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Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (52 percent); Mirabel, Canada… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-13

General Electric awarded $13M contract for moving map work

General Electric awarded $13M contract for moving map work

General Electric Aviation, Grand Rapids, Mich., is being awarded a $13,587,842 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair of various avionics components of the tactical moving map capability, and the AN-ASQ-215 mission data loader systems used in support of multiple platforms: F-18, AV-8B, V-22, and the H-60 aircraft. Work will be performed in Grand Rapids, Mich.,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-13

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Navy combat helicopter pilot takes command of Naval Air Station

Navy combat helicopter pilot takes command of Naval Air Station

When he takes over as the new skipper of the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base, Capt. Scott Gootee will become only the second career helicopter pilot to command the 5,000-acre installation since its commissioning more than 55 years ago.  See full story

Source: Times-Picayune, 12-Nov-13

CTC awarded $14M contract for MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures program

CTC awarded $14M contract for MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures program

CTC Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $14,205,582 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N61331-12-C-0007) for the production of 10 carriage, stream, tow and recovery system kits in support of the MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures program. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pa., and is expected to be completed by October 2016…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Nov-13

Thales awarded $8.8M order for H-60 sonar

Thales awarded $8.8M order for H-60 sonar

Thales Communication Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded $8,815,933 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7002 against previously awarded contract (N00383-13-G-003F) for the repair of six items for the airborne low frequency sonar system for the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed at Clarksburg, Md. (28 percent); Brest, France (54 percent); and Johnstown, Pa. (18 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-13

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that took… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Nov-13

Honeywell awarded $502M for 5+4 year spares contract

Honeywell awarded $502M for 5+4 year spares contract

Honeywell International Inc., Tempe, Ariz., has been awarded a maximum $502,425,544 firm-fixed-price with prospective-price-redetermination, indefinite-quantity contract for purchase of spare parts to support various weapon systems to include aircraft, engines, helicopters, and related hardware. This is a five-year base contract with one four-year option period. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Locations of performance are… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-13

KCF Technologies receives SBIR funding to develop wireless strain sensor for rotor blades

KCF Technologies receives SBIR funding to develop wireless strain sensor for rotor blades

KCF Technologies has received funding to continue a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop a wireless strain sensor for helicopter rotors. The strain sensor, known as the Smart Rod End, is a push rod end that has a load sensor embedded in the shank of the rod end. The rod end is targeted… Read more »

Source: KCF Technologies, 04-Oct-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7.1M for H-60 common cockpit work

Lockheed Martin awarded $7.1M for H-60 common cockpit work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $7,150,637 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7023 against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 12 items for the Common Cockpit for the H60 Helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y. (97 percent) and Farmingdale, N.Y. (3 percent), and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-13

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Thales awarded $15M for MH-60R sonar work

Thales awarded $15M for MH-60R sonar work

Thales Communications, Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded a $15,125,500 firm-fixed-price contract for depot level specialized test equipment and the relevant technical data required to establish depot level support for the AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar in support of the MH-60R aircraft program. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Md. (50 percent) and Jacksonville, Fla…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $15M for H-60 repairs

Lockheed Martin awarded $15M for H-60 repairs

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $15,030,438 for delivery order 7040 against a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00383-09-D-021) for the repair of five items for the H60 Helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital Funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-13

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Bell awarded $34M delivery order for AH-1W repairs

Bell awarded $34M delivery order for AH-1W repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $34,313,824 for delivery order 7004 against previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00383-11-D-012N) for the repair/overhaul of five items required in support of the AH-1W Helicopter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20, 2014. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-13

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Raytheon given $14M delivery order for H-60 radar repairs

Raytheon given $14M delivery order for H-60 radar repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $14,000,000 for delivery order 0001 under previously award contract (N00383-13-D-005H) for the repair of AN/AAS-44(V) forward looking infrared radar system for the H-60 series helicopters. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Fiscal 2013 Navy working capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-13

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AAR awarded $15M more for 12-month extenson to Middle East work

AAR awarded $15M more for 12-month extenson to Middle East work

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., is being issued a $15,217,498 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-11-C-1003) to exercise a 12-month option for the provision of ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services. These include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-13

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Evergreen awarded $8M more for 12-month extenson to Middle East work

Evergreen awarded $8M more for 12-month extenson to Middle East work

Evergreen Helicopters Inc., McMinnville, Ore., is being awarded an $8,357,142 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-09-C-1000) to exercise a 12-month option for the provision of ship-based and shore-rebased vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services. These include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface testing in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $98M for US Navy MH-60R radar upgrades

