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Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

13-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $30,506,177 undefinitized cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration, testing, and qualification of the re-designed Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) and Blade Fold Distributor (BFD) units that will mitigate component... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $24,320,573 modification (P00002) to a previously awarded firm-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001921C0073). This modification exercises options to procure 25 Link 16 production B kits, three Link 16 B kit spares, and two Link 16 flight training device B kits in support of UH-1Y and AH-1Z Helicopter modification... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $29,457,101 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures logistics support analysis and products resulting from production engineering changes and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages to include technical publications, logistics support analysis and logistics product data in support... Read more

Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

11-Jan-2022Source: US Army

A group of Apache AH-64E Version 6 helicopters sits on the flight line of at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. The aircraft are among the initial batch delivered to the 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment (4-2 AB) in December 2021. The 4-2 Attack battalion is the first OCONUS unit to receive the Army’s latest version... Read more

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

10-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day. The first TTH overland variant was delivered on 11 December, in accordance with contractual commitments, and will be followed by the first NFH naval helicopter soon after its qualification in the next coming months. Deliveries will... Read more

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

7-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Two UH-169B helicopters in service since 2H2020 are preparing crews for the future operational transition to the all-new advanced multirole Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programme Italian Army quote “This is an important step for the Italian Army Aviation, in cooperation with Leonardo, towards the future” Over 290 orders and options to date for the AW169... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

5-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $102,389,630 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of hardware components and spares of the Apache Attack Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each... Read more

Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s

Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s

3-Jan-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior have ordered 36 Airbus H135 helicopters. This signature takes place in the context of the stimulus plan activated by the Spanish government to support the industry.  The Ministry of Defence will receive 18 helicopters to be operated by the air force and the navy while the Ministry of... Read more

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2021

HeliHub.com is now taking our usual seasonal break until Monday 3rd January 2022. Christmas is so much more than “Holidays”, and this is very much a “Happy Christmas” message to our readers and followers. We hope your organisation didn’t get trapped into issuing a watered-down Jesus-ignoring “Happy Holiday” message. This is the time of year... Read more

France signs for first batch of 30 H160M helicopters

France signs for first batch of 30 H160M helicopters

23-Dec-2021Source: Airbus

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the development and procurement of the H160M in the frame of the Light Joint Helicopter programme (HIL). The contract includes the development of several prototypes and the delivery of a first batch of 30 aircraft (21 for the army, 8 for... Read more

Bell delivers huey II to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bell delivers huey II to Bosnia and Herzegovina

22-Dec-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of four Bell Huey II aircraft to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) on Dec. 4. The aircraft are part of an Foreign Military Sale signed in December 2019. The Huey II worldwide fleet of more than 300 aircraft have a... Read more

Dutch squadron celebrates 25 years of training at Fort Hood

Dutch squadron celebrates 25 years of training at Fort Hood

21-Dec-2021Source: US Army

Taking a step down memory lane, the current commander of the 302nd Dutch Squadron, 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army – Division West, shared an update on the training squadron with former Royal Netherland’s commanders, as the unit marked its 25th year of training here, Dec. 8. “It is going really well,” Lt. Col. Martin ‘t... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

21-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,301,749 modification (P00004) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0090) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 68 Conversion Area Harness (CAH) base kits, 53 CAH supplemental kits, two hardware kits and two consumable kits in support of... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $16M for VH-3D and VH-60N support

Sikorsky awarded $16M for VH-3D and VH-60N support

21-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $16,253,510 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable modification (P00003) to an order (N0001920F0024) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises options to provide the following support services: test support; on-site technical and logistics support, to include incorporation of technical directives; sustainment... Read more

Bell awarded $21M order for UH-1Y and AH-1Z support work

Bell awarded $21M order for UH-1Y and AH-1Z support work

21-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $21,608,360 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F0974) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0012).  This order provides engineering and logistics support, to include support for AH-1Z production aircraft and sustainment efforts for UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft for the Marine Corps; support for AH-1Z production aircraft for the government... Read more

Jet Aviation overhauls three Bell 412s for Bahraini military

Jet Aviation overhauls three Bell 412s for Bahraini military

21-Dec-2021Source: Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation announced today the successful delivery of three Bell 412 helicopters following major inspections and refurbishments for a returning customer in the Middle East. The company has been providing helicopter maintenance, repair, upgrades, and modifications from its location in Fujairah, U.A.E., since 2017, including dedicated maintenance support throughout the region. Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility... Read more

