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MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

15-Oct-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards from Army Contracting Command-Redstone to support allied operations of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter. The first contract, worth $6.1 million, requires MDHI to retrofit 18 legacy MD 530F helicopters operated by the Afghanistan Air Force with ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (CWFS). Jointly developed with Robertson Fuel... Read more

01-Sep-20 7?? Mil Mi-17 Rustaq, Afghanistan

01-Sep-20 7?? Mil Mi-17 Rustaq, Afghanistan

1-Sep-2020

Helicopter landed heavily and rolled over onto its starboard side. 12 POB, 2 with minor injuries... Read more

20-Apr-20 N908CH Sikorsky S61 Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

20-Apr-20 N908CH Sikorsky S61 Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

20-Apr-2020

Loss of tail rotor authority, and rolled onto its side on landing... Read more

08-Feb-19 225 MD Helicopters MD530F Saydabad, Afghanistan

08-Feb-19 225 MD Helicopters MD530F Saydabad, Afghanistan

8-Feb-2019

Helicopter written off in snowy conditions.  Very few details available.  In this tweet there is a claim it was shot down by Taliban... Read more

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

24-Jan-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Afghan Air Force will be upgrading their MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters. This upgrade will include crashworthy and auxiliary fuel tanks to ensure their safety, endurance and range. The US Army is looking for vendors to source and install the fuel tanks. The Afghan Air Force currently own 30 MD530F helicopters and have 25 more... Read more

LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

13-Aug-2018Source: HeliHub.com

LOTN has finished the overhaul of the Afghan Air Force’s first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. This is the first overhaul of the platform in the EU and Nato, reports Air Force Technology. LOTN won the contract in a bid in 2016. The work done on the aircraft has been praised by the LOTN board of directors chairman... Read more

Afghan UH-60 pilots to train in Slovakia

Afghan UH-60 pilots to train in Slovakia

12-Mar-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Košice Airport now houses the Slovak Training Academy (STA). Pilots from around the world are open to train at the academy. They recently added simulation training for the US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, as well as 15 other helicopters, reports Spectator.... Read more

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

24-Jan-2018Source: DVIDS

Helicopter pilot training for the Afghan army at Fort Rucker is shifting to UH-60 Black Hawks now that the Russian Mi-17 training program has come to an end. The Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command recently shipped the last two operational Mi-17 helicopters from Fort Rucker to Afghanistan, ending a seven-year training program... Read more

ARMA Aviation delivers one millionth part

ARMA Aviation delivers one millionth part

9-Jan-2018Source: ARMA Aviation

After more than nine years of support to operations in Afghanistan, ARMA Aviation (ARMA) completed delivery of the one millionth Mi-series aircraft spare part for the Afghanistan Special Mission Wing (SMW) and the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF). ARMA Aviation is a sub-contractor under the Future Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (F2AST) Contractor Logistic Support (CLS)... Read more

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

27-Nov-2017Source: DVIDS

Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and Afghan Air Force leaders were in attendance to congratulate the pilots during this historic ceremony. “I am happily announcing... Read more

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

16-Nov-2017Source: US DoD

Iron Mountain Solutions,* Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $7,018,280 modification (000011) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Brazil) contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion... Read more

Leidos awarded Afghan Air Force Support contract

Leidos awarded Afghan Air Force Support contract

27-Oct-2017Source: Leidos

 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to support the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter and fixed-wing fleets. Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020 at a total potential contract value... Read more

MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

6-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

A contract posting by the US Dept of Defense yesterday indicates that MD Helicopters has been awarded a contract valued at $1,385,497,987 for the procurement of “an estimated quantity of” 150 MD530F helicopters.  Given the low rate of production of all models at MD for the last 8-10 years, there must have been a massive... Read more

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

1-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

25-May-2017Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,... Read more

Italian Army UH-90 Helicopters Achieves 3000 Flying Hours

Italian Army UH-90 Helicopters Achieves 3000 Flying Hours

18-Jan-2017Source: NH Industries

NH Industries is proud to announce the achievement of 3.000 Flying hours in Afghanistan by the Italian Army. In January the UH-90 helicopters of Italian Army have reached the result of 3000 flying hours in Afghanistan, during an aerial reconnaissance mission over the Herat area. The UH-90 multirole helicopters of Task Group “Fenice”, in service... Read more

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

23-Sep-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary... Read more

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

8-Sep-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary... Read more

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

29-Jun-2016Source: USAF

Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport June 17, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.  [HeliHub.com editor note – these include MD serial numbers 0223FF, 0256FF and 0257FF] The MD-530s were delivered to the Afghan Air Force providing them an expanded capability to support... Read more