Lockheed Martin awarded $98M for US Navy MH-60R radar upgrades

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $98,399,462 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of up to 50 AN/APS-153(V)1 automatic radar periscope detect and discrimination multi-mode radar kits to upgrade the MH-60R fleet aircraft. Work will be performed in Farmingdale, N.Y. (93 percent) and Owego, N.Y. (7 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-13

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Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) turned on the power to the U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft’s four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20. Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 23-Sep-13

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22-Sep-13 Sikorsky MH-60S Red Sea, Bahrain (2F)

An MH-60S assigned to HSC-6 crashed in the central Red Sea Sept. 22, while operating with the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).  Three personnel are accounted for and stable but two perished – named as Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and CW3 Jonathon Shelby Gibson.  The crash was not due to any sort… Read more »

22-Sep-13

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Raytheon wins $45M US Navy sonar contract

Raytheon wins $45M US Navy sonar contract

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., has been awarded a maximum $45,179,000 undefinitized contractual action (5026) against basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-09-G-001Y) for the manufacture and delivery of airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems. Location of performance is Rhode Island, with a November 2017 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-13

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Bell awarded $18M for main rotor gearbox assemblies for US Navy

Bell awarded $18M for main rotor gearbox assemblies for US Navy

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,786,469 firm-fixed-price contract for main rotor gearbox assemblies. Location of performance is Texas, with a Dec. 31, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2016 Navy funds. The contracting activity is the Defense… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7M delivery order for MH-60S work

Lockheed Martin awarded $7M delivery order for MH-60S work

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $7,037,522 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #4090 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for ten organic airborne mine countermeasures technical insertion common console kits in support of the MH-60S program. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-13

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GAO reports on US Navy waiving the VXX competitive prototyping requirement

GAO reports on US Navy waiving the VXX competitive prototyping requirement

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the VXX program 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… Read more »

Source: GAO, 11-Sep-13

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Kollsman awarded $44M for AH-1W Night Targeting System work

Kollsman awarded $44M for AH-1W Night Targeting System work

Kollsman, Inc., Merrimack, N.H. is being awarded a $44,800,000 firm-fixed-price, five year requirements contract, to repair nine Weapon Repairable Assemblies on the Night Targeting System in support of the AH-1W Helicopter. Work will be performed at Merrimack, N.H., and is expected to be completed by September 2018. No funds are being obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Sep-13

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Evergreen wins up to $36M for US Navy vertrep work

Evergreen wins up to $36M for US Navy vertrep work

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC)(“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it had received a firm-fixed price contract to provide ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 28-Aug-13

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NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

 NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley’s… Read more »

Source: NASA, 22-Aug-13

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scout’s previous monthly flight hour record while performing operations at sea aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). In June, four Fire Scouts that embarked on the frigate flew 333 flight hours, exceeding the unmanned helicopter’s previously monthly operational flight time record… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Aug-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $39M for support of US Navy H-60 fleet

Lockheed Martin awarded $39M for support of US Navy H-60 fleet

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $39,427,558 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide flight test, technical, management, and process support services necessary to update and maintain operational software, vendor software, maintenance-related software, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60R/S and SH-60B aircraft.  Work will be performed in Owego,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Aug-13

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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to US Navy

First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to US Navy

The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program of record. The company delivered the first MQ-8C aircraft to the Navy in early July… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 31-Jul-13

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Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 to US Navy

Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 to US Navy

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has delivered the 400th MH-60 SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The milestone consists of 166 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters, and 234 MH-60S utility/armed helicopters. The Navy took possession of the 400th, an MH-60R aircraft, on June 24. “MH-60 multi-mission aircraft are among the most reliable… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 31-Jul-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded $11M Electro-Optical contract to include SH-60

Northrop Grumman awarded $11M Electro-Optical contract to include SH-60

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded an $11,567,751 fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to produce, test, integrate, qualify and deliver an upgraded laser configuration for the Electro-Optical Third Generation Console for the F/A-18 E/F Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) and the SH-60 FLIR…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jul-13

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General Electric awarded $15M contract for CH-53K engine parts

General Electric awarded $15M contract for CH-53K engine parts

General Electric Co., Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a $15,691,247 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of time critical parts for incorporation into the T-408-GE-400 gas turbine engine in support of the CH-53K helicopter program.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass., and is expected to be completed in December 2016.  Fiscal 2013 research, development, test… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jul-13

