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Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has entered a £3 million bid with the UK Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to build new facilities for the collection and its visitors. The museum, which holds the world’s largest line-up of rotary-wing aircraft has set itself a £1 million fund raising target to match-fund a £2 million… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jan-16

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,171,523 modification P00002 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise options for engines, program related engineering services, integrated logistics, and training in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

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M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services LP; Denton, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $12,028,752 modification (P00008) to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA3002-15-C-0004. Contractor will provide aircrew and maintenance services for the CV-22 aircraft, UH-1N and HH-60G helicopters, associated engines, and mission support equipment of the 58th Maintenance Group. Work will be performed at Kirtland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

Marines attended a Marine Helicopter Squadron One recruiting brief at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 14, 2016. HMX-1 is responsible for direct helicopter support of the White House, which includes supporting the president, vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of the Navy, commandant of the Marine Corps and all visiting heads of state… Read more »

Source: USMC, 22-Jan-16

Elbit Systems of America appoints Marketing VP

Elbit Systems of America appoints Marketing VP

Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., announced today that Bob Edmonds has joined the company and will serve as Vice President of Marketing, replacing Steve Roser who is retiring after seven years of service with Elbit Systems of America. Edmonds comes to Elbit Systems of America from Exelis, Inc. where he… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 21-Jan-16

MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is honored to return to the 2016 International Military Helicopter Conference (IMH20165) as both plenary speaker and sponsor. Andy Pillado, Vice President, Business Development for MD Helicopters, will present a breifing on Multi-Mission Light Scout Attack Helicopter Solutions and Delivering Rapid Operational Readines on Day One of the annual conference held… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jan-16

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M contract for Pakistan AH-1Z Target Sight System work

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M contract for Pakistan AH-1Z Target Sight System work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $14,221,556 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for the procurement of non-recurring engineering requirements on the Target Sight System (TSS), including software development and testing, system modification, testing, and installation requirements necessary to configure the TSS to the requirements of the government of Pakistan. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-16

General Nucleonics awarded $16M contract for H-53 work

General Nucleonics awarded $16M contract for H-53 work

General Nucleonics Inc., Pomona, California, is being awarded a $16,577,014 firm-fixed-price long-term requirements contract for the repair for three weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the Main Rotor Blade In Flight Inspection System utilized on the H-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Pomona, California, and work is expected to be completed by June 2020. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-16

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US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria received a yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at its base in Warrenton, Friday, in celebration of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. The Jayhawk helicopter, the first of all this year’s specially painted aircraft delivered by the Coast Guard to an operational unit, arrived from Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 18-Jan-16

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Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years after ordering the helicopters, Lithuanian Armed Forces are now ready to ensure SAR 24/7 service with their AS365 N3+. Following the first two deliveries in June and September 2015,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jan-16

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Honeywell to present at Cowen Aerospace-Defence conference

Honeywell to present at Cowen Aerospace-Defence conference

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Roger Fradin, Vice Chairman of Honeywell, will be presenting at the Cowen and Company Aerospace/Defense Conference & Transport One-on-One Forum in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. EST. A real-time audio webcast of the presentation can be accessed at http://www.honeywell.com/investor, where… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 18-Jan-16

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Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

In December, Helibras delivered another K2 Panther upgrade to the Brazilian Army Aviation, the fifth in their fleet and the first to complete the entire modernization process in Brazil at the factory in Itajubá.  First post-upgrade test flight of the helicopter was back in October (see video). A further three K2 upgrades will be completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub .com, 18-Jan-16

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New President at Pratt & Whitney as Adams retires

New President at Pratt & Whitney as Adams retires

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced the appointment of Robert Leduc as President of Pratt & Whitney. Leduc, who most recently served UTC as President of Sikorsky Aircraft prior to its sale, succeeds Paul R. Adams, who is retiring at the end of February. Adams and Leduc will work over the next weeks to… Read more »

Source: UTC, 15-Jan-16

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Serbia-Russia Helicopter Deal Divides Experts

Serbia-Russia Helicopter Deal Divides Experts

The Serbian Defence Minister, Bratislav Gasic, and the First Deputy Head of the Russian Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Andrei Markov, signed an agreement on Tuesday to establish a regional centre in Belgrade for the repair and maintenance of Russian-made helicopters.  See full story

Source: Balkan Insight, 15-Jan-16

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Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

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Nigerian military build helicopter hangar in Niger State

Nigerian military build helicopter hangar in Niger State

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has completed a massive maintenance hanger for the Nigerian military helicopters and others within the West African countries.See full story.

