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India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR,… Read more »

Source: Indian MoD, 15-Feb-19

Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00002) to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-18-D-0003) with cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items. This action increases the ceiling from $30,000,000 to $45,000,000 for Silent Knight Radar Operational Flight Program (OFP) development, field service representative support and engineering services in support of U.S. Special… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Feb-19

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Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

The Hungarian military have made a block purchase of nine Airbus (ex Eurocopter) EC135P2+ helicopters.  This represented the portion of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse) fleet which was superceded by later purchases including one EC135P2+, three EC135P3s and eight H135s. Gradually over the latter months of 2018, these nine helicopters have had their ownership… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-19

Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

In a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) performed by the Israeli Navy, a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar was successfully converted for operation onboard the SeagullTM, Elbit Systems’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). Operating a dipping sonar onboard a USV significantly increases the operational working time and substantially enhances that detection capabilities and the effectiveness… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 13-Feb-19

India Receives First Chinook

India Receives First Chinook

India has received their first Chinook helicopter from Boeing, during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. This is the first delivery of a $3.1 billion contract between India and Boeing, first signed in 2015. India has ordered 22 AH-64E and 15 CH-47F(I) helicopters from Boeing. They expect to have all of the helicopters delivered by the end… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Feb-19

Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial Search & Rescue Asia Pacific 2019, Australia’s inaugural aerial search and rescue event, expands its reach after Tangent Link’s successful series in Europe over the past six years. Supported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), whose search and rescue region covers 53 million square kilometres including the Australian continent, large areas of the… Read more »

11-Feb-19

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Feb-19

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Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

The Maldives National Defence Force have asked the government for help in training Maldivians to pilot their two military helicopters. At the moment they are piloted by foreigners. The two military helicopters are used for emergency evacuations and SAR operations, reports Raajje.

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-19

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US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

The U.S. Army has selected GE Aviation’s T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. “We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 05-Feb-19

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Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $39,038,317 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0003) for an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (H92241-18-F-0022) for finalization of four new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in light of increased SOF… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Feb-19

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US Navy opens new training airfield

US Navy opens new training airfield

Following an historic land exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and Escambia County, the Navy’s newest outlying landing field opened for helicopter training operations today, after years of collaboration and hard work.To commemorate the completion of the field and the exchange of property, NAS Whiting Field held a ribbon cutting with representatives from the Navy,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 04-Feb-19

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L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded $18,721,174 for modification P00037 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, labor hour, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification extends the period of performance and increases the ceiling of the contract to provide TH-57 contractor logistics support.  This modification provides all logistics services and materials for organizational… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-19

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L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Products Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia, is awarded a $16,138,920 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure a maximum quantity of 840 technically refreshed multi-function displays for retrofits and spares in support of the AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Alpharetta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in September 2022.  No funds will be obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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DynCorp Awarded $44M Contract for NAWDC Support for MH-60S

DynCorp Awarded $44M Contract for NAWDC Support for MH-60S

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $43,856,375 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0001).  This modification exercises an option for organization, selected intermedia, limited depot level maintenance, and logistics services in support of the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center’s (NAWDC) F/A-18A/B/D/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C aircraft.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

Goodrich Corp., Brea, California, has been awarded an estimated $27,095,145 requirements contract for the repair/overhaul of the internal rescue hoist on UH-1N and aircraft mounted winch on HH-60 helicopters. This contract provides for the contractor to repair and perform program depot-level maintenance and unscheduled program depot-level maintenance in support of the UH-1N and HH-60 helicopters…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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GKN Aerospace delivers 10,000th standard parts order to RNLAF

GKN Aerospace delivers 10,000th standard parts order to RNLAF

In December 2018, GKN Fokker Services delivered its 10,000th order for standard parts to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The order was delivered at the Air Force Base of Eindhoven. This milestone was reached 18 months after the implementation of the  total support contract. This customized solution is offered by GKN Fokker Services in… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 30-Jan-19

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Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place…. Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Jan-19

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market

The “Military Rotorcraft – Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. According to this report, the Global Military Rotorcraft is accounted for $1,798.13 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $2,429.43 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period. Advancement in technology, the necessity for the replacement of aging… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 28-Jan-19

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Poland Plans on Mi-24 Fleet Upgrade

