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Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

4-Aug-2022Source: US Navy

  The Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 — commonly called the “Saberhawks” — conducted an in-flight change of command ceremony, while flying from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 1. Cmdr. Nicholas Cunningham officially turned over duties as commanding officer for HSM-77 to Cmdr. Blade Schallenberger. “It’s been humbling to return to the Saberhawks... Read more

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

3-Aug-2022Source: US Military

  The flight deck of HMAS Canberra, Australia’s Landing Helicopter Dock, is a hive of activity as international aircraft land and take off from her deck for the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Lieutenant Sam Laidlaw, one of Canberra’s flight control officers, is responsible for air movements on and off the... Read more

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

2-Aug-2022Source: US Military

Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra (L02) embarked two MV-22B Osprey military aircraft onboard and successfully moved the Osprey off the flight deck into the hangar for the first time at sea during Rim of the Pacific 2022. The MV-22B’s will operate from Canberra for the duration of RIMPAC in another first for... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Greece for support of S-70s

US Foreign Military Sale to Greece for support of S-70s

2-Aug-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of follow-on support and sustainment of S-70 helicopters for an estimated cost of $162.07 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Greece has... Read more

Triumph awarded $24M for the procurement of “one item used on the V-22”

Triumph awarded $24M for the procurement of “one item used on the V-22”

1-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Triumph Gear System, Park City, Utah, is awarded a $24,288,000 ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action for the procurement of one item used on the V-22 aircraft. All work will be performed in Park City, Utah, and is expected to be completed by July 2024. Fiscal 2022 working capital (Navy) funds will be used and will... Read more

Amentum Services awarded $13M additional contract for Fort Rucker training work

Amentum Services awarded $13M additional contract for Fort Rucker training work

1-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Amentum Services Inc., Germantown, Maryland, was awarded a $13,000,000 modification (P00033) to contract W9124G-17-C-0005 to provide initial entry flight training for helicopter pilots. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 9, 2027. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $13,000,000 were obligated... Read more

Collins Aerospace awarded Mission System for ALE for US Army FVL program

Collins Aerospace awarded Mission System for ALE for US Army FVL program

28-Jul-2022Source: Collins Aerospace

  Collins Aerospace has been selected as the Mission System solutions provider for the next phase of the Air Launched Effects (ALE) small program for Army Aviation’s Enduring and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) fleet. In November 2021, Collins Aerospace successfully demonstrated the ready-now RapidEdge™ Mission System to support this critical program. ALE is an attritable Family of Systems (FoS)... Read more

SAF 101 – is SAF suitable for use in helicopters?

SAF 101 – is SAF suitable for use in helicopters?

25-Jul-2022Source: Air bp

[by Air bp’s global head of sustainability, Andreea Moyes] Is SAF suitable for use in helicopters? With stakeholders across the aviation industry committed to decarbonising aviation, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will continue to play an important role in meeting the aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets. However, a question frequently asked is, whether SAF is suitable... Read more

P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

25-Jul-2022Source: P1AR

  Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, is pleased to announce that it has completed a live flight training course providing specialized dynamic hoisting and emergency procedures training for the United States Air Force’s 55th Rescue Squadron “Night Hawks” located in Tucson... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $8.4M contract for AE1107C engine work

Rolls-Royce awarded $8.4M contract for AE1107C engine work

25-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded an $8,472,695 modification (P00001) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2249) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0013). This modification adds scope to provide test cell labor and associated materials and test cell commissioning in support authorized military overhaul facilities stand-up for the V-22 AE 1107C engine to include... Read more

Corpus Christi Army Depot’s Appoints 28th Commander

Corpus Christi Army Depot’s Appoints 28th Commander

22-Jul-2022Source: US Army

  A new commanding officer took charge of the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) during a change of command ceremony marking the formal transition of command from outgoing commander Colonel Joseph H. Parker to Colonel Kyle M. Hogan. The event was held aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Friday, July 15. Colonel Hogan is... Read more

