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SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

Engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock, joint venture partners, presented the fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense as part of a project for extending the lifespan of AB-212 seven helicopters, which came into service in 1974, by at least 15 years. A crew from the Spanish Navy’s Third Aircraft… Read more »

Source: SENER, 10-Aug-17

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $10,049,166 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract for various parts supporting the BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system and the Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service and supply transition. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a $17,960,940 modification (PZ0003) to Foreign Military Sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0051 for post-production support services and performance based logistics in support of the United Arab Emirates Land Forces Longbow Apache program for a total of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

The South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection has recently criticized the KAI’s twin-engine Surion helicopter. They have suggested an investigation of the country’s Defence Acquisition Program Admin. It has been said that the Surion failed 29 of 101 test items during the performance in cold weather tests. Apparently KAI falsified Surion development costs and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

Israeli is looking to modernizing their heavy-lift helicopter fleet by replacing their CH-53 Yasur helicopters. The fleet has been in service for over 50 years and although they have recently been upgraded, a replacement is needed. The money for the replacement will come from the MoU of $38 billion signed in 2016 between Washington and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

First Flight completed by VH-92A

First Flight completed by VH-92A

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Aug-17

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Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

The UK is upgrading their Royal Air Force’s Boeing Chinook HC4 helicopters. The fleet will be brought to the new HC6 standard, reports IHS Jane’s. The 38 helicopters are being given Boeing Digital Automatic Flight Control Systems, replacing their analogue systems. This process is planned to take up to 12 months. They also are adding… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $75,374,784 modification (000101) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $75,374,784 were obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $276,641,287 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing’s new MH-139 helicopter arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday last week and was on display at the Wyoming National Guard Open House by Wednesday. The aircraft was designed to enter into the competition to replace the U.S Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, which was been in service since the 70s. The U.S. Air Force UH-1N… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

The Maharashtra Government has instructed the department that handles VIP Security to draw up a draft SOP and helipad locations for landing permissions. This was after the discussions at the legislative council. Concern was raised over the seemingly “back to back” helicopter incidents involving the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He thanked the council for their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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Honeywell International awarded $9M contract for delivery for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies

Honeywell International awarded $9M contract for delivery for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies

Honeywell International Inc., Torrance, California, has been awarded a maximum $9,323,719 firm-fixed-price delivery order (THB2) against a three-year contract (SPE4AX-14-D-9406) for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance is California, with a March 30, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-17

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United Technologies awarded $28M contract for procurement of 420 auxiliary power units of UH-60 Black Hawks

United Technologies awarded $28M contract for procurement of 420 auxiliary power units of UH-60 Black Hawks

United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Connecticut, was awarded a $27,940,360 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 420 auxiliary power units with inlet barrier filters in support of UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter requirements.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 20, 2020.  U.S. Army… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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L-3 Communications awarded $9M contract for Procurement of Installation of 96 ADS Broadcast avionics kits

L-3 Communications awarded $9M contract for Procurement of Installation of 96 ADS Broadcast avionics kits

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded $8,790,461 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) for the procurement and installation of 96 automatic dependent surveillance (ADS) broadcast avionics kits (48 A kits and 48 B kits) required to upgrade the transceiver and transponders; navigation aid system wiring, radio/ADS-broadcast… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $20M contract for Delivery of MH-60 spare parts

Lockheed Martin awarded $20M contract for Delivery of MH-60 spare parts

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $19,700,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (5028) against a basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-15-G-002Y) for various MH-60 aircraft spare parts. This is a single, stand-alone contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance is New York,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-17

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British Wildcats train with German Navy

British Wildcats train with German Navy

The Fleet Air Arm’s newest helicopter has proved it can deploy with the German Navy after seven weeks’ intensive training aboard the frigate Lübeck. A Wildcat helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton joined a German warship throughout its pre-deployment training – the first time the Royal Navy’s newest operational helicopter has embarked with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 25-Jul-17

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CGI awarded $92.5M in contracts to support US Army