US Navy exercises option for another 36 TH-73A trainers

US Navy exercises option for another 36 TH-73A trainers

20-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $159,421,443 firm-fixed-price modification (P00016) to a previously awarded contract (N6134020C0007). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of 36 TH-73A aircraft Lot III and initial spares in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System program. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (85%); Mineral Wells,... Read more

Helibras delivers 34th Fennec to Brazilian Army

Helibras delivers 34th Fennec to Brazilian Army

20-Dec-2021Source: Helibras

Helibras has just presented the 34th Fennec helicopter (AS550A2) modernized for Army Aviation (AvEx). The aircraft, a military version of the H125, is the last modernized unit delivered to the Brazilian Army. The modernization process carried out by Helibras – the only manufacturer of turbine helicopters in Latin America – adds state-of-the-art equipment to the... Read more

MING trains first Latvian UH-60 Black Hawk maintainer

MING trains first Latvian UH-60 Black Hawk maintainer

20-Dec-2021Source: Michigan National Guard

When the Latvian Air Force recently purchased new UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, the call went out for a potential UH-60 maintenance training location in the United States. The Michigan Army National Guard’s (MIARNG) Company B, 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment was chosen in part due to the long standing partnership Michigan has cultivated with Latvia... Read more

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

20-Dec-2021Source: FRCE

Materials engineers at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) faced a dilemma. Artisans must remove paint from an aircraft before it can be serviced, but exposure to harsh chemical stripping agents can damage the composite materials that make up the V-22 Osprey. Meanwhile, hand sanding methods are time consuming and physically demanding for workers. As a... Read more

S&K Aerospace awarded $44M US Army helicopter parts contract

S&K Aerospace awarded $44M US Army helicopter parts contract

20-Dec-2021Source: S&K Aerospace

The U.S. Army has selected S&K Aerospace, LLC (SKA) as one of four contractors for a multimillion-dollar, multiple-award, delivery order contract. The contract is for Third-Party Logistics (3PL) support of aircraft parts for various non-standard rotary wing platforms. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville,... Read more

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

14-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

[updated 15-Dec-21.  Despite a reliable source in Romania confirming that Airbus bid the SMURD contract with the H175M, the OEM has contacted HeliHub.com to confirm that was not the case and they bid with the H215.  Text thus updated accordingly] Lockheed Martin have confirmed via social media – see tweet below – that they are... Read more

Bell Signs Contract to Build Flight Training Devices for the Czech Republic

Bell Signs Contract to Build Flight Training Devices for the Czech Republic

14-Dec-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed a contract with the U.S. Government to build the AH-1Z Flight Training Device for the Czech Republic’s new helicopter fleet. The delivery of training devices will play a key role integrating new H-1 helicopters into the Czech Air Force. The Flight Training Device (FTD)... Read more

HMX-1 change of command

HMX-1 change of command

13-Dec-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Col. Robert B. Fanning relinquished his duties as the commanding officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) to Col. Bradley J. Harms, during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on Dec. 9, 2021. Fanning has served as the commanding officer since June 27, 2019. During the ceremony, Fanning thanked everyone... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike HSM-78 Conducts Airborne Change of Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike HSM-78 Conducts Airborne Change of Command

10-Dec-2021Source: US Navy

The “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 78 welcomed a new commanding officer, Cmdr. Justin Eckhoff, a native of Wilbraham, Mass., as he relieved Cmdr. Jeremiah Ragadio, a native of San Francisco, during a change of command fly-over of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Nov. 29. Ragadio assumed command of the “Blue Hawks” in... Read more

Bell delivers two 505s to the Indonesian Navy

Bell delivers two 505s to the Indonesian Navy

9-Dec-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the successful sale and delivery of two Bell 505 helicopters to the Indonesian Navy. The newly acquired helicopters will be utilized as basic helicopter trainers. “The Bell 505, which has surpassed 50,000 flight hours globally, is an excellent aircraft for training pilots to fly today’s modern... Read more

Most Canadian H92 Cyclone helicopters have cracks in tail

Most Canadian H92 Cyclone helicopters have cracks in tail

8-Dec-2021Source: CBC

Nearly all of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Maritime fleet of CH-148 Cyclone helicopters are undergoing repairs after cracks were found in the tails of the aircraft. “12 Wing Shearwater, which encompasses the entire fleet, is prioritizing the order of repair to maximize return to serviceability for each aircraft,” according to a Department of National... Read more

