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Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world’s most capable VTOL UAS, the CAMCOPTER® S-100, and the German company Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently. “Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Sep-16

Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters will attend Helitech International 11-13th October in Amsterdam. The event is the largest helicopter exhibition in Europe dedicated to helicopter products, parts, accessories and services. The show brings together leading manufacturers, suppliers, operators, buyers and engineers in the industry. Patria Helicopters will showcase at the event its services – Sales, Engineering, Production and… Read more »

Source: Patria Helicopters, 30-Sep-16

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Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing over the weekend of my predecessor as CEO, Paul Kuhn. Paul, who joined Kaman in 1999, served as Chairman, President and CEO, retiring in February 2008. He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his fifty-five years as CEO. Paul led… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Sep-16

Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Seventy years ago, on September 24, 1946, pioneering helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Alan Bristow Royal Navy, became the first Briton to land a helicopter on the deck of a naval frigate at sea. Few would have seen in the flimsy Sikorsky Hoverfly KK969 of those pioneering days the forerunner of the sophisticated naval helicopters of today,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 30-Sep-16

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has recently bought a second hand Airbus Helicopters EC25LP Super Puma Mk. It was originally used by the Spanish Police in 2010 for the National Police Corps Special Operations Group and returned to Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as part payment for their new EC135s. It was in storage up… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

Nigeria to receive 12 Mi-35Ms

Nigeria to receive 12 Mi-35Ms

Nigeria will receive 12 Mi-35M helicopters from Russia by 2018 as part of their plan to modernize their defence forces. As reported by Sputnik, the contract for the delivery of the Mi-35Ms was signed in 2015. Anatoly Punchuk has reported that Nigeria was a promising partner to Russia in the military cooperation field. The new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

SB-1 Defiant and V-280 Valor to Fly in 2017

SB-1 Defiant and V-280 Valor to Fly in 2017

The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMR-TD) will see its first planned flight in 2017 as the two rotorcraft that are currently being built by Sikorsky and Boeing and Bell Helicopters, are well on track. The JMR-TD is an Army project that aims to create advanced vertical-flight designs. Such designs could help replace the Army’s Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The first aircraft lifted off from HMAS Albatross yesterday with the first tranche of Flying Instructors from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

AHMEC’s history dates to 1993 when “spurred by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Helicopter Society, a number of rotary wing aviation pioneers and industry leaders discussed how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Helicopter Society and recognize the Delaware Valley as the cradle of rotary wing aviation in the United States,” explained… Read more »

Source: AHMEC, 26-Sep-16

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Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

A Memorandum of Agree has been signed between Boeing and Korean Air. They have agreed to work in partner to develop an unmanned attack platform from MD Helicopters MD500. Boeing has reported that they will provide technical support and together they will market it to the export market. The project is based off of Korean… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries (BDI) kicked off its annual support of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Exercise Wallaby. The event, which runs September 11 – November 8, 2016, is an annual military exercise conducted in the military training area at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland, Australia. The exercise varies in size but can involve land,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Sep-16

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South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

South Korea has to redesign parts of its Surion Helicopter, reports Yonhap News Agency. The Surion did not pass the months-long test as it did not operate sufficiently under extreme and challenging climates. Different parts of the Surion didn’t meet the international standard. The failed parts are now being remade and put under the test… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.  The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-16

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HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

Achieving yet another significant milestone, HAL conducted a technical flight of indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru, today.  The helicopter lifted at 1210 hours and was in the air for 15 minutes at HAL facilities.  The flawless flight was carried out by HAL test pilots. This event marks an important and significant beginning for… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Sep-16

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Safran-powered Indian LUH completes first flight

Safran-powered Indian LUH completes first flight

The first flight of Safran’s Ardiden 1U engine, powering the Indian LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), took place on 6 September in Bangalore. LUH is a new three-ton, single-engine, multipurpose rotorcraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). The Ardiden 1U met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. “This flight marks a major milestone… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Sep-16

