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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

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

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

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

19-Oct-2021Source: US Army

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate recently completed a major diversion with the Commonwealth of Australia. “A diversion means that two aircraft were slated for the U.S. Army,” said Susan Williams, a SAMD logistics management specialist “Usually the aircraft are put on contract and then provided to the customer once their... Read more

Philippine Air Force eyes acquisition of heavy-lift helicopters

Philippine Air Force eyes acquisition of heavy-lift helicopters

19-Oct-2021Source: Philippines

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking at the possibility of acquiring heavy-lift helicopters as part of efforts to beef up its helicopter fleet. “There is a project for heavy (lift) helis (helicopters) but this is still being worked out by the TWGs (technical working groups),” PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano said. Mariano, however,... Read more

Royal Australian Navy lifts temporary restrictions on MH-60R

Royal Australian Navy lifts temporary restrictions on MH-60R

19-Oct-2021Source: Australian Dept of Defence

The Royal Australian Navy has lifted temporary restrictions on MH-60R flying operations. A suspension was enacted as a precaution after an MH-60R helicopter attached to HMAS Brisbane ditched in the Philippine Sea on 13 October during a routine flight. “Initial evidence indicates that the incident is not an issue impacting the rest of the MH-60R... Read more

Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

15-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Romanian Government has announced the results of a helicopter tender, although like many such processes, it is already subject to an appeal from an unselected bidder. The requirement was for up to twelve medium/heavy helicopters, to be operated by Serviciul Mobil de Urgență, Reanimare și Descarcerare – fortunately known by its SMURD initials –... Read more

NHA Symposium Returns with Bold Vision for Rotary Capabilities

NHA Symposium Returns with Bold Vision for Rotary Capabilities

13-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

The Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) completed its first in-person symposium at the Viejas Resort, Oct. 6-9, 2021, after pandemic precautions led the organization to cancel its symposium last year. The event, which included two full days of programming, centered on Naval Aviation’s bold vision for rotary wing aviation in the years ahead with the forward-looking... Read more

Boeing Signs First CH-47F Block II Chinook Production Contract

Boeing Signs First CH-47F Block II Chinook Production Contract

13-Oct-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army have signed a $136 million contract for the first CH-47F Block II Chinooks. The Army exercised options for four contracted CH-47F Block II Chinooks with the aircraft scheduled for delivery beginning 2023. Separately, the Army awarded Boeing a $29 million advanced procurement contract for the second production lot... Read more

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

13-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

Aircrews from the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted bi-lateral exercises, Sept. 14. An MH-60R Seahawk assigned to HSM-51 and an SH-60K assigned to VX-51 conducted a bilateral squadron Tactical Formation (TACFORM) flight, and a dual helicopter... Read more

Boeing awarded $14M contract for field support of Spanish Army CH-47s

Boeing awarded $14M contract for field support of Spanish Army CH-47s

11-Oct-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing Aerospace Operations Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $14,080,006 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for contractor field service representatives support and for de-population and population support for Spanish Army CH-47 units. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale of MH-60Rs to Australia

US Foreign Military Sale of MH-60Rs to Australia

11-Oct-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, Related Defense Services, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $985 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia... Read more

CAE awarded $7.6M contract to upgrade Danish MH-60R Mission Operational Flight Trainer

CAE awarded $7.6M contract to upgrade Danish MH-60R Mission Operational Flight Trainer

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Florida, is awarded a $7,675,214 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract provides for the system configuration upgrade of one Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization MH-60R Mission Operational Flight Trainer for the government of Denmark. Work will be performed in Tampa, Florida (60%); and Karup, Denmark (40%), and is expected to be completed in... Read more

Black Hall Aerospace awarded $27M for MD530F support in Lebanon

Black Hall Aerospace awarded $27M for MD530F support in Lebanon

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

Black Hall Aerospace Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $26,916,260 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics services and contractor field service representative services needed to field, sustain and provide training and technical support to the Lebanese Air Force in support of the armed MD 530F helicopter. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work... Read more

Boeing awarded $44M for long-lead items for CH-47

Boeing awarded $44M for long-lead items for CH-47

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $29,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for advance procurement long lead items to support lot 2 CH-47 Block II production. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2024. Fiscal 2021 aircraft... Read more

GE awarded $131M for T700 components across US Navy H-60 and USMC AH-1 fleets

GE awarded $131M for T700 components across US Navy H-60 and USMC AH-1 fleets

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a not-to-exceed $131,600,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement; inventory management; and required supply response times of two T-700 engine components in support of the Navy’s H-60 Seahawk and the Marine Corp’s AH-1 Cobra helicopters. The contract will include a five-year... Read more