Source: WorldStage, 13-Jan-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8B Fire Scout software

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8B Fire Scout software

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,021,113 modification to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise an option for software sustainment services in support of MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft systems.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent); and Point Mugu, California (10 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Jan-16

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Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jan-16

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Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Following the announcement in December 2012 of this order by the then-Eurocopter, HeliHub.com can confirm that the Finnish Border Forces have accepted two new AS332L1e helicopters in a ceremony on 21st December at Marignane, France. Registered OH-HVP and HVQ, the helicopter are scheduled to remain in France for crew training, with in-country arrivals scheduled for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-16

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AAR makes board appointment

AAR makes board appointment

AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that Jennifer L. Vogel has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Vogel was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc. in Houston. “We are very pleased to welcome Jennifer to our Board of Directors,” said… Read more »

Source: AAR, 12-Jan-16

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French Army orders six more NH90s

French Army orders six more NH90s

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered six additional NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, bringing the total amount of NH90 TTHs on order for the French Army Aviation to 74. “The French armed forces have deployed the NH90 operationally in Mali where its outstanding endurance, versatility and manoeuvrability have been greatly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Jan-16

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LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $31.8 million contract in December 2015 to sustain the AH-64D/E Apache’s targeting and pilotage system, the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS). This Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, drives reliability and maintainability improvements, and reduces operation and support costs. A… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Jan-16

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L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $25,493,729 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) for logistics and depot level services for TH-57 aircraft in support of the Naval Air Training Command’s Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training Program. This modification provides for increased aircraft availability to respond to pilot training… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $145,136,040 modification (P00281) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 10 green MH-60R helicopters for the Royal Saudi naval forces. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $145,136,040… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Bell awarded $25M in H-1 support contracts

Bell awarded $25M in H-1 support contracts

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $14,410,032 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for systems engineering and program management in support of the UH-1Y and the AH-1Z aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $10,423,637 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sustainment and logistics services in support of MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Services to be provided include systems and software engineering, training and integrated logistical support. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent) and Point… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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Raytheon awarded $28M contract for MH-60R multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon awarded $28M contract for MH-60R multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $28,173,587 firm-fixed-price job order modification under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00164-12-G-JQ66 for procurement of multi-spectral targeting systems (MTS) and data for use on the Navy MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. The MTS system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking, infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-16

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2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

Military helicopters have been an integral component of the force structure of armed forces globally and with increasing threat from terrorism & extremism; their significance for carrying out anti-insurgency based operations has grown further manifold in a complex, challenging, uncertain & rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. The demand & acquisition scenario for military equipment has… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 07-Jan-16

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Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

Erickson to refurbish two MH-53E Sea Dragons

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected as a subcontractor by Adams Communication & Engineering Technologies (ACET) for the refurbishment of two MH-53E helicopters, in support of the United States Navy Heavy Lift Helicopter Program. “Erickson is pleased to partner with ACET in support of this project,” said Jeff… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Jan-16

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New York UAS test site wins more funding

New York UAS test site wins more funding

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) designated test site has received a new round of funding from the state of New York.See Full story.

