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India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

The decks have been cleared for India to deliver four MI 25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan this month, signaling a decisive shift in New Delhi’s approach on supplying lethal offensive systems to Kabul. See Full Story

Source: The Economic Times, 09-Dec-15

German military receives first two H145M helicopters

German military receives first two H145M helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of fifteen H145M helicopters to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) today. The helicopters will be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim. “With its cutting-edge technologies, outstanding performance and true multi-role capabilities, the H145M answers to the challenging demands of our military… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

A junior defence minister in Poland is reported by Polsat News to have confirmed that the country’s helicopter tender will be reviewed, some seven months after the short-list was refined down to one “preferred bidder”.  While no contract has been signed with Airbus Helicopters for their H225M Caracal, it had been selected after an extensive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, held a recognition ceremony on Friday 4th December to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter at the company’s Fleetlands site in Gosport. The event, which recognised the site’s 37-year support… Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Dec-15

UK receives 60th Chinook

UK receives 60th Chinook

Boeing has confirmed delivery of the 14th Mk.6 Chinook to the UK’s Royal Air Force, taking its fleet to 60 aircraft.  The event also coincided with the 35th anniversary of Chinook operations for the UK. “Since they were introduced into service in 1980, our Chinook fleet has played an integral supporting role for British forces and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-15

US Navy contracts for 29 more MH-60R Seahawks

US Navy contracts for 29 more MH-60R Seahawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $354,156,879 modification (P00309) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for funding for the Navy’s fifth program year for 29 MH-60R helicopters, and to fund associated program and logistics support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Dec-15

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) demonstrated its ability to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) using its prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) capabilities. During the demonstration on Nov. 18, the Stalker XE UAS provided data and a precise geolocation to the unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter, which conducted water drops to… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Dec-15

HAL encourages indigenous technology as core to aerospace growth

HAL encourages indigenous technology as core to aerospace growth

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) organized a national seminar on “Indigenous Technology Base for Growth of Aerospace Ecosystem” by bringing together various stakeholders in aerospace on a common platform as part of its 75 year celebrations, today, here at Dr.V M Ghatge Convention Centre. “This seminar is an opportune mechanism for creating a confluence of knowledge… Read more »

Source: HAL, 07-Dec-15

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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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Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

A defect found in the recent testing of the British helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland’s Wildcat chopper halted the firm’s process of delivering the aircraft to South Korea, the defense procurement agency said Tuesday.See full story.

Source: Yonhap News, 07-Dec-15

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7M delivery order for 28 H-1 HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7M delivery order for 28 H-1 HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded $7,080,780 for modification to firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 awarded against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 28 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.   Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Dec-15

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) completed a successful land-based operational assessment (OA) with the unmanned, autonomous helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Nov. 20. The OA demonstrated the endurance and sensor integration capabilities on the new MQ-8C airframe. The Fire Scout collected real time data points during… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 02-Dec-15

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Hydro Engineering updates Turbine Engine Wash System

Hydro Engineering updates Turbine Engine Wash System

For over thirty years, Hydro Engineering, Inc. has provided thousands of Aircraft Wash Systems around the world. These AWS have proven to be an integral part of not only keeping the United States Armed Forces’ aircraft combat ready, but also keeping commercial and private aircraft performing at peak capacity. The development of the first AWS… Read more »

Source: Hydro Engineering Inc., 02-Dec-15

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HAL boss Raju wins CEO of the Year award

HAL boss Raju wins CEO of the Year award

Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL has been conferred with Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award -2015 in the Central Public Sector category by the Indian Institute of Materials Management at its national convention held at Vadodara today. The award is in recognition of Mr. Raju’s outstanding achievements, contribution to the industry and the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 01-Dec-15

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Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $833,339,080 modification (0004) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for sustaining, Army fixed engineering sustaining, program management/systems engineering sustaining, Army provisioning, Army technical publications, other integrated logistics support, contractor manpower reporting, packaging handling storage and transportation, and advance procurement funding. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-15

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DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

DynCorp International, Ft. Worth, Texas, was awarded a $61,054,351 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract with options for maintenance support for the Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command aviation program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2021…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-15

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Thales awarded $13M delivery order for H-60 weapons assemblies

