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Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts. This retrofit will guarantee the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-17

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

U.S. Marine Corps has begun a full reset of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, an effort aimed at significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft and addressing systemic issues, which in recent years drove the platform’s readiness level to unsustainable depths. The issue first came to light following the January 2014 crash… Read more »

Source: USMC, 11-Aug-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

Lockheed Martin today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed an external lift of a 27,000 pound payload at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The aircraft executed an “out of ground effect” (OGE) external load test at 100 feet above the ground while performing hover maneuvers to demonstrate its excellent… Read more »

Source: CH-53, 24-Jun-16

CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that the CH-53K has completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load.  The achievement was made on May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests are continuing with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

Sikorsky awarded $16M for US Navy H-53 and H-60 field support

Sikorsky awarded $16M for US Navy H-53 and H-60 field support

Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $16,232,698 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering technical services and field services in support of the H-53 and H-60 aircraft, subsystems, and associated support equipment. Work will be performed in Miramar, California (22 percent); McGuire Air Force Base (22 percent); New River, North Carolina (22 percent); Mayport… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

CH-53K makes first external lift flight

CH-53K makes first external lift flight

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the CH-53K helicopter has achieved its first external lift flight by successfully carrying a 12,000 pound external load. “Achieving our first external lift signifies another milestone for the CH-53K program,” said Mike Torok, Sikorsky’s Vice President of CH-53K Programs. “Our flight envelope expansion efforts remain on track, and we continue… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Apr-16

Sikorsky awarded $25M for long lead items for CH-53K early production

Sikorsky awarded $25M for long lead items for CH-53K early production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $25,000,000 advance acquisition contract for the long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot 1 of two CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is expected to be completed in October 2021.  Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-16

Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI) today announced that it has received the 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from the American Helicopter Society International (“AHS International”) in recognition of the quality, innovation and cost-effective technology of its products. The AHA International Supplier Excellence Award is given to companies that make a notable contribution to improving the state… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 08-Apr-16

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German CH-53 upgrades to include FMS and Multi-Function Displays from CMC

German CH-53 upgrades to include FMS and Multi-Function Displays from CMC

Esterline CMC Electronics’ CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and MFD-3068 Multi-Function Display have been selected by Airbus Helicopters and the German Armed Forces for the upgrade of their CH-53GS/GE Sea Stallion helicopters. The CMA-9000 FMS and MFD-3068 will enhance the existing CH-53 capabilities by providing a flexible, modernized cockpit with improved civil navigation (IFR) features… Read more »

Source: CMC Electronics, 24-Mar-16

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EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

Exercise COLD BLADE 2016, hosted by the Finnish Defence Forces, was formally completed Wednesday evening March 16th 2016 by the Chief of Finnish Army Aviation, LtCol Jaro Kesänen. At exercise closure, a total of 290 hours had been flown on 156 missions with 3 participating Member States (Finland and Germany, as well as Sweden which sent… Read more »

Source: EDA, 24-Mar-16

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Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), today announced the second CH-53K helicopter has joined the flight test program and achieved first flight. In addition the first aircraft into the test program has achieved flight envelope expansion to 120 knots for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program. “Adding a second aircraft… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Mar-16

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Erickson Elevates Legacy Aircraft Maintenance Services Program

Erickson Elevates Legacy Aircraft Maintenance Services Program

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has increased its support of legacy aircraft with several key project updates. “We have more than 200 mechanics and engineers on our team at Erickson,” said Kerry Jarandson, Erickson’s Vice President of MRO and Manufacturing. “They have taken our existing offering of services for legacy aircraft, and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 02-Mar-16

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Super Stallion is worn out, says report

Super Stallion is worn out, says report

The internal military report leads with a warning, typed in bold: If called to war tonight, the Marine Corps could only meet operational demands by deploying nearly every heavy-lift transport helicopter remaining in its inventory. See Full Story

Source: Pilot Online, 26-Feb-16

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Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Today, ahead of Germany’s planned procurement of up to 70 heavy-lift helicopters, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urging the country to replace their existing fleet with the new, Sikorsky-made CH-53K King Stallion aircraft. Murphy and Blumenthal emphasized that… Read more »

Source: Chris Murphy, 22-Feb-16

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Sikorsky awarded $8M delivery order for H-53 in-service program