CGI awarded $92.5M in contracts to support US Army

CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced that it has been awarded several contracts totalling US$92.5M from the U.S. Army to provide varying degrees of support across four separate Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) programs. Each of the contracts was awarded to CGI as part of a subcontracting team to the incumbent prime contractor and each… Read more »

Source: CGI Group, 24-Jul-17

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First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

Pale grey is the new green. This is the very first of the Royal Marines new steeds to drop in on its future home. This is a second-generation battlefield Merlin, factory model MLSP 1, tail number ZJ122, making a brief debut at Yeovilton. It went into the factory at nearby Leonardo (previously Agusta-Westland) in Yeovil… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy UK, 24-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $27M contract for Preparation of Block 2 MH-47G

Boeing awarded $27M contract for Preparation of Block 2 MH-47G

Boeing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $26,999,498 task order for a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for non-recurring engineering effort to prepare to manufacture Block 2 MH-47G aircraft.  The Block 2 MH-47G renew will be accomplished by incorporating new, salvaged, reworked or recapped government furnished equipment or contractor furnished equipment components into an upgraded airframe for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-17

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Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $35,161,927 modification (P00026) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 in support of the UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support, parts support, and sustainment; the flying hour rate contract line item numbers have been revised to increase the total estimated flying hours and additional funding provided for the flying hours. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-17

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KAI Surion is unreliable, says audit agency

KAI Surion is unreliable, says audit agency

After an audit was performed on South Korea’s Surion helicopter, evidence was found that the craft is unreliable for flight missions. The Board of Audit and Inspection found that the helicopter doesn’t have anti-icing capabilities or lightening protection, has a leak in the engine and even has malfunctions in the windshield and fuselage. A prosecutorial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jul-17

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Sikorsky signs contract to build 257 Black Hawks over 5 years

Sikorsky signs contract to build 257 Black Hawks over 5 years

The U.S. government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today signed a five-year contract for 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The multi-year contract will yield significant savings for the U.S. government compared with purchasing the same quantity across five separate… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Jul-17

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KBRwyle to Support US Army

KBRwyle to Support US Army

KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a three-year task order to provide programmatic support to the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The Army awarded this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DSTAT)… Read more »

Source: KBR, 17-Jul-17

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Norway set to place first police order for AW169

Norway set to place first police order for AW169

The Norwegian Police Directorate has chosen Leonardo Helicopters as the supplier of the country’s new police helicopters. The AW169 has been selected for the role, and it will contribute to the modernization of today’s helicopter operations.   The Police Directorate state that it is pleased with the new agreement. With a new central air station at Taraldrud, the new… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Jul-17

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Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus has proposed that domestic firms receive a cut of the €4 billion contract that the German government has set aside for their next generation of low-risk heavy-lift helicopters. But due to their demands, the government is currently looking to Lockheed Martin and Boeing for their existing heavy-lift military units. Although the project must still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-17

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Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Royal Canadian Air Force leaders welcomed eleven new Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) into their trade today at 19 Wing Comox. The graduates from the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) are part of the 50th SAR Tech course in the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) history. The… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 13-Jul-17

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Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

On July 1, 2017, Airlift’s contract period starts with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket). For six years, Airlift will ship Norwegian maritime pilots to Large Class Vessels and ships carrying dangerous goods. The contract itself is valued at approximately a hundred million NOK a year. – July 1, 2017 is one big day and one… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $29M contract for rotary rudder helicopter blades

Boeing awarded $29M contract for rotary rudder helicopter blades

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $28,549,900 firm-fixed-price delivery order (ZB45) against an existing contract (SPE4A1-14-G-0007) for rotary rudder helicopter blades. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(2) from Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2, which cites an unusual and compelling urgency. Location of performance is Arizona, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $22,050,000 modification (P00022) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W58RGZ-15-C-0070 for one additional year of contractor logistics support (CLS) and adding Iraq’s Bell 407GX helicopters to the fleet being covered by that CLS, as well as procuring 407GX spare parts for repair efforts to those aircraft…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jul-17

