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Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

5-Apr-2022Source: Sikorsky

The Sikorsky RAIDER X® competitive prototype (CP) for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) is more than 85 percent complete, progressing 50 percent faster through production and assembly compared to legacy programs and resulting in a cost-effective, transformational aircraft. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has made significant progress on RAIDER X, which is... Read more

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

4-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

After three years of proving its transformational flight capabilities, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT® helicopter arrived in Nashville this week to give U.S. Army Aviators a first-hand look at this impressive aircraft at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit. Army aviators at the summit will be able to see how Team DEFIANT... Read more

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

4-Apr-2022Source: US Military

Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing representatives with 86th Troop Command took part in an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force helicopter pilots as part of the State Partnership Program in Dakar, Senegal, March 13-19. During the exchange, Vermont National Guardsmen and Senegalese pilots discussed accident causation theories, case studies on aircraft mishaps and crew coordination,... Read more

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

4-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters, Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,679,419 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that will provide ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment services to Navy ships, partner nation’s ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI will be required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis,... Read more

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

1-Apr-2022Source: GE Aviation

GE has initiated testing on the first T901-GE-900 engine, GE’s next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) aircraft in the future. In 2019, the U.S. Army selected GE’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine... Read more

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

1-Apr-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has begun trialing autonomous take-off and landing capabilities at sea for the VSR700, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) being developed in the frame of the SDAM (Système de drone aérien de la Marine) programme, conducted by the DGA (Direction générale de l’Armement – the French Armament General Directorate) for the French Navy. Trials... Read more

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

31-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is putting forward its twin-engine multi-role military AW149 for the UK MoD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. If successful, the company has committed to the establishment of an additional final assembly line of the platform at the “Home of British Helicopters” – its Yeovil site. The NMH campaign will enable Leonardo to support and... Read more

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

30-Mar-2022Source: South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina National Guard received the first five AH-64E model Apache attack helicopters, delivered to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, March 24, 2022. The South Carolina National Guard is updating a 34-year-old fleet of 24 aircraft with the new E-model, which will be assigned to and flown by the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 59th... Read more

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

25-Mar-2022Source: PZL Mielec

March 16 it has been 15 years since the privatization of PZL Mielec and company joining to the Sikorsky family, which is now a part of Lockheed Martin Corporation.  It was the beginning of groundbreaking changes in the history of aviation in Mielec. Since privatization and 170 million USD investment to improve production facilities and... Read more

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

24-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,348,691 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 turret. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 16, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-D-0024).... Read more

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

23-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $52,467,855 firm-fixed-price modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (N0001922C0004).  This modification adds scope to procure long lead items in support of full rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and... Read more

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

22-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence. According to DoD Instruction 1348.30, the award recognizes maintenance operations... Read more

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

21-Mar-2022Source: US National Guard

The Illinois Army National Guard has received new UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, the latest rotary-wing aircraft in the Army’s inventory. The helicopters are assigned to the 106th Aviation Regiment, stationed in Kankakee and Decatur. “We’ve upgraded from analog to digital technology. The UH-60V gives us a moving map on board for situational awareness. It has... Read more

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

21-Mar-2022Source: Triumph

Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] announced that its Systems, Electronics and Controls business has received a five-year contract with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to provide repair and upgrade services to their enhanced digital electronic control (fuel) units (EDECUs). Triumph’s EMC-102 EDECU units are used to support the T700 engine in the U.S. Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter.... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

16-Mar-2022Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $950 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Department of State has... Read more

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

16-Mar-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marines from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct tactics development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on March 10, 2022. During the exercise, VMX-1’s UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters conducted attacks... Read more

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

14-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

Cmdr. James “Moose” Moore relieved Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts as commanding officer of Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC 25), February 17. The ceremony featured a flyby with an aerial change of command followed by an in-person ceremony attended by immediate family, HSC 25 and key personnel. Butts commanded HSC 25 Sailors, known as... Read more

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,152,263 cost-plus-fee, cost-no-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for non-personal technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter. 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 Dec. 31, 2026.... Read more

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

14-Mar-2022

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Apache Development and Modernization (DevMod) Product Office welcomed a new leader during a change of charter ceremony Feb. 24 at Redstone Arsenal’s Bob Jones Auditorium. Outgoing product manager Lt. Col. Matt Peterson relinquished responsibility of the office to Lt. Col. Nick Yerby, who most recently served as a Program Management... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $99,250,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides products and support required to rapidly integrate and field VH-92A aircraft simulators and trainers in support of the Presidential Helicopter Program. The products include delivery of technical analysis, technical reports, trade studies, and retrofit... Read more

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

13-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy announced initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment, on Feb. 17, 2022. The aircraft was formally declared IOC on Dec. 14, 2021, aligning with the scheduled first-quarter fiscal year requirement. “The CMV-22’s maiden deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW)... Read more

US Army orders another six MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters

US Army orders another six MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters

9-Mar-2022Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] extends its partnership with the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) with an order for six additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters. The award, valued at $195 million, brings the total number of MH-47G Block II aircraft under contract with the USASOAC to 36. The upgraded MH-47G Block II Chinook features... Read more

GE announces upgrades to Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System

GE announces upgrades to Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System

