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Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes the Australian Government announcement of the expansion of the MH-60R helicopter fleet – the MH-60R Seahawk is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter with unmatched capabilities across a multitude of roles. Through this acquisition, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will acquire 13 additional MH-60Rs from the United States Navy, increasing its... Read more

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

10-May-2022Source: TRT World

  Taiwan has signalled that it has abandoned a plan to buy advanced new anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the United States, saying they are too expensive. Asked in parliament on Thursday about recent changes to Taiwan’s purchases of new US weapons, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng mentioned the helicopter case first. See Full Story. ... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

10-May-2022

  Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $302,152,612 modification (P00053) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001917C0015) for the production and delivery of four MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30.08%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15.22%); Amarillo,... Read more

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

10-May-2022Source: RUAG

  After around three years, the last of a total of nine modernized Cou-gars of the helicopter fleet were returned to the Swiss Air Force as part of a ceremonial handover. The series modernization program received approval from the Federal Council in 2018 on the occasion of the Army Dispatch and started in early 2019... Read more

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

9-May-2022Source: Valley News LIVE

The Pembina County Water Resource District continues mitigation efforts in conjunction with the ND National Guard to stabilize erosion on Bourbanis Dam. Two Blackhawk helicopters and National Guard personnel placed nearly 160 one-ton sandbags in the areas of most concern.  This effort will continue throughout the day on Wednesday. Crews will remain in place overnight... Read more

Jas. W. Glover awarded $8M contract for helicopter parking area repair at MCAS Hawaii

Jas. W. Glover awarded $8M contract for helicopter parking area repair at MCAS Hawaii

9-May-2022Source: US DoD

Jas. W. Glover Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded an $8,257,700 firm-fixed-price task order (N6247822F4084) for helicopter parking area repairs at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The work to be performed provides for the removal of the existing deteriorated aircraft pavement, tie-downs, grounding points, pavement striping/other markings and reconstruction of the new aircraft pavement/striping for safe helicopter... Read more

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

9-May-2022Source: US Army

In August of 2005, then eight-year-old Jonathan Murray was on the playground of his Baton Rouge, Louisiana, elementary school when he heard the distinctive hum of a fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the first time. He watched in amazement as the aircraft flew overhead and knew they were tasked with a vital mission:... Read more

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

6-May-2022Source: US Navy

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest Commanding Officer CAPT Mike Oestereicher provided a NAVFAC Southwest perspective and identified the collective team members involved in the planning, design, construction, and future operation of the V-22 Hanger, April 14 in Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), to audience members from Naval Base Coronado, contracted agencies, and NAVFAC... Read more

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

6-May-2022Source: Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the legendary RAF Chinook HC6A ‘Bravo November’ helicopter for display at our Cosford site in Shropshire. The newest addition to the Museum’s collection has a distinguished career within the Royal Air Force. It was one of the original 30 Chinooks ordered by the... Read more

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

5-May-2022Source: US DoD

Breeze-Eastern Corp., Whippany, New Jersey, was awarded a $7,938,309 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Winch, Aircraft Mounted for the UH-60 Medical Evacuation Aircraft. This was a sole-source action with zero bids. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 21, 2027. U.S.... Read more

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

5-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  Schiebel Pacific welcomes the decision of the Commonwealth of Australia to speed up the provision of its UAS capability by initiating a single source acquisition of the CAMCOPTER® S-100. This will enable the RAN to accelerate the capability acquisition they need and together with our local partners, we are committed to deliver the best... Read more

Air Center Helicopters awarded $11M for VERTREP

Air Center Helicopters awarded $11M for VERTREP

4-May-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,859,826 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that provides ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to Navy ships, partner nations’ ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI is required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis, and... Read more

