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Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

On July 1, 2017, Airlift’s contract period starts with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket). For six years, Airlift will ship Norwegian maritime pilots to Large Class Vessels and ships carrying dangerous goods. The contract itself is valued at approximately a hundred million NOK a year. – July 1, 2017 is one big day and one… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Jul-17

Last HKP 14 delivered

Last HKP 14 delivered

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announces that it has taken delivery of the last aircraft of the 18 NH90s ordered from NHIndustries back in September 2001. In total, 15 NH90s, locally designated HKP 14, are now in service with the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing. Five of these are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) versions. Adding… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $29M contract for rotary rudder helicopter blades

Boeing awarded $29M contract for rotary rudder helicopter blades

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $28,549,900 firm-fixed-price delivery order (ZB45) against an existing contract (SPE4A1-14-G-0007) for rotary rudder helicopter blades. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(2) from Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2, which cites an unusual and compelling urgency. Location of performance is Arizona, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jul-17

Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $22,050,000 modification (P00022) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W58RGZ-15-C-0070 for one additional year of contractor logistics support (CLS) and adding Iraq’s Bell 407GX helicopters to the fleet being covered by that CLS, as well as procuring 407GX spare parts for repair efforts to those aircraft…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jul-17

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

The aircraft set to train Australian Defence Force aviators is an impressive piece of kit. The Airbus EC135 T2+ offers the perjformance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter and will replace the Navy’s Squirrel and Army’s Kiowa, which are more than 30 and 40 years old respectively. The EC135 is widely used by police, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-17

US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly took command of the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) July 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Kelly took over the leadership responsibilities for the PMA-275 from Marine Corps Col. Dan Robinson, who has served as the program manager since 2013. Kelly, who previously served as the MV-22 military lead… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Jul-17

Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

The UK Ministry of Defence and Leonardo signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement for the work on future AW149 production. They had hoped the AW149 would be the replacement for the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Puma HC2 fleet, which will retire in 2025, reports Flight Global. Managing Director, Daniele Romiti, has said that should the agreement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-17

CH-53K King Stallion arrives at NAS Patuxent River

CH-53K King Stallion arrives at NAS Patuxent River

The first CH-53K King Stallion to touch down at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland arrived June 30. Relocated from Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, it is the first of seven aircraft expected to arrive over the next 12 months. At NAS Patuxent River, the helicopter will undergo various flight quality,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,129,411 firm-fixed-price delivery order (5052) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for yoke assemblies. This is a four-year, five-month contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Texas, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $14M contract for Foreign Military Sales of CH-47F Chinook parts to Netherlands and Turkey

Boeing awarded $14M contract for Foreign Military Sales of CH-47F Chinook parts to Netherlands and Turkey

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $14,297,933 modification (P00065) to foreign military sales (Netherlands, and Turkey) contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for obsolescent parts changes for CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017 other funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jul-17

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Kuwait buys Thales H225M simulator

Kuwait buys Thales H225M simulator

The Kuwait forces has signed a contract for the purchase of 30 multirole Caracal H225M helicopters (24 for the Kuwait Air Force and 6 for the Kuwait National Guard) in order to carry out combat search and rescue duties, transport and ground support missions. To meet the pilots and crews’ hands-on training needs, Thales will… Read more »

Source: Thales, 05-Jul-17

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Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, to supply spare parts and associated engineering services in support of the CH-53D heavy lift helicopters operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) since 1969. Intended for a duration of seven years, the comprehensive program will allow Sikorsky to manage… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Jul-17

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Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom is a Russian helicopter operator who is a certified dealer with Robinson Helicopters and also has a service centre for Airbus Helicopters. They have had seven deliveries out this year; four Robinsons, an AW119, an EC145 and a H125. One of their representatives has disclosed that the R66 and R44 are the two most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale is replacing its trust in Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 with the purchase of an additional aircraft to be delivered in 2018. The aircraft will be delivered in the same configuration as the existing Gendarmerie fleet, with mission equipment notably including a hoist, search light, sling, and specific radios. Fourteen EC145s are currently… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jul-17

