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Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,098,324 firm fixed price contract for gearbox assembly spare parts in support of the H-1 helicopter. This contract was a sole-source. This is a 54-base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a Sept. 30, 2019, performance completion date…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

Sikorsky redesigns CH-53K main gear box

Sikorsky redesigns CH-53K main gear box

A failure in the main gear box of the US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) developmental Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter has prompted the need for redesign of that component as the Corps presses ahead to replace its troubled and ageing CH-53Es, US Navy (USN) and USMC officials said on 14 April. See Full Story

Source: IHS, 17-Apr-15

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US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked Helicopter Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment successfully intercepted a suspected narcotic-trafficking vessel in international waters off the coast of Central America in early March. This interdiction conducted in coordination with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC-719) and the Canadian Navy vessel HMCS Whitehorse (MM-705) is estimated… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-15

Elbit integrates color helmet display and tracking on US Navy MH-60S test aircraft

Elbit integrates color helmet display and tracking on US Navy MH-60S test aircraft

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., was awarded a contract from Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC) to install, integrate, and support flight evaluations of the Elbit Color Helmet Display and Tracking System (CHDTS) on MH-60S Seahawk test aircraft for the US Navy. The contract value, which is in an… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 02-Apr-15

27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

27-Mar-15

US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

The Navy says it plans to obtain its own fleet of 44 V-22 Ospreys, taking possession of eight a year starting in 2020. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 25-Mar-15

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded an $8,092,320 firm-fixed-price order (0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 32 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircrafts. Work will be performed in Vergennes,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,431,030 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0022) to exercise an option for delivery of one Bell 407 Analog Helicopter, and preservation and storage of seven aircraft in support of the endurance upgrade of the MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Ozark,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

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CalFire helicopter pilot dies on duty of natural causes

CalFire helicopter pilot dies on duty of natural causes

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Pilot Jerold “Jerry” Bonner: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of CAL FIRE Forestry Fire Pilot Jerry Bonner. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and… Read more »

Source: CAL FIRE, 10-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $50,095,510 three year firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair of four weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the H-1 Legacy helicopter, including the right hand and left hand stub wings, gearboxes and main rotor blades.   Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $25,848,612 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for engineering sustainment and integrated logistics services in support of MQ-8 operational, vendor, maintenance-related and laboratory support software. Services to be provided include analysis of engineering change proposals, development of plans of action and milestones, laboratory facility studies and analysis,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Maritime Helicopter Support awarded $25M delivery order for H-60 components

Maritime Helicopter Support awarded $25M delivery order for H-60 components

Maritime Helicopter Support Co., Trevose, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $25,499,598 modification for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 0005 under previously awarded performance based logistics contract (N00383-11-D-0003F) in support of 1275 components of the H-60 aircraft. Work will be performed at Stratford, Connecticut (70 percent) and Oswego, New York, (30 percent) and work will be completed by January,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) received the first of eight completely overhauled UH-1N twin-engine helicopters this week. This economical overhaul allows OAM to maintain critical capabilities necessary for the security of the American people, while saving valuable taxpayer dollars. The approximate cost for the overhaul is $1.3 million per… Read more »

Source: CBP, 17-Feb-15

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Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Dr. Dave Williams, a health care chief executive and record-breaking Canadian astronaut and aquanaut, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, March 24, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 people – many of the people attending… Read more »

Source: 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, 16-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Bell TH-57 Spencer Field, US-Florida

Training accident of a SeaRanger out of Whiting Field NAS, rolling over onto its side while landing

12-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Sikorsky MH-53E Norfolk, US-Virginia

Precautionary landing shortly after take off – MH-53E is currently focus of safety inspections regarding wiring and fuel lines

12-Feb-15

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Raytheon awarded $270M contract to support V-22 systems, testing and software

Raytheon awarded $270M contract to support V-22 systems, testing and software

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a potential value of $270 million by the U.S. Navy’s Air Systems Command to support V-22 Osprey systems, testing and software. The work will be performed by Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services at its facility in Indianapolis, Ind. Under the contract,… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 11-Feb-15

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US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

Issued Feb 6th –  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leadership conducted a review board at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Feb. 6, 2015, to determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures that were put in place after the January 2014 MH-53E mishap. After an initial assessment by NAVAIR’s Heavy Lift Helicopters Program (PMA-261), the in-service support… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Feb-15

