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Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

To provide military aircrews with enhanced protection from new and emerging threats, BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for U.S. Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 21-Apr-17

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US Army Part of Development for Medical Evacuation UAS

US Army Part of Development for Medical Evacuation UAS

Dragonfly Pictures Inc. has developed a dual-rotor UAS, called the DP14 Hawk, that the US Army hopes will one day be used for wounded soldier evacuation. The drone can carry up to 430 pounds for 24 hours in its cargo space of 6-feet by 20-inches. Cruising speeds reach up to 82 miles per hour. It… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

Boeing, U.S. Army Sign $3.4B Contract for 268 AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Boeing, U.S. Army Sign $3.4B Contract for 268 AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. government recently signed a five-year, $3.4 billion contract through which the Army, and a customer outside the U.S., will acquire the latest Apache attack helicopter at a significant savings to taxpayers. This is the first multi-year agreement for the Apache “E” variant. The Army will receive 244 remanufactured Apaches… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Mar-17

Vector Aerospace extends its support of the US Army through UH-72A Lakota program

Vector Aerospace extends its support of the US Army through UH-72A Lakota program

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to extend its long-standing tradition of serving the United States armed forces by providing support for the Airbus UH-72A Lakota.  Based on Airbus Helicopters’ H145/EC145 platform, the UH-72A is a light utility helicopter used for a variety of missions… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Mar-17

MICC contract delivering Croatian pilot, maintainer training

MICC contract delivering Croatian pilot, maintainer training

Despite the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior being retired from the Army aviation inventory, contract support for the light attack and reconnaissance helicopter continues by members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Ron Newlan leads the contracting team in support of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization at MICC-Fort… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Feb-17

US Army flies first UH-60V BlackHawk Integrated Cockpit Upgrade Program

US Army flies first UH-60V BlackHawk Integrated Cockpit Upgrade Program

The Army’s PEO Aviation Utility Helicopters Project Office; the Aviation and Missile Command; and the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) teamed with principal industry partner Redstone Defense Systems (RDS) to develop the UH-60V aircraft. RDS, a joint venture between Yulista Aviation, Inc. and Science and Engineering Services, is currently modifying the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 10-Feb-17

US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office today successfully completed the initial test flight of its Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter. The test flight lasted a little more than an hour and included a variety of exercises including take off, hover, track and balance and a brief local area flight before… Read more »

Source: US Army, 01-Feb-17

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Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional pounds back to the solider

Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional  pounds back to the solider

One of the critical technologies for the Chinook’s future is now proven. During recent flight tests at Boeing’s facility in Mesa, Ariz., the aircraft demonstrated the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB) give an additional 1,500 pounds back to the solider. Developed by Boeing and the U.S. Army, the ACRB is a new fully composite blade… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Jan-17

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CAE USA wins Army contract to provide rotary-wing flight training instructor support services

CAE USA wins Army contract to provide rotary-wing flight training instructor support services

CAE today announced that CAE USA has been awarded a United States Army contract to provide rotary-wing flight training instructor support services. Under terms of the contract, which was awarded as a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for over US$50 million for the transition and base one-year period, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support… Read more »

Source: CAE, 16-Jan-17

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US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support contract by the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a base year and four one-year options, with a potential five-year value of more than $967 million. Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Jan-17

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Saudi Arabia Receives Boeing AH6i Little Bird Shipment

Saudi Arabia Receives Boeing AH6i Little Bird Shipment

Saudi Arabia has received the first shipment of their 24 Boeing AH-6i Little Bird reconnaissance and light attack helicopter deal. Boeing did not state it was Saudi Arabia, but in their in-house magazine Frontiers, they mentioned that the type was accepted in August 2016 by their first international customer. The US Army had no comment… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

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

Source: FlightSafety, 13-Dec-16

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

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

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

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Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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

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

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

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

Source: DRS Technologies, 10-Oct-16

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

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

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

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Oct-16

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GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE Aviation successfully began testing the first full engine in the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program under a cooperative agreement between GE and the US Army.  The engine is designed to meet a series of aggressive goals including a 35% reduction in specific fuel consumption, 80% improvement in power-to-weight, 20% improvement in design life… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 07-Oct-16

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Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $49.3 million contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will produce an additional 42 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army as part of Lot… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-Oct-16

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ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

The U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters. The contract, part of… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 05-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

Pall Aerospace today announced that the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace to supply 4,000 PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Pall was awarded the previous IDIQ contract for 950 filters in 2014 which have all since been… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 03-Oct-16

