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Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00342) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,696,829 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the computer 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… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M for MH-60 training

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M for MH-60 training

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,475,334 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4014 against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019 for non-recurring engineering efforts in support of the MH-60 R/S aircraft.  These efforts provide for the modification, testing, and qualification of three MH-60R/S avionics weapons replaceable assemblies.  These services are in support… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 08-Apr-16

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly utilized across the state, nation and abroad, is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second helicopter unit. A command aviation company will reside alongside the C Company, 5th Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment medical evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

For the first time, Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), teamed up with sailors from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), to conduct a weeklong overwater exercise that began March 14 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Sailors from HSC-2, also known as the “Fleet Angels,” spent the week with the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

Technavio forecasts Global Military Helicopter MRO Market to exceed $11.5 Billion by 2020

Technavio forecasts Global Military Helicopter MRO Market to exceed $11.5 Billion by 2020

According to the latest market research study released by Technavio, the global military helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market is expected to exceed USD 11.5 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 3%. This research report titled ‘Global Military Helicopter MRO Market 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 08-Apr-16

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell plans to ask the FAA to let pilots at its training academy fly at a higher altitude, after noise complaints from residents and cities in Tarrant County close to where the manufacturer moved its training HQ last year.  See full story

Source: CBS DFW, 08-Apr-16

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Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

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

Source: Triumph Group, 08-Apr-16

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CAE to upgrade two Royal Air Force Chinook simulators

CAE to upgrade two Royal Air Force Chinook simulators

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a contract amendment to CAE to upgrade two of the CH-47 Chinook dynamic mission simulators at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at RAF Benson. CAE will install the digital automatic flying control system (DAFCS) in each of the simulators to ensure concurrency with… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Apr-16

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Pakistan to receive nine AH-1Z Vipers

Pakistan to receive nine AH-1Z Vipers

The US Dept of Defense has announced the aware of a $170M contract for nine AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, including auxiliary fuel kits.  The release indicated that the helicopters are for the Pakistan military, through the standard Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $151M to develop the CMV-22B Osprey variant

Bell-Boeing awarded $151M to develop the CMV-22B Osprey variant

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $151,274,907 for cost-plus- fixed-fee order 0130 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering services associated with the development of the capability for the Navy variant of the V-22 (CMV-22B) to perform the carrier on-board delivery mission.  The capability being added to the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Bell awarded $7M order for radar systems for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

Bell awarded $7M order for radar systems for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being issued $7,466,150 for delivery order 0003 against previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012 for the procurement and installation of eight AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar system integration kits (A-kits) into Lot 13 AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $14,485,959 for cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to delivery order 0096 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This modification provides for the procurement of nonrecurring engineering in support of the CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) joint urgent operational need effort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $37,793,822 modification (P00014) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0017 for the continuation of the Apache Helicopter 64 (AH-64) Performance Based Logistics program.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $37,793,822 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters have confirmed their ability to support a humanitarian aid operation on their first overseas mission in Fiji. NH90 Detachment Commander Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Ben Pryor said the medium utility helicopters have been providing a critical link between the main population centres and outlying islands devastated by Tropical… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 06-Apr-16

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Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced that a Cubic designed and produced Wide Band Line of Sight (WBLOS) data link system integrated into Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout recently completed a successful operational assessment. Fire Scout is a combat proven, unmanned helicopter system that provides real-time… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 06-Apr-16

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Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, was killed and five other service personnel injured when a Chinook helicopter they were in crashed near the Aussie base at Tarin Kowt in May 2011  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

Source: Herald Sun, 04-Apr-16

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SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

In the framework of the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair, the SENER engineering and technology group announced the recent delivery of the second Agusta Bell helicopter 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s DGAM (Directorate General of Armament and Material). This is part of a modernization project that SENER is carrying out in… Read more »

Source: SENER, 04-Apr-16

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Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018. The order includes training and multi-year support and adds to those by the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 31-Mar-16

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Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) had accepted their seventh Huey II Kit – continuing to improve their fleet performance and mission readiness. The delivery of the Huey II Kit is a part of an ongoing upgrade program designed to revitalize the Colombian Air Force’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Group will showcase its full portfolio of products, from across commercial aviation, helicopters and defence and space, and be present with its dedicated Latin American team at the nineteenth edition of the show. Airbus Helicopters will showcase two aircraft from its light helicopter range: an H125 in its utility version, an H130 with an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

The Boeing Company has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Indian Ministry of Defence. “We have a successful track record of integrating CAAS on Chinook helicopters that will ensure that the Indian Defence Ministry will receive on-time, on-budget, advanced avionics,” said Troy Brunk,… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters delivers four Mi-171Sh to Angola

