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US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) hosted representatives from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Manager Air (PMA) 299 and members of the Spanish navy for the annual SH-60B and SH-60F helicopter program management review (PMR) at the military depot May 13-15. The PMR allowed Spanish naval officers the opportunity to meet FRCSE artisans currently refurbishing… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 02-Jun-14

UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded BAE Systems a $28 million (£16.7 million) contract for the third-generation (Gen3) configuration of its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). This contract, which represents the first direct commercial sale of BAE Systems’ Gen3 CMWS technology, will enable the U.K. military to provide its aircrews with the latest CMWS… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 02-Jun-14

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HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

Since Vietnam, the “Gunfighters” of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 have proven themselves a versatile unit ready to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force time and again in combat and humanitarian efforts around the globe. Their final missions complete in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, HMLA-369 transferred authority to HMLA-467, deployed from Marine… Read more »

Source: USMC, 02-Jun-14

02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion… Read more »

02-Jun-14

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Michigan, is being awarded $21,550,080 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of a CH-53K helicopter maintenance training facility and Regional Communication Station (RCS) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. The CH-53K facility will provide a training space to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-14

India – Tata group ‘not to cut AgustaWestland ties’

India – Tata group ‘not to cut AgustaWestland ties’

Businessman Ratan Tata said his group remains committed to its partnership with AgustaWestland in spite of a corruption scandal that has engulfed the helicopter business of Italian group Finmeccanica.  See full story

Source: Gulf Times, 01-Jun-14

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

BAE Systems says the agreement to service the Black Hawk fleet in Townsville concludes on January 31 next year, as the Australian Army upgrades to the NH90  See full story

Source: News.com.au, 01-Jun-14

Russian military to receive six Ansat in 2014 for training

Russian military to receive six Ansat in 2014 for training

[electronic translation]  “In 2014, in the village of Sokolova Saratov region near 25” ANSAT “will have six new vehicles of this type,” – said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the representative of the press service and information to the Defense Ministry to the Air Force Colonel Igor Klimov. “Together with an instructor pilot cadets will… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 01-Jun-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $24,000,000 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to realign the funding between the fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds and the planned aircraft production funds for fiscal 2015, with no change to the UH-60 or HH-60 contract price. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $24,000,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $48,978,323 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for the acquisition of three UH-60L operational flight trainers for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2018. One bid was solicited and one received. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

EADS North America, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $33,797,867 modification (P00795) to W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistic support for the Utility Helicopter-72A.  Work is to be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) appropriations in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded $24,964,058 for delivery order 0002 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for the procurement of 119 H-1 upgrade tech refresh mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Turkish Aerospace to show T129 at ADEX-2014 in Azerbaijan

Turkish Aerospace to show T129 at ADEX-2014 in Azerbaijan

TAI is to showcase their Atak helicopter (licence-built AW129) at the 1st Azerbaijan International Defense Industry Exhibition – ADEX-2014 to be held in September in Baku  See Full story

Source: APA, 30-May-14

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New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

Captain Paul Shawcross Royal Navy handed over command of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury this week to Colonel Julian Facer. Colonel Facer was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1991 and is an experienced Apache Attack Helicopter pilot. His recently commanded 7 Training Regiment (AAC) at Middle Wallop, where… Read more »

Source: RAF, 29-May-14

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29-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Slavyansk, Ukraine (14F)

Ukraine AF helicopter shot down by rebel forces

29-May-14

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Russian Helicopters takes part in Aviadarts-2014

Russian Helicopters takes part in Aviadarts-2014

Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopters and Mi-24 series combat-transport helicopters, including the latest Mi-35M, and Mi-8/17 military transport helicopters operated by the Russian Air Force and manufactured by Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) took part in the Aviadarts 2014 finals, which ran through 21—25 May at the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-May-14

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28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

An ISAF service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.  One report states the Chinook contacted a telecoms tower when taking off at night.

