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L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded $18M option for TH-57 support

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded $18M option for TH-57 support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $18,530,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-05-D-0023) to exercise an option for logistics support for TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (99 percent), and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent).  Work is… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 29-Sep-10

Parvus receives follow-on contract for US Navy SeaHawk program

Parvus receives follow-on contract for US Navy SeaHawk program

Eurotech subsidiary Parvus Corporation announced a follow-on contract with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego to supply rugged VME Ethernet switch cards for the Navy’s MH-60 R and MH-60S SEAHAWK helicopters. For more than six years, Parvus has supplied rugged VME Ethernet switches in support of the Navy helicopter program. The latest follow-on contract for… Read more »

Source: Parvus, 29-Sep-10

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Lithuanian Mi-8 lands on US Navy ship as part of Jackal Stone exercise

Lithuanian Mi-8 lands on US Navy ship as part of Jackal Stone exercise

Helicopter-to-ship boarding training was given to special operations forces (SOF) from seven countries aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) during exercise Jackal Stone (JS10) 2010, Sep. 19. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Det One, the “Ghost Riders”, is embarked aboard Mount Whitney supporting the JS10 mission by conducting flight operations at sea with members… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 23-Sep-10

Goodrich awarded $6.8M contract for H-60 electronic digital engine control units

Goodrich awarded $6.8M contract for H-60 electronic digital engine control units

Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, Inc., West Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $6,853,008 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 348 electronic digital engine control units for the H-60 helicopter.  Work will be performed in West Hartford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in August 2013.  Contract funds in the amount of $748,317… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 23-Sep-10

Pave-Tech wins $5.6M US Navy contract for the design/repair of taxiways for helicopters

Pave-Tech wins $5.6M US Navy contract for the design/repair of taxiways for helicopters

Pave-Tech, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded $5,640,000 for firm-fixed-price task order #0006 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-09-D-1605) for milling and paving portions of the airfield at Navy Outlying Field, Imperial Beach.  The work to be performed provides for the design and repair of airfield taxiways for helicopters.  The task order… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 23-Sep-10

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

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

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,246,216 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and logistics services and products in support of H-1 helicopters upgrade program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (96 percent), and Afghanistan (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2010.  Contract funds… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 10-Sep-10

Two US Navy MH-53Es join Pakistan relief work – 19 helicopters committed thus far

Two US Navy MH-53Es join Pakistan relief work – 19 helicopters committed thus far

Two U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters arrived in Pakistan today as part of the continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief from the monsoon floods. The two aircraft are part of the contingent of 19 helicopters urgently ordered to Pakistan on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  The… Read more »

Source: US Emabssy in Pakistan, 17-Aug-10

New rotor blade processing facility to be built at NAS Corpus Christi

New rotor blade processing facility to be built at NAS Corpus Christi

Ewing Construction Co. Inc.*, Corpus Christi, Texas, is being awarded a $10,325,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of rotor blade processing facility at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.  The work performed provides for labor, materials and equipment for design and construction of an addition to existing Building 49.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Aug-10

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Ukrainian Navy KA-27 Helix helicopter lands on US Navy frigate

Ukrainian Navy KA-27 Helix helicopter lands on US Navy frigate

A Ukrainian navy KA-27 Helix helicopter from Saki Naval Air Base in Ukraine, conducts deck land qualifications with the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) during exercise Sea Breeze 2010. Sea Breeze is an annual multinational exercise designed to strengthen maritime partnerships in the Black Sea region in the spirit of partnership for peace. (U.S…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Aug-10

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02-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) Schweizer MQ-8B Fire Scout nr Patuxent River, US-Maryland

02-Aug-10

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Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract option for V-22 swashplate and flaperon actuators

Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract option for V-22 swashplate and flaperon actuators

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $13,803,372 firm-fixed-price modification to exercise an option to a previously awarded delivery order placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-07-G-0008 for the procurement of 107 swashplate actuators and 137 flaperon actuators for the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in New York, N.Y., and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jul-10

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Raytheon awarded $250M contract for V-22 avionics

Raytheon awarded $250M contract for V-22 avionics

Raytheon Technical Services Co., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $250,475,758 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development, implementation and sustainment of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 V-22 Block Fleet release avionics systems software products, including V-22 aircraft avionics acquisition support.  In addition, this contract provides for the development, test and production of V-22 situational awareness/Blue… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-10

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Man who sold faulty aircraft parts gets 2 years in prison

Man who sold faulty aircraft parts gets 2 years in prison

A man who sold defective aircraft parts was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, federal authorities said.  The bolts, which were later discovered to be defective, were to be used on U.S. Navy and Marine Sikorsky helicopters.

