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Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $12,861,992 modification (P00004) to cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0315 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification exercises options to modify the V-22 aircraft to the government of Japan’s unique configuration requirements.  Additionally, the modification exercises options for the production and delivery of nine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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State-of-the-art technology sets new standards in helicopter pilot training

State-of-the-art technology sets new standards in helicopter pilot training

VRM Switzerland develops and builds training solutions for helicopters at the highest technological level. Helicopter operators and ATOs have already implemented new training concepts to save costs, be more efficient and environmentally friendly. The spectrum of helicopter training on simulators is thus greatly expanded. VRM Switzerland has allocated resources to deliver and commission 15 training… Read more »

Source: VRM, 25-Nov-20

Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

The last operational mission of the AB-205 helicopters of the 5th Aviation Regiment of the “Rigel” Army, flight department of the “Friuli” Aircraft Brigade, which has now completed the transition to tactical transport helicopters, took place in recent days. NH-90. The helicopters flew over the Casarsa della Delizia base for the last time, heading towards… Read more »

Source: Italian Army, 25-Nov-20

Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $36,546,991 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to three-year delivery order SPE4AX-18-D-9433 against base contract SPRPA1-17-D-009U to extend the period of performance for delivery of V-22 spare consumable and depot-level repairable parts.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

Sikorsky awarded $16M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N updates

Sikorsky awarded $16M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N updates

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $16,441,085 modification (P00001) to firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable order N00019-20-F-0024 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This modification provides for fiscal 2021 special progressive aircraft rework sustainment efforts in support of the VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter.  Specifically, this modification provides security, project engineering, integrated logistics,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

New President named at Sikorsky

New President named at Sikorsky

According to Inside Defense, Lockheed Martin has appointed Paul Lemmo to the post of President at Sikorsky, effective from early 2021 when current incumbent Dan Schultz retires. Lemmo is currently Vice President and General Manager for the Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors line of business within Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems division. According to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-20

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

Recent recipients of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) highest operational honour – the Sword of Peace – are largely confined to the force’s helicopter squadrons. See Full Story.

Source: defenceWeb, 20-Nov-20

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L-3 Technologies awarded $10M contract for procure six AN/SRQ-4 kits for the MH-60

L-3 Technologies awarded $10M contract for procure six AN/SRQ-4 kits for the MH-60

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is awarded a $10,364,080 modification (P00024) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-18-C-1030). This modification exercises options to procure six AN/SRQ-4 kits and associated components for the MH-60 Common Data Link system for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-20

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Maine Army National Guard works closer with community leaders

Maine Army National Guard works closer with community leaders

The Maine Army National Guard (MEARNG) Recruiting and Retention Battalion hosted two civic leader flights this fall. During these events, community leaders learn about the National Guard and ride on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over the local area. “These are great events, not only for the scenic flights over our hometowns but it is also… Read more »

Source: Maine Army National Guard, 20-Nov-20

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V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 20-Nov-20

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US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is struggling to find a replacement firing range for its Apache helicopters following noise and other complaints from nearby residents. See Full Story. 

Source: The Korea Times, 19-Nov-20

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Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Air Force has confirmed that Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) will host the MH-139 Grey Wolf with an expected delivery date in 2026. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure funding for the Grey Wolf helicopters and a new helicopter facility… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 19-Nov-20

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CAE to provide MAD-XR for US Navy MH-60R

CAE to provide MAD-XR for US Navy MH-60R

CAE announced it has been awarded a subcontract by Lockheed Martin to supply the CAE Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR) system for United States Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. CAE MAD-XR is a highly sensitive magnetometer designed to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field and is used as a sensor to detect submarines. Lockheed Martin… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Nov-20

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First batch of Black Hawks arrives in the Philippines

First batch of Black Hawks arrives in the Philippines

The Philippines has taken supply of the primary of 16 Polish-built S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters it has on order, with one other as a result of arrive within the subsequent month. See Full Story. 

