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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $9,699,191 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 4042 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004).  This delivery order procures non-recurring engineering necessary to conduct comprehensive fatigue life analysis to define the expected service life of the MH-60 Sierra Multi-Mission Helicopter in support of the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Aug-18

Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the IDAS-2 self-protection suite for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter. The order amounts to approximately MSEK 350. The order includes the IDAS-2 (Integrated Defensive Aids Suite) and the production will take place at Saab’s facility in Centurion, South Africa. Deliveries will begin during… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Aug-18

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Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

The families of the two Texas Army National guard chief warrant officers who died in a 2016 crash are suing Boeing. The officers, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, were flying an AH-64D on December 28. The families are suing Boeing for an unspecified amount of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

The German Defence Ministry may have to delay a $4.56 billion tender for the replacement of their CH-52G helicopters. The funding is not yet secured, with the Finance Ministry pushing for a larger budget for digitalisation and infrastructure. The bidding process for the contract was supposed to be started this year, but finance issues may… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan

Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan

Turkish Aerospace Industries is currently producing 30 T129 ATAK helicopter gunships for Pakistan but have hit a snag in the process. In order to go further with the contract, Turkey needs U.S. export licenses, which the U.S. is threatening to not give. This comes after Washington sanctioned two Turkish ministers. This lead to Turkey sanctioning… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $11,451,501 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-M21S) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for helicopter yoke assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year, five-month contract with no… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-18

Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 14-Aug-18

Egypt Receives new Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters

Egypt Receives new Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters

The Egyptian Military has received 12 new Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters from Russia. The agreement between Russia and Egypt were 46 new Ka-52s by 2019, reports Defence Web.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera met with Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi to discuss the planned deployment of V-22 aircraft. The deployment had been put on hold after a GSDF AH-64D attack helicopter crashed into a house in Saga Prefecture in February. The pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash, while a girl was injured fleeing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

LOTN has finished the overhaul of the Afghan Air Force’s first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. This is the first overhaul of the platform in the EU and Nato, reports Air Force Technology. LOTN won the contract in a bid in 2016. The work done on the aircraft has been praised by the LOTN board of directors chairman… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $74,217,505 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 23 items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The percentage of work at each of those locations cannot be determined at this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Aug-18

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New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

CAE announced it has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD). The contract also includes the provision of long-term maintenance and support services upon delivery of the simulator to RNZAF Base Ohakea… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Aug-18

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US Army Black Hawks to receive upgraded Doppler navigation system

US Army Black Hawks to receive upgraded Doppler navigation system

The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to provide touch screen computer display units (CDU) as an upgrade to the company’s ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System on Black Hawk helicopters. The self-contained, all-weather, day or night navigation system enables Black Hawk pilots to view real-time flight plan data. This task order, which was awarded to… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 08-Aug-18

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NAVAIR signs $47 million ManTech contract

NAVAIR signs $47 million ManTech contract

ManTech (Nasdaq:MANT) announced a four-year $47 million award with the DoD Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) Multi-Award Contract (MAC) to provide technical support and collaboration for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopter program (PMA-261). “ManTech’s support will bring digital to the mission,… Read more »

Source: ManTech, 08-Aug-18

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Sikorsky quietly launches the S-100 helicopter

Sikorsky quietly launches the S-100 helicopter

As Sikorsky has developed various helicopter models over the years, so each has been given an “S” designation.  Many are well known, such as the S-76 and S-92, and others which only ever existed as office drawings and did not make it to hardware.  There are also likely to be numbers in the series which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-18

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First Apache and Chinook for India make first flights

First Apache and Chinook for India make first flights

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and India recently took a significant step toward modernizing the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet by completing the first flights of Apache and Chinook helicopters destined for delivery next year. “We look forward to delivering this phenomenal capability to India,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “From… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 01-Aug-18

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Camp Pendleton Inducts Last AH-1W Super Cobra for IMP upgrade

