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Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales announces that Scorpion® helmet-mounted sight and display (HMSD) has been selected for Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) for South Korean Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) and to equip after completion on LAH EMD. At the end of an open competition, KAI made the choice of efficiency, modern technology and reliability. Thales will provide 400 HMSD… Read more »

Source: Thales, 14-Jul-16

Sikorsky shows Polish built armed Black Hawk at Farnborough

Sikorsky shows Polish built armed Black Hawk at Farnborough

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) unveiled a European-built Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter at the Farnborough International Airshow, showcasing the types of weapons that can be integrated onto the multirole aircraft. Armed external wings on either side of the displayed aircraft feature a total of four weapons stations, with launchers for a mix of air-to-ground missiles, a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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Kaman contracted to establish maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Seasprites

Kaman contracted to establish maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Seasprites

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that its Air Vehicles and MRO (AVMRO) unit has been awarded a three-year contract with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the establishment of depot level maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) SH-2G(E) helicopter program. The contract has… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 14-Jul-16

Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo announced at Farnborough International Air Show it recently received a contract award notification for the avionics and engine upgrade of five Lynx Mk95 helicopters currently in service with the Portuguese Navy. The contract is expected to be signed in the coming few weeks. Leonardo welcomes this further recognition of the outstanding naval & modern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-16

Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration is now open for the conference Future Helicopter Technology taking place in Prague on the 26th and 27th October 2016. This, the 3rd event in SMi’s series of helicopter technology conferences, revered as the highest level meeting for rotary fleet commanders from the most forward thinking military nations, will focus on effective strategies for… Read more »

Source: SMI, 12-Jul-16

Mahindra to make parts for Airbus AS565MBe Panther

Mahindra to make parts for Airbus AS565MBe Panther

Airbus Helicopters has awarded a contract to Mahindra Aerostructures to make airframe parts for the AS565 MBe Panther. These parts will be produced at the Mahindra facility in Bengaluru. They will be shipped directly to the Airbus Helicopter production line in Marignane, France where they will be integrated with the rest of the airframe assembly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Jul-16

LockMart explores Adaptable Weapons Kit for S70i Black Hawks

LockMart explores Adaptable Weapons Kit for S70i Black Hawks

Lockheed Martin is exploring options to bring its weapons integration expertise to bear on the European-built S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters made by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. The goal is to produce an armed kit scalable to the requirements of customers that procure International BLACK HAWK aircraft direct from Lockheed Martin. “Last year’s acquisition of… Read more »

Source: LockMart, 12-Jul-16

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

The new arrangement recognises the mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland), and includes commitments to working together on year-on-year improvements in cost effectiveness. It also recognises our respective roles in enhancing national prosperity through exports, where success generates revenue for the company and helps sustain valuable UK jobs and… Read more »

Source: UK MOD, 12-Jul-16

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UK military picks Safran Turbomeca engines for EC135 training fleet

UK military picks Safran Turbomeca engines for EC135 training fleet

Safran has been selected to supply engines for the training aircraft selected for Rotary Wing training under the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. Safran Helicopter Engines will provide Arrius 2B2Plus and Arriel 2E turbines for the fleet of Airbus Helicopters H135 and H145. Safran maintains its position of preferred engine manufacturer for helicopter… Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Jul-16

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PGZ partners with Sikorsky on Polish S70i bid

PGZ partners with Sikorsky on Polish S70i bid

Sikorsky and its subsidiary PZL Mielec have today signed a memorandum of understanding with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), one of the largest defence groups in Europe, under which PGZ companies would have significant involvement in the S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopter programme if Sikorsky and PZL Mielec are selected by the Polish government to provide a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

Boeing  will deliver 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the British Army under an agreement signed between the U.S. and UK governments, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today. The agreement is also a precursor to potential, significant long-term support opportunities for Boeing. David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jul-16

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Piedmont Propulsion Systems Advances into Military Helicopter MRO

