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AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

AgustaWestland North America, a Finmeccanica company, will showcase its wide range of rotorcraft solutions for US Special Operations on the joint AgustaWestland/DRS Technologies booth (#1204) at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, taking place from May 20 through 22 in Tampa, Florida. Highlighted to the Special Operations community will be the W-3 Sokol, AW119Kx, and AW169, 139,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-May-14

Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Stankoprom, also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to work together on developing the R&D and production potential of high-tech manufacturing for the Russian helicopter industry through 2016. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for production… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-May-14

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ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

Turbomeca (Safran) will display two of its latest products, the Ardiden 3G – the new member of the Ardiden family selected to power the new Russian Helicopters Kamov Ka-62 – and the 2,100 to 2,600shp shaft horsepower RTM322. The Ardiden is designed to deliver 1,400 to 2,000 shp to helicopters in the five to eight-ton… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 23-May-14

AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded a $6,922,160 firm-fixed-price contract to provide ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services (i.e., search and rescue support, medical evacuations, passenger transfers, internal cargo movement, and dynamic interface testing) in support of Commander, Naval Air Forces Command. AAR Airlift Group, Inc., will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-May-14

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

NHIndustries hosted an NH90 program update at ILA Berlin 2014, presenting the most important milestones in this new generation helicopter’s operations. Guests were welcomed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury, who took the opportunity to underline the helicopter’s outstanding performance and flexibility. NHI President Vincent Dubrule and NHI Managing Director Luigi Cereti reported on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-14

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation today announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-May-14

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland (UMD) today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sikorsky Aircraft (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-May-14

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Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Last week, Airbus Helicopters held a delivery ceremony at their Marignane plant in southern France to hand over the first of six AS332C1e helicopters to Bolivia. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra was on hand to receive the helicopter, as you can see in the official military press photo! The helicotper should arrive in-country in July, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-14

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Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

CEO of the Holding Alexander Mikheev reported about this at a press conference dedicated to the prospects of developing of the Russian helicopter construction at the HeliRussia 2014 International Exhibition. According to Mikheev, the Indian Navy operates enough Ka-28 and Ka-31 helicopters, and sailors are familiar with all of their advantages. The head of Russian… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 19-May-14

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AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded an $8,529,906 indefinite- delivery/indefinite- quantity, fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for dedicated rotary wing services in the Central Africa Region (Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan) with an expected completion date of April 23, 2015. Funds will be obligated on… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $337,772,560 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 12 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps to a fixed-price-incentive for the aircraft and firm-fixed-price… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems, Victor, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,990,280 firm-fixed-price contract for gyroscopes which support helicopter flight controls. This contract was a sole source acquisition. Location of performance is New York, with a March 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 Army working capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $38,530,708 for delivery order 4003 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MH-60 integration and testing of the Advanced Data Transfer System, including mission system and common cockpit suite. These services are in support of… Read more »

16-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

The Coast Guard Atlantic Area command held a ceremony to officially mark the Command Master Chief Change of the Watch in Portsmouth, Thursday. Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Rob” Bushey relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell as the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Master Chief. “I’m thrilled to serve in this capacity where… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 16-May-14

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Second Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course Moves on to Sweden

Second Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course Moves on to Sweden

The course, jointly hosted by the Sweden and the UK, will train both a new cadre of tactics instructors as well as delivering bespoke instructional training to returning graduates from last year. In total the course lasts eight weeks across two phases, a Classroom and Simulator Phase which ran between March 23 and April 13… Read more »

Source: EDA, 15-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) by an Optionally Piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix™ Technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). With the autonomous… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-May-14

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PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO, a Woman-Owned Small Business, has been awarded a 5 year contract from the US Army for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 Helicopter Rotor Blade Tip Cap. The maximum potential value of the entire contract is $6,365,650.00. Repair & Overhaul of the Tip Caps will be conducted at PAS MRO’s Irvine, California… Read more »

Source: PAS MRO, 14-May-14

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HeliHub.com posts milestone 20,000th News Story

