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Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of sixteen (16) H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of United Kingdom has requested… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 22-Oct-18

Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus Helicopters will showcase the versatile and market-leading H135 aircraft as the future training helicopter for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Florida from October 22-26. “Airbus Helicopters is convinced the H135 is the best solution to prepare the next generation of U.S…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-18

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Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 501 Squadron on reaching the milestone of 10,000 flight hours with their six Super Lynx helicopters. To mark the milestone Lorenzo Pariani, Leonardo’s Head of Region SE Asia, presented Vice Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Hj Mohamad Adib bin Abdul Samad, Western Fleet Commander of the Royal Malaysian Navy, with a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Oct-18

Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic is now ready to start batch manufacturing of their Z-19 reconnaissance/attack helicopter. The aircraft is operated by the Chinese Army currently. As reported by Flight Global, the Z-19 is a licensed built version of Airbus Helicopters Dauphin Z-9.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

CH-53K running short of crucial part

CH-53K running short of crucial part

The $29 billion contract between Lockheed and the U.S. Marine Corps is under strain for the delivery of 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This is due to a shortage of specialized metal components. The key supplier for these parts went bankrupt two years ago and the Navy is still looking for an alternate company who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Oct-18

DynCorp Awarded $152M Contract for TH-57 Support Services

DynCorp Awarded $152M Contract for TH-57 Support Services

Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $152,247,409 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for logistics support services and material for the organizational and depot level maintenance of approximately 118 TH-57 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Milton, Florida, and is expected to be completed in November 2022.  No funds will be obligated at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-18

Helibras delivers the 33º H225M to Brazilian Army

Helibras delivers the 33º H225M to Brazilian Army

Helibras has just delivered the third military helicopter model H225M scheduled for 2018, the second aircraft planned for the Brazilian Army this year. The aircraft will be based on the 1st Aviation Battalion (BAvEx) in Taubaté, joining another 10 ten H225M aircraft already delivered to the Brazilian Army. The aircraft is part of the H-XBR Program, signed… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 15-Oct-18

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Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish Defence Material (FMV) and Ex-Change Parts AB have signed an agreement for the sale of Super Puma helicopter system with 6 ea. AS332M1 helicopters including a large support inventory of engines, components, spare parts, GSE and special tools. The transaction was approved by Swedish and French authorities in July and delivery to Ex-Change Parts… Read more »

Source: Ex-Change Parts, 09-Oct-18

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Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Oct-18

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First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R Sensor Operator Class Graduates

First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R Sensor Operator Class Graduates

Five students from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) completed the inaugural MH-60R Sensor Operator Course offered by the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center (NITC) Sept. 27.The eight-week “A” school course is the culmination of a year and a half of training, much of it equivalent to the… Read more »

Source: Naval Education and Training Command, 08-Oct-18

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Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five (5) Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with M240 7.62mm Machine Guns for an estimated cost of $82.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 3, 2018. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 08-Oct-18

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Lebanon orders 6 MD530Gs

Lebanon orders 6 MD530Gs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today receipt of the third Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six (6) armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to be delivered to the Lebanon Air Force (LAF), and includes initial logistics support (ILS) for the aircraft,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Frasca to build ten TH-57 FTDs for US Navy

Frasca to build ten TH-57 FTDs for US Navy

Frasca International, Inc. (Frasca) has been named sub-contractor for the Navy TH-57 Aircrew Training Services (ATS) Contract. The prime contract, which was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to FlightSafety Services Corporation includes contract instructional services (CIS), contractor operations & maintenance services (COMS) and Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) for… Read more »

Source: Frasca International, 02-Oct-18

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Chinese AV500 Performs Defence Operations Tests

Chinese AV500 Performs Defence Operations Tests

The Chinese AV500 unmanned helicopter recently underwent combat exercises. The aircraft completed the air defence penetration exercise by simulating defence penetration operations as low and mid altitudes during high-altitude wind speeds. The AVIC has commented that the AV500 performed well in a military exercise of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, reports Defence World.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Hydraulics International Awarded $13M Contract for Manufacturing V-22 Parts

