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Lockheed awarded $24M contract for MH-60 Electronics Engineering

Lockheed awarded $24M contract for MH-60 Electronics Engineering

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $23,607,682 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to 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… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

Bell-Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 cockpit Engine Modification

Bell-Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 cockpit Engine Modification

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $17,578,247 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00015 to previously issued delivery order 0090 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This order provides for non-recurring engineering associated with Phase II of the development of the V-22 cockpit engine health indicator.  Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (46… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

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Rolls-Royce awarded $115M contract for Production of AE1107C V-22 Engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $115M contract for Production of AE1107C V-22 Engines

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $115,083,696 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of production and spare AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey.  This contract provides for the procurement of 56 V-22 AE1107C engines, including 36 production engines for the Marine Corps, and 16 production and 4 spare engines for the government… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

Bell-Boeing awarded $40M contract for Procurement of 4 MV-22 Components

Bell-Boeing awarded $40M contract for Procurement of 4 MV-22 Components

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $40,000,000 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for the procurement of long-lead components associated with the manufacture and delivery of four fiscal year 2018 Lot 22 MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

Final Flight of OH-58D ‘Kiowa Warrior’

Final Flight of OH-58D ‘Kiowa Warrior’

The U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate flew the Army’s final OH-58D “Kiowa Warrior” flight from Felker Army Airfield at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Sept. 19, 2017. A Vietnam War-era helicopter, the Kiowa spent 48 years in service as a reconnaissance helicopter during operations including Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Sep-17

Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Poland is currently launching the tender process for a new attack helicopter. Bidders used the MSPO show to showcase their candidates. The show was held in Kielce from September 5-8.  Warsaw is looking into acquiring 34 new attack helicopters, with an initial batch of three to be delivered by 2022, reports Flight Global. Turkish Aerospace… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-17

Terma install survivability kit on Dutch NH90 fleet

Terma install survivability kit on Dutch NH90 fleet

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study identified a number of solutions all centered around a Missile Warning System, the Terma Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System, and ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare (EW) controller. Based… Read more »

Source: Terma, 21-Sep-17

Malaysia celebrates 50 years service of S-61 fleet

Malaysia celebrates 50 years service of S-61 fleet

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, together with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) celebrated 50 years of continuous service of the S-61 helicopter in Malaysia. The milestone was celebrated Sept. 17 with a commemorative dinner attended by Malaysian Chief of Air Force, General Tan Sri Dato Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang and scores of RMAF… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Sep-17

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Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

The Boeing [NYSE:BA] proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses. The company today submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Sep-17

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Unitech delivers new weapons pylon for US Army Black Hawks

Unitech delivers new weapons pylon for US Army Black Hawks

Unitech Composites, a Unitech Aerospace company and leading supplier of complex composite laminates, components and assemblies for the commercial aerospace and defence industry, delivered the first production shipset of Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support Structure (MLASS) wings for use on the U.S. Army’s MH-60M aircraft.  This is the first of nine shipsets that will be delivered to… Read more »

Source: Unitech Aerospace, 20-Sep-17

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Boeing awarded $19M contract for field service representatives for the CH-47

Boeing awarded $19M contract for field service representatives for the CH-47

Boeing Aerospace Operations Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $18,903,268 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for field service representatives for the CH-47 cargo helicopter platform and avionics. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 14, 2020. U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-17

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Rockwell Collins delivers first mission computer for Airbus HForce

Rockwell Collins delivers first mission computer for Airbus HForce

Rockwell Collins has delivered its first FMC-4212 mission computer to Airbus Helicopters for the HForce onboard weapon system program, which enables the conversion of any commercial helicopter from the Airbus Helicopters platform into an armed, battle-ready unit for military operations. “The high performance and flexibility of the FMC-4212 makes it possible for Airbus Helicopters to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 14-Sep-17

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Lockheed awarded $24M contract for 24 MH-60R/S Audio Management Lite Computers

Lockheed awarded $24M contract for 24 MH-60R/S Audio Management Lite Computers

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $23,141,340 firm-fixed-price delivery order (4018) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) in support of the Navy and the governments of Australia and Denmark.  This order provides for the procurement of non-recurring and recurring efforts required to manufacture, test and deliver… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Sep-17

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $38M contract for V-22 Generator Repairs

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $38M contract for V-22 Generator Repairs

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $38,223,326 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7015 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Sep-17