Camp Pendleton Inducts Last AH-1W Super Cobra for IMP upgrade

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Site Camp Pendleton marked the end of an era July 18 with the induction of the last AH-1W Super Cobra to undergo the Integrated Maintenance Program (IMP). The H-1W is being retired and replaced with the newer H-1Z Cobra. “The technology is more advanced in the Z than… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 30-Jul-18

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Astronautics completes MFDS software upgrade

Astronautics completes MFDS software upgrade

Astronautics Corporation of America has completed its multifunction display system (MFDS) software update for customer SENER and Babcock MCS España on the Spanish Navy’s AB-212 fleet. Astronautics’ MFDS is a key part of the avionics that have been upgraded for the Spanish Navy as part of an AB-212 Helicopter Life Extension Program. The upgrades will… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 30-Jul-18

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $65M contract for MV-22 & CV-22 Generator Support

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $65M contract for MV-22 & CV-22 Generator Support

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is awarded a $64,810,326 three-year long-term requirements contract for repair of the constant frequency generator in support of both the MV-22 (Marine Corps) and the CV-22 (Air Force) aircraft platforms. Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by July 2021. Annual working capital funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Jul-18

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SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. Sierra Force is an innovative solution to the USAF’s need for a cost-effective, multi-mission aircraft, utilizing a modernized and remanufactured UH-60L Black Hawk. “We are very proud of the… Read more »

Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation, 24-Jul-18

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Software for UH-60V

Northrop Grumman Delivers Software for UH-60V

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered software to the U.S. Army for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter to enter Limited User Testing (LUT) ― a critical milestone leading into production. As the supplier of the Integrated Avionics Suite for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, Northrop Grumman has delivered software for the helicopter to enter… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 23-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $181M contract for Procurement of 156 CH-47F Chinook Helicopters

Boeing awarded $181M contract for Procurement of 156 CH-47F Chinook Helicopters

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $181,253,232 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of up to 156 Multi-Year II Block I configured CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $264M contract for MH-47 Support Services

Boeing awarded $264M contract for MH-47 Support Services

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $264,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering support services for the MH-47 helicopter in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. This requirement will furnish all labor, services, personnel, data, transportation, equipment, facilities and materials required to accomplish the work and perform engineering tasks. Contract funds will not… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jul-18

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Boeing Receives Contract for Four Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing Receives Contract for Four Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $139.8 million contract to provide four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. “The Army uses the MH-47G for some of its most difficult and challenging missions,” said Pat Donnelly, director, H-47 Domestic and Foreign Military Sale Programs. “By incorporating key Block II… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G Block 11 Part Procurement

Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G Block 11 Part Procurement

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $17,820,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee type contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure the long lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Block II renewal program.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $131M contract for the procurement of 4 MH-47G Block II Helicopters

Boeing awarded $131M contract for the procurement of 4 MH-47G Block II Helicopters

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $131,142,877 modification (P00003) to contract W91215-16-G-0001 for the procurement of four MH-47G Block II aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other procurement; Department of Defense; and other procurement (Army) funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jul-18

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Mexican president-elect vows to scrap MH-60R order

Mexican president-elect vows to scrap MH-60R order

The President-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that he will be cancelling the pending acquisition of 8 MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. government. The decision to cancel the $1.2 billion contract is a step in Obrador’s cost-cutting programme for the government, reports ABC News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jul-18

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Nepal Army procures one AW139 and two H125s

Nepal Army procures one AW139 and two H125s

As per the highly placed source, Nepalese Army (NA) has purchased one AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicotper. The helicopter presently has been spotted flying at the Milan Area acquiring test registration ‘I-EASY’- C/N 31808 with its official Army Livery; National flag on the fin, six-sided red star bearing a yellow trident on the fuselage. The AW139 Chopper delivery… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Jul-18

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Nepal Army Constructs Helipad at Nepal-China border (Hilsa)

Nepal Army Constructs Helipad at Nepal-China border (Hilsa)

Nepalese Army (NA) has constructed a Helipad in the Hilsa Village in far western region of Humla district of Nepal within the border between Nepal and China with the aim to give the service to the locals and the tourists trekking at the district. According to the Source, the capacity of the two helipad builds… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Jul-18

