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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Italy Saves €450M from Defence Contract

Italy Saves €450M from Defence Contract

Italy is planning on cutting €450 million from their 2019 planned defence spending in order to help support tax and social welfare cuts. A detailed plan will be released in the coming days but for now they have revealed that the money will be coming from suspending their purchases on NH-90 aircraft for both the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-18

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Asbestos forces Canadian SAR EH101s to move out of Gander

Asbestos forces Canadian SAR EH101s to move out of Gander

The 9 Wing Gander helicopter base has had to have their two SAR EH101s removed and placed at St. John’s after the discovery of asbestos. Spokesperson for the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron, Capt. Paul Hamlyn, has revealed that the asbestos was confined to dust samples. Maintenance is being done on the helicopters to ensure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-18

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Lockheed Awarded $382M Contract for Production and Delivery for 8 MH-60R

Lockheed Awarded $382M Contract for Production and Delivery for 8 MH-60R

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $382,000,000 not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, undefinitized contract that provides for the production and delivery of eight MH-60R aircraft as well as associated systems engineering and program management support.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52 percent); Stratford, Connecticut (40 percent); and Troy, Alabama (8 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-18

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Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Nov-18

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SGT Wins Contracts to Support US Army Black Hawk

SGT Wins Contracts to Support US Army Black Hawk

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., has recently received two separate contract awards under Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, which is a major element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Siemens will further improve infrastructure and enhance readiness, building on energy efficiency programs it has already… Read more »

Source: Siemens Government Technologies, 15-Nov-18

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Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

Bell revealed their newest drone design this year at the 2018 Modern Day Marine Expo. The V-247 Vigilant is an unmanned tilt-rotor that has been pitched as an idea for the U.S Marine Corps’ MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary) program. The aircraft has technology similar to that of the V-22… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-18

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Polish Navy Overhaul Mi-14 SAR

Polish Navy Overhaul Mi-14 SAR

The Gdynian Navy Aviation Brigade has announced that they have begun an overhaul on their Mi-14PŁ/R SAR helicopter. This overhaul is intended to extend the aircraft’s lifespan for four more years. The project will be underway at the WZL No. 1 facility in Łódź, reports Dfence24.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-18

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RSAF Celebrates 20 Years of Training in Oakey

RSAF Celebrates 20 Years of Training in Oakey

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) celebrated 20 years of helicopter training in Oakey, Australia. Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How and Australia Assistant Minister for Defence Mr David Fawcett co-officiated at the commemorative event held in Warriors’ Camp, Rockhampton. The commemorative event was hosted by Commander of the RSAF’s… Read more »

Source: Republic of Singapore Air Force, 12-Nov-18

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FlightSafety to build AH-IZ and UH-1Y training devices for US Navy

FlightSafety to build AH-IZ and UH-1Y training devices for US Navy

FlightSafety International has been selected by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NA WCTSD) to design and manufacture Flight Training Devices for the AH-I Z and the UH-1Y. The devices will be installed at the Marine Air Corps Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. They will feature FlightSafety’s latest advances in simulation technology. This… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 06-Nov-18

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BAE Systems Awarded $46M Contract for MK41 Vertical Launch System Engineering Designs

BAE Systems Awarded $46M Contract for MK41 Vertical Launch System Engineering Designs

BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, is being awarded a $45,899,932 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5325) for mechanical design agent engineering services in support of the MK41 Vertical Launch System. The MK 41 Vertical Launch System provides a missile launching system for CG-47 and DDG- 51 class surface combatants of the Navy,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-18

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Boeing Awarded $43M Contract for Four MH-47G

Boeing Awarded $43M Contract for Four MH-47G

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $42,835,847 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification under delivery order H92241-18-F-0022-P00002 for four new build MH-47G rotary wing aircrafts. The contract modification satisfies an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircrafts.  The contract modification is funded with fiscal 2018 procurement; and aircraft procurement, Army… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Nov-18

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Ryan Aerospace sells three VR helicopter simulators to Royal Australian Navy

Ryan Aerospace sells three VR helicopter simulators to Royal Australian Navy

Deputy Commander Fleet Air Arm, Captain Grant O’Loughlan, Royal Australian Navy took possession of three Ryan Aerospace virtual reality helicopter simulators earlier this week at an official handover ceremony at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW Australia. The three simulators will be used by the Fleet Air Arm’s Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme as an engagement tool to… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 02-Nov-18

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SENER and Babcock deliver 6th Spanish Navy upgraded AB212