Russian Helicopters delivers four Mi-171Sh to Angola

“Russian Helicopters has delivered a batch of four Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Angolan Defense Ministry, in the framework of a long partnership,” the company’s press service told RIA Novosti.  see full story

Source: Sputnik, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters completes overhaul of 19 Mexican Navy Mi-17s

Russian Helicopters completes overhaul of 19 Mexican Navy Mi-17s

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has fulfilled its first contract for after-sale maintenance of multirole Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Mexican Navy.  “This is our first contract with the Naval Secretariat of Mexico. It was fulfilled in full and on time,” said Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopter’s deputy CEO. “Mexico is one of our… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in Defexpo India 2016, which is held 28 – 31 March, in Quitol, Goa, India.   During one of the most significant exhibitions in South Asia, the holding company will showcase its newest Mi-38 and Ka-226T helicopters.  “We intend to strengthen our positions in the South… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Bruce Webb, Chief Pilot of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and the company were honored Monday for their support of an employee now deployed in military service overseas. Employer Support for the Reserve and Guard, a component of the Department of Defense, presented awards to Webb and to Jeff Trang, AHI’s Vice President of Technology and Flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with the Indian Ministry of Defense to provide after-sales service for Mi-17 helicopters. “We have conducted negotiations with our Indian partners and we plan to sign a contract that will lay the foundation for collaboration between Russian Helicopters and India… Read more »

Source: Russian Hc, 29-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $184,930,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Apache helicopter full-rate production in Lot 7.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $184,930,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp., Saint-Laurent, Quebec Province, Canada, has been awarded an $8,984,736 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for depot-level repair of the control indicators for the HH-60G aircraft. Contractor will provide repair work determined by the initial functional checkout, and the disassembly/assembly required returning the item to a serviceable end item that shall efficiently serve its intended… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair, from 29 March to 3 April, in Santiago, Chile. The holding company will showcase its newest Mi-171A2 helicopter for the first time; together with Rosoboronexport it will also demonstrate Mi-28NE and Mi-35M military helicopters. Presently, more than… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Mar-16

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Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-16

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Polish factory completes 300th Black Hawk cabin

Polish factory completes 300th Black Hawk cabin

Employees at PZL Mielec, together with representatives from Polish suppliers, today celebrated the completion and shipment of the 300th BLACK HAWK helicopter cabin built in Poland. The cabin, a complex structure the size of a cargo van, is made from around 3,000 separate components. Completed cabins are joined to the S-70i™ BLACK HAWK aircraft produced… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 27-Mar-16

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Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

The following notice appeared last week on the US Federal Business Opportunities website, in preparation for a formal order The Program Management Office, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft is issuing this sources sought synopsis, as a means of conducting market research, to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the procurement and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-16

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

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

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

Source: CMC Electronics, 24-Mar-16

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EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

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

Source: EDA, 24-Mar-16

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First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

Finmeccanica has today announced that the first of 16 helicopters AgustaWestland AW101 from search and rescue to Norway made ​​its maiden flight last March 21, at the factory of helicopters division of Yeovil , UK. The event, a key step in the development of the program for which proceeds on schedule, confirms the launch of… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 24-Mar-16

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Polish Government ministers visit PZL Świdnik plant

Polish Government ministers visit PZL Świdnik plant

Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and Higher Education, paid  a visit on March 14th to PZL-Świdnik, a Finmeccanica company, to obtain first-hand knowledge about the technological potential and capabilities of the only producer of Polish helicopters and the main supplier to the Polish Armed Forces. During the visit the… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 23-Mar-16

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Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital, in Qatari capital of Doha, will expand its current operating theatre facility with a new surgical building and a newly constructed 800-car space multi-storey parking tower. The facility will offer 17 new surgical theatres with three additional specialist theaters as well as two interventional radiology suites. This facility will also feature dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-16

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Production starts for dual-control Mi-28NE

Production starts for dual-control Mi-28NE

Rostvertol, part of the Russian Helicopters holding company, has started mass production of Mi-28NE combat helicopter with dual controls. This allows operation of the helicopter by both a pilot and an operator pilot acting as an instructor. While retaining all the attack helicopter functions, Mi-28NE with dual controls considerably simplifies the military pilot training process…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-Mar-16

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Bell picks Systron Donner QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro

Bell picks Systron Donner QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro