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Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

The aircraft set to train Australian Defence Force aviators is an impressive piece of kit. The Airbus EC135 T2+ offers the perjformance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter and will replace the Navy’s Squirrel and Army’s Kiowa, which are more than 30 and 40 years old respectively. The EC135 is widely used by police, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-17

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US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly took command of the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) July 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Kelly took over the leadership responsibilities for the PMA-275 from Marine Corps Col. Dan Robinson, who has served as the program manager since 2013. Kelly, who previously served as the MV-22 military lead… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Jul-17

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Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

The UK Ministry of Defence and Leonardo signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement for the work on future AW149 production. They had hoped the AW149 would be the replacement for the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Puma HC2 fleet, which will retire in 2025, reports Flight Global. Managing Director, Daniele Romiti, has said that should the agreement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-17

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CH-53K King Stallion arrives at NAS Patuxent River

CH-53K King Stallion arrives at NAS Patuxent River

The first CH-53K King Stallion to touch down at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland arrived June 30. Relocated from Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, it is the first of seven aircraft expected to arrive over the next 12 months. At NAS Patuxent River, the helicopter will undergo various flight quality,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,129,411 firm-fixed-price delivery order (5052) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for yoke assemblies. This is a four-year, five-month contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Texas, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $14M contract for Foreign Military Sales of CH-47F Chinook parts to Netherlands and Turkey

Boeing awarded $14M contract for Foreign Military Sales of CH-47F Chinook parts to Netherlands and Turkey

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $14,297,933 modification (P00065) to foreign military sales (Netherlands, and Turkey) contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for obsolescent parts changes for CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017 other funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jul-17

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Kuwait buys Thales H225M simulator

Kuwait buys Thales H225M simulator

The Kuwait forces has signed a contract for the purchase of 30 multirole Caracal H225M helicopters (24 for the Kuwait Air Force and 6 for the Kuwait National Guard) in order to carry out combat search and rescue duties, transport and ground support missions. To meet the pilots and crews’ hands-on training needs, Thales will… Read more »

Source: Thales, 05-Jul-17

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Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, to supply spare parts and associated engineering services in support of the CH-53D heavy lift helicopters operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) since 1969. Intended for a duration of seven years, the comprehensive program will allow Sikorsky to manage… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Jul-17

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Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom is a Russian helicopter operator who is a certified dealer with Robinson Helicopters and also has a service centre for Airbus Helicopters. They have had seven deliveries out this year; four Robinsons, an AW119, an EC145 and a H125. One of their representatives has disclosed that the R66 and R44 are the two most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale is replacing its trust in Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 with the purchase of an additional aircraft to be delivered in 2018. The aircraft will be delivered in the same configuration as the existing Gendarmerie fleet, with mission equipment notably including a hoist, search light, sling, and specific radios. Fourteen EC145s are currently… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jul-17

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Russia signs Mi-171Sh procurement contract with Bangladesh

Russia signs Mi-171Sh procurement contract with Bangladesh

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, signed a contract with Bangladesh’s Air Force for supply of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters. The signing ceremony was held in presence of the Chief of the Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force, Chief Air Marshal Abu Esrar. “Bangladesh is focused on upgrading the national aircraft pool. We are… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Jul-17

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Sikorsky Signs 5 Year Production Contract to Build Black Hawks for US Army

Sikorsky Signs 5 Year Production Contract to Build Black Hawks for US Army

The “Multi-Year IX” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the ninth multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and the U.S. government for H-60 helicopters. The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $3.8 billion and includes options for an additional 103 aircraft, with the total contract value potentially reaching $5.2 billion. Actual production quantities… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Jul-17

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Prince Carl Philip tries the military pilot life

Prince Carl Philip tries the military pilot life

Last week Swedish Prince Carl Philip visited the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing’s air base in Malmen, Link-ping, for a pilot orientation course. The Helicopter Wing states that the instructors were very impressed by the Prince’s piloting skills. At the visit, the Prince was briefed about the unit and how the pilot training is conducted…. Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 28-Jun-17