HTI Global wins Bell 212 engine contract with Uruguayan Air Force

HTI Global wins Bell 212 engine contract with Uruguayan Air Force

4-May-2022Source: HTI Global

HTI Global has taken on a contract to train Fuerza Aerea Uruguay (FAU) (Uruguyan Air Force) technicians with respect to their Bell 212 and twin PAC engines. The Uruguyan Air Force not only secures the South American skies but also protects other countries under U.N. Operations, one of them being Congo-Africa. We thank the Uruguyan... Read more

Air Industries Group wins two Blackhawk component contracts worth $8.3M

Air Industries Group wins two Blackhawk component contracts worth $8.3M

4-May-2022Source: Air Industries Group

Air Industries Group (NYSE American: AIRI), an integrated Tier 1 manufacturer of precision assemblies and components for mission-critical aerospace and defense applications, and a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, announced that its Long Island-based subsidiary, Air Industries Machining Corp., has been awarded two separate Long-Term Agreements (LTAs) to manufacture flight-critical assemblies for... Read more

CGAS New Orleans receives first MH-60 Jayhawk

CGAS New Orleans receives first MH-60 Jayhawk

3-May-2022Source: UCSG

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans yesterday received their first MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, with a further pair expected by July of this year. The Air Station has exclusively flown MH-65 Dolphin helicopters up to now. The arrival included an overflight of downtown New Orleans by Cmdr. Keith Blair, Air Station New Orleans commanding officer... Read more

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

3-May-2022Source: US DoD

Overhaul Support Services LLC, East Granby, Connecticut, was awarded a $15,793,439 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul aft control swashplates for the CH-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 13, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

3-May-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, completed operational integration training aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), April 21. During two weeks of flight operations the unmanned helicopter attached to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, performed various over-the-horizon intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training missions using the... Read more

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

3-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard’s Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment out of Windsor Locks, retrieved a new UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and delivered it to the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks, Conn. April 28, 2022. The addition of this new airframe completes a conversion of the unit’s... Read more

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

29-Apr-2022Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy is proposing to retire its only expeditionary helicopter squadron dedicated to support of special operations forces with the service’s 2023 budget request. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85), a reserve squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island, California, is equipped with MH-60S Seahawk helicopters to support “Naval Special Warfare forces and... Read more

MD Helicopters Hosts Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio Hall of Fame Induction

MD Helicopters Hosts Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio Hall of Fame Induction

29-Apr-2022Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly hosted a ceremony to celebrate the induction of Lt. Col. Alan “Ace” Cozzalio to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame at the MDHI facility in Mesa, Arizona on April 15, 2022. The event also included a display of aircraft, comprising of a Vietnam War-era OH-6 from the Army Aviation Heritage... Read more

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

28-Apr-2022Source: Financial Post

Germany will buy 60 CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters from Boeing worth around 5 billion euros ($5.40 billion)as it upgrades its military armor, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing government sources. See Full Story.... Read more

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

27-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367, Marine Aircraft Group 24, cased their colors during the unit’s deactivation ceremony here today. During World War II the squadron activated in December 1943 as Marine Observation Squadron 351 in Quantico, Virginia. A month later, in January 1944, the Marines of “Scarface” were fighting in the skies over... Read more

USMC declares Initial Operational Capability of CH-53K

USMC declares Initial Operational Capability of CH-53K

26-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, validating the platform’s operational readiness to forward deploy Marines and equipment across the globe. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) designed and manufactures the CH-53K, which enables the U.S. Marine Corps and international militaries to move troops and equipment... Read more

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

26-Apr-2022Source: US National Guard

The West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, Aeromedical Evacuation Company, received its first of six new HH-60M “Mike” model Black Hawk helicopters April 12. Built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Army, the HH-60M supports aerial medical and ambulatory patient transport medevac services such as evacuating wounded troops from the... Read more

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

25-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

The oldest flying squadron of Marine Aircraft Group 24, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), “Pegasus,” cased its colors and deactivated during a ceremony here today. HMH-463 first activated July 20, 1944, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina as Marine Bombing Squadron 463. Since the original activation, the squadron has operated on... Read more