Source: PG-INTEL, 17-Nov-20

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Honeywell awarded $72M contract for repair of assemblies in support of the V-22

Honeywell awarded $72M contract for repair of assemblies in support of the V-22

Honeywell International Inc., Tempe, Arizona, is awarded a $72,944,708 for a long-term, firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the repair of six weapon repairable assemblies in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This contract includes a five-year base period with no options.  Work will be performed in Torrance, California (44%); Tucson, Arizona (35%); San Diego, California (15%); and… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 16-Nov-20

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Boeing awarded $24M contract for logistics support for the AH-64D/E Apache

Boeing awarded $24M contract for logistics support for the AH-64D/E Apache

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $24,157,000 modification (P00015) to contract W58RGZ-19-C-0024 for logistics support for the AH-64D/E Apache attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2025.  Fiscal 2021 Army working capital funds in the amount of $24,157,000 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-20

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MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $34,042,295 modification (P00039) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 for logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021 Afghanistan Security Forces (Army) funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-20

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PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

PAE (NASDAQ: PAE, PAEWW), a global leader in delivering smart solutions to the U.S. government and its allies, was awarded a position on the U.S. Air Force Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, which has a ceiling value of $835 million and a 10-year period of performance. The Air Force Installation… Read more »

Source: PAE, 16-Nov-20

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V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 16-Nov-20

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MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly has announced that MBDA is to develop the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F) program as the main French Army air to ground armament for the Tiger combat helicopter. MBDA was selected after proposing to the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency) its MHT/MLP concept… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 16-Nov-20

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Lithuania to sign for UH-60M Black Hawks this week

Lithuania to sign for UH-60M Black Hawks this week

Lithuania is planned to sign a contract on acquisition of a new helicopter platform from the Government of the United States. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will buy four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with additional equipment, spares, and a training, repair and logistical support package. Lithuania will pay EUR 181 million (USD 213 million) over next… Read more »

Source: Lithuanian Defence Ministry, 10-Nov-20

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USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

The 23rd Wing and 347th Rescue Group leadership received the Air Force’s first twoHH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters at Moody Air Force Base, Nov. 5. Aircrew from the 41st Rescue Squadron out of Moody AFB and the 413th Flight Test Squadron and 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, both at Duke Field, Florida, flew the aircraft… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 09-Nov-20

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LOM Praha Trade to overhaul Mi-171Sh for Ghana Air Force

LOM Praha Trade to overhaul Mi-171Sh for Ghana Air Force

In Ghana, LOM PRAHA TRADE has reached an agreement to overhaul an Mi-171Sh helicopter. According to the contract the helicopter must be repaired within the timeframe shorter than standard period. Our customer has good reason to shorten the repair time. The customer will use the helicopter in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The helicopter… Read more »

Source: LOM Praha, 09-Nov-20

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FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center East can now move V-22 fuel bladders more safely and efficiently thanks to a new sling developed in partnership with private industry. FRCE received the first V-22 sponson fuel bladder sling assembly – also known as a “dog bone” – in late summer. The new sling, first used in FRCE’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 09-Nov-20

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1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

Lt. Col. Steven R. Todd bid farewell to the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion Soldiers as they welcomed the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Jeffery R. Baird, during an official ceremony at Joint –Base Berry Field Army Aviation Support Facility Number 1, Sep. 12. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally symbolizes authority’s… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-20

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Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

Army helicopter crews flying three different aircraft types have been training to land on the deck of HMAS Adelaide right in time for summer and the potential for natural disasters. The landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship Adelaide is the Navy’s high-readiness vessel and is available to support humanitarian and disaster-relief operations domestically and in the… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 06-Nov-20

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Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $47,970,000 modification (P00150) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-20

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BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems has been awarded multiple contracts from the U.S. Army to develop key technologies for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team). BAE Systems was the only company awarded contracts for three of the program’s four focus areas, designed to advance manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities that are expected to be critical components in… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 05-Nov-20

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Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

Acknowledging a need to develop expertise in the ASW mission, Norway awarded HeliOperations the contract supporting ASW training in September 2020. Training is being delivered to a mixed course of both aviation and mission support professionals. The ASW training course is aimed at supporting the RNoAF as they modernise their ASW capability. Their P-3 Orions… Read more »

Source: HeliOperations, 04-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support to Romania

Foreign Military Sale of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support to Romania

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $175.4 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Romania has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 04-Nov-20

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Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Akima Logistics Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0002); DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0005); M1 Support Services LP, Denton, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0003); PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0001); and Vertex Aerospace LLC, South Madison, Mississippi (FA6800-21-D-0004), have collectively been awarded an $835,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for helicopter maintenance services in support of Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Guyana of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Guyana has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 02-Nov-20

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Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

Even as winter settles in slowly across eastern Ladakh, this seems to be no deterrent to China that is constantly ramping up its military and air force capabilities in the Tibet Autonomous Region. After the expansion of Lhasa heliport, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation is further enhancing its Tibet helicopter brigade. See… Read more »

Source: India Today, 02-Nov-20

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South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

A female Marine Corps officer has been assigned to an aviation battalion after completing training as a helicopter pilot, becoming the Marines’ first-ever female chopper pilot, officials said Sunday. See Full Story.