28-May-14

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28-May-14 M20-17 Eurocopter SA316 Pokok Sena, Malaysia

Emergency landing in school field.  Press refers to “trainee pilot” so we assume on a training flight.  Later flown to base for closer inspection

28-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $143M contract for 13 UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $143,381,783 modification (P00146) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 13 Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $143,381,783 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date is Sept. 30,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-May-14

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Thales avionics to equip Brazilian Army’s Esquilo/Fennec fleet

Thales avionics to equip Brazilian Army’s Esquilo/Fennec fleet

Thales will provide its Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument (IESI) to modernise the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system with completion expected in 2018. The first batch will be completed by 2014, whereby Thales’s IESI will be integrated into six initial helicopters by… Read more »

Source: Thales, 27-May-14

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Russian Helicopters boost success on Kazakhstan military market

Russian Helicopters boost success on Kazakhstan military market

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will put a wide range of the latest civil and military helicopters on show at the Kazakhstan Defence Expo 2014 (KADEX 2014) international exhibition of weapons systems and military equipment, which will run fr om 22 to 25 May 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Russian… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Mi-28NE prepares for exports with new avionics

Mi-28NE prepares for exports with new avionics

The only official especial exporter Rosoboronexport announced that the supplying of the Mi-28NE beginning to the foreign partners. It became known at the VII International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry HeliRussia-2014. In the exposition of Rosoboronexport are presented: the Mi-28NE, the military transport helicopter Mi-171Sh, the transport helicopter Mi-35M, the radar watch helicopter Ka-31, and the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-14

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Russian Helicopters grows technical service and repair capacity

Russian Helicopters grows technical service and repair capacity

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants formerly owned by the Defence Ministry. Executive authority at the plants was transferred to Russian Helicopters between October 2013 and March 2014. Aircraft Repair Plants Number 12 (Khabarovsk), 150 (Svetly, Kaliningrad Region), 356 (Engels,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has produced the 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter. The military transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter will be handed over under contract to the Russian Air Force. Mi-8/17 series helicopters are the Russian helicopter industry’s bestsellers thanks to their wide-ranging applications and high flight… Read more »

Source: Kazan Helicopters, 26-May-14

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The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

The Department of Defence has issued this contract notice for a single helicopter – we assume it is the latest CH-47F model:- The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $25,891,028 modification (P00009) to a firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0002) to exercise the option purchase a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Work will be performed in Ridley… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-May-14

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Russian Helicopters and KRET to establish Avionics Integration Centre

Russian Helicopters and KRET to establish Avionics Integration Centre

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre (HAIC) to help boost the competitiveness of Russia’s helicopter industry on the global market. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by KRET CEO… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Change of command at US Marines VMM-265 Squadron

Change of command at US Marines VMM-265 Squadron

Lt. Col. William L. DePue, Jr. relinquished his duties as the commanding officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 to Lt. Col. Christopher M. Murray during a change of command ceremony at the squadron’s hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma May 22. DePue was the first commander of VMM-265, after the squadron was redesignated… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-May-14

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AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

AgustaWestland North America, a Finmeccanica company, will showcase its wide range of rotorcraft solutions for US Special Operations on the joint AgustaWestland/DRS Technologies booth (#1204) at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, taking place from May 20 through 22 in Tampa, Florida. Highlighted to the Special Operations community will be the W-3 Sokol, AW119Kx, and AW169, 139,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-May-14

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Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Stankoprom, also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to work together on developing the R&D and production potential of high-tech manufacturing for the Russian helicopter industry through 2016. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for production… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-May-14

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ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

Turbomeca (Safran) will display two of its latest products, the Ardiden 3G – the new member of the Ardiden family selected to power the new Russian Helicopters Kamov Ka-62 – and the 2,100 to 2,600shp shaft horsepower RTM322. The Ardiden is designed to deliver 1,400 to 2,000 shp to helicopters in the five to eight-ton… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 23-May-14

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AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded a $6,922,160 firm-fixed-price contract to provide ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services (i.e., search and rescue support, medical evacuations, passenger transfers, internal cargo movement, and dynamic interface testing) in support of Commander, Naval Air Forces Command. AAR Airlift Group, Inc., will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-May-14