Thales awarded $13M delivery order for H-60 weapons assemblies

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $13,398,394 for undefinitized contract action delivery order 7014 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-13-G-003F for the repair coverage for 38 weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System for the H-60 aircraft. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $304,969,015 fixed-price, performance incentive and award fee contract with cost-reimbursable line items for Nellis Aircraft Maintenance Backshop operations and maintenance services. Contractor will provide services to perform safe and reliable maintenance for A-10, F-15, F-16, F/A-22 and F-35 aircraft located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $106,510,258 modification (P00310) to contract W58RGZ-13-D-0001 for technical, engineering, logistics services and supplies, and 100 percent parts support for the H-60 weapons system. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,974,879 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7010 under previously awarded long-term contract N00383-12-D-011N for repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Sikorsky awarded $14M more for Presidential Helicopters Program

Sikorsky awarded $14M more for Presidential Helicopters Program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,223,772 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of special progressive aircraft rework sustainment support services, including security, project engineering, integrated logistics support, VIP helicopter training, and program support for the Presidential Helicopters Program. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (88 percent); and Quantico, Virginia (12 percent)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 30-Nov-15

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CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

Computer Sciences Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $9,286,461 modification (002906) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan) contract W31P4Q-05-A-0028 for support to the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office . Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 24, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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USMC Museum at Quantico to close for three months

USMC Museum at Quantico to close for three months

The soaring glass spire of the National Museum of the Marine Corps rising above the tree line along I-95 has caught the eyes of countless drivers since the 2006 opening of the Museum outside Quantico. Now, a massive project to double the size and complete the award-winning Museum is attracting attention of commuters and travelers… Read more »

Source: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 30-Nov-15

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Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was summoned for questioning Tuesday in connection with alleged corruption surrounding a government deal to buy maritime helicopters from an Anglo-Italian company.See full story

Source: The Korea Herald, 26-Nov-15

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Punjab Government VVIP choice is between Mi-17 and Bell 412

Punjab Government VVIP choice is between Mi-17 and Bell 412

The Punjab government has decided to purchase two new aircraft for VVIP movement, The Express Tribune has learnt. See full story

Source: Tribune, 26-Nov-15

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Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7.9M delivery order for H-60 receiver processors

Lockheed Martin awarded $7.9M delivery order for H-60 receiver processors

Lockheed Martin MS2, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $7,931,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (THCV) against corporate contract SPRWA1-13-D-2000 for receiver processors in support of the Navy H-60 program. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is New York, with a Jan. 31, 2019, performance completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 20-Nov-15

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Four Bell 412EP approved for Argentina

Four Bell 412EP approved for Argentina

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has today announced the US State Dept approval for a Foreign Military Sale of four Bell 412EP helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million. The Government of Argentina reportedly intends to use these aircraft for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-15

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UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

Airbus Helicopters, the UK’s leading turbine helicopter company, has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). These projects, the first time Airbus Helicopters has participated in UK Government-led industrial… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Nov-15

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New Zealand commences SH-2G simulator training

New Zealand commences SH-2G simulator training

Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has commenced the provision of maintenance and support services on the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) SH-2G(I) helicopter synthetic training devices. The NZDF recently recommissioned a SH-2G(I) Full-Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS), which was acquired as part of the acquisition of ten… Read more »

Source: CAE, 18-Nov-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 17-Nov-15

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Aurora Flight Sciences win $11M more work on unmanned VTOL cargo project

Aurora Flight Sciences win $11M more work on unmanned VTOL cargo project

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded $11,146,376 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00018 under previously awarded contract N00014-12-C-0671 for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo I Utility System (AACUS) program.  The Office of Naval Research funded the AACUS program which is an innovative Naval prototype pursuing significant advances in the state of the art in rotorcraft autonomy. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-15

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US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8M in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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MD Helicopters to speak at Combat Helicopter 2015 conference

MD Helicopters to speak at Combat Helicopter 2015 conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce Roger O’Dell, Director of Program Management, will be a plenary speaker at the 2015 Combat Helicopter Conference (CH2015), Prague, Czech Republic, November 17-19, 2015. Mr. O’Dell will speak on issues related to multimission light scout helicopter solutions and delivering rapid operational readines during CH2015 Day Two sessions… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Nov-15

