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Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

20-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Parker Hannifin, Irvine, California, was awarded a $10,500,167 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the AH-64 Apache servocylinder. 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 Sept. 17, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is... Read more

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

20-Sep-2021Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Kingdom of... Read more

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

20-Sep-2021Source: NHIndustries

NHIndustries completes final delivery of the Italian Navy NH90 MITT Tactical Transport Helicopter fleet In line with the contractual schedule and Customer expectations, on August 26th NHIndustries completed the final delivery of an NH90 MITT (Maritime – Italian Navy Tactical Transport) helicopter to the Italian Navy. The aircraft is the last of ten MH-90s, which... Read more

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

16-Sep-2021Source: Washington National Guard

Washington’s State Partnership Program kicked off another subject matter expert exchange by hosting a 10-member delegation of pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army. The cohort spent three weeks exchanging knowledge and expertise with their counterparts in the 96th Aviation Troop Command at the flight facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aug. 23... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

16-Sep-2021Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion successfully recovered a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on Sunday, September 5. The two-day operation was the first official fleet mission for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift capability, which is in the midst of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with Marine Operational... Read more

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

15-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully completed its 100th consecutive on-time delivery of the AH-1Z aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps, which began nearly four years ago. Bell accomplished this milestone through tight coordination with its manufacturing and assembly facilities, UAW 218, numerous suppliers, and government partners. The H-1 series... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

14-Sep-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

The Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X™ for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). This statement can be attributed to Paul Lemmo, president, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, Boeing Defense, Space &... Read more

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

MAIR (Multiple Aperture InfraRed) is a new-generation Missile Warning System developed by Leonardo to protect winged and propeller aircraft, including transport planes, light strike aircraft and helicopters in high threat density scenarios. Developed by specialists in the company’s Nerviano plant – based on their experience of PIRATE and SkyWard airborne infra-red search and track (IRST)... Read more

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

8-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With the addition of the UH-72B Lakota... Read more

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

8-Sep-2021Source: FRCSE

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) has delivered its first two H-60 aircraft following full implementation of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) on its Vertical Lift (VL) aircraft production line. “The Vertical Lift team has truly persevered,” said FRCSE’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Grady Duffey. “Through the on-going pandemic and other hurdles related to space constraints, our... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $208M for additional work on MH-60R for India

Lockheed Martin awarded $208M for additional work on MH-60R for India

7-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $208,113,847 undefinitized, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00029) to a previously awarded contract (N0001919C0013). This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering for Phase II design and development of unique hardware and software for the government of India in support of the MH-60R development program. Work will... Read more

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

7-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of radio receivers and radio sets to support Army helicopter tactical navigation and landing systems. 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 one-year contract... Read more

FRCE completes work on first fleet of MV-22B

FRCE completes work on first fleet of MV-22B

3-Sep-2021Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) opened a new chapter of service Aug. 11 as it completed work on the first of the fleet MV-22B Osprey aircraft flown by the Marine Corps squadron tasked with helicopter transport of the president of the United States. FRCE has conducted modification and Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI) events for Navy... Read more

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded five year $60M contract for V-22 work

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded five year $60M contract for V-22 work

2-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is awarded a $60,697,125 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of the weapon replaceable assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies programs. All work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected to be completed by... Read more

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

2-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s new MAIR (Multi Aperture InfraRed) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch of dozens of units for installation on helicopters including the Italian Army’s LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), based on the AW169M. The move follows a successful trials campaign, which proved the system’s ability to quickly... Read more

PteroDynamics Secures Contract with US Navy to Deliver Cargo VTOL Aircraft

PteroDynamics Secures Contract with US Navy to Deliver Cargo VTOL Aircraft

31-Aug-2021Source: PteroDynamics

PteroDynamics, an aircraft design and manufacturing company that develops innovative vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, is today announcing it has secured a contract with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to deliver 3 VTOL prototypes for the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) program. In 2018, Military Sealift Command and Fleet Forces Command... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for production of UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for production of UH-60M

27-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $53,895,498 modification (P00197) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for production of UH-60M Black Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 special funds in the amount of $53,895,498 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army... Read more

