The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration for an estimated cost of $1.191 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »
L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $25,623,007 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to manufacture, test, deliver, manage, and support Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (14 percent); Mountain View, California (6 percent); Exeter, New Hampshire… Read more »
Naval Group will be showcasing their newest designs at the UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference) in Abu Dhabi, February 25th to 27th this year. Their exhibit will show their VSR 700, a rotary wing air-raid drone that they co-developed with Airbus as well as a demonstration of their I4Drones, reports Defence Forces.
Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,161,204 for ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-A500 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-A501) for the repair of five items that include modules and helmets required to support the H-1 helicopter. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland (65 percent); and Bordeaux,… Read more »
To practically everyone in the helicopter industry, Bell has always been Bell, despite official names like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bell Helicopter, or even Bell Aircraft if you go that far back. So to rebrand the company from Bell Helicopter to Bell, means very little indeed to anyone in the Helicopter industry, or even the aviation… Read more »
Russian Helicopters has been working on a new high-speed combat helicopter and have confirmed times for its first test flight. They predict that the prototype will be ready for its debut flight in 2019, reports TASS. The helicopter will be able to reach speeds of 400 km/h.
Last December, the Marine Corps wowed a small audience in Quantico, Virginia, with a demonstration of a fully autonomous UH-1 Huey helicopter that could navigate, conduct pre-set missions, and even assess landing conditions, all without a human in the loop. The secret ingredient was the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, or AACUS, a kit that can be mounted on a rotary-wing… Read more »
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months… Read more »
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $37,607,000 for firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft in support of the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas… Read more »
The Kuwait Government has launched an investigation into their deal with France. The contract, worth more than $1.1 billion, is for Airbus Caracal helicopters. However, Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority has started investigating the deal since reports of a middleman demanding $71 million has come to light, reports Gulf Business.
The T408 engine that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is now going into production. The contract to build 22 T408-GE-400s and provide logistics and engineering support for the engine, valued at 143,481,258 million U.S. dollars, has been awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. military, marking a major milestone. MTU Aero… Read more »
Aviation testers here are deep into testing the latest Army aviation missile, known as the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. The complex JAGM test was a collaborative team effort between the West Fort Hood, Texas-based Aviation Test Directorate of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Yuma Test Center at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Redstone Test Center… Read more »
Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $126,500,000 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048). This modification provides for long lead items in support of the low rate initial production of seven Lot III CH-53K aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to… Read more »
AVIAN-Precise Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $57,399,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 739,200 hours sustaining engineering, training and tools in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1). Services to be provided include direct systems sustainment engineering support throughout the full life cycle of a weapon system from concept development to disposal… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus’ military and law enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years. Under this agreement, TAI will become the main Airbus Helicopters’ service provider in Thailand for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police. Airbus Helicopters’ signature HCare suite of… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)… Read more »
Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky’s breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall’s leadership as the lead teammate for… Read more »
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a 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 provide… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as… Read more »
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000503) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system kits and spares for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other… Read more »
To celebrate the arrival of their 12 Black Hawk helicopters, the Jordanian military held a ceremony. The ceremony included a flyover, with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Quick Reaction Force performing a drill where they rescued a “wounded” hostage, reports Fox News.
The RCAF has a timeline planned out for the overhaul of their Griffon helicopters, ensuring they can stay in service into the 2030s. The overhaul includes replacement of cockpit instruments, integration of new avionics, as well as modification to the flight simulators, reports Ottawa Citizen.
Lockheed has sent a request to the Pentagon for funding of $212 million that would go towards a $9 billion Sikorsky purchase. Lockheed has said that the purchase will enable taxpayers to save $8 in efficacies per $1 spent. The Department of Defence is currently auditing the request to ensure that the proposed savings do… Read more »
Jo-Kell Inc.,** Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $7,226,520 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for UH-60A helicopter special purpose electrical cable assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a sole source acquisition that utilized other than full and open competition under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Location of performance… Read more »
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are putting their Enstrom 480B up for auction again. The helicopter was put on auction a week prior, reports Baltic Course, but no bids were made on it. They hope to sell the helicopter and with the money made, purchase a new fixed wing observation plane. The Enstrom… Read more »
The Nigerian Air Force has launched their second Bell 412 helicopter into service. The aircraft had been impounded by customs, after Nigeria could not provide end user certificates after the aircraft had modifications done to it in America. It received an overhaul and repair in the United States as well as in Canada, reports Defence… Read more »
The contract between India and Rostec for 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters will soon be finalised. Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov, has commented that negotiations with regards to the delivery have been settled and they are expecting to sign the contract within the first three months of 2018, reports New India Express.
