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Entries for October 2014

ISIS Militants Shoot Down Iraqi Helicopter, Killing 2
New York Times
From New York Times
... had shot down an Iraqi helicopter, raising the stakes for the Iraqi forces and the United States-led coalition fighting the group, which have dominated the sky during a campaign of airstrikes. The American military command began deploying attack ...
Military training exercise involving helicopters at Merseyside dock sparks ...
Liverpool Echo
From Liverpool Echo
One eyewitness said he saw troops abseiling from a helicopter onto a ship, with other helicopters in support positions. While the Ministry of Defence did not give specific details of today's operation, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary replenishment ship Fort ...
New helicopter, jet for Andhra Pradesh CM
Deccan Chronicle
From Deccan Chronicle
The government will spend over Rs 150 crore to buy the helicopter and the plane. Currently, Mr Naidu is using the helicopters of private parties. Incidentally, even the Telangana state government recently decided to purchase a helicopter for TS Chief ...
US Army Plans January Decision on Helicopter Deal
Wall Street Journal
From Wall Street Journal
The Army stirred controversy from Airbus rivals in June with a plan to retire two types of training helicopters and replace them with up to 155 new Airbus EC-145 helicopters, expanding a 2006 deal without holding a competition. A unit of Italy's ...
Sikorsky unveils prototype helo slated to replace Kiowa fleet
Shephard Media
From ArmyTimes.com
???Sikorsky is proud of its leadership in this area, and of the leadership the S-97 Raider represents among the world's military rotorcraft.??? The Raider is Sikorsky's planned entry to replace the Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior fleet, but if it can deliver ...
From The Hill
Using the slower-flying helicopters, which can fire with more precision, could expose U.S. troops to more risk, experts say. On Friday, Time reported that Iraqi officials said an Mi-35 Iraq military attack helicopter was shot down by ISIS militants in ...
Islamic State: US military uses Apache attack helicopters against rebels
ABC Online
From ABC Online
"Fixed-wing aircraft flying at 30,000 feet are completely immune from the type of weapons that Islamic State fighters have, but a helicopter is not," Harmer said. "When you're flying a helicopter at 150 feet above the ground, that helicopter can be ...
From Flying Magazine
Sikorsky revealed the first two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes, giving the world a glimpse of what future direct-fire-support rotorcraft may look like. The words stunning and lethal spring to mind. Based on Sikorsky's record-setting X2 rigid-rotor ...
US Apache Helicopters Join Battle Against Islamic State
Wall Street Journal
From Wall Street Journal
But the helicopters also are more vulnerable than fighter jets to ground fire, experts said. In Afghanistan from 2001 through July 2014, helicopter casualties accounted for 9% of U.S. troop deaths, according to a Brookings Institution report, while ...
New S-97 Raider high speed attack helicopter unveiled
Telegraph.co.uk
From Telegraph.co.uk
Sikorsky hopes to eventually sell the helicopters to the US military for use as an armed aerial scout and also a light assault aircraft. The firm is pitching it as a replacement for the US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and for use by special ...
They're back: US uses Apache helicopters against ISIS in Iraq
RT
From RT
???The United States employed Apache helicopters in recent days to strike areas in Iraq controlled by extremist group Islamic State. The attacks mark the first time the aircraft has been used in offensive airstrikes against the jihadist group. US Central ...
New Military Helicopter Can Cruise At 253 MPH
Gizmag
From Popular Science
Sikorsky's S-97 Raider looks like the future. Not the distant future -- not the ???Star Trek??? future -- but a closer, more attainable future. Its design is based primarily on Sikorsky's X-2 project, and as the name implies, this isn't just the future of ...
In launching helicopter airstrikes in Iraq, the US increases the risk to troops
Telegraph.co.uk
From Washington Post
The United States has expanded its air war against the Islamic State, hitting the militant group for the first time with airstrikes launched from U.S. helicopters. Doing so will likely improve the Pentagon's ability to help Iraqi forces on the ground ...
From Twitchy
On Oct. 4, ???U.S. military forces used attack bomber, fighter and helicopter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq??? the command said in a Sunday morning release, and a CENTCOM official confirmed to Defense News that the helicopter was ...
US Moves to Helicopter Strikes Against Islamic State as Strike Number Gets to 341
Newsweek
From Newsweek
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is flying Apache helicopters against Islamic State rebels in Iraq for the first time, exposing U.S. troops to greater risk from ground fire as they help Iraqi forces battle the Islamist group that has overrun ...
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