Erickson awarded $16M contract for fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services

Erickson awarded $16M contract for fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services

25-Apr-2022Source: Erickson

Erickson Helicopters Inc., Portland, Oregon, was awarded a modification (P00014) on firm-fixed-price contract HTC711-18-D-R023 in the amount of $16,379,297. This modification provides continued dedicated fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services. Work will be performed at Edwin Andrews Air Base, Philippines. The period of performance is from March 28, 2022, to Sept. 27, 2022. Fiscal 2022 transportation... Read more

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

25-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo welcomes the $ 29 million USD contract award by the U.S. Department of Defense for new AW119Kx aircraft in the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Israel, with the U.S. Army Contracting Command as the contracting activity. The aircraft will be fully produced at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Israel’s Ministry of Defence... Read more

US approves $997M request from Nigeria for 12 AH-1Z

US approves $997M request from Nigeria for 12 AH-1Z

25-Apr-2022Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Nigeria of AH-1Z Attack Helicopter Related FMS Acquisitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $997 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Nigeria... Read more

Czech Republic Chief of Defense Signs Beams of AH‑1Z and UH‑1Y

Czech Republic Chief of Defense Signs Beams of AH‑1Z and UH‑1Y

21-Apr-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, completed another step in the production of AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters for international customers. Czech Republic Chief of Defense (CHOD) Gen. Aleš Opata, Deputy Minister of Defence František Šulc and delegates visited Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in a landmark meeting to observe the Czech Republic H-1... Read more

Schiebel wins follow-on contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins follow-on contract with Royal Thai Navy

20-Apr-2022Source: Schiebel

UAS market leader Schiebel has been awarded its second contract in just three years by the Royal Thai Navy, signed with Lt. General Apichai Sompolkrang, Director of the Naval Acquisition Management Office in Bangkok. RTN Programme Director, Captain Anurat Siriwong, witnessed the contract signature. The contract will be completed before the end of 2022 and... Read more

HAL signs second contract for Nigerian Army training on Chetak

HAL signs second contract for Nigerian Army training on Chetak

14-Apr-2022Source: HAL

HAL signed a contract with Nigerian Army for imparting Phase-II flying training on Chetak Helicopter for six officers of Nigerian Army Aviation.  This marks the continuation of contract signed in April 2021 for imparting Phase-I flying training to six Nigerian Army aviation officers, which was successfully executed in December 2021. The Phase-II flying training on... Read more

Sikorsky granted $27M contract for support of CH-53K Production

Sikorsky granted $27M contract for support of CH-53K Production

13-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $27,378,339 firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2312) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures rate tooling and non-recurring engineering in support of achieving a production quantity at full rate of up to 24 CH-53K aircraft per year. Work will be performed in Stratford, and... Read more

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

12-Apr-2022Source: LIFT Aircraft

LIFT Aircraft Co. was recently awarded a Phase 3 contract through the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime Program to continue experimentation and flight test efforts around HEXA, LIFT’s all-electric, single-seat eVTOL aircraft. Since 2020, LIFT Aircraft has conducted flight testing with the support of the US Air Force under a Phase 2 Small Business... Read more

Qatar’s first two NH90 NFH navals delivered

Qatar’s first two NH90 NFH navals delivered

8-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Another major programme achievement in the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 programme was made on 31 March with the delivery of the first two NFH naval variant helicopters. The aircraft handover, achieved in accordance with contractual commitments, was performed during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera NH90 final assembly line (Italy) in the... Read more

US Army National Guard to operate first UH-72B in Arizona

US Army National Guard to operate first UH-72B in Arizona

7-Apr-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

After taking delivery of the first UH-72B Lakota helicopter in September last year, the U.S. Army National Guard is finalizing its training and will begin fielding the new helicopter with numerous state Guard units, beginning with Arizona. Subsequent states to operate the new 5-bladed UH-72B include Colorado and New Mexico later this year, followed by... Read more