SENER and Babcock deliver 6th Spanish Navy upgraded AB212

SENER and Babcock have delivered the sixth helicopter to successfully complete its life extension program (PEVH in its Spanish acronym) to the Spanish Defence Ministry’s General Armaments and Materials Department (DGAM in its Spanish acronym). Thanks to this program, seven Spanish Navy AB-212 helicopters that became operational in 1974 will have their useful life extended… Read more »

Source: SENER, 02-Nov-18

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DRS Network & Imaging Systems Awarded $19M Contract for MH-60, AH-1Z, and UH-1Y Processors

DRS Network & Imaging Systems Awarded $19M Contract for MH-60, AH-1Z, and UH-1Y Processors

DRS Network & Imaging Systems LLC, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded an $18,906,754 modification (P00010) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0015) for the procurement of 121 distributed aperture infrared countermeasure sensors and 30 processors for the Navy for MH-60, AH-1Z, and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Nov-18

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Dyncorp Awarded $54M Contract for H-60 Support Equipment

Dyncorp Awarded $54M Contract for H-60 Support Equipment

Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $54,411,494 for modification P00015 to exercise an option to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract (N6893617C0052).  This option provides for aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support for the Naval Test Wing Pacific.  Support to be provided includes organizational-level aircraft maintenance and logistics support on aircraft, systems/subsystems… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Nov-18

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Norwegian NH90 Procurement Criticised

Norwegian NH90 Procurement Criticised

Norway’s Auditor General has been criticising NHIndustries as well as the Norwegian Ministry of Defence for not calculating risks involved the NH90 helicopter procurement programme. The helicopters were supposed to be delivered in 2008, but as of have not been. The Auditor General has commented that majority of the responsibility for the delays lies with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Oct-18

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US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System

US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System

An S-76B commercial helicopter flew over a small crowd gathered at Fort Eustis, Virginia, landed in an adjacent field after adjusting to miss a vehicle, and rose up to hover perfectly motionless for several minutes. The mid-October demonstration was remarkable because the pilot carried out the maneuvers using supervised autonomy in an aircraft equipped with… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 31-Oct-18

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Australia issues a RFI for Special Ops helicopters

Australia issues a RFI for Special Ops helicopters

The Australian Department of Defence has started purchasing new helicopters for their special forces with the release of an RFI. The helicopters they acquire should be able to be easily fitted with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. They are expecting the helicopter deliveries by 2023, reports Australian Aviation.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-18

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Sikorsky awarded $717M Contract for CH-53 and MH-53 Repair Support

Sikorsky awarded $717M Contract for CH-53 and MH-53 Repair Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $717,410,825 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for 98 components in support of CH-53 and MH-53 aircraft weapon replaceable assembly components and their related shop replaceable assembly components. This contract includes a 50-month base period with no options. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Oct-18

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Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its seventh and eighth H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters. Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Oct-18

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Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

The new purchase of Nepalese Army AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicopter has arrived Tribhuvan International Airport to join the Rotary Wing fleet of Nepalese Army. The helicopter after making its maiden flight in Italy was transported in Nepal via containers in waterway and land way to be reassembled again for starting its service from Mid Air Base,… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-18

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Croatia to Receive UH-60M Donation

Croatia to Receive UH-60M Donation

The United States government has recently given approval of the donation of two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Croatia. Included with the aircraft, they are also donating spare parts and equipment, totalling to $50 million. The helicopters are expected to be delivered in 2020, reports The Dubrovnik Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-18

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Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of sixteen (16) H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of United Kingdom has requested… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 22-Oct-18

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Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus Helicopters will showcase the versatile and market-leading H135 aircraft as the future training helicopter for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Florida from October 22-26. “Airbus Helicopters is convinced the H135 is the best solution to prepare the next generation of U.S…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-18

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Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 501 Squadron on reaching the milestone of 10,000 flight hours with their six Super Lynx helicopters. To mark the milestone Lorenzo Pariani, Leonardo’s Head of Region SE Asia, presented Vice Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Hj Mohamad Adib bin Abdul Samad, Western Fleet Commander of the Royal Malaysian Navy, with a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Oct-18

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Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic is now ready to start batch manufacturing of their Z-19 reconnaissance/attack helicopter. The aircraft is operated by the Chinese Army currently. As reported by Flight Global, the Z-19 is a licensed built version of Airbus Helicopters Dauphin Z-9.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

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CH-53K running short of crucial part

CH-53K running short of crucial part

The $29 billion contract between Lockheed and the U.S. Marine Corps is under strain for the delivery of 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This is due to a shortage of specialized metal components. The key supplier for these parts went bankrupt two years ago and the Navy is still looking for an alternate company who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

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Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Oct-18

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DynCorp Awarded $152M Contract for TH-57 Support Services