HeliHub.com posts milestone 20,000th News Story

In a little over five years, the HeliHub.com team has now reached the staggering milestone of 20,000 news stories.  That averages out at 14.6 stories every weekday, and the reality is a little higher as that calculation does not take account of public holidays or our usual 10-12 day closure around Christmas and the New… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-14

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NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

Numerous dignitaries, military personnel, contractors, and their families attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Navy’s newest helicopter hangar at NAS North Island April 25. This facility was designed with sustainable features and built to support the operations of three HSC squadrons. Naval Base Coronado (NBC) Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Sund, and Commodore, Helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-May-14

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Marines train to land Osprey in rough terrain

Marines train to land Osprey in rough terrain

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, executed confined aerial landings and flight instrument training May 6 on Kadena Air Base and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The squadron is with MAG-36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Confined aerial landings and flight instrument training are some of the… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-May-14

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ATK wins Korean Army AH-1S upgrade program

ATK wins Korean Army AH-1S upgrade program

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a contract from the Republic of Korea Army for the purchase, installation and integration of its AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication (HFI and Laser Warning) onto AH-1S helicopters. The upgrade will also include the installation of the AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing system. ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System is… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-May-14

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Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

The Libyan cabinet has approved the Ministry of Interior’s plans to purchase four helicopters for the National Security Authority’s fire-fighting division.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 12-May-14

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Terma highlights pilot situational awareness capabilities

Terma highlights pilot situational awareness capabilities

During AAAA’s Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit at Gaylord, Opryland Hotel on 4-6 May 2014 in Nashville, TN. Terma showcases innovative and cost-effective capabilities that meet the needs of the U.S. Army Terma’s exhibition will feature the company’s wide range of aircraft situational awareness solutions currently fielded on army and air force rotorcraft and fixed… Read more »

Source: Terma, 12-May-14

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Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

Bell’s parent Textron released unaudited first quarter results recently, with Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly quoted as saying“Revenues at Textron Aviation and Industrial were up during the quarter, while revenues at Bell and Textron Systems were down, as we expected”.  The detailed section for Bell – like its sister companies within the group – was brief,… Read more »

11-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $1,244,677,064 fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program. This contract provides for the procurement of six test aircraft and the associated support equipment, integration of mature government-defined mission systems, a training system including a flight training device… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $7,920,664 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4007) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for Aircraft Mine Counter Measure Removable Mission Equipment B Kits in support of the MH-60S aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,756,377 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7027 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 11 items for the command cockpit used in H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, (73 percent); Farmingdale, New York, (21.25 percent); Middletown, Connecticut, (2.5 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

The Global Military Helicopter MRO market is expected to witness an increasing demand for military helicopter MRO services in emerging countries during the forecast period. It is expected that the demand for the military helicopters will increase in developing countries such as India, Pakistan, and China. This in turn could result in an increase in… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 08-May-14

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Papal helicopter put on display in museum

Papal helicopter put on display in museum

The Mi-8 helicopter used by His Holiness John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 has been put on display in the Polish Aviation Museum at Krakow. Carrying military serial 620, the Mi-8 is shown in the colours of the VIP flight – 36 Specjalny Pułk Lotnictwa Transportowego, or 36th Special Regiment of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-14

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Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell is cutting 325 more jobs as the company continues to downsize in the face of declining defense spending and competitive pressures – see full story

07-May-14

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Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), presented its VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) sensor solution today at the 2014 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Meeting and Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. VisionEdge addresses the life threatening challenges associated with degraded visual environment situations, enhancing the military aviator’s ability… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 07-May-14

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L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution systems for the Bell V-280 Valor™. John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Astronics is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that power management company, Eaton (NYSE: ETN) will be providing the hydraulic system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Eaton is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Meggitt Inc. will be providing the fuel system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Meggitt is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded an $8,021,387 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for Mission CareTM support for the CV-22 AE1107C engine, including lower power engine removals. Work will be performed in Oakland, California (70 percent) and Indianapolis, Indiana (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-May-14

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First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