Marines Complete CH-53K® Initial Operational Test & Evaluation Test Vignettes

Marines Complete CH-53K® Initial Operational Test & Evaluation Test Vignettes

7-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

Demonstrating its advanced capabilities in the fleet environment, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter completed Initial Operational Test & Evaluation test vignettes (IOT&E) paving the way for the expected declaration by the U.S. Marine Corps of  Initial Operational Capability (IOC) later this year and a Full Rate Production decision in 2023. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company... Read more

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

7-Apr-2022Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) provides maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services that support a variety of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft around the world. The depot also provides service to the Fleet through training for aircraft maintenance professionals who can then return to their respective organizations with the skills they need to maintain aviation... Read more

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

6-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012. This £360 million contract awarded last year marks the continued delivery of support services for the UK’s fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters to the British... Read more

Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

5-Apr-2022Source: Sikorsky

The Sikorsky RAIDER X® competitive prototype (CP) for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) is more than 85 percent complete, progressing 50 percent faster through production and assembly compared to legacy programs and resulting in a cost-effective, transformational aircraft. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has made significant progress on RAIDER X, which is... Read more

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

4-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

After three years of proving its transformational flight capabilities, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT® helicopter arrived in Nashville this week to give U.S. Army Aviators a first-hand look at this impressive aircraft at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit. Army aviators at the summit will be able to see how Team DEFIANT... Read more

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

4-Apr-2022Source: US Military

Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing representatives with 86th Troop Command took part in an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force helicopter pilots as part of the State Partnership Program in Dakar, Senegal, March 13-19. During the exchange, Vermont National Guardsmen and Senegalese pilots discussed accident causation theories, case studies on aircraft mishaps and crew coordination,... Read more

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

4-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters, Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,679,419 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that will provide ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment services to Navy ships, partner nation’s ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI will be required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis,... Read more

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

1-Apr-2022Source: GE Aviation

GE has initiated testing on the first T901-GE-900 engine, GE’s next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) aircraft in the future. In 2019, the U.S. Army selected GE’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine... Read more

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

1-Apr-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has begun trialing autonomous take-off and landing capabilities at sea for the VSR700, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) being developed in the frame of the SDAM (Système de drone aérien de la Marine) programme, conducted by the DGA (Direction générale de l’Armement – the French Armament General Directorate) for the French Navy. Trials... Read more

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

31-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is putting forward its twin-engine multi-role military AW149 for the UK MoD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. If successful, the company has committed to the establishment of an additional final assembly line of the platform at the “Home of British Helicopters” – its Yeovil site. The NMH campaign will enable Leonardo to support and... Read more

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

30-Mar-2022Source: South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina National Guard received the first five AH-64E model Apache attack helicopters, delivered to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, March 24, 2022. The South Carolina National Guard is updating a 34-year-old fleet of 24 aircraft with the new E-model, which will be assigned to and flown by the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 59th... Read more

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

25-Mar-2022Source: PZL Mielec

March 16 it has been 15 years since the privatization of PZL Mielec and company joining to the Sikorsky family, which is now a part of Lockheed Martin Corporation.  It was the beginning of groundbreaking changes in the history of aviation in Mielec. Since privatization and 170 million USD investment to improve production facilities and... Read more

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

24-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,348,691 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 turret. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 16, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-D-0024).... Read more

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

23-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $52,467,855 firm-fixed-price modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (N0001922C0004).  This modification adds scope to procure long lead items in support of full rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and... Read more

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

22-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence. According to DoD Instruction 1348.30, the award recognizes maintenance operations... Read more

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

21-Mar-2022Source: US National Guard

The Illinois Army National Guard has received new UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, the latest rotary-wing aircraft in the Army’s inventory. The helicopters are assigned to the 106th Aviation Regiment, stationed in Kankakee and Decatur. “We’ve upgraded from analog to digital technology. The UH-60V gives us a moving map on board for situational awareness. It has... Read more

