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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

Bell-Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 survivability equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 survivability equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,194,706 modification to previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to exercise an option for integrated aircraft survivability equipment 24 A-kits for MV-22 aircraft to meet the joint urgent operational need in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Feb-16

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HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 unveiled a memorial honoring two Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 pilots at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Jan. 23, 2016. The support squadron built the memorial to commemorate Maj. Elizabeth Kealey, pilot, and Capt. Adam Satterfield, co-pilot, and unveiled the project on the anniversary of the pilots’ passing following… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-Feb-16

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

The new facilities to provide infrastructure to support the co-location of the army’s Wildcat Attack Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton have been praised. Contract 2, which was completed at the end of last year, delivered technical facilities worth in the region of £14 million to facilitate the re-location of the Army Air Corps from Guttersloh… Read more »

Source: Army Air Corps, 12-Feb-16

US Coast Guard MH-60 pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Capt. Mark Morin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, awards Lt. John Hess, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 5, 2016. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military-wide honor to recognize heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating… Read more »

12-Feb-16

Bell cuts 200 more jobs at Mirabel

Bell cuts 200 more jobs at Mirabel

Bell has announced today its decision to reduce the workforce further at its plant at Mirabel in Canada by 200 next month, following a reduction by 50 in December, 300 in spring 2015 and a further 150 back in summer 2014.  The latest 200 will be across both production and administrative functions. Looking to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-16

Statement from the family of the late Jeff Pino

Statement from the family of the late Jeff Pino

The family of Jeff Pino today issued a statement about the loss of their beloved son, brother and friend on February 5. “While our hearts are broken, we are comforted by the outpouring of support from people who knew, loved and respected Jeff. He has touched so many lives in so many ways and, though… Read more »

Source: via BDN Aerospace Marketing, 12-Feb-16

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI and six other general aviation associations are sending a letter to the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives first thing Tuesday morning, warning that a bill up for a vote by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday — H.R. 3016 — will break a promise made to veterans. Buried in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-16

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Uganda receives new VIP Mi-171E

Uganda receives new VIP Mi-171E

The Mi-171E helicopter supplied to Uganda is distinguished by its superior comfort cabin designed for 12 passengers.  It is fitted with soft leather-wrapped armchairs and comfortable furniture made from fine wood. Enhanced sound and vibration isolation, a modern multimedia system with widescreen displays and numerous audio dynamics significantly boost flight comfort.  Consumer convenience is ensured… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Feb-16

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Killer drone squad: Russia unveils anti-armor assault multicopter

Killer drone squad: Russia unveils anti-armor assault multicopter

A multicopter complex armed with anti-tank missiles has been unveiled at a military robot conference near Moscow. Consisting of several drones, the complex is set to perform reconnaissance tasks, monitor the battlefield and eliminate targets. See Full Story

Source: RT, 11-Feb-16

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CAE gets approval for US Navy MH-60R/S Tech Refresh program

CAE gets approval for US Navy MH-60R/S Tech Refresh program

CAE today announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Navy MH-60R/S Tech Refresh program. Under terms of the contract, which was awarded as a base contract plus exercised options, CAE USA will perform a technology refresh on a range of U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter simulators and training systems. The initial… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Feb-16

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First class of Canadian Chinook aircrews graduates

First class of Canadian Chinook aircrews graduates

During a ceremony held today at Garrison Petawawa, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) formally graduated its first class of CH-147F Chinook helicopter aircrews who took part in the new, comprehensive Field Trials Course. Photos of the event will be available for download at www.cae.com/photos. A total of ten RCAF CH-147 Chinook aircrew – six… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Feb-16

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Norway takes delivery of their first sonar-equipped NH90

Norway takes delivery of their first sonar-equipped NH90

NHI is pleased to announce the delivery of the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA).This event took place in Tessera (Italy), Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility, in presence of Mr Vittorio Della Bella Managing Director of NHIndustries and Colonel Nils Frøisland from Norway. The Helicopter took off today from Tessera. The delivery… Read more »

Source: NHI, 08-Feb-16

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Delivery of 151 Mil Mi-17V-5s to India now completed

Delivery of 151 Mil Mi-17V-5s to India now completed

Rostec has transferred to India a final batch of three helicopters as part of a contract to supply 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters through Rosoboronexport. In the near future, the Indian Air Force plans to order an additional 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters for flights in various conditions, as well as in both deserts and mountains. “India… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 08-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters starts build-up to Ka226 production in India

Russian Helicopters starts build-up to Ka226 production in India

Russia and India have launched a major project to establish production in India for at least 200 light multipurpose Russian Ka-226T helicopters. The agreement between the two states to cooperate in the field of helicopter construction was signed during an official visit to Moscow by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December of last year…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 08-Feb-16

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Former Sikorsky president killed in Arizona warbird crash