Hydraulics International Awarded $13M Contract for Manufacturing V-22 Parts

Hydraulics International Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, is awarded a $13,330,088 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture, assembly, inspection, and delivery of 15 distinct types of peculiar support equipment and common support equipment for the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Chatsworth, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-18

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General Electric Awarded $84M Contract for H-60 and AH-1 Engine Components

General Electric Awarded $84M Contract for H-60 and AH-1 Engine Components

General Electric-Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $84,100,298 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for four T700 engine components in support of the Navy’s H-60 Seahawk and the Marine Corps’ AH-1 Cobra helicopters.  This contract includes a three-year base period with no options. Work will be performed in Winfield, Kansas, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-18

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Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

The Armed Forces of Montenegro have recently held an event to mark the arrival of three Bell 412 helicopters into their fleet, following on a contract signed on 30th January 2018.  After evaluating both the Airbus H145M and the Leonardo AW139, Montenegro reportedly picked the Bell proposal to ensure they stayed within their budget of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Norway to Use NH90 For Coastguard Missions

Norway to Use NH90 For Coastguard Missions

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has decided that their 14 NH90 helicopters will be used for both naval and coastguard operations. This came after a study performed by Norway’s FFI defence research institute. They are aiming to use the aircraft for both operations by 2022, reports Flight Global. This should ensure that they generate 5,400h… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Erickson restore two MH-53s from desert boneyard for US Navy

Erickson restore two MH-53s from desert boneyard for US Navy

Erickson Inc. have been awarded the contract of refurbishing two MH-53 Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters. The aircraft were left in the Arizona desert for 14 years and were retrieved by the Navy and Marine Corps in 2015. Erickson will be doing a complete overhaul, bringing them back to current configurations, reports Defence News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $28,741,847 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates) contract for contractor field service representative support for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $36M Contract for MH-60 Software Development

Lockheed Awarded $36M Contract for MH-60 Software Development

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded $36,024,134 for cost-plus-incentive-fee order N0001918F0546 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019).  This order provides for the development and deployment of the MH-60 product line software configuration 20 fleet release for all MH-60 air platform variants in support of the Navy, the government… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12 additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and B-Kit installation; and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $34M Contract for Cargo Helicopter Environment Kits

Boeing Awarded $34M Contract for Cargo Helicopter Environment Kits

The Boeing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $33,786,581 firm-fixed-price contract for cargo platform health environment kits for cargo 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. 26, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Bae Systems Awarded $29M Contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System Procurement

Bae Systems Awarded $29M Contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System Procurement

BAE Systems, Land and Armaments LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded a $28,900,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-5314 for the procurement of MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) MK 13 MOD 0 canisters and coding plugs.  The MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51 class surface combatants… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $198,927,812 firm-fixed-price contract for performance-based logistics support of the Chinook H-47 forward and aft rotor blades and associated containers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $32,350,663 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F1645 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for new Large Aircraft Infra-Red Countermeasure System Processor Replacement non-recurring engineering and 60 kits for the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Elbit Systems of America Awarded $16M Contract for MV-22 Sustainment

Elbit Systems of America Awarded $16M Contract for MV-22 Sustainment

Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $16,471,564 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2390, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0014).  This order procures standby flight displays to support government furnished equipment requirements for production aircraft; MV-22 Sustainment and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) production spares.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-18

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Rockwell Collins Awarded $81M Contract for V-22 Component Repairs

Rockwell Collins Awarded $81M Contract for V-22 Component Repairs

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $81,433,819 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for 221 components in support of the F/A-18 A-F and E/A-18 G aircrafts as well as two additional components that are common across several aviation platforms including EA6, KC130, S3B, MH60, SH60, V-22, C2A,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $60,947,957 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of the Utility Helicopter-60 Blackhawk transmission. 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 Sept. 24, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $375,550,368 firm-fixed-price contract for the non-developmental item integration of four aircraft to replace the UH-1N. This is the basic award of a contract (including options) valued at approximately $2,380,000,000, which will provide for the acquisition and sustainment of up to 84 MH-139 helicopters, training devices,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Sep-18

