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New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

FlightSafety International is receiving outstanding reviews from U.S. Army personnel who are using the UH-72A Lakota simulators being delivered to Flight School XXI. FlightSafety is teamed with CSRA and L-3 to provide equipment and services for U.S. Army aviation training at Flight School XXI. Training began last month using the first four UH-72A Lakota devices… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 13-Dec-16

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

le Jima Auxiliary Airfield tendered land in 2013 for four quadrilateral helipads, as well as two unpaved helipads. Construction on the project began in August this year. As reported by Ryukyu Shimpo, the construction plans were laid out in the 2015 U.S Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The U.S Military hopes to have the project completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-16

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EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

HeliHub.com can exclusively announce that Leonardo appear to have made their first AW149 sale, with an aircraft for the Royal Thai Army now being test flown.  Seen in Marco Bianchi’s photo here, which he has given us permission to use, the Thai military flash is seen on the tail of this otherwise anonymous aircraft.  A… Read more »

09-Dec-16

Potential Mi26 Purchase for Indonesian Army

Potential Mi26 Purchase for Indonesian Army

A meeting was held between Russia and the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to discuss the acquisition of Mi-26 helicopters for the Indonesian Army. In addition, the matter of defence offsets, the benefits the purchase will provide for local companies and the arrangements of technology transfer, reports IHS Jane.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

The South Korean Army has appointed Jung Eun-hee as their first-ever female pilot instructor. Jung was chosen from a select few who qualified for the position to teach. Her duties include teaching, training and evaluating potential pilots. Jung’s journey began in 1999 when she enlisted as a staff sergeant. She applied for the pilot training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the new aircraft being built for the United States Air Force. The SIL encompasses 2,500 square feet located within the company’s main manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut. The SIL… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Dec-16

Indonesian Air Force Receives First Delivery of H225Ms

Indonesian Air Force Receives First Delivery of H225Ms

Indonesia’s Air Force has received two of their six Airbus H225M helicopters from Dirgantara Indonesia.  The handing over ceremony was held at Dirgantara’s Bandung facility this past Friday. Dirgantara receives the H225Ms from Airbus’ France production site and then adds their own equipment, nation specific, reports Flight Global. The new H225Ms have infrared cameras, pintle-mounted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Friday saw the arrival of six Bell Huey helicopters to the Kenyan Military. Each helicopter is valued at $106 million. The remaining two Hueys will be delivered in May 2017, reports The Star. The new helicopters will provide aid to the troops in Somalia, who are fighting against the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

​​HeliHub.com has become aware of a new prototype test flying with French manufacturer Hélicoptères Guimbal. The new aircraft is all white, and carries the French test registration F-WBGD in blue on the tail boom. On the tail fin, in the normal Guimbal style, is the serial number 2001 – “A Space Odyssey” to some, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-16

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Rockwell Collins to support cockpit equipment for U.S. Army

Rockwell Collins to support cockpit equipment for U.S. Army

Rockwell Collins recently won a follow-on service and support contract for its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) on the U.S. Army’s CH-47F helicopter fleet. The contract covers up to 1,910 units by 2021. “Since its original installation, CAAS continues to enable Army aviation to safely perform highly demanding missions worldwide,” said Thierry Tosi, vice president… Read more »

30-Nov-16

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Russian Helicopters transfer first batch of Mi-8MTV-5s to Belarusian Ministry of Defense

Russian Helicopters transfer first batch of Mi-8MTV-5s to Belarusian Ministry of Defense

The official ceremony of transferring six helicopters produced by a Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary – Kazan Helicopters – took place at the Machulischi airport near Minsk today.  The ceremony was attended by the Belarusian Minister of Defense, the Air Force and Air Defense commander and top management of Russian Helicopters. The military transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Nov-16

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters. Under the JP9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training program for Navy and Army aircrew will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Nov-16

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Imminent Arrival of Huey IIs for Kenya

Imminent Arrival of Huey IIs for Kenya

In September this year, Bell was awarded a $52.1million foreign military sales contract from the US Department of Defence. They were contracted to create five Huey II for the Kenyan Air Force. The first delivery of Huey IIs will arrive in Kenya in the coming months. The aircrafts themselves are a remanufactured combination of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