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Breeze-Eastern Wins $7 Million Order

Breeze-Eastern Wins $7 Million Order

Breeze-Eastern Corp. (AMEX: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch manufacturer, has received a $7 million order from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapons Support Unit to repair a range of cargo hooks and hoists for CH-53 helicopters. “Our team recognizes the importance of supporting this vital equipment with timely repairs, and… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 18-Jul-13

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Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $17,907,086 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  This contract includes the manufacturing, testing and delivery of one H-1 main rotor gearbox test stand and one H-1 tail rotor/intermediate gearbox test stand, including the equipment,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jul-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for H-60R/S common cockpit work

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for H-60R/S common cockpit work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $12,878,468 for delivery order # 7021 issued under previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair coverage of 25 items for the common cockpit of the H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y. (33 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (46 percent); Farmingdale, N.Y. (12.5… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jul-13

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Raytheon awarded $9.6M contract for SH-60 IR turret repairs

Raytheon awarded $9.6M contract for SH-60 IR turret repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $9,618,024 for delivery order #7024 under a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N-00383-10-G-006D) for the repair of the H-60 multi-spectral targeting system forward looking infrared turrets.  Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (5 percent) and Jacksonville Fla. (95 percent), and work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jul-13

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Aircrew receives awards for rescue

Aircrew receives awards for rescue

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Two pilots and an aircrewman from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 were presented with awards for their rescue of five fishermen that were stranded off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines last fall. The fishermen were spotted by the helicopter crew during a routine night-time flight… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Jul-13

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Increased CH-53K procurement “Not Justified” says auditor

Increased CH-53K procurement “Not Justified” says auditor

This report is the first in a series of reports evaluating Naval Air Systems Command acquisition management of the CH-53K program. We evaluated the CH-53K program documentation used to support the increased procurement quantity from 156 to 200 aircraft for the CH-53K program. What We Found The Marine Corps procurement quantity for CH-53K Heavy Lift… Read more »

Source: Office of Inspector General, 04-Jul-13

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L-3 awarded $6.7M more Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 radio terminal sets

L-3 awarded $6.7M more Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 radio terminal sets

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $6,748,310 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2024) for the manufacture, test, delivery and support of five Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 radio terminal sets in support of the Navy MH-60R aircraft (4) and the U.S. Coast Guard (1). Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Jun-13

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Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $38,838,754 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to exercise an option for the manufacture of two Lot 10 AH-1Z build new helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corp.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent) and Amarillo, Texas (40… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-13

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Alliant Techsystems awarded $20M contract for various AN/AAR-47 missile assemblies

Alliant Techsystems awarded $20M contract for various AN/AAR-47 missile assemblies

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $20,017,724 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0009) to procure various AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System Weapons Replaceable Assemblies.  These newly manufactured assemblies include 92 A(V)2 and 328 B(V)2 Integrated Optical Sensor Convertors; 18 A(V)2 and 99 B(V)2 Computer Processors.  Additionally, this effort will procure… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-13

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Boeing Receives Additional Aircraft Support Contract from US Navy

Boeing Receives Additional Aircraft Support Contract from US Navy

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue to ensure the availability of U.S. aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler and V-22 Osprey through a $5.5 million U.S. Navy contract to maintain the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS). The U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations use RTCASS – which Boeing also… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Jun-13

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Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $435,315,279 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) to procure four CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (17 percent); West Palm Beach, Fla. (17 percent); Wichita, Kan.(15 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (10 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (4… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-May-13

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Bell-Boeing awarded $40M for long-lead V-22 components

Bell-Boeing awarded $40M for long-lead V-22 components

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $40,013,000 modification to the previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-2001) to procure additional long-lead components associated with the manufacture and delivery of 19 Lot 18 MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.6 percent); Ridley Park, Pa. (19.2 percent), Amarillo, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-May-13

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17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

17-May-13

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EFW awarded $11.8M contract for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracker Systems

EFW awarded $11.8M contract for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracker Systems

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,837,950 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Helmet Display Tracker Systems (HDTS) in support of the AH-1W helicopters. This contract includes the manufacture and delivery of 11 P-kits, 65 A-kits, 11 installations, and non-recurring engineering and program support. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-May-13

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Upgraded US Navy MH-60S operational flight trainer re-enters service