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Russia signs Mi-171Sh procurement contract with Bangladesh

Russia signs Mi-171Sh procurement contract with Bangladesh

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, signed a contract with Bangladesh’s Air Force for supply of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters. The signing ceremony was held in presence of the Chief of the Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force, Chief Air Marshal Abu Esrar. “Bangladesh is focused on upgrading the national aircraft pool. We are… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Jul-17

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Sikorsky Signs 5 Year Production Contract to Build Black Hawks for US Army

Sikorsky Signs 5 Year Production Contract to Build Black Hawks for US Army

The “Multi-Year IX” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the ninth multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and the U.S. government for H-60 helicopters. The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $3.8 billion and includes options for an additional 103 aircraft, with the total contract value potentially reaching $5.2 billion. Actual production quantities… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Jul-17

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Prince Carl Philip tries the military pilot life

Prince Carl Philip tries the military pilot life

Last week Swedish Prince Carl Philip visited the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing’s air base in Malmen, Link-ping, for a pilot orientation course. The Helicopter Wing states that the instructors were very impressed by the Prince’s piloting skills. At the visit, the Prince was briefed about the unit and how the pilot training is conducted…. Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 28-Jun-17

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German Air Force receives last H145M

German Air Force receives last H145M

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-17

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Delivery of CH-53K spare parts and Labour

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Delivery of CH-53K spare parts and Labour

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $9,616,992 delivery order (N0001917F1618) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for aircraft spares and manufacturing labor for the Marine Corps’ CH-53K system demonstration test article.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in May 2018.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-17

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India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

India moves more armed helicopters to Chinese border

The Indian Army has taken action and is planning to send ten HAL Dhruv Mk-IVs to Likabali, Assam. They are hoping that the increased amount of weaponized helicopters will help counter the Chinese military that is steadily growing alongside the Sino-Indian border, reports The Diplomat. They hope the squadron will be ready to send in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29 May to 3 June 2017. The flight trials were performed from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Jun-17

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Foreign Pilots to follow new Malaysian Safety Measures

Foreign Pilots to follow new Malaysian Safety Measures

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation has recently announced their new safety measures with regards to foreign commercial helicopter pilots. These pilots must undergo special training as well have specific flight hours according to their contract duration in order to fly in the country. This safety measure was created after an accident in 2016. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

The Israeli Air Force has had to ground their fleet of Apache attack helicopters. One of their technicians found a crack in a blade during routine checks, reports Times of Israel. The fleet will stay grounded until the investigation is over and no other issues are found.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study identified a number of solutions all centered around a Missile Warning System, the Terma Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System, and ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare (EW) controller. Based… Read more »

Source: Terma Aircraft, 22-Jun-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $27,195,000 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $27,195,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $146,596,266 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.  This contract includes a two-year base period and a one-year unpriced option year.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has started assembly of the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at Spirit’s Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on SDTA five is scheduled to begin in September. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 20-Jun-17

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United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

The United Arab Emirates will soon begin with the production of their unmanned version of the Ka-226T helicopter. O.V.Uspenskogo research centre has called this version ESA-In, reports Mena Defence. It is unknown how many of these unmanned helicopters they will be making.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Along with their Ka-52 Alligators, the Egyptian military is receiving Ka-52K Katran helicopters. A contract has not been signed as of yet, reports Defence Web. Viktor Kladov from Rostec has commented that the signing is only a “technical issue.”

