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AAR Signs Partnering Agreement with Boeing to Support Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR Signs Partnering Agreement with Boeing to Support Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR (NYSE: AIR) and the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) have signed a formal partnering agreement that enables AAR to provide component maintenance, repair and overhaul support for Boeing rotorcraft owned and operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The alliance focuses initially on components for the RNLAF’s fleet of Boeing Chinook CH-47s and Apache… Read more »

Source: AAR, 19-Jun-13

Boeing to Streamline Royal Netherlands Air Force Rotorcraft Maintenance

Boeing to Streamline Royal Netherlands Air Force Rotorcraft Maintenance

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed the first-ever integrated contract for maintenance and spare parts for Chinook and Apache helicopters, which will save the Dutch military money and increase aircraft availability by merging two formerly separate supply chains. The $60 million Integrated Contractor Logistics Support (ICLS) contract will provide… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Jun-13

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Longbow LLC receives $90M contract for Saudi Apache Radar Systems

Longbow LLC receives $90M contract for Saudi Apache Radar Systems

 The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars (FCRs) for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract also includes… Read more »

Source: Longbow LLC, 13-Jun-13

UK Apache Hellfire missiles restocked in £15M deal

UK Apache Hellfire missiles restocked in £15M deal

The 100-pound (45kg) Hellfire precision missile is Apache’s primary weapon. Used by crews in Afghanistan, it also proved itself repeatedly during the Libya campaign when Apaches flew from the deck of HMS Ocean against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces. Its successful use in Afghanistan and in training has reduced UK stocks of the missiles, which is why… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 21-May-13

Boeing awarded $18M contract modification for Apache long-lead parts

Boeing awarded $18M contract modification for Apache long-lead parts

Boeing, Mesa, Ariz., was awarded an $18,342,000 modification (P00005), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-12-C-0055), for the procurement of long lead material for the Apache helicopter.  The cumulative total face value of this contract is $218,567,308.  Fiscal 2012 procurement funds are being obligated on this award.  The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-May-13

Boeing awarded $26M contract for AH-64E training/support for Saudi Arabia

Boeing awarded $26M contract for AH-64E training/support for Saudi Arabia

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $26,067,485 modification (P00007), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (FMS) contract W58RGZ-12-C-0089, for training and support of the Apache Block III helicopter program. This FMS contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $216,229,550. Fiscal 2013 Procurement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-13

Boeing awarded $36M Apache blade contract

Boeing awarded $36M Apache blade contract

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $36,599,871 modification (No. 0013), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-10-G-0006), to procure composite main rotor blades and associated support equipment for the Apache Block III configuration.  Fiscal 2012 procurement contract funds are being obligated on this award.  The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-13

Boeing awarded $19M more for Apache support

Boeing awarded $19M more for Apache support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $19,633,750 modification (No. P00022), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-09-C-0147), for the procurement Apache Block III AH-64D helicopters and related support. This contract is in support of Foreign Military Sales for Taiwan. The total cumulative face value of this contract is $624,462,536. Fiscal 2009 procurement contract… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Apr-13

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RAF Cosford Air Show Confirm Eye-Opening Helicopter Displays

RAF Cosford Air Show Confirm Eye-Opening Helicopter Displays

The RAF Cosford 75th Anniversary Air Show team is excited to announce that a Chinook and an Apache helicopter from the MOD Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) will be coming to the event on Sunday 9th June. The Chinook helicopter, operated by the Royal Air Force primarily to support troop movements, will be joined by an… Read more »

Source: RAF, 23-Apr-13

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South Korea orders 36 AH-64E Apache Guardians

South Korea on Wednesday selected Boeing’s AH-64E Apache Guardian to replace its aging Army helicopters, the Defense Acquisition Procurement Administration  said (see full story)

Source: Yonhap, 18-Apr-13

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25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

Combat Aviation Brigade was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11. The Brigade’s primary mission was to conduct full spectrum aviation operations, to defeat the insurgency, support and improve governance and development. Their efforts… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Apr-13

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

09-Apr-13

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31-Jan-13 Boeing AH-64D Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Emergency landing after electrical malfunction

