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Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signed an agreement with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS) during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Bell Forth Worth headquarters. PaYS helps prepare active-duty soldiers for careers outside the Army by connecting them with potential employers. Bell currently employees more than 1,300 veterans,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-19

US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has been awarded a contract to supply more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators for the US Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama – the world’s largest helicopter training facility.  The contract is part of the Army’s “Aviator Training Next” or “ATN” Program, an experimental, yet innovative, new way to provide helicopter… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 11-Nov-19

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Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

The SAAF Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter (CSH) employs a chin mounted 20mm cannon. The helicopter main rotor blades kick up a lot of dust as a result of downwash during take-off and landing. Some of this dust is then ingested into the chin mounted cannon. As a result, the cannon has proven unreliable due to… Read more »

Source: Armscor, 07-Nov-19

Uzbekistan orders more AS532 Cougars

Uzbekistan orders more AS532 Cougars

The Uzbek Air Force appears to have placed a second order for AS532 helicopters from Airbus. See Full Story.

Source: Defense & Security Monitor, 06-Nov-19

Schiebel awarded contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins competitive tender to supply its CAMCOPTER® S-100 System to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Following an extensive competitive tender process, Schiebel was awarded its first contract with the RTN, which was signed by Schiebel’s CEO Hannes Hecher and Admiral Prachachart Sirisawat, Director General Naval Acquisition Management office of the Royal Thai Navy, and… Read more »

05-Nov-19

Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

Indra, one of the leading multinational technology and consulting companies, has delivered the most advanced helicopter flight simulator in Europe to the Spanish Army. It is the NH90 training system, which contributes to the training of pilots of the three army corps and has been installed at the Héroes del Revellín base in Agoncillo (La… Read more »

Source: Indra, 04-Nov-19

RNLAF NH90 to be upgraded with Hostile Fire Indicator System

RNLAF NH90 to be upgraded with Hostile Fire Indicator System

 In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study pointed out the MASE system as the preferred choice giving the best compromise between improved self-protection, mission/aircraft compatibility, cost and fleet commonality. The MASE installation… Read more »

Source: Terma, 04-Nov-19

Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was awarded a seat on the Special Operations Forces / Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Multiple Award Contract for Modifications (MACM). It’s a seven year, $996M contract vehicle that provides modifications for the Air Force Materiel Command, Life Cycle Management Center for Fixed and Rotary Wing platforms…. Read more »

Source: Erickson, 31-Oct-19

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India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

The Afghan Air Force has received two Indian helicopters. At a ceremony on Tuesday at the military airbase in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the Indian government formally handed over two Mi-35s to the Afghan Air Force, which were donated in support of Afghanistan’s counterterrorism efforts. See Full Story. 

Source: Defense and Security Monitor, 28-Oct-19

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Airbus delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces

Airbus delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), with a further two to be delivered by the end of the year. In total, 18 Sea Lions have been ordered for the Germany Navy, with deliveries expected to be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Oct-19

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Lockheed Martin to produce M-TUR for AH-64E Apache

Lockheed Martin to produce M-TUR for AH-64E Apache

The U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $40.6 million contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, an upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system with enhanced operational and performance capabilities. The eyes of the Apache are getting an upgrade that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Oct-19

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Safety message extends lifecycle for Black Hawk parts

Safety message extends lifecycle for Black Hawk parts

Recent guidance from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command breathes additional life into several dynamic components of the Black Hawk helicopter, ultimately improving readiness for the workhorse of Army aviation. An AMCOM safety message dated Sept. 9, updated the time to change out or retire more than 20 parts, increasing component time for aircraft… Read more »

Source: US Army, 24-Oct-19

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Flight testing begins for the first H225Ms for Kuwait

Flight testing begins for the first H225Ms for Kuwait

The first H225Ms to be delivered to Kuwait later this year have started flight testing. Kuwait ordered 30 of the long-range multi-role H225Ms in August 2016. They will be operated by the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait National Guard. There are currently 95 H225Ms in service across the world, having accumulated around 114,000 flight hours. The H225M is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Oct-19

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Sikorsky Introduces RAIDER X™

Sikorsky Introduces RAIDER X™

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), introduced RAIDER X™, its concept for an agile, lethal and survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for securing vertical lift dominance against evolving peer and near-peer threats on the future battlefield. Through the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, RAIDER X is the out-front platform in… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Oct-19

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US Army trialing new helicopter pilot training program

US Army trialing new helicopter pilot training program

With inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, the 23rd Flying Training Squadron here is transforming the learning environment with the intent of developing vertical-lift aviators better trained and prepared to conduct homeland security, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. The first six students to complete the experimental specialized undergraduate pilot training – helicopter curriculum… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Oct-19

