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EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,815,783 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Israel, with an April 30, 2021, performance completion date. Using… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-17

Croatian Kiowas perform first group live firing

Croatian Kiowas perform first group live firing

The Pilots of the Helicopter Squadron of the 93rd Croatian Air Force and Air Defence performed the first tactical live firing and rocket launching from OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in the Training Range “Eugen Kvaternik“ near Slunj from 10 – 12 November 2017  in day and night time conditions. It has been the 3rd cycle… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia, 21-Nov-17

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Israeli Brigadier General takes CH-53K King Stallion orientation flight

Israeli Brigadier General takes CH-53K King Stallion orientation flight

Naval Air Systems Command and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, hosted a ‘first of its kind’ orientation flight in the CH-53K King Stallion for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, Israeli Air Force, Commander, Air Support and Helicopter Division, during a test flight Nov. 7. The 90-minute orientation flight included various operational maneuvers, landings and takeoffs, providing… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Systems Command, 20-Nov-17

Harris Corp awarded $100M contract for CV-22 Countermeasures

Harris Corp awarded $100M contract for CV-22 Countermeasures

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $100,000,000 modification for a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The contract provides suite of integrated radio and frequency countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. The majority of the work is performed in Clifton, NJ, with ordering periods… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-17

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for Delivery of H-60 Spare Parts

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for Delivery of H-60 Spare Parts

Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a $7,807,832 firm-fixed-price delivery order (LG00) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-14-G-001X) with no option periods for H-60 aircraft spare parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Texas, with an Aug. 30, 2019,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-17

UAE to build unmanned Ka226T

UAE to build unmanned Ka226T

The United Arab Emirates will be starting production of an unmanned version of the Ka226T. The O.V.Uspenskogo Research Centre has already begun with the development of the helicopter, reports Mena Defence.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

Teletronics awarded $45M contract for Acquisition of V-22 Data Hardware

Teletronics awarded $45M contract for Acquisition of V-22 Data Hardware

Teletronics, a Curtiss Wright Co., Newtown, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $45,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of airborne instrumentation data acquisition hardware and associated repair services to support the Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation Department (AIR 5.2).  Hardware includes data acquisition units, solid state recorders, high speed sampling devices, signal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Nov-17

General Electric awarded $143M contract for Procurement of 22 T408-GE-400 CH-53K helicopter engines

General Electric awarded $143M contract for Procurement of 22 T408-GE-400 CH-53K helicopter engines

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $143,481,258 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for the CH-53K helicopter, including associated engine and programmatic support, logistics support, peculiar support equipment, and spares.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Nov-17

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Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

Iron Mountain Solutions,* Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $7,018,280 modification (000011) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Brazil) contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-17

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V-22 Osprey readiness rate is 48%

V-22 Osprey readiness rate is 48%

The Marine Corps V-22 Osprey’s have been valued at a readiness rate of 48%. The V-22s were deployed ahead of schedule and have been operating for the past ten years. The demand was so high for them that they were being put into the field soon after production, which created a total of 75 different… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018.  From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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Rayhteon awarded $260M contract for procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles

Rayhteon awarded $260M contract for procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $260,345,336 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price (N00019-17-C-0034) for procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles and spares in support of the Navy.  In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of spare parts and support for the government of the United Kingdom.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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General Electric awarded $84M contract for Overhaul of T700 series engines for Blackhawk and Apache Helicopters

General Electric awarded $84M contract for Overhaul of T700 series engines for Blackhawk and Apache Helicopters

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded an $84,127,882 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul and recapitalization of T700 series engines in support of Blackhawk and Apache helicopters. 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 Nov. 2, 2020. U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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Bell awarded $38M contract for the Manufacture and delivery of two 14 AH-1Z Helicopters

Bell awarded $38M contract for the Manufacture and delivery of two 14 AH-1Z Helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $38,347,290 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0003) for the manufacture and delivery of two full-rate production Lot 14 AH-1Z aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $10M contract for V-22 Support Services