Boeing awarded $49M CH-47 transmission overhaul contract

Boeing awarded $49M CH-47 transmission overhaul contract

25-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $49,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the inspection and overhaul of the CH-47 Chinook mechanical transmission. 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 Aug. 23, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 Changes Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 Changes Command

25-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 welcomed a new commanding officer during an official change of command ceremony held on Naval Air Station North Island, August 12, 2021. During the ceremony, presided over by Capt. Sean “Papa Roach” Rocheleau, Commodore, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific, Cmdr. Loren “Wookie” Jacobi relieved Capt. William... Read more

Pennsylvania Democrat politician condemns Sikorsky plant closure

Pennsylvania Democrat politician condemns Sikorsky plant closure

22-Aug-2021Source: Chrissy Houlahan

Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) condemned the announcement from Lockheed Martin that it is closing its Sikorsky facility in Coatesville in March of next year. It is the facility where the Marine One helicopter is produced. Houlahan was notified by Lockheed that Sikorsky employees received this news earlier on Thursday “After spending the last two years... Read more

Lockheed Martin confirms closure of Sikorsky plant at Coatesville

Lockheed Martin confirms closure of Sikorsky plant at Coatesville

20-Aug-2021Source: Unionville Times

Lockheed Martin has confirmed that it would close the Sikorsky helicopter plant in the Coatesville area — near Chester County Airport in Valley — with the loss of some 240 local jobs. See full story here... Read more

New leader for 78th Aviation Troop Command

New leader for 78th Aviation Troop Command

20-Aug-2021Source: Georgia Army National Guard

Colonel Jason W. Fryman bid farewell to the Georgia Army National Guard’s 78th Aviation Troop Command as he relinquished command of the brigade to Col. Barry B. Simmons during an official ceremony August 8, 2021, at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga. Fryman reflected on how the culmination of his three years as... Read more

Soldiers and Airmen learn to maintain helicopters

Soldiers and Airmen learn to maintain helicopters

19-Aug-2021Source: US Air Force

Air Force maintainers at JBLE are commonly associated with F-22 Raptors and other jets. It may come as a surprise to know some Airmen also learn how to maintain helicopters while training at JBLE. JBLE is home to multiple different technical schools and advanced individual training schools. One of which teaches helicopter and tiltrotor maintenance... Read more

Integral Aerospace awarded $9M contract for repair of parts of CH-53 fuel tanks

Integral Aerospace awarded $9M contract for repair of parts of CH-53 fuel tanks

18-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Integral Aerospace, Santa Ana, California, is awarded a $9,995,600 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the repair of two parts associated with the 650 gallon fuel tanks in support of the CH-53 aircraft. All work will be performed in Santa Ana, California, and the ordering period is expected to be completed by August 2026. No... Read more

NMCB 11 Constructs Prototype Landing Pad on Naval Base Guam

NMCB 11 Constructs Prototype Landing Pad on Naval Base Guam

17-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Guam finished construction of a prototype helicopter landing zone (HLZ) on Orote Point Quarry on Naval Base Guam Tuesday, August 3rd. That same day the operational capability was tested when the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 landed a MH-60S on the... Read more

Northrop Grumman’s Open Architecture UH-60V Avionics Suite Enters Service

Northrop Grumman’s Open Architecture UH-60V Avionics Suite Enters Service

16-Aug-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

The UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, enabled by the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) integrated avionics suite, has entered service with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s unit at Fort Indiantown Gap. This First Unit Equipped milestone marks the entry into service of the Army’s first helicopter with a modular, open architecture systems design, Northrop Grumman’s OpenLift. The... Read more

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

13-Aug-2021Source: US Army

A continuing partnership between the US Army, US Navy and NASA is ensuring the next generation of aviation scientists and engineers are effectively trained to develop, evaluate, demonstrate and test advanced vertical lift technologies. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Office of Naval Research and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate... Read more

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

13-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Textron Systems Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded an $11,285,913 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed price contract under a previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract (N00383-19-D-U501) for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components in support of the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester system. All work will be... Read more

