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Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

An International Military Helicopter Conference will be held in Nepal, this coming January. Millennium Post reports that Hindustan Aeronautics LTD will not being joining. The 1950 peace treaty has ensured that India and Nepal have been able to work together amicably, but the conference will put the treaty in danger. Not only do they plan… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

Bell is happy to report that although five staff members were let go recently due to market flux, their Amarillo facility is still the “centre of excellence for military aircraft assembly.” They are currently producing 20 V-22 a year, with officials stating that they are good on budget and ahead of schedule. They had a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

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Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Nov-16

Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Helibras and Airbus Helicopters have opened a new chapter in the history of the H225M multirole utility helicopter with the official presentation of the first aircraft in naval combat configuration. Developed and assembled locally by Helibras, Airbus Helicopters’ subsidiary in Brazil, this new H225M version is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Brazilian… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-16

Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Faculty members and students from Amarillo College were proud to see their hard work pay off this past Saturday. The Happy State Bank-Randall County Event Centre held a dedication ceremony to the full restored Vietnam War-era Huey 68-16179. According to Terry Smith, the coordinator of AC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, his students leapt at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

Dilemma for Polish SAR

Dilemma for Polish SAR

Poland is in the middle of a SAR predicament. They recently backed out of a deal with Airbus and instead opened a procurement procedure to acquire several S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for their army in order to meet Urgent Operational Requirements. The focus on army requirements leaves the maritime SAR capabilities low. The Mi-14 Haze… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

Plans to Upgrade Polish Navy Fleet

Plans to Upgrade Polish Navy Fleet

Polish Naval Aviation has encountered difficulties with procuring new Airbus H225M Caracal rotor-wing aircrafts for their fleet. The government has declined to purchase the heliers, reports Defense Aerospace. Currently the Navy has two Mi-14 rotor-wing ASW and SAR helicopters that they plan to phase out, due to their age, between 2017 and 2021. They originally… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

IMT Receives $500,000 Order

IMT Receives $500,000 Order

“The selection of IMT to supply video transmission technology for this critical application affirms our commitment to meeting demanding defense and law enforcement requirements,” said John Payne IV, president of IMT. “We were able to offer a compelling solution that delivers reliable video across extended ranges, while utilizing a highly compact size, weight and power… Read more »

Source: IMT, 27-Oct-16

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U.S. Navy awards $600 million multi-service contract

U.S. Navy awards $600 million multi-service contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as $600 million to fulfill the growing demand for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rockets. With an initial award of more than $130 million, the three-year, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract will help speed the delivery of these precision guidance… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 27-Oct-16

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CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

The U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, Oct. 19 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. OT-B1 included multiple external lift scenarios of 27,000 lb. (12,200 kg) in-hover and 12,000 lb. (5,422 kg) 110 nautical mile radius missions. Ground events included embarkation/debarkation… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 27-Oct-16

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PCX Aerostructures Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone

PCX Aerostructures Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone

“We are humbled that the Army is honoring the many years of dedicated hard work our employees have devoted to the success of the CH-47 program by landing this helicopter at our headquarters.  In addition to our current staff performing outstanding work on this platform, in many cases their fathers and mothers also worked on… Read more »

Source: PCX Aerostructures, 26-Oct-16

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DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Oct-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter. The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Oct-16

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Multi Year Navy Contract for Aspen

Multi Year Navy Contract for Aspen

Aspen Helicopters has been chosen by the Defence Department to support the Navy in a multi-year contract. They will be certified to land on naval ships at seas, supporting the Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu. Aspen will transport passengers as well as cargo, from ammunition to hazardous materials. They will also be recovering aerial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-16

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DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 22-Oct-16

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U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

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Argentine Army considers Huey II

Argentine Army considers Huey II

The Argentine Army Aviation plans to fill and modernise their fleet with the addition of 20 Huey 2s by 2020. Currently their fleet consists of 13 Bell Huey 2s, an Airbus AS 332 Super Puma and roughly 20 UH-1H Hueys, reports IHS Jane’s. Offers have been made from a wide selection of companies including Airbus’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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China to Receive New Attack Helicopters