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Airbus delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Airbus delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy. This follows the contract signature in late 2014 with PT Dirgantara Indonesia… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Nov-16

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TNI-AU Showcase Its EC725 SARPUR Heli

TNI-AU Showcase Its EC725 SARPUR Heli

The Indonesian Air Force or Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) has finally received its Airbus Helicopters/IAe EC725 Super Cougar Combat Search and Rescue (SAR Tempur – SARPUR) helicopter to be operated by SkU 8. The Indonesian Super Cougar could be the first among ASEAN operators which are being equipped with FN Herstal 7.62mm machine gun…. Read more »

Source: Malaysia Flying Herald, 24-Nov-16

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Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline CMC Electronics’ combat-proven CMA-2082MC Flight Management System (FMS) was selected recently for a United States Air Force (USAF) upgrade program to replace legacy control display units (CDU) currently flying on the USAF fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters. The contract was awarded to Esterline CMC through the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Canada’s international… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 22-Nov-16

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FEC Heliports announce two important new contracts

FEC Heliports announce two important new contracts

FEC Heliports Worldwide Ltd announce the sale of the HEMS-Star® portable LED helipad lighting system to the Mexican Navy and the Philippines Navy. These important contracts mark two firsts for the HEMS-Star® portable LED helipad lighting system; as the first sale of HEMS-Star® to naval customers and the first sale in the Central American region…. Read more »

Source: FEC Heliports, 22-Nov-16

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Singapore Armed Forces faciltity at Oakey to have Au$50M upgrade

Singapore Armed Forces faciltity at Oakey to have Au$50M upgrade

A $50 million upgrade to the Singapore Armed Forces’ facilities at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, has been awarded to Toowoomba-based construction company FKG Group. The project will include refurbishment of helicopter training facilities and the construction of new logistics and maintenance facilities and airfield infrastructure for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), which… Read more »

Source: Qld Government, 21-Nov-16

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Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with IAR – Ghimbav Brasov Group, a leading company in the Romanian defense and aerospace industry. “Bell Helicopter is a strong global partner and we are pleased to have this opportunity,” said Ion Dumitrescu, general director of IAR – Ghimbav Brasov. “We… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 16-Nov-16

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DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft delivers 1,000th Black Hawk to Army

DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft delivers 1,000th Black Hawk to Army

The Defense Contract Management Agency wants to make sure Black Hawk helicopter pilots have the safest aircraft needed to accomplish their mission around the world. On Oct. 13, DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft based here held a ceremony to celebrate its 1,000th Black Hawk delivery to the Army. “DCMA Sikorsky has been delegated a series of contract… Read more »

Source: DMCA, 15-Nov-16

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Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in BRICS Nations: 2016 to 2024 – Summary

Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in BRICS Nations: 2016 to 2024 – Summary

SummaryStrategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in BRICS Nations: 2016 to 2024” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Helicopters. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, a helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. A rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft is a… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 15-Nov-16

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Singapore Ministry of Defence orders H225M

Singapore Ministry of Defence orders H225M

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Singapore Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M – Medium Lift Helicopters. “We are greatly honoured that Singapore has selected the H225M as its next-generation Medium Lift Helicopter” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “The Super Puma has served Singapore well for the last 30… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-16

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Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

The Italian Parliament’s Defence Committee has agreed to grant a fund of €487 Million to the Italian Army to create a new helicopter that will take over from their current 1980s AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter. According to Daniele Marantelli, a PD member, the new combat helicopter will combine the efforts of local universities and research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Russian starts work on ASW replacement for Ka27

Russian starts work on ASW replacement for Ka27

Russia has started work on a new experimental prototype, named the Lamprey Helicopter, which will be an advanced shipborne anti-submarine aircraft. Sputnik reports that CEO of Russian Helicopters, Igor Chechikov, has stated that the Lamprey will replace their Ka-27s. They hope to have the prototype ready soon after 2020, with mass production starting around 2026…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Leonardo Expands Sales in Indonesia

Leonardo Expands Sales in Indonesia

Leonardo Helicopters looks to widen their interaction with Indonesia by providing them with helicopters and defence systems. Leonardo has already provided Indonesia with an AW139 helicopter in 2015, reports Antara News. Since then the Indonesian Air Force has chosen one of Leonardo’s AW101 choppers, along with private companies Susi Air purchasing an AW109 and AW119,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Three Black Hawks for Hawaii Army National Guard