Helicopter pilot training for the Afghan army at Fort Rucker is shifting to UH-60 Black Hawks now that the Russian Mi-17 training program has come to an end. The Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command recently shipped the last two operational Mi-17 helicopters from Fort Rucker to Afghanistan, ending a seven-year training program… Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work… Read more »
First modernized Ka-27M helicopter has arrived at the Baltic Fleet Air Force base. In the near future, the second such helicopter will enter the service with the base. After this, the pilots will start learning to operate the new rotary wing aircraft. Following all required preliminary events, the naval pilots will start test flights and… Read more »
Pilot-instructors of the Air Force Military Academy have started learning to operate new Ansat-U helicopters. The new aircraft were delivered to the training air base in Saratov region in December 2017. Third-year cadets of the Syzran Branch of the Military Academy are to perform first sorties on such training helicopters in March 2018. The Air… Read more »
AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has been awarded a nine-year contract by the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to provide rotary wing flight training instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The US$442 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, which successfully resolved a protest,… Read more »
Boeing is looking to increase their co-operation with Indonesia’s heavylift transport helicopter programme. They will supply both AH-64E Apache helicopters as well as CH-47F Chinooks. Boeing is also providing training for the Apache helicopters, reports IHS Jane’s.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $193,850,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for eight Saudi Arabian National Guard and nine Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces unique UH-60M aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »
Clayton International Inc.,* Peachtree City, Georgia, is being awarded a $7,685,795 firm-fixed-price contract to provide depot level maintenance for one AS-61 Helicopter in support of the government of Egypt. Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in March 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,685,795… Read more »
The Russian Helicopters holding intends to participate in the tender for the supply of 111 shipborne Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian Navy. This light multi-purpose helicopter can comfortably seat up to seven people or one ton of cargo, and it can be produced by the Russian-Indian joint venture, the creation of which was agreed upon… Read more »
QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until… Read more »
The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed… Read more »
Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPLI) through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. has received a $1M contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program to deliver an innovative new approach to hoist training for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Maritime Helicopter (MH) community. The new CH-148 virtual reality Rescue Hoist Simulator will… Read more »
ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) based in the German city of Bonn have won a contract to supply EC135 helicopters to train German military pilots. The contract was awarded to ALT on 19th December after a competitive tender, and targets a total of 6,500 flying hours over a three year period. This tender included not… Read more »
Lord Co., Erie, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $27,067,123 five-year firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for repair of three items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Erie, Pennsylvania, and work is expected to be completed by January 2023. Working capital funds (Navy) will be obligated as individual task orders are issued and funds… Read more »
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $57,107,283 for not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed fee modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. CC-RAM is an aircraft readiness improvement initiative to modify MV-22 aircraft… Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent);… Read more »
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000502) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 foreign… Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $12,797,722 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 procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions. … Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,596,160 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of… Read more »
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s… Read more »
HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army today. This comes close on the heels of HAL receiving RFP for supply of 83 LCAs (Light Combat Aircraft) just days ago.
Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft. The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »
The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »
Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,723,840 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-AQ01 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-18-F-AQ01 for repair of one weapon repairable assembly on the airborne low frequency sonar system Sonar Dome, which is required to support the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland… Read more »
General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded $21,435,687 for modification P00032 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0132). This modification provides for programmatic and logistical support to develop damage limits and tolerances of engine components as well as the completion of maintenance task analysis and maintenance planning to establish organic depot level repair for the… Read more »
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,089,793 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0054, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-11-G-0003. This modification provides for acquisition logistics support for the H-1Upgrades program. Services to be provided include logistics management, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of… Read more »
Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries… Read more »
Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin. On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI. Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »
The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »
The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.
After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015). This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed… Read more »
Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »
General Dynamics-OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, is being awarded $9,064,921 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007) for the procurement of 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters in support of the Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (50 percent); and… Read more »
Airbus Helicopter Southern Africa (AHZA) delivered a new H125 helicopter to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). The arrival of the new helicopter came at the same time as their inauguration ceremony of their upgraded runway at the Mejametalana Airbase. The new helicopter will be used for healthcare assistance, transporting educational and electoral materials as well… Read more »
The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »
Russia’s State Transport Leasing Corporation (GTLK) signed an MoU with Russian Helicopters during the MAKS 2017 exhibition for 31 medevac helicopters. This number is made up of 13 Mil Mi-8AMTs, 12 Kazan Helicopters and 6 Mi-8MTV-1s, reports Russian Aviation Insider.
Russian Helicopters has released four new Mil Mi-8MTV-1 across Russia. GTLK delivered one to the Republic of Komi and one to Nenets Autonomous District. The third helicopter was delivered by RVS Holding to Pskov Region and Omsk Civil Aviation Plant delivered the fourth helicopter to the Amur Region, reports Russian Aviation Insider.
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017. The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman enhanced Fire Scout’s capability, concepts of operations (CONOPS) and mission sets by demonstrating targeting capabilities at-sea, over… Read more »
Crew members and ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773 (HMLA-773) conducted innovative drooped gun training that will set the standard across the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 1, 2017 here. A drooped gun is a malfunction that occurs when an AH-1W SuperCobra 20 mm Gatling gun does not stow in its turret when landing…. Read more »