Marine CH-53Ks partner with the Navy to test future force operating concepts

Marine CH-53Ks partner with the Navy to test future force operating concepts

7-Dec-2021Source: US Marine Corps

In a first for the Marine Corps, Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) conducted over-the-horizon heavy lift and troop transport ship-to-shore operations aboard CH-53K King Stallions over the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 19-21. These exercises are a critical component of the Marine Corps’ future force operating concepts, such as expeditionary advanced base... Read more

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

7-Dec-2021Source: US Air Force

Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One Marines conducted an operational test and evaluation of the joint air-to-ground missile, Nov. 3-7 here. Unit testers fired the weapon from an AH-1Z Viper helicopter.  The JAGM evaluation was to determine its suitability and effectiveness to support expeditionary advanced base operations, such as conducting sea denial operations within... Read more

Canada says 19 of 23 Sikorsky H92s have cracked tails

Canada says 19 of 23 Sikorsky H92s have cracked tails

7-Dec-2021Source: CTV News

The Canadian military has discovered cracks in the tails of 19 of its 23 Cyclone helicopters. The Royal Canadian Air Force issued an emailed statement Sunday saying cracks had been detected in four helicopters, but that number jumped to 19 later in the day. See Full Story.   ... Read more

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

RAF helicopters celebrate 90 years of service with joint flight

3-Dec-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A formation flight of specially painted Chinook and Puma helicopter has taken place to mark over 90 years of combined service. The occasion saw the aircraft make a commemorative flight over a number of locations in the South of England displaying their bespoke anniversary tail art. The two uniquely painted airframes celebrated their individual anniversaries... Read more

New Army Aviation Command established in Australia

New Army Aviation Command established in Australia

3-Dec-2021Source: Australian Government

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, today announced the establishment of a new Army Aviation Command, at a ceremonial parade and helicopter flyover at Blamey Square, Canberra. Lieutenant General Burr said the formation of Army Aviation Command is a significant achievement for the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.... Read more

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates robust data link communication for rotary wing

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates robust data link communication for rotary wing

3-Dec-2021Source: Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz, together with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and representatives of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr)successfully carried out stationary tests on the premises of the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching. The influence of rotors on radio waves was tested on two types of helicopters, operational with the... Read more

US and Japan conduct joint mine warfare exercise

US and Japan conduct joint mine warfare exercise

3-Dec-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), conducted Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 3JA 2021 off the coast of southeastern Japan. MIWEX 3JA is part of an annual series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations between the two forces. During the six-day, participants work... Read more

TEI holds ceremony for delivery of 50th T700 engine

TEI holds ceremony for delivery of 50th T700 engine

2-Dec-2021

TEI has held a ceremony with its employees to mark the delivery of their 50th T700 engine – named T700-TEI-701D locally – which will be transferred to the Turkish T70 Black Hawk production line for installation. The event held at TEI Eskişehir facilities was attended by General Manager and Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit, Members of the Board... Read more

Aviation association honors Apache helicopter team

Aviation association honors Apache helicopter team

2-Dec-2021Source: US Army

Several members of the Program Executive Office for Aviation were recognized at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Joseph P. Cribbins symposium Nov. 16 at the Von Braun Center. The Apache New Equipment Training received the Army Aviation Materiel Readiness Award for a Contribution by an Industry Team, while Kevin Belden received the award... Read more

South Korea’s Marine Corps launches aircraft group

South Korea’s Marine Corps launches aircraft group

2-Dec-2021Source: Yonhap News Agency

South Korea’s Marine Corps launched an aircraft group Wednesday to bolster the defense of border islands and wartime capabilities for landing operations, its officials said. The launch of the Marine Aircraft Group came as the armed service had sought to secure a separate air unit after its earlier unit, formed following the 1950-53 Korean War,... Read more

US Army Purchases 15 Vita Rescue Systems from Vita Inclinata

US Army Purchases 15 Vita Rescue Systems from Vita Inclinata

2-Dec-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, today announced the U.S. Army recently procured 15 Vita Rescue Systems (VRS-LAs) to be evaluated for operational effectiveness and suitability. For approximately one and a half years, Vita worked diligently with support from ADS to make the Vita Rescue System... Read more

Navy’s Security Cooperation Programs Office employs small businesses, enhancing readiness

Navy’s Security Cooperation Programs Office employs small businesses, enhancing readiness

1-Dec-2021Source: NAVAIR

The Navy’s Security Cooperation Programs Office (SCPO) recently awarded a contract to small business industry partner Tyonek Services Group, an Alaskan Native corporation (Tyonek), for aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and training in support of the unique requirements of our international partners. The program office and its International Sustainment Center provide product support and sustainment... Read more