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

21-Mar-2022Source: Triumph

Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] announced that its Systems, Electronics and Controls business has received a five-year contract with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to provide repair and upgrade services to their enhanced digital electronic control (fuel) units (EDECUs). Triumph’s EMC-102 EDECU units are used to support the T700 engine in the U.S. Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter.... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

16-Mar-2022Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $950 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Department of State has... Read more

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

16-Mar-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marines from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct tactics development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on March 10, 2022. During the exercise, VMX-1’s UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters conducted attacks... Read more

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

14-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

Cmdr. James “Moose” Moore relieved Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts as commanding officer of Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC 25), February 17. The ceremony featured a flyby with an aerial change of command followed by an in-person ceremony attended by immediate family, HSC 25 and key personnel. Butts commanded HSC 25 Sailors, known as... Read more

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,152,263 cost-plus-fee, cost-no-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for non-personal technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60 Black Hawk 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 Dec. 31, 2026.... Read more

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

14-Mar-2022

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Apache Development and Modernization (DevMod) Product Office welcomed a new leader during a change of charter ceremony Feb. 24 at Redstone Arsenal’s Bob Jones Auditorium. Outgoing product manager Lt. Col. Matt Peterson relinquished responsibility of the office to Lt. Col. Nick Yerby, who most recently served as a Program Management... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $99,250,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides products and support required to rapidly integrate and field VH-92A aircraft simulators and trainers in support of the Presidential Helicopter Program. The products include delivery of technical analysis, technical reports, trade studies, and retrofit... Read more

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

13-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy announced initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment, on Feb. 17, 2022. The aircraft was formally declared IOC on Dec. 14, 2021, aligning with the scheduled first-quarter fiscal year requirement. “The CMV-22’s maiden deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW)... Read more

US Army orders another six MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters

US Army orders another six MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters

9-Mar-2022Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] extends its partnership with the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) with an order for six additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters. The award, valued at $195 million, brings the total number of MH-47G Block II aircraft under contract with the USASOAC to 36. The upgraded MH-47G Block II Chinook features... Read more

GE announces upgrades to Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System

GE announces upgrades to Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System

8-Mar-2022Source: GE Aviation

GE Aviation announced an upgrade to the Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System / Aviation Vibration Analyzer (RADS/AVA) product line in Rotor Track and Balance (RT&B) operations for civil and military operators such as the UK MoD and the U.S. Army. “The RADS/AVA upgrade provides an intuitive graphical user interface and enhancements allowing users the ability to... Read more

WINGX expands into helicopter fleet tracking partnered by Parapex Media

WINGX expands into helicopter fleet tracking partnered by Parapex Media

8-Mar-2022

WINGX and Parapex Media are today officially launching a joint venture to provide their combined market intelligence on the global helicopter market. This venture combines the long-standing and deep expertise of Parapex, a leader in helicopter fleet ownership and deployment for over 20 years, and the business insight platforms developed by WINGX across the global... Read more

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – specifications and composition

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – specifications and composition

8-Mar-2022Source: air bp

We are often asked whether a particular turbine aircraft can use SAF or whether one SAF fuel can be mixed with another. The answer to both is yes, as SAF is certified to the same global specifications as conventional jet.  Product quality advisor, Dr Andrew Glendinning, and aviation fuels research and development manager, Dr Alisdair... Read more

Aerometals Awarded Significant USSOCOM Award for Engine Protection

Aerometals Awarded Significant USSOCOM Award for Engine Protection

8-Mar-2022Source: Aerometals

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has recently awarded aerospace manufacturing company, Aerometals a seven-year contract for the company’s engine inlet barrier filter (EIBF) engine protection system. The program calls for an initial installation of the EIBF systems on U.S. Army Special Operations helicopters over the next five years. Follow-on orders for additional airframes... Read more

