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Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-21

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Four Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters will arrive for the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Republic of Belarus in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to sources in the Belarusian Defense Ministry. See Full Story.

Source: Defence Blog, 25-Jan-21

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Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

The German Navy is once again counting on simulation expertise from Rheinmetall when it comes to training its NH90 NTH Sea Lion helicopter crews. In December 2020 the European NH90 procurement and management organization, NAHEMA, awarded the company an order for an Asterion classroom solution destined for Naval Air Wing 3 at Nordholz on the… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 22-Jan-21

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

  The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), together with Hellenic Armed Forces, executed Eddie’s Odyssey, a first of its kind, joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea, Jan. 13-14. The exercise, named after Ugly Eddie, the battalion mascot, consisted of U.S. AH-64E… Read more »

Source: US Army, 21-Jan-21

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft. Wendy Smith received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from the 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Brett… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 20-Jan-21

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

The CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic earlier this month. This was the first opportunity to see the aircraft working in a modern naval environment. Testing took place on the USS Wasp, a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Jan-21

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Jan-21

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will partner with Caverton Helicopters on the maintenance of its rotary wing aircraft as it seeks to improve serviceability. The NAF on 12 January said Caverton Helicopters would also help develop capacity with its engineers, technicians and pilots. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Caverton… Read more »

Source: defenceWeb, 15-Jan-21

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Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp.,* Aston, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $11,539,383 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Work will be performed in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-21

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Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Rear Adm. Doug Noble, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, and Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, signed a strategic Memorandum of Agreement on Dec. 4, 2020 regarding supply support for the Guided Missile Frigate, also known as FFG 62 Constellation Class. The MOA establishes a mutual framework… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 15-Jan-21

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Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability. “This new ARH capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Gov, 15-Jan-21

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GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of… Read more »

Source: GAO, 14-Jan-21

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General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $101,470,782 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Jan-21

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Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted into service a second Mi-171E helicopter in a ceremony that also saw the induction of another L-39ZA trainer that had been returned to airworthiness. See Full Story. 

Source: defenceWeb, 14-Jan-21

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US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information… Read more »

Source: Vita Inclinata, 14-Jan-21

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AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jan-21

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Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

[electronic translation] Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the State Corporation Rostec). At the enterprise, he checked the production progress of the new Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter. The supply of helicopters to the troops is scheduled to begin in 2021. At… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 11-Jan-21

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Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

The Philippine Army (PA) on Friday said a local conglomerate’s donation of a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter will greatly help in the development of its rotary aviation capabilities. “The PA is grateful for Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan’s donation of the said helicopter that will serve as a catalyst for developing Army’s future rotary aviation… Read more »

Source: PNA, 11-Jan-21

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Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 07-Jan-21

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FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective December 30. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over two locations. The first facility is Rock Island Arsenal located between Davenport, Iowa and Rocks Island, Illinois. The second facility… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Jan-21

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Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone last week with first flights performed in Italy and France. The first NH90 NATO frigate helicopter (NFH), assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, and the first tactical troop transport (TTH) over-land aircraft, assembled at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane site, took to the air on… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Jan-21

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US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

Complaints over helicopter noise in Arlington are likely to soon be better tracked by the federal government. See Full Story.

Source: ARL Now, 04-Jan-21

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US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

Tears. It’s what greeted a Michigan National Guard Soldier delivering protective equipment to 15 to 20 relieved and very appreciative nursing facility workers during the height of the pandemic. “That really opened my eyes to what’s really going on out there,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Schrot, with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion,… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 04-Jan-21

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Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 04-Jan-21

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General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $111,910,637 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00014) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-18-C-1007). This modification procures 20 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines, peculiar support equipment, and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot 4 low rate initial production and spares. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Jan-21

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Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-20

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L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $29,197,837 firm-fixed-price contract for the manned/unmanned teaming hardware, as well as technical and engineering support, for the Apache helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of June 30,… Read more »

Source: L3 Technologies, 23-Dec-20

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DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $10,121,768 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order (N00019-21-F-0238) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0030.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the design, development and integration of the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure system, including associated weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the HH-60W aircraft for the… Read more »

Source: DRS Systems, 23-Dec-20

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DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,761,791 firm-fixed-price modification (P000012) to contract FA2860-19-C-0005 for rotary wing maintenance.  This contract provides helicopter maintenance of aircraft assigned to the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.  This modification exercises Option Period Two and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 23-Dec-20

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US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

The U.S. Army will commission its Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research laboratory later this month and begin operations in early January. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, will launch the VIPER lab to deliver transformational knowledge to advance next-generation rotorcraft transmissions. The Army-unique facility will… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Dec-20

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Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) conducted a robust combined joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 17-18. This exercise marks the fifth joint and combined integration operation this… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 23-Dec-20

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CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache… Read more »

Source: CAE, 23-Dec-20

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Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Dec-20

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Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Dec-20

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Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

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Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivered the latest FMS (Full Mission Simulator) on November 23 to the NH90 Simulator Center, which has been in operation at the Spanish Army’s Aviation Academy (ACAVIET) CESIHEL Center, at the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja. With this delivery, Indra positions itself as one of the few companies that offers training solutions for… Read more »