The first engine test bench run of Turbomeca’s new Arrius 2R turboshaft tookplace on April 29th 2014 at the company’s Bordes factory in southwestern France. The latest Arrius variant is destined for Bell Helicopter’s new Jet Ranger replacement,the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM, and the initial rotations were witnessed by Bell Helicopter’s 505 Program Director… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 06-May-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-May-14

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Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently hosted a customer day at its impressive Almondbank facility in Perth. The event showcased the growing capabilities offered at the site – including a new composite repair facility, completed on 4 April – all of which are set to deliver… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-May-14

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L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L‐3 WESCAM announced today successful ground and flight demonstrations of its MX™-25D at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Alabama on April 16, 2014. Through a cooperative agreement between the Apache Sensors Product Office and L-3 WESCAM, the demonstrations were conducted to investigate available electro-optical technologies. The original ground demonstration prompted the Sensors… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 06-May-14

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Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI),… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 06-May-14

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Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station (GCS) will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-14

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Unical Aviation appoints VP of Military Division

Unical Aviation appoints VP of Military Division

Roger Wassmuth has joined Unical Aviation Inc. to lead and expand its newly formed Military Division. As Vice President, Military Division, Wassmuth is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that will drive sales and fuel aggressive growth. In addition to leading the organization, key areas of focus will include establishing partnerships, license and distribution… Read more »

Source: Unical Aviation, 05-May-14

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Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release (AWR) of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket (LGR) on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 05-May-14

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AgustaWestland joins Finmeccanica North America at Quad-A

AgustaWestland joins Finmeccanica North America at Quad-A

AgustaWestland North America, a Finmeccanica company, will showcase its range of solutions for the US Army on the joint Finmeccanica North America booth (#1731) at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit, taking place in Nashville, Tennessee from May 4 through 6. AgustaWestland is highlighting the AW119Kx, a light-single engine helicopter featuring… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-May-14

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National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies Associates Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $6,567,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering/logistics and acquisition logistics support services to the V-22 Joint Program Office. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $3,751,515 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 30, 2017. Bids were solicited via the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-14

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter’s close air support and attack capabilities. Boeing pilots flew the aircraft for less than 20-minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-May-14

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AVX Aircraft Attending 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

AVX Aircraft Attending 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

AVX Aircraft Company today announced that they will be attending the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4-6, 2014.  AVX will have a large booth with new displays and information on its innovative Compound Coaxial Helicopter design which is one of four designs competing for the Army’s JMR contract. In addition… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 02-May-14

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AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company is proud to provide its support to the Royal Canadian Air Force in deploying an AW101/CH-149 Cormorant for Exercise COOPERACIÓN III in Peru.  The exercise is running until May 2, 2014. “This is the first time the RCAF has deployed a Cormorant outside Canada and we are pleased to provide assistance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-May-14

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with all seven main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades attached for the first time to a non-flying prototype called the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). Powered “Light-Off” with rotor… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-May-14

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Czech military institute develops Mi-171 mission rehearsal system

Czech military institute develops Mi-171 mission rehearsal system

The Czech Air Force and Air Defense Technical Institute,known as VTÚLaPVO Praha, works to integrate communication and information systems to aid decision-making in support of air and army forces command and security crisis management. As part of their work, they were tasked to develop a new Mi-171 helicopter mission rehearsal system for the Army of… Read more »

Source: VT-MAK, 02-May-14

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17,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

17,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 17,000 images in its main Gallery, and over 309 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over time. HeliHub.com plans to utilise… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters Inc.*, Aurora, Ore., was awarded a $30,552,180 firm-fixed-price contract for the after rotor head and the forward rotor head for the Chinook weapons system. The minimum quantity (combined for the rotor heads) is ten and the maximum quantity is 198. Funding and performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-14

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Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014. Consolidating its unmatched maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den Helder. The North… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-14

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Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a low-rate initial production contract from the U.S. Navy to deliver FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6 million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 30-Apr-14

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M International at 2014 Mission Solutions Summit

M International at 2014 Mission Solutions Summit

M International’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS) and MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) will be exhibiting at booth #2908 from May 4th to the 6th during the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Both companies will have representatives available to answer questions relating to the maintenance,… Read more »