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Dragon Masters Deactivated Friday after Six Decades of AMCM Excellence

Dragon Masters Deactivated Friday after Six Decades of AMCM Excellence

After 63 years of flying test and evaluation mission flights, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Dragon Masters Aviation Unit was deactivated in a ceremony Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The aviation unit mission was to fly test and evaluation missions for the only Navy lab located along the Gulf Coast. The unit is… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Sep-17

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Upgrade Program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Upgrade Program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for an upgrade program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters.  The estimated cost is $360 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 30, 2017. The Government of Australia has requested a… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 11-Sep-17

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Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

General Atomics is working to build large military-style drones, similar to their Reaper anti-terrorism drone. They hope that by 2025 the FAA will have regulations in place that will allow for unmanned aircrafts to fly 2,000 feet about US cities. Currently, the FAA is working with the private sector to update these regulations. The need… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Sep-17

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Forecast of Global Military and Government Helicopter Market 2016 to 2023

Forecast of Global Military and Government Helicopter Market 2016 to 2023

Market Forecast gives a detailed analysis of the military and government helicopter market in the years 2016 through to 2022 in terms of in service systems and requirements per country, development programs, products available, leading companies and opportunities for manufacturers. Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/5088428 The global military and government is projected to grow to… Read more »

Source: Reportbuyer, 11-Sep-17

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Lockheed Martin MH-60 Missile Detection System Passes US Navy Review Milestone

Lockheed Martin MH-60 Missile Detection System Passes US Navy Review Milestone

The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), passed Preliminary Design Review on schedule, demonstrating outstanding sustained performance. The AOEW system will provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats. “The battlefield at sea is constantly changing,” said Joe Ottaviano, electronic warfare program… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Sep-17

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USMC contracts Lockheed Martin to begin CH-53K production

USMC contracts Lockheed Martin to begin CH-53K production

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Sep-17

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Parker Hannifin awarded $96M contract for UH-60 Upgrades

Parker Hannifin awarded $96M contract for UH-60 Upgrades

Parker Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, has been awarded a $95,828,750 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul and upgrade of the UH-60 servo cylinder; pump, hydraulic; servo, cylinder, assembly; primary servo; and servo assembly. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Sep-17

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Sikorsky awarded $39M contract for CH/MH-53E Tail Rotor Blade Delivery

Sikorsky awarded $39M contract for CH/MH-53E Tail Rotor Blade Delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $38,738,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0001) against a basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-17-G-C101) for CH/MH-53E tail rotor blades. This is a single, stand-alone contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance is Connecticut, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Sep-17

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Polish Air Force​ puts ​​CAE-built SW-4 ​fu​ll-flight simulator e​n​ters service

Polish Air Force​ puts ​​CAE-built SW-4 ​fu​ll-flight simulator e​n​ters service

At the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, CAE announced that the Polish Air Force has accepted into service a CAE 3000 Series SW-4 full-flight simulator (FFS). The CAE 3000 Series SW-4 helicopter simulator is located at the 41st Air Base School in Deblin, Poland, and will be used by the Polish Air Force as part… Read more »

Source: CAE, 07-Sep-17

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Indian Defence minister launches Light Combat Helicopter production at HAL

Indian Defence minister launches Light Combat Helicopter production at HAL

Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, declared the launch of production of HAL designed 5.8 ton category Light Combat Helicopter and dedicated the HAL’s role changer design upgrade program of Hawk-i to the nation in HAL premises here today. Senior officials from Ministry of Defence, Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics… Read more »

Source: HAL, 07-Sep-17

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Philippine National Police procuring two single engine turbines

Philippine National Police procuring two single engine turbines

The Philippine National Police are entering bids for the procurement of two single engine turbine helicopters. The bids start on September 21. The helicopters have a hover ceiling of 6 thousand feet to 16 thousand feet, as reported by Update Philippines, can carry 440-1,500 litres of fuel and has space for 2 pilots and 4… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-17

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MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

A contract posting by the US Dept of Defense yesterday indicates that MD Helicopters has been awarded a contract valued at $1,385,497,987 for the procurement of “an estimated quantity of” 150 MD530F helicopters.  Given the low rate of production of all models at MD for the last 8-10 years, there must have been a massive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-17

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Indian military orders another 41 Dhruv helicopters

Indian military orders another 41 Dhruv helicopters

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited signed one more contract for supply of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH). The contract is for 40 ALH to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy. “The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign. It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in… Read more »