31-Jan-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $90M US Army Apache M-TADS/PNVS contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $90M US Army Apache M-TADS/PNVS contract

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $90.6 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed price contract provides a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and drives reliability and maintainability improvements…. Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Jan-13

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Boeing 10% headcount cut will not affect Mesa production

Boeing 10% headcount cut will not affect Mesa production

Boeing Co.’s play to lay off 10 percent of its Defense, Space and Security business unit management positions by the end of this year will have little impact at the company’s operations in Mesa. (see full story)

Source: Phoenix Business Journal, 13-Nov-12

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Elbit awarded $17.5M Apache Mission Processor Redesign and Upgrade

Elbit awarded $17.5M Apache Mission Processor Redesign and Upgrade

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”), announced today that Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems has been awarded a $17.5 million contract by The Boeing Company (“Boeing”) to redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor over a five-year period The… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 22-Oct-12

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Cobham to supply OBIGGS Inerting Units for US Army Apache in $15M contract

Cobham to supply OBIGGS Inerting Units for US Army Apache in $15M contract

Cobham has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at some $15 million to supply On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) Nitrogen Inert Units for US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters. Cobham is providing a new configuration of Nitrogen Inert Unit (NIU) that will increase safety, improve supportability, and extend sustainment for… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 10-Sep-12

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SPX Precision Corp awarded $21M for AH-64 rotor assembly work

SPX Precision Corp awarded $21M for AH-64 rotor assembly work

SPX Precision Corp., Newington, Conn., was awarded (SPRRA1-12-D-0132).  The award is a firm fixed price, sole source contract with a maximum $11,970,966 for main rotor support masts.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Army.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Army Working Capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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Timken awarded $16M for AH-64 tail rotor gearboxes

Timken awarded $16M for AH-64 tail rotor gearboxes

Timken Aerospace Transmissions, LLC, Manchester, Conn., was awarded (SPRRA1-12-D-0120).  The award is a firm fixed price contract with a maximum $16,908,371 for tail rotor gearboxes.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Army.  There were two solicitations with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Army Working Capital Funds.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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Boeing-built US Army Apache fleet exceeds 3,500,000 flight hours

Boeing-built US Army Apache fleet exceeds 3,500,000 flight hours

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Team Apache suppliers worldwide are applauding the news that the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours. The Army’s aviation program office said that the milestone of endurance and reliability was reached in June as Apache crews flew combat missions in Afghanistan, participated in exercises in… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 29-Aug-12

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28-Aug-12 Boeing AH-64D Netanya, Israel

Emergency landing after pilot had indication of system malfunction

28-Aug-12

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South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

The contest to supply 50 attack helicopters has been reduced to three bidders – Boeing’s Apache, Bell’s Cobra and the T129 Mangusta being bid jointly by AgustaWestland and partner TAI (see full story)

Source: Hurriyet, 01-Jun-12

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Boeing awarded $97M for Apache foreign military sales

Boeing awarded $97M for Apache foreign military sales

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $97,268,761 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure Block III Apache AH-64D attack helicopters in support of Foreign Military Sales.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2017.  One bid was… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-12

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Training device falls from US Army Apache

Training device falls from US Army Apache

At approximately 8:15 p.m. May 15 the Fort Hood Police Station received a call from a Killeen resident to report an unknown object falling into an open field adjacent to Aquarius Drive and Trimmier Drive in Killeen, Texas, from an AH-64 Apache helicopter. Killeen Police Department responded and located the object which was impaled into… Read more »

Source: US Army, 17-May-12

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15-May-12 Boeing AH-64 Killeen, US-Texas

Missile training device accidentally dropped from Apache helicopter out of Fort Hood.