Sikorsky awarded $8M delivery order for H-53 in-service program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $7,893,500 for delivery order 5306 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) to incorporate Nacelles physical configuration audit support and 36 total production kits in support of the MH-53 and CH-53 in-service program.  Work will be performed in Tallahassee, Alabama (90 percent); and Stratford, Connecticut (10… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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General Nucleonics awarded $16M contract for H-53 work

General Nucleonics awarded $16M contract for H-53 work

General Nucleonics Inc., Pomona, California, is being awarded a $16,577,014 firm-fixed-price long-term requirements contract for the repair for three weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the Main Rotor Blade In Flight Inspection System utilized on the H-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Pomona, California, and work is expected to be completed by June 2020. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-16

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Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected as a subcontractor by Adams Communication & Engineering Technologies (ACET) for the refurbishment of two MH-53E helicopters, in support of the United States Navy Heavy Lift Helicopter Program. “Erickson is pleased to partner with ACET in support of this project,” said Jeff… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Jan-16

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Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

The German Air Force is readying for a new replacement to its fleet of 1970s-legacy VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G/GS/GA Stallions.See full story

Source: Forecast International, 07-Dec-15

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First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX),  today announced the successful first flight of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter protoype, known as Engineering Development Model-1 (EDM-1). The 30-minute flight signals the beginning of a 2,000-hour flight test program using four test aircraft. “EDM-1’s first flight signifies another major milestone… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Oct-15

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27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

Emergency landing made in public park

27-Oct-15

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Sikorsky awarded $191M confract for H-53 weapons work

Sikorsky awarded $191M confract for H-53 weapons work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $191,530,501 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for repair coverage of six weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the CH-53 and MH-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut.  Work is expected to be completed by December 2017.  No contract funds will be obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Oct-15

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US Navy revives MH-53E Sea Dragon training squadron HM-12

US Navy revives MH-53E Sea Dragon training squadron HM-12

Having been disestablished in 1994, HM-12 will once again serve as a fleet replacement squadron, where new pilots and crew members go to learn how to fly their designated aircraft. See full story

Source: PilotOnline, 01-Oct-15

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Camp Lejeune, US-North Carolina (1F)

Hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.  About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating  in night training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes. The rappelling and fast-rope… Read more »

02-Sep-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $14M contract for MH-53E mine hunting sonar systems

Northrop Grumman awarded $14M contract for MH-53E mine hunting sonar systems

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Maryland, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $14,761,000 value cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the design, development, fabrication, testing, production and delivery of AN/AQS-24C mine hunting sonar systems. The purpose of this effort is to meet an urgent operational need for volume search minehunting capability deployed from the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jul-15

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Sikorsky awarded $38M for critical parts for CH-53K prototypes

Sikorsky awarded $38M for critical parts for CH-53K prototypes

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $38,838,189 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) for the procurement of critical parts and associated support for two CH-53K system demonstration test article aircraft. The critical parts include forgings, castings, cores, beams, blocks for assemblies, frames, skins, spars and fitting assemblies. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jun-15

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Korean Air to deliver maintenance services for US Navy’s CH-53 helicopters

Korean Air to deliver maintenance services for US Navy’s CH-53 helicopters

The US Navy has selected Korean Air as the sole provider of depot-level maintenance services for its CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters. See Full Story

Source: naval-technology, 29-May-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationCorp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for spare parts that will be used in various weapon system platforms, including the H-53 and H-60 platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

15-Apr-15

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PPG produces transparencies for first S-97 Raider

PPG produces transparencies for first S-97 Raider

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace transparencies group produced the transparencies for the S-97 RAIDER™ rotorcraft prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The 14-square-foot windshields are polycarbonate laminates for high impact strength and light weight with proprietary protective coatings to extend service life, according to Brent Wright, PPG global platform director for aerospace transparencies. “Sikorsky wanted… Read more »

Source: PPG, 27-Mar-15

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12-Feb-15 Sikorsky MH-53E Norfolk, US-Virginia

Precautionary landing shortly after take off – MH-53E is currently focus of safety inspections regarding wiring and fuel lines

12-Feb-15

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US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

Issued Feb 6th –  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leadership conducted a review board at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Feb. 6, 2015, to determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures that were put in place after the January 2014 MH-53E mishap. After an initial assessment by NAVAIR’s Heavy Lift Helicopters Program (PMA-261), the in-service support… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Feb-15