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Lockheed awarded $10M contract for MH-60S, CH-53/E and V-22 aviation tires

Lockheed awarded $10M contract for MH-60S, CH-53/E and V-22 aviation tires

Lockheed Martin Missions Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded $9,553,302 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded performance based logistics contract (N00383-l6-D-003P) to exercise an option to extend the period of performance for an additional six-months through August 2019. The contract is for supply chain management of aviation tires supporting the following aircraft P-3C,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jul-18

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Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

The Australian Defence Force has had to ground one of its Chinook helicopter units after the accusation of a cocaine ring. The ten personnel who were tested included officers, maintenance workers, aircrew and one civilian employee. They all tested positive for traces of cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy, while they were on the clock, reports 9… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-18

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Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

Schiebel effectively demonstrated the exceptional search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) from 21 June to 1 July 2018 to the Belgian Navy. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations for the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 04-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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Lockheed awarded $288M contract for Apache Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed awarded $288M contract for Apache Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $288,347,355 modification (0006) to domestic and foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems, subcomponent production, and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has recently launched a tender for 12 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). ROK Navy hopes to be operational by 2020 with the new helicopters. Proposals will be accepted until 28 September 2018. The candidates that are in the running for the $400… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

The Romanian Army is looking to purchase 70-80 military helicopters in the next 15 years. In the running for the contract are Lockheed, Bell and Airbus. Bell and Airbus both offer to build helicopters within Brasov for the army. Lockheed however is offering to renovate the Romanian company Romaero Bucharest into a new maintenance and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

Poland has had numerous issues with their procurement programme for new helicopters for its armed forces, with the most recent change in events being the announcement that the programmed was being “shelved.” The initial tender began in 2012 for 70 helicopters, but was reduced to 50 in 2015. The agreement was cancelled due to a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

After Wednesday 11 July, the Republic of China Army 601st Air Cavalry Brigade will become the first to have a fully equipped Boeing AH-64E Apache brigade. The ceremony will be officiated by the Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The brigades sister unit, the US Army’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, will be attending the ceremony as well,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Morocco considering Apache purchase

Morocco considering Apache purchase

Morocco is looking into purchasing Apache AH-64 helicopters to update their attack helicopter fleet. This acquisition will help with the regional arms race they have with Algeria, reports North Africa Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

Marine Corps Systems Command is enhancing Marines’ ability to communicate in the air with a new iteration of Networking On-the-Move, or NOTM.In May 2015, the first NOTM-Airborne Increment I (also known as the Hatch-Mounted Satellite Communication Antenna System) was fielded to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces. It provides embarked ground personnel real-time access to… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 02-Jul-18

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Hungary orders 20 H145Ms

Hungary orders 20 H145Ms

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 H145M military helicopters equipped with the innovative HForce weapon management in the frame of the military modernisation programme Zrinyi 2026. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will provide an extensive training and support package. “We are honoured to be of service – once more – to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence whom we today… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jul-18

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Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army celebrated a major CH-47F Block II program milestone with the loading of the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) helicopter into final assembly on June 27. “The CH-47F Block II represents tomorrow’s heavy lift readiness for the United States Army and her allied partners,” said Col. Greg Fortier,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $81M contract for the manufacture of 4 MH-47G aircraft

Boeing awarded $81M contract for the manufacture of 4 MH-47G aircraft

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $80,729,096.00 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order for four new build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the MH-47G aircraft availability in light of increased… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-18

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USS Coronado Underway for MQ-8C Fire Scout Testing

USS Coronado Underway for MQ-8C Fire Scout Testing

USS Coronado (LCS 4) began underway operational testing of the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, off the coast of San Diego, June 15.The operations are a continuation of MQ-8C operational testing that began in April. This next phase is testing the MQ-8C’s ability to operate concurrently with other airborne assets and littoral… Read more »

Source: USS Coronado, 29-Jun-18

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Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,097,044 for modification P00006 to a previously issued delivery order (N001917F1011) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification provides for the procurement of software updates to address capability defect packages in support of the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (92… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-18