Three Black Hawks for Hawaii Army National Guard

Three Black Hawk Medevac choppers were delivered to the new Hawaii Army National Guard this past Friday. Currently the new Black Hawks are being used for medical evacuation and SAR, and are stationed temporarily at the Wheeler Army Airfield. The Army Aviation Support Facility is helping build a $32.6 million base at Kalaeloa, complete with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Royal Canadian Navy conducts first ASW events with CH148 Cyclone

Royal Canadian Navy conducts first ASW events with CH148 Cyclone

A CH148 Cyclone helicopter from 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S., recently conducted its first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) events with Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor off the coast of Nova Scotia. The exercise was linked to an ongoing Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) being conducted by the Helicopter Test and Evaluation Facility (HOTEF) at 12 Wing… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Navy, 07-Nov-16

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100 seat VTOL Patent Awarded To Boeing

100 seat VTOL Patent Awarded To Boeing

Boeing has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, indicating the desire to build a 100 seat commercial passenger VTOL aircraft. The patent was filed in June 2014 and was awarded to them this past Tuesday, 25th October 2016. Boeing reports that their aim to build a VTOL aircraft was in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Nov-16

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Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in Asia-Pacific: 2016 to 2024 Summary

Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in Asia-Pacific: 2016 to 2024 Summary

Strategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in Asia-Pacific: 2016 to 2024” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Helicopters. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, a helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. A rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft is a heavier-than-air… Read more »

Source: Reportbuyer.com, 04-Nov-16

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Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

An International Military Helicopter Conference will be held in Nepal, this coming January. Millennium Post reports that Hindustan Aeronautics LTD will not being joining. The 1950 peace treaty has ensured that India and Nepal have been able to work together amicably, but the conference will put the treaty in danger. Not only do they plan… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

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V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

Bell is happy to report that although five staff members were let go recently due to market flux, their Amarillo facility is still the “centre of excellence for military aircraft assembly.” They are currently producing 20 V-22 a year, with officials stating that they are good on budget and ahead of schedule. They had a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

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Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Nov-16

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Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Helibras and Airbus Helicopters have opened a new chapter in the history of the H225M multirole utility helicopter with the official presentation of the first aircraft in naval combat configuration. Developed and assembled locally by Helibras, Airbus Helicopters’ subsidiary in Brazil, this new H225M version is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Brazilian… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-16

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Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Faculty members and students from Amarillo College were proud to see their hard work pay off this past Saturday. The Happy State Bank-Randall County Event Centre held a dedication ceremony to the full restored Vietnam War-era Huey 68-16179. According to Terry Smith, the coordinator of AC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, his students leapt at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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Dilemma for Polish SAR

Dilemma for Polish SAR

Poland is in the middle of a SAR predicament. They recently backed out of a deal with Airbus and instead opened a procurement procedure to acquire several S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for their army in order to meet Urgent Operational Requirements. The focus on army requirements leaves the maritime SAR capabilities low. The Mi-14 Haze… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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U.S. Navy awards $600 million multi-service contract

U.S. Navy awards $600 million multi-service contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as $600 million to fulfill the growing demand for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rockets. With an initial award of more than $130 million, the three-year, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract will help speed the delivery of these precision guidance… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 27-Oct-16

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CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

The U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, Oct. 19 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. OT-B1 included multiple external lift scenarios of 27,000 lb. (12,200 kg) in-hover and 12,000 lb. (5,422 kg) 110 nautical mile radius missions. Ground events included embarkation/debarkation… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 27-Oct-16

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PCX Aerostructures Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone

PCX Aerostructures Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone

“We are humbled that the Army is honoring the many years of dedicated hard work our employees have devoted to the success of the CH-47 program by landing this helicopter at our headquarters.  In addition to our current staff performing outstanding work on this platform, in many cases their fathers and mothers also worked on… Read more »

Source: PCX Aerostructures, 26-Oct-16

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DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Oct-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter. The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Oct-16

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Multi Year Navy Contract for Aspen

Multi Year Navy Contract for Aspen

Aspen Helicopters has been chosen by the Defence Department to support the Navy in a multi-year contract. They will be certified to land on naval ships at seas, supporting the Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu. Aspen will transport passengers as well as cargo, from ammunition to hazardous materials. They will also be recovering aerial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-16