New CEO at Russian Helicopters

New CEO at Russian Helicopters

30-Nov-2021

Personnel rotation is intended to strengthen the work of aircraft manufacturing companies in priority areas. Russian Helicopters are currently facing large-scale tasks related to the development of civil aviation programs and the promotion of new types of aircraft to the markets. In particular, the holding is completing certification of the Ka-62 helicopter, has begun flight tests of... Read more

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $11M UH-60 cable contract

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $11M UH-60 cable contract

30-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Jo-Kell Inc.,** Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $11,103,552 indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price long-term contract for UH-60A helicopter special purpose electrical cable assembly spare parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $11M to modify VH-92s for shipboard operations

Sikorsky awarded $11M to modify VH-92s for shipboard operations

30-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $11,775,696 modification (P00003) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0109) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering analysis in support of Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness certification efforts to enable VH-92A shipboard operations. Additionally, this modification provides... Read more

First six T129 helicopters due to Philippines in December

First six T129 helicopters due to Philippines in December

29-Nov-2021Source: Philippine News Agency

The first batch of the six Turkish-made T129 “ATAK” attack helicopters will arrive in December, Philippine Air Force (PAF) commander Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes said Tuesday night. “Deadly…coming this December. The T129 Attack Helicopter of the Philippine Air Force,” Paredes said in a Facebook post. He did not give other details on the arrival of... Read more

Six more Chinooks ordered for US Army Special Ops

Six more Chinooks ordered for US Army Special Ops

29-Nov-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build six more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command as part of a $246.48 million contract. Delivery of these aircraft are scheduled to start in 2023. With this additional order, Boeing is now under contract for 30 MH-47G Block II Chinooks, four of which have... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force holds handover ceremony for two H225Ms

Royal Thai Air Force holds handover ceremony for two H225Ms

26-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The 2nd wing of 203 Squadron of the Royal Thai Air Force has this week held a handover ceremony for a further two H225M helicopter from Airbus.  Representatives from the manufacturer were in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at Lop Buri. Market Intelligence company Parapex Media advises HeliHub.com that these helicopters represent the... Read more

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

26-Nov-2021Source: US Army

Repetition is important if you want to be good at a certain task. For some, that may require traveling to another country to receive specialized training. Such is the case at the flight simulator facilities located at Storck Barracks in Illesheim, Germany, where rated (pilots) and non-rated (mechanics, etc.) crew members throughout Europe can come... Read more

Sikorsky Signs Reseller Agreement with CIAC

Sikorsky Signs Reseller Agreement with CIAC

25-Nov-2021Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) and the Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica de Colombia S.A. (CIAC) have signed a reseller agreement allowing CIAC to purchase Black Hawk® helicopter spare parts from Sikorsky for resale to the Colombian Army, Air Force and National Police. Advance procurement and storage of the material in Bogota, including... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $31M order for CH-53K countermeasures work

Sikorsky awarded $31M order for CH-53K countermeasures work

25-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $31,158,091 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00008) to an order (N0001919F2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to provide non-recurring engineering to include, investigation, systems engineering support, risk analysis and integration development in support of the Data Transfer Unit... Read more

First naval combat H225M delivered to the Brazilian Navy

First naval combat H225M delivered to the Brazilian Navy

25-Nov-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H225M in naval combat configuration to the Brazilian Navy. Stationed at the naval base in São Pedro d’Aldeia, the aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance. Developed by the engineering team at Helibras (the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters), this naval version... Read more

FRCE’s H-53 line ends fiscal year with strong push

FRCE’s H-53 line ends fiscal year with strong push

24-Nov-2021Source: NAVAIR

A Vietnam-era aircraft platform facing a challenging supply posture seems an unlikely candidate for an underdog victory story. But that’s just what happened when Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans made a hard push to the finish line to complete and return to the fleet two H-53 heavy-lift helicopters – each having seen various stages... Read more

UH-60V a major upgrade over previous variants

UH-60V a major upgrade over previous variants

22-Nov-2021Source: US National Guard

On the outside, the new UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters look nearly identical to previous variants of the UH-60. It’s what’s on the inside that sets them apart. The UH-60V – referred to as the “Victor” – was developed with a focus to overhaul the aging UH-60A and L fleets. The new model has several technological... Read more

Triumph awarded $12M contract for US Navy H-60 engine work

Triumph awarded $12M contract for US Navy H-60 engine work

22-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Triumph Engine Control Systems LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $12,142,360 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of the enhanced digital engine control unit associated with the T700 engine used on UH-60 aircraft. The contract will include a five-year base period with no options and is expected to be completed by November 2026. All work... Read more

