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21-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Lyzohubivka, Ukraine (3F)

Crashed en route from Nezhin air base to Chuhuiv air base.  Quoted by one source as “21 yellow” msn 9788612 but with no evidence provided to validate

30-Jun-14

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

[electronic translation] The corrosion and wear on the NH90 helicopter is larger than expected and Defense take the remaining 7 devices not currently on manufacturer NHIndustries (NHI). Minister Hennis-Plasschaert writes that today the House. Only when there are agreements with the factory about solutions, and it is clear who will pay the repairs, the new devices are… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 30-Jun-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-14

Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.18% , has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters.  Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission. The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jun-14

Northrop Grumman Offers Newest Cockpit Technology for Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Offers Newest Cockpit Technology for Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the future. “By… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 27-Jun-14

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have scheduled risk reduction tests that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely operate in the national airspace. “Routine integration of sizeable numbers of UAS into the national airspace system is a challenging task,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 26-Jun-14

Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

The 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment is getting the six new UH-72 Lakota helicopters to replace OH-58 Kiowa helicopters  See full story

Source: Air Force TImes, 26-Jun-14

26-Jun-14 Mil MI-35 Tikrit, Iraq (5F)

Shot down by insurgents.  All 5 POB killed.  The link given is reported to be the subject helicopter, but we have not been able to corroborate that.  Similarly one source quotes registration YI-352 but no supporting evidence

26-Jun-14

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26-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Molinelli, US-Alabama

Night training flight

26-Jun-14

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Marine Corps firefighting equipment showcases advanced capabilities

Marine Corps firefighting equipment showcases advanced capabilities

Senior fire officers with the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Army and Department of Defense Master Labor Contractors attended a Bambi Bucket firefighting water delivery system and MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft display June 10 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. The displays are… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Jun-14

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NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI celebrated today the 200th NH90 helicopter delivery. The 200th NH90, a TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant, was delivered officially to Belgian Defence and will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 25-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

The long-term partnership between Poland and Airbus Helicopters – built on the dual strengths of cooperation and the application of innovation – will be spotlighted during the company’s participation at this week’s Balt Military Expo and Natcon Conference in Gdańsk. During Balt Military Expo 2014, the company will unveil a new cooperation with three Polish… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-14

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Armed Forces of Malta take delivery of first new helicopter

Having previously flown helicopters donated by other countries – Italy and Libya – Armed Forces of Malta have now taken delivery of their first new helicopter, an AW139  See full story

25-Jun-14

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25-Jun-14 Bell AH-1F Multan, Pakistan (2F)

Crashed on a night flying training mission.  2 POB Killed, and they were named here as Major Yasir and Captain Murtaza

25-Jun-14

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AgustaWestland uses Palisade software to inform major company decisions

AgustaWestland uses Palisade software to inform major company decisions

AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, uses risk analysis software from Palisade to develop financial business cases and feasibility studies to produce in-depth analysis on the costs, risks and financial sustainability of potential new products.  This informs the company’s decisions on which products it will develop and manufacture. New helicopters require large… Read more »

Source: Palisade, 24-Jun-14

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Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services. Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds on an… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 24-Jun-14

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24-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Slaviansk, Ukraine (9F)

All nine on board killed when Ukrainian Army helicopter shot down by rebel forces

24-Jun-14

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24-Jun-14 Komu, Kenya

Crashed on routine training flight

24-Jun-14

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Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, approved the guidelines to implement the new Group Organizational and Operating Model. The Model, illustrated to the Board of Directors by the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, encompasses in the new perimeter operating companies, 100% owned by… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 23-Jun-14

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Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

Marines from various units on Marine Corps Base Hawaii participated in shallow water egress training at the base pool here, June 18, 2014. The training introduced Marines to the gear used to increase their survivability in the event of an over-water aircraft mishap. Personnel from 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Jun-14

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Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces an extension of its activities to cover the armed forces’ training. In 2013, 400 hours for training crews from the 5th attack helicopter battalion in Pau (5th ATKHB) were performed on Hélidax EC120 aircraft, in the Calliope configuration. These training missions continue in 2014 with the supply of EC120… Read more »

Source: DCI, 21-Jun-14

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Triumph Gear Systems awarded $55M contract for V-22 pylon repairs

Triumph Gear Systems awarded $55M contract for V-22 pylon repairs

Triumph Gear Systems, Park City, Utah, is being awarded a $55,775,371 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of various parts including the pylon conversion actuator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Park City, Utah, and work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Kollsman awarded $56M contract for AH-1W night target system work