Systron Donner Inertial (SDI), a brand of InnoVista Sensors™ has been awarded a Firm Fixed Price Contract in the amount of $2.7M by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company, for the delivery of a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro System. This initial contract release is for hardware deliveries starting in 2016 through 2018… Read more »

Source: Systron Donner, 22-Mar-16

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AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX Aircraft Company announced today that it is part of a team with Northrop Grumman Corporation that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected to complete Phase 3 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). AVX will be responsible for the final design, fabrication… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 22-Mar-16

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UK Army helicopter pilots quit in overpayment row

UK Army helicopter pilots quit in overpayment row

Fifteen of the Army’s most experienced helicopter pilots quit in a dispute over a demand they repay wages given to them in error, documents have revealed  See full story

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35842588, 21-Mar-16

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Russia to supply 40 Mi-28 attack helicopters to Algeria

Russia to supply 40 Mi-28 attack helicopters to Algeria

Russia will deliver 40 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria in line with a bilateral contract, Interfax news agency said on Friday See full story

Source: Economic Times, 21-Mar-16

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Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

Rotorcraft modernization, severely affected by budget cuts, is just now getting back on track, Army and Air Force officials told a House panel yesterday. Army Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Mar-16

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Lebanon buys three Huey IIs in $19M contract

Lebanon buys three Huey IIs in $19M contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded an $18,935,563 modification (0005) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-11-G-0011 for the procurement of three UH-1H (Huey II) aircraft in support of the government of Lebanon.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (99.85 percent); and Lebanon (0.15 percent), with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $896,929,889 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for cargo (CH-47F) helicopter multiyear for production lot 14 for 27 renew helicopters and 12 new build helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-16

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Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

The German government has approved several arms export deals with countries in the Middle East, including delivery of 23 unspecified Airbus helicopters to Saudi Arabia, according to an Economy Ministry letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  See full story

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms-exports-idUSKCN0WG1BH, 16-Mar-16

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Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides has hit out against what he sees is a cover-up in the suspicious purchase of five AW139s from AgustaWestland back in 2008.  Cyprus bought three for SAR work, and two for their national Police force.  See full story

Source: In Cyprus, 16-Mar-16

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AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport wins two contracts from the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the development and supply of internal cargo restraint nets for their NH90 and Chinook helicopters. Bridport, UK, March 2016: following a tender process AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded two contracts from the Netherlands DMO for the development and supply of internal… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 16-Mar-16

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Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

The Philippine News Agency, a government department, has issued the following statement – noting that PHP37,507,894.33 translates today to US$ 801320.53 To ensure the maximum efficiency and mission-readiness of all its available aircraft, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of PHP37,507,894.33 for the acquisition of additional spare parts for its AgustaWestland AW-109… Read more »

Source: PNA, 15-Mar-16

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Bell awarded $461M for 12 UH-1Y and 16 AH-1Z helicopters

Bell awarded $461M for 12 UH-1Y and 16 AH-1Z helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $461,142,760 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to definitize the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 13 UH-1Y aircraft; 16 Lot 13 AH-1Z aircraft, and 16 auxiliary fuel kits.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,281,000 modification (P00331) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to add fiscal 2017 advance procurement funding to the Blackhawk multi-year contract for the planned procurement of 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Mar-16

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CAS awarded $11M for UH-60 FMS support work

CAS awarded $11M for UH-60 FMS support work

CAS, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $11,821,010 modification (003887) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-05-A-0024 (Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Colombia, Jordan, Brazil, Tunisia, Sweden, Slovakia) for labor hours and travel supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Mar-16

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189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

Several UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots formerly from the 189th Attack Helicopter Company who served together in Vietnam held a reunion tour at Hunter Army Airfield March 11. The “Avengers” of Guns platoon 189th AHC served together in the late sixties during the early years of the Vietnam War. Steve Webster was a UH-1 Huey helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Mar-16

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Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

On Monday, Airbus Group offered to shift an assembly plant for its Panther helicopters to India from France.  See full story

Source: Marketwatch, 15-Mar-16

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Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Second CH-53K joins flight test program

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

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Mar-16

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NHI signs an agreement with Dutch MEA on NH90 workshare

NHI signs an agreement with Dutch MEA on NH90 workshare

During the State visit by the Royal couple of the Netherlands, his Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and her Royal Highness Queen Maxima on March 11th 2016, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with NHIndustries (NHI) for the participation of the Dutch Industry in the sustainment phase of the NH90… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 15-Mar-16

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New CEO at Elbit Systems UK

New CEO at Elbit Systems UK

Elbit Systems UK Limited (ESUK), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (Elbit Systems), announced that Martin Fausset has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect as of March 1, 2016. Mr. Fausset will report directly to Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his joining ESUK,… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 15-Mar-16