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GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $28,997,331 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of six T408-GE-400 (GE38-1B) System Demonstration Test Article engines in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in South Windsor, Connecticut (17 percent); Lynn, Massachusetts (15 percent), Evendale, Ohio (12 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jan-15

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CPI Aero to Present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets Conference

CPI Aero to Present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets Conference

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced that its management will present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets Eleventh Annual Equity Conference on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm ET at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, in South Florida. Investors will be able to access the live video webcast of the presentation… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 13-Jan-15

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Sikorsky Named Exemplary University Partner

Sikorsky Named Exemplary University Partner

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), received the Exemplary Partner Award from the Professional Advisory Board of the Tagliatela College of Engineering (TCoE) at the University of New Haven on Saturday. The award recognizes the extraordinary support Sikorsky has provided to Tagliatela’s Engineering program during a five-year partnership. “This is a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 05-Nov-14

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Rockwell Collins awarded $8.6M delivery order for MH-53E software upgrade project

Rockwell Collins awarded $8.6M delivery order for MH-53E software upgrade project

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded $8,692,133 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0032 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0018) for integration of one Operational Flight Program for the Required Navigation Performance for Area Navigation software upgrade program for the MH-53E Type Model Series aircraft. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) released the results today of the Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation in to the crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia January 8, that resulted in the death of three Sailors. The MH-53E, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) and based at… Read more »

Source: CNAL, 15-Sep-14

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01-Sep-14 Sikorsky CH-53E Gulf of Aden, Djibouti

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde.  All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered

01-Sep-14

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GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $68,550,240 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of 16 GE38-1B engines, closure kits, tooling, and associated systems engineering and program management in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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Airbus Helicopters picks Donaldson filters for German CH-53GA upgrades

Airbus Helicopters picks Donaldson filters for German CH-53GA upgrades

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has been selected to provide air filtration systems for  CH-53 transport helicopters that Airbus Helicopters is upgrading for the German military. Donaldson’s products will filter cooling air for avionics bays on 40 medium-lift CH-53Gs that Airbus Helicopters is upgrading to the -53GA configuration… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 15-Jul-14

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Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Michigan, is being awarded $21,550,080 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of a CH-53K helicopter maintenance training facility and Regional Communication Station (RCS) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. The CH-53K facility will provide a training space to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-14

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ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Sikorsky officially unveils CH-53K as USMC reveals its name

Sikorsky officially unveils CH-53K as USMC reveals its name

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today officially unveiled the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH-53 type series that the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019. During the rollout ceremony, attended by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, major suppliers to… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-May-14

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Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI),… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 06-May-14

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with all seven main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades attached for the first time to a non-flying prototype called the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). Powered “Light-Off” with rotor… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-May-14

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Sikorsky tests CH-53K for airframe structural strength

Sikorsky tests CH-53K for airframe structural strength

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has successfully completed an initial series of tests required by the Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article, the tests are part of a three-year program… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Apr-14

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US Marines increase presence in Australia

US Marines increase presence in Australia

Service members at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay departed here, March 25, to begin a six-month deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory as part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. Approximately 100 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), as well as four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters… Read more »

Source: USMC, 28-Mar-14

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Sikorsky to review MH-53E engine fires

Sikorsky to review MH-53E engine fires

A US Government website shows that the US Navy is to negotiate and award a sole source contract with Sikorsky for the procurement of non-recurring engineering tasks and deliverable products required for a trade study to reduce or eliminate the risk of inflight fires and heat damage in the #2 engine compartment as a result… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-14

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General Electric win $80M contract for CH/MH-53 engine repairs

General Electric win $80M contract for CH/MH-53 engine repairs

General Electric, Lynn Mass., was awarded a $79,737,730 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of 20 T-64 engine (CH53D/E and MH53E helicopters) components, along with manufacturing, engineering, and technical support to the Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, N.C., with a goal of improving monthly output.  Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C. (80 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-14

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Exelis receives $34M contract for key CH-53K components

Exelis receives $34M contract for key CH-53K components

Exelis has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $34 million from Sikorsky to produce major structural airframe components for four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters . Designated as System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four aircraft will enable the U.S. Marine Corps to conduct operational evaluation of the new helicopter system beginning in 2017. Exelis will fabricate and… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 25-Feb-14

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MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

