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Rockwell Collins gives guidance on FY2016 financials

Rockwell Collins gives guidance on FY2016 financials

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today announced guidance for fiscal year 2016. The company expects revenue between $5.3 billion and $5.4 billion, earnings per share in the range of $5.20 to $5.40, and cash flow from operations of $700 million to $800 million. Total segment operating margins are expected to be about 21%. This financial… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 25-Sep-15

Indian Government confirms $10 Billion deal for 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks

Indian Government confirms $10 Billion deal for 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today cleared a multi-billion dollar deal for 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing. See Full Story

Source: The Economic Times, 25-Sep-15

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Serbia orders two Mi-171s

Serbia orders two Mi-171s

Earlier in September, the deputy CEO for sales for the Russian Helicopters company, Grigory Kozlov, said Belgrade intended to purchase two Mil Mi-17 helicopters from Russia. See Full Story

Source: Sputnik, 25-Sep-15

First Fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor completed

First Fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor completed

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. [NYSE: SPR] announced it has completed the first fuselage to Bell Helicopter for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The unit was designed and assembled in Spirit’s rapid prototyping facility in Wichita, Kan., in just 22 months. The composite fuselage is being prepped to ship to Bell’s Amarillo, Texas, facility for… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 24-Sep-15

Interview with CEO of Russian Helicopters

Interview with CEO of Russian Helicopters

HME : When and why was Russian Helicopters created as an integrated industrialist? Alexander Mikheev : “Russian Helicopters” was established in 2007 in order to consolidate all Russian helicopter engineering companies, R&D centers as well as a number of enterprises manufacturing main helicopter component parts.  Before, in the Soviet times, all helicopter engineering companies in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Sep-15

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

A longtime Sikorsky employee has alleged the Stratford-based aircraft company has not followed federal disabilities rules—claims the company denies. See Full Story

Source: CT post, 24-Sep-15

AgustaWestland turnover rises to $1.2 Billion

AgustaWestland turnover rises to $1.2 Billion

Helicopter manufacturing giant AgustaWestland, which can trace its history in Yeovil back 100 years, has reported a 5.7 per cent rise in revenue in its latest financial accounts, boosted by contracts with the UK and other global governments. See Full Story

Source: Insider Media, 24-Sep-15

Bell explores civilian options for V-280 Valor

Bell explores civilian options for V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter is reviving its vision of finding a civilian market for tilt-rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Star Telegram, 24-Sep-15

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Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a destroyer filed suit in San Diego Monday against the U.S. Navy, asking them to declare the San Diego-based destroyer “unreasonably dangerous.” See Full Story

Source: NBC San Diego, 24-Sep-15

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French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy today marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multimission naval helicopter, the first to be delivered in the final radar configuration (FRC), during a ceremony held in the facilities in Marignane. The DGA ordered 27 NH90 NFH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Boeing awarded $12.4M contract for one Apache Longbow crew trainer

Boeing awarded $12.4M contract for one Apache Longbow crew trainer

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $12,461,218 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0086 for one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,461,218 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Bell’s Jeffrey Mellinger Receives the 2015 Doughboy Award

Bell’s Jeffrey Mellinger Receives the 2015 Doughboy Award

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that retired Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Mellinger, Bell Helicopter’s aircraft design liaison, received the 2015 Doughboy Award. The annual Doughboy Award recognizes Infantrymen for their outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry and is highest honor bestowed by the Chief of Infantry. The award… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Sep-15

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Motor Sich looks for JV in China

Motor Sich looks for JV in China

The 16th China Aviation Expo kicked off at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on Sept. 16, according to US-based Duowei News. See Full Story

Source: Want China Times, 22-Sep-15

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HAL plans LCH weapons trials

HAL plans LCH weapons trials

India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is now eyeing weapon-based trials with its fourth technology demonstrator, TD-4. The weapon firing trials are planned for the middle of 2016.  See full story

Source: HAL, 21-Sep-15

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Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy. The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Sep-15

