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Bell awarded $14M more for AH-1Z support

Bell awarded $14M more for AH-1Z support

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $14,614,573 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-14-C-1000) to exercise an option for services in support of the AH-1Z Program. This option includes delivery of one AH-1Z flight training device to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. In addition, this option provides… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

Sikorsky awarded $535M for eight MH-60S and 29 MH-60Rs

Sikorsky awarded $535M for eight MH-60S and 29 MH-60Rs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $535,336,328 modification (P00202) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to provide funding for the Navy’s fourth program year for eight MH-60S helicopters and 29 MH-60R helicopters, and to fund associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and provide advance procurement funding (termination liability)… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 17-Nov-14

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Lockheed Martin delivers 200th MH-60R to US Navy

Lockheed Martin delivers 200th MH-60R to US Navy

The U.S. Navy received its 200th submarine-hunting MH-60R “Romeo” helicopter from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] following a patch signing with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two (HSM-72). The cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s anti-surface and anti-submarine operations, MH-60R helicopters have flown more than 250,000 hours in operation with the Fleet, providing increased surveillance and situational awareness…. Read more »

14-Nov-14

HSC-12 changes command at sea

HSC-12 changes command at sea

 The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 held a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Oct. 21. The squadron’s personnel fell in formation on the ship’s flight deck to witness Cmdr. Jason Young assume command of HSC-12 from Cmdr. Jeffrey Holzer. “The ceremony went… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 22-Oct-14

US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed its complaint in intervention in a case against defendants Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and two of its subsidiaries, Sikorsky Support Services Inc. and Derco Aerospace Inc., for violating the False Claims Act.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, with headquarters… Read more »

Source: US DoJ, 21-Oct-14

US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services for a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, announced today that it was recently awarded an option period extension with the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson said, “We see this as… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 16-Oct-14

Thales awarded $7.7M delivery order for H-60 sonar work

Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,713,300 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7007 against previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement N0038313G003F for the repair coverage of six items for the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar system for the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed in Brest, France (62 percent); Clarksburg, Maryland (26 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.8M delivery order for MH-60R Digital Rocket Launcher updates

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.8M delivery order for MH-60R Digital Rocket Launcher updates

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,861,233 for delivery order 4007 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration of the Digital Rocket Launcher capabilities updates into the MH-60R and MH-60S avionics software. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (95… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

Erickson Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, is being issued a $7,004,248 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-8000) to exercise a 12-month option for the provision of ship-based and shore-rebased vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services. Services include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface testing in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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Thales awarded $7.7M repair order for H-60 sonar

Thales awarded $7.7M repair order for H-60 sonar

Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,713,300 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7007 against previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement N0038313G003F for the repair coverage of six items for the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar system for the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed in Brest, France (62 percent); Clarksburg, Maryland (26 percent); and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Sep-14

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NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet for the second time in a year – all in the name of safety. News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (weather permitting) at NASA’s Langley Research Center in… Read more »

Source: NASA, 25-Sep-14

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Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $41,776,269 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of three UH-1Y flight training devices, one AH-1Z flight training device, aircraft and/or trainer driven revisions, aircraft common operational equipment, provisioned spares, associated technical data required for operational and maintenance support, and three months of initial operation evaluation period… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-14

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02-Sep-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Fallon, US-Nevada

Rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission. All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.  Recovered by a Chinook 11-Sep-14

02-Sep-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,744,643 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to provide logistics services for aircraft availability of 96 TH-57 aircraft. Services to be provided include pre-flighting and fueling of the aircraft, as well as safe for flight release for designated missions. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Aug-14

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Feds Join Whistleblower Case Against Sikorsky

Feds Join Whistleblower Case Against Sikorsky

U.S. attorneys have intervened in a whistleblower suit against United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft Co. that alleges one of its subsidiaries used a sister company to illegally mark up replacement parts provided through a defense contract to the Navy. See Full Story

Source: Courant, 18-Aug-14

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1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

Flight crews from 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41) off the Pacific coast of Honduras, August 3-4, 2014. The training, which took place approximately 20 miles off the coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. The… Read more »

Source: JTF-B, 11-Aug-14

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IE Pacific awarded $7.8M contract for H-60 facility at Naval Base Coronado

IE Pacific awarded $7.8M contract for H-60 facility at Naval Base Coronado

I. E. Pacific Inc.*, San Diego, California, is being awarded $7,877,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0018 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-09-D-1657) for design and construction of an H-60 trainer facility at Naval Base Coronado. The facility will house two tactical operational flight trainers and two Naval Aircrew Training Systems. The building… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Aug-14

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GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $68,550,240 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of 16 GE38-1B engines, closure kits, tooling, and associated systems engineering and program management in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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DynCorp awarded $101M more for Naval Test Wing Atlantic support, including helicopters

DynCorp awarded $101M more for Naval Test Wing Atlantic support, including helicopters

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $101,947,764 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-11-C-0033) to exercise an option for organizational level maintenance and logistics support for all aircraft and support equipment for which the Naval Test Wing Atlantic has maintenance responsibility. This includes all rotary, fixed, lighter-than-air, and unmanned aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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Apache Guardians perform first deck landing qualifications