Piedmont Propulsion Systems Advances into Military Helicopter MRO

Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC (PPS), a world leader in propeller maintenance and overhaul for the regional airline and military markets, announced today a major milestone in its advance into the military helicopter MRO market. PPS has received approval from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering command for maintenance and overhaul activities on the UH-60… Read more »

Source: Piedmont, 11-Jul-16

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Inzpire takes products and services at Farnborough International 2016

Inzpire takes products and services at Farnborough International 2016

Combining technology, innovation and the operational experience of their people, who have served in the UK armed forces around the world, Inzpire, based in Lincoln, UK, will be demonstrating their unique capabilities at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow11-15 July 2016.   Since its inception in 2005 Inzpire has rapidly expanded its customer base by successfully… Read more »

Source: Inzpire, 11-Jul-16

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Bell-Boeing wins $74M order for one V-22 for US Navy

Bell-Boeing wins $74M order for one V-22 for US Navy

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $73,939,536 for modification P00053 to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target multi-year contract (N00019-12-C-2001).  This modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of one CV-22 tilt rotor aircraft for the Air Force pursuant to the variation in quantity clause.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jul-16

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Myanmar delegation visits Russian Helicopters

Myanmar delegation visits Russian Helicopters

A delegation from the Republic of Myanmar Defense Ministry, headed by Air Force Major General Khin Aung Myint, visited the Kazan Helicopters facility of the Russian Helicopters The delegation inspected the facility’s recently upgraded sites, including modular assembly and paint shops, as well as a stationary helicopter exhibition. The guests were presented Mi-17V-5 and Ansat… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Jul-16

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CAE confirms sale and details of seven FTDs for UK

CAE confirms sale and details of seven FTDs for UK

CAE was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide Airbus Helicopters H135/H145 synthetic training equipment in support of the United Kingdom’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. CAE will provide a total of seven flight training devices (FTDs) and one command and tactics trainer (CTT) for the Airbus Helicopters H135/H145 family, which were recently… Read more »

Source: CAE, 08-Jul-16

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Israel to buy eight surplus Seahawk plus equipment in $300M contract

Israel to buy eight surplus Seahawk plus equipment in $300M contract

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for Excess SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter equipment and support. The estimated cost is $300 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 5, 2016. The Government of Israel has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Jul-16

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Cobham poaches CFO from rival QinetiQ

Cobham poaches CFO from rival QinetiQ

Cobham plc is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mellors as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His starting date is to be confirmed but not expected to be later than 1 January 2017. David is currently CFO of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE 250 science and engineering company that operates primarily in the defence, security… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Jul-16

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Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell have announced that they will Helicopter will showcase the Bell 407GXP at Farnborough Air Show, which opens next Monday in the UK.  The aircraft was shown this last weekend at Heli UK Expo, and is pending delivery to Topflight Helicopters – an order announced earlier this year at the HAI Heli Expo in Louisville. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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Bird Aerosystems to demo Airborne Missile Protection System at Farnborough

Bird Aerosystems to demo Airborne Missile Protection System at Farnborough

BIRD Aerosystems would like to invite you to visit our Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS-MV) static demo at Farnborough 2016. During the show, BIRD will be presenting an installation of AMPS-MV on MI-8 Helicopter. The AMPS-MV is the most advanced AMPS configuration, including the MACS confirmation sensor, that enables practical zero False Alarm Rate and… Read more »

Source: Bird Aerosystems, 30-Jun-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $40M contract for MH-60R software product improvement

Lockheed Martin awarded $40M contract for MH-60R software product improvement

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded a $40,382,466 cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order 4019, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019), for non-recurring engineering efforts in support of the MH-60R aircraft for the integration of software product improvement.  These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and the Government of Australia.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-16

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Key deliveries of W-3PL Głuszec and W-3RM Anakonda to Polish military

Key deliveries of W-3PL Głuszec and W-3RM Anakonda to Polish military

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, is pleased to inform that it is handing over to the Polish Armed Forces the last in the second series of four W-3PL Głuszec helicopters, which will bring the total number of Głuszec helicopters in the service of the Polish Army to eight. Moreover the handover of the first two out… Read more »