Upgraded US Navy MH-60S operational flight trainer re-enters service

CAE USA today announced that the United States Navy has declared an updated MH-60S “Sierra” operational flight trainer (OFT) as ready-for-training at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island near San Diego, California. This MH-60S OFT, originally manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was completely upgraded by CAE to add new technologies and ensure concurrency with other MH-60S… Read more »

Source: CAE, 30-Apr-13

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MH-XX deadline this week – first steps in replacing Seahawk

MH-XX deadline this week – first steps in replacing Seahawk

Wednesday 1st May is the first stage set by the US Navy – a Request For Information, well ahead of anything like a Request For Proposals. The project is being referred to as MH-XX – “Marine Helicopter”  to support MH-60 Seahawk helicopter recapitalization decisions. The text below from Solicitation AIR41022ST provides further details:- This announcement constitutes… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 29-Apr-13

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Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,361,600 contract for main rotor blades. The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract. Location of performance is Texas, with a Dec. 31, 2015 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2015 Navy funds. Defense… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Apr-13

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Upgraded MH-60S trainer for US Navy re-enters service at NAS North Island

Upgraded MH-60S trainer for US Navy re-enters service at NAS North Island

CAE USA today announced that the United States Navy has declared an updated MH-60S “Sierra” operational flight trainer (OFT) as ready-for-training at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island near San Diego, California. This MH-60S OFT, originally manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was completely upgraded by CAE to add new technologies and ensure concurrency with other MH-60S… Read more »

Source: CAE, 24-Apr-13

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US Navy dry cargo ship conducts MV-22 flight trials

US Navy dry cargo ship conducts MV-22 flight trials

Marine Corps pilots from the Okinawa-based “Dragons” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-265, flying MV-22B Ospreys, conducted first-of-its-kind training with USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) April 6 off the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines. Flight operations with the tilt-rotor Osprey, designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Apr-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for MH-60R data link enhancements

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for MH-60R data link enhancements

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $13,516,318 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order #4083 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for the implementation, integration and testing of MH-60R data link/data fusion enhancements to existing MH-60R capabilities as a software modification. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y (92 percent) and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Apr-13

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Bell awarded $13M for long-lead parts for 15 UH-1Y and 10 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $13M for long-lead parts for 15 UH-1Y and 10 AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $13,085,222 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and components required for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 10 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Apr-13

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract to convert one UH-3H to UH-3D status

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract to convert one UH-3H to UH-3D status

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $10,148,771 modification to a previously issued delivery order placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0010).  This modification provides for additional non-recurring engineering for the conversion of one UH-3H helicopter to a UH-3D Trainer Aircraft, including associated test support.  Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C., (80… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Mar-13

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L-3 Vertex win $12M contract for TH-57 support at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Vertex win $12M contract for TH-57 support at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $12,946,025 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-12-D-0003) for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Mar-13

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Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for US Navy

Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 13-Mar-13

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CAE to upgrade US Navy MH-60S training devices

CAE to upgrade US Navy MH-60S training devices

CAE today announced it has won a series of services and upgrade contracts during the first two months of its fiscal year 2013 fourth quarter valued at approximately C$90 million. They include contracts to provide C-130 training support services, upgrades for the United States Navy’s MH-60S helicopter simulators and training devices, maintenance and support services… Read more »

Source: CAE, 07-Mar-13

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BLR sells 600th FastFin System

BLR sells 600th FastFin System

BLR Aerospace opens Heli-Expo 2013 with 600 FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems sold to date, and a rapidly expanding military presence. Overall, the company continues to deliver strong growth. Sales increased over 30 percent in 2012, and BLR’s global military footprint skyrocketed with large fleet-wide conversion sales to Colombia, Peru, Pakistan, and the… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 05-Mar-13

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15-Mar-13 Sikorsky MH-60R Chula Vista, US-California

Precautionary landing today at Terra Nova Park in Chula Vista.  No one was injured as a result of the landing and there was no damage to the aircraft.