Poland Plans on Mi-24 Fleet Upgrade

Poland is looking to upgrade their aging Mi-24 attack helicopters to extend their lives until 2022. They will be reaching out, from July to September, to vendors with RFIs. They acquired the Mi-24s in 1979. They currently use two thirds of this fleet, with the plan to purchase a new fleet of 32 attack helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-19

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Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

The Afghan Air Force will be upgrading their MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters. This upgrade will include crashworthy and auxiliary fuel tanks to ensure their safety, endurance and range. The US Army is looking for vendors to source and install the fuel tanks. The Afghan Air Force currently own 30 MD530F helicopters and have 25 more… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-19

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Serbia to Order more Mi-17/Mi-35s from Russia

Serbia to Order more Mi-17/Mi-35s from Russia

Serbia has recently ordered 3 additional Mi-17 transport helicopters and 7 Mi-35 combat helicopters from Russia. Serbian President Aleksander Vucic has commented that he is happy with the military-technical cooperation between Serbia and Russia, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-19

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $36M Contract for Delivery of 17 V-22 AE1107C Engines

Rolls-Royce Awarded $36M Contract for Delivery of 17 V-22 AE1107C Engines

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $35,672,562 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to produce and deliver 17 AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 aircraft, to include one engine for the Marine Corps, eight engines for the Navy, and eight engines for the government of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. 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 an 11-month base contract with four one-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $439,563,841 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030).  This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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Landing Support team completes V-22 night taining

Landing Support team completes V-22 night taining

Landing support specialist Marines with Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group conducted external lift training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 14-16, 2019. LS Co., 3rd TSB supported Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during the training, which ensured… Read more »

Source: Landing Support Company, 21-Jan-19

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Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Bell announced that PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), has signed a purchase agreement with the Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters. Under the contract, Bell will deliver the nine helicopters to PTDI, who will then perform customization work before final delivery to the Indonesian Army. In 2016, Bell and PTDI signed an expanded Industrial and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Jan-19

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HAL LCH Demonstrates Unique Capability

HAL LCH  Demonstrates Unique Capability

The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) indigenously designed and developed by HAL achieved a unique milestone by successfully carrying out air to air missile firing on a moving aerial target. During the tests conducted in integrated test range at Chandipur, Odisha recently, Wg Cdr Subash P John, VM (Retd), test pilot, Col Ranjit Chitale, (Retd), Flight… Read more »

Source: HAL, 18-Jan-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Systems Modifications

Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Systems Modifications

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $7,026,164 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00017 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification provides for Automated Logistics Environment software maintenance operating systems and obsolescence avoidance in support of the low rate initial production CH-53K aircraft.  The work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Jan-19

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USMC receives last UH-1Y Venom

USMC receives last UH-1Y Venom

When a UH-1Y Venom comes off the production line, it weighs more than 11,800 pounds. During the helicopter’s production phase, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Eric Strong has delivered that weight many times. Most significantly, he played a leading role in the program’s historic bookend deliveries. With anxiety looming due to unfamiliarity, Strong, a Defense Contract… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 15-Jan-19

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Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters as part of the country’s fleet-strengthening initiative for a combat search and rescue-capable fleet. Under the agreement between the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI), the 11-ton combat-proven helicopters will be delivered to the air force upon reassembly and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Jan-19

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L-3 Awarded $13M Contract for MH-60R Support

L-3 Awarded $13M Contract for MH-60R Support

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is awarded $12,556,242 for modification P00006 to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1030) to manufacture, test, deliver, manage, and support the common data link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (14 percent); Mountain… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-19

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Ukrainian Air Forces Returns Rare Mi-8 into Service

Ukrainian Air Forces Returns Rare Mi-8 into Service

The Ukrainian Air Force has recently sent two overhauled Mi-8 helicopters into service. The helicopters are rare as they are electronic warfare versions of the Soviet-era Mi-8. They were overhauled at the SE”Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviakon, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-19

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Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-19

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AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced the submission of a joint proposal for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. The AVX/L3 solution combines AVX Aircraft’s rich history of coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems with L3’s proven products; systems engineering; weapons, sensor and communications systems integration; and full-rate… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 03-Jan-19

