helicopter-borne missile system has been drawn up. It concerns not just the missile Ataka. Work is in full progress and the tests have already produced some good results. The new missiles will considerably improve the combat capabilities of the Mi-28NM gunships."

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/947531
Source Date: May 25, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 

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