Source: UAS Magazine, 07-Jan-16

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AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland parent company Finmeccanica have surprised most industry observers by getting rid of the AgustaWestland name – with group chief Mauro Moretti announcing that all companies will be renamed with the Finmeccanica name. The formal launch of the corporate and legal activities in preparation for implementation of the group’s new organizational and operational model dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-16

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France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered seven additional Tiger HAD attack helicopters, bringing to 67 the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by the French Army Aviation. The additional Tigers will be delivered in 2017-2018. “The French Army Aviation have put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jan-16

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Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for HAL’s new Helicopter Manufacturing Facility at BiderehallaKaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, about 100 km from Bengaluru here today. “With this, the small village has come on the world-map as it would be manufacturing machines that would protect the country. It is no ordinary facility as the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 04-Jan-16

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HeliHub.com Christmas break

HeliHub.com Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-15

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Erickson delivers CH-53E tail pylons

Erickson delivers CH-53E tail pylons

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce completion of its fourth delivery of aircraft tail pylons for the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion the largest helicopter is the U.S. naval fleet. The fifth and final pylon will ship by the end of the year. Erickson was contracted by Sikorsky Aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 18-Dec-15

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US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

Turbomeca (Safran) today celebrates a major achievement: one million hours flown by U.S.Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins fitted with the Arriel 2C2-CG engine. Operating a fleet of over200 Arriels, the U.S.C.G. is one of Turbomeca’s major US customers. The occasion was celebrated in presence of U.S.C.G. Lieutenant Commander Edward S Apontes, and several Turbomeca representatives, from France… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 18-Dec-15

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Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Today, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space. “In terms of versatility and customisability, the Swedish NH90 ASW demonstrates the benefits of an… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 17-Dec-15

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Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a visit to Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka in Dhaka on Sunday 6th December to induct two new aircraft types.  Aside from the Yak-140 jet trainer (they have 24 on order), the more important part of the day was to launch the AW139 into military service in this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-15

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Airbus Helicopters has successfully handed over the 14th and 15th H135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). This marks the delivery completion of 15 H135s over the last six years. Designated as TH-135 by JMSDF, the 13 units delivered prior have been in operation since 2011. The TH-135 is a variant of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-15

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CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

The Board of Directors of CybAero has resolved to conduct a private placement of 2,749,000 shares to Subversive Capital LLC. The resolution is subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting on December 30, 2015. In addition, it is proposed that the extraordinary general meeting also resolve to elect two representatives of Subversive Capital to… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 16-Dec-15

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HAL runs new helicopter engine for first time

HAL runs new helicopter engine for first time

The inaugural run of the core of 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine – HTFE 25), was successfully completed in the presence of Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar  at HAL’s Engine Division here today. He also launched the design and development project of Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE-1200) which can be used… Read more »

Source: HAL, 15-Dec-15

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Bell awarded $56M contract for H-1 component repair

Bell awarded $56M contract for H-1 component repair

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $56,273,796 firm-fixed-price long-term contract for repair of 31 items used on the H-1 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas.  Work is expected to be completed by December 2016.  No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award, and will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-15

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Danish defence company Terma opens Brussels office

Danish defence company Terma opens Brussels office

The Danish aerospace, defence and security company Terma announced the opening of a new representation office in Brussels, Belgium. “Opening an office in Brussels is a logical development of our wish to be close to our markets and partners. Brussels is the heart of Europe and sets the agenda on a broad spectrum of issues… Read more »

Source: Terma, 15-Dec-15

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Special Ops V-22 maintainers win 2015 Maintenance Excellence award

Special Ops V-22 maintainers win 2015 Maintenance Excellence award

The Department of Defense named the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron the 2015 winner of the Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence, during this year’s secretary of defense awards ceremony held Dec. 8. The Phoenix Award is presented annually to designate the single best maintenance unit out of that year’s six Secretary of Defense Field-Level… Read more »

Source: U S Air Force, 14-Dec-15

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Bangladesh receives five MI-171Sh helicopters

Bangladesh receives five MI-171Sh helicopters

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) delivered a batch of five military transport Mi-171Sh helicopters to Bangladesh’s Ministry of Defence. In addition to regular cargo transportation operations and border security provision, the new Mi-171Sh will be used in UN humanitarian missions and in regions facing complex crime problems. Bangladesh received the Mi-171Sh helicopters under… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 14-Dec-15

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Wescam MX series EO/IR Imaging and Targeting Systems approach milestone

Wescam MX series EO/IR Imaging and Targeting Systems approach milestone

L-3 WESCAM announced today that a combined fleet of its MX™-Series electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging and targeting systems has successfully logged close to one million flight hours on board various U.S.Department of Defense (DoD) aircraft. The 184 systems continue to actively support three key programs, with the initial turrets having been fielded in 2005…. Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 14-Dec-15

