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BELL 525 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: 7/2/15

AMARILLO, Texas - Bell Helicopter announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless on July 1. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

"We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification," said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. The Bell 525 was designed with input from Bell's Customer Advisory Panel as an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload & range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A takeoffs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight. Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525 provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off with a single operational engine.

The Bell 525 is powered by General Electric CT7-2F1 turboshaft engines rated at 1,800 shp (1,342 kW).

With over 60 helicopters reserved under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators and end users with a high level of situational awareness and the ability to perform a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

The first flight test started with taxi testing and maneuvers and then went into an initial hover, performing various hover maneuvers and then tested low speed handling qualities with winds gusting to 20 knots.

Source:  Bell Helicopter
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
IRAQ RECEIVES FOUR MORE RUSSIAN COMBAT HELICOPTERS
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Source: Russian Helicopters

NEWTOWN, Conn. - On July 2, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it has taken delivery of four more "advanced combat helicopters" from Russia.

It did not identify the type of aircraft that has been delivered but Iraq currently has Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters on order from Russia.

In October 2012, an Iraqi/Russian $4.3 billion arms deal was announced that included 40 Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters as well as 42 Pantsyr S-1 surface-to-air missile systems. The exact details of this deal however are murky at best, with the number of aircraft and missiles involved being extremely unclear. Furthermore, rumors of its cancellation emerged a month after its announcement due to Iraqi concern about corruption. The deal was later resumed in early 2013, and by November 2013 Iraq had taken delivery of its first four Mi-35s. In May 2014, the Iraqi MoD announced that a second consignment had arrived. The delivery of the first Mi-28s was confirmed in September 2014 when footage showed Russian technicians helping to prepare three Mi-28s in a hangar.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: July 2, 2015
Author: N. Auger, Analyst 
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
ARGENTINA SIGNS MOU TO BUY AIRBUS HELICOPTERS H125
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: Airbus Helicopters

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The Argentinean Ministry of Defense and Airbus Helicopters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of 12 H125 (previously named the AS350B3e) aircraft.

The new units will replace the Air Force's current fleet of Aerospatiale AS315B Lama. The service had acquired 13 AS315s by 1994 but most have crashed over the years and only two remain in operation.

An anticipated delivery date and contract value have yet to be disclosed.

Source:  Info Defensa
Associated URL: www.infodefensa.com
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Source Language: Spanish
Author: R Barrett Edwards, Latin America Analyst 
Posted: 07/02/2015

 

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