Source: The Korea Herald, 02-Nov-20

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British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

The British military Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is leading the UK’s support to the French Counter Insurgency Operations in West Africa by conducting heavy lift helicopter operations. The deployment of Royal Air Force CH 47 Chinooks began in 2018 and it has been JHC that has sustained this operation for two years now by… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 30-Oct-20

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Lockheed awarded $9M contract for engineering support of AH-1Z

Lockheed awarded $9M contract for engineering support of AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $9,835,348 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0062) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the production of target designator sets and electro-optical in support of AH-1Z Light Attack helicopters for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-20

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Lockheed awarded $193M contract for production and delivery of 4 MH-60R to Greece

Lockheed awarded $193M contract for production and delivery of 4 MH-60R to Greece

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $193,980,348 contract modification (P00019) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification adds a $180,000,000 not-to-exceed, undefinitized line item for the production and delivery of four MH-60R aircraft, and exercises a $13,980,348 option to procure three airborne low frequency sonars in support of the government of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-20

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The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

Airbus Helicopters has delivered two H145s to the Ecuadorian Air Force, the first military customer in South America for this multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter. A total of six H145s will be delivered over the next year. The H145 helicopters, known as “Cobra” in the Ecuadorian Air Force, will be assigned to the 22nd Combat Wing in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Oct-20

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Royal Singapore AF lands Chinook on Australian Navy ship for first time

Royal Singapore AF lands Chinook on Australian Navy ship for first time

Over the weekend, our CH-47D Chinook Helicopter from Oakey Detachment made a successful landing on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Adelaide. The deck landing, which involved precise manoeuvring and teamwork to overcome challenging sea conditions, took place in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the SAF’s training in the Shoalwater… Read more »

Source: Royal Singapore Air Force, 29-Oct-20

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Sikorsky awarded $550M contract for delivery of 6 CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $550M contract for delivery of 6 CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin company, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $550,372,323 modification (P00043) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price contract N00019-16-C-0048.  This modification is for Lot IV low rate initial production and delivery of six CH-53K aircraft and associated aircraft, programmatic and logistics support, rate tooling and physical configuration audits.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Oct-20

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Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 27-Oct-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $27,897,619 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a four-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Oct-20

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Sikorsky awarded $13M contract for UH-60M Black Hawk

Sikorsky awarded $13M contract for UH-60M Black Hawk

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $13,739,845 modification (P00152) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for one UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2020.  Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Jordan) funds in the amount of $13,739,845 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-20

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VMM-163 launch oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Osprey

VMM-163 launch oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Osprey

The Marine Corps continuously works toward enhancing their operational capabilities while performing amphibious operations to save lives and ensure mission success. For the first time ever, Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, launched four oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Ospreys into the Pacific Ocean as part… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Oct-20

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THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

The Helicopter Company will provide The Red Sea Development Company with one 14-passenger helicopter and crew for emergency medical services and operational requirements The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded a contract to The Helicopter Company (THC) in Riyadh for the provision and operation… Read more »

Source: The Red Sea Development Company, 22-Oct-20

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Russia to open military office in Serbia

Russia to open military office in Serbia

Russia has authorised its defence ministry to open an office in Serbia, a government document showed, as Moscow pushes to expand military ties with its traditional Balkan ally even as Belgrade seeks to join the European Union. See Full Story.   

