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  • Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest

    02/03/2013 12:40:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest (Reuters) - As U.S. budget pressures mount, the U.S. Marine Corps says growing foreign demand could help drive down the unit cost of its new upgraded H-1 utility and attack helicopters built by Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N). Major General John Croley, assistant deputy commandant for aviation, said the new helicopters had greater range and capabilities that would enhance the Marines' ability to work with allies across the Asia-Pacific region. He said increased interest from countries in Asia and the Middle East could help lower the cost of the new...
  • Marines Killed in Helicopter Collision

    02/23/2012 6:46:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NBC SanDiego ^ | FEB 23, 2012 | By R. Stickney
    Marines Killed in Helicopter Collision The Cobra and Huey helicopters were conducting a training exercise at the time of the crash according to defense officials By R. Stickney | Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 | Updated 6:13 AM PST Seven U.S. Marines died when two helicopters collided last night near Yuma, Arizona. Defense officials said the Marines were from the 3rd Marine Airwing based at MCAS Miramar near San Diego. There were no survivors. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The identities of the seven killed have not been released pending formal notification of next of kin. Check back...
  • Amarillo-built helos 'ready for combat'

    03/16/2011 10:32:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | March 15, 2011 | Joe Gamm
    Amarillo-built helos 'ready for combat' By Joe Gamm Created Mar 15 2011 - 12:00am An attack helicopter assembled in Amarillo has achieved initial combat readiness, and is being deployed to the Marine Corps. Bell Helicopter officials said the AH-1Z has earned an Initial Operating Capability designation six months ahead of schedule. "They are ready (for combat) now," said Col. Harry Hewson in an e-mail to the Amarillo Globe-News. Hewson, the program manager for the Marines light/attack helicopters, said on Feb. 25 the first Marine squadron received a detachment of six AH-1Z aircraft, along with required primary and support equipment and...
  • USMC AH-1Z To Deploy In Late 2011

    01/13/2011 6:38:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Jan 13, 2011 | Amy Butler
    USMC AH-1Z To Deploy In Late 2011 Jan 13, 2011 By Amy Butler Amarillo, Hurst and Fort Worth, Texas A decade after first flight, the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z attack helicopter finally graduated from a turbulent operational evaluation and is being readied for its first shipboard deployment. The service plans to field the AH-1Z Vipers, commonly known as Zulus, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in November. It will operate alongside its sister aircraft, the UH-1Y Venom, dubbed the Yankee, which achieved initial operational capability in 2008. This deployment will be the first time the Marines are able to blend the...
  • CUTAWAY: AH-1Z Viper enters production as substantially new aircraft

    12/17/2010 9:41:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies · 1+ views
    CUTAWAY: AH-1Z Viper enters production as substantially new aircraft By Initially envisioned as an effort to modernise the drive train of the US Marine Corps' (USMC) veteran fleet of Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, the AH-1Z Viper has essentially evolved into a new aircraft. The helicopter, which was developed alongside its close cousin, the UH-1Y, is a significant technological leap over its predecessor. The new airframe offers increased aerodynamic performance and exponentially more sophisticated avionics. The service hopes to procure some 226 AH-1Zs, including 58 new-build airframes and 168 machines remanufactured from the AH-1W. For the USMC, the appeal of...
  • AH-1Z approved for full rate production

    12/01/2010 7:58:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    US Navy ^ | 12/01/2010 | US Navy
    The U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra was approved for full rate production Nov. 28. The H-1 program office received official word on the milestone III approval decision from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Dr. Ashton B. Carter through an acquisition decision memorandum. "This is the culmination of a lot of focused hard work by a lot of dedicated professionals," said Col. Harry Hewson, the Marines' program manager for light and attack helicopter programs. "We spent the past two years executing a very detailed risk reduction program that tested every part of the weapons and fire control...
  • AH-1Z approved for full rate production

    11/30/2010 8:51:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    US Navy ^ | 11/30/2010 | Stephanie Vendrasco
    AH-1Z approved for full rate production NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra was approved for full rate production Nov. 28. The H-1 program office received official word on the milestone III approval decision from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Dr. Ashton B. Carter through an acquisition decision memorandum. "This is the culmination of a lot of focused hard work by a lot of dedicated professionals," said Col. Harry Hewson, the Marines' program manager for light and attack helicopter programs. "We spent the past two years executing a very...
  • AH-1Z helicopters found operationally effective and suitable

    09/29/2010 8:53:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AH-1Z helicopters found operationally effective and suitable NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra has successfully completed its Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL). On Sept. 24, NAVAIR’s H-1 Upgrades program office received official notification from the Navy’s Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force that its AH-1Z helicopters were found to be “operationally effective and suitable” and were been recommended for fleet introduction. “This marks a significant milestone for the program,” said Col. Harry Hewson, program manager for U.S. Marine light and attack helicopters. “The AH-1Z has come a long way through...