Black Hawk delivery lifts Croatia security capabilities

Black Hawk delivery lifts Croatia security capabilities

7-Mar-2022Source: US Army

The United States delivered two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at Zagreb Airport, Feb. 4. The arrival of the U.S. Black Hawk weapon system was part of the 2018 Croatia Vertical Lift program. Communication, Navigation and Radar Systems were included in a total package approach to improve Croatia’s ability to move personnel and supplies, as well... Read more

Navy to demo new MQ-8 Fire Scout mine countermeasure system

Navy to demo new MQ-8 Fire Scout mine countermeasure system

7-Mar-2022Source: NAVAIR

The Navy is working to develop a new mine countermeasure (MCM) sensor suite for the MQ-8C Fire Scout that that will enable the unmanned helicopter to detect and localize mines and obstacles on land and at-sea. The Fire Scout program office, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Program Executive Office Unmanned... Read more

New $5M Multi-use Helicopter Training facility being built at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

New $5M Multi-use Helicopter Training facility being built at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

4-Mar-2022Source: US Army

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a $5 million Multi-use Helicopter Training facility to replace the current Special Helicopter Operations Complex training facility at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This one-of-a-kind facility consists of a deck landing trainer designed to replicate a Destroyer Designated Guided DDG-103 class ship, nicknamed the “U.S.S. Truxton” and will include... Read more

CH-53K test team wins DON T&E award

CH-53K test team wins DON T&E award

3-Mar-2022Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion test team, part of the Heavy Lift Program Office, PMA-261, is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team (WIPT) award for 2021. The 18-person WIPT will be honored in a virtual ceremony this spring. According to the award announcement the team, “demonstrated superior... Read more

SAFE Structure delivers UH-60 platforms to  Missouri National Guard

SAFE Structure delivers UH-60 platforms to Missouri National Guard

2-Mar-2022Source: SAFE Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs has announced the delivery of custom fall protection maintenance platforms to the Army National Guard in Springfield Missouri. The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic platforms allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their Sikorsky UH-60 aircraft fleet. The set of platforms are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant demos slaloms, external load and single-engine capabilities

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant demos slaloms, external load and single-engine capabilities

25-Feb-2022Source: Sikorsky

In three demonstrations during the same flight, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT® helicopter demonstrated it is not only maneuverable, survivable and fast, but also provides the critical external lift capability of traditional rotorcraft. With DEFIANT X®, the team’s offering for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), crews will deliver troops and cargo to the objective... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M for MH-60R/S tactical radio development

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M for MH-60R/S tactical radio development

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $12,561,887 cost-plus-incentive-fee order (N0001922F0996) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering for the development of preliminary software design, software coding, maturation, test, and integration for Link 16 Advanced Capabilities with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical... Read more

GE awarded $39M contract for CH-53E engines

GE awarded $39M contract for CH-53E engines

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

General Electric – Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $39,164,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00004) to a previously awarded contract (N0001921C0035). This modification exercises an option to procure 19 T-64 engine cores for the CH-53E aircraft in support of the T-64 Engine Reliability Improvement Program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (45%); Rutland, Vermont (28%); Havelock,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $101M contract for CH-53K long lead items for Lot 7 production

Sikorsky awarded $101M contract for CH-53K long lead items for Lot 7 production

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $101,883,324 firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract (N0001922C0004). This modification adds scope to procure long lead items for full rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in December... Read more

Kamatics extends helicopter gearbox life using composites

Kamatics extends helicopter gearbox life using composites

24-Feb-2022Source: Kamatics

Kamatics Corporation, a Kaman business (NYSE: KAMN), announced that it is introducing new P-54 contoured, anti-wear components for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of legacy helicopter gearboxes. P-54 is a unique composite that can be adhered to substrates where the surface is prone to abrasion, fretting wear, impact damage, or other harsh environmental conditions.... Read more

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