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Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Feb-18

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000503) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system kits and spares for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-18

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Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

To celebrate the arrival of their 12 Black Hawk helicopters, the Jordanian military held a ceremony. The ceremony included a flyover, with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Quick Reaction Force performing a drill where they rescued a “wounded” hostage, reports Fox News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

The RCAF has a timeline planned out for the overhaul of their Griffon helicopters, ensuring they can stay in service into the 2030s. The overhaul includes replacement of cockpit instruments, integration of new avionics, as well as modification to the flight simulators, reports Ottawa Citizen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed has sent a request to the Pentagon for funding of $212 million that would go towards a $9 billion Sikorsky purchase. Lockheed has said that the purchase will enable taxpayers to save $8 in efficacies per $1 spent. The Department of Defence is currently auditing the request to ensure that the proposed savings do… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-18

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc.,** Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $7,226,520 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for UH-60A helicopter special purpose electrical cable assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a sole source acquisition that utilized other than full and open competition under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).  Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-18

Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are putting their Enstrom 480B up for auction again. The helicopter was put on auction a week prior, reports Baltic Course, but no bids were made on it. They hope to sell the helicopter and with the money made, purchase a new fixed wing observation plane. The Enstrom… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

The Nigerian Air Force has launched their second Bell 412 helicopter into service. The aircraft had been impounded by customs, after Nigeria could not provide end user certificates after the aircraft had modifications done to it in America. It received an overhaul and repair in the United States as well as in Canada, reports Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

The contract between India and Rostec for 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters will soon be finalised. Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov, has commented that negotiations with regards to the delivery have been settled and they are expecting to sign the contract within the first three months of 2018, reports New India Express.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Helicopter pilot training for the Afghan army at Fort Rucker is shifting to UH-60 Black Hawks now that the Russian Mi-17 training program has come to an end. The Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command recently shipped the last two operational Mi-17 helicopters from Fort Rucker to Afghanistan, ending a seven-year training program… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 24-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019.  This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-18

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Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

First modernized Ka-27M helicopter has arrived at the Baltic Fleet Air Force base. In the near future, the second such helicopter will enter the service with the base. After this, the pilots will start learning to operate the new rotary wing aircraft. Following all required preliminary events, the naval pilots will start test flights and… Read more »

Source: Russian Military, 16-Jan-18

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Russian Air Force prepares for Ansat-U training from March

Russian Air Force prepares for Ansat-U training from March

Pilot-instructors of the Air Force Military Academy have started learning to operate new Ansat-U helicopters. The new aircraft were delivered to the training air base in Saratov region in December 2017. Third-year cadets of the Syzran Branch of the Military Academy are to perform first sorties on such training helicopters in March 2018. The Air… Read more »

Source: Russian Military, 16-Jan-18

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AECOM awarded $442 Million Fort Rucker training contract

AECOM awarded $442 Million Fort Rucker training contract

AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has been awarded a nine-year contract by the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to provide rotary wing flight training instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The US$442 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, which successfully resolved a protest,… Read more »

Source: AECOM, 16-Jan-18

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Boeing to supply Indonesia with AH-64E and CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to supply Indonesia with AH-64E and CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing is looking to increase their co-operation with Indonesia’s heavylift transport helicopter programme. They will supply both AH-64E Apache helicopters as well as CH-47F Chinooks. Boeing is also providing training for the Apache helicopters, reports IHS Jane’s.

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-18

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Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $193,850,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for eight Saudi Arabian National Guard and nine Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces unique UH-60M aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-18

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Clayton International awarded $8M contract for Egyptian Government AS-61 maintenance

Clayton International awarded $8M contract for Egyptian Government AS-61 maintenance

Clayton International Inc.,* Peachtree City, Georgia, is being awarded a $7,685,795 firm-fixed-price contract to provide depot level maintenance for one AS-61 Helicopter in support of the government of Egypt.  Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.  Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,685,795… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-18

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Russian Helicopters Intends to Participate in the Tender of the Indian Navy

Russian Helicopters Intends to Participate in the Tender of the Indian Navy

The Russian Helicopters holding intends to participate in the tender for the supply of 111 shipborne Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian Navy. This light multi-purpose helicopter can comfortably seat up to seven people or one ton of cargo, and it can be produced by the Russian-Indian joint venture, the creation of which was agreed upon… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 15-Jan-18

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Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 10-Jan-18

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US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jan-18

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Bluedrop to deliver CH-148 rear crew mission trainer to Canadian military

