China Disclose New Attack Helicopter

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The Chinese government unveiled its new attack helicopter to the public at an airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai. China’s new attack helicopter can be compared to the helicopters made in the U.S. and Russia.

Called the WZ-10 or “Thunder Fire,” it can be compared the AH-64 Apache of the U.S. and the Russian Mil Mi-28. It is designed for anti-tank missions and according to chief designer Wu Ximing, “The WZ-10 is one of the top three attack helicopters in the world.” An unnamed Chinese expert said that the WZ-10 is more maneuverable at low altitude than the Apache, but it is deficient in thrust and firepower. Demonstration of the attack helicopter performing a vertical climb was shown on national television.

Development for the WZ-10 started way back in 1990s. China’s military planners observed the helicopter use of the United States during the first Gulf War.

China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) also showed another helicopter designed for armed reconnaissance and support for ground troops called the WZ-19 or “Black Tornado.” Over 30 foreign military diplomats attended the event.

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Boeing Will Support Army’s CH-47 Fleet

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The U.S. Army awarded the $185 million performance-based logistics contract to Boeing. The PBL contract is for supporting the U.S. Army’s fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

Boeing have previously worked with the Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command on improving the tooling used to produce and repair Chinook rotor blades. The production, overhaul, and distribution are covered on the PBL program.

According to Peri Widener, “PBLs are outcome-focused sustainment contracts that guarantee enhanced performance and improved costs. We work with our customer to reduce costs through longer-term agreements, purchasing only the parts needed and investing in techniques that extend the life of key components.” Peri Widener is the Rotorcraft Support vice-president for Boeing.

The PBL agreement will reduce the customer costs while allowing Boeing to improve the products and process of manufacturing helicopter parts.

The Chinook PBL contract with Boeing will run for five years. Boeing has existing similar contracts with the military for other aircraft such as V-22 Osprey and AH-64 Apache helicopter.

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Boeing Gets Green Light for Advanced Rotocraft Flight Control System Testing Phase II

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The U.S. Army awarded an $18 million contract to Boeing for the second phase testing of its advanced rotocraft flight control system. The testing is for the continued development of a technology that will improve helicopter’s manoeuvrability and performance. The program is known as Adaptive Vehicle Management System (AVMS.) Testing will be done in helicopter models like AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook.

The advanced rotocraft flight control system is a joint development project between Boeing and Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. It aims to reduce aircrew workload and overall operating cost. I will adapt the flight controls to the helicopter’s flight condition, environment, and even pilot intent.

In Phase II of the AMVS, the test will demonstrate the design’s portability as well as how it can enhance the flight performance of the helicopter during attack and cargo missions. The test will encompass more than 100 hours of flight time.

“Phase II also allows us to continue H-6 flight control test bed prototyping activities to expand AVMS’ capabilities,” said Steve Glusman, director, Boeing Advanced Mobility. “AVMS will be a key capability in future Boeing aircraft such as Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.”

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Father, son and daughter deploy to Iraq as Apache pilots

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Having an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot for your dad is pretty cool. Even cooler is being an Apache pilot and having two of your children follow in your footsteps to become pilots, too.

Capt. Dennis McNamara decided to rejoin his former unit, the 8-229 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, as an Apache pilot when both his son and daughter were deploying to Iraq with the unit.

“Without a doubt, I’m the proudest man on earth,” said Capt. Dennis McNamara, an AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter pilot for the 8th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, an Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Knox, Ky.

Capt. Dennis McNamara is currently stationed at Camp Taji, Iraq, where he flies AH-64 Apaches alongside his daughter, Capt. Elizabeth McNamara, 28, and his son, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brendon McNamara, 24.

Elizabeth and Brendon, who both call Louisville, Ky., home, said having their father with them has its advantages, giving them an extra “support element” while here.

Elizabeth said some of her earliest memories are of Apaches and the pilots who fly them.

“I remember going out to the airfield, guys playing volleyball, watching the parties at the gazebos. I knew for a long time that I was going to join the Army, but the one thing I wanted to do with it was fly attack helicopters. If we were going to go to combat, I wanted to be the one in the sky with the gun.”