Former Sikorsky president killed in Arizona warbird crash

The following statement has been issued by Sikorsky’s current President, Dan Schultz The Sikorsky family is saddened to learn of the sudden loss of former President Jeff Pino.  We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers of sympathy and support to his family and friends during this difficult time.  During his six years as President of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-16

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Rooivalk Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

Rooivalk Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

16 Squadron, based at AFB Bloemspruit and the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) only combat support rotary wing unit, has been awarded the Sword of Peace. See Full story

Source: Defence Web, 04-Feb-16

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Australia delivers UH-1 parts to Lebanese Army

Australia delivers UH-1 parts to Lebanese Army

Australia has delivered helicopter parts to the Lebanese Army to help combat threats imposed by the neighboring crisis in Syria, the embassy said in a statement issued Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: The Daily Star, 04-Feb-16

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Malaysian Army becomes MD530G launch customer

Malaysian Army becomes MD530G launch customer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that it succeeded in its bid to supply six (6) MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense. MDHI will deliver the launch helicopters to Malaysian Army Aviation (Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 02-Feb-16

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Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $8,648,399 modification (P00970) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistics support for UH-72A (Lakota) helicopters.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,648,399 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M more on V-22 flight test contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M more on V-22 flight test contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $20,809,451 cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to a previously issued delivery order (0122) placed against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This modification exercises an option for flight test sustainment support including test planning and execution, flight clearances, and technical reviews. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $11M more on V-22 training device contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $11M more on V-22 training device contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $11,314,491 cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to a previously issued delivery order (0090) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This modification to exercise options for common software support for the MV/CV-22, and training and training device support for the MV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed at Philadelphia,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) have now received all six of their new batch of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  The last pair were delivered on Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th January to Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 9” and “Nemo 10”. Guardia Costiera previously had four AW139s, delivered late 2010 and early… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-16

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ViaSat tactical terminal to be fitted to production AH-64Es

ViaSat tactical terminal to be fitted to production AH-64Es

The first fliThe Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has awarded ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, a contract for the production of approximately 90 Link 16 Small Tactical Terminals (STT) for the Lots 5 and 6 of the AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopter production line. The AH-64 Apache is the world’s… Read more »

Source: ViaSat, 29-Jan-16

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Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions. A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon University, 27-Jan-16

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Bahrain interested in buying from Russian Helicopters

Bahrain interested in buying from Russian Helicopters

During the fourth Bahrain International Airshow 2016, the head of the Russian Helicopters delegation presented the latest multi-purpose helicopters, including the Mi-171A2, Ansat, Ka-32A11VS, and Ka-226T, to the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. It is reported that the monarch expressed interest in Russian equipment. During the fourth Bahrain International Airshow 2016, the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 27-Jan-16

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Hungary interested in 30 helicopters to replace Mi-8 fleet

Hungary interested in 30 helicopters to replace Mi-8 fleet

According to Russia’s Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 Russian helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Sputnik, 27-Jan-16

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Russian Helicopters completes Peru MI-171Sh fleet delivery

Russian Helicopters completes Peru MI-171Sh fleet delivery

The Russian Helicopters business group concluded delivery gyros Peru 24 military transport Mi-171Sh, hired in 2013, RIA Novosti informed an official representative of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO). See Full story

Source: Sputnik, 27-Jan-16

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Poland will reportedly scrap $3 billion H225M deal

Poland will reportedly scrap $3 billion H225M deal

Poland’s $3 billion (2 billion pounds) army helicopter deal with Airbus (AIR.PA) is “very likely” to be canceled, the deputy defence minister said on Tuesday, signalling one of Warsaw’s key military programs, speeded up in response to the Ukraine crisis, may face delays. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 27-Jan-16

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Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jan-16

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Russian Helicopters made debut at Bahrain Airshow

Russian Helicopters made debut at Bahrain Airshow

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will demonstrate its newest multipurpose helicopters during the 4th Bahrain International Airshow – 2016, which will be held January 21-23 at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. The holding company will not only showcase its products and capabilities in after-sales service for helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters but also will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Jan-16

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HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

The Helicopter Safety Advisory Committee (HSAC) is an opportunity for the stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to come together and work on safety issues that affect the Oil and Gas industry. HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose joined helicopter operators, the energy companies, the regulators and other who operate in and around… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-16

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Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has entered a £3 million bid with the UK Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to build new facilities for the collection and its visitors. The museum, which holds the world’s largest line-up of rotary-wing aircraft has set itself a £1 million fund raising target to match-fund a £2 million… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jan-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,171,523 modification P00002 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise options for engines, program related engineering services, integrated logistics, and training in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

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M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services LP; Denton, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $12,028,752 modification (P00008) to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA3002-15-C-0004. Contractor will provide aircrew and maintenance services for the CV-22 aircraft, UH-1N and HH-60G helicopters, associated engines, and mission support equipment of the 58th Maintenance Group. Work will be performed at Kirtland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

