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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 10-Jul-18

Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-18

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Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

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

Source: Schiebel, 04-Jul-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Morocco considering Apache purchase

Morocco considering Apache purchase

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

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

Source: US Marine Corps, 02-Jul-18

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Hungary orders 20 H145Ms

Hungary orders 20 H145Ms

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jul-18

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Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

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

Source: Boeing, 02-Jul-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-18

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USS Coronado Underway for MQ-8C Fire Scout Testing

USS Coronado Underway for MQ-8C Fire Scout Testing

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

Source: USS Coronado, 29-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-18

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Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 25-Jun-18

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Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins

Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins

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

Source: Rockwell Collins, 22-Jun-18

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First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-18

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South Carolina NG to help secure Mexican border

South Carolina NG to help secure Mexican border

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

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

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 19-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: DSCA, 15-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 07-Jun-18

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KRET Reveals New Radar

KRET Reveals New Radar

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

Source: HeliHub,com, 07-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-18

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Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jun-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 04-Jun-18

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Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 30-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 28-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 21-May-18

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Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Airbus to offer H135 to U.S. Navy

Airbus to offer H135 to U.S. Navy

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 14-May-18

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Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

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

Source: Thales, 10-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 09-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 08-May-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

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

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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

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

Source: US DoD, 01-May-18

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US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

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

Source: DSCA, 01-May-18

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RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

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

Source: Terma, 27-Apr-18

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

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

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

Source: USPTO, 25-Apr-18

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Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

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

Source: DSCA, 20-Apr-18

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Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it is under contract with Advance Vision Company Ltd of Saudi Arabia (AVC Defense) to upgrade and modernize an existing Unit Training Device (UTD) for Bell 412 Helicopters operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The… Read more »

Source: Quantum3D, 19-Apr-18

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Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Apr-18

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Nepal Army defends its decision over helicopter procurement process

Nepal Army defends its decision over helicopter procurement process

Nepal Army’s (NA) decisions to purchase three helicopters—one medium and two light helicopters—without or limited competition was questioned by the Office of Auditor General (OAG) to which army has defended and said that the decision was taken with compulsion. NA has already expedited the procurement process ahead and is now waiting for the delivery of… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 17-Apr-18

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V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

In recent years, the Air Force V-22 variant has been the backbone of the combatant commanders’ ongoing mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to Marine Corps Col. Matt Kelly. “As we know, over the last two years, ISIS has lost about 95 percent of their territory, and the CV-22 has been a… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-18

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Qatar–Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS)

Qatar–Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II Guidance Sections for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested a… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Apr-18

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Calian Group renews RCAF airworthiness services contract

Calian Group renews RCAF airworthiness services contract

Calian Group Ltd. (TSX:CGY) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract renewal worth up to $20 million in support of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Airworthiness Program. Calian will provide highly skilled professionals with expertise in 66 different categories of aeronautics to help ensure Canada’s military fleet flies safely and effectively…. Read more »

Source: Calian Group, 10-Apr-18

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Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

New Zealand based Oceania Aviation have recently imported a pair of AS332L Super Pumas, with a short YouTube video showing them being craned off a couple of trucks and put into their Ardmore Airport hangar. The helicopters have been acquired from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, where they had been used as VVIP aircraft from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $116,883,758 modification (0005 04) to Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators in support of the Netherlands’ AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-18

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Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.   The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Apr-18

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Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $30,749,970 hybrid (cost, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee) Foreign Military Sales (Taiwan) contract for post-production support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E aircraft fleet. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

For Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,720,628 modification (0005 05) to Foreign Military Sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Arrowhead upgrade kits in support of the Egyptian Air Force AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,091,396 modification (P00002) to Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 to provide join depot level maintenance service for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $15,200,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract for procurement of Fire Control Radar post-production support services in support of the Republic of Korea’s Army AH-64E Guardian Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of CH-47F aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Spain has requested to buy seventeen (17) CH-47F cargo helicopters with… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-Apr-18

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Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules has conducted First of Class Flight Trials for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter marking a significant increase to amphibious capability. Elements from the Australian Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment and the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit embarked Choules for the duration of the flight trials. The CH-47F conducted 206 launches and flew for a total of… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 04-Apr-18

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Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Qatar has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines. They will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 28-Mar-18

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Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program. “We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Army. As the world’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Mar-18

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Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army is preparing to decommission its two Alouette III helicopters with registration ‘NA029’ and ‘NA030’ after the helicopters have flown 3300 and 1500 hours respectively. Both the helicopter will be retired on 12th Chaitra with special water salute ceremony at the territory of Directorate General of Army Aviation (DGAA), TIA, Gauchar. The decommissioning program will… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Mar-18

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Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of equipment and services for the continuation of the Maintenance Support Services (MSS) contract that supports the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command for an estimated cost of $106.8 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-18

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Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

The Marine Corps wants to arm the V-22 Osprey fleet, while the developments of the MUX are underway. They are hoping that by arming the V-22, they will have an aircraft that can provide its own escort protection, as well as have an “all quadrant weapon,” reports Marine Corps Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, is being awarded $102,822,726 for a modification to definitize delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded an $116,903,994 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0007 for the procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 20, 2023. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $58,451,967 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Rolls-Royce awarded $31M contract for procurement of 14 AE1107C engines for V-22 Ospreys

Rolls-Royce awarded $31M contract for procurement of 14 AE1107C engines for V-22 Ospreys

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded $31,033,604 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081) to exercise an option to procure 14 AE1107C engines, 12 for the Navy and two for the Marine Corps, in support of the V-22 Osprey program.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Mar-18

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New Research on the Global Military Helicopter MRO Market

New Research on the Global Military Helicopter MRO Market

Market research firm Technavio has announced the release of their latest report on the global military helicopter MRO market. This new report will provide expert market insights for the forecast period 2018-2022. The report will follow up on Technavio’s previous military helicopter MRO market research, offering an up-to-date assessment of the market in the context… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 21-Mar-18

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Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,852,575 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes, associated Bell 407 unique components, and preservation and storage in the support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-18

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US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

The 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade received three UH-60M (mike model) Black Hawk Helicopters, here, 07 Mar., 2018. The UH-60M has an improved model over the UH-60 A/L (alpha plus model) that 214th had in the past. The improvements include an all-digital cockpit, increased lift capacity and improved engine performance. The… Read more »

Source: 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, 19-Mar-18

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CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution

CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution

At the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 helicopter training solution.  The contract is valued at more than C$150 million. The QEAF has signed a contract with Leonardo Helicopters to acquire a fleet… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Mar-18

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HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

Since their arrival in 2012, the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters have been flown out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. With the introduction of the newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper, the whiskey models took flight for one last time with HMLA-367, March 13,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Mar-18

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Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

The Marine Corps has begun their plans to develop and build a large unmanned aircraft that will be able to launch off ships. They hope that the MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary) will be able to not only launch vertically off ships, but fly with a 9,500 pound payload, provide air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-18

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