Boeing awarded $24M for AH-64 weapon system parts

Boeing awarded $24M for AH-64 weapon system parts

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $16,050,000 firm‐fixed‐price, one-time buy contract for spare parts in support of the AH-64 Apache weapon system. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(2), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302‐1. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Location... Read more

US Army unveils new Black Hawk variant UH-60V at Fort Indiantown Gap

US Army unveils new Black Hawk variant UH-60V at Fort Indiantown Gap

11-Oct-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army unveiled the newest variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the UH-60V, during a ceremony Wednesday at the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site. EAATS received six UH-60Vs from the Utility Helicopter Program Office in late July, and since then, the school’s instructor pilots have been training on... Read more

Bell Teams With CAE USA for US Army FLRAA and FARA Training

Bell Teams With CAE USA for US Army FLRAA and FARA Training

8-Oct-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a teaming agreement with CAE USA Inc., a globally recognized training and mission systems integrator. As part of the collaboration, CAE has agreed to provide Maintenance Training Devices, to assist in the development of Flight Training Devices, and deliver other training products including... Read more

Intevac Photonics Announces $16M IDIQ Contract for Apache Helicopter Program

Intevac Photonics Announces $16M IDIQ Contract for Apache Helicopter Program

6-Oct-2021Source: Intevac

Intevac, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVAC) announced it was awarded a five-year, firm-fixed-price, Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum value of $16.3 million for the continued production of night vision cameras for the Apache Helicopter’s Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-PNVS) program for the U.S. Army. This contract, from the U.S. Army’s PM Apache Office in Huntsville,... Read more

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

5-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

With over 60 years’ experience working closely with many Navies and developing the technologies necessary to face the complex challenges imposed by new scenarios, Leonardo is sponsoring and exhibiting at the seventh edition of Seafuture 2021 in La Spezia, from 28 September to 1 October. The biennial international event – organised in collaboration with the... Read more

US Navy Establishes New Helicopter Squadron

US Navy Establishes New Helicopter Squadron

5-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy establishes a new helicopter squadron, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 50, onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Mayport, Florida, Oct. 1. Primarily, HSM-50 “Valkyries” will be fully equipped with MH-60R Seahawks and will provide expeditionary aviation detachments in support of littoral combat ships and expeditionary independent deployers to meet global force management missions.... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $20M order for Greek MH-60R config work

Lockheed Martin awarded $20M order for Greek MH-60R config work

1-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $20,830,000 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0127) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering and field service representative support in support of configuration efforts for four MH-60R aircraft from standard Foreign Military Sales (FMS) configuration to the government of Greece configuration. Work will... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 GPS receiver work

Bell Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 GPS receiver work

1-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $15,373,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0805) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This order provides systems engineering, technical, logistics support and retrofit of the Miniaturized Airborne Global Positioning System Receiver 2000 for integration onto the V-22 Osprey aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park,... Read more

Moody AFB transitions from HH-60G to HH-60W

Moody AFB transitions from HH-60G to HH-60W

1-Oct-2021Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Squadron officially retired its HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, tail number 356, after conducting its final sortie at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Sept. 29, 2021. During a ceremony celebrating nearly 30 years of service, tail No. 356 departed on a flight marking the end of an era for the “Golf” model aircraft... Read more

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

Boeing awarded $68M task order for work on UK Chinooks

30-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (H9224121F0075), was awarded a $68,155,223 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under contract H92241-18-D-0002 for design and manufacturer development and support efforts (Phase 2) for the United Kingdom FMS H-47 Extended Range (ER) rotary wing aircraft required to satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in accordance with... Read more

Rockwell Collins awarded $15M for CH-47F avionics integration work

Rockwell Collins awarded $15M for CH-47F avionics integration work

30-Sep-2021Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $15,172,779 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for planning, implementation and integration of specific and emerging technology solutions into the Common Avionics Architecture System Operational Flight Program Cockpit System on the CH-47F. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M for V-22 control display unit work

Bell Boeing awarded $9M for V-22 control display unit work

30-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $8,947,039 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0057) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This order provides for the design and development of a replacement keyboard unit for the V-22 control display unit due to functional obsolescence in support of the V-22 Flight Control System redesign. Work... Read more

L3 awarded $35M contract for Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming hardware

L3 awarded $35M contract for Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming hardware

29-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $35,409,911 modification (P00005) to contract W58RGZ-21-F-0144 for the Manned Unmanned Teaming hardware and technical/engineering support for the Apache attack helicopter. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of... Read more