Kollsman awarded $56M contract for AH-1W night target system work

Kollsman Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $56,887,669 firm-fixed-price five year requirements contract for the repair of four weapons repairable assemblies on the night targeting system upgrade to support the AH-1W helicopter. Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and work is expected to be completed by July 2019. No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded an $11,333,603 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production kits in support of the MH-60R/S Point and Click Operator System Interface and Link-16 retrofit programs. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (58 percent); Farmingdale, New York (17 percent); Everett, Washington (12 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. welcomed the signing of a contract amendment today with the government of Canada to bring the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program to completion and accelerate the CH148 Cyclone helicopter’s entry into operational service. [Editor note.  Interesting use of words here given they are years behind on this contract and the Canadian Government had… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Jun-14

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Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. Warfighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 19-Jun-14

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Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

USA today announced that over the past few months, three new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) built by the company for the United States Navy have been declared ready-for-training and entered service for the Navy. One of the MH-60R TOFTs entered service at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, another entered service at Naval Station… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Jun-14

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19-Jun-14 NH Industries NH90 Termez, Uzbekistan

Helicopter damaged after engine failure on medical flight.  Helicopter reportedly still in place four months later and cannot be flown

19-Jun-14

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19-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Leray, US-New York

Tenth Combat Aviation officials say the pilots were conducting a maintenance test flight over Jefferson County  when an emergency light came on in the cockpit.

19-Jun-14

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-14

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Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-14

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CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT:CVU) today announced that during the Annual Meeting of Shareholders Terry Stinson was elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stinson will serve a three-year term. Mr. Stinson brings over 45 years of executive leadership in the aerospace and defense industry. Since 2007, Terry was a senior executive with… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 18-Jun-14

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MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

MCR Federal, LLC (MCR), a premier provider of Integrated Program Management services, has been awarded a task order worth up to $14.1 million under the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) Express contract to provide engineering, data management, testing review, and other support to the Apache Helicopter program in Huntsville, Alabama…. Read more »

Source: MCR Federal, 18-Jun-14

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RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

The first of the RAF’s fourteen new Chinook helicopters have been unveiled today by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, following its entry into service on time. During a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook force, Philip Hammond also announced a new £115 million agreement with Boeing Defence UK to maintain… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 17-Jun-14

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UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

MOD Minister announces FASGW(L) contract for Thales Philip Dunne MP, Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, today announced that Thales has been awarded a contract worth €56 million (£48 million) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the demonstration and manufacture of the Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Light) system. Key points    … Read more »

Source: Thales, 17-Jun-14

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S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER™ prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new – and first – light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology™. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-14

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17-Jun-14 3C-OG Bell OH-58B Wattener Lizum, Austria (1F)

Crashed in mountainous area at 2000m agl, landing very heavily and killing one of the 3 on board.  Taking part in the exercise “Schutz 2014” NOTE – this is wrongly quoted elsewhere as 3C-OD but has been confirmed to HeliHub.com by Austrian military authorities that the subject helicopter was 3C-OG

17-Jun-14

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Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

[Electronic translation] Helicopter KA-32 Russian Emergencies Ministry entered service Sevastopol garrison and successfully passes the first “battle” of the test. Sevastopol Russian Emergencies Ministry specialists have developed a plan of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations during the formation of the wildfires in the city of Sevastopol in this year with the use of the Russian… Read more »

Source: MES Севастополе, 16-Jun-14

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Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

The facility, to be built near HMAS Albatross south of Nowra, will be used to maintain 24 of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Seahawk Romeo helicopters.  See full story

Source: ABC, 16-Jun-14

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Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

The following is an electronic translation of Ukrainian Helicopters response to an assertion by the new military leadership in Ukraine that the 26 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters leased from the military should be returned, claiming breach of contract per this story  Airline “Ukrainian Helicopters” for more than ten years of experience in the international air transport market,… Read more »

Source: Ukrainian Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is making its debut at the Eurosatory defense and security trade show this week.  Donaldson will display air and liquid filtration systems that have protected military ground vehicles and their crews in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 30 years,… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

Late at night, while underway conducting a readiness evaluation and deck landing qualifications, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducted its 1,000th safe helicopter landing of 2014. A helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 72 marked the occasion, as it landed on the cruiser, underway supporting helicopter squadrons to qualify their pilots…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 16-Jun-14

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Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and civilian business leaders attended a U.S. Marine Corps briefing June 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. The briefing was part of ongoing efforts between the Japan and U.S. governments to strengthen their relationship and promote a mutual understanding of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 16-Jun-14

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16-Jun-14 EP-665 Mil MI-171Sh Ayacucho, Peru

Four of five POB injured.  Crashed into trees on take off from the grounds of the barracks No. 42 of counterinsurgency battalion Vraem (who do counter narcotics work)

