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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
[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 »
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 »
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $12 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF) testbed for rotary-wing aircraft. Under the service’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), the company is developing sensor fusion and integration technologies that enhance rotary-wing aircraft survivability and enable pilots to navigate safely in… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for an upgrade program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters. The estimated cost is $360 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 30, 2017. The Government of Australia has requested a… Read more »
General Atomics is working to build large military-style drones, similar to their Reaper anti-terrorism drone. They hope that by 2025 the FAA will have regulations in place that will allow for unmanned aircrafts to fly 2,000 feet about US cities. Currently, the FAA is working with the private sector to update these regulations. The need… Read more »
Market Forecast gives a detailed analysis of the military and government helicopter market in the years 2016 through to 2022 in terms of in service systems and requirements per country, development programs, products available, leading companies and opportunities for manufacturers. Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/5088428 The global military and government is projected to grow to… Read more »
The Maharashtra Government has made the decision to purchase two new helicopters. One will be used for anti-Naxal campaigns in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur for the police and also for air ambulance services, reports Press Trust of India. The government has also decided to use one of their Eurocopter AS365N3 helicopters for educational purposes.
The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), passed Preliminary Design Review on schedule, demonstrating outstanding sustained performance. The AOEW system will provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats. “The battlefield at sea is constantly changing,” said Joe Ottaviano, electronic warfare program… Read more »
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval… Read more »