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NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

The U.S. Army is looking to improve its aviation technology and recently called upon the AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, to advance this effort. Engineers from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and The Boeing Company, in partnership with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Army… Read more »

Source: Arnold Air Force Base, 15-Oct-19

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CIA Museum adds Mil MI-17 helicopter

CIA Museum adds Mil MI-17 helicopter

Seventeen years ago, on Sept. 26, America began to hit back. Just 15 days after the U.S. mainland was attacked by al-Qaida terrorists on 9/11, a team of seven CIA paramilitary operatives and a three-man flight crew landed in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley to prepare for the assault that would topple the Taliban regime by December. See Full… Read more »

Source: USA Today, 09-Oct-19

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Z-20 makes debut in Chinese military

Z-20 makes debut in Chinese military

China’s domestically made utility helicopter, the Z-20, made its debut at the National Day parade on Tuesday, a move that confirmed its active service status within the Chinese military. See Full Story. And a later press release confirms six Z-20s were flying in the parade.  

Source: Global Times, 03-Oct-19

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Philippine Air Force considers purchase of 16 Mi-17s

Philippine Air Force considers purchase of 16 Mi-17s

The Armed Forces is reportedly set to procure 16 units of Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters with a total worth of P12.5 billion as it beefs up its air capability in the first official acquisition from Russia. See Full Story.

Source: Business Mirror, 03-Oct-19

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Bell introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus, as the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell’s innovative approach to designing the Bell 360 Invictus combines proven low-risk technologies with advanced processes to deliver soldiers an affordable, agile and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Oct-19

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Royal Thai Army prepares for more Enstrom 480Bs

Royal Thai Army prepares for more Enstrom 480Bs

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is receiving training on its latest batch of six Enstrom 480B helicopters ahead of delivery. Over the next four weeks, a total of 36 RTA pilots and mechanics will be visiting Enstrom facilities in Menominee, Michigan, to become trained to fly and support the turbine-powered helicopters. They will be split into two groups,… Read more »

Source: Air Forces Monthly, 02-Oct-19

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Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), as Bell competes for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell is designing a vertical lift aircraft, as part of the contract awarded in April… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Oct-19

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UAE Considering Combat Rescue Helicopter

UAE Considering Combat Rescue Helicopter

The United Arab Emirates is weighing a buy of the same Combat Rescue Helicopter the Air Force is acquiring, and recently received details on how to proceed from the service’s program office, a USAF spokesman told Air Force Magazine.

Source: Air Force Magazine, 01-Oct-19

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NAVAIR delivers first redesigned MH-60s gunner seats to fleet

NAVAIR delivers first redesigned MH-60s gunner seats to fleet

The Aircrew Systems Program Office delivered, installed and demonstrated the first two redesigned MH-60S Seahawk gunner seats on Sept. 24 and 25 to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) at Naval Air Station North Island. This delivery is the culmination of innovative, strategic planning across multiple organizations working together to complete the mission with urgency…. Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 01-Oct-19

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US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

Combat aviators here are conducting operational tests of Army modernization efforts using three UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters. The UH-60V Black Hawk will retrofit the Army’s remaining UH-60L helicopter fleet’s analog cockpits with a digital cockpit, similar to the UH-60M helicopter. Retrofitting aircraft that are already owned by the Army is a major cost saving measure… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Sep-19

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Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo announced that the Company will build a comprehensive customer support center adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida’s Santa Rosa County if selected for the United States Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73. Leonardo is offering the Navy its purpose built, American made TH-119 IFR single engine helicopter to replace the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Sep-19

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MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin completed a trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys for the fourth time, transiting from Darwin, Australia to their home station on Marine Corps Base Hawaii on September 19. The flight consisted of four MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, Reinforced, supported by two KC-130J Hercules from… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Sep-19

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MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce it has been awarded a Firm Fixed-Price contract for the provision of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Contractor Field Service Representatives (CFSR), and both CONUS and OCONUS training. The contract – issued through Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal on behalf of the Multinational Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) –… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 16-Sep-19

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Helicopter pilot appointed new Station Commander at RAF Odiham

Helicopter pilot appointed new Station Commander at RAF Odiham

RAF Odiham has welcomed back former OC 27 Sqn, Gp Capt Nick Knight as the new Station Commander succeeding Gp Capt Lee Turner after 2 years at the helm of this incredibly busy Station. Gp Capt Knight has a vast experience of the Support Helicopter force, commissioning into the British Army in 1996 he flew… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 11-Sep-19