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India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

The Central Bureau of Investigation is awaiting court orders on its plea for a non-bailable warrant against British national Christian Michel James, one of the main accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, to push for an Interpol red-corner notice against him. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 18-Sep-15

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New report released on US DoD Helicopter Market

New report released on US DoD Helicopter Market

US DoD Helicopter Market : Upgrades and Service Life Extension Projects Drive a Decreasing Market with Limited New Starts This research service is an overview of program funding and contract activity for the US Department of Defense’s helicopter market. The market includes funding/contracts for parts, services, maintenance, and non-DoD helicopter support. Due to budgetary constraints,… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 17-Sep-15

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Dakota Air Parts buys NZ UH-1 fleet

Dakota Air Parts buys NZ UH-1 fleet

The retired Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopter fleet has been sold, subject to final United States and New Zealand Government approvals. Following an international tendering process, Dakota Air Parts of the United States has been selected as the successful bidder for 10 of the 13 airframes, and spares. The total sale was in… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 17-Sep-15

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Argentine Coast Guard receives first H225

Argentine Coast Guard receives first H225

At a ceremony presided by the Prefecto Nacional Naval Luis Alberto Heiler, Airbus Helicopters officially handed over an H225 helicopter to the Argentine Coast Guard This new helicopter, which will be based in the city of Mar del Plata and used for search and rescue missions in the Argentinian sea, marks the start of the renewal process for the Coast Guard’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-15

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MBDA to Market BAE Systems’ APKWS Laser-guided Rocket in Europe

MBDA to Market BAE Systems’ APKWS Laser-guided Rocket in Europe

BAE Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement with MBDA to support marketing efforts for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket. Under the terms of the agreement, MBDA will lead marketing efforts for the BAE Systems, Inc. APKWS rocket in Europe. “MBDA’s position as a prime weapon systems integrator in Europe, and the… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 17-Sep-15

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Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

The U.S. military’s Future Vertical Lift program to develop new battlefield helicopters does not impress the top air force chief in the Netherlands. See Full Story

Source: UPI, 17-Sep-15

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China Begins Work on New Stealth Attack Helicopter

China Begins Work on New Stealth Attack Helicopter

China has begun to develop a fourth-generation attack helicopter and expects to deliver it to the People’s Liberation Army around 2020, according to Aviation Industry Corp of China. See Full Story

Source: DFNS, 17-Sep-15

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Sikorsky picks Rockwell Collins avionics for combat rescue UH-60W

Sikorsky picks Rockwell Collins avionics for combat rescue UH-60W

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Sikorsky for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program. Rockwell Collins will provide state-of-the art avionics and mission equipment to the next generation of combat rescue helicopters, including the cockpit flight and mission display system, navigation radios and the advanced ARC-210 V/UHF communication system. “In the midst… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 16-Sep-15

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AgustaWestland flies UK military unmanned concept demo

AgustaWestland flies UK military unmanned concept demo

AgustaWestland announced today that it has completed the UK Ministry of Defence’s Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial System (RWUAS) Capability Concept Demonstration (CCD) contract it was awarded in 2013, including 27 hours of demonstration flying and 22 automatic simulated deck landings using its SW-4 RUAS Solo technology demonstrator. The flying element of the contract was carried… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Sep-15

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15-Sep-15 Mil Mi-8 Ramit, Tajikistan

Tail rotor damaged in emergency landing after reportedly being hit by an armed group led by former deputy defence minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda

15-Sep-15

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Cobra first flew 50 years ago – Bell celebrates

Cobra first flew 50 years ago – Bell celebrates

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Bell AH-1 Cobra. The trailblazing AH-1 is the original attack helicopter whose revolutionary design and configuration defined attack helicopters to follow in the decades after the historic flight at Amon Carter Field on September 7,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 14-Sep-15

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Russia and China provide more details on Advanced Heavy Lift project