Bell-Boeing awarded $10M contract for V-22 Support Services

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $10,056,839 for modification P00008 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0112, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This modification provides for field representative and logistics support services in support of the V-22 aircraft for the government of Japan.  Work will be performed at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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Budget Issues Ground Four Police Helicopters in Nigeria

Budget Issues Ground Four Police Helicopters in Nigeria

The Nigerian Police Force are worried about the crime surge that often comes around Christmas, as they have an inadequate number of helicopters. Four of their thirteen helicopters are grounded. Six are operational and the remaining three are on standy by VIPs. Apparently they new Inspector-General of Police has made no effort to fix the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-17

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Korea seeks $400M offset within Navy helicopter deal

Korea seeks $400M offset within Navy helicopter deal

South Korea is looking for an offset package to the value of $400M for the supply of new naval helicopters. They are looking for technology transfers or export support for military equipment, reports Yonhap News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-17

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Teal predicts $80 Billion military UAV market over 10 years

Teal predicts $80 Billion military UAV market over 10 years

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, more than tripling in the next decade, report Teal analysts in their latest market analysis. Worldwide military adoption of UAVs and soaring demand for the next generation of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) are driving the market’s… Read more »

Source: Teal Group, 13-Nov-17

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Thailand orders two Mi-17V5 Helicopters

Thailand orders two Mi-17V5 Helicopters

Thailand has signed a contract with Russia for the delivery of two Military Mi-17V-5 helicopters. The helicopters will be used in the Royal Thai Army, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

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Forecast International Makes Projects Light Military Rotorcraft Market for the next 15 Years

Forecast International Makes Projects Light Military Rotorcraft Market for the next 15 Years

Utilizing data from its innovative Platinum Forecast System® 3.1, Forecast International projects that a total of 1,610 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031. The value of this production is estimated at $22.2 billion, as calculated in constant 2017 U.S. dollars. The market research firm generally defines a… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 08-Nov-17

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Colombia considers Mi-17 and Ansat purchase

Colombia considers Mi-17 and Ansat purchase

Columbia is considering purchasing Military Mi-8/17 and Ansat helicopters, the medical versions of these helicopters as well as the newest Military Mi-171A2, from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is also discussing joint work with Columbia, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania will be purchasing an unknown amount of H215s from Airbus. They have signed an agreement where the helicopters, which will be used for the Defence Ministry, will be produced in Romania’s IAR Brasov plant, reports Romania Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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Russian Navy to receive ten upgraded Ka-27M ASW helicopters

Russian Navy to receive ten upgraded Ka-27M ASW helicopters

The Russian Navy are receiving ten Ka-27M ASW helicopters that have been upgraded, which will be added to their naval aviation. In total they will upgrade 46 helicopters. The modifications include new tactical command systems, can be fitted with various weapons including KH-35 anti-ship missiles, reports The Diplomat.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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Taiwan donates two helicopters to Dominican Republic

Taiwan donates two helicopters to Dominican Republic

Taiwan will be donating two Bell UH-1H helicopter to the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces. The helicopters are expected by January next year, reports Janes IHS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-17

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L3 Receives Production Contract for US Army

L3 Receives Production Contract for US Army

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has received a production contract for multiple awards totaling $97 million in support of the U.S. Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. By enabling communications and data teaming between manned and unmanned aircraft, MUMT-X provides the Apache AH-64E with a transformational warfighting capability that… Read more »

Source: L3 Technologies, 01-Nov-17

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Serco awarded extension to helicopter pilot training contract

Serco awarded extension to helicopter pilot training contract

Serco has been awarded an eight-year extension to its contract with leading simulation technology specialist CAE to deliver helicopter pilot training and provide facilities management services for the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at RAF Benson. The state-of-the-art simulated training facility is used to train Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter aircrew,… Read more »

Source: Serco, 31-Oct-17

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CAE extends British military contract

