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Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the Agusta Westland AW169 and AW101 aircraft. The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems International, 11-Apr-17

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Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revealed that the Air Force is looking into purchasing an AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP helicopter. The investigation of the purchase has been controversial, as the Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu were unaware of the interest in the purchase. The Air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo is upgrading 25 Royal Navy Merlin Mk3/3A aircraft to Merlin Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract. The MLSP contract is valued at £330… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 23-Nov-16

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Nov-16

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring Systems announced that it had delivered 750 miles of electrical harnessing to complete the wiring phase of AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP). The company has provided harnesses for 30 Merlin Mk2 helicopters, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, which completes the MCSP deliverables. Awarded in 2005, the programme upgrades 30 of… Read more »

Source: Universal, 17-Aug-16

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Aug-16

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Safran to support Danish EH101 engines

Safran to support Danish EH101 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a seven-year contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 14 RTM 322-powered EH101 Merlin operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). Over 50 engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP This agreement satisfies the RDAF requirement for optimum availability of engines… Read more »

Source: Safran, 01-Aug-16

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Singapore puts military order on ice after EC225 accident

Singapore puts military order on ice after EC225 accident

Reuters is reporting that the Republic of Singapore has put a pause on making a decision for a helicopter fleet purchase of around $1 Billion after the CHC EC225 accident in Norway on 29th April. The Airbus H225M is short-listed along with the AgustaWestland AW101 in a Navy order to replace the 32 Super Pumas,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

The first AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter was unveiled yesterday by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, during a ceremony held at Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in south-west England. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen (on right in photo with Leonardo Helicopters CEO Daniele Romiti), said “This roll out… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

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Leonardo exhibiting at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies event

Leonardo exhibiting at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies event

Leonardo-Finmeccanica will be a key exhibitor at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, an event that opens today in La Spezia bringing in the Ligurian town, over 28 Navies from across the world. The cutting-edge technologies produced by Leonardo, from integrated solutions for managing naval missions, to radar and electro-optical sensors, naval communications systems, manned and unmanned… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

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AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

Over the last five years, Algeria has received a significant number of helicopters from AgustaWestland, but the manufacturer goes into complete silence mode when asked how many aircraft have been delivered.  No article has been published to date enumerating the extent of this order. HeliHub.com has thus done a significant amount of research in an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced last week that his Government would be launching a spending review across all aspects of the military, making it clear that there was nothing off limits.  A 36 page document was issued, inviting feedback on what the military should – or should not – be involved in. One section… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-16

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First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated today the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base. A total of four HH-101A “CAESAR” helicopters, out of a total requirement of 15, have been delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s assembly line… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 25-Feb-16

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Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

The Jakarta Post is reporting that the Indonesian Government have ordered three AW101 helicopters from AgustaWestland for VVIP work, quoting Air Force spokesman First Marshall Dwi Badarmanto saying that the aircraft had been included in the 2014-19 strategic plan.  The three helicopters will replace a single AS332 Super Puma, with the expectation that the scope… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

It has been pointed out to the HeliHub.com team that a batch of internet domain names are currently for sale – all relating to helicopter models made by AgustaWestland. Domains listed on this website for sale include AW101.com AW109.com AW139.com AW159.com AW169.com and AW189.com Anyone interested in buying these should make their own enquiries to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-15

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First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

Agusta Westland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Under the MLSP design and manufacture contract, awarded to Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland in January 2014, 25 AW101 Merlin HC Mk3/3A aircraft will be converted… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Oct-15

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Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver engineering services to the Royal Navy at air stations in the south west of England. The aviation and engineering support and aircraft services (AESAS) contract includes the… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Oct-15

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Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy. The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Sep-15

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India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

The Central Bureau of Investigation is awaiting court orders on its plea for a non-bailable warrant against British national Christian Michel James, one of the main accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, to push for an Interpol red-corner notice against him. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 18-Sep-15

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India likely to close AgustaWestland probe

India likely to close AgustaWestland probe

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to close the probe into alleged kickbacks in the deal to buy 12 AgustaWestland AW- 101 helicopters to ferry VVIPs. See Full Story.

