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China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

This last Sunday saw the arrival of China’s first helicopter unit at Khartoum. This unit will join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $66,666,215 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This is a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Connecticut,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $7,734,253 modification (P00205) to contract W58RZG-13-C-0042 for aircraft maintenance services to the numerous aviation major weapon systems and platforms, including AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58. Work will be performed in Fort Hood, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

In 2016, Egypt signed a contract for 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters. The first sighting of the Ka-52, complete with the desert camo of the Egyptian Air Force, was seen in the progress factory in Arsenyev, Russia recently. Included in this contract was a training agreement enabling Egyptian pilots to train in Russia for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently commenced a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.  Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s UK-based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jun-17

Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,378,057 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0010).  This order provides for the design and development of the Midwing Avionics Obsolescence Vibration Structural Life and Engine Diagnostic (VSLED) operational test program set, as well as the production of three… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $9,088,102 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7000 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-AE01) for seven different part numbers with various quantities of in support of the V-22 and H-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and work is expected to be completed by June 2018…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $55,000,000 for modification P0003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification is for the long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot II for four CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in March 2022.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Taiwan has donated two UH-1H Huey helicopters to Burkina Faso’s Air Force. The decision was made after Chief of Staff of the Republic of China’s armed forces, General Wang Hsin-Lung, visited. The helicopters will be used for anti-terrorism and humanitarian aid, among other duties. Valued at $8 million, the helicopters were delivered in May, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russia’s Defence Ministry is looking to purchase new Mi-38 helicopters for their Arctic operations. Russian Deputy Defence Minister, Yuri Borisov visited Kazan Helicopter Enterprise and stated how the Mil Mi-38 will be the perfect middle ground between the Mi-8 and the Mi-26. The Mi-38 has TV7-117V engines with integrated digital flight navigation systems and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award Thanks

Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award  Thanks

Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who rescued a pilot from a burning plane received New York’s highest medal for heroism during a June 4 ceremony at the National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility at MacArthur Airport here. The members of the Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment were presented the New York… Read more »

Source: Dvids, 08-Jun-17

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AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian National Guard received their first order of Boeing AH-6SA Little Bird reconnaissance helicopters on the 4 June. They arrived at the airbase of Khashm Al-Aan. Little Bird is a variant on the MH-6 light helicopter and is designed for light attack, close combat attack, anti-armour and reconnaissance, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation has recently partnered with the Nigerian charter operator OAS Helicopters. The partnership, which began in 2015, was sealed with the introduction of a AW-139 helicopter that is based at OAS’ new NAFBASE Airport. Abu Dhabi Aviation’s  AFB Contracts Manager, Kevin Den Hertog has commented that the partnership between the two companies is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub,com, 05-Jun-17

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Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $10,957,861 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver low-rate initial production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) and engineering services and support.  The AMNS will explosively neutralize bottom and moored mines using an expendable mine neutralizer device.  The system will be deployed from the MH-60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,708,381 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for the non-recurring engineering and testing for the expansion of the Nickle Cap on the proprotor blades to extend the life and increase readiness… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain Solutions Inc.,* Madison, Alabama, was awarded a $7,524,414 modification (000103) to contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for non-U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development Center technical support to the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 17, 2018. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 other; other procurement (Army); and research,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,522,875 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Apache main rotor blade. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of May 2, 2022. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $14,522,875 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo Group helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to inform that on 20th May this year the celebrations commemorating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of the oldest helicopter unit in Poland, i.e. the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław, were held at Inowrocław-Latkowo airfield. A special event accompanying the feast was comprised by celebrations of… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 29-May-17

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Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Four Z-9 EH helicopters have been commissioned by the President of Ghana, John Mahama, to be delivered by the Chinese government. The helicopters will have a large role in the Ghana Gas infrastructure project. The commission comes to $100 million, reports My Joy Online. The helicopters will be used for security of oil installations on… Read more »

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Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

The Marine Corps Aviation Association held its 46th Annual Symposium and Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, May 19. The MCAA awards program was founded in 1962 and since then has recognized excellence in Marine aviation through education, activities, media, events and its awards program. It is the largest aviation-based… Read more »

Source: Marine Corps, 26-May-17

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Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $143,414,164 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for a directed change for the Saudi Arabia National Guard II and III unique modifications to 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 1, 2022…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

WASHINGTON, Apr. 28, 2017 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for CH-47D helicopters. The estimated cost is $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. The Government of Greece… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 25-May-17

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A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

