NH90: Europe’s Medium Helicopter Gets New Order Despite Issues

NH90: TTH & NFH(click to view full) The NH90 emerged from a requirement that created a NATO helicopter development and procurement agency in 1992 and, at almost the same time, established NH Industries (62.5% EADS Eurocopter, 32.5% AgustaWestland, and 5% Stork Fokker) to build the hardware. The NATO Frigate Helicopter was originally developed to fit between light naval helicopters like AW’s Lynx or Eurocopter’s Panther, and medium-heavy naval helicopters like the European EH101. A quick look at the NFH design showed definite possibilities as a troop transport helicopter, however, and soon the NH90 project had branched into 2 versions, with more to follow…

Bomber to Be Bought Cost-Plus | More A-10s Mothballed | China Defense Budget up 10%

Americas The Wall Street Journal (paid) reported today that the impending choice for the future bomber will be constructed via a cost-plus deal, surprising most Pentagon watchers, as the DoD has been trying hard to move away from owning the cost overage liabilities. Boeing, teamed with Lockheed Martin, is competing against Northrop Grumman in a competition expected to finish this summer for 80 to 100 bombers at an expected cost of about $55 billion. The Air Force has said it will keep costs down by sticking largely to the 2010 spec and by using established technologies, although those methods would imply lower liabilities and make the cost-plus decision a bit more puzzling. Lockheed Martin’s ATHENA currently-ground-based laser weapon disabled a running (but stationary) truck. …