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Jun-15

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Honeywell Improves Navigation Accuracy of AW101

Honeywell Improves Navigation Accuracy of AW101

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) will supply the Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter with its LASEREF VI Inertial Navigation System. The advanced inertial navigation technology makes it easier for helicopter pilots to navigate with extreme accuracy, even with the loss of GPS satellite guidance, and brings unprecedented new capabilities to the platform including greater precision and efficiency. The… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 12-Jun-15

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CAE to support UK MoD Merlin Life Sustainment Programme

CAE to support UK MoD Merlin Life Sustainment Programme

CAE today announced it has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to support the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme. The contract was signed in CAE’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 and included in the value of contracts announced on April 8, 2015. AgustaWestland is the prime contractor responsible for the… Read more »

Source: CAE, 04-Jun-15

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Japan takes delivery of First Airborne Mine Counter Measures MCH-101

Japan takes delivery of  First Airborne Mine Counter Measures MCH-101

AgustaWestland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) are pleased to announce the delivery of the first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The KHI MCH-101, a licence built version of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24A airborne mine hunting system and the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Mar-15

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Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years. The contract, between Ultra and the MoD, for sonobuoy… Read more »

Source: Ultra Electronics, 13-Feb-15

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AgustaWestland Renews its Collaboration with CRITICAL Software for a Further Three Years

AgustaWestland Renews its Collaboration with CRITICAL Software for a Further Three Years

CRITICAL Software, a company specialising in software engineering for critical information systems, is pleased to announce that it has renewed its cooperation agreement with one of its major customers, AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, for a further three years, extending it until 31st December 2017. CRITICAL Software’s successful 10 year collaboration… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Dec-14

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General Dynamics UK to provide AW101 mission system equipment

General Dynamics UK to provide AW101 mission system equipment

General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters. This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations…. Read more »

Source: General Dynamics UK, 10-Dec-14

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814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

It was the end of an era at a Westcountry Naval base when a return home from a 19 month deployment also saw a squadron wave goodbye to their trademark helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Western Morning News, 20-Nov-14

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AgustaWestland ships first Nigerian VIP AW101

AgustaWestland ships first Nigerian VIP AW101

AgustaWestland has recently shipped the first of two VIP AW101s to the Nigerian Air Force.  The manufacturer flew the helicopter from its Yeovil factory in the UK to London Stansted Airport, where technicians dismantled the aircraft and stored it in a hangar ready for the flight.  On a similar assignment in 2013, inclement weather conditions… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-14

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Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

829 Naval Air Squadron – The Kingfishers – are celebrating their 10th anniversary since recommissioning as a squadron in 2004. But they are not waiting for a party to start with such a full programme ahead to keep them occupied. Over the past 10 years the squadron is known for being one of the busiest… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Nov-14

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RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

30th September marked the end of an era for the Royal Air Force with the official handover of the Merlin to the Royal Navy and the disbandment of 78 Squadron in a formal ceremony at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The formal Royal parade marked the next stage in the transition of the Merlin helicopter from… Read more »

Source: RAF, 02-Oct-14

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Nigerian Air Force acquiring two AW101 helicopters

Nigerian Air Force acquiring two AW101 helicopters

The Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters, which will be used for VIP transport duties.            See Full Story HeliHub.com understands these are from the batch previously expected to be delivered to India

Source: Defence web, 21-Aug-14

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Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

On 16 July Commander Steve Thomas took over command of 824 Naval Air Squadron from his predecessor Commander Nick Gibbons, who moves on to an appointment at Joint Headquarters in Northwood, London. Commander Thomas joins 824 NAS as development of Merlin Mk 2 continues and the important role of the Merlin Training Facility are crucial… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 05-Aug-14

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Italian Prosecutor halts investigations into Finmeccanica over Indian AW101 contract

Italian Prosecutor halts investigations into Finmeccanica over Indian AW101 contract

Finmeccanica announces that the Italian Prosecutor has discontinued investigations relating to the contract for 12 AW101 VVIP helicopters signed with the Indian Ministry of Defence in 2010. The Prosecutor specifically acknowledged the non-involvement of Finmeccanica in the alleged wrongdoing, recognizing that that since 2003, Finmeccanica has implemented – and regularly updated – an organizational, management… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 30-Jul-14

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Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities. The new helicopters are part of an £800 million programme… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 17-Jul-14

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Kongsberg and AgustaWestland increased co-operation

Kongsberg and AgustaWestland increased co-operation

AgustaWestland today signed a protocol for extending and increasing co-operation relating to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH90 helicopter and a range of AgustaWestland helicopters. The protocol is an overarching agreement outlining the intentions of making KONGSBERG a Centre of Excellence for MRO of dynamic components… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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Danish AW101 helicopters equipped with Terma self-protection suite