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Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for MH-60S Laser Mine Detection Systems

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for MH-60S Laser Mine Detection Systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares, and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Feb-15

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L-3 awarded $22M modification to MH-60R data link contract

L-3 awarded $22M modification to MH-60R data link contract

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $22,709,796 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2024) to exercise an option for the manufacture, test, delivery and support of the Common Data Link Hawklink system in support of the MH-60R aircraft. This option includes 29 AN/ARQ-59 radio terminal sets (RTS), 11… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-15

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GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $28,997,331 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of six T408-GE-400 (GE38-1B) System Demonstration Test Article engines in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in South Windsor, Connecticut (17 percent); Lynn, Massachusetts (15 percent), Evendale, Ohio (12 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jan-15

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Raytheon awarded $45M job orders for MH-60 multi-spectral targeting system

Raytheon awarded $45M job orders for MH-60 multi-spectral targeting system

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $27,594,138 for firm-fixed-price job order 0057 under a previously awarded contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for procurement of multi-spectral targeting systems and data for the MH-60 U.S. Navy.  This acquisition is to satisfy a U.S. Navy MH-60 program for multi-spectral targeting system components that will be used by the U.S. Navy. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $35M for Northrop Grumman airborne laser mine detection work

Northrop Grumman awarded $35M for  Northrop Grumman airborne laser mine detection work

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Melbourne, Florida is being awarded a $35,514,955 firm-fixed price contract for the fabrication, integration, test and production of airborne laser mine detection systems (ALMDS) and delivery of peculiar support equipment and engineering services to support those systems.  This contract is in support of the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-15

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight on US Navy destroyer

MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight on US Navy destroyer

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) successfully flew the MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Dec. 16, off the Virginia coast. After more than a year of land-based testing at Point Mugu, California, the MQ-8C Fire Scout grew its sea legs,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-Jan-15

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Bell awarded $15M more for AH-1Z and UH-1Y program management

Bell awarded $15M more for AH-1Z and UH-1Y program management

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $15,077,365 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for systems engineering and program management support for the production and delivery of AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2015.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $43.4M target sight contract, upgrading AH-1W to AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin awarded $43.4M target sight contract, upgrading AH-1W to AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded $43,400,000 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 14 AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS) and data to be integrated into U.S. Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters. This integration is part of the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 upgrades program for the remanufacture of legacy aircraft with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Dec-14

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BSC Partners awarded $13.6M modification to MH-60 training device contract

BSC Partners awarded $13.6M modification to MH-60 training device contract

BSC Partners LLC,* San Diego, California, is being awarded a $13,679,958 modification to exercise an option on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N61340-14-C-0002) under Topic #03-190, helicopter operations aircrew/crew chief trainer. The objective of this SBIR effort is to design, fabricate, install, and test MH-60 Naval aircrew training… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Dec-14

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Bell awarded $11.6M for H-1 upgrades

Bell awarded $11.6M for H-1 upgrades

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,601,939 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the procurement of additional logistics products and services in support of the H-1 upgrade effort. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2016. Fiscal 2015… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Dec-14

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21-Dec-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Camp Buehring, Kuwait

Crashed on night training flight.  Ended up on its starboard side.  All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation

21-Dec-14

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Rockwell Collins awarded $420M ARC-210 radio contract by US Navy

Rockwell Collins awarded $420M ARC-210 radio contract by US Navy

Rockwell Collins has received a $420 million, four-year contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for continued deliveries of the ARC-210 advanced airborne software defined radio (SDR) system. Installed on more than 180 different aircraft platforms in 45 countries, the ARC-210 is considered the world’s standard for airborne radios. This contract will ensure that… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 17-Dec-14

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DynCorp awarded $44M contract to support US Navy aircraft at NAS Fallon

DynCorp awarded $44M contract to support US Navy aircraft at NAS Fallon

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $44,530,685 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot level maintenance and logistics services for aircraft assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, Nevada. Services will be provided in support of 20 F/A-18A-F; three EA-18G, five MH-60S, 14 F-16A/B; and two… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-14

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the US Navy

Northrop Grumman Delivers First Operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the US Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The system will be used by ship-based commanders to improve the Navy’s intelligence-gathering capabilities. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=29441. The MQ-8C is an upgraded version of the existing MQ-8B Fire Scout using… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 04-Dec-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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