15-May-12

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR Successfully Engages Moving Target in Apache Demonstration

Lockheed Martin’s DAGR Successfully Engages Moving Target in Apache Demonstration

Lockheed Martin’s Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR)successfully tracked and engaged a moving target in a recent demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. “DAGR hit a moving target from 3.5 kilometers,” said Hady Mourad, DAGR program director in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “Defeating high-value targets on the move is a critical capability, and demonstrating… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-May-12

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UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

For the first time the tank-busting Hellfire missile has been fired in the UK as HMS Illustrious and the Army Air Corps let rip off the Scottish coast during the biggest military exercise of the year. Two Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron Army Air Corps fired one Hellfire missile each at a training target that… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-May-12

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DynCorp wins $25M Kuwait Air Force Apache contract

DynCorp wins $25M Kuwait Air Force Apache contract

DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army to provide a Maintenance Augmentation Team (MAT) for the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) AH-64D Apache helicopter maintenance program. “This is a great win because it reaffirms our valuable relationship with the U.S. Army. We take pride in the confidence… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 16-Apr-12

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Honeywell awarded $80M GPS/INS contract

Honeywell awarded $80M GPS/INS contract

Honeywell International Inc., Defense and Space Electronic Systems, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $80,228,616.not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price to acquire Global Position System/Inertial Navigation System production units for the AH-64, AB3, UH-60, CH-47, SPN-46, E-2, and UH-1 platforms for the Army, Navy, and Foreign Military Sales requirements.  The location of the performance is Clearwater, Fla.  Work is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Apr-12

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Four Apaches lost in 2007 thanks to smartphone geotagging

Four Apaches lost in 2007 thanks to smartphone geotagging

“Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?” The question was posed by Brittany Brown, social media manager of the Online and Social Media Division at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs. It may sound outlandish, but in the age of social geotagging, it can be a reality. There are a number of… Read more »

Source: US Army, 20-Mar-12

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Ceradyne receives $6.3 Million helicopter armour order

Ceradyne receives $6.3 Million helicopter armour order

Ceradyne, Inc. CRDN +0.84% announced it has received a $6.3 million ceramic armor order for various components on the Apache helicopter. Shipments will start in Q3 2012 and be completed early 2013. David Reed, Ceradyne Vice President and President of North American Operations, commented: “We have been supplying ceramic armor for the Apache helicopter for over 25 years…. Read more »

Source: Ceradyne, 02-Mar-12

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21-Feb-12 ZJ202 Boeing AH-64D Tattingstone, UK

Emergency landing after hitting overhead power lines on night flight

21-Feb-12

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Apache-flying Prince named best co-pilot gunner

Apache-flying Prince named best co-pilot gunner

His Royal Highness Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the Army, has been named best co-pilot gunner in his Apache training course. Captain Wales and his fellow trainees have now completed the Conversion to Role (CTR) course which involves 18 months of rigorous training on the Apache attack helicopter. During a… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 09-Feb-12

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Apache Sensors Flight Test Lead wins 2012 Tester of the Year

Apache Sensors Flight Test Lead wins 2012 Tester of the Year

Kenneth “Steve” Van Allen, Flight Test Lead with the Apache Sensors Product Office, was recently announced as the National Defense Industrial Association Tester of the Year in the Contractor category. He will be recognized at the Annual Test and Evaluation Conference awards luncheon, March 14, 2012 at the Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Van… Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Feb-12

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Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

The Product Office for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) conducted a demonstration of a new capability that will enable collective Manned-Unmanned Teaming training using a manned helicopter. The demo was held on the campus of University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 2. The AB3 National Airspace Trainer was demonstrated to the Program Executive Office… Read more »

Source: Program Executive Office, 05-Feb-12

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Selex Galileo to provide EW training to Greek Army

Selex Galileo to provide EW training to Greek Army

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has signed an agreement to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) training for Greek Army technicians and flight crew operating out of the Hellenic Army Aviation base at Megara. Following the comprehensive 6 month training programme SELEX Galileo will field personnel to support Hellenic Army crews on-site at the base in Megara…. Read more »

Source: Selex Galileo, 12-Jan-12

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Longbow LLC awarded $13M for ongoing AH-64 support

Longbow LLC awarded $13M for ongoing AH-64 support

Longbow, L.L.C., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $13,726,041 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract in support of supply and repairs for the Apache AH-64D helicopters.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012 . One bid was solicited, with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Dec-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $23M for four AH-64 modernized radar frequency interferometers