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Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $49,210,651 firm-fixe-price Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for Maintenance Augmentation Team services for the Qatari Air Force AH-64E aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $23,201,950for delivery order N0001919F0031 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order provides for MV-22 flight test sustainment; MV-22 flight test sustainment back-home support for analysis of flight tests; and flight test support for five MV-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $366,623,144 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded a $15,419,280 firm-fixed-price contract to construct improvements to the landing areas within Marine Corps Base Hawaii properties that MV-22 Osprey aircraft will utilize for training maneuvers. The work to be performed provides for the converting of existing landing helicopterassault pad into a landing helicopter dock pad, construction of a newlanding platform dock pad, and construction of four new concrete landing pads. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $40,313,300 for a firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of the Multi-Spectral Targeting system in support of the H-60 aircraft. The contract will include a two-year base period and a one-year option period which if exercised, the total value of the contract will be $58,777,194. All work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded a $7,582,658 firm-fixed-price contract for non-recurring engineering efforts to include specification and requirements, definition and development, qualification testing, the procurement of three full motion video test articles, verification and validation activities, test support and refurbishment of test articles in support of the H-60 Multi-Mission aircraft.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a maximum $48,050,000 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (H92241-19-D-0002) for the production of Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) kits to upgrade the A/MH-6 in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $4,633,100 will be obligated at the time of award… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, management, and process support to maintain, upgrade, and deploy software and systems configurations for all H-60 variants in support of the Navy and the governments of Denmark, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-18

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StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 18-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10,219,884 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for support services for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor for the Apache Attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Dec-18

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Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

The Sri Lankan Air Force recently achieved the first ever Seed Bombing operation in Nochchiagama. The operation hopes to increase green cover in Sri Lanka from 27% to 32% by 2030. They dropped 5,000 seed bombs over 5 acres of land, spreading three different types; Mee, Karanda and Kumbuk from a SLAF Mi-17, reports Daily… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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Canada holds Sea King retirement event

Canada holds Sea King retirement event

Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off…. Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Navy, 14-Dec-18

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Polish Air Force Adds Robinson R44s To Fleet

Polish Air Force Adds Robinson R44s To Fleet

Robinson Helicopter Company delivered two R44 Raven IIs to longtime Robinson dealer, PHU Polinar of Poland. On November 13th, PHU Polinar delivered the aircraft to the Polish Air Force University, marking the first acquisition of American helicopters to be used for military training in Poland. Founded in 1927, the Polish Air Force University is an… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 14-Dec-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $18,000,000 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0103) to exercise an option for technical analysis, engineering and integration on V-22 aircraft platform for the Navy, Marine Corps,. Air Force, and the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $38M Contract for CH-53K Parts Database

Sikorsky Awarded $38M Contract for CH-53K Parts Database

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $38,170,404 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F2503, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029).  This delivery order provides for the development and delivery of a provisioning parts database of technical information to include 2D drawings that support all organizational, intermediate and depot levels in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-18

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Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period. These helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Dec-18

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Helicopter tactics high on EDA agenda with symposium in Austria and course in Sweden

Helicopter tactics high on EDA agenda with symposium in Austria and course in Sweden

Some 60 helicopter tactics specialists from 14 EDA Member States as well as representatives of the EDA Helicopter Chief Instructor Team, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Austrian Air Force Command and the Austrian Defence Industry met early this month in Salzburg for the 9th Helicopter… Read more »

Source: EDA, 12-Dec-18

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Three new helicopter companies nearing to receive AOC

Three new helicopter companies nearing to receive AOC

Despite of the increase in competition of aviation sector, the order of adding new company has not stopped. Those companies which have been operating since many years are making their own strategy to compete in the market. New three helicopter companies has begun to set up the process for operations after receiving permission from the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 10-Dec-18

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L-3 Communications awarded $22M Contract for TH-57 Contractor Logistics Services

L-3 Communications awarded $22M Contract for TH-57 Contractor Logistics Services

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Mississippi, was awarded a $21,845,138 modification (P00035) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, labor hour, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance to provide contractor logistics services and materials for organizational and depot-level services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

A factory new Bell 407 GXP series aircraft from Bell Helicopters USA procured by Nepalese Army has landed in Nepalese Army premises in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today approximately at 1:20 PM. The aircraft today took off from India. However the aircraft initially flew from Singapore. It took a 4 days ferry flight trip for… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters targets 15 sales in next three years