16-Jun-14

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Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

The Navy and Marine Corps’ Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) welcomed a new leader May 29 during a change of command ceremony here in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building. PMA-261 Program Manager U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen turned over command to Col. Henry Vanderborght, former Light/Attack Helicopters (PMA-276) platform team lead… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jun-14

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MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 12-Jun-14

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US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

More than 60 pilots and support personnel and five UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) deployed here from Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, June 6 to support U.S. and NATO forces training in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The CAB Soldiers arrived by helicopter at the 12th Air Base of the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Jun-14

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Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) and Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland are pleased to announce that the Turkish Armed Forces have taken delivery of their first “T129 ATAK” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter on 22nd of April 2014. This delivery, celebrated during an official ceremony on June 10th, is the first of 59 helicopters, 9 in T129A… Read more »

Source: TAI, 12-Jun-14

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UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

AgustaWestland reportedly faces the prospect of a criminal investigation in the UK if any evidence appears in the current Indian investigation warrant it – see full story

Source: Exaro, 11-Jun-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $9,479,821 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for the procurement of 13 low power MV-22 repairs under the Mission CareTM contract. Work will be performed in Oakland, California, and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-14

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Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, was awarded a $10,672,126 modification (P00008) to contract W91CN-12-D-0002 to exercise option two for service and support for Medical Evacuation for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is June 22, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-14

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Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha and Secretary Defence Production, Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati visited HAL’s Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here today. “This visit is important to us considering that we all – Defence Production (MOD) and HAL – have been working on important defence projects…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 10-Jun-14

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HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

Marines and Sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, gathered at the HMLA-369 hangar for a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 6, 2014. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Tres Smith, the off-going commanding officer of HMLA-369, was relieved by Lt. Col. Jamey Federico, from Buffalo, N.Y. Smith received the Meritorious… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Jun-14

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AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the Military Sealift Command awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The contract is valued at approximately $34 million, inclusive of all options. Military Sealift Command (MSC) is… Read more »

Source: AAR, 10-Jun-14

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Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after… Read more »

Source: National Navy Seal Museum, 09-Jun-14

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Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

[Electronic translation] Helibras, the only helicopter manufacturer in Brazil, will support the full operation of 55 aircraft Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters chosen by the Brazilian Army to fulfill the patrol missions during the FIFA World Cup, which begins in the country on 12 June. Already underway Special support provided by the companies Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters Force,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Jun-14

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Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

A team from Danbury High School is the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge, Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., announced today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Jun-14

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VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 celebrated 62 years of service with the unveiling of their new squadron insignia and their fully operational capabilities aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 2. Marines with the squadron came together after their workday to eat together, learn about their history and see the new insignia, which… Read more »

Source: USMC, 06-Jun-14

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Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon, 06-Jun-14

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Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacuring & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland.  See full story

Source: Products Finishing, 06-Jun-14

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Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland stop development of 2.5T helicopter

Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland stop development of 2.5T helicopter

FlightGlobal quotes a directory of Russian Helicopters confirming their joint venture with AgustaWestland to develop a 2.5T class light turbine helicopter have been shelved.  See full story

Source: FlightGlobal, 06-Jun-14

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Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

The military intends to continue to fund rotary-wing research and testing programs, officials said, but it cannot yet predict if or when it will have funds to buy new aircraft to replace the current fleet.  See full story

Source: National Defense, 06-Jun-14

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Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel´s dedication to the maritime domain and its ability to respond to the evolving unmanned systems requirements lead to a series of trials for the Brazilian Navy from 2nd to 5th June near San Pedro, Brazil, from the Brazilian Amazonas Class Ship APA. Schiebel’s unmanned helicopter CAMCOPTER® S-100 convinced representatives of the Brazilian Navy and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 06-Jun-14

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05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

Both instructor and student injured in training flight accident at NAS Whiting Field

05-Jun-14

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Serco secures new contract at RAF Wattisham

Serco secures new contract at RAF Wattisham

Serco, the international service company, has secured a new three year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a range of manpower services to Joint Helicopter Command at Wattisham Air Station. The contract valued at £400k per year, will see Serco remain at Wattisham Air Station near Ipswich where it has supported… Read more »

Source: Serco, 04-Jun-14

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VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron’s MV-22B Ospreys. Four Ospreys from HMX-1 crossed the Atlantic bound for the 70th D-Day Anniversary Ceremony… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jun-14

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Peru to take delivery of 8 Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters in November

Peru to take delivery of 8 Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters in November

Peru’s Air Force will receive a delivery of eight new Russian-made helicopters in November, with an additional 16 to come in 2015, Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said.  See full story

Source: Moscow Times, 02-Jun-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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