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Sikorsky Remaining in Connecticut for 16 Years

Sikorsky Remaining in Connecticut for 16 Years

Sikorsky Aircraft has recently signed a deal to remain based in Connecticut for 16 years. Under the agreement Sikorsky has to provide 8000 employment opportunities, relocate 200 CH-53K King Stallions to Connecticut and double their spending costs of $350 million with state suppliers. This agreement will benefit Sikorsky as they will be qualified for $8.57… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

America’s OH-58D Kiowa Scout helicopters of the 82nd Airborne Division are in for their final deployment to South Korea. When they arrive home, they will be replaced with AH-64 Apaches which are better suited for complex battlegrounds. The Kiowas will be available to the National Guard, be put on the market for foreign sales and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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Taiwan Declines US MH-60R Offer

Taiwan Declines US MH-60R Offer

Taiwan has turned down the offer from the US to sell 8 – 10 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters. Although the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) needs to replace their MD500 anti-submarine helicopters, Shephard Media reports that the defence industry does not have enough funds to replace the aging crafts. Taiwan still retains 21 S-70C Thunderhawks they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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Textool Sues Bell for $1 Million

Textool Sues Bell for $1 Million

Textool, a Houston-based main rotor shaft supplier has sued Bell Helicopters for over $1 million. Textool asks for a jury trial to settle the dispute of failed payments between them. Textool commented saying that Bell Helicopter provided them with raw material that did not meet safety requirements. Textool were told by Bell to use the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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NZ Seasprite makes first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel

NZ Seasprite makes first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel

One of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly acquired fleet of Seasprite helicopters will help transport 23 government staff and about seven tonnes of vital equipment and supplies to the remote Kermadec Islands on its first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel (OPV). An SH-2G (I) Seasprite, one of eight that are… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 22-Sep-16

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Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

The Royal Thai Navy’s U-Tapao air base recently received its order of 5 H145M light utility helicopters. The aim is to eventually replace their ageing Bell 212 helicopters which have been in serve for 38 years. The 5 H145Ms will be used in the 202nd Squadron, Wing 2 of the Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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Airbus and Denel partner to Enhance South African Rooivalk

Airbus and Denel partner to Enhance South African Rooivalk

At the biennial African Aerospace and Defence show in Waterkloof, Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation announced their partnership in the plan to upgrade and modernise the Rooivalk attack helicopter. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reports IT Web, which outlines the steps in the enhancement programme. Such steps include advancing the supportability of the fleet,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

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Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

The South African air force is giving their 39 Oryx helicopters a full upgrade. The upgrade, which will be a multi-million Rand project, includes avionic and engine upgrades with a general renovation of all systems. The Oryx helicopters have been in use for the past 15 years. These helicopters are much needed as they are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

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Bird controllers are essential to avoid Sully situation

Bird controllers are essential to avoid Sully situation

Effective bird control is essential to ensure aviation safety. New awareness for the risk of bird strikes in aviation is being raised by the release of motion picture “Sully: The Untold Story of the Miracle on the Hudson”. Wildlife strikes are relatively infrequent, only 3 percent of the strikes results in aircraft damage and less… Read more »

Source: Bird Control Group, 21-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

At the Army 2016 forum, Russian Helicopters signed supply contracts for aviation inventory for helicopters that are in service for the Indonesian Air Force and the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Also, at the expo, the top managers of Russian Helicopters met with representatives of the Myanmar military agencies. The contract signed with the Indonesian authorities… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 20-Sep-16

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Updated WZ-10 Combat Choppers for China

Updated WZ-10 Combat Choppers for China

China has updated several of their WZ-10 combat helicopters, which have been serving as anti-tank warfare for 4 years, to be equipped for air to air combat. The choppers have been equipped with cannons, guided missiles and machine guns. These updated WZ-10s have been delivered to a unit of the PLA’s 13th Group Army, adding… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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US Coast Guard announce awards