CAE extends British military contract

CAE announced that it has agreed to a contract amendment with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) on the aircrew training services provided at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF). The agreement and contract amendment continues the 20-year partnership that CAE and the UK MOD have established under a private finance… Read more »

Source: CAE, 30-Oct-17

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Leidos awarded Afghan Air Force Support contract

Leidos awarded Afghan Air Force Support contract

 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to support the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter and fixed-wing fleets. Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020 at a total potential contract value… Read more »

Source: Leidos, 27-Oct-17

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Czech Republic requests 12 UH-1Ys

Czech Republic requests 12 UH-1Ys

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Czech Republic for UH-1Y utility helicopters.  The estimated cost is $575 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 11, 2017. The Government of the Czech Republic has requested the… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 26-Oct-17

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Engility Corp awarded $9M contract for modification on electronic warfare (EW) weapons systems Australian Navy and government MH-60R aircraft

Engility Corp awarded $9M contract for modification on electronic warfare (EW) weapons systems Australian Navy and government  MH-60R aircraft

Engility Corp., Andover, Massachusetts, is being awarded $9,377,684 for modification P00015 to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-14-D-0015).  This modification provides for additional electronic warfare (EW) weapons systems modifications for Navy and government of Australia EA-6B, EA-18G, E-2C, MH-60R, BAMS, P-8A aircraft, unmanned air systems, flight simulators, training systems, other advanced electronic attack derivatives and initiatives. Services to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Oct-17

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Three bidders in running to replace USAF UH-1N fleet

Three bidders in running to replace USAF UH-1N fleet

The Air Force and US Strategic Command are having to replace their 62 UH-1N Huey helicopters. With the replacements they want to have a fleet of 84. The three bidders for the contract are Boeing-Leonardo, Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada Corp, reports National Defence Magazine.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Oct-17

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Russian Helicopters working on new Mi-26 upgrade

Russian Helicopters working on new Mi-26 upgrade

[electronic translation] Russian Helicopters prepared a project for the modernization of the Mi-26 helicopter for Russian military aircraft. At present, the Rostvertol plant is already working on the creation of a prototype of the new Mi-26T2V with the subsequent implementation of a complex of flight tests. As the general director of the holding “Russian Helicopters” Andrey… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 23-Oct-17

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First helicopter deck landing for RFA Tidespring

First helicopter deck landing for RFA Tidespring

A Merlin Mk2 helicopter lands on the deck of the first of the RFA’s new fleet of tankers for the first time. RFA Tidespring, the first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, completed her Air Sea Acceptance Trial with the helicopter from QinetiQ at Boscombe Down. Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Herbert, said: “Achieving the aviation… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 23-Oct-17

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Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received $337 million in orders to supply Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) systems and services to the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awards are part of an initial task order under a new indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract signed with the U.S. Army…. Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Oct-17

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Final Australian EC135 trainer delivered

Final Australian EC135 trainer delivered

Boeing’s delivery of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to ramp up, with the final Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ aircraft arriving in Australia in late August. The last aircraft delivery marks the completion of the training fleet for the program which will provide ab initio training to Royal… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Oct-17

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Japan wants to stop US CH-53E ops indefinitely

Japan wants to stop US CH-53E ops indefinitely

The Japanese Defense Minister, Itsunori Onodera, announced last Friday that he has expectations that the US Military will suspend all CH-53E flights in Okinawa for an indefinite period. This was after the crash that occurred on Wednesday, where the aircraft caught alight during flight, reports Kyodo News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-17

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LSI Awarded GSA Contract

LSI Awarded GSA Contract

The Logistic Services International (LSI) Simulations Department Training Device Team was awarded a GSA contract to design, build, and deliver five new AH-64E Apache helicopter operator and maintainer training devices for U.S. Government partner nations overseas. The devices are production devices within LSI’s AH-64 suite of training devices with country specific upgrades engineered into each… Read more »

