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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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Eye On Iran, Israelis Conduct Huge Two-Week Exercise On Cyprus

Posted by Arie Egozi on


  TEL AVIV: As the Middle Eastern kettle boils hotter, Israel is striving to improve the readiness and efficiency of its forces with regional exercises aimed, in part, at building de facto regional alliances. Syrian news agencies are reporting another air attack on the Russian-aligned country on June 12. According to Syrian news agencies, the… Keep reading →

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ITEP: GAO Okays Army Picking Riskier Engine – Will Congress?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The full GAO decision undermines one of ATEC’s arguments to overturn the award to rival GE, technical superiority, but it reinforces another: risk.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Leaked extracts from an Army review tell only part of the story, a 12-year saga of extensive research, development, and testing, the company argues.

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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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