Danish AW101 helicopters equipped with Terma self-protection suite

Last Friday the first of three Danish EH101 Tactical Troop Transport (TTT) helicopters was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Danish contribution to the international peacekeeping and peace-supporting operations. Earlier this year Terma made the final delivery of Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment fielded on the TTT version of the Royal Danish Air Force’ Westland… Read more »

Source: Terma, 16-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland will be exhibiting an impressive line-up of eight helicopters from its commercial and military helicopter product ranges and showcasing its industry leading customer support and training services at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. Making its first appearance at Farnborough will be a full scale mock-up of the recently launched AW109 Trekker light twin… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

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General Dynamics develops Tactical Processing System for AW101 Merlin upgrade

General Dynamics develops Tactical Processing System for AW101 Merlin upgrade

General Dynamics UK, in partnership with AgustaWestland, has commenced development work to modify its Tactical Processing System for integration into the AW101 Merlin Mk4. This development work is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), a contract awarded to AgustaWestland in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations. It will… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 15-Jul-14

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UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

AgustaWestland reportedly faces the prospect of a criminal investigation in the UK if any evidence appears in the current Indian investigation warrant it – see full story

Source: Exaro, 11-Jun-14

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Court of Milan allows India to call on €228 Million of guarantees over AW101 contract

Court of Milan allows India to call on €228 Million of guarantees over AW101 contract

AgustaWestland informs that today, the Court of Milan partially upheld the complaint lodged by the Indian Ministry of Defence, and thereby revoked the order issued by the judge on last March 17 on the seeking of emergency interim lodged by AgustaWestland to resist the calling of certain first demand bank guarantees provided with reference to… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 29-May-14

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Norway SAR Program selects FLIR HD Systems for AW101 fleet

Norway SAR Program selects FLIR HD Systems for AW101 fleet

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that its Star SAFIRE 380-HDc was selected by the Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Securityfor its new fleet of AW101 helicopters to be used in Norway’s All Weather Search and RescueHelicopter (NAWSARH) program. Deliveries will commence this year, with an in-service date of 2017. FLIR’s Star SAFIRE 380-HDc selection… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 29-May-14

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AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company is proud to provide its support to the Royal Canadian Air Force in deploying an AW101/CH-149 Cormorant for Exercise COOPERACIÓN III in Peru.  The exercise is running until May 2, 2014. “This is the first time the RCAF has deployed a Cormorant outside Canada and we are pleased to provide assistance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-May-14

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Canadian Forces Rescue Crew Wins Two More International Awards

Canadian Forces Rescue Crew Wins Two More International Awards

Royal Canadian Air Force Rescue Crew 912 continues to receive accolades for a daring rescue with an AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant”  helicopter. The latest awards are from the international aviation community for Captain Jonathon Groten, Captain Aaron Noble, Sergeant Bradley Hiscock, Master Warrant Officer Jeffrey Warden, and Master Corporal Mark Vokey. On February 25, 2014, the crew… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Mar-14

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Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

The Merlin Mk 2 is the Navy’s new-and-improved version of the world’s leading anti-submarine helicopter, conducting its initial trials with the Royal Navy’s first line of defence against the threat from underwater foes: the Type 23 frigate. The Merlin has been in service with the Royal Navy for more than a decade, but is in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-Mar-14

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First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today at the presence of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Ambassador Domenico Terracciano, the Director of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-14

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AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-14

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QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

QinetiQ has been awarded a five year contract, worth £16 million, to provide test and evaluation services to the MOD in support of its Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Merlin helicopter This contract will see the conversion of 25 Mk 3/3A Merlin helicopters, currently operated by the RAF, to be operated by the Royal Navy… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 10-Feb-14

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Universal Wiring Systems completes 407 miles of electrical wiring for AW101 programme

Universal Wiring Systems completes 407 miles of electrical wiring for AW101 programme

The company is over two thirds of the way through a contract to provide harnesses for 22 aircraft, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, with 16 aircraft sets delivered. The Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) is a significant phase of the Merlin HM Mk1 Weapon System life cycle that will significantly enhance the Merlin’s… Read more »

Source: Universal Wiring Systems, 30-Jan-14

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AgustaWestland awarded UK Merlin and Apache contracts worth £760 Million

AgustaWestland awarded UK Merlin and Apache contracts worth £760 Million

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the award of two contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), together valued at £760 million (approximately €910 million), to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations under the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) and to provide the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter fleet with… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Jan-14

