Mon, Apr 12, 2004
Software Blunder Grounds British Chinooks In Iraq
Those are the words being bandied about in the British Defense
Ministry after a software goof-up grounded half of the Queen's
"Thanks to a massively botched job, they cannot be flown when
there is a cloud in the sky," said Edward Leigh, chairman of the
British parliament's accounts committee.
Officials said navigation software critical to the Chinooks'
missions can't be installed. That leaves eight of the twin-rotor
giants sitting on the ground at a cost of about $476 million.
"Instead of desperately needed helicopters, the MOD (Ministry of
Defense) might as well have bought eight turkeys," added Leigh, a
Conservative Minister of Parliament.
The helicopters were purchased from the United States in 1995 by
the Conservative Party government then in power. The Conservatives
have since been ousted by the Labor Party led by Prime Minister
British authorities estimate a fix will cost about $241 million
dollars and can't be completed until 2007 -- nine years after the
Chinooks were supposed to enter British service. There is now some
doubt at Westminster about whether the aircraft will be retrofitted
Vicious Campaign Against Skydiving Operation By Small, But Vocal, Group Loses Court Case News/Analysis by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Those of us who work and play in the>[...]
Also: Air Power Museum, ANN Could Use A Little Help From Its Friends, GE Honda, Mexican-Registry TBM 900, Legacy 500, BBJ Winglets, Wheels Up Order The new Falcon 5X is getting clo>[...]
Progress Continues To Be Made To Return Humanity To The Moon XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. XPRIZE notes th>[...]
“It is the Sikorsky Innovations charter to identify the toughest challenges in vertical flight, and to demonstrate solutions to them. Getting an all-new aircraft into flight,>[...]
CoAxial Helo Heralds Development Of Exciting New Rotorcraft We knew it was close... and now it's real. Sikorsky has confirmed the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER helicop>[...]