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Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

The Royal Thai Army is looking to purchase 6 new attack helicopters. The announcement to replace their aging Bell AH-1F Cobras came at a press conference on June 12, reports JANE IHS. Helicopters that are under consideration include the Mil Mi-28, Kamov Ka-52, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Bell AH-1Z Viper, Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger, Harbin Aircraft Industry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Following our detailed analysis of the H225/AS332L2 fleet movements yesterday there is one other key contract for H225s which we can now provide more details to. In late May, the French Government announced that Airbus signed a €555 million ($643M) deal with Ukraine for 55 helicopters.  The Ukraine Government have said that this covers 24… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Northrop Grumman awarded $15M contract for MH-60S ALMDS fabrication

Northrop Grumman awarded $15M contract for MH-60S ALMDS fabrication

Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $15,301,379 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-6318) to exercise options for fabrication, integration, testing, system production and delivery of peculiar support equipment for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) program. ALMDS detects, classifies and localizes near-surface, moored sea mines. The ALMDS is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jun-18

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Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins

Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Australian Army to provide extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters through a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. The agreement extends to 2020, providing field service engineering, program management, logistics service and repair and overhaul for the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)components installed on the aircraft and… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 22-Jun-18

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First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

The Colombian Army Aviation Branch have recently gained their first female helicopter pilot. Second Lieutenant Viviana Yesenia Forero Moncada finished her nine months of training at the Armed Forces Helicopter School in Bogotá. 2nd Lt. Forero is now equipped to fly the Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter, and is paving the way for inclusion of women… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-18

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South Carolina NG to help secure Mexican border

South Carolina NG to help secure Mexican border

Soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard headed to Texas May 21, 2018, in support of Operation Guardian Support, President Trump’s mission to secure the southern border. One UH-72 Lakota helicopter from the 2-151 Aviation Battalion, along with three crew members departed from the Donaldson Flight facility in Greenville, after being delayed by weather… Read more »

Source: South Carolina National Guard, 20-Jun-18

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Macro Industries awarded $20M contract for V-22 single floor spares

Macro Industries awarded $20M contract for V-22 single floor spares

MACRO Industries, Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded a $20,475,867 fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 200 Ballistic Protection System panel sets, as well as single floor spares for the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed in June 2023.  Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jun-18

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DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of $930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Jun-18

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Raytheon awarded $8M contract for radiometer system repairs for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for radiometer system repairs for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $8,268,078 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-18-F-AE00 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-17-G-AE01 for the repair of the forward-looking infrared radiometer systems in support of the V-22 and H-53 aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (80 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (20 percent), and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jun-18

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KRET Reveals New Radar

KRET Reveals New Radar

Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) unveiled their new export-oriented N025E mast-mounted radar for the Mil Mi-28N/NE ‘Havoc-B’ combat helicopters at HeliRussia 2018. The ka-band radar is able to be to used in all weathers and is used to detect stationary and moving objects. The processing unit is integrated into the helicopter’s fuselage, with the antenna contained… Read more »

Source: HeliHub,com, 07-Jun-18

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Raytheon awarded $15M contract for H-60 Part Repairs

Raytheon awarded $15M contract for H-60 Part Repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $14,652,840 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-18-F-HG05 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-15-G-009H for the repair of the turret, sensor-sight in support of the H-60 helicopter.  All work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and work is expected to be completed by January 2019.  Fiscal 2018 working capital funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-18

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Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

The Canadian military has announced that they have decided to move forward with their plans to upgrade their CH-149 Cormorants SAR helicopters with Leonardo. No official cost has been announced but has been estimated to be between $500 million and $1.5 billion.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jun-18

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Rolls-Royce awarded $28M contract for 15 production AE1107C engines for the V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $28M contract for 15 production AE1107C engines for the V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $28,257,940 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0081) to exercise an option for the procurement of 15 production AE1107C engines for the V-22 Osprey for the Marine Corps (7); Navy (6), and Air Force (2).  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Jun-18