Russia and China provide more details on Advanced Heavy Lift project

Before the close of this year, Russia and China are to sign the contract for the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter designated Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL), Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Sales at Russian Helicopters holding company Grigory Kozlov was quoted as saying in an interview. “We are going to build a helicopter from… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Sep-15

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Boeing completes delivery of seven Chinooks to Australian military

Boeing completes delivery of seven Chinooks to Australian military

Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the seventh CH-47F Chinook to the Australian Army on budget August 10th, three weeks ahead of schedule, supporting modernization of Australia’s cargo helicopter fleet and eventually replacing the Commonwealth’s six older CH-47D Chinooks. The seven advanced Chinooks were ordered as part of a U.S. Government Foreign Military Sales agreement with Australia… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 14-Sep-15

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705 NAS visits the Helicopter Museum

705 NAS visits the Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum was thrilled to welcome four aircraft from 705 Naval Air Squadron on 30th July 2015. 11 members of 705 NAS plus the station photographer made the flight down, in formation, taking in several landmarks on the way. The museum is the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum housing over 80 displayed aircraft including… Read more »

Source: 705 NAS, 14-Sep-15

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Russian Helicopters sees Vietnam as potential market

Russian Helicopters sees Vietnam as potential market

The representative of Kazan Helicopters, the only Russian helicopter manufacturer, has said that Vietnam is a potential market despite decreased demand in recent years. See full story

Source: Vietnam Net, 14-Sep-15

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AgustaWestland seeks cooperation with Belarus

AgustaWestland seeks cooperation with Belarus

The Anglo-Italian multinational helicopter design and manufacturing company AgustaWestland shows interest in developing cooperation with Belarus, Belarusian Premier Andrei Kobyakov told media following his visit to the production areas of AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A., on 10 September, BelTA informs. See full story 

Source: Belarusian News, 14-Sep-15

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China approves WZ-19 attack helicopter for export

China approves WZ-19 attack helicopter for export

For nations hoping to buy China’s advanced weapons on display in the Sept 3 V-Day parade, here’s some good news-China is ready to export one of its top military helicopters.See Full Story

Source: Ecns.cn, 14-Sep-15

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14-Sep-15 Agusta-Bell 205 Sinazongwe, Zambia

Helicopter ended on its port side.  5 POB, three with minor injuries and the other two to hospital. Note, accident date was 14th not 15th (as reported elsewhere) – reports did not emerge until 15th as this flight was reportedly a private flight for the Defence Minister and not officially sanctioned.

14-Sep-15

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Netherlands orders 14 CH-47F Chinooks, and upgrades 6 more

Netherlands orders 14 CH-47F Chinooks, and upgrades 6 more

[electronic translation] Defence bought 14 new Chinook transport helicopters and six modernize existing equipment. The number of Chinooks thus goes from 17 to 20. This was announced by Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert today in a letter to the Lower House. Defence now has 11 Chinooks of the type CH-47D, and 6 of the type CH-47F (NL).The… Read more »

Source: Ministrie van Defensie, 13-Sep-15

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13-Sep-15 Taif, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Pilot killed in accident on “routing training flight”

13-Sep-15

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Russian Helicopters plans Chinese MRO network

Russian Helicopters plans Chinese MRO network

The International Helicopter Exhibition China Helicopter Exposition 2015 holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of the State Corporation Rostec) discussed with Chinese partners, the organization of a network of centers of maintenance and repair (TsTOiR) Russian helicopters in China in cooperation with the largest companies-operators of helicopters. In view of the exploited in the PRC helicopter… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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Kazan Helicopters celebrates 75th anniversary

Kazan Helicopters celebrates 75th anniversary

In September 2015, Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (part of State Corporation Rostec) celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding. Kazan Helicopters traces its history back to 4 September 1940, when Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387 was founded. It was evacuated to Kazan at the start of the Great Patriotic War, and there it… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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Canada re-selects Vector as sole T-58 engine MRO provider