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Oregon Coast Guard base at Newport saved for two more years

Oregon Coast Guard base at Newport saved for two more years

Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation announced they have secured a provision in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 that would keep the Newport air facility open for at least two years. Due to budget cuts, the Coast Guard threatened in 2014 to close the Newport air facility– which handles half of the emergency… Read more »

Source: Oregon, 14-Dec-15

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Greece prosecutes businessman over Apache contract 10 years ago

Greece prosecutes businessman over Apache contract 10 years ago

Prosecutors have brought new charges against businessman Thomas Liakounakos and a former high-ranking Defense Ministry official in connection with the purchase of Apache military helicopters more than a decade ago. See Full Story

Source: Ekathimerini, 14-Dec-15

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Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

Italy’s Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) has not received any offer for the British arm of its helicopter business AgustaWestland and does not plan to sell it anyway, the aerospace and defense group’s chief executive, Mauro Moretti, said on Friday. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 14-Dec-15

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Orbital ATK Granted Patent for Helicopter Active Protection System

Orbital ATK Granted Patent for Helicopter Active Protection System

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Helicopter Active Protection System (HAPS), a system to protect helicopters against airborne threats. This represents the first patent awarded to Orbital ATK for its development of methods… Read more »

Source: Orbital ATK, 11-Dec-15

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Design software speeds V280 fuselage at Spirit AeroSystems

Design software speeds V280 fuselage at Spirit AeroSystems

When announcing the completion of the Bell V-280 tiltrotor fuselage at a September press conference, Bell Helicopter leadership applauded the Bell Helicopter/Spirit AeroSystems team for a job well done, ahead of schedule and within budget. This event marked the culmination of a successful first-time collaboration between the two companies. The sizing and analysis software Spirit… Read more »

Source: HyperSizer, 10-Dec-15

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Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport extends Bell Helicopter’s lease for three more years with an option to renews that five more times in the future.See full story.

Source: Myhighplains, 10-Dec-15

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Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

The Royal Malaysian Air Force has received the first of five new H120 helicopters from Airbus, ready to be flown for train at the College of the Air Force in Alor Setar. The training syllabus of the first use of these aircraft will begin next year, and will lead the the gradual phase-out of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-15

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UK to develop first-of-type high altitude cellular comms

UK to develop first-of-type high altitude cellular comms

As part of its Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge, the UK Ministry of Defence has selected Roke Manor Research (Roke) to develop an innovative data link solution capable of transmitting real-time images and video from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) using 3G cellular technology. Roke will design the world’s first high altitude data link to… Read more »

Source: Roke, 09-Dec-15

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Russian Helicopters helps re-equip overhaul base in Egypt

Russian Helicopters helps re-equip overhaul base in Egypt

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is preparing to provide after-sales service and maintenance for Russian-made helicopters operated in Egypt. The repair base in Heluane (Egypt) will be retooled in order to provide technical support for repairs to Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Egyptian Air Force. Under an agreement reached, Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Dec-15

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India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

The decks have been cleared for India to deliver four MI 25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan this month, signaling a decisive shift in New Delhi’s approach on supplying lethal offensive systems to Kabul. See Full Story

Source: The Economic Times, 09-Dec-15

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German military receives first two H145M helicopters

German military receives first two H145M helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of fifteen H145M helicopters to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) today. The helicopters will be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim. “With its cutting-edge technologies, outstanding performance and true multi-role capabilities, the H145M answers to the challenging demands of our military… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

A junior defence minister in Poland is reported by Polsat News to have confirmed that the country’s helicopter tender will be reviewed, some seven months after the short-list was refined down to one “preferred bidder”.  While no contract has been signed with Airbus Helicopters for their H225M Caracal, it had been selected after an extensive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, held a recognition ceremony on Friday 4th December to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter at the company’s Fleetlands site in Gosport. The event, which recognised the site’s 37-year support… Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Dec-15

