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Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight (8)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 20-Apr-18

Rheinmetall Group and Sikorsky will lead in-service support for the CH-53K

Rheinmetall Group and Sikorsky will lead in-service support for the CH-53K

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, announced its German industrialization plan for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program with the world class heavy lift helicopter, the CH-53K King Stallion. Rheinmetall Group, which has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Sikorsky, will lead in-service support for the CH-53K. The Sikorsky CH-53K team… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Apr-18

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Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it is under contract with Advance Vision Company Ltd of Saudi Arabia (AVC Defense) to upgrade and modernize an existing Unit Training Device (UTD) for Bell 412 Helicopters operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The… Read more »

Source: Quantum3D, 19-Apr-18

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Apr-18

Nepal Army defends its decision over helicopter procurement process

Nepal Army defends its decision over helicopter procurement process

Nepal Army’s (NA) decisions to purchase three helicopters—one medium and two light helicopters—without or limited competition was questioned by the Office of Auditor General (OAG) to which army has defended and said that the decision was taken with compulsion. NA has already expedited the procurement process ahead and is now waiting for the delivery of… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 17-Apr-18

V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

In recent years, the Air Force V-22 variant has been the backbone of the combatant commanders’ ongoing mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to Marine Corps Col. Matt Kelly. “As we know, over the last two years, ISIS has lost about 95 percent of their territory, and the CV-22 has been a… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-18

Qatar–Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS)

Qatar–Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II Guidance Sections for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested a… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Apr-18

Calian Group renews RCAF airworthiness services contract

Calian Group renews RCAF airworthiness services contract

Calian Group Ltd. (TSX:CGY) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract renewal worth up to $20 million in support of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Airworthiness Program. Calian will provide highly skilled professionals with expertise in 66 different categories of aeronautics to help ensure Canada’s military fleet flies safely and effectively…. Read more »

Source: Calian Group, 10-Apr-18

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Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

New Zealand based Oceania Aviation have recently imported a pair of AS332L Super Pumas, with a short YouTube video showing them being craned off a couple of trucks and put into their Ardmore Airport hangar. The helicopters have been acquired from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, where they had been used as VVIP aircraft from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $116,883,758 modification (0005 04) to Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators in support of the Netherlands’ AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-18

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Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.   The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Apr-18

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Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $30,749,970 hybrid (cost, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee) Foreign Military Sales (Taiwan) contract for post-production support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E aircraft fleet. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

For Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,720,628 modification (0005 05) to Foreign Military Sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Arrowhead upgrade kits in support of the Egyptian Air Force AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,091,396 modification (P00002) to Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 to provide join depot level maintenance service for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $15,200,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract for procurement of Fire Control Radar post-production support services in support of the Republic of Korea’s Army AH-64E Guardian Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of CH-47F aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Spain has requested to buy seventeen (17) CH-47F cargo helicopters with… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-Apr-18

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Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules has conducted First of Class Flight Trials for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter marking a significant increase to amphibious capability. Elements from the Australian Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment and the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit embarked Choules for the duration of the flight trials. The CH-47F conducted 206 launches and flew for a total of… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 04-Apr-18

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Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Qatar has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines. They will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 28-Mar-18

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Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program. “We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Army. As the world’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Mar-18

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Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army is preparing to decommission its two Alouette III helicopters with registration ‘NA029’ and ‘NA030’ after the helicopters have flown 3300 and 1500 hours respectively. Both the helicopter will be retired on 12th Chaitra with special water salute ceremony at the territory of Directorate General of Army Aviation (DGAA), TIA, Gauchar. The decommissioning program will… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Mar-18

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Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of equipment and services for the continuation of the Maintenance Support Services (MSS) contract that supports the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command for an estimated cost of $106.8 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-18

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Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

The Marine Corps wants to arm the V-22 Osprey fleet, while the developments of the MUX are underway. They are hoping that by arming the V-22, they will have an aircraft that can provide its own escort protection, as well as have an “all quadrant weapon,” reports Marine Corps Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, is being awarded $102,822,726 for a modification to definitize delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded an $116,903,994 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0007 for the procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 20, 2023. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $58,451,967 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Rolls-Royce awarded $31M contract for procurement of 14 AE1107C engines for V-22 Ospreys

Rolls-Royce awarded $31M contract for procurement of 14 AE1107C engines for V-22 Ospreys