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ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

NHIndustries hosted an NH90 program update at ILA Berlin 2014, presenting the most important milestones in this new generation helicopter’s operations. Guests were welcomed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury, who took the opportunity to underline the helicopter’s outstanding performance and flexibility. NHI President Vincent Dubrule and NHI Managing Director Luigi Cereti reported on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-14

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Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation today announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-May-14

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21-May-14 Abalo-kodi, Uganda

Pilot lost control after bird strike reported as “an eagle”

21-May-14

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Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland (UMD) today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sikorsky Aircraft (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-May-14

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Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Last week, Airbus Helicopters held a delivery ceremony at their Marignane plant in southern France to hand over the first of six AS332C1e helicopters to Bolivia. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra was on hand to receive the helicopter, as you can see in the official military press photo! The helicotper should arrive in-country in July, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-14

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Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

CEO of the Holding Alexander Mikheev reported about this at a press conference dedicated to the prospects of developing of the Russian helicopter construction at the HeliRussia 2014 International Exhibition. According to Mikheev, the Indian Navy operates enough Ka-28 and Ka-31 helicopters, and sailors are familiar with all of their advantages. The head of Russian… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 19-May-14

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AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded an $8,529,906 indefinite- delivery/indefinite- quantity, fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for dedicated rotary wing services in the Central Africa Region (Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan) with an expected completion date of April 23, 2015. Funds will be obligated on… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $337,772,560 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 12 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps to a fixed-price-incentive for the aircraft and firm-fixed-price… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems, Victor, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,990,280 firm-fixed-price contract for gyroscopes which support helicopter flight controls. This contract was a sole source acquisition. Location of performance is New York, with a March 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 Army working capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin awarded $38M contract for Danish MH-60R Advanced Data Transfer System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $38,530,708 for delivery order 4003 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MH-60 integration and testing of the Advanced Data Transfer System, including mission system and common cockpit suite. These services are in support of… Read more »

16-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

The Coast Guard Atlantic Area command held a ceremony to officially mark the Command Master Chief Change of the Watch in Portsmouth, Thursday. Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Rob” Bushey relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell as the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Master Chief. “I’m thrilled to serve in this capacity where… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 16-May-14

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Second Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course Moves on to Sweden

Second Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course Moves on to Sweden

The course, jointly hosted by the Sweden and the UK, will train both a new cadre of tactics instructors as well as delivering bespoke instructional training to returning graduates from last year. In total the course lasts eight weeks across two phases, a Classroom and Simulator Phase which ran between March 23 and April 13… Read more »

Source: EDA, 15-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) by an Optionally Piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix™ Technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). With the autonomous… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-May-14

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PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO, a Woman-Owned Small Business, has been awarded a 5 year contract from the US Army for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 Helicopter Rotor Blade Tip Cap. The maximum potential value of the entire contract is $6,365,650.00. Repair & Overhaul of the Tip Caps will be conducted at PAS MRO’s Irvine, California… Read more »

Source: PAS MRO, 14-May-14

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HeliHub.com posts milestone 20,000th News Story

HeliHub.com posts milestone 20,000th News Story

In a little over five years, the HeliHub.com team has now reached the staggering milestone of 20,000 news stories.  That averages out at 14.6 stories every weekday, and the reality is a little higher as that calculation does not take account of public holidays or our usual 10-12 day closure around Christmas and the New… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-14

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NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

Numerous dignitaries, military personnel, contractors, and their families attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Navy’s newest helicopter hangar at NAS North Island April 25. This facility was designed with sustainable features and built to support the operations of three HSC squadrons. Naval Base Coronado (NBC) Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Sund, and Commodore, Helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-May-14

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Marines train to land Osprey in rough terrain

Marines train to land Osprey in rough terrain

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, executed confined aerial landings and flight instrument training May 6 on Kadena Air Base and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The squadron is with MAG-36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Confined aerial landings and flight instrument training are some of the… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-May-14