USS Abraham Lincoln flies first casevac exercise with CMV-22B

USS Abraham Lincoln flies first casevac exercise with CMV-22B

10-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) performed a casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) exercise, July 19, successfully transferring two patients to Naval Medical Readiness and Training Center Camp Pendleton while conducting operations at sea. A CMV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM 30) conducted the CASEVAC leading to... Read more

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

10-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The helicopter will be assigned to Training Air Wing (TW) 5 and will replace Chief of Naval Air Training’s (CNATRA) TH-57B/C Sea Ranger as the undergraduate training helicopter for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The helicopter made the two-day transit to the base from the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Philadelphia, where the... Read more

HM-12 Welcomes New Commanding Officer

HM-12 Welcomes New Commanding Officer

6-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The “Sea Dragons” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12 stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk, held a change of command ceremony, July 22, to mark a transition of command leadership. During the change of command event, Cmdr. Andrea M. Ragusa, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HM-12 commanding officer from... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale of CH-53K to Israel

US Foreign Military Sale of CH-53K to Israel

5-Aug-2021Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Israel of CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Israel... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M

2-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $26,947,749 modification (P00196) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M green aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2021 special funds in the amount of $26,947,749 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

30-Jul-2021Source: Pennsylvania National Guard

The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) received the first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawks from the Utility Helicopter Program Office (UHPO) on Tuesday, July 27. The UH-60V helicopter was developed with a focus to overhaul the aging UH-60A/L fleet. The “V” model includes an upgraded digital glass cockpit, certified... Read more

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

30-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) began fielding the first Army National Guard unit with UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters July 27. The UHPO delivered five UH-60Vs to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Eastern ARNG Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at Fort Indiantown Gap, which becomes the first unit equipped and organically assigned... Read more

Sikorsky Receives Brazilian Air Force Contract

Sikorsky Receives Brazilian Air Force Contract

30-Jul-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) has received a four-year contract from the Brazilian Air Force to provide logistics support for the service’s 16 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The contract will improve fleet sustainment resulting from local storage of commonly required spare parts, assistance from a regional Sikorsky field service technician, and direct technical... Read more

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

29-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Portuguese Navy has taken delivery of its first upgraded Lynx Mk95A. The aircraft has been delivered to Montijo, Portugal. The Navy has been operating the Lynx for three decades and the modernisation programme will see the upgraded aircraft in-service into the 2030s. The upgraded aircraft provides the Portuguese... Read more

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

29-Jul-2021Source: Q2

Montana has among the biggest gaps in the country as far as helicopter coverage from the National Guard. In order to respond quicker, the Montana National Guard has plans to set up in Billings. See Full Story. ... Read more

Royal Australian Navy extends Schiebel Camcopter contract

Royal Australian Navy extends Schiebel Camcopter contract

27-Jul-2021Source: Schiebel

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) awarded Schiebel with a 3-year extension contract for the sustainment of its CAMCOPTER® S-100. The extension allows the RAN to continue to experiment and develop knowledge using the S-100. After winning the RAN contract back in 2016, Schiebel has built on its initial acquisition contract resulting in this substantial extension. The... Read more

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

23-Jul-2021

Airbus Helicopters have recently taken one of their H160 demonstrator aircraft on a demo tour of Morocco, from 28th June to 17th July.   The company advised HeliHub.com that they presented the H160 to a range of helicopter operators based in Africa and the Middle East covering different sets of missions like Oil and Gas, EMS... Read more

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

21-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Polish Navy’s first AW101 (ZR285) achieved its first flight yesterday at the Company’s site in Yeovil. The flight demonstrated functional checks of the main airframe systems as well as the control system, and engine-handling checks were taken throughout to monitor the speed range of the aircraft. The flight... Read more

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

21-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the... Read more

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

20-Jul-2021Source: Indian Navy

On 16 July 2021, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian... Read more

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

19-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft

16-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $26,947,749 modification (P00192) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (Jordan) funds in the amount of $26,947,749 were obligated at the time of... Read more

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

16-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office hosted several senior Army National Guard Aviation Officers at the Huntsville, Al. International Airport July 13 for a flight demonstration and informational update on the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter program in preparation for the aircraft becoming part of the ARNG fleet. The UH-60V, a retrofit UH-60L... Read more