Raytheon awarded $16M contract for night vision systems on CH-53K

Raytheon awarded $16M contract for night vision systems on CH-53K

29-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $16,582,394 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0810) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order procures 15 Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 Forward Looking Infrared kits; six for Lot 4 and nine for Lot 5 CH-53K production aircraft. In addition, this order procures production assets, technical support, and parts... Read more

GE awarded $8M contract for T64 engines for CH-53E helicopters

GE awarded $8M contract for T64 engines for CH-53E helicopters

29-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric – Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $8,245,146 cost-plus-fixed-fee-contract to procure four T-64 engine cores for the CH-53E aircraft as part of the T-64 Engine Reliability Improvement Program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (45%); Rutland, Vermont (28%); Havelock, North Carolina (18%); Madisonville, Kentucky (4%); Evendale, Ohio (4%); and various locations within... Read more

First CH-53K handed over to US Marine Corps

First CH-53K handed over to US Marine Corps

29-Sep-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today celebrated the first Connecticut-built CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter that will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps. This helicopter, which moves more troops and cargo more rapidly  from ship to shore, was the first all digitally designed helicopter. The CH-53K’s digital thread runs from design through production, maintenance, and sustainment,... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $214M order for V22 flight control system redesign

Bell Boeing awarded $214M order for V22 flight control system redesign

29-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $214,394,944 cost-plus-incentive-fee order (N0001921F0327) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This order provides for the redesign and development of the V-22 Flight Control System, to include the flight control computer, cockpit interface unit and associated test equipment due to functional obsolescence, cybersecurity initiatives,... Read more

Bell Boeing begin Nacelle Improvements on US Air Force CV-22  

Bell Boeing begin Nacelle Improvements on US Air Force CV-22  

27-Sep-2021Source: Bell

The first Air Force CV-22 Osprey designated for nacelle improvement modifications arrived at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center on Sept. 21. The aircraft is part of an ongoing process by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing (NYSE: BA) (together referred to as “Bell Boeing”) to further increase the Osprey’s reliability and... Read more

EFW awarded $76M contract for AH-64 helmets

EFW awarded $76M contract for AH-64 helmets

27-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $75,984,294 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System spares that support the AH-64 Apache 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 five-year contract with no option... Read more

Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

20-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Parker Hannifin, Irvine, California, was awarded a $10,500,167 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the AH-64 Apache servocylinder. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 17, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is... Read more

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

20-Sep-2021Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Kingdom of... Read more

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

20-Sep-2021Source: NHIndustries

NHIndustries completes final delivery of the Italian Navy NH90 MITT Tactical Transport Helicopter fleet In line with the contractual schedule and Customer expectations, on August 26th NHIndustries completed the final delivery of an NH90 MITT (Maritime – Italian Navy Tactical Transport) helicopter to the Italian Navy. The aircraft is the last of ten MH-90s, which... Read more

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

16-Sep-2021Source: Washington National Guard

Washington’s State Partnership Program kicked off another subject matter expert exchange by hosting a 10-member delegation of pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army. The cohort spent three weeks exchanging knowledge and expertise with their counterparts in the 96th Aviation Troop Command at the flight facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aug. 23... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

16-Sep-2021Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion successfully recovered a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on Sunday, September 5. The two-day operation was the first official fleet mission for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift capability, which is in the midst of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with Marine Operational... Read more

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

15-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully completed its 100th consecutive on-time delivery of the AH-1Z aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps, which began nearly four years ago. Bell accomplished this milestone through tight coordination with its manufacturing and assembly facilities, UAW 218, numerous suppliers, and government partners. The H-1 series... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

14-Sep-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

The Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X™ for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). This statement can be attributed to Paul Lemmo, president, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, Boeing Defense, Space &... Read more

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

MAIR (Multiple Aperture InfraRed) is a new-generation Missile Warning System developed by Leonardo to protect winged and propeller aircraft, including transport planes, light strike aircraft and helicopters in high threat density scenarios. Developed by specialists in the company’s Nerviano plant – based on their experience of PIRATE and SkyWard airborne infra-red search and track (IRST)... Read more

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

8-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With the addition of the UH-72B Lakota... Read more

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

8-Sep-2021Source: FRCSE

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) has delivered its first two H-60 aircraft following full implementation of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) on its Vertical Lift (VL) aircraft production line. “The Vertical Lift team has truly persevered,” said FRCSE’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Grady Duffey. “Through the on-going pandemic and other hurdles related to space constraints, our... Read more

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