Source: M International, 30-Apr-14

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Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

The K-MAX unmanned aircraft system has made a name for itself in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions flown and delivering over 4 million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in 2011. This week, the K-MAX cargo-hauling copter will achieve a different type of milestone. K-MAX will make… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Apr-14

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US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

ARMTEC Countermeasures Co., Cochella, Calif., was awarded an $11,450,440 modification (P00034) to firm-fixed-price contract W52P1J-09-C-0055 to exercise the option for 390,800 each M206 decoy countermeasure flares (389,300 for U.S. Air Force and 1500 each for the U.S. Army) for protection of helicopters and low altitude aircraft. Work will be performed in East Camden, Ark., with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-14

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Every sixth helicopter in the world is Russian

Every sixth helicopter in the world is Russian

Upon its foundation in 2002, the Russian company Oboronprom began to consolidate the helicopter industry under its auspices. By 2004, Oboronprom had incorporated the helicopter design bureau Mile, and by 2005, it joined the Kamovtsy alliance. Nonetheless, the industry remained fragmented. In 2007, the state corporation Rostec established the subsidiary project of Russian Helicopters under the framework… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 30-Apr-14

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VMM-263 maintains excellence aboard Mesa Verde

VMM-263 maintains excellence aboard Mesa Verde

Since the first MV-22 Ospreys were deployed to Iraq in 2007, the Marines of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 have built a reputation for overcoming adversity through teamwork and ingenuity. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) current deployment has proven an opportunity for VMM-263 (Reinforced) Detachment A to continue that tradition aboard the USS… Read more »

Source: USMC, 30-Apr-14

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US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

Marines, sailors, and distinguished visitors gathered together aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, to observe Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 receive a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony, April 26, 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Brian T. Koch took command of VMM-162 from Lt. Col. Robert A. Freeland. The squadron from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.,… Read more »

Source: USMC, 30-Apr-14

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Registration open for HAI and Quad-A Career Development Sessions

Registration open for HAI and Quad-A Career Development Sessions

Make the most of your military aviation experience: prepare yourself with inside knowledge of the helicopter industry that will make you more knowledgeable in the present and prepare you for success in the future — no matter which direction your aviation career takes you! The Army Aviation Association of America’s (Quad-A) 2014 Army Aviation Mission… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Apr-14

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HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

Marines, Sailors, families and former members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 celebrated the squadron’s 70th anniversary aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 26. Throughout the past seven decades, HMH-462 made its mark in history as a Marine Corps work horse, attributing their success to the countless missions the squadron flew for… Read more »

Source: USMC, 29-Apr-14

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Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

They train to the same standards as their active duty counterparts and cost 60 percent less to maintain. Yet after years of defending freedom in Afghanistan, Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers are being told they are unworthy of operating the Army’s premier attack helicopter. Army leaders recently revealed a plan to take away all 192 National Guard AH-64D… Read more »

Source: Arizona National Guard, 28-Apr-14

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Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and… Read more »

Source: Kentucky ANG, 27-Apr-14

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Airbus Helicopters selects Software Testing Solution Provider

Airbus Helicopters selects Software Testing Solution Provider

Vector Software, the world’s leading provider of innovative software solutions for testing safety and mission critical embedded applications, announced today that Airbus Helicopters has selected VectorCAST™ as their standard corporate test solution for the company’s division in Germany. The company chose the VectorCAST/Cover, VectorCAST/C++ and VectorCAST/Ada tools to ensure that they are able to use… Read more »

Source: Vector Software, 27-Apr-14

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US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $38,409,418 firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition. This contract is a stand-alone delivery order on a basic delivery order agreement. This is a 51-month base contract with no options. Location of performance is Texas with a July 31, 2018… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $103,800,000 firm-fixed-price contract for advance procurement funding for the purchase of long lead items as part of the AH-64E Apache Full Rate Production Lot 5 aircraft requirement. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $103,800,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James, currently the commander of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, has been picked to command the Latham-based 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The brigade headquarters, along with the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, and Company A of the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, also from Latham, deployed to Kuwait in… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Apr-14

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