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

14-Jul-2021Source: The Hindu

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up to deliver the first batch of three Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) once acceptance tests are completed. These are part of the 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters approved for the Army and the IAF. See Full Story. ... Read more

Australia takes delivery of two CH-47F Chinooks, with two more due 2022

Australia takes delivery of two CH-47F Chinooks, with two more due 2022

9-Jul-2021Source: Boeing

Australia’s current fleet of Chinook helicopters will grow from 10 to 14 under this acquisition program, with the third and fourth Chinooks expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022. The Australian Army, currently operating a fleet of 10 CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft, recently accepted the first two of four additional aircraft to further transform... Read more

AAR to pay $11M to settle False Claims Act allegations, plus $429K to FAA

AAR to pay $11M to settle False Claims Act allegations, plus $429K to FAA

8-Jul-2021Source: US DoJ

AAR Corp., located in Wood Dale, Illinois, and its subsidiary, AAR Airlift Group Inc. (Airlift), located in Melbourne, Florida, have agreed to pay the United States $11,088,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations in connection with aircraft maintenance services performed by Airlift on two U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) contracts. The allegations involve helicopters that Airlift... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

7-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $28,160,769 modification (P00005) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0350) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to procure mission computers (MC) and flight management computers (FMC) retrofit kits to upgrade the MH-60R/S aircraft.  The quantities are as follows:... Read more

Safran and Global Turbine Asia renewed their contract to support Malaysian H225M engines

Safran and Global Turbine Asia renewed their contract to support Malaysian H225M engines

6-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Global Turbine Asia (GTA) have renewed their contract to support Makila 2A of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). Powering their H225M helicopters, over 30 Makila engines will continue to be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). Since 2014, this agreement has proved its efficiency to satisfy RMAF’s requirements for... Read more

Spain orders 36 H135 and 4 H160 helicopters

Spain orders 36 H135 and 4 H160 helicopters

5-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Council of Ministers in Spain has approved a significant purchase with Airbus, including 40 helicopters and three A330 tanker aircraft. The helicopters consist of 18 H135s for each of the Spanish Interior and Defence Ministries, and 4 H160s for the Interior Ministry. The Interior Ministry H135 acquisition will replace the Bo105 and BK117 fleets,... Read more

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

5-Jul-2021Source: ARAB NEWS

The Lebanese army announced on Thursday that it is set to offer sightseeing rides in its helicopters in a bid to boost its coffers. The country’s ongoing economic crisis —  which the World Bank describes as “likely one of the world’s worst since the 1850s” — has hit the Lebanese military hard, leaving it struggling... Read more

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

5-Jul-2021Source: Air Education and Training Command

Seven officers received their pilot’s wings, becoming the first Air Force officers to earn their wings from a helicopter-only syllabus since 1993. The Helicopter Training Next class graduated June 22 with Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presiding during the ceremony. Currently, the helicopter pilot training pipeline lasts about 17... Read more

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo is investing a significant amount of time and resources into ensuring the AW149 is as well-prepared as it can be for the UK New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the programme by press release, well ahead of any more detailed documentation being made available. It is... Read more

Helicopters tailored for special forces

Helicopters tailored for special forces

30-Jun-2021

With the H145M, the H225M and the NH90, Airbus Helicopters offers a comprehensive and complementary range of rotorcraft tailored for special operations. Already in service, the H145M and the H225M have proven their worth, while the NH90 is evolving to adapt to the specific needs of the special forces with the upcoming Standard 2. “Nowhere... Read more

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Honeywell International Inc., Aerospace, Phoenix, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $9,953,746 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-21-F-KQ17) against five-year basic ordering agreement SPE4A1-17-G-0017 for V-22 spare parts.  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 two-year contract with no option periods.  Location... Read more

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $129,000,000 modification (P00027) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification increases the scope for the production and delivery of three MH-60R aircraft as replacement-in-kind for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is... Read more

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

30-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) capability flew for the first time on an MV-22B Osprey June 15. “The significance of this developmental test flight was two-fold,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems (PMA-234) program manager. “Not only was this the first time... Read more