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US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

America’s OH-58D Kiowa Scout helicopters of the 82nd Airborne Division are in for their final deployment to South Korea. When they arrive home, they will be replaced with AH-64 Apaches which are better suited for complex battlegrounds. The Kiowas will be available to the National Guard, be put on the market for foreign sales and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

The United States Army Contracting Command (ACC), based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, awarded GE Aviation a $102M, 24-month contract leading to a Preliminary Design Review of its GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The GE3000 is a 3,000 shaft horsepower engine that will provide advanced turboshaft propulsion capability for the… Read more »

Source: GE, 25-Aug-16

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Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

Kearfott Corp.,* Black Mountain, North Carolina, was awarded a $7,709,471 firm-fixed-price contract for procuring overhaul and repair of the UH-60 servo, roll trim for a minimum quantity of 150 each and a maximum quantity of 1,140 each.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Aug-16

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Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S…. Read more »

Source: Univ Texas Austin, 16-Aug-16

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Rockwell Collins awarded $13M contract to repair UH-60 multi-function display unit

Rockwell Collins awarded $13M contract to repair UH-60 multi-function display unit

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $13,495,660 firm-fixed-price contract to procure repair of the UH-60 multi-function display unit for a minimum quantity of 350 each, maximum quantity of two,160 each. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-16

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Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

Several Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion that is now part of Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville, Tenn., were awarded the Sikorsky Rescue Award July 10, for participating in three different lifesaving missions in Eastern Tennessee earlier this year. “To be eligible to receive the Sikorsky Rescue Award, and individual… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Jul-16

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Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

The U.S. Army awarded the LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) an $89.8 million contract to upgrade the Apache attack helicopter’s LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR). The LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). The contract includes the production of 84 Radar Electronics Units (REUs) as well… Read more »

Source: Longbow, 14-Jul-16

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Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $73,082,640 modification (P01000) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to add a six-month period of performance with four one-month option periods to procure Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the Army’s UH-72 Lakota aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters.  “Commanders have used the Apache capability that we positioned there and that [President Barack Obama] authorized them to use some months ago,” Carter said as he traveled to Brussels for meetings… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jun-16

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US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

Over 35 NATO helicopters from the Polish 1st Army Aviation Brigade, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade and the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade “Task Force Griffin,” participated in a battalion size air assault of over 400 Sky Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during exercise Anakonda 16, June 10-11, at the 21st… Read more »

Source: US Army, 14-Jun-16

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Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore Aviation has launched its Blackhawk 360 Solution, www.blackhawk360.com, providing customers the capability to acquire, upgrade and support Blackhawks. Leveraging the U.S. Army Best program, the Blackhawk 360 Solution provides customers a cost-effective medium lift capability. With refurbished UH-60A Blackhawks in stock, Skycore can provide its 360 Solution immediately. “Until now, sourcing, executing and sustaining… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-16

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FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

FL Technics has successfully completed a cooperation project launched together with the United States Armed Forces. Under the project, FL Technics provided support services as well as secured appropriate conditions for the maintenance of heavy-lift helicopters CH-47 Chinook conducted by the U.S. Army 160th SOAR (A). The U.S. Armed Forces chose Lithuania as its base… Read more »

Source: FL Technics, 07-Jun-16

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Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00358) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jun-16

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L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that two CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) it installed at the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI Warrior Hall facility have been released for training. L-3 Link performed work on the CH-47F OFTs under a contract modification from CSRA, prime contractor on the U.S. Army’s Flight School… Read more »

Source: L-3 Link, 26-May-16

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US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $88,117,272 modification (P00350) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for eight UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $88,117,272 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-16

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US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922,628,257 modification (PZ0011) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $922,628,257 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00342) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly utilized across the state, nation and abroad, is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second helicopter unit. A command aviation company will reside alongside the C Company, 5th Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment medical evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

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US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

For the first time, Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), teamed up with sailors from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), to conduct a weeklong overwater exercise that began March 14 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Sailors from HSC-2, also known as the “Fleet Angels,” spent the week with the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

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Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $37,793,822 modification (P00014) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0017 for the continuation of the Apache Helicopter 64 (AH-64) Performance Based Logistics program.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $37,793,822 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $184,930,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Apache helicopter full-rate production in Lot 7.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $184,930,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

Rotorcraft modernization, severely affected by budget cuts, is just now getting back on track, Army and Air Force officials told a House panel yesterday. Army Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $896,929,889 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for cargo (CH-47F) helicopter multiyear for production lot 14 for 27 renew helicopters and 12 new build helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,281,000 modification (P00331) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to add fiscal 2017 advance procurement funding to the Blackhawk multi-year contract for the planned procurement of 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Mar-16