The US Navy have reportedly decided to develop a replacement to the MH-53E rather than invest a significant amount of money to keep the helicopters flying – see full story

Source: Virginian Pilot, 22-Feb-14

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Sikorsky powers up CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle

Sikorsky powers up CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter — designated the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). The January 24 event continues the “Bare Head Light Off” phase of testing — so named because it was conducted without rotor blades — that… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Feb-14

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Navy divers, sailors awarded for MH-53E recovery and salvage

Navy divers, sailors awarded for MH-53E recovery and salvage

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presented awards to sailors and Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU2) Feb. 6 for salvaging last month’s downed MH-53E helicopter and recovering a missing aviator. Gortney also congratulated MDSU2 on other recent mission highlights including salvaging a downed U.S. Air Force F-16C Falcon… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Feb-14

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08-Jan-14 Sikorsky MH-53E Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (3F)

Crashed into the ocean.  Four of five POB rescued, but two of the four later died, named as pilot Lt. Wesley Van Dorn and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Brian Collins.  Search for fifth person – pilot  Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder – was later abandoned

08-Jan-14

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HMH-772 flies toward aerial excellence

HMH-772 flies toward aerial excellence

Since its inception, the Marine Corps has adapted to and overcome the numerous challenges and obstacles that have stood before it. And with highly capable units such as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772, the Marine Corps will conquer future obstacles as well. Commonly known as the “Hustlers,” HMH-772 is primarily stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Dec-13

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Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First CH-53K Rotor Blades

Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First CH-53K Rotor Blades

Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully completed the initial phase of testing for the first-ever main and tail rotor blades manufactured for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program. Designed specially to help meet the Marine Corps requirement to lift the aircraft’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 pounds, the all-composite blades are the largest and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Nov-13

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HMH-461 welcomes new commanding officer

HMH-461 welcomes new commanding officer

Lt. Col. Nicholas A. Morris relinquished command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 to Lt. Col. Wade J. Dunford during a change of command ceremony at the HMH-461 flight line, Oct. 18. Morris’ first duty station was Marine Corps Air Station New River in 1997, where he served as a pilot for Marine Heavy… Read more »

Source: USMC, 29-Oct-13

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Pentagon withholds payments to Sikorsky for business system flaws

Pentagon withholds payments to Sikorsky for business system flaws

The 5% withholding is the maximum that can be temporarily docked from companies for shortcomings in a system to track cost and schedule performance, under regulations the Pentagon adopted in August 2012.  See full story

Source: Bloomberg, 14-Oct-13

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Kratos wins $8.5M contract for CH-53K Maintenance Training Systems

Kratos wins $8.5M contract for CH-53K Maintenance Training Systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.KTOS +0.00% , a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received from Sikorsky a contract award valued at over $8.5 million to design and develop maintenance training systems for the CH-53K heavy lift replacement helicopter. Kratos will provide a full-fidelity Maintenance Training Device Suite (MTDS), as well as… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 01-Oct-13

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CPI Aero to build CH-53K structures for Spirit AeroSystems

CPI Aero to build CH-53K structures for Spirit AeroSystems

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero(R)) (NYSE MKT:CVU) announced that it has been selected by Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (Spirit) (NYSE: SPR) to manufacture structural assemblies for four CH-53K heavy lift helicopter System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA). Spirit will produce the four additional SDTA cockpit and cabin components of the CH-53K for its prime contractor Sikorsky Aircraft… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 09-Sep-13

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General Electric awarded $15M contract for CH-53K engine parts

General Electric awarded $15M contract for CH-53K engine parts

General Electric Co., Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a $15,691,247 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of time critical parts for incorporation into the T-408-GE-400 gas turbine engine in support of the CH-53K helicopter program.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass., and is expected to be completed in December 2016.  Fiscal 2013 research, development, test… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jul-13

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Breeze-Eastern Wins $7 Million Order

Breeze-Eastern Wins $7 Million Order

Breeze-Eastern Corp. (AMEX: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch manufacturer, has received a $7 million order from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapons Support Unit to repair a range of cargo hooks and hoists for CH-53 helicopters. “Our team recognizes the importance of supporting this vital equipment with timely repairs, and… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 18-Jul-13

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Increased CH-53K procurement “Not Justified” says auditor