Singapore adds military helicopters to Airbus digital solution agreement

Singapore adds military helicopters to Airbus digital solution agreement

20-Jul-2022

  Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) are adding helicopters to the scope of their agreement signed at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, to advance the co-development of digital solutions for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) military aircraft platforms. Under the agreement, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space... Read more

Safran to support New Zealand NH90 engines

Safran to support New Zealand NH90 engines

20-Jul-2022Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

  Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support the engines of its NH90 fleet operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). This Support-By-the-Hour-Military (SBH®) contract formalises a long-term Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and services agreement supporting a total of 21 RTM 322 engines.... Read more

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

19-Jul-2022Source: Astronautics

  Astronautics Corporation of America in partnership with All Native Group (ANG), the award-winning federal services division of  Ho-Chunk, Inc. (HCI), is an awardee for the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron Operations Center Enterprise (RPA SOC-E) multiple award contracts. ANG is a prime contractor for this competitive,... Read more

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

18-Jul-2022Source: TurDef

The two helicopters were handed over to RMN on July 1, 2022, in conjunction with the Kota Kinabalu Air Station opening at the RMN Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters at the TLDM Sepanggar naval base. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Warlords of HSM 51 Conduct Change of Command

Warlords of HSM 51 Conduct Change of Command

18-Jul-2022Source: US Navy

  Commander M. E. Kawika Chang relieved Commander Timothy E. Rogers as the 25th commanding officer of the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 at a change of command ceremony held July 14, in the HSM-51 hangar bay on board Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi in Ayase, Japan. Cmdr. Rogers was honored for... Read more

Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G long-lead parts

Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G long-lead parts

18-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $18,559,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order/contract (W91215-16-G-0001/H92241-22-F-0073) to procure the long lead components and parts in support of MH-47G rotary wing aircraft. The MH-47G aircraft provides U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft support. This contract action supports a requirement for replacement of... Read more

AW149 completes Guided and Unguided Rocket Firing Trials

AW149 completes Guided and Unguided Rocket Firing Trials

15-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  In Q4 2021, Leonardo’s AW149 multi-role helicopter undertook weapon firing trials to optimise the military capability of the aircraft. Free-flight unguided rockets and laser guided rocket salvos were fired at a test range in an undisclosed European country. These trials took place during hover, diving flight and forward flight, both day and night. Over... Read more

Sikorsky Delivers CH-53K® To US Marine Corps

Sikorsky Delivers CH-53K® To US Marine Corps

15-Jul-2022Source: Sikorsky

  Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), delivered the third Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) CH-53K helicopter ahead of contract schedule to the U.S. Marine Corps. This aircraft, built in Sikorsky’s digital factory, is the first CH-53K from the Lot 2 LRIP contract awarded by the U.S. Navy in 2019, and the seventh overall delivered... Read more

Israeli Air Force merging two helicopter squadrons

Israeli Air Force merging two helicopter squadrons

11-Jul-2022Source: ENews

The Israeli Air Force will merge two of its helicopter squadrons next year, ahead of the arrival of a dozen advanced heavy transport helicopters that will replace Israel’s aging fleet of CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters. See Full Story.... Read more

Elbit launches technological vision suite for military helicopters

Elbit launches technological vision suite for military helicopters

11-Jul-2022Source: Elbit Systems

  Elbit Systems unveils an innovative technological vision suite for military helicopters (a fifth generation aircraft technology). The new suite integrates a sophisticated sensor array, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered mission computer and a unique Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system. The new suite enables helicopter pilots to see through the body of the aircraft and... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $32M contract for CH-53K flight training device

Sikorsky awarded $32M contract for CH-53K flight training device

11-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Sikorsky Aircraft Co., a Lockheed Martin Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $32,645,168 firm-fixed-price order (N6134022F7009) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures one CH-53K containerized flight training device (2F243-2) based on low-rate initial production Lot 4 configuration in support of CH-53K phase II training system efforts.  Work will be... Read more