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German Air Force receives last H145M

German Air Force receives last H145M

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-17

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Delivery of CH-53K spare parts and Labour

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Delivery of CH-53K spare parts and Labour

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $9,616,992 delivery order (N0001917F1618) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for aircraft spares and manufacturing labor for the Marine Corps’ CH-53K system demonstration test article.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in May 2018.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-17

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India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

The Indian Army has taken action and is planning to send ten HAL Dhruv Mk-IVs to Likabali, Assam. They are hoping that the increased amount of weaponized helicopters will help counter the Chinese military that is steadily growing alongside the Sino-Indian border, reports The Diplomat. They hope the squadron will be ready to send in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29 May to 3 June 2017. The flight trials were performed from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Jun-17

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Foreign Pilots to follow new Malaysian Safety Measures

Foreign Pilots to follow new Malaysian Safety Measures

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation has recently announced their new safety measures with regards to foreign commercial helicopter pilots. These pilots must undergo special training as well have specific flight hours according to their contract duration in order to fly in the country. This safety measure was created after an accident in 2016. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

The Israeli Air Force has had to ground their fleet of Apache attack helicopters. One of their technicians found a crack in a blade during routine checks, reports Times of Israel. The fleet will stay grounded until the investigation is over and no other issues are found.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study identified a number of solutions all centered around a Missile Warning System, the Terma Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System, and ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare (EW) controller. Based… Read more »

Source: Terma Aircraft, 22-Jun-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $27,195,000 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $27,195,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $146,596,266 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.  This contract includes a two-year base period and a one-year unpriced option year.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has started assembly of the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at Spirit’s Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on SDTA five is scheduled to begin in September. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 20-Jun-17

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United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

The United Arab Emirates will soon begin with the production of their unmanned version of the Ka-226T helicopter. O.V.Uspenskogo research centre has called this version ESA-In, reports Mena Defence. It is unknown how many of these unmanned helicopters they will be making.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Along with their Ka-52 Alligators, the Egyptian military is receiving Ka-52K Katran helicopters. A contract has not been signed as of yet, reports Defence Web. Viktor Kladov from Rostec has commented that the signing is only a “technical issue.”

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

The Aero Expo India-2017 will be held this year from November 2-5. During this time, India will hold their first Heli-Expo in Rohini at Pawan Hans’ Heliport for the last two days of the expo. They are hoping that the expo will help bring in a boost to the regional air connectivity. The Rohini Heliport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

Unlike their traditional roles, rotorcrafts are being used as part of the comprehensive mission parameters, which calls for integration of advanced and multiple capabilities in rotorcrafts. ·         Global military rotorcraft market is expected to value US$17.9 Billion in 2017, and grow at a CAGR of 4.14%, to value US$26.9 Billion by 2027. ·         The cumulative… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 16-Jun-17

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Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Deputy President, Richard Harris has announced that they are looking into a partnership with Romania to produce attack helicopters. The deal is being discussed between US president Donald Trump and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. The first 6 helicopters will be produced in America but by Romanian specialists. The process will be gradual, what with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Russian Helicopters have a section during the MAKS-2017 aerospace show to demonstrate the Mil Mi-8AMTSh Arctic helicopter. The first batch of Mi-8AMTSHs have been enlisted into service already by the Russian Defence Ministry. Russian specialists also tested the foreign produced AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter in the Arctic. The MAKS-2017 show is being held in Zhukovsky from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

The 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment welcomed their six new AH-64D Apache helicopters this past Tuesday. These new helicopters are replacing their fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield, reports Military.com. Plans are being made to use the Ah-64D in conjunction with the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial system. The mid-sized… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

A contract for five Military Mi-171SH helicopters has been signed between Russian Helicopters and the Bangladesh Air Force. The contract was signed this past Monday at the BAF Air Headquarters. As reported by Quwa, the Minister of Law, Anisul Huq revealed that larger procurements might be in the pipelines for 2017.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-17

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Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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