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AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group, a provider of aviation support services to the United States Department of Defense, has achieved medical transport accreditation. Servicing the US military, AAR Airlift Group plays an essential role in providing life saving medical transport services in austere environments. Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, NAAMTA (National… Read more »

Source: AAR Airlift Group, 03-Feb-17

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Bruce Webb, Chief Pilot of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and the company were honored Monday for their support of an employee now deployed in military service overseas. Employer Support for the Reserve and Guard, a component of the Department of Defense, presented awards to Webb and to Jeff Trang, AHI’s Vice President of Technology and Flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-16

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NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

NATO foreign ministers have agreed on steps to combat hybrid warfare – the type Russia has used against Ukraine — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters today in Antalya, Turkey. Speaking at a news conference at the end of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, Stoltenberg said NATO is already undergoing its greatest transformation since… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-May-15

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

The Defense Department will restructure the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and subordinate units in Germany as part of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative in Europe, defense officials said today in a statement. The 12th CAB restructuring will reduce the U.S. presence in Germany by about 1,900 military positions and an estimated 2,850 family members, officials… Read more »

Source: DoD, 30-Apr-15

Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Dec-13

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) 8th July – joined by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) – released a letter in which he urged Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider the… Read more »

Source: Senator Richard Blumenthal, 10-Jul-13

Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) led a bipartisan group of members today urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel not to purchase additional helicopters from the state-owned Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport. That company has continued to transfer weapons to the Assad regime, enabling mass atrocities. The group sent the letter amid reports that the Department of Defense… Read more »

Source: Rosa DeLauro, 08-Apr-13

GAO criticises DoD’s handling of Combat Rescue Helicopter Program

GAO criticises DoD’s handling of Combat Rescue Helicopter Program

DOD’s rationale for waiving WSARA’s competitive prototyping requirement for CRH addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dollars) of producing the prototypes. The CRH program’s acquisition strategy, which anticipates integrating an existing, in-production and flight-proven aircraft with… Read more »

Source: GAO, 19-Mar-13

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Bell CEO Garrison says budget sequestration “equals devastation”

Bell CEO Garrison says budget sequestration “equals devastation”

Count Bell CEO sounds the alarm about the likely consequences if Congress doesn’t act by early January to block automatic spending cuts from taking place (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 11-Oct-12

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New market research – Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

New market research – Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market This research forecasts the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) helicopter market, including general trends and program analysis. This market includes seven classifications of helicopter platforms as well as miscellaneous helicopter parts and services. Military helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker.com, 28-Aug-12

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US DoD identifies US service members killed in CH-47 crash

US DoD identifies US service members killed in CH-47 crash

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Aug-11

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US DoD to spend $41.7 Billion on Unmanned Aerial Systems through 2016

US DoD to spend $41.7 Billion on Unmanned Aerial Systems through 2016

A new research note from G2 Solutions (www.g2globalsolutions.com), “DoD UAS Forecasts, Programs and Initiatives,” is available. Report AB093 is a detailed 7-year U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) procurement and research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) analysis of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) spending. “We wanted to take a fresh look at DoD UAS spending, and the… Read more »

Source: G2 Solutions, 15-Jun-11

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US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that the committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) by a vote of 60 to 1.  The bill authorizes $690 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense and the national security programs… Read more »

Source: Congressman Mac Thornberry, 13-May-11

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Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on April 26 a $26,816,836 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012.  One bid was… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-11

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US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

If you are or were a U.S. military helicopter pilot or crewmember, the Department of Defense wants to know if you suffered back/neck pain or injury (not resulting from an aviation mishap) that may be related to your service in helicopters. Back pain afflicts approximately 20% of the general population, but studies have indicated military… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Apr-11

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Canadian corporation sues US DoD over FOI request

Canadian corporation sues US DoD over FOI request

A Canadian corporation hired to provide helicopter services in Afghanistan for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is suing in Washington federal court to keep the contents of the contract confidential.  Canadian Commercial Corp., which bids for defense contracts on behalf of Canadian companies, filed the suit lasty week against the US Dept of Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-11

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DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

While the JFTL study guidance has not yet been formally approved, we know that it is an Air Force-led effort, so for each Air Force lead, there is an Army deputy.  Tiltrotors like the Osprey would seem to fit the expected requirement

21-Jul-10

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Boeing frets as US cuts helicopter R&D funding

Boeing frets as US cuts helicopter R&D funding

Sales of new military helicopters have been running strong due to demand from the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Boeing Co. sees a time within the next decade when sales could slump significantly.

Source: Marketwatch, 20-Jul-10

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US Faces Helicopter Shortage in Afghanistan

U.S military was reportedly so desparate for helicopters in December that, even after scouring the marketplace for private companies to provide the needed aircraft, it could only find one firm able to offer the necessary cargo helicopters.

Source: AOL News, 11-Mar-10

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US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

UH-60 Blackhawk, MH-60 SeaHawk, CH-47 Chinook, and V-22 Osprey are all cited as “High Priority”

Source: Lexington Institute, 30-Jan-10

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