Bluedrop to deliver CH-148 rear crew mission trainer to Canadian military

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPLI) through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. has received a $1M contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program to deliver an innovative new approach to hoist training for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Maritime Helicopter (MH) community. The new CH-148 virtual reality Rescue Hoist Simulator will… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 10-Jan-18

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ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) based in the German city of Bonn have won a contract to supply EC135 helicopters to train German military pilots.  The contract was awarded to ALT on 19th December after a competitive tender, and targets a total of 6,500 flying hours over a three year period.  This tender included not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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Lord Co awarded $27M contract for V-22 Parts Repair

Lord Co awarded $27M contract for V-22 Parts Repair

Lord Co., Erie, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $27,067,123 five-year firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for repair of three items used on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Erie, Pennsylvania, and work is expected to be completed by January 2023.  Working capital funds (Navy) will be obligated as individual task orders are issued and funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $57,107,283 for not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed fee modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. CC-RAM is an aircraft readiness improvement initiative to modify MV-22 aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000502) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $12,797,722 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 procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,596,160 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jan-18

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HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army today. This comes close on the heels of HAL receiving RFP for supply of 83 LCAs (Light Combat Aircraft) just days ago.

Source: HAL India, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,723,840 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-AQ01 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-18-F-AQ01 for repair of one weapon repairable assembly on the airborne low frequency sonar system Sonar Dome, which is required to support the H-60 helicopter.  Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded $21,435,687 for modification P00032 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0132).  This modification provides for programmatic and logistical support to develop damage limits and tolerances of engine components as well as the completion of maintenance task analysis and maintenance planning to establish organic depot level repair for the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,089,793 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0054, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-11-G-0003.  This modification provides for acquisition logistics support for the H-1Upgrades program.  Services to be provided include logistics management, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) are currently drawing up plans to acquire 24 attack helicopters. The purchase will a part of the Armed Forces of Philippines modernization programme, reports Jane’s 360.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

The South Korean Army test fired their Stinger missiles from Apache helicopters this past Wednesday, reports Reuters. The air-to-air missile firing drill was a success, according to the army.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the AH-1Z gun turrets for Pakistan

General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the AH-1Z gun turrets for Pakistan

General Dynamics-OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, is being awarded $9,064,921 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007) for the procurement of 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters in support of the Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan.  Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (50 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Airbus Helicopter Southern Africa (AHZA) delivered a new H125 helicopter to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). The arrival of the new helicopter came at the same time as their inauguration ceremony of their upgraded runway at the Mejametalana Airbase. The new helicopter will be used for healthcare assistance, transporting educational and electoral materials as well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Dec-17

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Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russia’s State Transport Leasing Corporation (GTLK) signed an MoU with Russian Helicopters during the MAKS 2017 exhibition for 31 medevac helicopters. This number is made up of 13 Mil Mi-8AMTs, 12 Kazan Helicopters and 6 Mi-8MTV-1s, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Russian Helicopters has released four new Mil Mi-8MTV-1 across Russia. GTLK delivered one to the Republic of Komi and one to Nenets Autonomous District. The third helicopter was delivered by RVS Holding to Pskov Region and Omsk Civil Aviation Plant delivered the fourth helicopter to the Amur Region, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017. The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman enhanced Fire Scout’s capability, concepts of operations (CONOPS) and mission sets by demonstrating targeting capabilities at-sea, over… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 08-Dec-17

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First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

Crew members and ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773 (HMLA-773) conducted innovative drooped gun training that will set the standard across the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 1, 2017 here. A drooped gun is a malfunction that occurs when an AH-1W SuperCobra 20 mm Gatling gun does not stow in its turret when landing…. Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 08-Dec-17

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Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

The Royal Australian Navy has marked the end of an era by handing over the last of its S‑70B-2 Seahawk “Bravo” helicopters to the Australian War Memorial for preservation in the national collection. Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan, said it was important milestone for the Australian Defence Force. “The… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 08-Dec-17

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ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

The consortium formed by ENGIE Ineo (agent) and NHV (co-contractor), has won a maintenance and repair service contract for the Maintenance of Operational Condition (MCO) of Dauphin helicopters N fleet (SA 365N) and the realization of planned visits of the cells and engines of Dauphin Pedro and Panther. This 4-year contract, signed by the ‘Integrated… Read more »

Source: ENGIE Ineo, 08-Dec-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,000,000 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services in support of the V-22 aircraft platform.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Dec-17