Canada re-selects Vector as sole T-58 engine MRO provider

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with the Department of National Defense (DND) to perform all MRO services for their T-58 engines, effective 30 July 2015. “We are thrilled to have been re-selected by DND to be… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 11-Sep-15

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US Navy lifts contracting suspension of 2 ex-AgustaWestland execs

US Navy lifts contracting suspension of 2 ex-AgustaWestland execs

Former Finmeccanica Chief Executive Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and Bruno Spagnolini, who headed the company’s AgustaWestland helicopter division, were removed from suspension in August – See full story

Source: Reuters, 11-Sep-15

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First production Mi-38 fuselage completed

First production Mi-38 fuselage completed

[electronic translation] On the Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of the holding company “Russian Helicopters” Rostec state corporation, made the fuselage of the first production of the Mi-38. Currently, the Mi-38 is in the final stages of factory testing. Achieved 112 of the 180 scheduled flights. By the end of 2015 it is planned to complete… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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Russian Helicopters to deliver two Mi-171s in China

Russian Helicopters to deliver two Mi-171s in China

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has signed a contract with China General Aviation Service Co. Ltd. The two Mi-171 helicopters will be delivered in 2016. Mi-171 helicopters are operated successfully across China, in particular in places with challenging topographies and harsh climates. They are used in a variety of cargo transport operations –… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites (America), Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “TCA”) has entered into a Supply Agreement with BELL Helicopter, a Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company, to supply carbon fiber prepreg materials for Bell Helicopter programs. Initially, TCA will supply materials for the Bell 525 Relentless program.  The Bell 525 Relentless is the world’s first commercial fly-by-wire… Read more »

Source: Toray Composites (America), Inc, 11-Sep-15

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Last Sea King leaves RAF Valley

Last Sea King leaves RAF Valley

The last Sea King search and rescue (SAR) helicopter has left RAF Valley on Anglesey marking the end of an era. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 11-Sep-15

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Brazilian Lynx fleet to receive new protection suite

Brazilian Lynx fleet to receive new protection suite

Selex ES has received an order from prime contractor Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland to provide a suite of electronic warfare equipment for eight Lynx Mk21A aircraft used by the Brazilian Navy. The company will provide its SAGE electronic support measure (ESM) along with the company’s defensive aid suite (DAS) controller and a third-party countermeasure dispensing system…. Read more »

Source: Selex ES, 10-Sep-15

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10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side with main blades and tail boom ripped off.  Three POB all safe with minimal injuries.

10-Sep-15

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SAIC awarded $11.8M contract for MH-60 weapon system support

SAIC awarded $11.8M contract for MH-60 weapon system support

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded an $11,838,878 cost-plus-fixed-fee definitive contract for MH-60 weapon systems support and sustainment.  The MH-60 weapon systems consist of the MH-60R and the MH-60S helicopters.  The MH-60R is the Navy’s primary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare platform and the most advanced maritime multi-mission helicopter in operation and deployed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Raytheon wins $33M contract modification for ten MH-60R sonar systems

Raytheon wins $33M contract modification for ten MH-60R sonar systems

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $33,000,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 10 MH-60R full-rate production Airborne Low Frequency Sonar Lot XII systems.  Work will be performed in Brest, France (59 percent); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (37 percent); and Johnstown, Pennsylvania (4 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Bell awarded $581M contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z for both USMC and Pakistan

Bell awarded $581M contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z for both USMC and Pakistan

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $581,113,421 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and government of Pakistan.  The aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Sikorsky contracted for four UH-60Ms for Slovakia

Sikorsky contracted for four UH-60Ms for Slovakia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $46,142,640 modification (P00277) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Slovakia) for four UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and other government equipment configured to customer requirements.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Bell-Boeing awarded $19.8M for MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $19.8M for MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $19,828,419 for cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to delivery order 0096 previously issued against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22.  This modification provides for the procurement of additional nonrecurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) universal urgent needs effort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Aurora Flight Sciences awarded $15M more for UH-60 ALIAS program