Source: North County Times, 30-Jun-10

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First Fire Scouts arrive FRC East

First Fire Scouts arrive FRC East

[Refers to April event, but web posted 4 June] Fleet Readiness Center East began its new role as one of the Navy’s depot repair points for the MQ-8B Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle when it inducted its first two Fire Scouts, April 19. The Fire Scout is an unmanned helicopter that is… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Jun-10

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Change Of Command for HSL-60

Cmdr. Michael Steffen relieved Cmdr. Donald Allerton as commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60 during a change of command ceremony on May 8. Guest speaker for the event was Cmdr. William Pevey.

Source: Mayport Mirror, 26-May-10

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33rd Rescue Squadron crew earns MacKay Trophy

33rd Rescue Squadron crew earns MacKay Trophy

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Four members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron here were named the 2009 MacKay Trophy winners. Capt. Robert Rosebrough, 1st Lt. Lucas Will, Master Sgt. Dustin Thomas and Staff Sgt. Tim Philpott, the crew of an HH-60G Pavehawk combat search and rescue helicopter “Pedro 16”, have been recognized for their… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-10

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Rockwell Collins delivers 30,000th ARC-210 radio to US military

Rockwell Collins delivers 30,000th ARC-210 radio to US military

Rockwell Collins today celebrated the delivery of the 30,000 th ARC-210 radio to the U.S. military during a ceremony held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids. U.S. Navy Capt. Ralph Portnoy, program manager for the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) took part in the ceremony along with Rockwell Collins executives and employees…. Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 30-Apr-10

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US Navy declares BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System ready

US Navy declares BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System ready

BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) has been declared by the U.S. Navy ready to enter production. The decision, known as “Milestone C,” signifies that the APKWS development program has met its objectives and the system is ready to be deployed. The system will now enter low-rate initial production, with the first systems… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 10-Apr-10

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Fire Scout Scores First-Ever Drug Bust

Fire Scout Scores First-Ever Drug Bust

During a routine test flight, a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) supported its first drug interdiction with USS McInerney (FFG 8) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (USCG LEDET) Apr. 3. McInerney launched one of its two embarked Fire Scout’s to test different functions and settings when… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Apr-10

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US Naval Test Pilot School UH-72A Lakotas arrive

US Naval Test Pilot School UH-72A Lakotas arrive

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Capt. Thomas Huff, Commander, Naval Test Wing Atlantic (center left) and Lt. Col. Roger Cordell, Commander, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (center right), pose with the Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support programs (PMA-207) and USNTPS UH-72A team with the five new UH-72A Lakota helicopters in front of… Read more »

Source: U.S. Navy, 26-Mar-10

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EADS chooses Sikorsky group company to support US Navy H-72A Fleet

EADS chooses Sikorsky group company to support US Navy H-72A Fleet

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today that Helicopter Support Incorporated (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, has been chosen to provide a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program for U.S. Navy Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) at Patuxent River, Naval Air Station under its contract with EADS North America.  Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Mar-10

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18-Feb-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky MH-60S Greenbrier Valley Apt, US-West Virginia

18-Feb-10

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Northrop Grumman Begins Full Rate Production of US Navy’s LAIRCM System for Heavy Lift Helicopter Fleets

Northrop Grumman Begins Full Rate Production of US Navy’s LAIRCM System for Heavy Lift Helicopter Fleets

The Department of the Navy’s CH-53E heavy lift helicopter fleet will continue to receive new Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-designed, built and tested Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) self-protection systems following the Pentagon’s decision to authorize full rate production of the units. The decision, allows Naval Air Systems Command to continue procurement of Northrop Grumman’s battle-proven… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Feb-10

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Lockheed Martin Delivers 50th Fully Missionized MH-60R to the US Navy