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189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

Several UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots formerly from the 189th Attack Helicopter Company who served together in Vietnam held a reunion tour at Hunter Army Airfield March 11. The “Avengers” of Guns platoon 189th AHC served together in the late sixties during the early years of the Vietnam War. Steve Webster was a UH-1 Huey helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Mar-16

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Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

Honeywell International, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $9,585,183 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-11-C-0039 for technical and logistics support for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,585,183 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,849,966 modification (0030) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for Apache helicopter rotary tail blades.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,849,966 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $387,181,200 modification (P00333) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise the option for 35 UH-60M helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $387,181,200 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI and six other general aviation associations are sending a letter to the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives first thing Tuesday morning, warning that a bill up for a vote by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday — H.R. 3016 — will break a promise made to veterans. Buried in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-16

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Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions. A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon University, 27-Jan-16

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LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $31.8 million contract in December 2015 to sustain the AH-64D/E Apache’s targeting and pilotage system, the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS). This Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, drives reliability and maintainability improvements, and reduces operation and support costs. A… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Jan-16

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02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

Apache from  101st Airborne Division crashed around 7pm on a night training flight

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Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $833,339,080 modification (0004) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for sustaining, Army fixed engineering sustaining, program management/systems engineering sustaining, Army provisioning, Army technical publications, other integrated logistics support, contractor manpower reporting, packaging handling storage and transportation, and advance procurement funding. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-15

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Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $106,510,258 modification (P00310) to contract W58RGZ-13-D-0001 for technical, engineering, logistics services and supplies, and 100 percent parts support for the H-60 weapons system. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

Computer Sciences Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $9,286,461 modification (002906) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan) contract W31P4Q-05-A-0028 for support to the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office . Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 24, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement on Tuesday 24th:  “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is… Read more »

23-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

US Army Apache crashed after hitting wires on a routine training mission, killing both on board.  Post crash fire.  Debris scattered across a road 500m from nearest houses.  The authorities reported wire among the wreckage and the upper part of a nearby high-voltage tower was damaged.

23-Nov-15

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US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8M in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

U.S. helicopters, military and civilian, are safer and more efficient today in part because of a research partnership established 50 years ago between the U.S. Army and NASA. The joint agreement, signed in 1965, has allowed NASA and Army researchers to work side by side, especially at three NASA aeronautics research centers – Ames at… Read more »

Source: NASA, 12-Nov-15

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48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

Friends, family and surviving members of the 48th Assault Helicopter Company left roses at a new monument dedicated Friday to the company.See full story

Source: Dothan Eagle, 11-Nov-15

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Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $51,200,000 modification (P00018) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055 for Version 4 retrofit kits for the Apache helicopter, AH-64E, Lots 1-4.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $25,088,000 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $65,828,056 modification (P00945) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for Lakota helicopters with ARC radio 231 mission equipment package.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $65,828,056 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville has selected Siemens to be its long-term partner to address water and energy infrastructure needs and improve energy efficiency at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). Siemens was notified September 30, 2015 that it had been awarded the $24M Energy Savings Performance Contract… Read more »

Source: Siemens, 09-Nov-15

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26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing on sports field after suspected fire.  No injuries or damage.  Helicopter operating from Fort Campbell

26-Oct-15

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US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Army to provide modernized signal processing units to support Honeywell’s innovative Health and Usage Monitoring System, which can detect and predict potential problems before they occur for the Apache attack helicopter. The processing unit is a combat-proven solution that provides onboard sensing and… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 22-Oct-15

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US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

The U.S. Army has procured an initial quantity of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rockets for use in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This deployment marks the first time U.S. Army personnel will be able to benefit from the laser-guided rocket, which has proven highly successful for the U.S. Navy… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 14-Oct-15

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Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

Elbit Systems of America will demonstrate its cockpit advancements at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C., October 12-14.  These highly technical solutions give Army Aviators clarity during bad weather and poor conditions to improve their mission effectiveness. Elbit Systems of America understands that to improve the ability for aviators to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 12-Oct-15

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Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $25,719,410 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for the maintenance and overhaul of Blackhawk helicopter blades.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2020.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

The U.S. military’s Future Vertical Lift program to develop new battlefield helicopters does not impress the top air force chief in the Netherlands. See Full Story

Source: UPI, 17-Sep-15

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CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk

04-Sep-15

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