Source: PZL, 29-Jun-16

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Serbia receives first pair of Mi-17V-5 helicopters

Serbia receives first pair of Mi-17V-5 helicopters

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered two medium military-transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia. The rotorcraft was manufactured at Kazan Helicopter Plant. The delivery was carried out under a contract signed by Rosoboronexport. The agreement was signed in September 2015 and was fulfilled on time. In addition… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Jun-16

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Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

The presentation of an update yesterday on the Norwegian investigation of April’s EC225 accident brings us closer to the issue being one that puts the onus on Airbus rather than CHC – see earlier article. If, and we stress it is still conditional, the final report continues in the same way, then Airbus Helicopters have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport June 17, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.  [HeliHub.com editor note – these include MD serial numbers 0223FF, 0256FF and 0257FF] The MD-530s were delivered to the Afghan Air Force providing them an expanded capability to support… Read more »

Source: USAF, 29-Jun-16

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Australian Army receive three Chinooks over two months ahead of schedule

Australian Army receive three Chinooks over two months ahead of schedule

In a major boost to Army’s medium lift helicopter capability, CASG has delivered three additional CH-47Fs Chinooks two and half months ahead of schedule. The addition of three CH-47Fs to the existing fleet of seven significantly expands Army’s battlefield capability in the areas of air mobile, air assault, aero medical evacuation and amphibious operations, as… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 28-Jun-16

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AAR awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

AAR awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, has been awarded task order HTC711-10-D-R026/0003 for $21,789,000.  This contract award will provide two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, has been awarded task order HTC711-11-D-R021/0004 for $24,983,704.  This task order award will provide two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $73,082,640 modification (P01000) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to add a six-month period of performance with four one-month option periods to procure Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the Army’s UH-72 Lakota aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

Erickson  has been selected to provide helicopter transportation services for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in Alaska.  Under the firm, fixed-price purchase order, Erickson’s Bell 212 helicopters will transport USCG Research and Development Center (RDC) staff and equipment to various locations in the Nome, Alaska area through the end of August. The contract work began… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Jun-16

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Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

The Australian Army recently marked the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Black Hawk accident that took the lives of 18 Army personnel, with commemorative services held around Australia. On the evening of 12 June, 1996, two Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters collided in the air during a night training exercise near Townsville. The first Black Hawk crashed… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 28-Jun-16

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Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Following its recent demonstration flights in Nepal, Bell have taken the 412EPI to the Royal Thai Army’s Aviation Day held June 14 at Sa Phan Nak Aero, Royal Thai Army Aviation Centre at Lopburi. They took the opportunity to present the aircraft to visitors at the event. “The Bell 412EPI continues to attract customers worldwide… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-16

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Kratos win $9.4M Heli Maintenance Training Systems contract

Kratos win $9.4M Heli Maintenance Training Systems contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that it was awarded a $9.4 million contract in support of a major U.S. ally for helicopter avionics training systems, including twoKratos-developed Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs). Under the awarded contract, Kratos will provide on-site and post-delivery support for the training systems, which provide high fidelity hands-on,… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 24-Jun-16

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CH-47 Chinook Rear Crew Trainer reaches milestone

CH-47 Chinook Rear Crew Trainer reaches milestone

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) [TSX-V: BPL] together with Boeing [NYSE: BA], announced today that it has completed a major milestone in the development of the next-generation CH-47 Chinook helicopter Rear Crew Trainer with the integration of its Canadian-built fuselage with Boeing’s cockpit training simulator system. The fuselage is part of a forty-two foot-long mock-up… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 24-Jun-16

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Sikorsky factory in Poland completes prototype Turkish Utility Helicopter

Sikorsky factory in Poland completes prototype Turkish Utility Helicopter

Just two weeks after the Turkish Government announced the start of the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP) to build a fleet of multi-role T70 utility helicopters based on the S-70i™ BLACK HAWK aircraft, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has accepted the program’s prototype aircraft produced by its Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec. “On-time delivery and the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Jun-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