Lockheed Martin awarded $23M for four AH-64 modernized radar frequency interferometers

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., was awarded a $23,864,671 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of four modernized radar frequency interferometer for Apache AH-64 helicopter.  Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Dec-11

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Apache officer named Young Woman Engineer of the Year

Apache officer named Young Woman Engineer of the Year

An officer who helped keep the British Army’s Apache attack helicopters flying in the demanding environments of Afghanistan and Libya has been named Young Woman Engineer of the Year. Aircraft engineering officer Captain Charlotte Joyce, of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC), was honoured by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Captain Joyce’s… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 15-Dec-11

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British Army completes Apache exercise in the US

British Army completes Apache exercise in the US

Army Apache crews are returning to the UK this week having completed a major exercise in the United States as part of the Apache Conversion To Role course. Exercise Crimson Eagle is a challenging two-month exercise, split between Naval Air Facility El Centro in California and the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona…. Read more »

Source: British Army, 09-Dec-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $45M more for AH-64 sights

Lockheed Martin awarded $45M more for AH-64 sights

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $45,819,571 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the logistical services in support of the AH-64 Apache Modernized and Legacy Target Acquisition Designation Sight Assembly and Pilot Night Vision Sensor Assembly System.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-11

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JTRS Team demos new communications and tactical data sharing

JTRS Team demos new communications and tactical data sharing

A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team recently demonstrated how software-defined radios can extend the Army’s tactical network by connecting disparate ground troops with the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS). During a recent Army exercise, AMF JTRS demonstrated the system’s range and capability by successfully relaying a combination of voice, data… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 21-Nov-11

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Boeing awarded $29M for two war-replacement AH-64Ds

Boeing awarded $29M for two war-replacement AH-64Ds

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $29,853,554 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure two AH-64D Apache War Replacement Aircraft.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Nov-11

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Boeing awarded $53M more to support AH-64D

Boeing awarded $53M more to support AH-64D

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $53,020,686 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to support the AH-64D Apache. Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Nov-11

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640th ASB wraps up its mission for Operation New Dawn

640th ASB wraps up its mission for Operation New Dawn

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – The 640th Aviation Support Battalion, a California National Guard unit deployed here in support of Operation New Dawn, is preparing to split its operations between Iraq and Kuwait before finally heading home. The 640th ASB, the only aviation support battalion remaining in Iraq, has provided aviation support to all the Army… Read more »

Source: US Army, 27-Oct-11

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Boeing showcases partnerships and innovation at Seoul Air Show

Boeing showcases partnerships and innovation at Seoul Air Show

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will highlight its leading-edge commercial and defense technologies and capabilities – including the Korea debut of the 787 Dreamliner, F-15 Silent Eagle and the AH-6i light attack  reconnaissance helicopter – at the 2011 Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. The super-efficient Dreamliner will take center stage at this year’s show… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 19-Oct-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $19M Apache VNsight Sensor Production Contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $19M Apache VNsight Sensor Production Contract

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $19 million follow-on production contract for the VNsight low-light-level TV capability for Apache attack helicopters. The VNsight visible/near infrared sensor provides Apache pilots with significant tactical advantages, particularly in low-light-level conditions.  VNsight is integrated into the Modernized PNVS, the pilotage system of the combat-proven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 12-Oct-11

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Boeing to focus on capabilities it provides US Army at AUSA 2011

Boeing to focus on capabilities it provides US Army at AUSA 2011

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will focus on the enduring capabilities it provides the U.S. Army during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 10-12 in Washington. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney will receive AUSA’s Dixon Award for outstanding contributions to national defense at a luncheon on… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 07-Oct-11

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $8.2M for AH-64 work

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $8.2M for AH-64 work

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Ariz., was awarded an $8,181,372 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the fuel-system services for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Work will be performed in Tempe, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Oct-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $55M for AH-64Ds for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan

Lockheed Martin awarded $55M for AH-64Ds for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $55,573,867 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the procurement of AH-64D target acquisition kits and engineering services for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Oct-11