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US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

The United States Air Force (USAF) selected the MH-139, based on the Leonardo AW139 and offered by Boeing as prime contractor, to replace its fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. The programme awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. With initial operational capability expected by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-18

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Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 25-Sep-18

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Helibras delivers H225M to the Brazilian Army

Helibras delivers H225M to the Brazilian Army

Helibras has just delivered another H225M to the Armed Forces. The 10th Brazilian Army (EB) aircraft will be based on the 1st Aviation Battalion (BAvEx) in Taubaté, and is the 32nd H-XBR program, signed in 2008 with the Ministry of Defense to supply 50 model helicopters. The H225M in the Operational version is equipped with the… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9Q) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB right hand aircraft assembly parts. 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 Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,439,388 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $13,655,072 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9R) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB left hand aircraft assembly parts. 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 Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Kranze Technology Solutions awarded $37M Contract for V-22 Support

Kranze Technology Solutions awarded $37M Contract for V-22 Support

Kranze Technology Solutions Inc.,* Prospect Heights, Illinois, is awarded a $37,370,955 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support production, testing, installation, supportability, and technical documentation upgrades on an emerging Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence suite of equipment known as the Roll On/Roll Off Communications Suite for the V-22 Program.  Work will be performed in Prospect Heights,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $58M Contract for CH-53K Repair

Sikorsky Awarded $58M Contract for CH-53K Repair

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $58,395,297 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F0567 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004).  This delivery order provides for the procurement of 866 interim spare parts necessary to support the repair and maintenance of CH-53K low-rate initial production, Lot 2 configuration aircraft. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Sep-18

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Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021. Specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Sep-18

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Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today that final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers is underway, supporting the smooth entry of the aircraft into the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2020. Completion of the HH-60W training systems at subcontractor FlightSafety International’s facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering, analysis, test and technical support services to substantiate candidate concepts/designs and to achieve Army and the Department of Defense technology mission objectives for technologies and services for the AH-64 Apache, A/MH-6M Little Bird and the H-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Sep-18

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Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

The Kenya Air Force has announced the handover of nine Airbus AS550C3 Fennec helicopters from the United Arab Emirates. HeliHub.com believes that the aircraft will be used in Kenya’s efforts against al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group. The handover ceremony took place at Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki on 14th September, and was attended Kenya’s Cabinet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

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Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $93,500,000 modification (P00012) for an existing non-competitive single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-14-D-0006) to provide a suite of integrated radio frequency countermeasure components and related services for the technology applications and CV-22 program offices.  This modification increases the ceiling amount to $383,500,000.  At the time of obligation,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric Co., doing business as GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $17,818,296 firm-fixed-price, definite-quantity contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts. 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 one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces launched their first MH-60R multirole naval helicopter recently. The aircraft operates on board the Navy’s ships as well as naval bases. The helicopter is the latest in military technology and as reported by BNA, it contributes to the partnership between other countries to enhance their maritime security. In particular between… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

Experimental test pilots from Redstone Test Center (RTC) here teamed with operational pilots, crewmembers and ground troops from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Fort Bragg, N.C. to put two prototype UH–60V Black Hawk helicopters through their paces during a recent limited user test (LUT). The UH–60V digital Black Hawk will refit the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-18

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VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

A dedication ceremony for the arrival of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 will take place Sept. 21, at their new hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. “The arrival of a second MV-22B Osprey squadron to our Hawaii-based Marine Aircraft Group significantly increases our combat capability and allows us to better respond to crises… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Sep-18

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MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Sep-18

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Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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Jordan donates two Cobras to the Philippines