Lockheed Martin Delivers 50th Fully Missionized MH-60R to the US Navy

Following HeliHub.com running this story on 4th February, here is the full press release from Lockheed Martin: Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has formally delivered the 50th MH-60R helicopter, fully equipped for its mission to protect the U.S. Navy fleet from hostile submarines and surface ships. The newest member of the SEAHAWK® family of maritime helicopters is… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Feb-10

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InferX Demonstrates Enhanced Aircraft Readiness to NAVAIR Using Next-Generation Predictive Analytics Technology

InferX (Pink Sheets: NFRX) announced today that it demonstrated how its next-generation predictive analytics products and solutions, in conjunction with IBM Cognos business intelligence solutions, helps defense agencies significantly reduce repair and maintenance costs. The demonstration was made to a large audience at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) headquarters at Patuxent River.  In a… Read more »

Source: InferX, 05-Feb-10

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US Navy Fiscal 2011 budget calls for 103 new helicopters

US Navy Fiscal 2011 budget calls for 103 new helicopters

he budget requests money for a mix of 28 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helos for the Marine Corps; 30 MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft; 24 MH-60R Seahawks for the Navy; and 18 MH-60S Seahawks. The budget submission also calls for three Fire Scout unmanned helicopters

Source: Navy Times, 02-Feb-10

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Kongsberg delivers second generation Helicopter Operations Surveillance System to US Navy

Kongsberg delivers second generation Helicopter Operations Surveillance System to US Navy

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully delivered the first Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS) for amphibious ships to the U.S. NAVY as part of an $11,000,000 Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) fixed price, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in December 2008. The new contract is a follow-on to the original HOSS contracts awarded in 2007 which… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg, 27-Jan-10

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US Navy Develops Threat Warning System for Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Source: Defence Industry Daily, 16-Jan-10

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BAE Systems continue testing of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System with US Navy and Marine Corps

BAE Systems continue testing of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System with US Navy and Marine Corps

BAE Systems, in concert with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, scored four hits in four shots during the final phase of integrated testing of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), a technology that adds low-cost precision laser guidance to 2.75-inch airborne rockets.

Source: BAE Systems, 18-Dec-09

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Telephonics Awarded Contract from Lockheed Martin for US Navy Multi-Mission Helicopter Communication Systems

Telephonics Awarded Contract from Lockheed Martin for US Navy Multi-Mission Helicopter Communication Systems

Telephonics announced that its Communication Systems Division has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to manufacture support systems for U.S. Navy helicopters.  The equipment supplied under the $6.9M contract will be delivered in early 2011.

Source: Telephonics, 02-Dec-09

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NAVAIR delivers new Mi-17 helicopters to Afghan National Army Air Corps

NAVAIR delivers new Mi-17 helicopters to Afghan National Army Air Corps

NAVAIR delivered four new Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) in Kabul, Afghanistan just sixty-five days after the order was placed.

Source: Navair, 20-Nov-09

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AgustaWestland Awarded US Navy Contract for Egyptian H-3s

AgustaWestland is please to announce that AgustaWestland North America (AWNA) was recently awarded a $17.35 million U.S. Navy contract to provide depot level maintenance on three Egyptian Mk-2 variant H-3 helicopters.

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Nov-09

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EADS North America delivers first H-72A training helicopter to the US Navy

EADS North America has delivered the first of five H-72A training helicopters for the U.S. Navy today, marking a new milestone in the company’s production of multi-role helicopters for U.S. military services.

Source: EADS North America, 16-Nov-09

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30-Oct-09 (Serial TBA) Bell TH-57 Harold, US-Florida

30-Oct-09

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US Navy and Marine Helicopters Begin Relief Flights in Indonesia

US Navy and Marine Helicopters Begin Relief Flights in Indonesia

Just hours after USS Denver (LPD9) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived offshore here, helicopters from both ships started flying urgently needed emergency supplies to remote areas of Western Sumatra Oct. 9.

Source: US Navy, 13-Oct-09

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US Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 moving from Texas to Virginia

HM-15 was moved from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas to Naval Station Norfolk under BRAC 2005. It has 10 MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters.

Source: US Navy, 23-Sep-09

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Whiting Field celebrates helicopter milestone

Tuesday NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing FIVE reached a milestone for contract maintenance.Cmdr. Michael Fisher, Commander of HT-8 and three others logged the milestone of 2,000,000 flight hours at Whiting Field under contract maintenance.