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UK Apache engineers call off strike action

UK Apache engineers call off strike action

Staff at Wattisham, which services the UK’s fleet of Apache helicopters which are currently on operations in Libya and Afghanistan, have overwhelmingly voted to accept the new deal from their employers, Morson Wynnwith. (Full story)

Source: EADT, 25-Sep-11

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ATK wins $37M contract for UK Apache ammunition

ATK wins $37M contract for UK Apache ammunition

ATK has been awarded a $37 million contract to provide lightweight (LW) 30mm ammunition – including the M788 TP (target practice) training round and the M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical round – to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The contract reinforces ATK’s position as a preferred provider of medium-caliber ammunition to allied forces… Read more »

Source: ATK, 23-Sep-11

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Boeing and AAR to collaborate on Dutch helicopter support

Boeing and AAR to collaborate on Dutch helicopter support

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and AAR Aircraft Component Services — Amsterdam have signed a letter of intent to cooperate on component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to support Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) rotorcraft operations. “Boeing is working with Dutch industry to develop the most effective ways to increase the readiness rates of… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Sep-11

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MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MICHAEL ARMY AIRFIELD, Utah — The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, on Sept. 16. The MUSIC exercise is the largest… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $15M contract for AH-64 sensors

Lockheed Martin awarded $15M contract for AH-64 sensors

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $15,276,943 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure AH-64D Apache modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot’s night vision sensor visible near infrared sight for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Sep-11

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UK Apache engineers go on strike

UK Apache engineers go on strike

6 September 2011 – Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, are set to take industrial action tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September) in their pay differential dispute that means that many are about £3,000-a-year worse off. Unite, which represents more than 100 employees working for Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham, was scheduled to… Read more »

Source: Unite, 07-Sep-11

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L-3 to supply Apache Enhanced Displays

L-3 to supply Apache Enhanced Displays

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Display Systems unit has received a competitively-awarded firm-fixed price contract from Lockheed Martin to develop a new 5-x-5-inch color Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) assembly for the U.S. Army’s AH-64D Apache helicopter. L-3 has extensive experience supporting the Apache platform, with over 1,000 display systems delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Communications, 26-Aug-11

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Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

Helicopter pilots from the Netherlands have picked up multiple awards in British air displays this month.  At the Royal International Air Tattoo, held at Fairford, the Apache team won “Best overseas flying dipsplay”. The Dutch military also entered a Chinook in the Concours d’Elegance event, where an international jury awarded the title of Overall Winner… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Aug-11

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ATK awarded $8.8M contract for Apache gun components for Saudi Arabia and Egypt

ATK awarded $8.8M contract for Apache gun components for Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded an $8,892,589 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of spare components for the M230 gun in support of the Apache helicopter for Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2013.  One bid was… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Aug-11

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Boeing awarded $189M for 16 AH-64D Apaches

Boeing awarded $189M for 16 AH-64D Apaches

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $189,211,400 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide 16 AH-64D Apache aircraft and related support.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jul-11

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Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

Federal Program Integrators, Indian Island, Maine, was awarded a $15,300,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two flexible test modules for the transmission test systems to test transmissions and gearboxes on AH-1, AH-64, CH-47, OH-58, UH-1N and UH-60 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine, and Corpus Christi, Texas,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-11

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Prince Charles honours British Apache crews

Prince Charles honours British Apache crews

Soldiers who have been operating the Army’s Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan were praised this week for their outstanding performance by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, presented Operational Service Medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC), who have… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 25-Jul-11

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Lockheed Martin delivers Joint Tactical Radio for AH-64D integration

Lockheed Martin delivers Joint Tactical Radio for AH-64D integration

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first secure, Joint Tactical Radio to the U.S. Army’s AH-64D Apache Avionics Integration Lab. The Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) delivery included the Engineering Development Model (EDM) of the Joint Tactical Radio-Small Airborne two channel radio running the Link-16 waveform and 200w Link-16 power amplifier…. Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 19-Jul-11

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Israel and Greece complete joint helicopter training