Lockheed Martin today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed an external lift of a 27,000 pound payload at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The aircraft executed an “out of ground effect” (OGE) external load test at 100 feet above the ground while performing hover maneuvers to demonstrate its excellent… Read more »

Source: CH-53, 24-Jun-16

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Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

A recent report in the Jakarta Post noted that the Indonesian Air Force has stopped flying its fleet of Super Pumas, believed to be 12 strong.  Air Force spokesman First Marshal Wieko Sofyan has reportedly said that Air Force chief of staff, Marshal Agus Supriatna, had instructed the suspension pending the result of study by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-16

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V-22 being tested as fixed-wing replacement for US Navy vertrep work

V-22 being tested as fixed-wing replacement for US Navy vertrep work

In preparation for the planned replacement of the C-2 Greyhound, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a V-22 Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for landings and takeoffs, June 12. The V-22 is being tested and evaluated as it is scheduled to become the singular logistics platform on an aircraft carrier… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 22-Jun-16

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Singapore puts military order on ice after EC225 accident

Singapore puts military order on ice after EC225 accident

Reuters is reporting that the Republic of Singapore has put a pause on making a decision for a helicopter fleet purchase of around $1 Billion after the CHC EC225 accident in Norway on 29th April. The Airbus H225M is short-listed along with the AgustaWestland AW101 in a Navy order to replace the 32 Super Pumas,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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Sikorsky extends Canadian S92 training contract by 3 years

Sikorsky extends Canadian S92 training contract by 3 years

Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. has received a US$13 million contract from Sikorsky to provide instructors and training courseware for pilots and maintainers learning to operate Canada’s new fleet of 28 CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. The agreement extends by three years the training that Bluedrop has provided to the programme — known as the Canadian… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 22-Jun-16

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Carabineros de Chile to receive H135

Carabineros de Chile to receive H135

A new H135 helicopter has been test flying recently from the Airbus Helicopters factory in Donauworth, in the colours of Carabineros de Chile – the national police force of Chile.  HeliHub.com believes this order was not announced, but the aircraft is seen in the photo here carrying a German test registration, prior to it taking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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LORD Corp completes first rotor bearings for Bell V-280 Valor

LORD Corp completes first rotor bearings for Bell V-280 Valor

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – celebrated the completion of the first ship-set of the V-280 Valor elastomeric rotor bearings to Bell Helicopter for the V-280 Valor Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. LORD designed and built the units in just 28 months at the LORD… Read more »

Source: Lord Corp, 22-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters completes tail of Yak-152 fixed wing trainer prototype

Russian Helicopters completes tail of Yak-152 fixed wing trainer prototype

Russian Helicopters has made the first experimental tail set for the new Russian Yak-152 light trainer aircraft. The project is implemented jointly with Irkut Corp, which is building four prototypes of promising aircraft at the Irkutsk aviation plant. The structure of the tail of Yak-152 includes more than 250 items, which are produced at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-16

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Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

The mountainous kingdom of Nepal is well known for Mount Everest, but last year became the focus point of a significant relief effort after a massive earthquake.  After that natural disaster, the Nepalese Army added two Mil Mi-17s to the one they already had, but that exacerbates a problem of having a small fleet spread… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-16

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Denmark celebrates arrival of first three MH-60R Seahawks

Denmark celebrates arrival of first three MH-60R Seahawks

Danish Defense celebrated the delivery of its first three MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters by the U.S. Navy during a ceremony on June 6 in Copenhagen Harbor, Denmark. To mark the new additions to Danish Defense, the ceremony commenced with a Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk helicopter landing aboard a Danish frigate of the Iver Huitfeldt class. The… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-16

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CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero has selected Mr. Brian Lawrence to be the new Sales Director, North America. He assumed the position on June 7th, 2016. “With his broad expertise and experience within the aerospace industry, especially within the industry of selling unmanned systems, we are confident that Mr. Lawrence will contribute to future sales and marketing of the… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 17-Jun-16

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Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