Personnel from Royal Air Force Shawbury welcomed their new Station Commander, Group Captain R S (Chuck) Norris who officially took command of RAF Shawbury on Friday 12th May 2017. Group Captain Norris joined the Royal Air Force in 1988. As a Support Helicopter pilot, he has completed tours on the Wessex and Chinook in Hong… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 25-May-17

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EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017, which was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces, came to an end on Thursday 11 May 2017 and was officially closed by the acting Chief of the Hungarian Air Force, Colonel Pal Szűcs and LTC Roel Cuppes, who represented the EDA. This was the 11th helicopter exercise under the umbrella of… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-May-17

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Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

In the last few weeks Helibras has delivered two H225Ms to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The first one –destined to the Army- has been delivered in the full operational configuration, including specially designed mission systems unique to the Army. Based in Taubaté and operated by the 1º BAvEx, this is the ninth H225M to integrate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-May-17

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CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide helicopter airlift support for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. This mission is to include tactical troop transport, internal and external cargo operations. In a statement by Chris Turner, President, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract and this only reinforces… Read more »

Source: CHI Aviation, 25-May-17

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Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Defence officials and commanders of the British Army are underway with plans to relocate their attack helicopter forces. Currently the forces are in East Anglia and they hope to move them to a newer base that is closer to the Salisbury Plain training centre. Included in this plan is to downsize of the number of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Peruvian Fire-Fighters Look to Purchasing Mi-171s

Peruvian Fire-Fighters Look to Purchasing Mi-171s

The Peruvian Fire-Fighting Department has suggested that they might be considering purchasing Military Mi-171 multirole helicopters from Russian Helicopters. They gave high praise during the Peruvian international defence exhibition, SITDEF-2017. They expressed further interest in the high-altitude version of the Mi-171. Russian Helicopters has commented on this version, stating that it is distinguishable by its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

The Belarusian Company, KB Indela, has recently showcased their new combat and reconnaissance unmanned helicopter at the defence technology expo MILEX, 2017. The drone is capable of delivering air strikes, performing reconnaissance and convey video footage. It has a single rotor with non-retractable landing gear, with an auxiliary wing. Its engine runs off high-octane gasoline,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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New Zealand eases NH90 flying limitations

New Zealand eases NH90 flying limitations

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has eased limitations on its fleet of twin engined NH90 helicopters that have prevented them flying over water, at night, and over mountainous terrain since 20 April. The limitations were imposed on the fleet after an NH90 suffered a single engine failure on 16 April while returning to RNZAF… Read more »

Source: New Zealand Defense Force, 23-May-17

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Russian Helicopters supply aviation equipment for helicopters of the Peruvian Air Force

Russian Helicopters supply aviation equipment for helicopters of the Peruvian Air Force

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has fulfilled two contracts for the supply of aviation equipment for Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35 helicopters that belong to the Peruvian Air Force.  Contracts were signed in the summer of 2016 following a tender. “Delivery of authentic components for Russian-made helicopters is an important part of maintaining equipment in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-May-17

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Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker America Inc.,* Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $26,668,679 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 1,016 multi-functional operator seats in support of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  U.S. Aviation Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $332M contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor System work

Lockheed Martin awarded $332M contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor System work

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $332,136,017 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (United Kingdom, Egypt, India, Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Taiwan, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Poland) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System, subcomponent production, and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

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Sikorsky awarded $38M contract for the renovation of 381 UH-60 tail rotor blades

Sikorsky awarded $38M contract for the renovation of 381 UH-60 tail rotor blades

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $37,628,500 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul of a quantity of 381 UH-60 tail rotor blades. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2109. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $18,437,965… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

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Boeing awarded $541M contract for production of 15 CH-47Fs

Boeing awarded $541M contract for production of 15 CH-47Fs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $541,088,553 modification (P00064) to foreign military sales (Netherlands) contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for production lot 15 CH-47F cargo renew and new build helicopters. Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2010, 2016 and 2017 other funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

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Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kenya for MD 530 aircraft. The estimated cost is $253 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 1, 2017. The Government of Kenya has requested a possible sale of twelve… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 21-May-17

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Slovakia military orders nine Bell 429s

Slovakia military orders nine Bell 429s

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Slovakia for Bell 429 light utility helicopters. The estimated cost is $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. Slovakia has requested a possible sale… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 21-May-17

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Russian Helicopters to participate in SITDEF 2017

Russian Helicopters to participate in SITDEF 2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Rosoboronexport will demonstrate serially produced military helicopters during the 6th International Exhibition of Technology in Defense and Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF 2017), May 18-21 in Lima, Peru. “The fleet of Russian-made helicopters in Peru is one of the largest in Latin America.  The Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-May-17