Israel and Greece complete joint helicopter training

The training was held at the Larisa Air Force Base in Greece and the IAF sent three helicopter squadrons – Squadron 124 and 123 which fly Black Hawk transport helicopters and Squadron 113 which flies Apache Longbow attack helicopters (full story)

06-Jul-11

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Taiwan buys 30 AH-64 Apaches

Taiwan buys 30 AH-64 Apaches

Taiwan will receive 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III Apache helicopters under a new contract signed with the US government, a US Army official announced.  See article

Source: Flightglobal, 15-Jun-11

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British Apache engineers could strike over pay

British Apache engineers could strike over pay

Britain’s Apache engineers could go out on strike if today’s pay negotiations are rejected, it has been reported.  The Unite union is in discussions with engineering firm Morson Wynnwith who employ the engineers, and meet the company directors today to try to reach a compromise. Mark Robinson, regional officer for Unite, said: “The company made… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $48M to extend AH-64 sight contract by six months

Lockheed Martin awarded $48M to extend AH-64 sight contract by six months

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded on June 1 a $48,766,679 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the six-month extension of logistical support for the AH-64 Apache modernized and legacy target acquisition designation sight assembly and Pilot Night Vision Sensor Assembly System.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

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Radiance Technologies awarded $8.8M for AH-64D Ground Fire Acquisition System special mission kits

Radiance Technologies awarded $8.8M for AH-64D Ground Fire Acquisition System special mission kits

Radiance Technologies, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on May 20 an $8,862,733 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the production of the necessary hardware to equip a full battalion of AH-64D aircraft with the Ground Fire Acquisition System special mission kits.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

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British Apache fleet clocks up 100,000 flying hours

British Apache fleet clocks up 100,000 flying hours

The British Army’s Apache attack helicopter has clocked up a landmark 100,000 flying hours, a third of which have been flown on operations in Afghanistan. The achievement – equivalent to a single helicopter staying aloft for 11-and-a-half years – has occurred as the Apache has become a vital battlefield tool in Afghanistan. As well as… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 30-May-11

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British Army Apache fires first Hellfire missile at sea

British Army Apache fires first Hellfire missile at sea

British Army Apaches have fired Hellfire missiles for the first time whilst flying from a Royal Navy warship. A significant milestone in proving the capability of Apache to operate and strike from the sea, 30mm cannon and Hellfire missiles were successfully fired against seaborne targets in a long-planned exercise near Gibraltar. In total, 550 rounds… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-May-11

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TAT signs $20M contract for Apache and Black Hawk anti-icing

TAT signs $20M contract for Apache and Black Hawk anti-icing

TAT Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, today announced that it has signed a five-year contract with the U.S Army for the overhaul and upgrade of Anti Icing Engine Valves for Apache and Black Hawk helicopters. The value of the agreement may… Read more »

Source: TAT Technologies, 17-May-11

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17-May-11 Boeing AH-64 Hanover, US-Colorado

A 1-2 Aviation Reconnaissance Battalion flying an Apache helicopter made a cautionary landing in Hanover, east of Butts Army Airfield when a red warning light came on

17-May-11

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28-Apr-11 98-5054 Boeing AH-64D Packers Bend, US-Alabama (1F)

Instructor killed, Dutch student unnijured.  Helicopter apparently struck the cable for the Davis Ferry that is strung across the Alabama River

28-Apr-11

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Apache to field ground fire-detection system

Apache to field ground fire-detection system

Apache attack helicopters will soon field a new, high-tech Ground Fire Acquisition System, which uses cameras and infrared sensors to instantly identify the source location of ground fire, service officials said. “GFAS (Ground Fire Acquisition System) detects ground fire. It allows us to take information about incoming fire, get our sensors on it and identify… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Apr-11

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General Electric awarded $17M to overhaul 150 T700 engines

General Electric awarded $17M to overhaul 150 T700 engines

General Electric Engine Services, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded on April 20 a $17,687,460 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the overhaul of 30 T700-GE-700 and 120 T700-ge-701C/D turbine engine cold section modules applicable to the UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Arkansas City, Kan., with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Apr-11

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