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HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

Marines attended a Marine Helicopter Squadron One recruiting brief at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 14, 2016. HMX-1 is responsible for direct helicopter support of the White House, which includes supporting the president, vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of the Navy, commandant of the Marine Corps and all visiting heads of state… Read more »

Source: USMC, 22-Jan-16

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Elbit Systems of America appoints Marketing VP

Elbit Systems of America appoints Marketing VP

Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., announced today that Bob Edmonds has joined the company and will serve as Vice President of Marketing, replacing Steve Roser who is retiring after seven years of service with Elbit Systems of America. Edmonds comes to Elbit Systems of America from Exelis, Inc. where he… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 21-Jan-16

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MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is honored to return to the 2016 International Military Helicopter Conference (IMH20165) as both plenary speaker and sponsor. Andy Pillado, Vice President, Business Development for MD Helicopters, will present a breifing on Multi-Mission Light Scout Attack Helicopter Solutions and Delivering Rapid Operational Readines on Day One of the annual conference held… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jan-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $14M contract for Pakistan AH-1Z Target Sight System work

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M contract for Pakistan AH-1Z Target Sight System work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $14,221,556 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for the procurement of non-recurring engineering requirements on the Target Sight System (TSS), including software development and testing, system modification, testing, and installation requirements necessary to configure the TSS to the requirements of the government of Pakistan. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-16

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-16

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US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria received a yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at its base in Warrenton, Friday, in celebration of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. The Jayhawk helicopter, the first of all this year’s specially painted aircraft delivered by the Coast Guard to an operational unit, arrived from Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 18-Jan-16

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Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years after ordering the helicopters, Lithuanian Armed Forces are now ready to ensure SAR 24/7 service with their AS365 N3+. Following the first two deliveries in June and September 2015,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jan-16

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Honeywell to present at Cowen Aerospace-Defence conference

Honeywell to present at Cowen Aerospace-Defence conference

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Roger Fradin, Vice Chairman of Honeywell, will be presenting at the Cowen and Company Aerospace/Defense Conference & Transport One-on-One Forum in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. EST. A real-time audio webcast of the presentation can be accessed at http://www.honeywell.com/investor, where… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 18-Jan-16

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Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

In December, Helibras delivered another K2 Panther upgrade to the Brazilian Army Aviation, the fifth in their fleet and the first to complete the entire modernization process in Brazil at the factory in Itajubá.  First post-upgrade test flight of the helicopter was back in October (see video). A further three K2 upgrades will be completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub .com, 18-Jan-16

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New President at Pratt & Whitney as Adams retires

New President at Pratt & Whitney as Adams retires

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced the appointment of Robert Leduc as President of Pratt & Whitney. Leduc, who most recently served UTC as President of Sikorsky Aircraft prior to its sale, succeeds Paul R. Adams, who is retiring at the end of February. Adams and Leduc will work over the next weeks to… Read more »

Source: UTC, 15-Jan-16

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Serbia-Russia Helicopter Deal Divides Experts

Serbia-Russia Helicopter Deal Divides Experts

The Serbian Defence Minister, Bratislav Gasic, and the First Deputy Head of the Russian Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Andrei Markov, signed an agreement on Tuesday to establish a regional centre in Belgrade for the repair and maintenance of Russian-made helicopters.  See full story

Source: Balkan Insight, 15-Jan-16

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Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

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Nigerian military build helicopter hangar in Niger State

Nigerian military build helicopter hangar in Niger State

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has completed a massive maintenance hanger for the Nigerian military helicopters and others within the West African countries.See full story.

Source: WorldStage, 13-Jan-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8B Fire Scout software

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8B Fire Scout software

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,021,113 modification to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise an option for software sustainment services in support of MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft systems.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent); and Point Mugu, California (10 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Jan-16

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Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jan-16

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Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Following the announcement in December 2012 of this order by the then-Eurocopter, HeliHub.com can confirm that the Finnish Border Forces have accepted two new AS332L1e helicopters in a ceremony on 21st December at Marignane, France. Registered OH-HVP and HVQ, the helicopter are scheduled to remain in France for crew training, with in-country arrivals scheduled for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-16

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AAR makes board appointment

AAR makes board appointment

AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that Jennifer L. Vogel has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Vogel was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc. in Houston. “We are very pleased to welcome Jennifer to our Board of Directors,” said… Read more »

Source: AAR, 12-Jan-16

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French Army orders six more NH90s

French Army orders six more NH90s

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered six additional NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, bringing the total amount of NH90 TTHs on order for the French Army Aviation to 74. “The French armed forces have deployed the NH90 operationally in Mali where its outstanding endurance, versatility and manoeuvrability have been greatly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Jan-16