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded $15M more for UH-60 ALIAS program

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,350,660 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00003) to exercise the Phase II Option of previously awarded HR0011-15-C-0027 for the Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Phase II will focus on refinement of the overall ALIAS system, risk reduction, demonstration of rapid installation time, and more in-flight demonstrations…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Sikorsky awarded $14M contract to support Taiwan UH-60M operations

Sikorsky awarded $14M contract to support Taiwan UH-60M operations

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,813,184 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Taiwan) for trained pilots and maintenance operations for the UH-60M to support the fielding of new aircraft as well as the storage of four UH60s. Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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HNZ wins nine-helicopter US DoD North Warning System contract

HNZ wins nine-helicopter US DoD North Warning System contract

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today it had received a notice of intent to award a contract from the United States Department of Defense in support of the North Warning System (“NWS”). HNZ, operating under the brand Canadian Helicopters, has been… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 07-Sep-15

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New Head of Terma Asia Pacific Subsidiary

New Head of Terma Asia Pacific Subsidiary

Jannik Termansen has been part of the team at Terma’s office in Singapore, running our Business Development activities and spearheading our relations to partners and governments across Asia Pacific. Jannik has been working in the Asia Pacific region for more than five years, and he is thus well versed in understanding customer needs and the… Read more »

Source: Terma, 07-Sep-15

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French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES announces that NAHEMA and the French Defense Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) have declared ready for training the French Army Aviation NH90 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The FFS is operational at the French Army Aviation Academy NH90 Joint Training Center (Centre de formation interarmées, CFIA) in Le Cannet-des-Maures, south-eastern France. The… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 04-Sep-15

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HAL Completes Hot & High Trials of LCH

HAL Completes Hot & High Trials of LCH

HAL successfully carried out the hot and the high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh recently. “These seasonal trials – including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year – have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have… Read more »

Source: HAL, 04-Sep-15

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Russian Helicopters to sign maintenance contract with India

Russian Helicopters to sign maintenance contract with India

Among other things, an offer was put forward to sign long-term contracts between the Air Force, Navy and the Indian Interior Ministry and Russian Helicopters holding company for a period of 3 to 5 years. This will have a positive effect on the COLLABORATIVE efforts for providing after-sales service of helicopters and will also streamline… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Sep-15

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Russian military to receive Ka-52K for Mistral carriers

Russian military to receive Ka-52K for Mistral carriers

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will deliver ship-borne Ka-52K helicopters built for use on-board Mistral-class carriers to the Russian Army. “In the near future the Russian Defence Ministry will receive Ka-52K and Mi-28NM helicopters with dual controls and significantly enhanced flight capabilities and firepower,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. Russian Helicopters, (part… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Sep-15

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Mark of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Awards Given out at NIGHTCON 2015

Mark of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Awards Given out at NIGHTCON 2015

The Night Vision Awards took place in Dallas during the annual NIGHTCON Night Vision Conference where EagleMed was given the Mark of Excellence Award and James Wisecup received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Mark of Excellence Award recognizes a company that signifies dedication to quality and excellence in their operation. “EagleMed is very pleased to… Read more »

Source: Night Vision, 04-Sep-15

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04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk

04-Sep-15

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Helibras opens new simulator training center

Helibras opens new simulator training center

Facilities at the modern Training and Simulation Centre (CTS) of Helibras were inaugurated on Friday (21/08) in Rio de Janeiro. The event was attended by Defence Minister Jaques Wagner, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Fernando Bigfoot, City Mayor Eduardo Paes and several civil and military authorities. Strategically located in Rio de Janeiro,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 03-Sep-15

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US approves $3 Billion upgrade of 50 Apaches to AH-64E standard

US approves $3 Billion upgrade of 50 Apaches to AH-64E standard

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for AH-64E APACHE GUARDIAN Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.00 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 26,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 03-Sep-15

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Russia to fulfil contract for Mi-17V5 delivery to India by year-end