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Bell awarded $56M for AH-1Z long lead parts

Bell awarded $56M for AH-1Z long lead parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $55,927,999 advance acquisition contract for the procurement of long-lead parts and components for the manufacture and delivery of 24 Lot 14 AH-1Z new build aircraft in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $7,912,270 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-14-C-0050) for integration of formation lighting into the VH-92A Integrated Air Vehicle in support of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program.  Efforts will include the design, development, qualification/certification, documentation, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $7.2M for MQ-8B test and development work

Northrop Grumman awarded $7.2M for MQ-8B test and development work

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded $7,280,560 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 1269 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft systems.  This test support effort for the MQ-8C includes software verification; software regression; cybersecurity; dynamic interface; and other requirements in preparation… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

Honeywell International, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $9,585,183 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-11-C-0039 for technical and logistics support for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,585,183 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,849,966 modification (0030) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for Apache helicopter rotary tail blades.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,849,966 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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L-3 Communications awarded $28M orders for MH-60R and Fire Scout datalink systems

L-3 Communications awarded $28M orders for MH-60R and Fire Scout datalink systems

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded $11,402,168 for modification PO0023 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2024) to exercise an option to procure eight AN/SRQ-4 Common Data Link Hawklink systems in support of the MH-60R and Fire Scout programs. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $387,181,200 modification (P00333) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise the option for 35 UH-60M helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $387,181,200 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90.  The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations. This comprehensive suite encompasses a Radar Warner… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 09-Mar-16

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Honeywell Forecasts 4,300 To 4,800 Global Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

Honeywell Forecasts 4,300 To 4,800 Global Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

In the face of a slower global economic growth environment and increased volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 18th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2016 to 2020,… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 09-Mar-16

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Lockheed Martin warns of Sikorsky under-performance

Lockheed Martin warns of Sikorsky under-performance

The following is an extract from a recent 10-K filing with the Stock Exchange Commission:-  [can also be seen on Lockheed Martin website here].  It covers impacts in both civil markets – due to oil prices etc – and military markets, where the US DoD has expressed concerns regarding greater consolidation The acquired Sikorsky business… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Mar-16

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First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

In keeping with the already brand new helicopter, the first pilot of the H145M in Laupheim have now arrived. Special: You are authorized flight instructor and other pilots for the Air Force to train. In the Road Traffic Act, it is easy. With licenses for categories truck, bus or car, we must all models of… Read more »

Source: Luftwaffe, 09-Mar-16

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ReportBuyer launches Global Military Helicopter Market assessment

ReportBuyer launches Global Military Helicopter Market assessment

The Global Demand for Military Helicopters is likely to witness a spurt over near to medium term driven a number of drivers & favorable factors, which include, rapidly evolving global geopolitical dynamics & equations marked by increasing threat from extremism, terrorism, resurgence of conventional state based threats, compounding nature of overall threat perception, political instability… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 09-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

Through the launch of HCare, Airbus Helicopters simplified and reshaped its material support services to provide a more easy-to-use service, performance guarantees, competitive pricing and larger coverage. The objective of the enhanced Material Support offer is to enable operators to be the most agile and competitive in the market place thanks to controlled costs, a reduced… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Mar-16

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Terma appoints VP of Business Development for Airborne Systems

Terma appoints VP of Business Development for Airborne Systems

Denmark-based Defense and Security Group Terma A/S appointed Adina C. Cherry new Vice President, Business Development, Airborne Systems. Terma’s Airborne Systems Business Area has a large and growing activity in the U.S. – that is sales of airborne solutions to U.S. customers and U.S. export to the global market. In order to meet our customers… Read more »

Source: Terma, 04-Mar-16

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Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

Sikorsky today introduced a program that will enable operators to upgrade their S-76C+™ aircraft to the S-76C++™ configuration. The announcement was made at the 2016 Helicopter International Association Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The upgrade increases performance capabilities by expanding the aircraft’s mission envelope to S-76C++ profiles, including greater take-off and cruising… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-16

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BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters has announced completion and delivery of its fourth Type-Certificated, Sikorsky UH-60A ‘Commercial Hawk’ or ‘C-Hawk’ helicopter, available for firefighting and special operations. This fourth commercially-approved ‘C-Hawk’ is being displayed during the 2016 Heli-Expo in Louisville, Ky. March 1-3, at Booth 12636 and Static Area space 1-3, coinciding with release of the… Read more »

Source: BHI² Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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