US Coast Guard announce awards

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member, a cruise ship crew and the crew of a maritime academy training ship will be formally recognized at the annual Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) awards ceremony and reception in Washington D.C. Petty Officer Benjamin Cournia, a helicopter rescue swimmer who will receive… Read more »

Source: Association for Rescue at Sea, 20-Sep-16

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Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Madrid, Today, the Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete to the Spanish Army. The handover was made at the Coronel Maté Air Base in Colmenar Viejo, the headquarter of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters assists Mi-8 overhaul in Cuba

Russian Helicopters assists Mi-8 overhaul in Cuba

Russian Helicopters and Cuba’s Tecnoimport signed an agreement on the provision of documentation for the overhaul of Mi-8MT and Mi-8MT-1 helicopters.  The work will be performed by Yuri Gagarin Aircraft Repair Plant in Cuba. “Our contract with Technoimport is the first step for the Cuban side towards an authorization of the repair facility. We believe… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to supply Mi-8 and Mi-17 spares to Peruvian Air Force

Russian Helicopters to supply Mi-8 and Mi-17 spares to Peruvian Air Force

Russian Helicopters won yet another tender to supply aviation inventory for the Mi-8/17 helicopters belonging to the Air Force of Peru.  The contract is expected to be signed in September 2016. Deliveries will take place early 2017. “The victory in yet another Peruvian tender by Russian Helicopters proves that more and more operators choose to… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

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New report – Growth Opportunities in the Global Military Helicopter Market

New report – Growth Opportunities in the Global Military Helicopter Market

The Global Military Helicopter Market is likely to witness a steady growth over near to medium term driven by an increase in defense spending globally spearheaded by a number of strong, sustainable drivers originating from both demand as well as supply side which are likely to propel global demand for military helicopters over the next… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 16-Sep-16

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Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Santino Pancotti, former technical lead for Agusta and AgustaWestland, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was 75. Pancotti was born in Dec. 1940 and joined Agusta in 1958. Initially he worked on Bell 47s licensed from the Fort Worth manufacturer. As a junior designer, he worked on the development of the A102, A103,… Read more »

Source: AHS, 16-Sep-16

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S-97 Raider Program Launches Ground Tests

S-97 Raider Program Launches Ground Tests

The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation started bladed ground testing of their S-97 RAIDER program. The RAIDER is a new military helicopter, designed to outmatch conventional military helicopters. The manoeuvrability, speeds, range and payload are to surpass those of the conventional helicopters. The program was created in 2010 in October to create a helicopter that will meet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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60th Anniversary of Kazan Helicopters Exports

60th Anniversary of Kazan Helicopters Exports

September 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the first export supplies of Kazan Helicopters. The first export was the delivery of a Mi-4 helicopter to Austria, to take people to local ski resorts. In the early 1990s, hopes for large state orders were low.  The management of Kazan Helicopters decided to create its own marketing… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Sep-16

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CAE to upgrade two US Navy simulators

CAE to upgrade two US Navy simulators

CAE today announced that it has won defence contracts valued at more than C$120 million to provide a range of training services and simulation product upgrades for global military customers. One of these sees the United States Navy has exercised additional contract options as part of the MH-60R/S Tech Refresh and Procurement of Simulators (TRPS)… Read more »

Source: CAE, 14-Sep-16

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Airbus appoints new Head of North Asia and China

Airbus appoints new Head of North Asia and China

With effect from 1 September 2016, Marie-Agnes Veve will succeed Norbert Ducrot as the Head of North Asia region and Head of Airbus Helicopters China. Marie-Agnes Veve started her career at Airbus Helicopters in the Design Office in 1982. Since then, she has amassed a great wealth of experience in the company, as the Program… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Sep-16

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Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), together with the U.S. Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The hand-over occurred during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s purpose-built logistics and maintenance facility in Nowra which will house and maintain the new fleet. The ceremony was attended by representatives… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to modernize Mi-26T2

