Helicopters

The US Coast Guard commenced low-rate initial production of its service life extension and avionics upgrade programme for its Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin short range recovery helicopters. Three aircraft have been converted into the upgraded MH-65E “Echo” variant, with the first helicopter rolling off the production line on 18 December 2018, the US Coast Guard says….

Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office against the US Army’s decision to award General Electric Aviation a contract to develop a new turbine engine for the service’s helicopters. The US Army awarded a $517 million contract to General Electric on 1 February to complete engineering and manufacturing development…

Airbus Helicopters insists its offer for the US Navy’s TH-XX trainer contest provides the “lowest risk” of any bid, despite proposing a twin- rather than single-engined rotorcraft. The navy’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is “engine agnostic”, and the airframer is bidding its H135 light-twin for the 130-unit competition to replace the navy’s fleet of legacy…

Airbus Helicopters has pitched a design based on its high-speed X3 technology for a US Army programme to deliver a new armed scout rotorcraft in the mid-2020s.The move, revealed by chief executive Bruno Even, will see the European manufacturer attempt to break the stranglehold of US airframers on the army’s Future Vertical Lift effort.Bell and…