Source: HAL, 06-Sep-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 Delivery

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 Delivery

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,671,686 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification 11 to deliver order 0096 under previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This modification provides for the procurement of Marine Corps MV-22 integrated aircraft survivability equipment and Air Force CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, advanced mission computer kits, validation/verification… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $10M contract for Parking Extension for MV-22 Osprey

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $10M contract for Parking Extension for MV-22 Osprey

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $10,417,000 modification under a firm-fixed-price contract to extend existing Taxiway C airfield concrete at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.  The existing Taxiway C is located on the portion of the existing parking apron that the MV-22 Osprey aircraft will be parking on.  The work to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for Upgrade of Main Rotor Blade

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for Upgrade of Main Rotor Blade

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $52,901,965 firm-fixed-price contract for upgrade and overhaul of the main rotor blade. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Shelton, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017 Army working capital funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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L3 Technologies awarded $69M contract for Procurement of hardware for Apache attack Helicopter

L3 Technologies awarded $69M contract for Procurement of hardware for Apache attack Helicopter

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $69,348,326 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of manned and unmanned teaming hardware and technical and engineering support in support of the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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Boeing awarded $202M contract for 22 Apache AH-64E helicopters

Boeing awarded $202M contract for 22 Apache AH-64E helicopters

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $202,200,000 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for 22 Apache AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Army); and other procurement (Army) advanced procurement funds in the combined amount of $200,200,000 were obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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Raytheon awarded $15M contract for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits to support the CH-53E Heavy Lift Delivery

Raytheon awarded $15M contract for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits to support the CH-53E Heavy Lift Delivery

Raytheon Co. Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded $15,090,453 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001917F0399 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003) for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits to support the CH-53E Heavy Lift helicopter.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in August 2020.  Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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Sikorsky awarded $304M contract for 2 CH-53K Production

Sikorsky awarded $304M contract for 2 CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $303,974,406 for fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00004 to a previously awarded contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  The modification will provide for the Lot I low-rate initial production of two CH-53K Heavy Lift helicopters, associated aircraft and programmatic support, logistics support, peculiar support equipment, and spares.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

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V-280 Valor undergoing ground trials at Amarillo

V-280 Valor undergoing ground trials at Amarillo

Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype is currently going through its ground trials at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Centre, Texas. The prototype is intended to replace the US Army’s Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters. Bell promises that the Valor will have twice the speed and range of current helicopters. It has a V-tail,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Sep-17

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Botswana Parliament Approves P41 million Request for Anti-Poaching Operations

Botswana Parliament Approves P41 million Request for Anti-Poaching Operations

The parliament of Botswana has approved an emergency funding request of P41 million by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism. With this money, they will be able to acquire three used helicopters, radio and other communication equipment and nine aviation fuel tanks. The money will also be able to fund the employment… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Sep-17

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Russian Helicopters partners with military on high-speed combat helicopter concept

Russian Helicopters partners with military on high-speed combat helicopter concept

The “Russian Helicopters” holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) and the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract on formation of the concept of a high-speed combat helicopter within the framework of the International military-technical forum “Army-2017”. The contract between Russian Helicopters and the Ministry of Defense involves works on determining the technical appearance of the perspective… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Aug-17

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Kongsberg signs framework agreement for Norwegian Sea King gearboxes

Kongsberg signs framework agreement for Norwegian Sea King gearboxes

Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation on maintenance of gearboxes for the Norwegian Sea King helicopters. The agreement covers the period until year 2020 as a basis, with a three-year extension option. The framework agreement has a potential value of up to MNOK 300. “This framework… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg Defence Systems, 30-Aug-17

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Leidos Innovation awarded $728M contract for Supplying Support to Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter/fixed-wing fleets

Leidos Innovation awarded $728M contract for Supplying Support to Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter/fixed-wing fleets

Leidos Innovation Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland, was awarded a $727,689,796 firm-fixed-price contract to provide support for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter/fixed-wing fleets. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 operations… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Aug-17

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Russian Helicopters starts assembly of Mi-38T prototype

Russian Helicopters starts assembly of Mi-38T prototype

“Kazan Helicopters” of the “Russian Helicopters” holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) has started to assemble the first prototype of the Mi-38T within the framework of the implementation of obligations under the contract concluded with the Russian Ministry of Defense in July 2017. In accordance with the terms of the contract, the “Russian Helicopters” holding will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Aug-17