TAI buys 14 engines from Motor Sich for ATAK-II helicopter

TAI buys 14 engines from Motor Sich for ATAK-II helicopter

30-Jun-2021

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich have signed a contract for the supply of engines for the ATAK-II helicopter, the airframer announced yesterday. Motor Sich will supply 14 engines between September 2022 and 2025.  The most recently announced plans call for first flight in 2023.  The T929 ATAK-II helicopter is a... Read more

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

28-Jun-2021Source: US Marine Corps

The Alfred A. Cunningham Award is one of, if not the highest honor a Marine aviator can achieve during their career. To be selected for this award, which also carries with it the title of Marine Aviator of the Year, is no small feat. For U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joshua Hazeldean, a pilot with Marine... Read more

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

28-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

A contract to build nine CH-53K™ King Stallion™ helicopters with an additional contract option for nine more aircraft was awarded to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company on June 25. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Lot 5 contract will deliver nine aircraft in 2024 as part of a 200 aircraft program of... Read more

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

24-Jun-2021Source: US Army

The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade presented a CH-47 Chinook rotor blade to the people of Pegnitz at a ceremony on Pegnitz Air Field, Germany, on June 21, 2021. The blade will eventually become part of a memorial at the crash site in Pegnitz where a Chinook crashed on August 18, 1971, killing 37 American Soldiers.... Read more

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

23-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, received a delivery order in the amount of $580,598,636 on a previously negotiated option under a basic ordering agreement W91215-16-G-0001 for 14 H-47 extended range rotary wing aircraft that satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft.  This modification exercises an option that was awarded on... Read more

Australia grounds NH90 again

Australia grounds NH90 again

22-Jun-2021Source: news.com.au

Defence insiders claim the Australian Army’s Taipan helicopters are “no longer safe to fly”, revealing “potentially catastrophic” maintenance issues behind their suspension. The MRH-90 Taipan fleet is used to transport troops and provide fire protection during special operations and counter-terrorism missions. But the entire fleet has been out of action and grounded since the beginning... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $73,221,421 modification (P00008) to firm-fixed-price order N00019-21-F-0434 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This modification adds scope to procure 362 spare parts and support required for the repair and maintenance of the CH-53K low rate initial production configuration aircraft.  Work will be... Read more

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $17,016,793 modification (P00018) to previously awarded cost reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00421-19-F-0531 issued under basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0003.  This modification exercises an option to provide software engineering and testing, avionics integration and testing and avionics acquisition support to include classified and unclassified laboratories, configuration and... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

21-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific (HSMWINGPAC) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in Coronado, California, June 15, in which Capt. Jeffrey Melody was relieved by Capt. Brannon Bickel as “Commodore.” “I could not be prouder of the great work that our Sailors do each and every day, all... Read more

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

17-Jun-2021Source: US Army

12th Combat Aviation Brigade pilots had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly an Mi-24 Hind helicopter with Hungarian Defense Force pilots at Solnok Air Base, Hungary. U.S. Army pilots from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, part of 12th CAB, and the Hungarian Defense Force 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base shared their flying experience through joint orientation... Read more

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

17-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $18,372,000 firm-fixed-price type delivery order modification to an existing contract (W91215-16-G-0001) for the procurement of long-lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Chinook Block II production program. Fiscal 2021 Army aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $18,372,000 are being obligated at the time... Read more

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

16-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

DigiFlight Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $13,802,929 modification (P00003) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-D003 for programmatic support for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 23, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $13,802,929 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

16-Jun-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from Army Contracting Command-Redstone supporting the Afghan Air Force’s MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters. The first contract, a six-month extension worth $14.5 million, continues MDHI’s longstanding efforts to provide program management, and contractor logistics support (CLS) services, material, and remote operations... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded an $8,014,901 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0426) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029).  This order provides for non-recurring engineering in support of the design of the Common MH-60R/S Aircraft survivability equipment architecture to integrate the APR-39C(V)2 radar warning receiver into the MH-60S avionics system... Read more

MD Helicopter awarded $29M contract for Afghan maintenance

MD Helicopter awarded $29M contract for Afghan maintenance

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter Inc. Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $29,448,286 modification (P00046) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 to provide maintenance capabilities in support of the Afghan Air Force. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2021 Pseudo Foreign Military Sales... Read more

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