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DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 22-Oct-16

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U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

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Argentine Army considers Huey II

Argentine Army considers Huey II

The Argentine Army Aviation plans to fill and modernise their fleet with the addition of 20 Huey 2s by 2020. Currently their fleet consists of 13 Bell Huey 2s, an Airbus AS 332 Super Puma and roughly 20 UH-1H Hueys, reports IHS Jane’s. Offers have been made from a wide selection of companies including Airbus’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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China to Receive New Attack Helicopters

China to Receive New Attack Helicopters

China’s People’s Armed Police Force has arranged to receive new Z-11WB light attack helicopters, developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). These new Z-11WBs are well designed for attacks, battlefield recon and can provide ground support, reports Defence Blog. AVIC based the new helicopters off the AC311, incorporating the French Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop the next generation of precision inertial technology. As a legacy supplier of this navigation technology for commercial and military applications, Honeywell is working to improve the accuracy of inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology by three orders of magnitude compared… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Oct-16

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Chinese PLA Receives Upgraded WZ-10s

Chinese PLA Receives Upgraded WZ-10s

China’s People’s Liberation Army will soon receive upgraded versions of the WZ-10, fitted with cannons, machine guns and guided missiles. The PLA will have a strong fleet, combing the WZ-10s and their WZ-19s and WZ-9s. Their fleet is strong in terms of combat, but they are looking into multipurpose helicopters, such as the US Army’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) for Performance-based Logistics (PBL) benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ new customer fleet availability service offer called HCare. The PBL is a contract method that involves payment of compensation according to the level of equipment performance achieved in terms of availability ratio and stable… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Upgraded Mi-28N attack helicopter makes maiden flight

Upgraded Mi-28N attack helicopter makes maiden flight

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov visited Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant today, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec where a prototype of a modernized Mi-28 combat helicopter is starting its flight tests. While at the plant, Yuri Borisov took a close look at the new combat helicopter and its design… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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Military Contract Between Russia and Peru

Military Contract Between Russia and Peru

A military contract has been signed between Russia and Peru, where Russia will deliver R-312AT military radio systems, as well as 24 Russian Mi-171SH transport helicopters. This contract will help Peru save more than $11.5 million. As reported by Sputnik News, there is talk of another $1 million being provided for the possible construction of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans, an Indian Government-owned company is setting new goals for when they open to the public in either late 2017 or early 2018. By 2027 they aim to have a revenue of Rs 1600 crore, from the Rs 500 crore they currently have. They are looking into new and different avenues for growth in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Sikorsky delivers 1000th H-60M to US

Sikorsky delivers 1000th H-60M  to US

During the ceremony, Brigadier General Robert L. Marion said, “The UH-60 is often referred to as the workhorse of Army Aviation and as such your efforts here, past, present, and future are critical to the continued defense of our nation. The rollout of the 1000th UH-60M BLACK HAWK marks an important outcome of our Aviation… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 14-Oct-16

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Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Boeing is considering a Block 2 upgrade to the US Army’s CH-47 Chinook, while Honeywell tries to improve the power efficiency of the T55 turboshaft engine by 25% and reduce the fuel consumption by 8%. Honeywell aims to perform a rig test in November this year, reports Flight Global, giving them more information to design… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Polish domestic aviation leader PZL Mielec, part of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has extended its relationship with Rzeszow University of Technology by working in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Aeronautics to develop and launch a postgraduate course in composite design.  With the use of composites in aerospace increasing, this new course aligns… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 13-Oct-16

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SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

In the light of the Polish Government announcing that they had terminated negotiations with Airbus Helicopters, and their subsequent decision in favour of Sikorsky, they Connecticut based manufacturer make the following announcement “We are very pleased that the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Minister of National Defence Mr. Antoni Macierewicz announced that the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Oct-16

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Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters and SilkWay Helicopter Services (SWHS) signed a letter of intent on September 27 during the International Defence Exhibition ADEX 2016. SWHS, being the largest operating airline in the small aviation field in Azerbaijan, has partnered with Russian Helicopters to create a centre for the maintenance and renovation of helicopters for the Azerbaijan area…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to further investigations on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS. The US Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) has awarded this money in the hopes to research more into the potential of future flight strain, tail boom cracking and fatigue on the craft. HIS Janes has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has been selected by the Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide MRO services for their Arriel 2C and Makila 1A engines flown in the fleet’s Airbus AS365 and AS332 aircraft. Although Heli-One has provided MRO services… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Oct-16

