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4 Flights, 3 Hours, 20 Knots: Boeing’s Defiant Inches Ahead

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Mechanical fixes kept the SB>1 compound helicopter grounded for weeks this summer, but Sikorsky insists they can catch up.

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Raider-X: Sikorsky’s Supersized S-97 For Army Scout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sikorsky says their Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft design will fly faster, with bigger weapons, than archrival Bell’s. Bell says theirs will be cheaper and more reliable.

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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With its trademark tiltrotors too big for the Army’s FARA requirement, Bell is squeezing every ounce of performance out of a helicopter. Will it be fast enough?

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CH-53 vs. CH-47: Which Helicopter Will Israel Pick?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


An IDF team has been taking test flights aboard Lockheed Martin’s new CH-53K in Maryland, but Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook is in the running too — and both programs could use a boost against their American critics.

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Army Explores Robot Decoys & Cannon-Fired Jamming Pods

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sun Tzu said all warfare is based on deception. Today, that means electronic deception.

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Bell: Beyond The Tiltrotor

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Other companies build planes. Other companies build helicopters. Bell’s “secret sauce,” its CEO says, is its aircraft can be both.

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Sikorsky Races To Deliver Rescue Helo On Time

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We’re back on the contract schedule,” Sikorsky program director Greg Hames told reporters visiting the company’s test site.

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Sikorsky Be Nimble: S-97 Raider Shows Off For Army FARA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Flying sideways, backwards, in pirouettes, and in a markedly quiet stealth mode, the hybrid helicopter-turboprop demonstrated the maneuverability the Army considers essential to survive high-tech future battles with Russia or China.

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Sikorsky: S-97 Raider Is Safe At Any Speed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The company is confident that there is no inherent flaw in the design. Instead, they say, there was a software error that would have hamstrung any aircraft — and that error won’t happen again.

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Sikorsky Touts CH-53K’s Ease of Flying For German Sale

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Dan Schultz, Sikorsky president, calls the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter an “optimally piloted” aircraft that allows ease of flying even in hellish weather conditions.

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