Russian Helicopters to modernize Mi-26T2

-2The main upgrades include advanced handling characteristics, more precise navigation and communication capabilities of the helicopter. The Mi-26T2V will be able to fly to any region including those with complex geographical and unfavorable weather conditions, at any time, on equipped and unequipped routes, on new routes, above featureless terrain, under fire and information counteraction of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-16

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Cobham adds improved feature to Radio Management Systems

Cobham adds improved feature to Radio Management Systems

The TSO-certified RMS 555 Radio Management System is installed on nearly 500 U.S. Military T6-A trainer aircraft, and consists of the RMU-556 Radio Management Unit, KDA-557 RMS Data Adaptor, and RMS-555 Configuration Module. It is also installed in rotorcraft and various international fixed-wing military trainer aircraft. Cobham’s solution will update the RMS 555 system by… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 12-Sep-16

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Lockheed Martin Signs LoI with Polish defence company PGZ

Lockheed Martin Signs LoI with Polish defence company PGZ

Global aerospace and security company Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has signed a wide ranging Letter of Intent (LoI) with Poland’s state owned defence company Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) which could lead to Poland’s involvement in some of the world’s most innovative defence and security programmes. The agreement was signed today at the International Defence Industry Exhibition… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Sep-16

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A Presidential Restoration

A Presidential Restoration

The retired Marine One helicopter that was once host to President Nixon, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford, was driven in a flatbed truck to the Chino Airport, where it will be refurbished by Rancho Cucamonga’s California Aero Fab. This refurbishment is part of a $15 million renovation of the Nixon Presidential Library and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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H225M Caracal lands in Poland for MSPO 2016

H225M Caracal lands in Poland for MSPO 2016

Airbus Helicopters will have a commanding presence at MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, which takes place in Kielce, Poland from 6-9 September 2016. Highlighting its wide range of products, the company will present the H225M Caracal, which landed yesterday in Kielce following a ferry flight from France, together with the Tiger HAD and H145M on… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 09-Sep-16

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Canadian Air Force expecting CH-148 Cyclone project completion in 2025

Canadian Air Force expecting CH-148 Cyclone project completion in 2025

The Canadian air force faces an issue as their order of 28 new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters from Sikorksy Aircraft has been projected to only be completed in 2025. Earlier agreements had said that the order of the new fleet would be done by 2022. This new addition in time creates a problem as the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-16

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Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Sep-16

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LORD Corporation Announces CH-47 Product Qualification

LORD Corporation Announces CH-47 Product Qualification

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has announced product qualification for their Improved Vibration Control System (IVCS) for the Boeing H-47 Chinook helicopter. Under contract with Boeing since Sept. 2013, LORD has completed all program milestones and has received final qualification approval for the state-of-the-art patented system… Read more »

Source: Lord Corp, 08-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to unveil Mi-8MTV-5 with advanced features

Russian Helicopters to unveil Mi-8MTV-5 with advanced features

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will present the first prototype of the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter equipped with the GSOS systems, which was built by Kazan Helicopters.  The helicopter is shown at the International Military and Technical Forum Army-2016 in Kubinka, Moscow región, September 6 – 11 2016. Gyro-stabilized opto-electronic systems (GSOS) are designed for… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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Kratos wins training contract from Swedish Armed Forces

Kratos wins training contract from Swedish Armed Forces

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide helicopter aerial gunnery training for the Swedish Armed Forces at the Kratos Aircrew Training Center (KATC) in Orlando, Florida. Kratos’ Aircrew Training Center incorporates state-of-the-art Virtual Reality and Projection Aircrew Training Devices… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 08-Sep-16

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Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

Jiangsu Tianyu Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. and the 60th Research Institute of the General Staff Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (60th Research Institute) held a signing ceremony for cooperation on an unmanned helicopter project recently. A 200,000 square meter facility in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (Xinbei District) has been selected as the location… Read more »