Russia to fulfil contract for Mi-17V5 delivery to India by year-end

By the end of 2015 Russian Helicopters will deliver another three military transport Mi-17V5 helicopters to India to complete the contract. From 2012-2015, under an existing contract, Russia supplied India with 148 Mi-17V5 helicopters out of a total of 151 due to be delivered by the end of the year. Russian Helicopters, (part of State… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Sep-15

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Russian Helicopters to sign contracts with India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry

Russian Helicopters to sign contracts with India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry

During the Russia-India conference on after-sales service for Russian-made helicopters, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) proposed developing the after-sales service provision for Russian-made helicopters operated in India. A long-term contract between India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry and Russian Helicopters is one of the steps envisaged as part of these improvements to… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Sep-15

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Airbus present Tiger to Polish military

Airbus present Tiger to Polish military

Airbus Helicopters has announced that the Tiger will give its first dynamic presentation in Poland, a week before being displayed for the second time at the 23rd edition of MSPO in Kielce. The combat helicopter that will perform the flight demonstration is a Tiger HAD from the French Army. It is a modern, combat-proven, high-tech… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Sep-15

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Bell congratulates Fuji Heavy Industries on Japanese UH-X Contract Award

Bell congratulates Fuji Heavy Industries on Japanese UH-X Contract Award

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced long-term partner Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) was awarded a contract for 150 multi-purpose helicopters to replace Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) current fleet of UH-1J aircraft. The new UH-X aircraft, based on the Bell 412EPI, will be used for island defense and disaster relief efforts with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Sep-15

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Nasmyth group company wins AgustaWestland IQS Gold Award

Nasmyth group company wins AgustaWestland IQS Gold Award

Nasmyth Group, a leading global supplier of precision engineering products and services, is delighted to announce that one of its subsidiary businesses, Nasmyth Technologies Coventry – Chinn Ltd, has received an IQS Gold Award from AgustaWestland, one of the world’s leading helicopter companies. Nasmyth Technologies Coventry – Chinn Ltd was one of just 18 suppliers… Read more »

Source: Nasmyth, 02-Sep-15

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Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of External Communications

Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of External Communications

As of today, Guillaume Steuer is reporting to Vice President of Corporate Communications Yves Barillé and is managing all external communications activities for Airbus Helicopters. Since June 2014, Guillaume Steuer has held the position of Media & Communication Officer with the European Defence Agency in Brussels – Belgium. After obtaining a European diploma of Higher… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Sep-15

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Rampart Range, US-Colorado

Crashed into trees during a training exercise.  Two severely injured, two minor.

02-Sep-15

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Camp Lejeune, US-North Carolina (1F)

Hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.  About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating  in night training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes. The rappelling and fast-rope… Read more »

02-Sep-15

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CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre plans to become ATO

CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre plans to become ATO

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, today announced that it plans to become an Approved Training Organization (ATO) according to the guidelines and procedures established by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The CAE Brunei MPTC will be adding a turnkey… Read more »

Source: CAE, 01-Sep-15

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Boeing takes Apache to Poland’s largest Defence Show

Boeing takes Apache to Poland’s largest Defence Show

The Boeing [NYSE:BA] AH-64 Apache attack helicopter will be making its first appearance at the largest defense show in Poland – the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition – in Kielce, September 1-4. The AH-64 Apache is currently under consideration for the Polish Kruk Attack Helicopter Program. It is the most advanced multirole combat helicopter and… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Aug-15

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Rockwell Collins appoints VP of Mergers & Acquisitions

Rockwell Collins appoints VP of Mergers & Acquisitions

Rockwell Collins today announced that Rick Schmidt has been named vice president, Mergers & Acquisitions, effective immediately. He reports to Jeff MacLauchlan, senior vice president, Corporate Development. “Rick’s strong focus on M&A, financial acumen, and project management expertise will be of considerable value to the corporation as we aggressively pursue our long-term global growth strategy,”… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 27-Aug-15

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