China to Receive New Attack Helicopters

China’s People’s Armed Police Force has arranged to receive new Z-11WB light attack helicopters, developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). These new Z-11WBs are well designed for attacks, battlefield recon and can provide ground support, reports Defence Blog. AVIC based the new helicopters off the AC311, incorporating the French Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop the next generation of precision inertial technology. As a legacy supplier of this navigation technology for commercial and military applications, Honeywell is working to improve the accuracy of inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology by three orders of magnitude compared… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Oct-16

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Chinese PLA Receives Upgraded WZ-10s

Chinese PLA Receives Upgraded WZ-10s

China’s People’s Liberation Army will soon receive upgraded versions of the WZ-10, fitted with cannons, machine guns and guided missiles. The PLA will have a strong fleet, combing the WZ-10s and their WZ-19s and WZ-9s. Their fleet is strong in terms of combat, but they are looking into multipurpose helicopters, such as the US Army’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) for Performance-based Logistics (PBL) benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ new customer fleet availability service offer called HCare. The PBL is a contract method that involves payment of compensation according to the level of equipment performance achieved in terms of availability ratio and stable… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Upgraded Mi-28N attack helicopter makes maiden flight

Upgraded Mi-28N attack helicopter makes maiden flight

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov visited Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant today, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec where a prototype of a modernized Mi-28 combat helicopter is starting its flight tests. While at the plant, Yuri Borisov took a close look at the new combat helicopter and its design… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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Military Contract Between Russia and Peru

Military Contract Between Russia and Peru

A military contract has been signed between Russia and Peru, where Russia will deliver R-312AT military radio systems, as well as 24 Russian Mi-171SH transport helicopters. This contract will help Peru save more than $11.5 million. As reported by Sputnik News, there is talk of another $1 million being provided for the possible construction of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans, an Indian Government-owned company is setting new goals for when they open to the public in either late 2017 or early 2018. By 2027 they aim to have a revenue of Rs 1600 crore, from the Rs 500 crore they currently have. They are looking into new and different avenues for growth in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Sikorsky delivers 1000th H-60M to US

Sikorsky delivers 1000th H-60M  to US

During the ceremony, Brigadier General Robert L. Marion said, “The UH-60 is often referred to as the workhorse of Army Aviation and as such your efforts here, past, present, and future are critical to the continued defense of our nation. The rollout of the 1000th UH-60M BLACK HAWK marks an important outcome of our Aviation… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 14-Oct-16

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Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Boeing is considering a Block 2 upgrade to the US Army’s CH-47 Chinook, while Honeywell tries to improve the power efficiency of the T55 turboshaft engine by 25% and reduce the fuel consumption by 8%. Honeywell aims to perform a rig test in November this year, reports Flight Global, giving them more information to design… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Polish domestic aviation leader PZL Mielec, part of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has extended its relationship with Rzeszow University of Technology by working in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Aeronautics to develop and launch a postgraduate course in composite design.  With the use of composites in aerospace increasing, this new course aligns… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 13-Oct-16

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SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

In the light of the Polish Government announcing that they had terminated negotiations with Airbus Helicopters, and their subsequent decision in favour of Sikorsky, they Connecticut based manufacturer make the following announcement “We are very pleased that the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Minister of National Defence Mr. Antoni Macierewicz announced that the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Oct-16

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Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters and SilkWay Helicopter Services (SWHS) signed a letter of intent on September 27 during the International Defence Exhibition ADEX 2016. SWHS, being the largest operating airline in the small aviation field in Azerbaijan, has partnered with Russian Helicopters to create a centre for the maintenance and renovation of helicopters for the Azerbaijan area…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to further investigations on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS. The US Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) has awarded this money in the hopes to research more into the potential of future flight strain, tail boom cracking and fatigue on the craft. HIS Janes has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has been selected by the Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide MRO services for their Arriel 2C and Makila 1A engines flown in the fleet’s Airbus AS365 and AS332 aircraft. Although Heli-One has provided MRO services… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Oct-16

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Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

In light of recent statements regarding the status of the multirole helicopter tender in Poland, Airbus Helicopters feels the need to refute a number of misleading allegations reported in the media. It is our belief that Polish citizens and the Polish armed forces deserve full transparency on the tender process in which Airbus Helicopters and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