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Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

In light of recent statements regarding the status of the multirole helicopter tender in Poland, Airbus Helicopters feels the need to refute a number of misleading allegations reported in the media. It is our belief that Polish citizens and the Polish armed forces deserve full transparency on the tender process in which Airbus Helicopters and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

When LTC (promotable) David R. Cheney became the U.S. Army’s program manager for the service’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in July 2012, Airbus had delivered 229 of the H145-based utility helicopters, and the future looked bright. Every aircraft had been delivered on time and on cost since the contract had been awarded in 2006, and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

A national search and rescue (SAR) exercise conducted in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from September 18-24 highlighted the importance of conducting real-world SAR missions and training to ensure crews are ready to respond when Canadians are in distress. The value of the exercise was further underlined when exercise participants unexpectedly provided real-time assistance to a canoeist… Read more »

Source: Canadian Armed Forces, 11-Oct-16

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Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

50 in Connecticut and Florida today overwhelmingly ratified the company proposal, ensuring that Teamsters will build the CH-53K helicopters. MEMBERS VOTING TO ACCEPT: 2104 MEMBERS VOTING TO REJECT: 140 Below are details of the agreement: COMPANY PROPOSAL TO LOCAL 1150 I. Two Tier Wage Scale – effective 7/1/2017 Introduce a two-tier wage system for all… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 11-Oct-16

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Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Universal Avionics and Heli-One are announcing cockpit upgrades to be performed on a fleet of Sikorsky S-61A-4 NURI helicopters for an Asian operator, featuring Universal’s EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays and Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS). Universal Avionics Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is set to perform the design and installation for the initial aircraft with an Asian Maintenance,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 11-Oct-16

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US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) for AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $81.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Oct-16

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Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters, situated on Highway 10, celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. To commemorate this occasion, Fort Worth and its 4 100 employees received a new commercial helicopter, expanded their training centre and purchased a tilt-rotor drone. This make over comes to a cost of $235 million, despite the challenging economic times. Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

A multi-year contract is being negotiated between The Defence Department and Boeing. The contract is for 275 AH-64E Apache helicopters, costing at $3.3 billion. As reported by DoD Buzz, the negotiations began after the Army’s proposed procurement plan was approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. The Army hopes to get sign approval… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore Aviation, Ltd. and Unical Defense, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly market their combined services for the sale, modification, operations, maintenance, training and parts for UH-60A aircraft to international customers worldwide. In this important collaboration, Unical will provide UH-60A aircraft and parts while Skycore will deliver phase maintenance, mission equipment and navigation/communication modification services,… Read more »

Source: Skycore Aviation, 10-Oct-16

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EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

Hosted by the National Aviation Authority of Portugal (Autoridade Aeronáutica Nacional, AAN), the Annual Military Airworthiness Conference kicked off in Lisbon this Wednesday with keynote speeches delivered by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq and General Manuel Teixeira Rolo of AAN. The two-day event (5/6 October) brings together key stakeholders from national authorities, industry, European agencies,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-Oct-16

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US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

DRS Technologies Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company, announced today it has received an initial production order valued at more than $65 million from the U.S. Army for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III program. The award initiates fielding of next-generation technology that provides soldiers with an information hub through the ENVG display. DRS Technologies partnered… Read more »

Source: DRS Technologies, 10-Oct-16

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Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

The U.S. Army has selected Rockwell Collins to service the MFD-268C4 multi-function display (MFD) units for its UH-60M Black Hawk fleet under a five-year firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. This is a follow-on contract that continues the Army’s relationship with Rockwell Collins for long-term support of the program. “Whether the displays are in need… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Oct-16

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Order of Surion Fleet Halted

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

The South Korean Army’s supply of Surion helicopters has been suspended. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration they failed a critical airworthiness test, to withstand the cold. They plan to redesign the failed systems and redo the test within a year and a half, reports Defense News. The Surion helicopters, codenamed KUH-1, was produced… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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