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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Sikorsky awarded $550M to support MH-60R and MH-60S fleet

Sikorsky awarded $550M to support MH-60R and MH-60S fleet

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $549,905,199 modification (P00126) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to fund Navy’s eighteen MH-60S helicopters and nineteen MH-60R helicopters and associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and advanced procurement funding for program years four and five.  Fiscal 2014 other program funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jan-14

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08-Jan-14 Sikorsky MH-53E Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (3F)

Crashed into the ocean.  Four of five POB rescued, but two of the four later died, named as pilot Lt. Wesley Van Dorn and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Brian Collins.  Search for fifth person – pilot  Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder – was later abandoned

08-Jan-14

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US Navy awards $14M bearing contract to Sikorsky

US Navy awards $14M bearing contract to Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., has been awarded a maximum $14,352,600 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter bearing assembly spindle.  This contract is a sole source acquisition.  Location of performance is Connecticut with a Dec. 31, 2018 performance completion date.  Using military service is Navy.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-14

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US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $57 million firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 17 to Watts Contrack, a Joint Venture of Honolulu, Hawaii for the construction of a Marine Vertical (MV) 22 hangar, supporting utility infrastructure, and an aircraft staging area for Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This project includes a hangar, apron, and taxiway to… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 19-Dec-13

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US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to… Read more »

Source: Frost & Sullivan, 18-Dec-13

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US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

 A new aviation landing system is lighting the way to the future of helicopter landings aboard air-capable and amphibious assault ships. Test pilots from Naval Air Station Patuxent River successfully employed the Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI) to approach and land on the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in San Diego this fall. This… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 17-Dec-13

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16-Dec-13 Sikorsky MH-60 Misaki Port, Japan

US Navy helicopter crashed and fell onto its side in a landfill site.  2 injured of 4 POB

16-Dec-13

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L-3 Communications awarded $22M option for MH-60R Hawklink radio terminal sets

L-3 Communications awarded $22M option for MH-60R Hawklink radio terminal sets

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $22,921,771 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 four AN/SRQ-4 and 31 AN/ARQ-59 Common Data Link Hawklink radio terminal sets in support of the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Dec-13

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03-Dec-12 162027 Bell TH-57C Walnut Hill, US-Florida

Safe emergency landing with no injuries to 3 POB

03-Dec-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.  This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and Pt. Mugu, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2014…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Nov-13

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HeloAir to Recover Drones for US Navy

HeloAir to Recover Drones for US Navy

HeloAir announced today that through its partnership with Air Tech, HeloAir will be the primary contractor for recovering the BQM-74 drone off of the Atlantic Coast. HeloAir is also partnering with TASC, which is providing the Recovery Mission Specialists (RMS) crewmembers. In the event that a drone is upside down, or becomes tangled in a… Read more »

Source: HeloAir, 27-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 26-Nov-13

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US Marine Corps procures AH-1Z Flight Training Device

US Marine Corps procures AH-1Z Flight Training Device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $13,929,461 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-12-C-0030) to exercise an option to procure one AH-1Z Flight Training Device for the U.S. Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Broken Arrow, Okla. (54 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (28 percent) and St. Louis, Mo. (18… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for AH-1Z turret/target system work

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for AH-1Z turret/target system work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded $13,297,674 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order 0015 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00164-11-G-JQ97) for the procurement of eight redesigned Turret Electronic Unit prototypes and related data items for the Target Sight Systems AN/AAQ-30(A).  This acquisition is for the AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems (TSS)… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-13

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Exelis awarded $7M contract for MH-60R radar signal simulators

Exelis awarded $7M contract for MH-60R radar signal simulators

Exelis Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., is being awarded a $7,028,919 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 62 radar signal simulators in support of the MH-60R and S70-B aircraft for the U.S Navy (33), the Government of Australia (27), and the Government of Brazil (2) under the foreign military sales program. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Nov-13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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