Source: Changzhou Xinbei District, 08-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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Nigerian Air Force opens Indigenous Maintenance Centre

Nigerian Air Force opens Indigenous Maintenance Centre

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has created a local economy growing industry with the establishment of the first Periodic Depot Maintenance centre, as reported by The Daily Trust. This centre eliminates the expense of sending helicopters abroad for servicing and maintenance and instead uses the brains and capabilities of the local engineers from the Aeronautical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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S.A.F.E. Structure awarded US Coast Guard – Miami contract for MH-65 check stands

S.A.F.E. Structure awarded US Coast Guard – Miami contract for MH-65 check stands

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “Safety First” aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, access platforms, hangar equipment, and specialty tooling, was awarded the contract to manufacture “Safety First” check stands for the MH65 fleet located at The United States Coast Guard Miami, FL Airstation facility.  The “Safety First” check stands… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 02-Sep-16

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Customer Rollout of Innovative MyP&WC Power

Customer Rollout of Innovative MyP&WC Power

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that MyP&WC Power, the company’s new online customer service portal, featuring an easy-to-use shopping cart and advanced transactional and search capabilities, now has more than 14,000 users and will complete its progressive rollout to all customers in a matter of weeks. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp…. Read more »

Source: P&WC, 02-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters strengthening cooperation with Iran

Russian Helicopters strengthening cooperation with Iran

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, for the first time will hold a seminar for Iranian operators and potential customers of Russian helicopters. During the event, which will be held in Tehran from 23 to 25 August, Russian experts will demonstrate current models of civilian helicopters and talk about plans for setting up a… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Sep-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $67M contract for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin awarded $67M contract for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $67,600,195 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the non-recurring engineering, manufacture, and delivery of up to 103 AN/APS-153(V)1 automatic radar periscope detection and discrimination multi-mode radar kits to upgrade the MH-60R fleet aircraft.  Work will be performed at Farmingdale, New York (82.77 percent); Owego,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Aug-16

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Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $80,250,156 for modification of delivery order 0006 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  This is the final year of performance on a five-year, no option performance based logistics contract.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Aug-16

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Sikorsky awarded $11M more for Taiwan and Jordan UH-60M work

Sikorsky awarded $11M more for Taiwan and Jordan UH-60M work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $11,422,199 firm-fixed-price, Foreign Military Sales contract (Taiwan, Jordan) for modified UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter standard spares kits.  One bid was solicited with one received with an estimated completion date of July 21, 2017.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 25-Aug-16

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GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

The United States Army Contracting Command (ACC), based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, awarded GE Aviation a $102M, 24-month contract leading to a Preliminary Design Review of its GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The GE3000 is a 3,000 shaft horsepower engine that will provide advanced turboshaft propulsion capability for the… Read more »

Source: GE, 25-Aug-16

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Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

Kearfott Corp.,* Black Mountain, North Carolina, was awarded a $7,709,471 firm-fixed-price contract for procuring overhaul and repair of the UH-60 servo, roll trim for a minimum quantity of 150 each and a maximum quantity of 1,140 each.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Aug-16

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Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney win design review contract for Black Hawk and Apache engines

Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney win design review contract for Black Hawk and Apache engines

The U.S. Army has announced that the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, has been awarded a contract for preliminary design review of a new engine for the Army’s fleet of Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. The two-year contract, part of the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine (ITE)… Read more »

Source: ATEC, 24-Aug-16

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Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered to the Republic of Korea an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer that the country’s Army air crews will use to prepare for the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters that Boeing begins delivering later this year.The system uses the Apache’s flight software and matured flight and avionics simulation models to create an accurate… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Aug-16

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Swedish aviation museum puts Vertol 107 on civil register

