Lockheed Martin released a video in which they report that the F-35 hovered for the first time...
I wonder though. If I recall correctly and my eyes aren't playing tricks on me, then this has already been accomplished and this is just a 'fluff' piece to distract from all the bad news that the program, not the F-35B, but that the program has received lately. Time will tell. One thing is certain. Lockheed Martin needs to start stacking up some wins. In a VERY BIG WAY!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is one helicopter that is performing to expectations. From what I understand the Brits are quite satisfied with their variant. via DefenseNews.com...
"From October, we will send three AW101 helicopters in troop transport configuration to Afghanistan for a one-year tour," said Vice Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli, commander in chief of the Italian navy fleet.
The helicopters will offer medevac and Special Forces support, added Binelli Mantelli.
Hitherto the Italian Navy has deployed AB212 helicopters to Afghanistan to rotate with Italian Air Force AB214s.
Separately, Giuseppe Orsi, the CEO of AgustaWestland, has said he expects the contract signing for a first batch of AW101s destined for the Italian Air Force will take place in September 2010.
The Italian Air Force is planning to spend around 630 million euros on 12 AW101s, plus three options, for Combat Search and Rescue missions. The new helicopters will replace HH-3F helicopters.
Oddee has an interesting story about China's Execution Van--it was a part of a blurb on 10 amazing things we didn't know about the Beast from the East. How right they are. They even provided a link to a 2006 USA Today story that covers the van. Interesting. Check it out.