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Indian conglomerate Tata to build AH-64 fuselages for Boeing

Indian conglomerate Tata to build AH-64 fuselages for Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Tata Advanced Systems today announced a joint venture (JV) that will manufacture aerostructures for aircraft and collaborate on integrated systems development opportunities in India. The JV will initially create a manufacturing center of excellence to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter and to compete for additional manufacturing work packages across… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 12-Nov-15

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Embry-Riddle partners with Microsoft for active military and veterans

Embry-Riddle partners with Microsoft for active military and veterans

Transitioning military personnel have additional opportunities for IT training and education under a new agreement between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Microsoft Corp. Embry-Riddle is now a designated academic partner in Microsoft’s Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), an initiative that provides eligible service members and veterans with training for high-demand jobs in the IT industry. Initially,… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle, 12-Nov-15

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NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

U.S. helicopters, military and civilian, are safer and more efficient today in part because of a research partnership established 50 years ago between the U.S. Army and NASA. The joint agreement, signed in 1965, has allowed NASA and Army researchers to work side by side, especially at three NASA aeronautics research centers – Ames at… Read more »

Source: NASA, 12-Nov-15

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Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

An associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here has developed a real-time online health monitoring system for tail rotor flexbeams that can “greatly reduce the chances of helicopter accidents.”See full story.

Source: Deccan Herald, 12-Nov-15

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Iran to upgrade Mi-17 Service Center

Iran to upgrade Mi-17 Service Center

Two contracts have been reached to “in compliance with the memorandum signed in October 2015 with the PANHA factory on its retrofitting,” Alexander Shcherbinin told RIA Novosti at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates.See full story.

Source: Sputnik News, 12-Nov-15

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Bell signs LOI with Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell signs LOI with Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Horizon International Flight Academy to become the first Bell Helicopter authorized training center in the Middle East. Based at Al Ain International Airport and purpose-built for flight training, Horizon International Flight Academy sets the benchmark for pilot… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Nov-15

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Sikorsky is now known as…

Sikorsky is now known as…

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has closed its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft. Aligned under the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) business segment, Sikorsky Aircraft is now known as Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company. “Today we are proud to welcome the Sikorsky team to Lockheed Martin,”… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Nov-15

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48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

Friends, family and surviving members of the 48th Assault Helicopter Company left roses at a new monument dedicated Friday to the company.See full story

Source: Dothan Eagle, 11-Nov-15

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UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Dubai Police celebrates 20 years of flying AW109s

Dubai Police celebrates 20 years of flying AW109s

AgustaWestland congratulates the Dubai Police on achieving 20 years of successful operations and over 16,000flight hours with its fleet of AW109 light twin-enginehelicopters. A ceremony was held at the Dubai Airshow today to celebrate this major milestone. A leading helicopter operator in Dubai and a key law enforcement operator of AgustaWestlandAW109s, the Dubai Police has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

AgustaWestland congratulates the Dubai Air Wing on achieving 20 years of successful operations of its helicopter types for transport missions.An official ceremony was held at the Dubai Airshow today to celebrate this significant milestone. A leading helicopter operator in the United Arab Emirates and a key customer to AgustaWestland with almost 20 aircraft of various… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Raytheon awarded $65M contract for MH-60R sonar

Raytheon awarded $65M contract for MH-60R sonar

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $65,801,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 22 MH-60R full-rate production Lot XIII Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems for the Navy (20), and the government of Saudi Arabia (2), including associated program management support.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Nov-15

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Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $51,200,000 modification (P00018) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055 for Version 4 retrofit kits for the Apache helicopter, AH-64E, Lots 1-4.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $25,088,000 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $65,828,056 modification (P00945) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for Lakota helicopters with ARC radio 231 mission equipment package.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $65,828,056 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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USPS launches US Coast Guard Forever Stamp with helicopter

USPS launches US Coast Guard Forever Stamp with helicopter

Last Thursday in an event at the USCG San Diego hangar, the US Postal Service dedicated the U.S. Coast Guard Forever Stamp at a ceremony honoring the role of the Coast Guard in protecting the security of our nation and advancing vital maritime interests. The stamp shows two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter… Read more »

Source: USPS, 09-Nov-15

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Raytheon awarded $14M contract for H-60 Forward Looking InfraRed

