Army's Aerial Scout Options Expand: X-2

jueves, 15 de abril de 2010
Things are getting interesting with the US Army's Armed Aerial Scout
(AAS), and it's not even for formal acquisition program yet. Sikorsky
has announced at the Quad-A show that it has offered its high-speed,
coaxial-rotor X2 Technology Light Tactical Helicopter (LTH) as part of
its response to the Army's AAS request for information


EADS North America to build three Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technology Demonstration Aircraft

EADS North America and its industry team of American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will independently fund and develop three AAS-72X helicopters to demonstrate the performance, capabilities and maturity of this rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout mission. The first AAS-72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) will be operational in late 2010, and will be used for mission equipment and weapon system integration, performance testing and survivability validations.

"This commitment is a significant investment and continues our entrepreneurial approach to meeting our customers' demanding needs. These aircraft will ensure the AAS-72X provides a fully capable, compliant Armed Aerial Scout solution for America's warfighters at the earliest possible date," said EADS North America CEO Sean O'Keefe. "It is part of a low-risk approach that combines mature, developed technologies with the proven UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter – which is in widespread service with the U.S. Army."

The AAS-72X flight test and demonstration program is backed by significant investment from the EADS North America-led industrial team – which includes Eurocopter, American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin. In addition to the three demonstration helicopters, Lockheed Martin has established a high-fidelity systems integration lab for the AAS-72X's mission equipment package at its Orlando, Fla., facility.

As a highly capable helicopter for the Armed Aerial Scout mission, the AAS-72X combines twin-engine safety, high and hot operating performance and a large cabin for true multi-role capability. The AAS-72X is derived from the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, offering a low-risk evolution of the U.S. Army's newest rotary-wing aircraft, which is widely considered one of the most successful acquisition programs in the service's history.

Production of the AAS-72X would take place at the Columbus, Miss., helicopter center of excellence operated by EADS North America's subsidiary American Eurocopter, where the UH-72A currently is assembled for the U.S. Army. EADS North America has delivered more than 100 UH-72As on time and within budget.

The UH-72A in-service fleet is demonstrating its mission capabilities and reliability with U.S. Army and National Guard, having logged more than 25,000 flight hours at an operational readiness rate of greater than 90 percent.

The UH-72A Lakota is being configured for additional missions in addition to its role in medical evacuation, passenger transport and general aviation duties. Additional missions include homeland security/homeland defense applications with National Guard Security & Support Battalions, combat pilot training support at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, logistics and transport duties at the U.S. Army's missile test range on the Pacific Ocean's Kwajalein Atoll, and the training of U.S. and allied test pilots at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

For additional information about EADS North America's AAS-72X, visit the website at:

EADS Press Release


Erupción en Islandia paraliza el tráfico aéreo del norte de Europa


Non-Stealth Teamed With Stealth Air Wing

U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Golden Eagles — upgraded with advanced, long-range radars that also will serve as electronic warfare jamming and attack weapons — are becoming part of the Air Force's composite air dominance force that also includes stealthy F-22s stationed at Langley AFB, Va.

Each fighter type will shoulder 50% of the air dominance mission now that the F-22 force has been capped at 187 aircraft. The upgraded F-15Cs will carry the larger APG-63(V)3 active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The radar's long range and ability to detect small targets will allow F-22s to operate in electronic silence with their low observability (LO) uncompromised by electronic emissions.


Accidente en la Red Bull Air Race

El piloto brasileño Adilson Kindlemann ha tenido un accidente a las 11.50, durante el primer entrenamiento sobre el río Swan. Tras su rescate fue llevado al Royal Hospital de Perth.

La respuesta del equipo de emergencias fue rápida, y el piloto se encuentra bien. "Me encuentro bien, me río. Me han hecho radiografías y afortunadamente estoy entero 100%. La gente que me rescató del agua es increible. Los entrenamientos para rescates acuáticos que hicimos este lunes me han preparado realmente para esto. Todo sucedió tan rápido que no estoy seguro de qué ocurrió, voy a tener que ver el vídeo para entender qué ocurrió" dijo el piloto. Cuando se le preguntó si deseaba regresar a la carrera sonrió y dijo "¡Seguro! Y esta vez espero estar en el aire y no en el agua".


Lectura recomendada: La Historia Secreta del CASA-Heinkel 101

Podéis leerlo en la revista de Aeronautica y Astronautica del Ejercito del Aire Español. El numero de la revista en cuestión lo tienen alojado en la Página del Ejercito del Aire ( en un pdf que ocupa aprox. 7Mb:
El artículo está entre las páginas 78 y 84


GP One, SkyLeader Anuncia Nuevo Ultraligero

SkyLeader, fabricante de aviones ultraligeros de la República Checa ha
presentado un nuevo proyecto de ultraliviano biplaza
Peso en vacio: 280
Motor: Rotax 912 de 80HP
Vcruise=193km/h (75% potencia)
Carrera despegue=110m
Carrera aterrizaje=120m


El punto de vista de los controladores (2): Entrevista a un representante de la USCA

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