Swedish aviation museum puts Vertol 107 on civil register

The Swedish aviation museum Aeroseum has obtained the formal civil registration for its soon-to-be-flying Kawasaki Vertol 107. The helicopter, which previously served with the Swedish Armed Forces, has been waiting for this since its last landing on 1 March 2011. This touchdown was also the very last landing of a Vertol 107 in the Swedish… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Aug-16

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Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring Systems announced that it had delivered 750 miles of electrical harnessing to complete the wiring phase of AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP). The company has provided harnesses for 30 Merlin Mk2 helicopters, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, which completes the MCSP deliverables. Awarded in 2005, the programme upgrades 30 of… Read more »

Source: Universal, 17-Aug-16

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New CEO for Cobham plc

New CEO for Cobham plc

Cobham plc announces that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bob Murphy, is to step down from his role and from the Board no later than the end of 2016 to pursue other opportunities.  The Board thanks Bob for his leadership during challenging times, including: the development of a clear strategy with a focus on connectivity;… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 17-Aug-16

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Peru signs Mi-35 maintenance contract

Peru signs Mi-35 maintenance contract

Russian Helicopters Holding has awarded the first firm price contracts for the supply of technical aviation equipment for Mi-35 helicopters in service with the Peruvian Air Forces. The contracts were awarded early in July of this year based on the results of tenders won by Russian Helicopters. According to contract terms, the Russian holding shall… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Aug-16

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Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S…. Read more »

Source: Univ Texas Austin, 16-Aug-16

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Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

The experience from the Russian Airforce’s helicopter operations in Syria showed that the full metal blades of lift rotors should be replaced with new ones made of composite materials. Viktor Bondarev, the Colonel General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces, shared with Izvestia that the Mi-28NM upgraded military helicopter will be the first to… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

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Russian Helicopters order backlog reaches 500 aircraft

Russian Helicopters order backlog reaches 500 aircraft

Currently, Russian Helicopters boasts a firm order portfolio of over 500 units. The company says that it will seek to strengthen its global positions via light and off-shore helicopters. According to Alexander Mikheev, the Holding’s CEO, notwithstanding the sanctions and unstable markets, Russian Helicopters is still among the top players on the worldwide helicopters market…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

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90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

A fleet of 90 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft has been deployed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for use in surveillance, airspace defense, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, command/control/communication, air medical rescue and electronic image capture during the month of August in Rio de Janeiro and other states where competitions are taking place. This fleet is comprised of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Aug-16

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USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

U.S. Marine Corps has begun a full reset of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, an effort aimed at significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft and addressing systemic issues, which in recent years drove the platform’s readiness level to unsustainable depths. The issue first came to light following the January 2014 crash… Read more »

Source: USMC, 11-Aug-16

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Indian Ambassador in Russia visits Rostvertol

Indian Ambassador in Russia visits Rostvertol

A delegation headed by the Indian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Pankaj Saran visited Rostvertol, a part of Russian Helicopters Group. The factory’s production facilities and the line of helicopters manufactured by the company were presented in the course of the visit. Pankaj Saran, accompanied by Rostvertol’s directors, visited the factory’s main shop, where he… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 11-Aug-16

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Vector Aerospace may lay off 60 in UK

Vector Aerospace may lay off 60 in UK

A local news outlet in Portsmouth is reporting that 60 jobs at the local Vector Aerospace facility at Fleetlands are at risk after the company lost s contract. Portsmouth News says Vector had bid for the Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrade programme for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook helicopter fleet. Steve Burnell from Boeing Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Aug-16

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Oregon Army National Guard medevac helicopter unit restructures and renames

Oregon Army National Guard medevac helicopter unit restructures and renames

The Oregon Army National Guard’s medical evacuation helicopter unit, well-known for assisting with mountain rescues, underwent a name change due to the restructuring of the Army National Guard. The unit, formerly known as Company C (Charlie), 7-158th Aviation Regiment, was deactivated during a ceremony, August 7, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #1) in… Read more »

Source: US Army, 10-Aug-16

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Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Aug-16

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