Raytheon awarded $14M contract for H-60 Forward Looking InfraRed

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $14,546,660 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7001 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-15-G-009H for the repair of 137 units in support of the H-60 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward Looking InfraRed.  Work will be performed at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, and work is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Bristow winchman recognised by the Queen

Bristow winchman recognised by the Queen

Bristow winchman Duncan Tripp has been recognized as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his service to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Tripp served as winchman paramedic based at RAF Lossiemouth with 202 Squadron for 18 years before transitioning to Bristow’s UK SAR base at Inverness in April… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Nov-15

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Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville has selected Siemens to be its long-term partner to address water and energy infrastructure needs and improve energy efficiency at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). Siemens was notified September 30, 2015 that it had been awarded the $24M Energy Savings Performance Contract… Read more »

Source: Siemens, 09-Nov-15

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V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

On September 28, 2015, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale – CEPA) validated during a closing conference the interoperability between Mistral class LHDs and the Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Navy Recognition, 09-Nov-15

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NorthStar Aviation takes delivery of 48th Bell 407GX of 56 ordered

NorthStar Aviation takes delivery of 48th Bell 407GX of 56 ordered

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is proud to announce the 48th Bell Helicopter 407 GX aircraft delivery to NorthStar Aviation. With nearly 150 Bell 407s in operation in the Middle East and 1200 around the world, this multi-mission aircraft has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the region. NorthStar… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Nov-15

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Arizona NG hosts six more Apache states in Gunfighter Fly-in contest

Arizona NG hosts six more Apache states in Gunfighter Fly-in contest

The Arizona National Guard is hosting the inaugural Gunfighter Fly-in at Silverbell Army Heliport here Nov. 1 to Nov. 6. Seven of the eight states in the National Guard that operate the AH-64D Apache helicopters—Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah—sent two of their best company-grade crews and maintenance support personnel to… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-15

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Erickson appoints new Government Services VP

Erickson appoints new Government Services VP

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce Brian Pierson as Vice President of Government Services. In this role he will lead all worldwide Government Aviation Services functions. “Erickson has nearly 50 years of expertise in serving defense, military, emergency response and humanitarian efforts,” said Jeff Roberts, CEO and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 06-Nov-15

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Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Nov-15

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FAA approves first aviation maintenance program for transitioning military

FAA approves first aviation maintenance program for transitioning military

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology officials announced Friday the launch of a new aviation maintenance program designed to allow members of the U.S. armed forces to get a head start on a civilian career before exiting the military. The program is the first of its kind to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration… Read more »

Source: Spartan College, 05-Nov-15

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Lockheed Martin to close Sikorsky deal on Friday

Lockheed Martin to close Sikorsky deal on Friday

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has received the final regulatory approval needed to close its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft, from United Technologies Corp. The completion of the regulatory review by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China marks the end of a successful and comprehensive… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Nov-15

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New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

Poland has recently completed a round of national elections, and the Law and Justice (PiS) party are now in power.  The country’s potential foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski yesterday questioned the country’s initial deal with Airbus to buy H225M helicopters as the contract would only leave “leftovers” for Polish producers.   While a provisional deal for 50 H225M… Read more »

Source: Reuters, 04-Nov-15

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Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

Long-time partners Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly market Korean helicopter platforms for the worldwide market. The collaboration will encompass the distribution of the Korean Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) globally, as well as the performance of comprehensive after-sales support services. The MoU was signed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Nov-15

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Blue Bear brings new advance to autonomous ASW

Blue Bear brings new advance to autonomous ASW

British company Blue Bear Systems Research (BBSR) is promoting its autonomous sonobuoy deployment (ASD) capability that significantly enhances anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. The system, which combines hardware and software, has been developed the globally recognised specialists in the design, development, evaluation and implementation of unmanned systems. BBSR supplies leading military and industry customers around the… Read more »

Source: Blue Bear Systems Research, 04-Nov-15

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AAR vertrep contract with US Navy extended

AAR vertrep contract with US Navy extended

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces Military Sealift Command (MSC) has exercised a one-year renewal option for its Airlift division to perform vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services for the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 7thFleets in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.  The one-year renewal is valued at approximately $14 million. The contract was awarded to AAR Airlift Group in… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Nov-15