When LTC (promotable) David R. Cheney became the U.S. Army’s program manager for the service’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in July 2012, Airbus had delivered 229 of the H145-based utility helicopters, and the future looked bright. Every aircraft had been delivered on time and on cost since the contract had been awarded in 2006, and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

A national search and rescue (SAR) exercise conducted in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from September 18-24 highlighted the importance of conducting real-world SAR missions and training to ensure crews are ready to respond when Canadians are in distress. The value of the exercise was further underlined when exercise participants unexpectedly provided real-time assistance to a canoeist… Read more »

Source: Canadian Armed Forces, 11-Oct-16

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Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

50 in Connecticut and Florida today overwhelmingly ratified the company proposal, ensuring that Teamsters will build the CH-53K helicopters. MEMBERS VOTING TO ACCEPT: 2104 MEMBERS VOTING TO REJECT: 140 Below are details of the agreement: COMPANY PROPOSAL TO LOCAL 1150 I. Two Tier Wage Scale – effective 7/1/2017 Introduce a two-tier wage system for all… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 11-Oct-16

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Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Universal Avionics and Heli-One are announcing cockpit upgrades to be performed on a fleet of Sikorsky S-61A-4 NURI helicopters for an Asian operator, featuring Universal’s EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays and Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS). Universal Avionics Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is set to perform the design and installation for the initial aircraft with an Asian Maintenance,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 11-Oct-16

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US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) for AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $81.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Oct-16

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Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters, situated on Highway 10, celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. To commemorate this occasion, Fort Worth and its 4 100 employees received a new commercial helicopter, expanded their training centre and purchased a tilt-rotor drone. This make over comes to a cost of $235 million, despite the challenging economic times. Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

A multi-year contract is being negotiated between The Defence Department and Boeing. The contract is for 275 AH-64E Apache helicopters, costing at $3.3 billion. As reported by DoD Buzz, the negotiations began after the Army’s proposed procurement plan was approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. The Army hopes to get sign approval… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore Aviation, Ltd. and Unical Defense, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly market their combined services for the sale, modification, operations, maintenance, training and parts for UH-60A aircraft to international customers worldwide. In this important collaboration, Unical will provide UH-60A aircraft and parts while Skycore will deliver phase maintenance, mission equipment and navigation/communication modification services,… Read more »

Source: Skycore Aviation, 10-Oct-16

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EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

Hosted by the National Aviation Authority of Portugal (Autoridade Aeronáutica Nacional, AAN), the Annual Military Airworthiness Conference kicked off in Lisbon this Wednesday with keynote speeches delivered by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq and General Manuel Teixeira Rolo of AAN. The two-day event (5/6 October) brings together key stakeholders from national authorities, industry, European agencies,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-Oct-16

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US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

DRS Technologies Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company, announced today it has received an initial production order valued at more than $65 million from the U.S. Army for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III program. The award initiates fielding of next-generation technology that provides soldiers with an information hub through the ENVG display. DRS Technologies partnered… Read more »

Source: DRS Technologies, 10-Oct-16

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Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

The U.S. Army has selected Rockwell Collins to service the MFD-268C4 multi-function display (MFD) units for its UH-60M Black Hawk fleet under a five-year firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. This is a follow-on contract that continues the Army’s relationship with Rockwell Collins for long-term support of the program. “Whether the displays are in need… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Oct-16

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Order of Surion Fleet Halted

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

The South Korean Army’s supply of Surion helicopters has been suspended. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration they failed a critical airworthiness test, to withstand the cold. They plan to redesign the failed systems and redo the test within a year and a half, reports Defense News. The Surion helicopters, codenamed KUH-1, was produced… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history Sept. 14 when they used a MQ-8B unmanned air system as a laser designator platform for a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to fire a AGM-114N Hellfire missile. For the mission, the MH-60S launched from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, while the Northrup Grumman MQ-8B… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Oct-16

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GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE Aviation successfully began testing the first full engine in the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program under a cooperative agreement between GE and the US Army.  The engine is designed to meet a series of aggressive goals including a 35% reduction in specific fuel consumption, 80% improvement in power-to-weight, 20% improvement in design life… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 07-Oct-16

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Kenya and Uganda to Receive Huey IIs from Bell Helicopter