A team from the Royal Navy’s ‘emergency service’ has saved the day – and potentially £20m – with a speedy fix for the Army. The Service Modifications team at 1710 NAS has developed a system for the Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter to be adapted to airlift casualties from the battlefield. And within two days… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Jun-16

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US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters.  “Commanders have used the Apache capability that we positioned there and that [President Barack Obama] authorized them to use some months ago,” Carter said as he traveled to Brussels for meetings… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jun-16

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US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

Over 35 NATO helicopters from the Polish 1st Army Aviation Brigade, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade and the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade “Task Force Griffin,” participated in a battalion size air assault of over 400 Sky Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during exercise Anakonda 16, June 10-11, at the 21st… Read more »

Source: US Army, 14-Jun-16

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US Coast Guard award MH-60 maintenance stand contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

US Coast Guard award MH-60 maintenance stand contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a fully woman-owned global leader in the design, 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 design, engineer and manufacture custom “Safety First” hangar equipment for the MH-60 Jayhawk located at The United… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 14-Jun-16

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Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore Aviation has launched its Blackhawk 360 Solution, www.blackhawk360.com, providing customers the capability to acquire, upgrade and support Blackhawks. Leveraging the U.S. Army Best program, the Blackhawk 360 Solution provides customers a cost-effective medium lift capability. With refurbished UH-60A Blackhawks in stock, Skycore can provide its 360 Solution immediately. “Until now, sourcing, executing and sustaining… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-16

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Airbus HForce weapon system completes first testing round

Airbus HForce weapon system completes first testing round

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a first round of firing tests with HForce, a generic weapon system in development for the company’s commercial helicopter range. The innovative system, which includes a central core unit, Thales’ Scorpion monocular helmet mounted sight display (HMSD), an electro-optical system (EOS) from Wescam as well as gunner armament weapon grips… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Jun-16

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Qatar order for 24 AH-64E Apaches confirmed

Qatar order for 24 AH-64E Apaches confirmed

The US Department of Defense yesterday confirmed the order of twenty-four AH-64E Apache helicopters from the middle eastern country of Qatar, along with one Longbow crew trainer, ground support equipment and Thales avionics.  Boeing has been awarded a $667M contract. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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CAE picks Esterline displays for US Navy MH-60 simulators

CAE picks Esterline displays for US Navy MH-60 simulators

Esterline Simulation Visual Systems has been awarded a contract by CAE USA to provide collimated display systems for the U.S. NAVY MH-60 Technical Refresh and Procurement of Simulators (TRPS) Program. The total program includes nineteen TREALITY® solid mirror, collimated display (CD) systems that will be installed over a four-year period. Each display system includes support… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 08-Jun-16

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British military thanks landing site owners

British military thanks landing site owners

The majority of remote Helicopter Landing Sites within the Yeovilton operating area belong to private landowners and are offered for use on a good will basis. These sites are vital to the training carried out by the Commando Helicopter Force and other aviation units to deliver operational capability. In order to maintain and reinforce this… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-Jun-16

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German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

Both the German and Brazilian military have reportedly grounded their Cougar/Caracal fleets in the light of the EASA grounding directive made earlier this month.  Following the CHC accident off Bergen on 29th April, only civilian aircraft have been grounded to date, largely driven by the way the certification authorities work.  Military certification is approached a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters wins repair contract for four Myanmar Mi-24P

Parent company Rostec has reported that Russian Helicopters won a contract for the repair of four Mi-24P helicopters for the Myanmar Air Force.  Work on the first one is being completed by  419 Aircraft Repair Plant in St. Petersburg. The remaining three will be worked on in-country under a new partnership agreement between the manufacturer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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Erickson confirms two US Navy Military Sealift Command contracts

Erickson confirms two US Navy Military Sealift Command contracts

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce the award of two, five year term agreements with one firm-fixed year and four follow on annual option years, to provide vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services to Military Sealift Command for support of the United States Navy’s 5th and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Jun-16

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FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