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded $31,033,604 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081) to exercise an option to procure 14 AE1107C engines, 12 for the Navy and two for the Marine Corps, in support of the V-22 Osprey program.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Mar-18

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New Research on the Global Military Helicopter MRO Market

New Research on the Global Military Helicopter MRO Market

Market research firm Technavio has announced the release of their latest report on the global military helicopter MRO market. This new report will provide expert market insights for the forecast period 2018-2022. The report will follow up on Technavio’s previous military helicopter MRO market research, offering an up-to-date assessment of the market in the context… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 21-Mar-18

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Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,852,575 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes, associated Bell 407 unique components, and preservation and storage in the support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-18

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US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

The 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade received three UH-60M (mike model) Black Hawk Helicopters, here, 07 Mar., 2018. The UH-60M has an improved model over the UH-60 A/L (alpha plus model) that 214th had in the past. The improvements include an all-digital cockpit, increased lift capacity and improved engine performance. The… Read more »

Source: 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, 19-Mar-18

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CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution

CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution

At the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 helicopter training solution.  The contract is valued at more than C$150 million. The QEAF has signed a contract with Leonardo Helicopters to acquire a fleet… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Mar-18

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HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

Since their arrival in 2012, the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters have been flown out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. With the introduction of the newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper, the whiskey models took flight for one last time with HMLA-367, March 13,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Mar-18

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Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

The Marine Corps has begun their plans to develop and build a large unmanned aircraft that will be able to launch off ships. They hope that the MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary) will be able to not only launch vertically off ships, but fly with a 9,500 pound payload, provide air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-18

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US Army order 35 more UH-72A Lakotas

US Army order 35 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. received a contract valued at approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The $273 million contract includes the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals and program management. This procurement is broken into two configurations: 17 UH-72A Lakotas for the Initial Entry Rotary… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-18

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Afghan UH-60 pilots to train in Slovakia

Afghan UH-60 pilots to train in Slovakia

Košice Airport now houses the Slovak Training Academy (STA). Pilots from around the world are open to train at the academy. They recently added simulation training for the US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, as well as 15 other helicopters, reports Spectator.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell is looking to increase their market in Malaysia in 2018. They are planning to do this by selling their Bell 525 Relentless, Bell 429 Global Ranger and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to both private companies and military authorities. Currently, Malaysia are using models such as the Bell 429, Bell 206 and Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Israel prefers CH-47F to CH-53K

Israel prefers CH-47F to CH-53K

Sikorsky and Boeing are in competition to see who will provide helicopters to the Israel Air Force as they are modernizing their fleet. The IDF Ground Forces Command are planning to push Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, rather than Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion, reports JPost.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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US and French forces participate in contingency training

US and French forces participate in contingency training

Naval Special Warfare forces and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command conducted interoperability training with French amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014) and USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 6. This was the first mission for a French Mistral class LHD as a platform for U.S. special operations. The training… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Mar-18

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CAE wins contract to provide S-70B training

CAE wins contract to provide S-70B training

CAE today announced that CAE USA has been awarded a contract by the United States Navy under a U.S. foreign military sale (FMS) program to provide the Brazilian Navy with a comprehensive S-70B Seahawk helicopter training system. CAE will design and manufacture two S-70B training devices:  a fixed-base S-70B operational flight trainer (OFT) to be… Read more »

Source: CAE, 12-Mar-18

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Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $273,289,949 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of March 8, 2021.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $136,644,970 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-18

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MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and U.S.-based helicop-ter manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company have jointly entered into an agree-ment for MTU to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines for the German Air Force with new heavy lift helicopters to replace its aging CH-53G fleet of aircraft. Sikorsky, MTU Aero Engines and GE Aviation… Read more »

Source: MTU, 08-Mar-18

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Telephonics awarded $13M contract for System Repairs on MH-60R

Telephonics awarded $13M contract for System Repairs on MH-60R

Telephonics Corp., Farmingdale, New York, is being awarded a $13,305,279 firm-fixed-price contract that provides for the establishment of core depot-level maintenance and repair capability at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), San Diego, California, for AN/APS-153 Advance Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination system installed on the MH-60R helicopter.  Work will be performed in Farmingdale, New York… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Mar-18

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Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 04-Mar-18