Kenya and Uganda to Receive Huey IIs from Bell Helicopter

Kenya and Uganda will receive 10 Huey II helicopters from Bell Helicopter, who have received a total of $86 million in foreign military sales contracts. An additional 5 Huey IIs will be delivered to another African military but Steve Suttles, Vice President for Bell Helicopter, could not name the customer. Bell Helicopter aims to finish… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2016-2026

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2016-2026

Summary Several countries across the world have inventories of obsolete or aging military helicopters that are reaching the end of their operational life; this means that despite budget cuts, the global military rotorcraft market is expected to grow over the forecast period. Countries such as Russia, the US, France, Germany, China, South Korea, and India… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 07-Oct-16

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Sikorsky Contracted for Modified UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky Contracted for Modified UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky has won a DoD contract of $187 million for 10 “uniquely configured” UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, 4 for Tunisia and 6 for Taiwan. The Taiwan National Airborne Service Corp has signed their contract of $148 725 000 in foreign military sales for their 6 modified Black Hawks. These 6 crafts will be worked on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters as part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012. Delivery of the two additional EC725s is scheduled for 2019. The RTAF’s EC725s are specially equipped with fast roping,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

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Spanish Air Force takes delivery of its first H215

Spanish Air Force takes delivery of its first H215

In a ceremony held at the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete, the Spanish Air Force yesterday took receipt of its first H215, a robust, cost-effective latest-generation helicopter with an extensive mission capability. The purchase was negotiated in July by the Spanish Ministry of Defense, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). A member of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

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Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $49.3 million contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will produce an additional 42 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army as part of Lot… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-Oct-16

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AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

Jim Kagdis, 59, passed away on Sept. 15, 2016, after a 20-year battle against pheochromocytoma (PCC), a rare tumor of the adrenal glands. Raised in Edison, New Jersey, James Ayoub Kagdis graduated from St. Pius X High School and earned his BA in History from Wagner College on Staten Island, New York; he was a… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Oct-16

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Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has announced its CEO Alexander Mikheev’s contract extension until 2021. The decision was made on September 27, 2016 at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Russian Helicopters. “During the three years under Alexander Mikheev’s guidance, Russian Helicopters has shown constant growth of all key financial indicators.  In 2015,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Oct-16

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CPI Aero Awarded $5M CH-148 Contract

CPI Aero Awarded $5M CH-148 Contract

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), has awarded CPI Aero purchase orders valued at approximately $5 million to manufacture the weapon pylon for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, a twin-engine, multi-role shipboard helicopter being manufactured by Sikorsky for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)…. Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 05-Oct-16

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ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

The U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters. The contract, part of… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 05-Oct-16

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Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

The Swiss Air Force had to ground its fleet of Airbus Super Pumas during investigation after a military helicopter crashed into the Alps, killing two pilots. As reported by Reuters, they are now resuming flights. The investigation showed that there was no evidence of a systematic fault. Reports have been made that the craft touched… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). The additional build will bring the total number of MQ-8C Fire Scout air vehicles procured to 29, extending the range and endurance of naval operations…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Oct-16

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Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther

Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther

The Mexican Navy yesterday took delivery of the first of the ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, becoming the first customer in the world to receive the new version of this multi-role, medium-class military rotorcraft. The Navy will receive three other units before the end of the year and the remaining six… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

Pall Aerospace today announced that the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace to supply 4,000 PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Pall was awarded the previous IDIQ contract for 950 filters in 2014 which have all since been… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 03-Oct-16

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CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC Helicopter is proud to announce that it has signed a 21-month contract with Australian Army to provide aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response support for deployments throughout Australia. The contract will commence on 1 October 2016 and run through to 30 June 2018. CHC currently provides search and rescue services to the Royal Australian… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Oct-16

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Bell Helicopter Exhibits Latest Tiltrotor Proposals

Bell Helicopter Exhibits Latest Tiltrotor Proposals

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its show plans for the 2016 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C., October 3-5. The company will display its newest tiltrotor innovations, the V-280 “Valor” mock-up and the recently unveiled V-247 “Vigilant” unmanned aerial system model. An immersive… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 03-Oct-16

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Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Urban Aeronautics to study new market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the development of an entirely new platform family of internal rotor aircraft. The Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is already flying powered by an Arriel 1D driving two ducted-fans. Under the… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-16

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-16

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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

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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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