US Army Concludes T901 First Engine Test

US Army Concludes T901 First Engine Test

11-Jul-2022Source: US Army

  On 28 June the Army’s Aviation Turbine Engines (ATE) Project Office Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) concluded First Engine to Test (FETT) of the very first GE built T901 engine for Army Aviation. FETT initial light off occurred on 22 March and the testing consisted of over 100 hours of run time. The event successfully verified... Read more

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

8-Jul-2022Source: New Start Times

  The acquisition of three AW139 helicopters by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) at the Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters here will further enhance operational capabilities in maintaining the security and sovereignty of the country’s waters, says Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. See Full Story. ... Read more

Parker Hannifin awarded $8M US Army contract for hydraulic accumulators

Parker Hannifin awarded $8M US Army contract for hydraulic accumulators

7-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Parker Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, has been awarded a maximum $8,674,204 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirement contract for helicopter hydraulic accumulators. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1 (a)(2). This is a five-year contract with no option periods. The performance completion date is July... Read more

MV-22 to headline in demo flights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

MV-22 to headline in demo flights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

6-Jul-2022Source: EAA

  Military demonstration teams, jetliners, and unique aircraft of all types will be part of the weeklong aerial display lineup at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 25-31. The 69th edition of EAA’s fly-in convention will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. “This year at Oshkosh is unique with the number of special aerial... Read more

HSC-7 Holds Change of Command onboard Naval Station Norfolk

HSC-7 Holds Change of Command onboard Naval Station Norfolk

5-Jul-2022Source: US Army

  The “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, stationed onboard Naval Station Norfolk, held a change of command ceremony Thursday, June 16th, to mark a transition of command leadership. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Thomas Butts, of Erlanger, Kentucky, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HSC-7 commanding officer from Cmdr. Kevin Chambley,... Read more

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

4-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,217,951 firm-fixed-price contract for life cycle contractor support services and supplies for the Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Army... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

1-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $429,174,259 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,... Read more

US Army signs tenth multi-year Black Hawk contract

US Army signs tenth multi-year Black Hawk contract

28-Jun-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  The United States government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), signed a five-year contract for a baseline of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Sikorsky continues to modernize and enhance the... Read more

3-501st assault helicopter battalion change of command

3-501st assault helicopter battalion change of command

21-Jun-2022Source: US Army

  We hosted a change of command ceremony, which is rooted in history dating back to the 18th Century – a passing of the unit colors where we say farewell to one command team and welcome another. After leading 3-501 AHB for the past two years, the Apocalypse Battalion said farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Matt... Read more

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

21-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $13,883,140 firm-fixed-price contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army; and 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands, United Arab Emirates,... Read more

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

20-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

  Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 established a new detachment stationed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 16, 2022. Rear Adm. John F. Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, attended the ceremony along with Cmdr. Brett Elko, the commanding officer of HSM-79, and Cmdr. Nikolas Rongers, HSM-79’s executive officer. “The establishment of HSM-79’s European... Read more

FRCE moves into future with new blade balancing system

FRCE moves into future with new blade balancing system

20-Jun-2022Source: FRCE

  Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility. Helicopter rotor blades must be balanced to reduce vibration that can place stress... Read more

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

17-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

Capt. Derrick Kingsley assumed command of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in a change of command ceremony June 14 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) Hangar on base. Kingsley’s role as NAS Patuxent River commanding officer follows his previous position as the base executive officer. Departing the command is Capt. John Brabazon,... Read more

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

17-Jun-2022

  Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off,... Read more

NHIndustries signs new NH90 support contract with NATO agency NAHEMA

NHIndustries signs new NH90 support contract with NATO agency NAHEMA

15-Jun-2022

NHIndustries has signed an innovative NH90 support contract with the NATO agency NAHEMA, acting as the contracting authority on behalf of the Direction générale de l’armement (the French Armament General Directorate) and the Direction de la maintenance aéronautique (the French Aeronautics Support Directory) for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the BAAINBww for... Read more

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

14-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded an $8,553,347 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1017) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order provides for the sustainment of previously delivered block fleet releases, ongoing development of flight tests and fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases for the V-22 avionics... Read more