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LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $31.8 million contract in December 2015 to sustain the AH-64D/E Apache’s targeting and pilotage system, the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS). This Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, drives reliability and maintainability improvements, and reduces operation and support costs. A… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Jan-16

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L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $25,493,729 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) for logistics and depot level services for TH-57 aircraft in support of the Naval Air Training Command’s Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training Program. This modification provides for increased aircraft availability to respond to pilot training… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $145,136,040 modification (P00281) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 10 green MH-60R helicopters for the Royal Saudi naval forces. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $145,136,040… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Bell awarded $25M in H-1 support contracts

Bell awarded $25M in H-1 support contracts

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $14,410,032 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for systems engineering and program management in support of the UH-1Y and the AH-1Z aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $10,423,637 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sustainment and logistics services in support of MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Services to be provided include systems and software engineering, training and integrated logistical support. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent) and Point… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Raytheon awarded $28M contract for MH-60R multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon awarded $28M contract for MH-60R multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $28,173,587 firm-fixed-price job order modification under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00164-12-G-JQ66 for procurement of multi-spectral targeting systems (MTS) and data for use on the Navy MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. The MTS system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking, infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

Military helicopters have been an integral component of the force structure of armed forces globally and with increasing threat from terrorism & extremism; their significance for carrying out anti-insurgency based operations has grown further manifold in a complex, challenging, uncertain & rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. The demand & acquisition scenario for military equipment has… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 07-Jan-16

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Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

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

Source: Erickson, 07-Jan-16

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New York UAS test site wins more funding

New York UAS test site wins more funding

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) designated test site has received a new round of funding from the state of New York.See Full story.

Source: UAS Magazine, 07-Jan-16

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AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland parent company Finmeccanica have surprised most industry observers by getting rid of the AgustaWestland name – with group chief Mauro Moretti announcing that all companies will be renamed with the Finmeccanica name. The formal launch of the corporate and legal activities in preparation for implementation of the group’s new organizational and operational model dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-16

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France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered seven additional Tiger HAD attack helicopters, bringing to 67 the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by the French Army Aviation. The additional Tigers will be delivered in 2017-2018. “The French Army Aviation have put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jan-16

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Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for HAL’s new Helicopter Manufacturing Facility at BiderehallaKaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, about 100 km from Bengaluru here today. “With this, the small village has come on the world-map as it would be manufacturing machines that would protect the country. It is no ordinary facility as the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 04-Jan-16

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HeliHub.com Christmas break

HeliHub.com Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-15

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Erickson delivers CH-53E tail pylons

Erickson delivers CH-53E tail pylons

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce completion of its fourth delivery of aircraft tail pylons for the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion the largest helicopter is the U.S. naval fleet. The fifth and final pylon will ship by the end of the year. Erickson was contracted by Sikorsky Aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 18-Dec-15

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US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

Turbomeca (Safran) today celebrates a major achievement: one million hours flown by U.S.Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins fitted with the Arriel 2C2-CG engine. Operating a fleet of over200 Arriels, the U.S.C.G. is one of Turbomeca’s major US customers. The occasion was celebrated in presence of U.S.C.G. Lieutenant Commander Edward S Apontes, and several Turbomeca representatives, from France… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 18-Dec-15

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Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Today, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space. “In terms of versatility and customisability, the Swedish NH90 ASW demonstrates the benefits of an… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 17-Dec-15

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Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a visit to Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka in Dhaka on Sunday 6th December to induct two new aircraft types.  Aside from the Yak-140 jet trainer (they have 24 on order), the more important part of the day was to launch the AW139 into military service in this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-15

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CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

The Board of Directors of CybAero has resolved to conduct a private placement of 2,749,000 shares to Subversive Capital LLC. The resolution is subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting on December 30, 2015. In addition, it is proposed that the extraordinary general meeting also resolve to elect two representatives of Subversive Capital to… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 16-Dec-15

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HAL runs new helicopter engine for first time

HAL runs new helicopter engine for first time

The inaugural run of the core of 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine – HTFE 25), was successfully completed in the presence of Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar  at HAL’s Engine Division here today. He also launched the design and development project of Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE-1200) which can be used… Read more »

Source: HAL, 15-Dec-15

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Bell awarded $56M contract for H-1 component repair

Bell awarded $56M contract for H-1 component repair

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $56,273,796 firm-fixed-price long-term contract for repair of 31 items used on the H-1 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas.  Work is expected to be completed by December 2016.  No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award, and will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-15

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Danish defence company Terma opens Brussels office

Danish defence company Terma opens Brussels office

The Danish aerospace, defence and security company Terma announced the opening of a new representation office in Brussels, Belgium. “Opening an office in Brussels is a logical development of our wish to be close to our markets and partners. Brussels is the heart of Europe and sets the agenda on a broad spectrum of issues… Read more »

Source: Terma, 15-Dec-15

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