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Bell-Boeing offers VIP V-22 to India to replace AW101

Bell-Boeing offers VIP V-22 to India to replace AW101

Bell has offered the V-22 Osprey to India in the wake of the not-yet-finalised AW101 debacle. The AW101 situation is far from over. India finally agreed to appoint an arbitrator on 1st January, almost three months after AgustaWestland took the same step when India unilaterally decided to suspend the contract. According to AgustaWestland, there is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-14

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AgustaWestland welcomes the India’s Nomination of an Arbitrator

AgustaWestland welcomes the India’s Nomination of an Arbitrator

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, confirms to have received yesterday from India’s Ministry of Defence a notification concerning the appointment of an arbitrator from its side, as requested by AgustaWestland on November 25 and December 4, 2013, as well as a termination notice of the agreement for the supply of 12 VVIP/VIP helicopters, consistent with yesterday’s… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jan-14

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OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

The Indian Government has  released this statement – we run it verbatim with the spelling mistake! Press Information Bureau  Government of India Ministry of Defence  01-January-2014 17:44 IST VVIP Choper Agreement with AgustaWestLand International Ltd. (AWIL) Terminated  The Government of India has terminated with immediate effect the Agreement that was signed with M/s. AgustaWestLand International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-14

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Successful Flight Test of Danish TTT helicopter EW Suite

Successful Flight Test of Danish TTT helicopter EW Suite

Terma and the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) recently conducted a successful flight test of the Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment fielded on the Royal Danish Air Force’ (RDAF) EH-101 TTT helicopters. The flight test was performed according to the original schedule at the air force base in Karup with numerous flights and flare… Read more »

Source: Terma, 22-Dec-13

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Norway AW101 deal includes penalties if AW executives found guilty of corruption

Norway AW101 deal includes penalties if AW executives found guilty of corruption

The Norwegian government said it had inked an option to fine AgustaWestland in case two former chief executives are found guilty of corruption See full story

Source: Wall St Journal, 20-Dec-13

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UK Government welcomes £1 billion AgustaWestland helicopter deal

UK Government welcomes £1 billion AgustaWestland helicopter deal

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have welcomed the announcement that UK helicopter company,AgustaWestland, has signed a £1 billion contract to supply 16 helicopters plus support and training to the Norwegian government. Prime Minister David Cameron said: This £1 billion deal between AgustaWestland and the Norwegian government is testament to the first class engineering… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 20-Dec-13

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Norway signs for 16 SAR AW101s

Norway signs for 16 SAR AW101s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a  contract for 16 AW101 helicopters plus support and training, valued at approximately £1 billion (€1.15 billion), to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement. The contract also includes an option for six further aircraft. The contract was signed at… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party – literally “Indian People’s Party”) party in India is turning the AgustaWestland AW101 deal investigation into a domestic political row. The BJP claims to have had sight of a document which Swiss businessman Guido Haschke claimed he wrote during a meeting in 2008. The document reportedly lists initials of Indian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-13

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Indian defence chief clears his Ministry of any wrongdoing in AW101 case

Indian defence chief clears his Ministry of any wrongdoing in AW101 case

Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday gave a clean chit to his ministry in the controversial deal with Italian firm AgustaWestland, for supplying 12 VVIP helicopters, saying it had followed all procurement processes in a transparent and meticulous manner.  see full story

Source: New Indian Express, 10-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

With the contract to supply twelve AW101s to the Indian Government a hot topic this week, an amazing coincidence gives us the title of the AW101 saving an Indian national. In what appears to be a pleasant coincidence for the manufacturer, the Italian Navy yesterday put out a press release about their latest rescue –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-13

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AgustaWestland deny sale of three “Indian AW101s”

AgustaWestland deny sale of three “Indian AW101s”

AgustaWestland was reported this week in another aviation journal as having sold three AW101s from the twelve built for India – the same batch of twelve currently subject to ongoing discussions with the authorities there (more updates on that front soon, we expect!).  AgustaWestland has  told HeliHub.com that report is incorrect and if that was what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-13

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Norway selects AgustaWestland AW101 for SAR

Norway selects AgustaWestland AW101 for SAR

The Norwegian Government has decided to commence final negotiations with the company AgustaWestland Ltd. for the delivery of new search and rescue helicopters to replace the current Sea King. – I am very pleased that we are now coming forward in the acquisition process for the new search and rescue helicopters, the Minister of Justice and… Read more »