Apache Guardians perform first deck landing qualifications

AH-64E Apache Guardians from 1st Armed Reconnaissance Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted deck landing qualifications aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) off the coast of Hawaii, July 19, as part of the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. The deck landing qualifications, a first… Read more »

Source: US - Navy, 01-Aug-14

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Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

The Pentagon paid Bell $8,123.50 each for gears that should have cost $445.06, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.  See full report

Source: Bloomberg, 09-Jul-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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 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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National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies Associates Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $6,567,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering/logistics and acquisition logistics support services to the V-22 Joint Program Office. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $3,751,515 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 30, 2017. Bids were solicited via the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-14

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Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a low-rate initial production contract from the U.S. Navy to deliver FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6 million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 30-Apr-14

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US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $38,409,418 firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition. This contract is a stand-alone delivery order on a basic delivery order agreement. This is a 51-month base contract with no options. Location of performance is Texas with a July 31, 2018… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7.2M order for H-60R/S cockpit repairs

Lockheed Martin awarded $7.2M order for H-60R/S cockpit repairs

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $ 7,265,034 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7026 against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 12 items of the common cockpit for H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed at Owego, N.Y. (77 percent); Farmingdale, N.Y. (9 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (6 Percent); Salt Lake… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-14

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Raytheon awarded $17M for MH-60R/S Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon awarded $17M for MH-60R/S Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $17,707,050 for modification 0044-01 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for 19 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for U.S. Navy MH-60R/S helicopters.  The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for all tri-service… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Apr-14

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New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) is designed to provide, “autonomous approaches and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-Apr-14

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Thales awarded $38M for Optimized Top Owl helmet display

Thales awarded $38M for Optimized Top Owl helmet display

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded a $38,527,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Optimized Top Owl (OTO) Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) Sustainment Capability services for the H-1 Aircraft program. This contract includes the facility, labor, materials, parts, test and tooling equipment required for the OTO repair capabilities transition plan from… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Apr-14

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Cobham to Exhibit at Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2014 Exposition

Cobham to Exhibit at Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2014 Exposition

MCobham will exhibit at the 49th annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition, organized by the Navy League of the United States, during 7-9 April 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Cobham’s exhibit – stand # 1403 – will demonstrate our investment in technologies to lower cost and increase performance of: Affordable… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Apr-14

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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAV) to meet the deployment needs of the fleet. The U.S. Navy currently has an inventory of 23 Fire Scouts based at Webster Field Annex, Naval Air Station Patuxent River,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $43M contract for five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman awarded $43M contract for five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $43,781,216 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0059) for the production and delivery of five MQ-8 Firescout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (VTUAV) and one ground control station in support of the VTUAV endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Apr-14

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US Navy weapons program delivers new capability for H-60 helicopters

US Navy weapons program delivers new capability for H-60 helicopters

A modernized rocket  launcher will soon enable MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to carry and deploy a variety of weapons for the first time. As part of an Early Operational Capability (EOC), the Navy delivered the new system, called the Digital Rocket Launcher, to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 in March for pre-deployment training. DRL is… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 02-Apr-14

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Bell awarded $59M for long lead items for UH-1Y and AH-1Z production

Bell awarded $59M for long lead items for UH-1Y and AH-1Z production

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $59,703,818 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 11 Lot 12 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Mar-14

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Bell awarded $11M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z support

Bell awarded $11M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z support

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $11,413,510 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to exercise an option to provide systems engineering and program management support for the production and delivery of AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Mar-14

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Sikorsky awarded $15M for VH-3D cabin weight reduction project

Sikorsky awarded $15M for VH-3D cabin weight reduction project

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $14,947,975 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) under the Cabin Interior Phase IIA Program, to include a cabin redesign to reduce the total gross weight allowing for greater lift capability of the VH-3D In-Service Presidential Helicopter. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Mar-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for radar receiver processors used in supporting MH-60R

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for radar receiver processors used in supporting MH-60R

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $13,065,996 for firm-fixed-price delivery order GCAR under previously awarded a Defense Logistics Agency basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-09-G-002Y) for the acquisition of 19 radar receiver processors used in support of the MH 60R helicopter.  This announcement involves a foreign military sale for the government of Australia (100 percent)…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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Bell awarded $12M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $12M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $12,281,805 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-12-D-0003) for the hardware and software upgrades in support of the H-1 Upgrade Program. Services to be provided include design, development, studies, and implementation of the upgrades to existing software and ancillary hardware and/or improved functionality and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Mar-14

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Sikorsky to review MH-53E engine fires

Sikorsky to review MH-53E engine fires

A US Government website shows that the US Navy is to negotiate and award a sole source contract with Sikorsky for the procurement of non-recurring engineering tasks and deliverable products required for a trade study to reduce or eliminate the risk of inflight fires and heat damage in the #2 engine compartment as a result… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-14

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

US Navy has released a photo of an MQ-8C Fire Scout on runway after a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year.  In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Mar-14