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Three operators awarded $948M contract for rotary wing airlift services

Three operators awarded $948M contract for rotary wing airlift services

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Florida (HTC711-17-D-R016, $158,659,780); Construction Helicopters Inc., doing business as CHI Aviation, Howell, Michigan (HTC711-17-D-R017, $153,972,615); and Columbia Helicopters, Aurora, Oregon (HTC711-17-D-R018, $172,187,683), have been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price contracts to provide rotary wing airlift services, which support U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR).  The total value of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-May-17

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Quantitech awarded $10M contract by US DoD for Utility Helicopter Project Office

Quantitech awarded $10M contract by US DoD for Utility Helicopter Project Office

Quantitech,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $10,140,682 modification (000201) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates; Bahrain; Brazil; Columbia; Egypt; Jordan; Mexico; Saudi Arabia; Slovakia; Sweden; Thailand; Taiwan; and Tunisia) contract W31P4Q-16-A-0010 to procure programmatic support services for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-May-17

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Boeing awarded $26M support contract for 24 Saudi AH-6i helicopters

Boeing awarded $26M support contract for 24 Saudi AH-6i helicopters

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $25,522,594 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for post-production service support for the Saudi Arabia National Guard for 24 AH-6i helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Saudi Arabia, with an estimated completion date of April… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-May-17

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Boeing awarded $488M contract to re-manufacture 38 AH-64 Apaches

Boeing awarded $488M contract to re-manufacture 38 AH-64 Apaches

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $488,076,762 modification (P00007) to foreign military sales (United Kingdom) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of 38 AH-64 Apache aircraft, and to procure three Longbow crew trainers and associated spares. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2024. Fiscal 2010 other funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-May-17

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CAE completes upgrade of German Navy Sea King simulator

CAE completes upgrade of German Navy Sea King simulator

Today at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, CAE announced that the company has completed a major upgrade on the German Navy’s Sea King MK41 helicopter simulator ahead of schedule and it has re-entered service at the Nordholz Naval Airbase in Germany. Previously, Sea King training… Read more »

Source: CAE, 17-May-17

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Estonian Defence Forces sets up temporary heliport

Estonian Defence Forces sets up temporary heliport

A temporary helicopter support bas has been set up at Tapa Army Base for the Estonian Defence Force’s Robinson R-44 helicopters during the Spring Storm exercise. As reported by ERR, 11 helicopters will be taking part in the exercise. They will be practicing supporting ground forces with air attacks. The temporary base allows for faster… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-17

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First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-May-17

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Canadian Defence Minister wants B412 and AW101 upgrades

Canadian Defence Minister wants B412 and AW101 upgrades

The Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit Sajjan, has announced that upgrades for their Bell “Griffon” B412 and Leonardo “Cormorant”AW101 should be a priority in the defence budget. He feels that if upgrades cannot be guaranteed, that the helicopters should be removed from service. This announcement was made at a conference on defence policy reviews. Debate has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-17

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Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

The Rajasthan Government has asked MSTC Ltd to auction their grounded AgustaWestland AW109E. They have agreed to e-auction the helicopter, but will charge a rate of 3% for it. The helicopter was grounded back in 2011, due to a clip in a rotor blade broke. As reported by Times of India, the reserve price of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-17

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Russia and India Sign Joint Venture

Russia and India Sign Joint Venture

May 2 saw the formal creation of the Joint Venture between India and Russia. The deal between India’s Hindustan and Russia’s Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport will now enable them to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Quantum3D to Provide Visual Solution for Newest Turkish Military Helicopter Simulator

Quantum3D to Provide Visual Solution for Newest Turkish Military Helicopter Simulator

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it has been selected to provide Image Generation technology as part of the first flight simulator being delivered to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in support of its new T-625 helicopter design. The simulator will feature Quantum3D’s Independence®… Read more »

Source: Quantum3D, 11-May-17

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Peruvian Air Force orders 36 helicopters

Peruvian Air Force orders 36 helicopters

The Peruvian Government have approved the purchase of 36 helicopters and 14 transport planes for the military, primarily for emergency response work such as flood relief.  The national newspaper  La República said that the National Emergency Operations Center had reported that during the period of rains, landslides and floods, it was necessary to mobilize about… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-17

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CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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Egypt-Russian Kamov Ka-52K Deal in Final Stages