FL Technics has successfully completed a cooperation project launched together with the United States Armed Forces. Under the project, FL Technics provided support services as well as secured appropriate conditions for the maintenance of heavy-lift helicopters CH-47 Chinook conducted by the U.S. Army 160th SOAR (A). The U.S. Armed Forces chose Lithuania as its base… Read more »

Source: FL Technics, 07-Jun-16

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Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00358) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jun-16

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Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) will receive a new combat search and rescue helicopter fleet to replace current aging aircraft. In his announcement at the base, Senator Heinrich underscored that KAFB will be the first Air Force installation in… Read more »

Source: Senator Martin Heinrich, 06-Jun-16

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Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Jun-16

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has expanded its humanitarian outreach by signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which coordinates and carries out operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. The agreement was signed during the International Aeronautics and Space exhibition ILA by… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Jun-16

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Moog wins $7.1M contract for H-60 repairs

Moog wins $7.1M contract for H-60 repairs

Moog Inc., East Aurora, New York, is being awarded a $7,129,206 five-year, firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of the cylinder assembly and the analog convertor on the H-60 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Torrance, California (50 percent); and Elma, New York (50 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by December 2021.  No… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase its current model range of military helicopters at the International exhibition of weaponry and munitions KADEX-2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Along with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will feature the multirole Mi-35M and the Mi-28NE attack helicopters. As part of the business program, Russian Helicopters will hold a briefing… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters features Mi-8MTV1 Simulator at KADEX-2016

Russian Helicopters features Mi-8MTV1 Simulator at KADEX-2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a mobile training simulator of the Mi-8MTV1 helicopter, which was developed by the VR-Technologies Design Bureau and premiered at the MAKS 2015 international airshow.  The cutting-edge technology allows pilots to simulate flights in an environment close to reality. The Mi-8MTV1 mobile special training simulator that will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters considers Kazakhstan a prospective customer

Russian Helicopters considers Kazakhstan a prospective customer

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed memorandums of understanding with the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and with other government structures of the Republic of Kazakhstan during KADEX-2016 defense expo. According to the documents, Kazakhstan ‘authorities are interested in Russian-made helicopters while Russian Helicopters are ready to supply… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier for its Light Civil Helicopter (LCH). It will be powered with the existing Arriel 2C2 engine. On the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), Safran has been selected by Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), KAI and Hanwha Techwin. The LAH will feature a new engine… Read more »

Source: Safran, 06-Jun-16

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Terma opens Brussels office

Terma opens Brussels office

Opening of Terma Brussels was celebrated at a well-attended reception at the new office facilities. The opening marks the continuous global expansion of the company. With a global footprint and European companies in Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and now with the opening of the NATO and EU office in Brussels, Terma is a… Read more »

Source: Terma, 01-Jun-16

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CybAero appoints new CFO

CybAero appoints new CFO

CybAero has hired Mikael Smith as the new CFO, and will take up the position on September 1st, 2016. “We are delighted that Mikael has accepted the position as CFO. With his broad expertise, we are confident that he will contribute to the development of the company, “says CybAero’s CEO Rolf Schytt. Mikael Smith is… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 01-Jun-16

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Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 millionaward from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky’s ALIAS system directed the rotorcraft flight demonstration from Sikorsky’s Stratford, Connecticut, facility to Robertson Airport in Plainville,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-16

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SIkorsky awarded another $85M for work on Mexican UH-60Ms

SIkorsky awarded another $85M for work on Mexican UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a not to exceed $85,286,000 modification (P00243) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Mexico) for retrofitting UH-60M helicopters to full operational capability.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2019.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-16

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Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

The first AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter was unveiled yesterday by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, during a ceremony held at Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in south-west England. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen (on right in photo with Leonardo Helicopters CEO Daniele Romiti), said “This roll out… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

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CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that the CH-53K has completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load.  The achievement was made on May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests are continuing with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

At the end of last week, the US Dept of Defense confirmed a $58.7M delivery order for non-recurring engineering and logistics services in support of the development and integration of the V-22 aerial refueling system for the MV-22.  Work will be predominantly be performed in Davenport, Iowa and Boeing’s plant at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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