Russian Helicopters targets 15 sales in next three years

Russian Helicopters is planning on delivering up to 15 helicopters to Malaysia within the next three years. This will boost their market share domestically from 2% to 4%. Malaysia was the last stop in their demonstration tour across Asia, reports The Edge Markets.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Polish Police recieve two S70i Black Hawks

Polish Police recieve two S70i Black Hawks

Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. in the presence of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Interior and Administration Joachim Brudzinski, officially handed over to the Polish National Police two modern S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters produced in Poland. Delivery of two multimissions Black Hawk helicopters was carried out in accordance with the… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 05-Dec-18

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Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer. The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Dec-18

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Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 11 Arriel 1D1-powered AS550C2 Fennec operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). The engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) and the contract will last until mid-2030s, when the fleet is retired. In… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $7,346,222 definitive job order which includes cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort tasking for the Target Sight System (TSS) depot activation and firm-fixed price training for the depot activation under basic ordering agreement N00164-16-G-JQ87. Depot activation services include engineering and logistics support and stand-up for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Dec-18

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Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

In the 25-year cooperation between the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia, one of the strongest recent areas of focus has been the development of airfield support capability at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia’s main Air Force installation and a major focal point of NATO air operations in the Baltic region. The… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 03-Dec-18

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Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

UH-60 Black Hawk has been the Army’s front line utility helicopter for the past 40 years, and it shows no signs of letting up, said service officials at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.The helicopter is a regular fixture every year at Fort McCoy, Wis., particularly during major exercises such as the Combat Support Training Exercise. Black Hawk crews… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-18

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Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

On 15th November 2018, the rotary element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) achieved the auspicious milestone of 10,000 flying hours, using a fleet of 29 Juno and 3 Jupiter helicopters. Both helicopter types commenced training delivery in April 2018 at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley. As part of the UKMFTS, they are… Read more »

Source: Ascent Flight Training, 03-Dec-18

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Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed value of $25,437,426 for the refurbishment, modification, and delivery of four SH-60F aircraft for the government of Spain under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed in March 2021.  Foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-18

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Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $20,512,216 for modification P00056 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22 and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46.6… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $14,976,124 for cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order N0001919F2578 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-16-D-1000).  This task order provides for security, project engineering, sustainment engineering, integrated logistics support, material support, program support and training for the VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of ten (10) AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Egypt has requested to buy ten… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 28-Nov-18

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Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $100,000 minimum, $45,000,000 maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92241-19-D-0001) for 56 upgraded primary airframe structures for the A/MH-6 rotary wing aircraft.  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $5,173,400 shall be obligated at the time of award.  The majority of the work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona.  This contract… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $79,383,886 modification (0006 03) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for 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 with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

In a ceremony held at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany, Serbian Minister of Defense Alexander Vulin received the first Airbus H145M from Klaus Przemek, the Head of Airbus Helicopters’ German Military Support Center.  The event held late last week marks the first export handover of an H145M under the HForce program Equipment noted in images… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-18

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Thales Awarded $14M Contract for 58 H-60 Dome Repairs

Thales Awarded $14M Contract for 58 H-60 Dome Repairs

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $13,999,410 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-19-F-AQ00 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-17-G-AQ01 for repair of 58 dome sonars in support of the H-60 airborne low frequency sonar system. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland (50 percent); and Brest, France (50… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-18

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Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins has secured a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Logistics Center (ALC) to provide current component upgrades and additional component repair capabilities for the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) on the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. “With this contract, we’re able to upgrade the first generation of CAAS hardware at… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Nov-18

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Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

Parker-Hannifin Corp, Irvine, California, is awarded a $39,026,578 modification to contract FA8109-18-D-0004 for 12 additional spare national stock numbers items and the remanufacture of 11additional national stock numbers to support the A-10, B-1, B-52, C-135, C-5, C-130, C-17, E-3, F-15, F-16, and HH-60 aircraft.  These items also support the TF33, F100, F101, F110, and F118 engines…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-18

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First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

Marines and spectators dot the flight line of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Overhead, the whirling sound of rotor blades catches everyone’s attention; distant, then piercing. A formation of AH-1Z Vipers becomes visible, approaching at high speed. On Nov. 9, the first Vipers arrived at… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 16-Nov-18

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