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AH-1Z and UH-1Y Progress Report

02 Mar 2006

The H-1 Program, aimed at developing the UH-1Y and AH-1Z upgraded helicopters to replace the Marine Corps UH-1N and AH-1W fleets, completed developmental testing on February 17.

The program is currently preparing to enter the Operational Evaluation as well as to start a third Low-Rate Initial Production lot. Two of the five developmental test aircraft are already transferred to Patuxent River to train the military personnel who will conduct the operational evaluation.
The first aircraft AH-1Z-1 is currently being prepared for live-fire testing at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Two more are in final preparationt o be transferred to the operational test squadron.

To date, the H-1 Operational Test Team has put a total of 156.6 flight hours on the aircraft in 92 sorties.

Bell Helicopter, the manufacturer of the aircraft, has 16 aircraft on two firm fixed price Low-Rate Initial production contracts worth $185.6 million and $111.4 million respectively. Seven aircraft are already in assembly in Amarillo, Texas.

The first new build UH-1Ys will start production in 2006 as part of the third lot of low-rate initial production aircraft. First deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2008. By 2018, the Marine Corps will have procured 100 UH-1Y Venoms and 180 AH-1Z Vipers.



2018

16 July 2018 | IHS Jane's

Taiwan commissions first Apache brigade

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) commissioned its first air brigade equipped with Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters on 17 July. The 29 Apache helicopters will be operated by Republic of China Army’s (RoCA’s) 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which operates under

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16 July 2018 | Air Forces Monthly

Pakistan T129 ATAK order confirmed

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has confirmed a deal to supply the Pakistan Army with 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters. The deal had previously been reported on May 24, in a political manifesto from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, released…

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16 July 2018 | Flight Global

FARNBOROUGH: Aero Vodochody unveils F/A-259 for OA-X bid

Aero Vodochody appears to have rebranded a new version of the L-159 advanced jet trainer as the F/A-259 Striker as it makes a late bid for the US Air Force's OA-X close air support programme.

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16 July 2018 | Combat Aircraft

UK launches new fighter program

The UK’s leading aerospace industry companies and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have unveiled a next-generation fighter jet concept model on the first day of the Farnborough International Air Show. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson launched the new UK national…Read more ›

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15 July 2018 | MILAVIA News

Air Tattoo Celebrates RAF100 In Style

A record crowd of 185,000 people enjoyed a feast of flying as the Royal International Air Tattoo staged international celebrations marking the Royal Air Force's Centenary at RAF Fairford.

In total, 302 aircraft, from 43 air arms representing 30 nations attended the airshow, of which 121 took part in the flying display.

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14 July 2018 | RAF

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 Saturday round-up

Aircraft displays highlights from Saturday 14th July 2018 at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

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14 July 2018 | RAF

RAF receives 20th Atlas transport aircraft

The RAF has taken delivery of the 20th next-generation Atlas transport aircraft.

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13 July 2018 | ACC

Checkered Flag 18-2 takes to the skies at Tyndall

Checkered Flag 18-2, a large force exercise, kicked off at Tyndall July 9, 2018, and will conclude July 20. Checkered Flag is a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes to enhance the capabilities of Airmen while providing training to rapidly respond to current, real-world conflicts and preparing for the future of air superiority.

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13 July 2018 | USAF News

KC-46 completes flight testing required for October first aircraft delivery

The KC-46 Pegasus program achieved an important milestone July 6, 2018, at Boeing Field, Seattle, with completion of the final flight tests required for first aircraft delivery planned in late October.

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11 July 2018 | RAF

RAF100 10th July Parade and Flypast in central London

Some of what was captured on the Mall, in the skies and outside Buckingham Palace on 10th July 2018 for the RAF100 celebrations. 

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