Egypt-Russian Kamov Ka-52K Deal in Final Stages

Egypt is in the final stages of deciding on the purchase of Russian Helicopters’ Kamov Ka-52K. Andrei Boginsky, Russian Helicopters CEO has said that the result of the tender will be made clear during this month. The Ka-52K helicopter has been dubbed the Alligator as it provides fire for amphibious attacks, can carry out anti-amphibious… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 conducted forward arming and refueling point operations as part of Assault Support Training 1 at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, in support of the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-17, April 17. Lasting seven weeks, WTI is a training evolution hosted by MAWTS-1… Read more »

Source: US Marines, 05-May-17

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Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Ukraine and Poland Plan on Joint Helicopter Development

Ukraine and Poland Plan on Joint Helicopter Development

The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Stepan Kubiv, has revealed that the Ukraine and Poland will be working together to develop and modernize helicopters for their two armed forces. The reason for the joint development is because the Ukrainian Defence Ministry cannot sustain the development of new helicopters by themselves and need the assistance of Polish… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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Mexico Ready to Order Mi-17s for Air Force

Mexico Ready to Order Mi-17s for Air Force

Mexico has made plans with Rosoboronexport to order a batch of Mi-17 military helicopters. These helicopters will be used for defence and law enforcement, reports Sputnik News. This will not be their first business, as in 2012 they received an order of Mi-17V-5 helicopters for their Navy.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Russia to Replace Ukrainian Engines by 2019

Russia to Replace Ukrainian Engines by 2019

Russia hopes to replace their imported engines from Ukraine with a domestically produced version. CEO of United Engine-Making Corporation has commented that these engines are more reliable and have digital control technology. They plan to replace 130 VK-2500 engines by 2019, reports Tass.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Military S-92 Grounded in Canada since 10 March

Military S-92 Grounded in Canada since 10 March

The Royal Canadian Air Force has had their CH-148 Cyclone helicopters grounded since 10 March. This was after an incident where one of the helicopters had a “momentary change in the descent rate.” A team from Sikorsky is currently at 12 Wing Shearwater, where the incident occurred, to conduct an investigation into the helicopter in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Mi-35M Induction to Nigerian Air Force

Mi-35M Induction to Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force has officially inducted their two new Mi-35M attack helicopters during their 53rd anniversary celebration on 22 April. The induction was held in Makurdi. Present was the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammad Dan-Ali, Chief of Air Staff and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. Abubakar has commented that the new Mi-35Ms will boost NAF… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-17

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Uganda Wildlife Authority Has Budget for One Helicopter and One Fixed Wing

Uganda Wildlife Authority Has Budget for One Helicopter and One Fixed Wing

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that they now have a helicopter budget of $3.1 million. They plan to purchase one helicopter, to deploy game rangers during poaching incidents, a fixed wing aircraft for wildlife surveillance and five unmanned aerial vehicles for general surveillance. They hope the new helicopter will increase response time when… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-17

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BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots and crew members with the Iowa Army National Guard have been given an opportunity to train on a first-of-its-kind flight simulator at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center here. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer, nicknamed “the BAT,” is a highly immersive, home-station flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft,… Read more »

Source: US Department of Defense, 24-Apr-17

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US Navy awards Elbit $150M MH-60S fleet helmet contract

US Navy awards Elbit $150M MH-60S fleet helmet contract

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for approximately $50 million by the U.S. Navy to provide the Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) with the Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) algorithm for the MH-60S. The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and completed by June 2021. An initial order… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 24-Apr-17

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RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-sponsored trials. The goal of the international trials cited technology- testing for enhancing safety during helicopter operations in limited visibility environments. Held at Älggialp, Switzerland, the… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aviation, 24-Apr-17

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Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

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CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

The Pentagon has given the Marine Corps permission to begin purchasing 200 of the new Lockheed King Stallion. The acquisition cost has risen 6.9% from $29 billion to $31 billion. The King Stallion CH-53K will be able to transport up to 27,000 pounds, reports Bloomberg.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Apr-17

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Russian Helicopters Signs Pakistani Contract

Russian Helicopters Signs Pakistani Contract

Russian Helicopters has signed a contract with the government of the Pakistani province of Punjab for the delivery of a new civilian Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter. The helicopter is produced by Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works, reports Defence Aerospace. The new helicopter has to be delivered in the second quarter of the year. It will be used for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-17

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Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

President Vladimir Putin has finally given his approval for an Indo-Russian joint venture for the production of 200 Kamov military helicopters. The deal, signed in 2015 for $1 billion, is between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. They have yet to sign the MoU, reports Press Trust of India.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

The Czech Republic will soon be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet. They are looking for a multi-role rotorcraft that will meet the technical, cost and performance requirements. The procurement will also mean the replacement of the Mil Mi-24s. Leonardo has come forward with the proposal of its AW139M, saying that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Apr-17

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