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

The Aero Expo India-2017 will be held this year from November 2-5. During this time, India will hold their first Heli-Expo in Rohini at Pawan Hans’ Heliport for the last two days of the expo. They are hoping that the expo will help bring in a boost to the regional air connectivity. The Rohini Heliport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

Unlike their traditional roles, rotorcrafts are being used as part of the comprehensive mission parameters, which calls for integration of advanced and multiple capabilities in rotorcrafts. ·         Global military rotorcraft market is expected to value US$17.9 Billion in 2017, and grow at a CAGR of 4.14%, to value US$26.9 Billion by 2027. ·         The cumulative… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 16-Jun-17

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Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Deputy President, Richard Harris has announced that they are looking into a partnership with Romania to produce attack helicopters. The deal is being discussed between US president Donald Trump and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. The first 6 helicopters will be produced in America but by Romanian specialists. The process will be gradual, what with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Russian Helicopters have a section during the MAKS-2017 aerospace show to demonstrate the Mil Mi-8AMTSh Arctic helicopter. The first batch of Mi-8AMTSHs have been enlisted into service already by the Russian Defence Ministry. Russian specialists also tested the foreign produced AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter in the Arctic. The MAKS-2017 show is being held in Zhukovsky from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

The 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment welcomed their six new AH-64D Apache helicopters this past Tuesday. These new helicopters are replacing their fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield, reports Military.com. Plans are being made to use the Ah-64D in conjunction with the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial system. The mid-sized… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

A contract for five Military Mi-171SH helicopters has been signed between Russian Helicopters and the Bangladesh Air Force. The contract was signed this past Monday at the BAF Air Headquarters. As reported by Quwa, the Minister of Law, Anisul Huq revealed that larger procurements might be in the pipelines for 2017.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-17

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Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

This last Sunday saw the arrival of China’s first helicopter unit at Khartoum. This unit will join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $66,666,215 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This is a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Connecticut,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $7,734,253 modification (P00205) to contract W58RZG-13-C-0042 for aircraft maintenance services to the numerous aviation major weapon systems and platforms, including AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58. Work will be performed in Fort Hood, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

In 2016, Egypt signed a contract for 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters. The first sighting of the Ka-52, complete with the desert camo of the Egyptian Air Force, was seen in the progress factory in Arsenyev, Russia recently. Included in this contract was a training agreement enabling Egyptian pilots to train in Russia for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

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Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently commenced a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.  Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s UK-based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jun-17

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09-Jun-17 902 Airbus AS565MB Varna, Bulgaria (1F)

Crashed into the sea during artillery exercise, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy Wielingen-class Drazki 41 frigate.  Pilot (named as Captain Georgi Atanasov) later died in hospital, with the other two occupants seriously injured but stable.  Serial confirmed in this article

09-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,378,057 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0010).  This order provides for the design and development of the Midwing Avionics Obsolescence Vibration Structural Life and Engine Diagnostic (VSLED) operational test program set, as well as the production of three… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $9,088,102 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7000 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-AE01) for seven different part numbers with various quantities of in support of the V-22 and H-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and work is expected to be completed by June 2018…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $55,000,000 for modification P0003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification is for the long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot II for four CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in March 2022.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Taiwan has donated two UH-1H Huey helicopters to Burkina Faso’s Air Force. The decision was made after Chief of Staff of the Republic of China’s armed forces, General Wang Hsin-Lung, visited. The helicopters will be used for anti-terrorism and humanitarian aid, among other duties. Valued at $8 million, the helicopters were delivered in May, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russia’s Defence Ministry is looking to purchase new Mi-38 helicopters for their Arctic operations. Russian Deputy Defence Minister, Yuri Borisov visited Kazan Helicopter Enterprise and stated how the Mil Mi-38 will be the perfect middle ground between the Mi-8 and the Mi-26. The Mi-38 has TV7-117V engines with integrated digital flight navigation systems and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award Thanks

Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award  Thanks

Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who rescued a pilot from a burning plane received New York’s highest medal for heroism during a June 4 ceremony at the National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility at MacArthur Airport here. The members of the Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment were presented the New York… Read more »