Source: LSI, 13-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the U.S. Army’s 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter, fulfilling its contract requirements to date by delivering every aircraft on time, on budget and meeting the Army’s rigorous quality standards. “From the moment when the Army awarded Airbus the contract to produce the UH-72A, our team has strived daily to deliver on our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-17

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Aero Dynamix awarded US Navy contract for TH-57 NVG modification

Aero Dynamix awarded US Navy contract for TH-57 NVG modification

Aero Dynamix Inc. (ADI) announces today that they have been awarded a Sole Source contract # N6883617P0694 from the US Navy (NAVSUP) to provide an STC for the TH-57 aircraft NVG modification that has been delivered to CNATRA for installation on numerous aircraft. “ADI has provided the Navy this modification in the past for the… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 11-Oct-17

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Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

Helibras / Airbus Helicopters have reached another important milestone in their history. In just six years of operation with the H225M (H-36) Caracal, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) completed 10,000 flight hours with the aircraft. The model is part of the H-XBR agreement, signed in 2008, with the Ministry of Defense to supply 50 state-of-the-art helicopters to… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 11-Oct-17

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Ocean Construction awarded $16M to renovate HMX-1 Building 398 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Ocean Construction awarded $16M to renovate HMX-1 Building 398 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Ocean Construction Services Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded $16,394,245 for firm-fixed-price task order N4008017F4493 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40080-17-D-0008) for the construction renovation of Building 398 Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) Hangar and support facilities at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.  Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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DCS Corp awarded $208M contract for Services to Naval aircraft

DCS Corp awarded $208M contract for Services to Naval aircraft

DCS Corp.,* Alexandria, Virginia, is being awarded a $207,596,336 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide system engineering, analysis, research, development, logistics, and configuration and data management services to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s aircraft integrated pProduct teams, which are critical in the development, integration, test, evaluation, and fielding of new and upgraded capabilities to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp awarded $25M contract for Phase II of the Defensive Electronic Countermeasures Suite Upgrade for the CH-53K

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp awarded $25M contract for Phase II of the Defensive Electronic Countermeasures Suite Upgrade for the CH-53K

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $25,036,119 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0512 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for Phase II of the Defensive Electronic Countermeasures Suite Upgrade for the CH-53K.  This task order includes non-recurring engineering support to design, test and integrate the AN/AAQ-24 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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Boeing awarded $11M contract for post-production support services of eight AH-64E Apache attack helicopters

Boeing awarded $11M contract for post-production support services of eight AH-64E Apache attack helicopters

The Boeing Co., Mesa Arizona, has been awarded a $10,684,058 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price) foreign military sales (Indonesia) contract for post-production support services of eight AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date ofOct. 31, 2019. Fiscal 2010… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp awarded $10M contract for procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp awarded $10M contract for procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded a $10,114,000 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026.  This modification provides for the procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt Lake… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $10M contract for MH-60R/S Radar assemblies

Lockheed Martin awarded $10M contract for MH-60R/S Radar assemblies

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded a $9,540,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 18 Intermediate Level Operational Test Program Sets for the MH-60R/S Multimode Radar and Advanced Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination work replaceable assemblies.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $27M contract for H-60 Radar work

Lockheed Martin awarded $27M contract for H-60 Radar work

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $26,991,426 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-16-D-0051). The modification provides for the procurement of 11 standard and five SEED retrofit kits to support the H-60 Automatic Radar Periscope Detect and Discrimination program.  Work will be performed in Farmingdale,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Oct-17

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PCX Aerostructures win $135M in US military contracts

PCX Aerostructures win $135M in US military contracts

PCX Aerostructures, LLC (“PCX”) recently received two indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract awards from the Department of Defense for production as well as overhaul and repair of Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter components over a five-year period. As a major supporter of the Apache helicopter program for over thirty years, PCX will manufacture new main rotorheads for the… Read more »

Source: PCX Aerostructures, 09-Oct-17

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Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Oct-17

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Leonardo’s upgraded Super Lynx Makes Successful Maiden Flight