Jordan donates two Cobras to the Philippines

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday said the Philippines will get two Cobra helicopters from Jordan. Go relayed this information to Palace reporters through text message, saying the second-hand helicopters will be delivered in July next year after the training of the Filipino pilots. Go made the confirmation as the… Read more »

Source: Philippine News Agency, 10-Sep-18

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US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

The material condition of the Air Forces’ aging HH-60G fleet has declined and maintenance challenges have increased, in part due to extensions beyond the designed service life of the helicopters. About 68 percent of the 96-helicopter fleet were mission-capable as of fiscal year 2017, below the Air Force desired mission-capable rate of 75 percent. The… Read more »

Source: GAO, 10-Sep-18

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Helibras delivers another H225M to the Brazilian Air Force

Helibras delivers another H225M to the Brazilian Air Force

Helibras delivered the 31st H225M to the Brazilian Air Force. The aircraft will be under the command of the Puma Squadron (3rd / 8th GAV), in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and will increase the squadron’s operational capacity by assisting the FAB missions. The aircraft is the first of the FAB to rely on the Spectrolab Searchlight,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 10-Sep-18

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Flight Safety International Awarded $41M Contract for AH-1Z flight training device

Flight Safety International Awarded $41M Contract for AH-1Z flight training device

Flight Safety International Inc., Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was awarded a $40,730,664 firm-fixed-priced contract to procure one AH-1Z and one UH-1Y flight training device (FTD).  In addition, this contract provides for technical refreshes for two AH-1Z and two UH-1Y FTDs. Work will be performed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed in May 2020.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Sep-18

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $89M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Development

Northrop Grumman Awarded $89M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Development

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded $89,046,682 for modification P00014 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-15-D-0013) for the research and development of AH-1Z and UH-1Y System Configuration Sets (SCSs) mission computers in support of the U. S. Marine Corps.  SCS activities include designing, developing, and implementing upgrades… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Aegis Combat System Support

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Aegis Combat System Support

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded an $11,603,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operational and support services to the Aegis Combat System and its elements.  Elements include multi-mission signal processor, vertical launch system, command and decision system, weapon control system, Mark 99 fire control system, Aegis display system, Aegis computer infrastructure,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Sep-18

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Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo is presenting the AW109 Trekker at Land Forces 2018 as a fully commercial, off the shelf solution to the Australian Defence Force needs for Land 2097, Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing Capability. The AW109 Trekker is readily deployable by C17 transport aircraft, requiring less than 30 minutes preparation for embarkation on the C17…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Sep-18

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Hydraulics International Awarded $44M Contract for AH-1Z Store Loaders

Hydraulics International Awarded $44M Contract for AH-1Z Store Loaders

Hydraulics International Inc.*, Chatsworth, California, is awarded a $43,599,667 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 305 MHU-83D production units, truck, lift, aerial stores loaders for ordnance/store loading operations on AV-8B, F/A-18, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and F-35 B/C aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Chatsworth, California, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Sep-18

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Honeywell Awarded $20M Contract for CH-47 Engine Support

Honeywell Awarded $20M Contract for CH-47 Engine Support

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded a $20,206,856 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and time and materials) contract for engineering logistical support services for the CH-47 T55-GA-714A engine, engine components, and related systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Procurement of 5 TSS for AH-1Z

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Procurement of 5 TSS for AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded an $11,800,712 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N00164-17-C-JQ71 to procure five additional target sight systems (TSS) for the Navy for AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters.  The TSS is a large-aperture mid-wave forward-looking infrared sensor with a laser designator/rangefinder turret which provides the capability to identify… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Apache Refurbishment

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Apache Refurbishment

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $12,417,632 modification (0007) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for refurbishment support services for the Apache attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $12,417,632 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Aug-18

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Raytheon Awarded $60M Contract for CH-53 and V-22 Support