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

22-Nov-2021Source: US Air Force

United States Army Vessel crews and Air Force Rescue Squadrons conducted a joint medical evacuation training exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10. The exercise, which included coordination between United States Army Vessel Landing Craft crews of Landing Craft Utility 2020 (Fort McHenry) and 2009 (Calaboza), the 10th Support Group, and Airmen from... Read more

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

19-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

As the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, drew to a close in Glasgow, Leonardo’s latest generation military helicopter, the AW149, took to the sky to demonstrate the steps the company is taking to help reduce the carbon footprint of its helicopter fleet. Using a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the AW149 – the aircraft... Read more

Crew Training International awarded $9M training contract for Bahrain AH-1Z program

Crew Training International awarded $9M training contract for Bahrain AH-1Z program

19-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Crew Training International Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, is awarded a not-to-exceed $9,704,317 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract. This contract provides in-country pilot and maintainer training, as well as aircraft maintenance for the AH-1Z program in support of the government of Bahrain. Work will be performed in Sakhir, Bahrain, and is expected to be completed in November 2024. Foreign... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $71M for CV-22 Nacelle improvement kits

Bell-Boeing awarded $71M for CV-22 Nacelle improvement kits

19-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $71,925,870 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target modification (P00003) to an order (N0001921F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises options to procure 15 Nacelle improvements kits, rotatable pool components and interim spares. Additionally, this modification provides for the installation of eight kits in... Read more

Sikorsky awrded another $8M for CH-53K tooling

Sikorsky awrded another $8M for CH-53K tooling

19-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $8,069,745 firm-fixed-price modification (P00060) to a previously awarded contract (N0001916C0048). This modification exercises an option to provide for the production and delivery of CH-53K tooling and supplier rate tooling, as well as management through final acceptance, ensuring the program can meet aircraft production... Read more

Six MD-530F+ helicopters handed over to Lebanese military

Six MD-530F+ helicopters handed over to Lebanese military

19-Nov-2021Source: US Government

Ambassador Dorothy C. Shea delivered the following remarks at Hamat Airbase: “Sabah el-Kheir, Good morning, General Joseph Aoun, General Haikal, distinguished guests. What an honor it is to be with you this morning.  As you probably know, General Aoun and I recently traveled to the United States where we were hosted for a series of... Read more

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for repair of H-60 turret and sensor-sights

Raytheon awarded $8M contract for repair of H-60 turret and sensor-sights

16-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded an $8,784,649 firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00383-22-F-U202) under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-19-D-U201) for the repair of the turret and sensor-sight in support of the H-60 aircraft. The current delivery order will exceed the original contract total estimated value of $58,777,194. This delivery order brings the new total amount... Read more

Llamas Plastics awarded $14M contract for V-22 windscreens

Llamas Plastics awarded $14M contract for V-22 windscreens

16-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Llamas Plastics Inc., Sylmar, California, has been awarded a maximum $14,234,230 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for V-22 windscreens. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California, with an Oct. 28, 2026, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of... Read more

Kampi awarded $9M contract for Apache hose assemblies

Kampi awarded $9M contract for Apache hose assemblies

16-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Kampi Components Co., Inc., Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $9,672,817 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hose assemblies supporting the Army AH-64 D & E Longbow helicopter. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year contract with no option... Read more

Bell awarded $18M contract for delivery of AH-1Z training device

Bell awarded $18M contract for delivery of AH-1Z training device

16-Nov-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $18,645,884 modification (P00002) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001920C0061). This modification provides for the production and delivery of one AH-1Z flight training device as well as in-country installation and three months of interim support for the government of the Czech Republic. Work will be performed... Read more

AHTS wins US Navy Team of the Year Award

AHTS wins US Navy Team of the Year Award

16-Nov-2021Source: US Navy

The Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) Team, was named the Navy’s Competition Excellence Acquisition Team of the Year for its streamlined acquisition program. The Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) Team, part of the Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems (PMA-273) Program Office at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), was named the Navy’s Competition Excellence Acquisition Team... Read more

First NH90 in global fleet reaches 2000 hours

First NH90 in global fleet reaches 2000 hours

15-Nov-2021

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has announced that one of their fleet – tail number NZ3302 – has not only passed the landmark 2,000 airframe hours, but is also the first of type in the world to achieve that landmark. According to helicopter market itn In true military fashion, they took out a few... Read more