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SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (NAC/AW/SW) 1st Class John Kurack was named the NAS Patuxent River 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year due to his deckplate leadership and commitment to excellence for both Pax River and the Search and Rescue (SAR) division. As the Leading Petty Officer for SAR — whose mission is to provide search… Read more »

Source: SAR Air Crewman, 05-Dec-17

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Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

The French anti-corruption office has launched an investigation into the sale of 45 French military EC145 helicopters to Kazakhstan. They are trying to determine whether the signing of the contract enabled illegal commissions to intermediaries, reports Expansión.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

Tyonek Global Services LLC, Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $16,031,998 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract for the integration of the health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an expected completion date of March 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $10,609,303 are being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-17

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Lockheed awarded $22M contract for MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons

Lockheed awarded $22M contract for MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, was awarded a $22,453,496 delivery order (N0001918F1594) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019), for non-recurring engineering required to modify, test and qualify the MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons Replaceable Assembly to address the diminishing… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $14,726,111 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00086 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to exercise an option for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-17

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Sikorsky awarded $15M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky awarded $15M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed-Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $15,069,223 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F1611 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-16-D-1000) for VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework. Services include security, project engineering, integrated logistics support, material support, sustainment engineering, training, and program support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-17

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Pakistan close to buying 39 T129 attack helicopters

Pakistan close to buying 39 T129 attack helicopters

Pakistan has shown interest in acquiring 39 of Turkey’s T129 Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopters (ATAK). Their Defence Production Minister, Rana Tanvir Hussein announced last week that the selling process was almost complete, reports Daily Sabah.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded $7,426,983 for modification P00005 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 4012, placed under basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019).  This procurement provides for additional software modifications required to establish a software baseline for the MH-60R aircraft in support of the government of Saudi Arabia.  Work will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-17

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MH-60R completes deck trials on Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart

MH-60R completes deck trials on Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart

It was a marriage made in…Fleet Base East recently, when Navy’s most sophisticated helicopter partnered with Navy’s most potent and capable warship. The ‘Guided Missile Destroyer and MH-60R Seahawk Deck Handling Trial’ took place on 7 November at the Oiler Wharf, Garden Island, Sydney. At the centre of the union was Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 27-Nov-17

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First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and Afghan Air Force leaders were in attendance to congratulate the pilots during this historic ceremony. “I am happily announcing… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 27-Nov-17

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EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,815,783 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Israel, with an April 30, 2021, performance completion date. Using… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-17

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Northrop awarded $11M contract for 54 Mission Computers for H-1 Aircraft

Northrop awarded $11M contract for 54 Mission Computers for H-1 Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded $10,709,752 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026). This delivery order provides for the delivery of 54 technical refresh mission computers for incorporation into the production line H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Nov-17

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Croatian Kiowas perform first group live firing

Croatian Kiowas perform first group live firing

The Pilots of the Helicopter Squadron of the 93rd Croatian Air Force and Air Defence performed the first tactical live firing and rocket launching from OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in the Training Range “Eugen Kvaternik“ near Slunj from 10 – 12 November 2017  in day and night time conditions. It has been the 3rd cycle… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia, 21-Nov-17

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Israeli Brigadier General takes CH-53K King Stallion orientation flight

Israeli Brigadier General takes CH-53K King Stallion orientation flight

Naval Air Systems Command and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, hosted a ‘first of its kind’ orientation flight in the CH-53K King Stallion for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, Israeli Air Force, Commander, Air Support and Helicopter Division, during a test flight Nov. 7. The 90-minute orientation flight included various operational maneuvers, landings and takeoffs, providing… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Systems Command, 20-Nov-17

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Harris Corp awarded $100M contract for CV-22 Countermeasures

Harris Corp awarded $100M contract for CV-22 Countermeasures

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $100,000,000 modification for a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The contract provides suite of integrated radio and frequency countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. The majority of the work is performed in Clifton, NJ, with ordering periods… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-17

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Raytheon awarded $8M contract for Delivery of H-60 Spare Parts

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for Delivery of H-60 Spare Parts

Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a $7,807,832 firm-fixed-price delivery order (LG00) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-14-G-001X) with no option periods for H-60 aircraft spare parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Texas, with an Aug. 30, 2019,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-17

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UAE to build unmanned Ka226T

UAE to build unmanned Ka226T

The United Arab Emirates will be starting production of an unmanned version of the Ka226T. The O.V.Uspenskogo Research Centre has already begun with the development of the helicopter, reports Mena Defence.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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