Source: Norwegian Government, 11-Nov-13

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Norwegian Trade Unions want AW101 for SAR, not EC725

Norwegian Trade Unions want AW101 for SAR, not EC725

[Electronic translation] The purchase of new rescue helicopters must provide added value and jobs in Norway, says Hans Christian Gabrielsen, 2 Deputy Chairman of the LO. The reason for the statement is the government’s imminent election of the new rescue helicopters. The procurement of 16 new rescue helicopters to replace the Sea King, which has… Read more »

Source: Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, 31-Oct-13

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Swiss resident in Indian Finmeccanica probe arrested

Swiss resident in Indian Finmeccanica probe arrested

Swiss resident Guido Ralph Haschke was arrested on Thursday on charges of bribery in an Indian helicopter deal won by Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland in 2010, his lawyer said.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 18-Oct-13

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India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

Defence Ministry is planning to issue a show cause notice soon to Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for cancellation of its helicopter contract in view of bribery charges against it.  See full story

Source: Indian Express, 10-Oct-13

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AgustaWestland invokes arbitration clause in Indian VVIP AW101 contract

AgustaWestland invokes arbitration clause in Indian VVIP AW101 contract

AgustaWestland took a big new step today in their attempt to resolve the current impasse between them and the Indian military.  Their new move is described in the following statement :- ‘Following the suspension of the contract to supply AW101 VVIP helicopters to India – a sanction not provided for the under contract – a… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Oct-13

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RAF Merlin Force returns from 10 years of continual operational deployments

RAF Merlin Force returns from 10 years of continual operational deployments

The RAF Merlin Force is celebrating its return from 10 years of continual operational deployments following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The RAF Merlins, which are based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire first deployed to Bosnia in 2003 and have since provided essential helicopter lift for land forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the first Merlin helicopters… Read more »

Source: RAF, 27-Sep-13

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Kongsberg teams with AgustaWestland on Norwegian SAR tender

Kongsberg teams with AgustaWestland on Norwegian SAR tender

Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has signed an agreement to collaborate with the helicopter supplier AgustaWestland. AgustaWestland is in competition for the replacement of the Sea King in service for Norwegian Search and Rescue. The Sea King has been in service since 1972 and is also delivered by AgustaWestland. Should AgustaWestland win with their AW101 candidate,… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg, 27-Sep-13

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AgustaWestland congratulates winners of 2013 Cormorant Trophy

AgustaWestland congratulates winners of 2013 Cormorant Trophy

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, congratulates the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 912” for winning both this year’s Cormorant Trophy, and the Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award from the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN). The winners of these awards are: Captain Aaron Noble (aircraft captain) of Burnaby,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Sep-13

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Turbomeca to support the UK military RTM322 engines

Turbomeca to support the UK military RTM322 engines

Turbomeca (Safran) will support the fleet of RTM 322 engines powering the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Merlin and Apache helicopters under an innovative service contract, worth £367 million (around Euro 425 million). The six-year contract provides the UK MOD with a guaranteed level of availability for its RTM 322 engines, consolidating a number of… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Sep-13

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UK military awards £367M contract to support RTM322 engines

UK military awards £367M contract to support RTM322 engines

Work will be carried out at 4 bases where the Apaches and Merlins operate – RAF Benson, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Army Air Corps airfields at Wattisham and Middle Wallop and at Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca sites in the UK and France. Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:  “This contract will… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 12-Sep-13

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Denmark picks L-3’s MXTM-15 Imaging Turrets for AW101s

Denmark picks L-3’s MXTM-15 Imaging Turrets for AW101s

L-3 WESCAM announced today that it has received an acquisition and sustainment contract from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) to provide a minimum of eight MXTM-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for the Royal Danish Air Force’s (RDAF) EH101® aircraft. System deliveries are expected to be complete by 2014. Installation of… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 03-Sep-13

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AgustaWestland declines to bid for US presidential helicopter

AgustaWestland declines to bid for US presidential helicopter

Manufacturer AgustaWestland will not bid for the US VXX programme to replace the presidential helicopter fleet, despite winning a previous competition, says the company. see full story

Source: FlightGlobal, 31-Jul-13

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First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first five AW101 Merlin HM Mk 2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy’s 824 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose  in Southwest England. A ceremony was held today at RNAS Culdrose to celebrate the formation of the Navy’s first Merlin HM Mk.2… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Jul-13

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