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Sikorsky receives 12th Maintenance Excellence Award from US Navy

Sikorsky receives 12th Maintenance Excellence Award from US Navy

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has received the 2013 Maintenance Excellence Award from the Commander, Tactical Support Wing (CTSW) for support of the Composite Fighter Squadron VFC-111 based in Key West, Fla. The award marks the 12th that Sikorsky has received since the program’s start in 2001, and the second consecutive year the Key West… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Mar-14

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Concurrent Technologies win $15M contract for MH-60S Airborne Mine Counter Measures work

Concurrent Technologies win $15M contract for MH-60S Airborne Mine Counter Measures work

Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, Pa., was awarded a $15,338,026 cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering services in support of the continued modification of the carriage, stream, tow and recovery system to incorporate airborne countermeasures capabilities.  The overall objectives of the carriage, stream, tow and recovery program are to design, fabricate, test and integrate a… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-14

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General Electric win $80M contract for CH/MH-53 engine repairs

General Electric win $80M contract for CH/MH-53 engine repairs

General Electric, Lynn Mass., was awarded a $79,737,730 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of 20 T-64 engine (CH53D/E and MH53E helicopters) components, along with manufacturing, engineering, and technical support to the Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, N.C., with a goal of improving monthly output.  Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C. (80 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-14

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Raytheon win $12M contract for MH-60 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon win $12M contract for MH-60 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $12,814,344 firm-fixed-price contract for 16 turret units and eight electronics units for the Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Navy MH-60 aircraft.  The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for the HELLFIRE… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-14

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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.  See full story

Source: Live Science, 06-Mar-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $10M for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin awarded $10M for MH-60R radar work

Lockheed Martin Corp. Owego, N.Y. is being awarded $10,630,597 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7048 against a previously awarded firm-fixed-price long term contract (N00383-09-D-021F) for the repair of 13 items in support of the Multi-Mode Radar System, and the Electronic Measurement System for the H-60R Helicopter.  Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and work is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Mar-14

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MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

The US Navy have reportedly decided to develop a replacement to the MH-53E rather than invest a significant amount of money to keep the helicopters flying – see full story

Source: Virginian Pilot, 22-Feb-14

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Engility awarded $40M contract for EW system modifications, including MH-60R

Engility awarded $40M contract for EW system modifications, including MH-60R

Engility Corp., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $39,969,545 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for electronic warfare (EW) weapons systems modifications for U.S. Navy and Australian EA-6B, EA-18G, E-2C, MH-60R, BAMS, P-8A aircraft, Unmanned Air Systems, flight simulators, training systems, other advanced electronic attack derivatives and initiatives. Services to be provided include systems engineering, in-service hardware and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Feb-14

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Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement at Patuxent River to close?

Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement at Patuxent River to close?

The Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) has decided to close a rotary-wing technology development center. See full story  No mention so far on NACRA website

Source: Seapower, 21-Feb-14

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US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

Flight crews from the 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the USS Rentz off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 8-10. The training, which took place approximately 70 miles off the Honduran coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. “This was a great and unique training… Read more »

Source: US Army, 16-Feb-14

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US Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the US Navy’s newest warship

US Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the US Navy’s newest warship

The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship and Coast Guard medium range recovery helicopters trained together in several ship and helicopter exercises Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, while transiting the Gulf of Mexico. During the training, two Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters based out of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile in Mobile, Ala., flew parts… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 14-Feb-14

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USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

A Panamanian helicopter crashed killing one and injuring eight while working together with USS Halyburton (FFG 40) conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 6. Editor note – Bell 412 accident details at 06-Feb-14 AN-137 Bell 412EP Mansukum, Panama (1F) The names of the victims will not be… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Feb-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract to include SH-60 maintenance

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract to include SH-60 maintenance

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $13,764,771 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-D-0007) to exercise an option for organizational, selected intermediate and limited depot level maintenance for F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C aircraft operated by the adversary squadrons based at Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

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L-3 win $17M for Tactical Common Data Link on MQ-8B and MQ-8C

L-3 win $17M for Tactical Common Data Link on MQ-8B and MQ-8C

L-3 Corp. Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $17, 611,443 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0001) for supplies and services associated with Surface Terminal Equipment for Hawklink Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) and the Littoral Combat Ship configurations, and the Vortex Mini-TCDL Shipset components.  These supplies and services… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jan-14

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EFW awarded $11M option for AH-1W helmet display tracker system kits

EFW awarded $11M option for AH-1W helmet display tracker system kits

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,666,579 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0037) to exercise an option for the installation and procurement of helmet display tracker system (HDTS) kits for AH-1W aircraft, including nine HTDS P-kits, 29 AH-1W Helmet kits, and installation of 54 HDTS.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-14

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Bell awarded $13M delivery order for H-1 repair/overhaul work

Bell awarded $13M delivery order for H-1 repair/overhaul work

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded $13,495,182 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0001 under a previously awarded contract (N00383-14-D-015N) for repair/overhaul work of five high priority items for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected to be completed by January 2017.  Fiscal 2014 Navy working… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-14

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