AAR awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

AAR awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

28-Jun-2016Source: US DoD

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, has been awarded task order HTC711-10-D-R026/0003 for $21,789,000.  This contract award will provide two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount... Read more

Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters awarded $25M contract for two helicopters in Afghanistan

28-Jun-2016Source: US DoD

Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, has been awarded task order HTC711-11-D-R021/0004 for $24,983,704.  This task order award will provide two rotary wing aircraft to move cargo and passengers throughout Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of... Read more

Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

6-Jun-2016Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase its current model range of military helicopters at the International exhibition of weaponry and munitions KADEX-2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Along with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will feature the multirole Mi-35M and the Mi-28NE attack helicopters. As part of the business program, Russian Helicopters will hold a briefing... Read more

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

4-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Columbia Helicopters and AAR Airlift Group have been awarded modifications to contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia has been awarded a $31,294,989 modification (Task Order 0002, Modification 33) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021.  The modification brings the total cumulative face... Read more

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

4-Apr-2016Source: Herald Sun

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, was killed and five other service personnel injured when a Chinook helicopter they were in crashed near the Aussie base at Tarin Kowt in May 2011  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)... Read more

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

12-Jan-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD... Read more

India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

India relents – four Mi-25 to be exported to Afghanistan

9-Dec-2015Source: The Economic Times

The decks have been cleared for India to deliver four MI 25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan this month, signaling a decisive shift in New Delhi’s approach on supplying lethal offensive systems to Kabul. See Full Story... Read more

Afghanistan Looks to Russia for Military Hardware

Afghanistan Looks to Russia for Military Hardware

27-Oct-2015Source: WSJ

Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage. See Full Story... Read more

11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

11-Oct-2015

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt.... Read more

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

30-Sep-2015Source: The New York Times

Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. See Full Story... Read more

HNZ wins nine-helicopter US DoD North Warning System contract

HNZ wins nine-helicopter US DoD North Warning System contract

7-Sep-2015Source: HNZ

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today it had received a notice of intent to award a contract from the United States Department of Defense in support of the North Warning System (“NWS”). HNZ, operating under the brand Canadian Helicopters, has been... Read more

06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Zabul province, Afghanistan (17F)

06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Zabul province, Afghanistan (17F)

6-Aug-2015

Crashed in unknown circumstances.  Helicopter was flying between Zabul’s capital of Qalat and the town of Shinkay, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. Accident killed all on board –  12 soldiers and five crew members. The Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft... Read more

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

15-Jul-2015

MD Helicopters Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,172,766 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) for the procurement, installation, integration, testing, and Army-approved airworthiness qualification support of M260 rockets and the fixed forward weapon sights on the armed MD530F Mission Equipment Package (MEP) aircraft. Integration on one U.S. government furnished armed MD530F MEP unit will... Read more

Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

30-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

Two companies have been awarded contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, was awarded a $63,644,013 modification (0002-31) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $377,093,731... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

23-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $31,605,244 firm-fixed-price contract for five months of logistical support for 12 MD530F aircraft. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $15,486,569 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug. 30, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one... Read more

AAR and Columbia Helicopters have US military contracts in Afghanistan extended

AAR and Columbia Helicopters have US military contracts in Afghanistan extended

5-Jan-2015Source: US DoD

Two airlines have been awarded contract modifications for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. The first airline, Columbia Helicopters, Inc. Aurora, Oregon, was awarded a $20,069,056 modification (0002-29) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021. The second, AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida,... Read more

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

4-Nov-2014Source: Rostec

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,... Read more

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

31-Oct-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,... Read more

11-Oct-14 M-518 AgustaWestland AW101 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

11-Oct-14 M-518 AgustaWestland AW101 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

11-Oct-2014

Helicopter ended up on its side in incident at 2200 hours local time.... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

2-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a not to exceed $44,200,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Afghanistan) undefinitized contract action for the integration, testing, procurement, modification and installation of a weapon system onto the seventeen MD 530F aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. One... Read more

MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

1-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $35,670,600 modification (P00019) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-11-C-0070 to exercise an option to provide 12 rotary wing primary trainer MD 530F aircraft for the Afghan military. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. Foreign Military Sales funds in the... Read more

Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

29-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

AAR wins $15M option flying for US Navy

AAR wins $15M option flying for US Navy

29-Sep-2014Source: DSCA

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded a $15,332,330 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

HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

2-Jun-2014Source: USMC

Since Vietnam, the “Gunfighters” of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 have proven themselves a versatile unit ready to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force time and again in combat and humanitarian efforts around the globe. Their final missions complete in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, HMLA-369 transferred authority to HMLA-467, deployed from Marine... Read more

28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

28-May-2014

An ISAF service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.  One report states the Chinook contacted a telecoms tower when taking off at night.... Read more