Source: Reuters, 22-Oct-20

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US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for surface vessels, announces that it has been awarded a multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The primary purpose of the agreement is to initiate a prototype that will enable commercial ocean-service barges… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Oct-20

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Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 recently joined colleagues from other Navy and Marine Corps commands to conduct MV-22 Osprey landing and ship compatibility tests aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21). The testing also included the first shipboard landings for the Navy’s new… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 22-Oct-20

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Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

In June 2017 the Trinidad & Tobago Government decided to ground their fleet of four AW139 helicopters on budgetary grounds.  This week the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, has announced that one helicopter is planned to return to use for the Air Guard of Trinidad and Tobago.  Speaking at a Standing Finance Committee meeting on Monday, Minister… Read more »

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Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

Last Thursday 15th October, an Italian court sentenced the former Chairman of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank, Alessandro Profumo, and the former CEO, Fabrizio Viola.  The pair have each been given six years in prison for irregularities regarding the financial accounts between 2012 and 2015, as well as a fine of 2.5M… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-20

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US Marine Corps retires AH-1W Cobra after 34 years

US Marine Corps retires AH-1W Cobra after 34 years

The United States Marine Corps, USMC, have officially retired the Bell AH-1W “Super Cobra” from their ranks after more than 30 years of dependable service. The iconic dual-blade aircraft served as the dedicated attack helicopter for the Marines through multiple campaigns, including Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. “The AH-1W Super Cobra has… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-Oct-20

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CAE hands over CAE 700MR NH90 simulator to Royal New Zealand Air Force

CAE hands over CAE 700MR NH90 simulator to Royal New Zealand Air Force

CAE announced that earlier this month it officially handed over a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). “This advanced NH90 simulator means Royal New Zealand NH90 aircrews can train safely and cost-effectively in New Zealand,” said Matthew Sibree, Managing Director,… Read more »

Source: CAE, 20-Oct-20

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WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

A TH-1H trainer helicopter stands ready for delivery at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 8, 2020. TH-1H programmed depot maintenance is proof-of-concept first at Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex and will determine the feasibility of utilizing the complex as a viable source of repair for future organic rotary wing aircraft maintenance. (U.S. Air Force… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 20-Oct-20

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Foreign Military Sale to Romania of Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems

Foreign Military Sale to Romania of Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 19-Oct-20

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Longbow awarded $32M contract for spare parts kits for AH-64E

Longbow awarded $32M contract for spare parts kits for AH-64E

Longbow Ltd., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $32,154,552 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-20-F-0464 for generic spare parts kits for AH-64E Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (India, Morocco, Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates) funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Oct-20

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First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards from Army Contracting Command-Redstone to support allied operations of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter. The first contract, worth $6.1 million, requires MDHI to retrofit 18 legacy MD 530F helicopters operated by the Afghanistan Air Force with ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (CWFS). Jointly developed with Robertson Fuel… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12 successfully tested, trained, and qualified their squadron and aircrew from three separate squadrons on the use of the Bambi Bucket to support aerial firefighting missions, if tasked, on the East Coast, Oct. 8. The MH-53E is the only rotary aircraft in the U.S. Navy with the capability to airlift… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Oct-20

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Honeywell Secures Repair and Overhaul Contract for US Army Chinook Fleet

Honeywell Secures Repair and Overhaul Contract for US Army Chinook Fleet

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has won a five-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for the repair and overhaul of its T55-GA-714A engines that operate on the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This contract award will ensure that the U.S. Army’s Chinook fleet has spare engines to sustain its future missions and overall readiness. The engines… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 13-Oct-20

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GE T901 engine ahead of schedule

GE T901 engine ahead of schedule

GE Aviation, in cooperation with the United States Army, successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) in July for the T901-GE-900, GE’s next-generation engine that will power a large portion of the Army’s rotorcraft fleet for decades to come. In 2019, the U.S. Army selected GE Aviation’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 13-Oct-20

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Calgary Police receives first of two H125s

Calgary Police receives first of two H125s

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) has received the first of two helicopters purchased to replace the Service’s current HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) helicopters. The new helicopters will greatly increase how the Service’s Air Support Unit can respond to crime in Calgary and keep Calgarians safe. The current helicopters, which have been in… Read more »

Source: City of Calgary, 12-Oct-20

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France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker), have signed with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) a firm contract for the development of an upgraded version of the NH90 Tactical Troop Helicopter (TTH) for the French Special Forces (TFRA Standard 2). Under the terms of the production contract, the final batch of… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 12-Oct-20

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Royal Netherlands Air Force sends replacement NH90 to Curacao

Royal Netherlands Air Force sends replacement NH90 to Curacao

HNLMS Groningen will have access to an NH90 maritime combat helicopter again after 2.5 months. This morning a plane took off by air to the Caribbean. The helicopter replaces the one that crashed in July. The NH90 has been prepared for air transport at Eindhoven Air Base in recent days. The aircraft was already loaded… Read more »