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

14-Jun-2022

  The Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 led a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 team in a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) drill that took place aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), June 9. HSC-12 led this event to expand their proficiency in HVBSS, integrate... Read more

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

13-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

One of the most renowned aircraft in the Air Force’s fleet, the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft combines the vertical flight qualities of a helicopter with the fuel efficiency and speed of a fixed wing plane. This combination makes it the ideal aircraft for conducting infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces across long... Read more

NHIndustries statement regarding Norwegian NH90 termination

NHIndustries statement regarding Norwegian NH90 termination

10-Jun-2022Source: NHIndustries

NHIndustries is extremely disappointed by the decision taken by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and refutes the allegations being made against the NH90 as well as against the Company. NHIndustries was not offered the possibility to discuss the latest proposal made to improve the availability of the NH90 in Norway and to address the specific... Read more

Norway drops the NH90

Norway drops the NH90

10-Jun-2022Source: Norwegian Armed Forces

“Regrettably we have reached the conclusion that no matter how many hours our technicians work, and how many parts we order, it will never make the NH90 capable of to meeting the requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces”, says the Minister of Defence. “Based on a joint recommendation by the Armed Forces and associated departments... Read more

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

10-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

The Department of the Air Force selected Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, as the fourth location to host MH-139 Grey Wolves. The 25 new helicopters will replace the base’s 21 aging UH-1N Hueys. The additional four aircraft will allow the base to execute continuation of government operations and distinguished visitor transport mission requirements without augmenting support units. In addition... Read more

Airbus Helicopters adds Sinequa software to tech support offering

Airbus Helicopters adds Sinequa software to tech support offering

8-Jun-2022Source: Sinequa

Sinequa, a leading provider of enterprise search, announced that Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopters and a division of Airbus, has transformed its technical support and customer experience by using Sinequa’s Intelligent Search platform. With this solution, Airbus Helicopters enables self-service technical support, improving customer experience and enabling technicians to operate more efficiently, while gaining valuable... Read more

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

7-Jun-2022Source: NAVSUP

  Air Force Capt. Thomas O’Neal, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) CV-22 Program Lead, was presented with the Logistics Manager Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and Non-Delegated ACAT II Company Grade Officer of the Year Award in May 2022. O’Neal received the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field... Read more

Collins expand support for Dutch CH-47F fleet

Collins expand support for Dutch CH-47F fleet

3-Jun-2022Source: Collins Aerospace

  Collins Aerospace signed two new Letters of Intent (LOI) with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) building upon existing projects in support of their F-35 and CH-47F programs. As part of the first LOI, Collins plans to integrate its F-35 simulator helmet into TNO’s ultimate motion simulator, DESDEMONA, at the RNLAF’s F-35 Pilot Readiness... Read more

Germany picks CH-47F Chinook

Germany picks CH-47F Chinook

1-Jun-2022Source: Boeing

The German Government today announced that Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook has been selected for its heavy-lift helicopter requirements (STH) for the German Bundeswehr. “Boeing is honored the German government has selected the CH-47F Chinook for its STH heavy-lift helicopter requirements. With the Chinook, Germany will operate the most affordable, proven and NATO interoperable heavy-lift helicopter. We... Read more

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $33,838,769 modification (P00020) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2023. Fiscal 2010 and 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Slovakia,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract  scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $185,694,050 fixed-price incentive firm modification P00010 to a previously awarded contract (N0001920C0047).  This modification adds scope to procurement and delivery of two unfunded priority list CH-53K Heavy Lift Aircraft under low rate initial production Lot six. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut... Read more

Canadian military confirms Bell 412 fleet upgrade program

Canadian military confirms Bell 412 fleet upgrade program

31-May-2022

Through Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is modernizing its military equipment to support the Canadian Armed Forces and keep Canadians safe. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the Government of... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs® Maritime Surveillance for EMSA in Romania

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs® Maritime Surveillance for EMSA in Romania