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Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck LLC, Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $19,055,214 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of approximately 819 engineering change kits to upgrade air data test sets in support of H-1, H-3, BQM-34, F-16, BQM-74, T-45, EA-18G, H-53, F/A-18, P-8, C-2, C-130, AV-8B, E-2, H-60, V-22, E-6, C-20, MQ-8, MQ-4, T-44, F-5, T-39, VH-92 platforms… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-18

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FlightSafety Now Offers Night Vision Goggle Training in Dallas

FlightSafety Now Offers Night Vision Goggle Training in Dallas

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Feb-18

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Netherlands – AH-64E Remanufactured Apache Attack Helicopters

Netherlands – AH-64E Remanufactured Apache Attack Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration for an estimated cost of $1.191 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 27-Feb-18

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L-3 awarded $26M contract for the manufacture of MH-60R AN/SRQ-4 systems

L-3 awarded $26M contract for the manufacture of MH-60R AN/SRQ-4 systems

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $25,623,007 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to manufacture, test, deliver, manage, and support Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (14 percent); Mountain View, California (6 percent); Exeter, New Hampshire… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Feb-18

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Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

Naval Group will be showcasing their newest designs at the UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference) in Abu Dhabi, February 25th to 27th this year. Their exhibit will show their VSR 700, a rotary wing air-raid drone that they co-developed with Airbus as well as a demonstration of their I4Drones, reports Defence Forces.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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Thales awarded $7M contract for H-1 Item Repairs

Thales awarded $7M contract for H-1 Item Repairs

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,161,204 for ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-A500 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-A501) for the repair of five items that include modules and helmets required to support the H-1 helicopter. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland (65 percent); and Bordeaux,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-18

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Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

To practically everyone in the helicopter industry, Bell has always been Bell, despite official names like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bell Helicopter, or even Bell Aircraft if you go that far back.  So to rebrand the company from Bell Helicopter to Bell, means very little indeed to anyone in the Helicopter industry, or even the aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

Russian Helicopters has been working on a new high-speed combat helicopter and have confirmed times for its first test flight. They predict that the prototype will be ready for its debut flight in 2019, reports TASS. The helicopter will be able to reach speeds of 400 km/h.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

Last December, the Marine Corps wowed a small audience in Quantico, Virginia, with a demonstration of a fully autonomous UH-1 Huey helicopter that could navigate, conduct pre-set missions, and even assess landing conditions, all without a human in the loop. The secret ingredient was the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, or AACUS, a kit that can be mounted on a rotary-wing… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Feb-18

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First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-18

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Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $37,607,000 for firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-18

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Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

The Kuwait Government has launched an investigation into their deal with France. The contract, worth more than $1.1 billion, is for Airbus Caracal helicopters. However, Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority has started investigating the deal since reports of a middleman demanding $71 million has come to light, reports Gulf Business.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

The T408 engine that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is now going into production. The contract to build 22 T408-GE-400s and provide logistics and engineering support for the engine, valued at 143,481,258 million U.S. dollars, has been awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. military, marking a major milestone. MTU Aero… Read more »

Source: MTU Aero Engines, 19-Feb-18

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Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Aviation testers here are deep into testing the latest Army aviation missile, known as the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. The complex JAGM test was a collaborative team effort between the West Fort Hood, Texas-based Aviation Test Directorate of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Yuma Test Center at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Redstone Test Center… Read more »

Source: US Army, 19-Feb-18

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Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $126,500,000 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification provides for long lead items in support of the low rate initial production of seven Lot III CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-18

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Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

AVIAN-Precise Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $57,399,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 739,200 hours sustaining engineering, training and tools in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1).  Services to be provided include direct systems sustainment engineering support throughout the full life cycle of a weapon system from concept development to disposal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Feb-18

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Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus’ military and law enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years. Under this agreement, TAI will become the main Airbus Helicopters’ service provider in Thailand for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police. Airbus Helicopters’ signature HCare suite of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

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B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Feb-18

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Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky’s breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall’s leadership as the lead teammate for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Feb-18

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Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5353) to exercise options for engineering, manufacturing and development for advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW).  The AOEW program will provide an electronic warfare mission package to integrate with a flight vehicle.  The AOEW program will provide… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Feb-18

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Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

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

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Feb-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-18

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Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

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

Source: DVIDS, 24-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-18

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Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

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

Source: Russian Military, 16-Jan-18

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