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APU manufacturer Microturbo appoint new General Manager

APU manufacturer Microturbo appoint new General Manager

As from November 2nd, François Tarel is appointed General manager at Microturbo (Safran). He will replace Pierre-Yves Morvan who is taking up a new position in another company in the group, Snecma. François Tarel is an engineering graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in 1984 and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) in 1989. He joined… Read more »

Source: Safran, 03-Nov-15

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Texas Congressman gets involved at Bell

Texas Congressman gets involved at Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today hosted U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) at its Repair and Overhaul Center as part of his Marc Means Business initiative. Through this ongoing initiative, Rep. Veasey visits and performs work at a variety of businesses across the DFW Metroplex. Footage and images from today’s event can… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Nov-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases range at FIHAV-2015 in Cuba

Russian Helicopters showcases range at FIHAV-2015 in Cuba

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in Havana International Fair (FIHAV-2015), where it will showcase its helicopter range – both current commercial models that operators from diverse countries are already familiar with and upcoming commercial helicopters. FIHAV-2015 will be held in Havana, Cuba, from 2-7 November 2015. Russian Helicopters’ exhibition can… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Oct-15

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Black Hawk Empty – Unmanned Helicopter Passes Key Test

Black Hawk Empty – Unmanned Helicopter Passes Key Test

The Army’s signature rotorcraft, equipped with new hardware and software, shows off a new self-piloting capability and robotic teaming. See Full Story

Source: Defense One, 30-Oct-15

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Russian Helicopters to participate in Dubai Airshow-2015

Russian Helicopters to participate in Dubai Airshow-2015

 Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, for the first time will feature its newest medium multirole helicopter Mi-171A2, multi-purpose light helicopter Ansat in its VIP version and multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter in a fire-fighting version at Dubai Airshow 2015, November 8-12 in Dubai (UAE). The Mi-171A2 embodied the best qualities of Mi-8/17-type helicopters, as well as achievements… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Oct-15

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Russian Helicopters complete repair of 19 Mi-17s for Mexican Air Force

Russian Helicopters complete repair of 19 Mi-17s for Mexican Air Force

[electronic translation] The Aircraft Repair Plant in Novosibirsk (NARP for its acronym in English), which is part of Russian Helicopters and Rostec Corporation, has completed the repair of 19 military helicopters transport Mi-17 belonging to the Air Force of Mexico. The agreement between countries to enter to repair helicopters, took place on October 8 this… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Oct-15

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Bell Chief Technologist Selected for Prestigious Lectureship

Bell Chief Technologist Selected for Prestigious Lectureship

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that Tom L. Wood, Bell Helicopter’s chief technologist, has been awarded the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s 2016 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship is given to an individual who reflects the highest ideals, goals and achievements in the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Oct-15

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Taiwan plans to buy ten MH-60Rs to replace MD500s

Taiwan plans to buy ten MH-60Rs to replace MD500s

Navy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Hsiao Wei-ming confirmed that it is looking to purchase several MH-60R Seahawk to replace the nation’s aging fleet of MD500 helicopters. [see full story]

29-Oct-15

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Russian Helicopters signs agreement with Federal Service for Labour and Employment

Russian Helicopters signs agreement with Federal Service for Labour and Employment

[electronic translation] Russian Helicopters (part of the State Corporation Rostec) signed a cooperation agreement with the Federal Service for Labour and Employment for the development of the labor market and information-analytical system “all-Russian base of vacancies” Work in Russia. ” Under the agreement, the holding companies were able to be placed on a portal of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Oct-15

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QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

QinetiQ has signed a £5.2m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to independently evaluate Boeing’s Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrades to the Chinook helicopter. As Boeing conducts a series of upgrades to the aircraft, QinetiQ will provide independent technical evaluation and advice to the MOD Chinook Project Team. QinetiQ will work with… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 29-Oct-15

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First Australian made MH-60R aircrew graduate

First Australian made MH-60R aircrew graduate

The Royal Australian Navy’s, MH-60R Seahawk helicopter capability continues to grow with the recent graduation of the first ‘Australian-made’ aircrew students. Graduating from the first Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer Course was Lieutenant Commander Eugene Cleary and Lieutenants Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter. Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Stephen McGreal also completed… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 29-Oct-15

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