Increased CH-53K procurement “Not Justified” says auditor

This report is the first in a series of reports evaluating Naval Air Systems Command acquisition management of the CH-53K program. We evaluated the CH-53K program documentation used to support the increased procurement quantity from 156 to 200 aircraft for the CH-53K program. What We Found The Marine Corps procurement quantity for CH-53K Heavy Lift… Read more »

Source: Office of Inspector General, 04-Jul-13

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Spirit AeroSystems wins $60M contract for OpEval CH-53K work

Spirit AeroSystems wins $60M contract for OpEval CH-53K work

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) has received a $60 million contract from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to supply the major structural cockpit and cabin components of four additional CH-53K heavy lift helicopters. Designated System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four production-representative aircraft will be used by the U.S. Marine Corps to evaluate the helicopter’s mission capabilities in service operating… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 28-Jun-13

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Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $435,315,279 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) to procure four CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (17 percent); West Palm Beach, Fla. (17 percent); Wichita, Kan.(15 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (10 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (4… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-May-13

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Eurocopter opens its Systemhaus helicopter development center

Eurocopter opens its Systemhaus helicopter development center

Eurocopter today officially opened its new Systemhaus helicopter development center at Donauwörth, Germany today in the presence of Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer. The facility, which provides workspace for some 900 employees, offers complete system capa-bility for the global helicopter market leader’s production activity at its German location – a key aspect of the company’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-May-13

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Israel receives surplus CH-53s for spares

Israel receives surplus CH-53s for spares

Five surplus US military Sikorsky CH-53 transport helicopters purchased for use as spares have arrived in Israel (see full story)

Source: FlightGlobal, 22-Mar-13

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ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $48-million production contract from the U.S. Navy for the manufacturing of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The award encompasses production of new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, as well as options for retrofitting weapon replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of ATK’s Countermeasures Signal Simulator (CSS) to… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-Dec-12

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Sikorsky awarded $14M contract for H-53, H-60 work

Sikorsky awarded $14M contract for H-53, H-60 work

Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $14,445,433 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for contractor field services (CFS) in support of the contractor engineering technical services program for H-53, H-60 helicopters and associated systems.  CFS technical services will provide aviation core disciplines including:  Airframe, Electrical, and Logistics Support Representatives.  Services will include on-and-… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-12

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Rockwell-Collins awarded $17M contract for Nav/Comm repairs

Rockwell-Collins awarded $17M contract for Nav/Comm repairs

Rockwell-Collins Inc., Government Systems Division, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $17,172,085 requirements contract for the repair of navigational and communication components for the E2C, EA-6B, F/A-18, P-3, H-1, H-46, H45-D aircraft, and the H53 and H60 helicopters.  Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (80 percent) and Atlanta, Ga., (20 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Oct-12

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15-Aug-12 Sikorsky CH-53 Tel Nof, Israel

aircraft was forced to carry out an emergency landing near the Tel Nof airbase south of Tel Aviv

15-Aug-12

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GE awarded $8.2M modification to H-53 contract

GE awarded $8.2M modification to H-53 contract

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded an $8,237,834 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously issued order against a basic ordering agreement (FA8122-09-G-0001-M81) for the procurement of 1,068 T64 variable guide vane linkage improvement kits in support of the H-53 aircraft.  The work will be performed in Lynn, Mass., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jul-12

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19-Jul-12 Sikorsky MH-53E Muscat, Oman (2F)

Helicopter crashed killing 2 of the 5 POB – later named as Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, MO, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, LA.  The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, based in Norfolk, Va and… Read more »

19-Jul-12

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29-Jun-12 Sikorsky MH-53E Pohang, Korea

Emergency landing made in rice paddy field after indication of onboard fire during training flight.  helicopter completely burned out on the ground after all occupants had swiftly embarked after the emergency landing

29-Jun-12

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21-Jun-12 157135 Sikorsky CH-53D Sarabagh, Afghanistan

Forced landing, and caught fire.  No fatalities

21-Jun-12

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Sikorsky awarded $9M for H-53 swashplate and gearbox work

Sikorsky awarded $9M for H-53 swashplate and gearbox work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $9,064,199 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00383-06-D-003F) for the incorporation of two Naval Air Systems Command approved engineering change proposals supporting the H-53 helicopter:  Dynamic Component Change No. 97 swashplate, and Dynamic Component Change No. 94 gearbox.  Work for the nose gearboxes will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-May-12

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