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

30-Apr-2014Source: Kaman

The K-MAX unmanned aircraft system has made a name for itself in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions flown and delivering over 4 million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in 2011. This week, the K-MAX cargo-hauling copter will achieve a different type of milestone. K-MAX will make... Read more

26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

26-Apr-2014

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of... Read more

Landing zone study improves efficiency at patrol bases

Landing zone study improves efficiency at patrol bases

27-Mar-2014Source: DVIDS

A three-man team consisting of two U.S. Marines and a British Royal Air Force airman conducted a helicopter landing zone study aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 20, 2014. Landing zone studies are performed as often as possible in order to update requirements and the coordination needed to maintain the HLZ, as well... Read more

Airbus delivers last German Army Tiger upgraded for Afghanistan

Airbus delivers last German Army Tiger upgraded for Afghanistan

10-Mar-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Germany Army today received the last of 12 Tiger UHT support helicopters upgraded by Airbus Helicopters for Afghanistan missions to support ground troops, protect convoys and perform reconnaissance operations. This milestone rotorcraft – presented during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth, Germany production facility – was provided to the military service’s 36 Combat... Read more

Sikorsky recognizes AAR for outstanding S-92 service in Afghanistan

Sikorsky recognizes AAR for outstanding S-92 service in Afghanistan

25-Feb-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that AAR Airlift’s S-92® program achieved record flying hours and reliability in 2013. Operating at a maintenance readiness rate exceeding 90 percent, AAR’s two S-92 aircraft achieved 3,800 combined block flight hours in the harsh Afghanistan environment, a 1,000-hour increase from 2012. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies... Read more

17-Dec-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul, Afghanistan (6F)

17-Dec-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul, Afghanistan (6F)

17-Dec-2013

US military keep quiet on details of what happened in this accident, which killed six of the seven on board a Black Hawk.  Fatalities reported by NBC here as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Sgt. Peter C. Bohler,... Read more

28-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Gardez province, Afghanistan

28-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Gardez province, Afghanistan

28-Nov-2013

Helicopter sustained bullet hole from ground fire.  No reports of any other damage... Read more

25-Nov-13 Haidar Khan, Afghanistan

25-Nov-13 Haidar Khan, Afghanistan

25-Nov-2013

Conflicting reports surrounding crashed helicopter on an anti-narcotics mission, with one group claiming it was shot down... Read more

Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

24-Nov-2013Source: US Air Force

It has been a year of significant milestones for the Afghan National Security Forces as they have taken a definitive lead in providing security for Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Force has moved to an increasingly train, advise and assist role after nearly a decade of combatting the enemies of Afghanistan, shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan forces.... Read more

AAF completes Mi-35 helicopter crew rebuild

AAF completes Mi-35 helicopter crew rebuild

7-Nov-2013Source: US Air Force

The final two Afghan Mi-35 helicopter co-pilots from the Kabul Air Wing completed training November 3 in order to finalize a crew build-up that has spanned over a year. Czech Republic instructor pilots and advisors with NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan qualified the additional two pilots from the 377th Rotary Wing Squadron in order to complete... Read more

HNZ announces USTransCom contract extension

HNZ announces USTransCom contract extension

5-Nov-2013Source: HNZ

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (“HNZ Group”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that the United StatesTransportation Command (“USTRANSCOM”) has exercised contract and option extensions, subject to funding, to extend its two outstanding contracts for work in Afghanistan involving the movement of supplies and passengers for the U.S. Department of Defense.... Read more

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with AAR for $151M

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with AAR for $151M

5-Nov-2013Source: US DoD

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded modification 32 to task order 0001, and modification 23 to task order 0002 totaling $151,582,265 to previously awarded contract HTC711-10-D-R026 to exercise option year four for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.... Read more

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Columbia Helicopters for $87M

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Columbia Helicopters for $87M

5-Nov-2013Source: US DoD

Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Ore., is being awarded modification 23 to task order 0002, and modification 18 to task order 0003 totaling $87,697,701 to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021 to exercise option year three for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will... Read more

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Construction Helicopters for $33M

USTransCom renews Afghanistan contract with Construction Helicopters for $33M

5-Nov-2013Source: US DoD

Construction Helicopters Inc., Howell, Mich., is being awarded a $33,602,864 modification 18 to previously awarded task order 0002 under contract HTC711-11-D-R022 to exercise option year three for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, andis expected to... Read more

Columbia Helicopters assists Australia with CH-47D returns from Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters assists Australia with CH-47D returns from Afghanistan