Source: Indra, 22-Dec-20

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Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Researchers believe a new hinge is the key to get load-bearing, large, Army quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds. Dr. Jean-Paul Reddinger, a research aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, is studying how quickly a quadrotor the size of a king-sized… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Dec-20

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KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49 million recompete to provide system acquisition support and reliability improvements on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and other select aircraft for the Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation. KBR received this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order via the Department of Defense Information Analysis… Read more »

Source: KBR, 18-Dec-20

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Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorksy Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $507,036,949 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $507,036,949 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

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Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,900,000 modification (P00066) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for software upgrades to the flight management computer for the AH-64E.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $2,780,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

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RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Station Workshops have been heavily involved in the recent Service Modification work to produce a solution to the ongoing problem of Articles Falling Off Aircraft (AFOA) relating to the Aft MRH Droop Stop Shrouds on Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopters. The Boeing CH47 Chinook aircraft is fitted with droop stops on the Aft main… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Dec-20

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French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted for operational use two further CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). They will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (Porte-Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral. The acquisition comes after the successful integration of… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 15-Dec-20

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Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell Textron Inc., a U.S. aerospace manufacturer, announced its bid to sell attack helicopters to South Korea on Wednesday as the country’s Marine Corps plans to launch an aviation wing next year. See Full Story. 

Source: Yonhap News Agency, 15-Dec-20

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Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Under the newly introduced Defense ministry leasing guidelines, the Indian Navy is looking to lease light utility helicopters for its logistical needs. The Navy is looking to fill vital gaps in the frontline warships by urgently leasing 12-18 helicopters from foreign vendors. See Full Story.

Source: The EurAsian Times, 14-Dec-20

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First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

The “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) made naval aviation history Nov. 20-21 when they conducted the first ever Navy CMV-22B Osprey landings, take-offs, and refueling from an aircraft carrier. The CMV-22B is the U.S. Navy version of the Osprey, a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Dec-20

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Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

The Navy has selected a woman to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the first time in American history. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt was selected for the position by the fiscal year 2022 aviation major command screen board. Other officers who were picked for nuclear aircraft carrier command include Capts. Colin Day, Gavin Duff, Brent Gaut, David Pollard… Read more »

Source: Task & Purpose, 14-Dec-20

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Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

After more than three years in development, a team of U.S. Army researchers and industry partners completed the construction of a testbed that will help to inform the design of future Army rotorcraft. The team plans to test the TiltRotor Aeroelastic Stability Testbed, or TRAST in a massive wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research… Read more »

Source: US Army, 11-Dec-20

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DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

On Nov. 3, DynCorp International (DI) was awarded a seat on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation Contract (RWMCC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The multiple award contract has a total potential value of $835 million. The Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Barksdale AFB, La., is the contracting activity.   Under… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 11-Dec-20

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Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

Gastops announced that the Rotary, Aerospace and Surveillance Systems Division of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has purchased nine ChipCHECK® units to help maximize equipment readiness, improve maintenance efficiency and reduce costs. The Australian Department of Defence and Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) validated ChipCHECK® through 2019’s Exercise Talisman Sabre, a bi-annual multi-country exercise that… Read more »

Source: Gastops, 11-Dec-20

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Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

The Philippines may acquire another 16 S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday. Lorenzana said PAF chief, Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes told him that it would be more advantageous for the Air Force to be operating a single specific… Read more »

Source: PNA, 11-Dec-20

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NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded NHV a contract for the provision and maintenance of three H145 aircraft in support of their Special Forces’ training program at Laupheim (HSG64). The one-year contract is foreseen to start in January 2021. In partnership with Milestone Aviation, NHV will provide two Airbus Helicopters H145D3 and one H145D2… Read more »

Source: NHV, 10-Dec-20

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Philippine Air Force today accepted first six S-70i Black Hawks

Philippine Air Force today accepted first six S-70i Black Hawks

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will formally accept into service on Thursday six Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters delivered last month. The acceptance, turnover, and blessing ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. at the Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga, PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang said in an… Read more »

Source: Philippines Government, 10-Dec-20

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Lockheed Martin to integrate Airborne Low Frequency Sonars into Danish and Indian MH-60Rs

Lockheed Martin to integrate Airborne Low Frequency Sonars into Danish and Indian MH-60Rs

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $12,350,767 modification (P00021) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering and obsolescence services in support of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonars integration into MH-60R production aircraft for the governments of India and Denmark.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has recently upgraded the Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment (JLSTE), a helicopter simulator, operated by the German and the Portuguese navies to train the Sea Lynx crews. The modification project mainly consisted on the installation of new projectors, a new Mylar screen, and an editor to load and… Read more »

Source: NSPA NATO, 10-Dec-20

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Russian Helicopters name two Ukrainian enterprises performing “illegitimate overhauls” on M-17V5s

Russian Helicopters name two Ukrainian enterprises performing “illegitimate overhauls” on M-17V5s

Russian Helicopters Holding Company considers it necessary to warn that Ukrainian aircraft repair enterprises are carrying out illegitimate overhaul of Mi-17V-5 helicopters and thereby endangers the lives of the American and Afghan soldiers that are operating these helicopters. According to the received information about the arrival of two Mi-17V-5 helicopters of the Afghan Air Force… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

The German Bundeswehr has ordered 31 NH90 helicopters, to be known as Sea Tiger, for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NH90 Helicopter Industries (NHI) and Giorgio Gomma, General Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

In light of the uncertainty linked to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Paris Air Show organization has made the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the show, which was scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 June 2021. Together with the Board of Directors of the GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association), the… Read more »

Source: Paris Air Show, 07-Dec-20

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US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

The US Army is working to better understand the acoustic properties of eVTOL aircraft and co-axial rotors as part of efforts to design quieter, stealthier helicopters.