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Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a U.S. developer of display systems for wearable technologies and military applications,  announced its super high-performance Brillian liquid crystal display (LCD) has been designed into a customer’s helmet-mounted display (HMD) system for the US Army’s helicopter pilots. The Brillian display incorporates advanced designs and processing techniques to produce unsurpassed image performance… Read more »

Source: Kopin, 11-Sep-19

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US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

Fighting illegal drug trafficking is done to safeguard national security, and this fight is supported by security assistance programs executed for the Army by Security Assistance Command. USASAC has used one such program, Section 333, to transfer 60 TH-67 Training Bell Model helicopters to the Regional Helicopter Training Center in Melgar, Colombia. The helicopters had… Read more »

Source: US Army Security Assistance Command, 11-Sep-19

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MD Helicopters Awarded $50.4 million contract

MD Helicopters Awarded $50.4 million contract

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced that the company has been awarded a $50.4 million Firm Fixed Price contract modification for logistics support of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter fleet currently in service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF). MD Helicopters has provided comprehensive contractor logistics support (CLS) services to the Afghan Air Force since… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 04-Sep-19

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Airbus Helicopters and Elbe Flugzeugwerke take on maintenance activities

Airbus Helicopters and Elbe Flugzeugwerke take on maintenance activities

Airbus Helicopters as prime contractor will work together with Dresden-based Elbe Flugzeugwerke to maintain the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr’s) NH90 fleet. Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed the corresponding 10-year support contract on Wednesday. The services to be rendered at a package price under this contract… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Sep-19

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First UK pilots complete training with Rotary Wing MFTS

First UK pilots complete training with Rotary Wing MFTS

ON 23 August 2019, a total of 22 tri-Service aircrew graduated from the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury. The parade celebrated both the graduation of the first 13 pilots to complete their training within the Rotary Wing UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) as well as the graduation of 9 helicopter Rearcrew…. Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 02-Sep-19

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New US Army PIF division chief focuses on modernization

New US Army PIF division chief focuses on modernization

The U.S Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Engineering Directorate Prototype Integration Facility announced a new division chief. Miranda Oden was named the new CCDC Aviation & Missile Center PIF division chief in July. She takes over for Danny Featherston, who retired from government service in April after 15 years leading the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Aug-19

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Elbit to supply components for CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display System

Elbit to supply components for CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display System

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ELST) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America LLC, (“Elbit Systems of America”) was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for the supply of components of the for Color Helmet Mounted Display System of the CV-22 aircraft. The contract is in an amount that is… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 13-Aug-19

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Boeing opens V-22 production facility

Boeing opens V-22 production facility

Boeing, the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy celebrated the opening of a modern V-22 Osprey factory outside Philadelphia. Here, employees will build fuselages for the tiltrotor aircraft and modernize the MV-22 fleet for Marines. The advanced factory will house fuselage production for Navy, Air Force, Marines and international customers. The new facility will also… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 08-Aug-19

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Smartforce: the power of big data for military operators

Smartforce: the power of big data for military operators

On the occasion of Paris Airshow 2019, Airbus Helicopters has launched seven new products for military customers under its digital support services offering called Smartforce. With these additions, Airbus expands the Smartforce offering, and allows customers to select the services that best fit the specific requirements of their fleets and aircraft mix. The development of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Aug-19

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Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

Airbus hosted a ceremony with leaders of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) to commemorate the UH-72A Lakota’s 10th anniversary at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. Airbus Helicopters established the Lakota program at the USNTPS in July 2009. Over the past ten years, the UH-72A Lakota fleet there has consistently exceeded operational… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jul-19

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HAL Delivers Chetak Helicopter to Indian Navy Ahead of Schedule

HAL Delivers Chetak Helicopter to Indian Navy Ahead of Schedule

HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy. The documents were handed over by Mr S. Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA in an event held at HAL facilities here, today. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply… Read more »

Source: HAL, 30-Jul-19

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S.A.F.E. awarded US Army contract

S.A.F.E. awarded US Army contract

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety-first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, has announced that they have been awarded the contract to manufacture a full line of maintenance platforms, hangar equipment and specialty tooling for the United States… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 30-Jul-19

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Sea Lion Successfully Completes Mission Demonstration

Sea Lion Successfully Completes Mission Demonstration

The NH90 Sea Lion successfully completed mission demonstrations for its relevant roles in the German Navy, including SAR missions, in July. Representatives of the Navy and the procurement agency BAAINBw participated in the tests that covered operations using a rescue hoist, checking navy reconnaissance capabilities, and dropping off commandos and Special Forces equipment, including an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jul-19