4-Nov-2013Source: AHS&AFA

Columbia Helicopters has been working with the Australian Army on preparations for the return of two CH 47D Chinook helicopters from Afghanistan.  The two helicopters flew some 5,600 missions since deployed there in 2006. The Portland-based company, which has a global reputation for expertise in maintenance of the CH 47 and other Boeing Vertol-built twin-rotor helicopter... Read more

RAF Merlin Force returns from 10 years of continual operational deployments

RAF Merlin Force returns from 10 years of continual operational deployments

27-Sep-2013Source: RAF

The RAF Merlin Force is celebrating its return from 10 years of continual operational deployments following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The RAF Merlins, which are based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire first deployed to Bosnia in 2003 and have since provided essential helicopter lift for land forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the first Merlin helicopters... Read more

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

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

24-Sep-2013Source: US DoD

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

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

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

24-Sep-2013Source: US DoD

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

Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

17-Sep-2013Source: Australian DoD

Rotary Wing Group – Eight (RWG-8), the Australian Army Aviation Detachment, has completed its five-month mission in Afghanistan. RWG-8 marked the End of Mission during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) on 14 September. The KAF-based RWG consisted of two CH-47D Chinook medium lift helicopters operating throughout the Afghan summer months as part of the... Read more

Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

Starlite expansion continues with two AS332s in Afghanistan

17-Sep-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Starlite Aviation – the Irish (or is it South African?) operator continues expanding.  In the last fortnight they have taken delivery of two Eurocopter AS332L Super Pumas on lease from Vector Aerospace for operation in Afghanistan. The leased in Super Pumas have recently been refurbished and fitted with the latest generation of avionics equipment and... Read more

Pentagon opens criminal probe of Russian Mi-17 deals

Pentagon opens criminal probe of Russian Mi-17 deals

11-Sep-2013Source: Reuters

Investigators are examining potentially improper payments by the Army aviation office to contractors as well as possible personal connections between members of the Army unit and the contractors, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity  See full story... Read more

07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

7-Sep-2013

Landed on an IED during training flight, blowing one skid off.  Helicopter caught fire.  2 POB were U.S. Army CW4 Thomas “Andy” Miller and Afghan air force Lt. Massoud Islamkhil – both were saved by a Mi-17 crew... Read more

NATO develops multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan

NATO develops multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan

20-Aug-2013Source: NATO

NATO Allies have successfully completed the first of 29 ongoing multinational Smart Defence projects which are to help ensure that NATO remains fit for the future. The project, to develop a multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan, was part of the initial batch of projects launched by NATO leaders at their Chicago Summit... Read more

MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

19-Aug-2013Source: Northrop Grumman

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to... Read more

Congress looks into 2011 Taliban shoot-down which killed 30 US troops

Congress looks into 2011 Taliban shoot-down which killed 30 US troops

1-Aug-2013Source: Larry Klayman, Attourney

Last week, U.S. Representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, Jason Chaffetz, confirmed he will “dive into” the shoot-down of Extortion 17, a helicopter shot down by the Taliban killing 30 American special operators in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. The victims’ families met with... Read more

12-Jul-13 Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

12-Jul-13 Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

12-Jul-2013

ISAF official Twitter feed reports hard landing, no casualties and aircraft recovered.  We assume it is a helicopter... Read more

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

10-Jul-2013Source: Senator Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) 8th July – joined by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) – released a letter in which he urged Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider the... Read more

US awards Russian Helicopters $572M contract for 30 Mi-17s for Afghanistan

US awards Russian Helicopters $572M contract for 30 Mi-17s for Afghanistan

24-Jun-2013Source: US DoD

Rosoboronexport, Russia was awarded a $572,180,894 firm-fixed-price contract modification for 30 Mi-17 helicopters, spare parts, test equipment and engineering support services. The Mi-17 military helicopters will be used by the Afghan National Security Forces Special Mission Wing, an aviation unit that supports counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and special operations missions. Work will be performed in Russia and... Read more

Erickson Air-Crane extends S64 contract in Afghanistan

Erickson Air-Crane extends S64 contract in Afghanistan

18-Jun-2013Source: Erickson Air-Crane

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 has won an extension to its prime contract with USTRANSCOM (U.S. Transportation... Read more

11-Jun-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

11-Jun-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

11-Jun-2013

Australian special ops soldier injured in heavy landing .  5+ POB... Read more

RAF Merlin helicopters end Afghan operations

RAF Merlin helicopters end Afghan operations

5-Jun-2013Source: Royal Air Force

The RAF’s Merlin helicopter fleet has finished operations in Afghanistan after providing nearly 4 years of continuous front line support. The Merlins have flown more than 18,000 hours in the dust and heat of Helmand – moving more than 7,900 tonnes of kit and stores and transporting over 130,000 personnel during that time. The Merlin... Read more

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