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ATK wins Korean Army AH-1S upgrade program

ATK wins Korean Army AH-1S upgrade program

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a contract from the Republic of Korea Army for the purchase, installation and integration of its AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication (HFI and Laser Warning) onto AH-1S helicopters. The upgrade will also include the installation of the AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing system. ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System is… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-May-14

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Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

The Libyan cabinet has approved the Ministry of Interior’s plans to purchase four helicopters for the National Security Authority’s fire-fighting division.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 12-May-14

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Terma highlights pilot situational awareness capabilities

Terma highlights pilot situational awareness capabilities

During AAAA’s Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit at Gaylord, Opryland Hotel on 4-6 May 2014 in Nashville, TN. Terma showcases innovative and cost-effective capabilities that meet the needs of the U.S. Army Terma’s exhibition will feature the company’s wide range of aircraft situational awareness solutions currently fielded on army and air force rotorcraft and fixed… Read more »

Source: Terma, 12-May-14

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12-May-14 Mil Mi-24 Elwak, Kenya (1F)

1 fatality of 12 POB. Helicopter came down shortly after take off from Elwak in Mandera County, heading to Garissa County

12-May-14

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Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

Bell’s parent Textron released unaudited first quarter results recently, with Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly quoted as saying“Revenues at Textron Aviation and Industrial were up during the quarter, while revenues at Bell and Textron Systems were down, as we expected”.  The detailed section for Bell – like its sister companies within the group – was brief,… Read more »

11-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $1,244,677,064 fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program. This contract provides for the procurement of six test aircraft and the associated support equipment, integration of mature government-defined mission systems, a training system including a flight training device… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M delivery order for MH-60S countermeasure kits

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $7,920,664 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4007) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for Aircraft Mine Counter Measure Removable Mission Equipment B Kits in support of the MH-60S aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,756,377 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7027 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 11 items for the command cockpit used in H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, (73 percent); Farmingdale, New York, (21.25 percent); Middletown, Connecticut, (2.5 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

The Global Military Helicopter MRO market is expected to witness an increasing demand for military helicopter MRO services in emerging countries during the forecast period. It is expected that the demand for the military helicopters will increase in developing countries such as India, Pakistan, and China. This in turn could result in an increase in… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 08-May-14

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Papal helicopter put on display in museum

Papal helicopter put on display in museum

The Mi-8 helicopter used by His Holiness John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 has been put on display in the Polish Aviation Museum at Krakow. Carrying military serial 620, the Mi-8 is shown in the colours of the VIP flight – 36 Specjalny Pułk Lotnictwa Transportowego, or 36th Special Regiment of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-14

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Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell is cutting 325 more jobs as the company continues to downsize in the face of declining defense spending and competitive pressures – see full story

07-May-14

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Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), presented its VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) sensor solution today at the 2014 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Meeting and Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. VisionEdge addresses the life threatening challenges associated with degraded visual environment situations, enhancing the military aviator’s ability… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 07-May-14

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L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution systems for the Bell V-280 Valor™. John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Astronics is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that power management company, Eaton (NYSE: ETN) will be providing the hydraulic system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Eaton is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Meggitt Inc. will be providing the fuel system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Meggitt is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded an $8,021,387 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for Mission CareTM support for the CV-22 AE1107C engine, including lower power engine removals. Work will be performed in Oakland, California (70 percent) and Indianapolis, Indiana (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-May-14

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First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

The first engine test bench run of Turbomeca’s new Arrius 2R turboshaft tookplace on April 29th 2014 at the company’s Bordes factory in southwestern France. The latest Arrius variant is destined for Bell Helicopter’s new Jet Ranger replacement,the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM, and the initial rotations were witnessed by Bell Helicopter’s 505 Program Director… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 06-May-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-May-14

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Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently hosted a customer day at its impressive Almondbank facility in Perth. The event showcased the growing capabilities offered at the site – including a new composite repair facility, completed on 4 April – all of which are set to deliver… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-May-14

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