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Greece – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Greece – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019. The Government of Greece has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 22-Jul-19

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AAR awarded four-year MRO contract with Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR awarded four-year MRO contract with Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has been awarded a four-year contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Chinook APU for Logistics Centre Woensdrecht (LCW). AAR will service the Chinook fleet in its Component Repair facility in… Read more »

Source: AAR, 22-Jul-19

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Advanced Technology Systems Co. Awarded $18M Contract for Helicopter Maintenance

Advanced Technology Systems Co. Awarded $18M Contract for Helicopter Maintenance

Advanced Technology Systems Co. Inc.,* McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $17,896,404 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter maintenance. Bids were solicited via the internet with nine received. Work will be performed in Fort Benning, Georgia, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $400,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jul-19

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Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,515,180 modification (P00018) against a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410) adding five national stock numbers for stabilizer bar assemblies, pylon mast assemblies, trans case assemblies, quill assemblies and rotary wing blades in support of UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters. This is a fixed-price, requirements contract. Location… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-19

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1st CAB Commander Makes Final Flight

1st CAB Commander Makes Final Flight

Soldiers of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division gathered on a cool summer day at Illesheim Army Airfield to honor the career of their commander, and one of the Army’s senior aviators. Col. Chris Black, who piloted his first flight in 1994, conducted his final flight today as an Army aviator. As he… Read more »

Source: US Military, 15-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $22M Contract for CH-53K Support

Sikorsky Awarded $22M Contract for CH-53K Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $21,689,142 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029). This order procures the CH-53K Data Transfer Unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement program and includes necessary Non Recurring Engineering (NRE) to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K production… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $7,103,403 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-2555 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029. This order procures non-recurring engineering, development, tooling, manufacturing, qualification, reporting and delivery of the nose, main, intermediate and tail gearbox gears in support of the low rate initial production of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for H-53 Nacelles Production Kit Procurement

Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for H-53 Nacelles Production Kit Procurement

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $7,823,461 for modification 11 to a firm-fixed-price delivery order 5306 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This modification procures 36 Nacelles Production Kits in support of the H-53 aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for AH-64E Production Line Improvement

Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for AH-64E Production Line Improvement

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $47,684,233 modification (P00029) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for Version 6/Improved Drive System-enhancement cut-in on the Apache Attack Helicopter (AH)-64E production line and for the Apache Longbow Crew Trainers.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022.  Fiscal 2010, 2018 and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Lockheed Awarded $106M Contract for Apache Attack Helicopter Support

Lockheed Awarded $106M Contract for Apache Attack Helicopter Support

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $106,108,230 firm-fixed-price domestic and foreign military sales (Netherlands and United Kingdom) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache Attack Helicopter.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $91M Contract for H-60 Support

Sikorsky Awarded $91M Contract for H-60 Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $91,291,064 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract to provide engineering and other support services for all versions of the H-60 Blackhawk.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2024. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Jun-19

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Airbus and DCA pick Thales new FlytX avionics for helicopter programs

Airbus and DCA pick Thales new FlytX avionics for helicopter programs

Military helicopters are called on to perform reconnaissance, fire support, surveillance and search-and-rescue missions in increasingly saturated environments. Pilots must be able to observe hostiles, evade obstacles and successfully complete their missions while flying the helicopter and monitoring information from its onboard systems. Fully mission oriented, the FlytX solution has been developed to enable maximum… Read more »

Source: Thales, 26-Jun-19

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Safran to continue supporting UK MOD

Safran to continue supporting UK MOD

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a three-year support contract extension with the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency, to provide an end-to-end availability service for the RTM322 engines fitted to Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters. Covering a fleet of more than 400 engines, the contract represents a… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 26-Jun-19

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Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is to be awarded a $16,532,250 firm-fixed price contract for helicopter flight control computers.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  Location of performance is Arizona.  Using military service is the Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jun-19

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Terma Aircraft Survivability Equipment on RNLAF NH90 Ready for Operational Use

Terma Aircraft Survivability Equipment on RNLAF NH90 Ready for Operational Use

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study pointed out the MASE system as the preferred choice giving the best compromise between improved self-protection, mission/aircraft compatibility, cost and fleet commonality. The MASE installation is… Read more »

Source: Terma, 25-Jun-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded not-to-exceed $7,458,000 for modification P00005 to a delivery order N0001918F0016 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering to facilitate additional structural improvements, tooling assessment, and test aircraft retrofit tooling in support of theV-22 Nacelle Improvement effort. Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