Leonardo’s upgraded Super Lynx Makes Successful Maiden Flight

Leonardo is pleased to announce the successful maiden flight of the first of eight upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters at its Yeovil facility, in southwest England, on 28th September 2017. The upgraded Lynx helicopters will give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a significant improvement in its capabilities, with much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Oct-17

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $176M contract for Procurement of Fuel Systems for Apache AH-64

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $176M contract for Procurement of Fuel Systems for Apache AH-64

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Arizona, has been awarded a $175,969,611 firm-fixed-price domestic and foreign military sales (India, Indonesia, Qatar, and United Kingdom) contract to procure auxiliary fuel systems including reduced size crashworthy external fuel systems and internal auxiliary fuel systems for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Bids were solicited via… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-17

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Lockheed awarded $10M contract for Test Equipment for AH-1Z Cobra

Lockheed awarded $10M contract for Test Equipment for AH-1Z Cobra

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded $10,361,796 for three-year, firm-fixed-price, definitive job order N0016417FJ236 under basic ordering agreement (N00164-16-G-JQ87) for the procurement of test equipment.  This test equipment is to be utilized in an upcoming organic depot in support of the Target Sight System (TSS) on the AH-1Z Cobra… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-17

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Lockheed awarded $24M contract for options for vertical launching system modules and associated equipment with the MK 41 vertical launch system

Lockheed awarded $24M contract for options for vertical launching system modules and associated equipment with the MK 41 vertical launch system

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded a $24,306,079 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-5332) to exercise options for vertical launching system modules and associated equipment with the MK 41 vertical launch system. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (32 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (20 percent); Fort Walton… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $64M contract for Apache main rotor head maintenance and overhaul

PCX Aerostructures awarded $64M contract for Apache main rotor head maintenance and overhaul

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, was awarded a $63,911,873 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the Apache helicopter main rotor heads. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 26, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-17

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Macro Industries awarded $28M contract for Protection Systems for V-22

Macro Industries awarded $28M contract for Protection Systems for V-22

Macro Industries,* Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a $28,242,728 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of 200 sets of panels and hardware for a light-weight floor ballistic protection system for the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  No funds will be obligated at… Read more »

Source: US Dod, 29-Sep-17

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Moog Inc awarded $9M contract for Systems development for V-22 program

Moog Inc awarded $9M contract for Systems development for V-22 program

Moog Inc., Elma, New York, is being awarded an $8,725,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design, develop, manufacture, install, calibrate and test a Swashplate Actuator Test system and a Flaperon and Elevator Actuator Test system for the V-22 program.  Work will be performed in Elma, New York (95 percent); and Fleet Readiness Center East, Marine Corps Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-17

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ACS expands for growth in rotor blade repair volume

ACS expands for growth in rotor blade repair volume

Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) expands to accommodate growth in rotor blade repair volume, programs for Military and European operators. Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) announced completion of its Sanford, Florida facility expansion from 10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, additional repair technicians, program directors and quality management personnel.  The recent expansion was necessary to accommodate… Read more »

Source: UH-1 OPS, 29-Sep-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers first export Mi-28NE Night Hunter

Russian Helicopters delivers first export Mi-28NE Night Hunter

Russian Helicopter had their first export of the new Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” attack helicopter recently. This modern helicopter has onboard defence systems that are used to help protect it from “guided anti-aircraft missiles with infrared homing heads,” reports Sputnik.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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Bell fails to bid in UH-1N replacement program

Bell fails to bid in UH-1N replacement program

Proposals for a replacement helicopter for the Air Force UH-1N Huey were due September 14. Bell decided that due to their current work load, they would not to submit a proposal. Boeing-Leonardo submitted their MH-139 and Lockheed submitted their Black Hawk, reports National Defense.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Airbus Tiger attack helicopters have been given approval by the German military to resume flights. The Tiger helicopters were grounded after a fatal crash in Mali. Pilots are now having to adhere to certain speed and weight restrictions, as well as the amount of autopilot usage, reports DFNS.net Air.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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