Raytheon Awarded $60M Contract for CH-53 and V-22 Support

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a five-year performance-based logistics contract (N00383-18-D-PH01) in the amount of $59,717,916 for support of the CH-53 and V-22 Forward Looking InfraredSystem.  The first delivery order for the first year of the contract will be issued concurrently with the award of the basic contract in the amount of $15,971,160.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Aug-18

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US delivers new Chinook to Turkey despite F-35 problem

US delivers new Chinook to Turkey despite F-35 problem

Turkey has recently received their second batch of CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the US. The contract was for 11 helicopters, with 6 having been delivered in 2016, this second batch of five completes the contract. Turkey and the US are currently in a political row, with the delivery of F-35 jets being delayed by Donald… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

The Norwegian navy recently tested helicopter/ship landings in the North Sea. The object was to determine the operational limits within which NH90 helicopters could land safely on two Norwegian ships in open sea. The method used for that purpose, developed by NLR in association with the Dutch navy, produced a significant saving on the costs… Read more »

Source: NLR, 29-Aug-18

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Raytheon awarded $9M contract for MQ-4C Systems Engineering

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for MQ-4C Systems Engineering

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $9,359,975 for cost-reimbursable job order 0010 under previously awarded contract N00164-17-G-JQ02 to procure engineering support for production and fleet integration of the Triton multi-spectral targeting system on the Navy MQ-4C helicopter. The primary mission of the electro-optical/infrared system is to provide enhanced visual imagery to augment existing electronic sensors… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Aug-18

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Idaho National Guard trains with Royal Thai Army

Idaho National Guard trains with Royal Thai Army

Soldiers from the headquarter companies of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion and the Royal Thai Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion are conducting a staff exercise together as part of Hanuman Guardian 2018 Aug. 20 — 30 at the Royal Thai Army’s Cavalry Center in the Saraburi province. The staff exercise provides Soldiers… Read more »

Source: US Army, 28-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,693,937 firm-fixed-price contract for H-1 rotary wing blades. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Aug-18

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Technical Systems Integration Inc Awarded $11M contract for MH-53E MK-105 Gear Repair

Technical Systems Integration Inc Awarded $11M contract for MH-53E MK-105 Gear Repair

Technical Systems Integration Inc.,* Chesapeake, Virginia, is awarded a $10,585,142 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot-level repair, overhaul, and modification for the MK-105 magnetic minesweeping gear.  The MK105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System is a high-speed catamaran hydrofoil platform which is towed behind the MH-53E helicopter and is used to sweep magnetic influence mines.  This contract includes… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.  In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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Rostec presents a modernized Night Hunter

Rostec presents a modernized Night Hunter

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented a new version of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2018 which is being held from August 21 through August 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region.  The attack helicopter can interact with drones and operate them remotely. The modernized Mi-28NE helicopter is presented at the static exposition of the forum…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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Rostec presents modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P

Rostec presents modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) is presenting modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P attack helicopters for the first time at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2018, which is being held from August 21 through August 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region. Guests and participants of the forum will be able to see the machines at the static exposition of the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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Modernized Mi-26T2V takes its first flight

Modernized Mi-26T2V takes its first flight

The modernized Mi-26T2V helicopter made for the Russian Aerospace Forces took its first flight at the flight-test center of Rostvertol company of Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation). A prototype made by Rostvertol company will be sent to the Moscow Region under its own power soon, where it will participate in the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2018”, being presented at the static exposition. “The Mi-26 helicopter is a unique… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $28M Contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies

Bell awarded $28M Contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,637,661 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an April… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Aug-18

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Ukraine Tests New Helicopter Missile Oskol

Ukraine Tests New Helicopter Missile Oskol

Tests for the Oskol unguided 80mm aircraft missiles were held recently at the Ukrainian Armed Forces firing ground in Chernihiv. The missiles were fired from a Mi-8 helicopter, reports Ukrinform.  A rough amount of thirty missiles were shot on the day.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-18

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