31-May-2022Source: Schiebel

After the successful operations in 2021, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 is once again supporting the Romanian Border Police. The operations started in March and are scheduled to continue until August 2022. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Stationed in Mangalia, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 supports the Romanian... Read more

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

30-May-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Egypt has requested... Read more

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

26-May-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters base in the UK at Oxford Airport is set for a significant expansion, as the Airport and the OEM make a joint investment of £40 Million. The current facilities occupied by Airbus Helicopters has been very restrictive for some years now, and the new facility will create opportunities for every aspect of the... Read more

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

26-May-2022Source: Northrop Grumman

  Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system, made its second operational deployment, and first deployment to the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6) providing military commanders greater maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability. “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an extremely flexible unmanned... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

26-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,508,967 firm-fixed-price order (N6134022F7005) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the upgrade and delivery of the V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer in support of executing training for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Amarillo,... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs Maritime Surveillance for Royal Danish Navy

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs Maritime Surveillance for Royal Danish Navy

25-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  The Royal Danish Navy (RDN) is operating the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Stationed in Denmark’s northernmost town Skagen, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the RDN alongside other national authorities in carrying out various maritime surveillance tasks,... Read more

US Army awards Airbus contract for Continued Logistics Support

US Army awards Airbus contract for Continued Logistics Support

25-May-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract with the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material, and engineering support for the Army’s entire UH-72A and UH-72 B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a six-month base and 4.5 option years, with a potential total value of... Read more

Vermont Guard provides rotary-wing capability demonstrations for Austrian delegation

Vermont Guard provides rotary-wing capability demonstrations for Austrian delegation

25-May-2022Source: US National Guard

On May 12, a day after representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria formally entered into a State Partner Program, Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner and staff were provided with rotary-wing flight demonstrations at Camp Johnson, the Vermont National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Colchester, VT. The first involved a VTNG... Read more

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $23,785,233 undefinitized firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2233) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering in support of the development of an exportable variant to the Marine Corps baseline CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will... Read more

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $14,273,735 contract for UH-72 Lakota helicopter contractor logistics support and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 fixed-firm-price funds in... Read more

Indian Navy successfully test-fires naval anti-ship missile from helicopter

Indian Navy successfully test-fires naval anti-ship missile from helicopter

20-May-2022Source: The Tribune

The Indian Navy in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully carried out maiden test-firing of the first indigenously developed naval anti-ship missile. See Full Story.... Read more

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

18-May-2022Source: US Air Force

  The “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, held an aerial change of command ceremony, May 5. Cmdr. Aaron G. Berger, a native of Orlando, Florida, relieved Cmdr. Timothy G. Drosinos, a native of Baltimore, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of HSC-22. “To have... Read more

Schiebel wins Prestigious Follow-On Contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins Prestigious Follow-On Contract with Royal Thai Navy

18-May-2022Source: Schiebel

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

Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military trainer

Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military trainer

17-May-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the selection of the Bell 505 as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer. The new Bell 505 helicopters will be used by both the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) to train their next generation of helicopter pilots.... Read more

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

16-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Four members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion received the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee’s Star of Life award on May 4 for their heroic efforts during a life-saving medical evacuation last June. Each year, the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee hosts a statewide award ceremony recognizing heroic actions of... Read more

Raytheon awarded $272M contract for support of FLIR on MH-60R and MH-60S

Raytheon awarded $272M contract for support of FLIR on MH-60R and MH-60S

13-May-2022Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $272,672,545 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. The contract will include a five-year base period with one two-year option period which if exercised, will bring the total... Read more

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

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

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

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

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

10-May-2022Source: TRT World

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

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

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

10-May-2022

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

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

10-May-2022Source: RUAG

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

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

9-May-2022Source: Valley News LIVE

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

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

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

9-May-2022Source: US DoD

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

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

9-May-2022Source: US Army

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

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

6-May-2022Source: US Navy

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

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

6-May-2022Source: Royal Air Force Museum

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

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