Source: Dvids, 08-Jun-17

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AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian National Guard received their first order of Boeing AH-6SA Little Bird reconnaissance helicopters on the 4 June. They arrived at the airbase of Khashm Al-Aan. Little Bird is a variant on the MH-6 light helicopter and is designed for light attack, close combat attack, anti-armour and reconnaissance, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation has recently partnered with the Nigerian charter operator OAS Helicopters. The partnership, which began in 2015, was sealed with the introduction of a AW-139 helicopter that is based at OAS’ new NAFBASE Airport. Abu Dhabi Aviation’s  AFB Contracts Manager, Kevin Den Hertog has commented that the partnership between the two companies is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub,com, 05-Jun-17

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Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $10,957,861 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver low-rate initial production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) and engineering services and support.  The AMNS will explosively neutralize bottom and moored mines using an expendable mine neutralizer device.  The system will be deployed from the MH-60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,708,381 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for the non-recurring engineering and testing for the expansion of the Nickle Cap on the proprotor blades to extend the life and increase readiness… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

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31-May-17 Airbus AS532 Uludere, Turkey (13F)

Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off).  All 13 POB deceased.  DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region. All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major… Read more »

31-May-17

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31-May-17 Boeing AH-64 Dornstadt-Tomerdingen, Germany

Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press.  Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”

31-May-17

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31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field

31-May-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain Solutions Inc.,* Madison, Alabama, was awarded a $7,524,414 modification (000103) to contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for non-U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development Center technical support to the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 17, 2018. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 other; other procurement (Army); and research,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,522,875 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Apache main rotor blade. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of May 2, 2022. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $14,522,875 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928

30-May-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo Group helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to inform that on 20th May this year the celebrations commemorating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of the oldest helicopter unit in Poland, i.e. the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław, were held at Inowrocław-Latkowo airfield. A special event accompanying the feast was comprised by celebrations of… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 29-May-17

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29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured.  Helicopter substantially damaged

29-May-17

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27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing.  All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries.  He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the… Read more »

27-May-17

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Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Four Z-9 EH helicopters have been commissioned by the President of Ghana, John Mahama, to be delivered by the Chinese government. The helicopters will have a large role in the Ghana Gas infrastructure project. The commission comes to $100 million, reports My Joy Online. The helicopters will be used for security of oil installations on… Read more »

26-May-17

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Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

The Marine Corps Aviation Association held its 46th Annual Symposium and Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, May 19. The MCAA awards program was founded in 1962 and since then has recognized excellence in Marine aviation through education, activities, media, events and its awards program. It is the largest aviation-based… Read more »

Source: Marine Corps, 26-May-17

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Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $143,414,164 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for a directed change for the Saudi Arabia National Guard II and III unique modifications to 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 1, 2022…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

WASHINGTON, Apr. 28, 2017 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for CH-47D helicopters. The estimated cost is $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. The Government of Greece… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 25-May-17

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A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

Personnel from Royal Air Force Shawbury welcomed their new Station Commander, Group Captain R S (Chuck) Norris who officially took command of RAF Shawbury on Friday 12th May 2017. Group Captain Norris joined the Royal Air Force in 1988. As a Support Helicopter pilot, he has completed tours on the Wessex and Chinook in Hong… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 25-May-17

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EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017, which was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces, came to an end on Thursday 11 May 2017 and was officially closed by the acting Chief of the Hungarian Air Force, Colonel Pal Szűcs and LTC Roel Cuppes, who represented the EDA. This was the 11th helicopter exercise under the umbrella of… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-May-17

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Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

In the last few weeks Helibras has delivered two H225Ms to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The first one –destined to the Army- has been delivered in the full operational configuration, including specially designed mission systems unique to the Army. Based in Taubaté and operated by the 1º BAvEx, this is the ninth H225M to integrate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-May-17

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CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide helicopter airlift support for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. This mission is to include tactical troop transport, internal and external cargo operations. In a statement by Chris Turner, President, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract and this only reinforces… Read more »

Source: CHI Aviation, 25-May-17

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