Source: New Atlas, 04-Dec-20

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MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces an agreement with the U.S. Army worth about $34 million to provide logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopter fleet. The deal is a continuation of MDHI’s contractor logistics support (CLS) with the U.S. Army and Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO)… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 04-Dec-20

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Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Leonardo has announced today the recent delivery of the first HH-139B twin engine helicopter to the Italian Air Force, a customised variant of the bestselling AW139 platform, from its facility based in Vergiate. The aircraft is the first of 17 HH-139Bs and deliveries are expected to be completed by 2021, in order to further strengthen… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Dec-20

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ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announces its teaming arrangement with leading aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus. Enidine joins eight other elite aerospace teammates in Bell’s mission to submit the Bell 360 competitive prototype to the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: ITT Enidine, 03-Dec-20

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Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air recently won an order from the US Department of Defense for the maintenance of H-53E large helicopters deployed in Asia-Pacific for 9 years from December 2020 to May 2029. The total business size is around 150 billion won (approx US$136M, Ed) The maintenance projects that Korean Air will perform include inspection, replacement and repair… Read more »

Source: Korean Air, 02-Dec-20

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GKN wins Boeing silver award for AH-64 and CH-47 program work

GKN wins Boeing silver award for AH-64 and CH-47 program work

GKN Aerospace have announced that it has received a 2019 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. The GKN Aerospace sites of Hoogeveen and Papendrecht in The Netherlands maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period supporting… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 02-Dec-20

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Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

NHIndustries and NAHEMA, on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) signed the contract for the acquisition of the helicopters, related support services and training on November 26th, 2020. The Sea Tiger will represent the German configuration of the NH90 NFH helicopter and will… Read more »

Source: NHI, 02-Dec-20

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Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Participating Philippine Navy (PN) units in this year’s Joint Exercise “DAGIT PA” on Monday have successfully completed a so-called “vertical replenishment” (vertrep) exercise involving an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and strategic sealift vessel, BRP Tarlac (LD-601).  See video “DAGIT-PA” stands for “Dagat-Langit-Lupa” and is a unilateral exercise that aims to further enhance the joint force… Read more »

Source: PNA, 02-Dec-20

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Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply a European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center (“Rotary-Wing MTC”) and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 01-Dec-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $12,861,992 modification (P00004) to cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0315 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification exercises options to modify the V-22 aircraft to the government of Japan’s unique configuration requirements.  Additionally, the modification exercises options for the production and delivery of nine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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State-of-the-art technology sets new standards in helicopter pilot training

State-of-the-art technology sets new standards in helicopter pilot training

VRM Switzerland develops and builds training solutions for helicopters at the highest technological level. Helicopter operators and ATOs have already implemented new training concepts to save costs, be more efficient and environmentally friendly. The spectrum of helicopter training on simulators is thus greatly expanded. VRM Switzerland has allocated resources to deliver and commission 15 training… Read more »

Source: VRM, 25-Nov-20

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Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

The last operational mission of the AB-205 helicopters of the 5th Aviation Regiment of the “Rigel” Army, flight department of the “Friuli” Aircraft Brigade, which has now completed the transition to tactical transport helicopters, took place in recent days. NH-90. The helicopters flew over the Casarsa della Delizia base for the last time, heading towards… Read more »

Source: Italian Army, 25-Nov-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $36,546,991 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to three-year delivery order SPE4AX-18-D-9433 against base contract SPRPA1-17-D-009U to extend the period of performance for delivery of V-22 spare consumable and depot-level repairable parts.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

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Sikorsky awarded $16M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N updates

Sikorsky awarded $16M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N updates

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $16,441,085 modification (P00001) to firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable order N00019-20-F-0024 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This modification provides for fiscal 2021 special progressive aircraft rework sustainment efforts in support of the VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter.  Specifically, this modification provides security, project engineering, integrated logistics,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

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New President named at Sikorsky

New President named at Sikorsky

According to Inside Defense, Lockheed Martin has appointed Paul Lemmo to the post of President at Sikorsky, effective from early 2021 when current incumbent Dan Schultz retires. Lemmo is currently Vice President and General Manager for the Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors line of business within Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems division. According to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-20

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SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

Recent recipients of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) highest operational honour – the Sword of Peace – are largely confined to the force’s helicopter squadrons. See Full Story.

Source: defenceWeb, 20-Nov-20

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