DynCorp Awarded $152M Contract for TH-57 Support Services

Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $152,247,409 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for logistics support services and material for the organizational and depot level maintenance of approximately 118 TH-57 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Milton, Florida, and is expected to be completed in November 2022.  No funds will be obligated at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-18

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Helibras delivers the 33º H225M to Brazilian Army

Helibras delivers the 33º H225M to Brazilian Army

Helibras has just delivered the third military helicopter model H225M scheduled for 2018, the second aircraft planned for the Brazilian Army this year. The aircraft will be based on the 1st Aviation Battalion (BAvEx) in Taubaté, joining another 10 ten H225M aircraft already delivered to the Brazilian Army. The aircraft is part of the H-XBR Program, signed… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 15-Oct-18

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Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish Defence Material (FMV) and Ex-Change Parts AB have signed an agreement for the sale of Super Puma helicopter system with 6 ea. AS332M1 helicopters including a large support inventory of engines, components, spare parts, GSE and special tools. The transaction was approved by Swedish and French authorities in July and delivery to Ex-Change Parts… Read more »

Source: Ex-Change Parts, 09-Oct-18

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Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Oct-18

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First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R Sensor Operator Class Graduates

First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R Sensor Operator Class Graduates

Five students from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) completed the inaugural MH-60R Sensor Operator Course offered by the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center (NITC) Sept. 27.The eight-week “A” school course is the culmination of a year and a half of training, much of it equivalent to the… Read more »

Source: Naval Education and Training Command, 08-Oct-18

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Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five (5) Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with M240 7.62mm Machine Guns for an estimated cost of $82.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 3, 2018. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 08-Oct-18

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Lebanon orders 6 MD530Gs

Lebanon orders 6 MD530Gs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today receipt of the third Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six (6) armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to be delivered to the Lebanon Air Force (LAF), and includes initial logistics support (ILS) for the aircraft,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Frasca to build ten TH-57 FTDs for US Navy

Frasca to build ten TH-57 FTDs for US Navy

Frasca International, Inc. (Frasca) has been named sub-contractor for the Navy TH-57 Aircrew Training Services (ATS) Contract. The prime contract, which was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to FlightSafety Services Corporation includes contract instructional services (CIS), contractor operations & maintenance services (COMS) and Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) for… Read more »

Source: Frasca International, 02-Oct-18

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Chinese AV500 Performs Defence Operations Tests

Chinese AV500 Performs Defence Operations Tests

The Chinese AV500 unmanned helicopter recently underwent combat exercises. The aircraft completed the air defence penetration exercise by simulating defence penetration operations as low and mid altitudes during high-altitude wind speeds. The AVIC has commented that the AV500 performed well in a military exercise of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, reports Defence World.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Hydraulics International Awarded $13M Contract for Manufacturing V-22 Parts

Hydraulics International Awarded $13M Contract for Manufacturing V-22 Parts

Hydraulics International Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, is awarded a $13,330,088 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture, assembly, inspection, and delivery of 15 distinct types of peculiar support equipment and common support equipment for the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Chatsworth, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-18

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General Electric Awarded $84M Contract for H-60 and AH-1 Engine Components

General Electric Awarded $84M Contract for H-60 and AH-1 Engine Components

General Electric-Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $84,100,298 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for four T700 engine components in support of the Navy’s H-60 Seahawk and the Marine Corps’ AH-1 Cobra helicopters.  This contract includes a three-year base period with no options. Work will be performed in Winfield, Kansas, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-18

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Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

The Armed Forces of Montenegro have recently held an event to mark the arrival of three Bell 412 helicopters into their fleet, following on a contract signed on 30th January 2018.  After evaluating both the Airbus H145M and the Leonardo AW139, Montenegro reportedly picked the Bell proposal to ensure they stayed within their budget of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Norway to Use NH90 For Coastguard Missions

Norway to Use NH90 For Coastguard Missions

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has decided that their 14 NH90 helicopters will be used for both naval and coastguard operations. This came after a study performed by Norway’s FFI defence research institute. They are aiming to use the aircraft for both operations by 2022, reports Flight Global. This should ensure that they generate 5,400h… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Erickson restore two MH-53s from desert boneyard for US Navy

Erickson restore two MH-53s from desert boneyard for US Navy

Erickson Inc. have been awarded the contract of refurbishing two MH-53 Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters. The aircraft were left in the Arizona desert for 14 years and were retrieved by the Navy and Marine Corps in 2015. Erickson will be doing a complete overhaul, bringing them back to current configurations, reports Defence News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $28,741,847 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates) contract for contractor field service representative support for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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