ESG delivers Sea Falcon to the German Navy

ESG delivers Sea Falcon to the German Navy

10-Nov-2021Source: ESG Elektroniksystemund Logistik-GmbH

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has concluded a contract with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH as the main contractor for the procurement of three Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), introduced in the Bundeswehr under the name “Sea Falcon”, for the K130 corvettes of the German Navy. With the implementation of... Read more

Romania confirms S70 Black Hawk purchase

Romania confirms S70 Black Hawk purchase

10-Nov-2021Source: Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs

Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs signed a four-year framework agreement with PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company, that will lead to the procurement of up to 12 new-generation Black Hawk utility helicopters, manufactured in Poland and delivered in partnership with Romaero and Deltamed. This exclusive agreement with PZL Mielec, for the supply of medium/heavy maritime... Read more

Last of 16 new Black Hawks arrives in Phliippines

Last of 16 new Black Hawks arrives in Phliippines

10-Nov-2021Source: Philippine News Agency

The delivery of the 16 Polish-made S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters in the country has been completed, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said on Tuesday. In an interview with reporters, PAF spokesperson, Col. Maynard Mariano said the last batch of five S-70i “Black Hawk” helicopters were transported to the Clark Air Base in Angeles... Read more

FRCE supports fleet through Sikorsky H-53 partnership

FRCE supports fleet through Sikorsky H-53 partnership

9-Nov-2021Source: NAVAIR

A partnership between Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) and Sikorsky is helping meet the fleet’s needs for critical parts for CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters. Under a performance-based logistics contract that is part of a public-private partnership (PPP) between FRCE and Sikorsky, the depot’s artisans provide the skilled labor required to... Read more

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade breaks ground on a new hangar facility.

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade breaks ground on a new hangar facility.

2-Nov-2021Source: US Army

The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s new aircraft maintenance hangar at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Oct. 29. Lt. Col. Stephan Bolton, the Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander, said the event represents the beginning of a long-term reinvestment in Hunter Army Airfield and the local community.... Read more

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

Royal Navy AW159 tests new Marlet lightweight missile

27-Oct-2021Source: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has successfully tested a new missile system designed to protect the UK’s new aircraft carriers from attacks by swarms of small boats. During operations in the Pacific Ocean with the UK Carrier Strike Group, HMS Defender’s Wildcat helicopter of 815 Naval Air Squadron fired the Martlet lightweight missile at an inflatable target... Read more

HH-60G A6212 takes final flight before retirement

HH-60G A6212 takes final flight before retirement

25-Oct-2021Source: US Army

The HH-60G Pave Hawk zipped side-to-side as it performed aerial maneuvers above Croatia. All the while, two crew members fired their mini guns at targets with precision and focus. The helicopter provided top cover for U.S. Army soldiers on the ground below. Although, this helicopter was on its final flight after 30 years of service.... Read more

Leonardo’s AWHero achieves world’s first military certification for a Rotary UAS

Leonardo’s AWHero achieves world’s first military certification for a Rotary UAS

22-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s leading-edge AWHero RUAS (Rotary Uncrewed Aerial System) has received basic military certification from Italy’s DAAA (Direzione degli Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità), the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness. This achievement marks the world’s first military certification for a RUAS in the 200kg class. AWHero’s design, development, production and support meet military airworthiness authority... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force retires five older Bell 412s

Royal Thai Air Force retires five older Bell 412s

21-Oct-2021

On 19 October, the Royal Thai Air Force held a decommissioning ceremony for the older examples of the Bell 412 in their fleet. Five aircraft have been retired, leaving six newer 412EP models. The five include two from the days that the 412 line was in Texas, which were brought into service in Thailand in... Read more

Italian State Police Air Service celebrates 50 years

Italian State Police Air Service celebrates 50 years

20-Oct-2021Source: Polizia di Stato

The Italian State Police Air Service celebrates its 50th anniversary: ​​half a century in flight with airplanes and helicopters capable of providing invaluable help from above in emergency situations. Men and women, who since 1971 have always been ready for take-off to operate in difficult-to-reach contexts, to transport operational units, if necessary, and to search... Read more

Italian Army retires the A109

Italian Army retires the A109

19-Oct-2021Source: Italian Defence

The Italian Army has retired the Agusta A109 helicopter after 45 years of service. The last flight was on 14 October from Chelotti Heliport, home of the 1st AVES “Idra” Support Regiment in Bracciano where all the administrative procedures for the type’s retirement will be managed. The A109, which recently marked 50 years since its... Read more

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