Elizabeth is a platoon leader in her battalion. She said her father knows a thing or two about leadership. With Elizabeth now in a command position, her father offers her advice and gives her critiques on her leadership style. They often talk while eating together at the dining facility or while hanging out when off duty.

Brendon, as a warrant officer, is a technical expert on flying, and he and his father often discuss tactics. His father is serving as an instructor pilot for the unit so talking about flying comes with the territory.

Their containerized housing units are close to each other and they often hit the gym together, so despite being on different schedules, there are plenty of chances for Brendon to talk to “Dad,” not to mention salute him, and his big sister, too.

“I couldn’t see both my children deploying and leaving me at home,” he said. He called the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. James Posey, and asked to rejoin the 8-229th for the deployment.

“Dennis McNamara and I have worked together for several years, so I considered it an honor to have his children serving in my command, and I welcomed his return to the unit,” Posey said. “When the chance presented itself for him to deploy with us, I was a little concerned with having over half the family in my unit, in a combat zone, and all flying the same aircraft!”

Dennis has been flying Apaches for more than 20 years. He served in Operation Desert Storm and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. But for his two kids, this deployment was their first.

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U.S. Army Apaches getting Ground Fire Detection System

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The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, will become the first unit equipped with the new Ground Fire Acquisition System for its AH-64 helicopters next spring. The system uses cameras and infrared sensors to instantly identify the source location of ground fire, service officials said.

“GFAS (Ground Fire Acquisition System) detects ground fire. It allows us to take information about incoming fire, get our sensors on it and identify and prosecute ground targets,” said Maj. Justin Highley, Assistant product manager for the Longbow Apache.

The infrared sensors built into the GFAS system detect muzzle flashes from the ground, allowing Apache pilots to get their sensors on potential targets and immediately know the location, and distance of ground fire, Highley explained.

The cameras on the AH-64 aircraft detect the muzzle flash from ground fire – and move the information through an Aircraft Gateway Processor into the cockpit so pilots will see an icon on their display screen, said Lt. Col. Jeff Johnson, product manager, Longbow Apache.

“The beauty of this system is that we are not changing the aircraft software. We are not adding displays. It’s integrated through an Aircraft Gateway Processor,” he said.

The GFAS effort – called an Early User Evaluation – has undergone a range of key tests at places such as Mesa Ariz., and Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Johnson explained.

Pending successful outcome of the User Evaluation, the Apache Program Manager will look at expanding GFAS’ capabilities, including integrating the technology with Blue Force Tracker display screens, Johnson said.

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Fictional aircraft inspired from real aircraft

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AT-99 Scorpion seen in the 2009 film "Avatar"

Imagination is something everybody has. It is the very beginning of creating things. Some are carried out; some never see the light of day. Some are appreciated, some are not. And some are lived out and inspires more imaginations. Example of this is the fictional aircraft used in stories, movies, and TV programs which were born from being inspired by real aircraft.

One fictional aircraft that caught the eyes of many, from the blockbuster movie Avatar, is the AT-99 Scorpion or “Scorpion” gunship. In the movie, the Vertical and Takeoff Landing (VTOL) vehicle that escort shuttle landings and takeoff and provides air fire support for military operations. It is 12.2m in length, 3.51m in height, and 8.73m in width. It is armed with four .50 caliber guns and missiles. Like the AH-1 Cobra, the Scorpion gunship is light, maneuverable, and an adaptable platform. It is also similar to heavily-armored VTOL weapons platform like the Mi-28 Havoc and AH-64 Apache.

Another fictional aircraft is the Blackbird or X-jet from X-men. It first looked like a modified version of the Lockheed SR-71 but some writers referred that the design as the “SR-73” or “SR-77.” It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times so it differs in specifications from time to time. It has been featured to have sported holographic active camouflage and hypersonic speed engines. But in Ultimate X-men, there seems to be a number of aircraft the superhero team used.  One resembled the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Also a fictional aircraft is the Elgin E-474 from the movie Flight Plan. In the movie, the aircraft was helped designed by Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster), the protagonist. The E-474’s interior and design is very much alike to the Airbus A380. In reality, the avionics bay was from an Alitalia 747-200.