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UK receives 60th Chinook

UK receives 60th Chinook

Boeing has confirmed delivery of the 14th Mk.6 Chinook to the UK’s Royal Air Force, taking its fleet to 60 aircraft.  The event also coincided with the 35th anniversary of Chinook operations for the UK. “Since they were introduced into service in 1980, our Chinook fleet has played an integral supporting role for British forces and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-15

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US Navy contracts for 29 more MH-60R Seahawks

US Navy contracts for 29 more MH-60R Seahawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $354,156,879 modification (P00309) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for funding for the Navy’s fifth program year for 29 MH-60R helicopters, and to fund associated program and logistics support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Dec-15

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Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) demonstrated its ability to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) using its prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) capabilities. During the demonstration on Nov. 18, the Stalker XE UAS provided data and a precise geolocation to the unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter, which conducted water drops to… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Dec-15

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HAL encourages indigenous technology as core to aerospace growth

HAL encourages indigenous technology as core to aerospace growth

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) organized a national seminar on “Indigenous Technology Base for Growth of Aerospace Ecosystem” by bringing together various stakeholders in aerospace on a common platform as part of its 75 year celebrations, today, here at Dr.V M Ghatge Convention Centre. “This seminar is an opportune mechanism for creating a confluence of knowledge… Read more »

Source: HAL, 07-Dec-15

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Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

The German Air Force is readying for a new replacement to its fleet of 1970s-legacy VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G/GS/GA Stallions.See full story

Source: Forecast International, 07-Dec-15

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Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

A defect found in the recent testing of the British helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland’s Wildcat chopper halted the firm’s process of delivering the aircraft to South Korea, the defense procurement agency said Tuesday.See full story.

Source: Yonhap News, 07-Dec-15

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7M delivery order for 28 H-1 HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7M delivery order for 28 H-1 HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded $7,080,780 for modification to firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 awarded against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 28 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.   Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Dec-15

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) completed a successful land-based operational assessment (OA) with the unmanned, autonomous helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Nov. 20. The OA demonstrated the endurance and sensor integration capabilities on the new MQ-8C airframe. The Fire Scout collected real time data points during… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 02-Dec-15

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Hydro Engineering updates Turbine Engine Wash System

Hydro Engineering updates Turbine Engine Wash System

For over thirty years, Hydro Engineering, Inc. has provided thousands of Aircraft Wash Systems around the world. These AWS have proven to be an integral part of not only keeping the United States Armed Forces’ aircraft combat ready, but also keeping commercial and private aircraft performing at peak capacity. The development of the first AWS… Read more »

Source: Hydro Engineering Inc., 02-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

Apache from  101st Airborne Division crashed around 7pm on a night training flight

02-Dec-15

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HAL boss Raju wins CEO of the Year award

HAL boss Raju wins CEO of the Year award

Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL has been conferred with Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award -2015 in the Central Public Sector category by the Indian Institute of Materials Management at its national convention held at Vadodara today. The award is in recognition of Mr. Raju’s outstanding achievements, contribution to the industry and the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 01-Dec-15

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Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $833,339,080 modification (0004) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for sustaining, Army fixed engineering sustaining, program management/systems engineering sustaining, Army provisioning, Army technical publications, other integrated logistics support, contractor manpower reporting, packaging handling storage and transportation, and advance procurement funding. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-15

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DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

DynCorp International, Ft. Worth, Texas, was awarded a $61,054,351 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract with options for maintenance support for the Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command aviation program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2021…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-15

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Thales awarded $13M delivery order for H-60 weapons assemblies

Thales awarded $13M delivery order for H-60 weapons assemblies

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $13,398,394 for undefinitized contract action delivery order 7014 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-13-G-003F for the repair coverage for 38 weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System for the H-60 aircraft. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $304,969,015 fixed-price, performance incentive and award fee contract with cost-reimbursable line items for Nellis Aircraft Maintenance Backshop operations and maintenance services. Contractor will provide services to perform safe and reliable maintenance for A-10, F-15, F-16, F/A-22 and F-35 aircraft located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $106,510,258 modification (P00310) to contract W58RGZ-13-D-0001 for technical, engineering, logistics services and supplies, and 100 percent parts support for the H-60 weapons system. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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