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Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Monday saw the arrival of the Israel Police Force’s four new Airbus H125 helicopters. The four helicopters are part of a six aircraft contract, with the remaining two H145 helicopters being delivered in the future. The H125s are all equipped with special command and communication systems, reports Ynet News. These helicopters will be used for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Aug-17

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Raytheon awarded $11M contract for H-60 Repairs

Raytheon awarded $11M contract for H-60 Repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $10,724,180 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded contract (N00383-15-G-009H) for the repair of the turret, sensor-sight in support of the H-60 helicopter.  Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and work is expected to be completed by September 2017.  Fiscal 2017 working capital (Navy) funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-17

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Boeing awarded $223M contract for 8 CH-47F Helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command

Boeing awarded $223M contract for 8 CH-47F Helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command

The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $222,549,505 firm-fixed-price modification (P00069) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for eight each CH-47F new build helicopters to support the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC).  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021.  Fiscal 2017 foreign military sales funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-17

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Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $34,473,142 firm-fixed-price modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support parts support and sustainment additional flying hours. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-17

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Russian Helicopters start to deliver Ka-27M to the Russian Navy

Russian Helicopters start to deliver Ka-27M to the Russian Navy

The “Russian Helicopters” holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) is ready for serial delivery of modernized multirole Ka-27M helicopters for the Russian Naval Aviation. The first machine has already passed through the whole set of factory tests. Modernization works of the Ka-27M helicopters were held within the framework of a government defense contract. According to… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-17

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Helicopters of Russia to take part in ARMY 2017

Helicopters of Russia to take part in ARMY 2017

The Helicopters of Russia (part of the Rostekh State Corporation) will demonstrate a wide range of military helicopters at the International Military Technical Forum “Army-2017”, which will be held at the Patriot Convention and Exhibition Center in Kubinka from August 22 to August 27. Within the framework of the exhibition, the holding will present its… Read more »

Source: Helicopters of Russia JSC, 24-Aug-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $32M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $32M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $31,980,025 for delivery order 7014 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity basic contract (N00383-16-D-951N) 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 December 2018. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Aug-17

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DynCorp International awarded $54M contract for aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support for the Naval Test Wing Pacific

DynCorp International awarded $54M contract for aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support for the Naval Test Wing Pacific

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $53,765,867 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract for aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support for the Naval Test Wing Pacific. Support includes organizational-level aircraft maintenance and logistics support on aircraft, systems/subsystems aircrew systems, search-and-rescue equipment, and support equipment forP-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules, F/A-18 Hornet, E/A-18 Growler, AV-8B… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Aug-17

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Pilots union thinks Nigeria will fail FAA audit

Pilots union thinks Nigeria will fail FAA audit

The American FAA will be conducting an audit from Monday, August 21, till the following Friday, on the Nigerian Aviation Sector. And while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Accident Investigation Bureau prepare for this, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers are concerned that they will fail. As reported by Sahara Reporters,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-17

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Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

The Indian Army is planning to purchase 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The $655 million contract includes spares, equipment, training, ammunition and weapons, reports HiTech Facts. The purchase is the start of the expansion of the Indian Army’s aviation capacity.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

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Bishops demand helicopters for police in Ghana

Bishops demand helicopters for police in Ghana

The Charismatic Bishops Conference has recently suggested to the Government of Ghana that a unit of helicopters will be an asset to the Ghana Police Service. As reported by News Ghana, they highlighted the uses of helicopters, such as search-and-rescue operations, surveillance, monitor traffic, car chases and deployment of men into “conflict zones.” The Ghana… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

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Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky is currently considering producing S-70 Black Hawk helicopters in Romania, should the Romanian Army choose their helicopter model to replace their aging Puma fleet. They own a factory in South-East Poland where they have produced over 40 Black Hawk helicopters already for foreign sales to United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South American…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

In an era of dwindling budget and increased deployments, military flight training organisations will need to be much more creative and reassess their structure to overcome challenges and align more closely with the Civil Aviation regulations. Speaking at SMi’s Military Flight Training conference this October, Major (Retd.) Peter Dean, Director of St Andrew’s Aviation will… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 21-Aug-17

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Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

A critical component of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Mission System for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), recently achieved Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6 assessment following a successful demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 21-Aug-17

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Forecast for Global Military Helicopter Market 2017-2026

