Helicopters, Tiltrotors, & Rotorcraft Technologies

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Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

WASHINGTON, 13 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) officials have contracted Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to continue developing the SB>1 Defiant medium-lift helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), designed to pave the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

RIDGECREST, Calif., 4 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are ready to kick off a program to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SAN DIEGO, 4 Aug. 2014. Military communications experts from two U.S. defense contractors are upgrading military tactical data communications terminals to standards of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

Infrared sensor payload for UAVs, helicopters, and light jets introduced by Elbit

Infrared sensor payload for UAVs, helicopters, and light jets introduced by Elbit

HAIFA, Israel, 4 Aug. 2014 2014. Elbit Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, is introducing the DCoMPASS FHD iMEP all-in-one integrated surveillance sensor payload for lightweight platforms like light attack and search and rescue helicopters, medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and special-mission light jets.

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