Source: Royal Netherlands Air Force, 09-Oct-20

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Elbit Systems of America wins $50M contract in support of US Army NVIS

Elbit Systems of America wins $50M contract in support of US Army NVIS

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a maximum value of approximately $50 million to produce spare parts in support of the Aviators’ Night Vision Imaging System Head-Up Display system (“ANVIS… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 07-Oct-20

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Irish Air Corps airlifts 3000th patient

Irish Air Corps airlifts 3000th patient

National Ambulance Service (NAS) launched the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS),  which is in Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The service, a joint project between the  Department of Health, the HSE and the Defence Forces, means that National Ambulance Service advanced paramedics now have the assistance of a dedicated military helicopter for the rapid transfer of critical patients to… Read more »

Source: Irish Air Corps, 07-Oct-20

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Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

The Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) released its first UH-60 Victor Black Hawk helicopter for delivery. CCAD Commander, Colonel Joseph H. Parker hosted a formal signing ceremony immediately following a walk-around of the UH-60V Black Hawk with Chief Test Pilots, Crew Chiefs and the Director of Aircraft Production. In a recent news release Colonel Joseph… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 06-Oct-20

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Elbit Systems of America wins $35M V-22 support contract

Elbit Systems of America wins $35M V-22 support contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an approximately $35 million five-year firm-fixed-priced contract by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) for repair of line-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The repairs will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 06-Oct-20

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New specialized unit to join the Greek Military

New specialized unit to join the Greek Military

The plan to restructure the Greek Armed Forces, which was voted by a committee a few days earlier, envisages the establishment of a Special Operations Aviation Unit. See Full Story.

Source: Greek City Times, 02-Oct-20

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Jolly Green II HH-60W begins live-fire testing

Jolly Green II HH-60W begins live-fire testing

Deep within Eglin’s range, rapid, powerful gunfire reverberated across the expanse beginning Aug. 17. Live fire testing began for the HH-60W Jolly Green II’s three primary weapons.The goal of the ground testing was to verify the weapons systems functionality, accuracy, and to demonstrate the guns are safe to employ operationally. The 413th Flight Test Squadron… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 25-Sep-20

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US Marine Corps use 3D printing for new MH-60S comms system

US Marine Corps use 3D printing for new MH-60S comms system

The Navy’s MH-60S Seahawk multi-mission helicopter is ready for a communications upgrade, and engineers with the H-60 Fleet Support Team at Naval Air Systems Command’s In-Service Support Center at Fleet Readiness Center East have developed an innovative solution to support that effort. The fleet’s inventory of more than 200 MH-60S Block 3 aircraft is slated to… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 24-Sep-20

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Israeli Air Force to expand AW119 fleet to 12

Israeli Air Force to expand AW119 fleet to 12

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: “I welcome the completion of this agreement, which reflects our close and important cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Defense over the years. The completion of this agreement is essential for the training of IAF helicopter pilots and for the development of Israel’s economy. It also reflects the great importance of… Read more »

Source: Israeli Air Force, 23-Sep-20

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Specialized Navy Sailors Deployed with Marine Squadron ahead of V-22 Transition

Specialized Navy Sailors Deployed with Marine Squadron ahead of V-22 Transition

In February, the U.S. Navy took delivery of the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft as the primary aircraft to conduct Airborne Re-supply/Logistics to the Sea Base (AR/LSB.) The CMV-22B platform will eventually replace the C-2 Greyhound across the Navy. Modernization of any program, regardless of service, is a complex process to ensure the proper manpower, training… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 22-Sep-20

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Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

The Wyoming Army National Guard’s G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment was activated by Gov. Mark Gordon Sept. 10, to provide support for firefighting efforts in California. One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and four crew members left Thursday and will be operating from Mather Airport near Sacramento. The helicopter and crew are expected to… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 22-Sep-20

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ARNG Helicopter modernization project

ARNG Helicopter modernization project

Helibasket LLC, based in West Union, South Carolina, announced that their Remote Cargo Hook Systems have been chosen by the Army National Guard (ARNG) for a modernization effort of the helicopter fleet’s external load capabilities. Each system is comprised of a remote hook assembly, electric long line, a crew member hand control and storage-transport support… Read more »

Source: Helibasket, 22-Sep-20

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