Forecast for Global Military Helicopter Market 2017-2026

The “Global Military Helicopter Market – 2017-2026 – Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, OEM Strategies & Plans, Trends & Growth Opportunities, Market Outlook” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering. The evaporation of the traditional, stable world order characterized by rule based decision-making coupled with ongoing war operations in the Middle East and rapidly evolving geopolitical equations, marked by increasing… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 16-Aug-17

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Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

First-rate operational effectiveness of a RNAS Yeovilton-based Wildcat helicopter Flight was recognised with the award of the prestigious Osprey Trophy. The Osprey trophy was awarded to 209 Flight on 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) for their achievements whilst operationally embarked in RFA Mounts Bay. Over the past year 209 Flight have successfully undertaken a demanding… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 16-Aug-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $8M contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system

PCX Aerostructures awarded $8M contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $7,794,600 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Connecticut,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-17

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Sikorsky marks 30,000 Black Hawk hours in Brazilian military operation

Sikorsky marks 30,000 Black Hawk hours in Brazilian military operation

[electronic translation] A meeting in commemoration of the 30 thousand flight hours of the H-60 ​​Black Hawk helicopter was held this Wednesday (02/08) in the Office of Air Force Commander, Air Lieutenant Nivaldo Luiz Rossato. Representatives of Sikorsky Aircraft, a US company responsible for manufacturing the aircraft, delivered a helicopter miniature and a plate, referring to… Read more »

Source: FAB, 14-Aug-17

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MD drops development of the MD540A

MD drops development of the MD540A

MD Helicopters has decided to stop their development of their MD540A armed reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. They commented that because their current MD530F and MD530G models were based off the same Model 369FF as the MD540A, that they no longer require the helicopter. They are instead focusing on the development of a new single… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Aug-17

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SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

Engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock, joint venture partners, presented the fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense as part of a project for extending the lifespan of AB-212 seven helicopters, which came into service in 1974, by at least 15 years. A crew from the Spanish Navy’s Third Aircraft… Read more »

Source: SENER, 10-Aug-17

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German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $10,049,166 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract for various parts supporting the BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system and the Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service and supply transition. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

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Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a $17,960,940 modification (PZ0003) to Foreign Military Sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0051 for post-production support services and performance based logistics in support of the United Arab Emirates Land Forces Longbow Apache program for a total of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

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Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

The South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection has recently criticized the KAI’s twin-engine Surion helicopter. They have suggested an investigation of the country’s Defence Acquisition Program Admin. It has been said that the Surion failed 29 of 101 test items during the performance in cold weather tests. Apparently KAI falsified Surion development costs and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

Israeli is looking to modernizing their heavy-lift helicopter fleet by replacing their CH-53 Yasur helicopters. The fleet has been in service for over 50 years and although they have recently been upgraded, a replacement is needed. The money for the replacement will come from the MoU of $38 billion signed in 2016 between Washington and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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First Flight completed by VH-92A

First Flight completed by VH-92A

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Aug-17

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07-Aug-17 Sikorsky UH-60 Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Blown over on its starboard side in strong winds while parked on the ramp – photo

07-Aug-17

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Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

The UK is upgrading their Royal Air Force’s Boeing Chinook HC4 helicopters. The fleet will be brought to the new HC6 standard, reports IHS Jane’s. The 38 helicopters are being given Boeing Digital Automatic Flight Control Systems, replacing their analogue systems. This process is planned to take up to 12 months. They also are adding… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $75,374,784 modification (000101) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $75,374,784 were obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $276,641,287 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing’s new MH-139 helicopter arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday last week and was on display at the Wyoming National Guard Open House by Wednesday. The aircraft was designed to enter into the competition to replace the U.S Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, which was been in service since the 70s. The U.S. Air Force UH-1N… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

The Maharashtra Government has instructed the department that handles VIP Security to draw up a draft SOP and helipad locations for landing permissions. This was after the discussions at the legislative council. Concern was raised over the seemingly “back to back” helicopter incidents involving the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He thanked the council for their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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Honeywell International awarded $9M contract for delivery for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies

Honeywell International awarded $9M contract for delivery for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies

Honeywell International Inc., Torrance, California, has been awarded a maximum $9,323,719 firm-fixed-price delivery order (THB2) against a three-year contract (SPE4AX-14-D-9406) for V-22 aircraft side air panel assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance is California, with a March 30, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-17

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