The U.S. military’s V-22 joint program office and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) are testing a new artificial intelligence tool to help better determine when repairs are needed to the multi-mode radar installed on U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys. “Just like you get your car’s oil changed every 5,000 miles, whether you need to or not,… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Company, 24-Jun-19

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FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FlexDecks Inc.,* Houston, Texas, is awarded a $17,200,997 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure up to 40 each V-22 and MV-22B maintenance wing platform stands for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2024.  Fiscal 2017 and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,991,526 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 to procure the Post Green DD250 aircraft support, storage and maintenance for UH-60M aircraft for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-19

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French Air Force reinforce its fleet of H225Ms

French Air Force reinforce its fleet of H225Ms

The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has signed an order to purchase an additional H225M which will be operated by the French Air Force. The aircraft will be delivered in a configuration that allows it to be interoperable with the existing fleet of 10 H225Ms in the French Air Force and in particular it will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-19

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Boeing Awarded $194M Contract for MH-47G Procurement

Boeing Awarded $194M Contract for MH-47G Procurement

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $194,224,723 cost-plus-fixed-fee type delivery order modification (P00001) under a current contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure six renew-build and one new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft. This action is required to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Jun-19

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US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

Cmdr. Jessica Parker turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8 to Cmdr. Lena Kaman during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton June 7. Parker and Kaman were the first female leadership team to command a Navy helicopter training squadron together. HT-8 is the Navy’s oldest… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, a Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded $542,023,016 for firm-fixed price modification P00074 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050) in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of six Low Rate Initial Production Lot 1 Presidential Helicopters, as well as interim… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), formally responded to the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program call for competition. Sikorsky expects to offer the most modern heavy lift helicopter in production, the CH-53K King Stallion, in response to the official Request for Proposals, which is expected this summer. The new STH heavy lifter… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Jun-19

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SENER and Babcock complete Spanish Navy AB212 life extension program

SENER and Babcock complete Spanish Navy AB212 life extension program

SENER and Babcock have put the final point to the life extension program (PEVH AB-212 in its Spanish acronym) for the Third Squadron of the Spanish Navy, in a ceremony held at FEINDEF, the international defence and security exhibition (Madrid from 29th to 31st May), in front of one of the seven AB-212 helicopters that… Read more »

Source: SENER, 11-Jun-19

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Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $10,115,993 modification (P00025) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0059 to support CH-47F Block II Engineering and Manufacturing Development program.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,115,993… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-19

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US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

Just 16 months from signing a Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the United States and Greece, the Security Assistance Command has delivered 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defense Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Jun-19

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Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $49,114,577 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the display unit for the UH- 60 Blackhawk 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 June 3, 2024.  U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-19

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General Dynamics Awarded $8M Contract for AH-1Z Gun Turrets

General Dynamics Awarded $8M Contract for AH-1Z Gun Turrets

General Dynamics-Ordinance and Tactical Systems (OTS) Inc., Williston, Vermont, is awarded $7,500,000 for modification P00007 to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (0008) against a previously placed basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007). This modification procures 37 A/A49E-7(V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters for the Navy (25); and the government of Bahrain (12). Work will be performed in Saco,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jun-19

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KBR Test Pilot Named 2018 USMC Contractor Tester of the Year

KBR Test Pilot Named 2018 USMC Contractor Tester of the Year

KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has named KBR employee Dale Feddersen the 2018 United States Marine Corps Contractor Tester of the Year. Feddersen was presented the award at the 34th Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference in Fort Walton Beach, Florida held May 13 – 15, 2019. Feddersen… Read more »

Source: KBR, 03-Jun-19

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Raytheon Awarded $7M Contract for MH-60 Engineering Services

Raytheon Awarded $7M Contract for MH-60 Engineering Services

Raytheon, Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is awarded $7,041,386 to exercise an option under a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00024-17-C-6305) to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver low-rate initial production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) and engineering services and support. The AMNS will explosively neutralize bottom and moored mines using an expendable mine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Dedicates Stratford Hangar to Son of Company’s Founder

Sikorsky Dedicates Stratford Hangar to Son of Company’s Founder

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), renamed its military hangar the Sergei I. Sikorsky Flight Center, on May 16, to honor Sergei Sikorsky’s many achievements. Several Sikorsky employees, community members and 40 Coast Guardsmen gathered with Sergei and his family to celebrate the dedication. “Every helicopter that comes off our final assembly line will… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Jun-19

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France brings forward H160M Joint Light Helicopter programme

France brings forward H160M Joint Light Helicopter programme

The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. The HIL programme, for which the Airbus Helicopters’ H160 was selected in 2017, was initially scheduled for launch in 2022 by the current military budget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-May-19

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