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Army’s “Fat Cow” Fueling Operation, 16-Feb-20 : #FatCow Hawaii’ 25th Combat Aviation Brigade practice refuel of UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters from CH-47F Chinook during training in Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) procedures at Schofield Barracks

Chinook Block II New Advanced Rotor Blades, 17-Jan-20 : #ACRB The Boeing Chinook Block II performed first flight with the new Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB). The new blades adds 1,700 lbs / 771 kgs in lift capability

Marines Reinforced US Embassy in Baghdad, 06-Jan-20 : Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) mobilized to reinforce embassy in Baghdad after pro-Iranian militia assault

First U.S. Female Military Pilot Killed in Action, 18-Dec-19 : #FemalePilot An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter was painted as an in-kind donation by Lockheed Martin for the Captain Kimberly Hampton memorial park in Easley, South Carolina

Retired Kiowa Warrior at the Hellenic Army, 12-Dec-19 : #Kiowa The Hellenic Army Aviation received 70 former US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program administered by U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC)

Georgia National Guard Maintains KFOR’ Black Hawks, 29-Nov-19 : Delta Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), 171st Aviation Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard is currently the maintenance unit for Task Force Aviation of the Kosovo Force (KFOR) at Camp Bondsteel

AH-64E Fire Control Radar Testing Successful, 18-Nov-19 : #C4ISR Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, completed AH-64E Apache Follow-On Test and Evaluation II (FOT&E II) for the AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radar (FCR)

Taxas Guards Lakota Teams Up with DEA, 03-Nov-19 : #NationalGuard Texas National Guard Joint Counterdrug Task Force teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to fly a Lakota helicopter to Austin-area schools for educating students on drug prevention and awareness

Ryan Aerospace Simulators for US Army, 02-Nov-19 : #MilitaryPilot US Army acquired more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators from Ryan Aerospace (Australia) to be used at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the world’s largest helicopter training facility

New Radar Frequency Interferometer for Apache, 30-Oct-19 : #survivability Lockheed-Martin to provide a Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometer (MRFI) for the AH-64 Apache which identifies intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) emitters and allows the pilot to detect and engage a threat long before the aircraft becomes vulnerable, increasing aircraft survivability and lethality

Laying the Foundation for Army Aviation, 28-Oct-19 : #ArmyAviation Evolution of the US Army Aviation branch in the last 50 years from the Vietnam War to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL)

AH-64E Apache Modernized Turret, 17-Oct-19 : #Apache Lockheed Martin awarded US Army’ $40M contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache. It is an upgrade of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) that is located on the nose of the helicopter

Honeywell to Upgrade Chinook’ T55 Engines, 16-Oct-19 : #T55 Honeywell is launching a new T55 engine upgrade for the US Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters which will offer over 20% more power at sea level. In operation since 1962, more than 6,000 T55 engines having been produced and logging 12 million hours of operation

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