Source: Santa Rosa Press Gazette, 09-Sep-09

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NAVAIR delivers second pair of Sea Kings to Argentine Navy

Source: US Navy, 21-Jul-09

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21-Jul-09 163790 Sikorsky SH-60 Fort Pickett, US-Virginia

22-Jul-09 Sikorsky SH-60 Fort Pickett, US-Virginia

21-Jul-09

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Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron “Chargers” Celebrate 25 Years

Source: US Navy, 15-Jul-09

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Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM-71 Completes Maiden Deployment

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM-71 Completes Maiden Deployment

In 2007 the squadron was comprised of two aircraft and a handful of personnel. Now it has more than 270 Sailors and 11 MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters. HSM-71 serves aboard Stennis and mans detachments aboard USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Kidd (DDG 100).

Source: US Navy, 08-Jul-09

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Navy’s Newest Helicopter Hangar Opens At NAS Jacksonville

Source: US Navy, 07-Jul-09

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US Naval Aviation Pins 30,000th Helicopter Pilot

Source: Soldier of Fortune, 30-Jun-09

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US Navy frigate hosts latest Fire Scout trials

Source: Navy Times, 29-Jun-09

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Mundus and AirStar Releases New High Tech VTUAVs to Fulfill Contracts With US Army, Navy and Air Force

Source: Mindus, 02-Jun-09

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Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Shines At Sea

Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Shines At Sea

The Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully completed the latest set of fully autonomous flight operations onboard the USS McInerney (FFG-8) in support of dynamic interface testing. This was a critical step for the U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout toward Operational Evaluation (OpEval), scheduled for later this summer.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 02-Jun-09

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19-May-09 165117 Sikorsky HH-60H off San Diego, US-California (5F)

19-May-09 165117 Sikorsky HH-60H off San Diego, US-California

19-May-09

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MH-53M Pave Low goes on display in UK museum

Source: Express & Star, 14-May-09

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7-May-09 Sikorsky MH-53 Malaquite Beach, US-Texas

7-May-09 Sikorsky MH-53 Malaquite Beach, US-Texas

07-May-09

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US helicopters train with Korean amphibious assault ship

Source: US Pacific Command, 04-May-09

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Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

Navair issues temporary grounding bulletin on six UH-1Y Hueys and one AH-1Z Cobra due to extensive damage to the main rotor gearbox on two of the new Hueys.

Source: Aviation Week, 02-May-09

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Harris Corp Completes Major Program Test of U.S. Navy MH-60R Hawklink Data Link

Source: Harris, 01-May-09

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NV Energy faces wrongful death suit in Navy helicopter crash

Source: Las Vegas Sun, 30-Apr-09

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Telephonics Receives $99.3M Order for Additional MH-60R Radar Systems

Source: Telephonics, 18-Apr-09

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Naval Surface Warfare Center to assist in LAIRCM integration on CH-53D

Source: Rotorhub, 17-Apr-09

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U.S. Army Awards GE T700 Multi-year Production Contract

Source: GE, 15-Apr-09

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US Navy retires the Huey

Source: Rotorhub, 11-Apr-09

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US Navy Orders More H-1 Aircraft from Bell Helicopter

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-09

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USS Bataan Set to Deploy With MV-22 Ospreys

Source: US Navy, 27-Mar-09

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USS Wasp flight deck qualifies for MV-22s

USS Wasp flight deck qualifies for MV-22s

The USS Wasp (LHD 1) Air Department completed their final MV-22 Osprey qualification March 18, certifying them to perform launch and recovery evolutions.

Source: US Navy, 24-Mar-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: US Navy Sea Hawk fly by of USS Theodore Roosevelt

Source: Airliners.net, 12-Mar-09

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Ground breaking ceremony for the Aircraft Prototyping Facility at Pax River

Source: Bay Net, 02-Mar-09

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New MH-60R Squadron at NAS Jacksonville – HSM-70 “Spartans”

Source: First Coast News, 12-Feb-09

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10-Feb-09 166363 Sikorsky MH-60S 17m SE NAS Fallon, US-Nevada

10-Feb-09 166363 Sikorsky MH-60S 17m SE NAS Fallon, US-Nevada

10-Feb-09

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