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Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

The Philippine Air Force has put aside PHP8.28 million for services and parts for their Bell 412EP combat utility helicopter’s instrument and electrical systems. The Submission for bids opens 7 June at the PAF Procurement Centre Conference Room in Pasay City, reports PTV News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-18

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Raytheon awarded $10M contract for H-53 Software Support

Raytheon awarded $10M contract for H-53 Software Support

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $9,568,511 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F2351 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003).  This delivery order is for the procurement of smart multi-function color display repair support and software development activities to include APR-39D(V)2 integration as well as the ability to develop and deliver fix… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-18

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Boeing awarded $26M contract for 8 CH-47F Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

Boeing awarded $26M contract for 8 CH-47F Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $25,747,525 modification (P00091) to Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for eight CH-47F new-build helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2021. Fiscal 2017 foreign military sales… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-May-18

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L-3 Communications awarded $42M contract for TH-57 fleet logistics services

L-3 Communications awarded $42M contract for TH-57 fleet logistics services

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded a $42,349,412 modification (P00028) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet.  Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-18

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Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Airbus to offer H135 to U.S. Navy

Airbus to offer H135 to U.S. Navy

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will offer the Airbus H135 helicopter as the solution for the U.S. Navy’s planned helicopter trainer replacement program. An H135 demonstrator aircraft in Navy trainer markings is on display this week at the 2018 Naval Helicopter Association Symposium in Norfolk, Va. “The H135 is a market leading twin-engine, multi-mission helicopter performing the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-May-18

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Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

The Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $24,695,613 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPE4AX-18-D-9433) against a base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) for V-22 spare consumable and depot level repairable parts. This is a one-year base contract with two option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-May-18

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Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

The Senegalese Armed Forces will train Mi-35 attack helicopter and Mi-17 transport helicopter aircrews for collective and tactical operations leveraging Thales’s expertise in training and simulation. The Thales helicopter mission trainer will enable pilots to acquire and develop the tactical skills and be mission-ready. Key points Senegalese attack helicopter and transport helicopter pilots will benefit from… Read more »

Source: Thales, 10-May-18

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Moog Inc. awarded $10M contract for V-22 Swashplates

Moog Inc. awarded $10M contract for V-22 Swashplates

Moog Inc., Elma, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,576,000 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 swashplates. This is a stand-alone requirement with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is New York, with a May 14, 2020, performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-18

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $21,705,649 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0119).  This modification increases the quantity of Bell 407 variant commercial airframes through fiscal 2020 by seven in support of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system program of record.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-18

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Lockheed awarded $14M contract for AH-64 Apache refurbishment

Lockheed awarded $14M contract for AH-64 Apache refurbishment

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,158,360 modification (0004 01) to foreign military sales (United Kingdom) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for AH-64 Apache refurbishment items. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $14,158,360 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $7,073,229 for a firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of the Multimode Radar System in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This delivery order does not contain a provision for an option quantity. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is to be completed by May 2020. Fiscal 2018… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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Boeing awarded $96M contract for Production of 36 AH-64E Apaches

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $96,383,695 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) foreign military sales (Republic of Korea) contract for production support services in support of the 36 AH-64E Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-18

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US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of AH-1Z attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $911.4 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Bahrain has requested twelve (12) AH-1Z attack helicopters, twenty-six (26)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 01-May-18

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RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

The first MASE equipped Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) NH90 helicopter has successfully passed a comprehensive test program consisting of ground, flight, and certification tests. It is now awaiting operational use. The MASE installation consists of the proven modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment concept including the ALQ-213 EW controller, a modular self-protection pod equipped with MILDS-F Missile Warning… Read more »

Source: Terma, 27-Apr-18

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Composite Helicopters Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom

Composite Helicopters Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom

Composite Helicopters International Holdings Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom  A composite structure forming a load bearing composite shell for a helicopter, with a shell which defines the exterior of a fuselage and includes a central fuselage section and tail boom, a fuselage which is adapted house an engine or drive train, a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 25-Apr-18

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Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight (8)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 20-Apr-18

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