05-Mar-13

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Lockheed Martin Completes 400th MH-60 Digital Cockpit

Lockheed Martin Completes 400th MH-60 Digital Cockpit

Lockheed Martin has completed the 400th Common Cockpit™ avionics suite for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “The Common Cockpit… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 27-Feb-13

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HSC-8 celebrates mishap-free milestone

HSC-8 celebrates mishap-free milestone

AT SEA – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 accumulated more than 20,000 flight hours without a class alpha mishap Feb. 22. According to official instruction, a class alpha mishap is defined as an incident resulting in more than $2 million in damages, the loss of an aircraft, loss of life, or permanent total disability…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Feb-13

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Rolls-Royce awarded $83M option for V-22 engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $83M option for V-22 engines

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded an $83,730,834 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0007) to exercise an option for the procurement of 38 V-22 AE1107C turboshaft production engines (34 for the U.S. Navy and four for the U.S. Air Force).  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-13

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $7M option for CV-22 aux fuel tanks

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $7M option for CV-22 aux fuel tanks

Robertson Fuel Systems L.L.C., Tempe, Ariz., is being awarded a $7,073,997 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0097) to exercise the option for the procurement of 15 CV-22 Mission Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (MATS) and associated equipment required to support squadron stand-ups.  Work will be performed in Tempe, Ariz., and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-13

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MH-60S underpowered and “cannot safely tow sonar”

MH-60S underpowered and “cannot safely tow sonar”

The Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) released his Fiscal Year 2012 report on 15th January, and digging into the detail reveals some finger pointing at the MH-60S.  Written by Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Dr J Michael Gilmore, the particularly interested aspect reads as follows (emphasis added by HeliHub.com) COTF [The Navy’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-13

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Bell awarded $28M more for H-1 upgrade contracts

Bell awarded $28M more for H-1 upgrade contracts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $15,307,118 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to provide systems engineering and program management services in support of the H-1 Upgrade Program.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas and is expected to be completed in December 2013.  Contract funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-12

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Raytheon awarded $7.9M contract modification for MH-60S Airborne Mine Neutralization System

Raytheon awarded $7.9M contract modification for MH-60S Airborne Mine Neutralization System

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $7,900,098 modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-6307) to conduct a critical design review for Airborne Mine Neutralization System near surface capability.  The Airborne Mine Neutralization System mission is designed to re-acquire, identify, and destroy volume, close tethered and bottom mines which have been previously detected,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-12

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Raytheon wins $18M order for 19 MH-60R/S multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon wins $18M order for 19 MH-60R/S multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $18,356,242 firm-fixed-price order #0026 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for 19 multi-spectral targeting systems for the MH-60R/S helicopter.  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… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-12

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Alliant Techsystems wins $6.5M contract for microprocessor upgrades

Alliant Techsystems wins $6.5M contract for microprocessor upgrades

Alliant Techsystems Operations L.L.C., Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $6,506,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0013) for the upgrades of 40 micro-processor hardware boards in support of Navy, Air Force, and other U.S. services, military helicopters, rotorcraft, and low/slow fixed wing aircraft.  Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla.,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-12

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ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $48-million production contract from the U.S. Navy for the manufacturing of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The award encompasses production of new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, as well as options for retrofitting weapon replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of ATK’s Countermeasures Signal Simulator (CSS) to… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-Dec-12

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12-Dec-12 Sikorsky MH-60R North Island NAS, US-California

Heavy landing, all 4 POB hospitalized, post crash fire, live ammunition on board

12-Dec-12

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1),… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Dec-12

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HS-15 officially transitions to HSC-15

HS-15 officially transitions to HSC-15

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 officially transitioned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 during a ceremony, Nov. 15, at Naval Air Station North Island. The “Red Lions” are the latest anti-submarine squadron to make the transition to a sea combat squadron as part of the Navy’s new direction for the rotary wing community, said… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Nov-12

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8.2M for MH60R/S HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8.2M for MH60R/S HUMS units

Simmonds Precision Products, dba Goodrich Corp. — Sensors and Integrated Systems, Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded an $8,247,823 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2015) to exercise an option for the procurement of integrated mechanical diagnostic System production, retrofit and troy kits in support of the MH-60R/S helicopters.  These kits include 37 production kits,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-12

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Bell awarded $8.6M US Navy blade contract

Bell awarded $8.6M US Navy blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded contract W58RGZ-12-G-0001-THBD.  The award is a firm fixed price, sole source contract with a maximum $8,613,657 for blade assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Navy.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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Bell awarded $6.6M US Navy yoke assembly contract

Bell awarded $6.6M US Navy yoke assembly contract

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded contract W58RGZ-12-G-0001-THBE.  The award is a firm fixed price, sole source contract with a maximum $6,563,718 for yoke assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Navy.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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Scion UAS wins military contract for unmanned helicopters

Scion UAS wins military contract for unmanned helicopters

Scion UAS must deliver one such helicopter to the Naval Research Laboratory within six months, another three months later, with an option for a third, according to Scion co-founder Jim Sampson. (see full story)

11-Oct-12

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