8-Mar-2022Source: GE Aviation

GE Aviation announced an upgrade to the Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System / Aviation Vibration Analyzer (RADS/AVA) product line in Rotor Track and Balance (RT&B) operations for civil and military operators such as the UK MoD and the U.S. Army. “The RADS/AVA upgrade provides an intuitive graphical user interface and enhancements allowing users the ability to... Read more

WINGX expands into helicopter fleet tracking partnered by Parapex Media

WINGX expands into helicopter fleet tracking partnered by Parapex Media

8-Mar-2022

WINGX and Parapex Media are today officially launching a joint venture to provide their combined market intelligence on the global helicopter market. This venture combines the long-standing and deep expertise of Parapex, a leader in helicopter fleet ownership and deployment for over 20 years, and the business insight platforms developed by WINGX across the global... Read more

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – specifications and composition

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – specifications and composition

8-Mar-2022Source: air bp

We are often asked whether a particular turbine aircraft can use SAF or whether one SAF fuel can be mixed with another. The answer to both is yes, as SAF is certified to the same global specifications as conventional jet.  Product quality advisor, Dr Andrew Glendinning, and aviation fuels research and development manager, Dr Alisdair... Read more

Aerometals Awarded Significant USSOCOM Award for Engine Protection

Aerometals Awarded Significant USSOCOM Award for Engine Protection

8-Mar-2022Source: Aerometals

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has recently awarded aerospace manufacturing company, Aerometals a seven-year contract for the company’s engine inlet barrier filter (EIBF) engine protection system. The program calls for an initial installation of the EIBF systems on U.S. Army Special Operations helicopters over the next five years. Follow-on orders for additional airframes... Read more

Black Hawk delivery lifts Croatia security capabilities

Black Hawk delivery lifts Croatia security capabilities

7-Mar-2022Source: US Army

The United States delivered two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at Zagreb Airport, Feb. 4. The arrival of the U.S. Black Hawk weapon system was part of the 2018 Croatia Vertical Lift program. Communication, Navigation and Radar Systems were included in a total package approach to improve Croatia’s ability to move personnel and supplies, as well... Read more

Navy to demo new MQ-8 Fire Scout mine countermeasure system

Navy to demo new MQ-8 Fire Scout mine countermeasure system

7-Mar-2022Source: NAVAIR

The Navy is working to develop a new mine countermeasure (MCM) sensor suite for the MQ-8C Fire Scout that that will enable the unmanned helicopter to detect and localize mines and obstacles on land and at-sea. The Fire Scout program office, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Program Executive Office Unmanned... Read more

New $5M Multi-use Helicopter Training facility being built at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

New $5M Multi-use Helicopter Training facility being built at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

4-Mar-2022Source: US Army

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a $5 million Multi-use Helicopter Training facility to replace the current Special Helicopter Operations Complex training facility at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This one-of-a-kind facility consists of a deck landing trainer designed to replicate a Destroyer Designated Guided DDG-103 class ship, nicknamed the “U.S.S. Truxton” and will include... Read more

CH-53K test team wins DON T&E award

CH-53K test team wins DON T&E award

3-Mar-2022Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion test team, part of the Heavy Lift Program Office, PMA-261, is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team (WIPT) award for 2021. The 18-person WIPT will be honored in a virtual ceremony this spring. According to the award announcement the team, “demonstrated superior... Read more

SAFE Structure delivers UH-60 platforms to  Missouri National Guard

SAFE Structure delivers UH-60 platforms to Missouri National Guard

2-Mar-2022Source: SAFE Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs has announced the delivery of custom fall protection maintenance platforms to the Army National Guard in Springfield Missouri. The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic platforms allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their Sikorsky UH-60 aircraft fleet. The set of platforms are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant demos slaloms, external load and single-engine capabilities

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant demos slaloms, external load and single-engine capabilities

25-Feb-2022Source: Sikorsky

In three demonstrations during the same flight, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT® helicopter demonstrated it is not only maneuverable, survivable and fast, but also provides the critical external lift capability of traditional rotorcraft. With DEFIANT X®, the team’s offering for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), crews will deliver troops and cargo to the objective... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M for MH-60R/S tactical radio development

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M for MH-60R/S tactical radio development

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $12,561,887 cost-plus-incentive-fee order (N0001922F0996) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering for the development of preliminary software design, software coding, maturation, test, and integration for Link 16 Advanced Capabilities with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical... Read more

GE awarded $39M contract for CH-53E engines

GE awarded $39M contract for CH-53E engines

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

General Electric – Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $39,164,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00004) to a previously awarded contract (N0001921C0035). This modification exercises an option to procure 19 T-64 engine cores for the CH-53E aircraft in support of the T-64 Engine Reliability Improvement Program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (45%); Rutland, Vermont (28%); Havelock,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $101M contract for CH-53K long lead items for Lot 7 production

Sikorsky awarded $101M contract for CH-53K long lead items for Lot 7 production

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $101,883,324 firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract (N0001922C0004). This modification adds scope to procure long lead items for full rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in December... Read more

Kamatics extends helicopter gearbox life using composites

Kamatics extends helicopter gearbox life using composites

24-Feb-2022Source: Kamatics

Kamatics Corporation, a Kaman business (NYSE: KAMN), announced that it is introducing new P-54 contoured, anti-wear components for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of legacy helicopter gearboxes. P-54 is a unique composite that can be adhered to substrates where the surface is prone to abrasion, fretting wear, impact damage, or other harsh environmental conditions.... Read more

Boeing awarded $103M contract for AH-6s for Thailand

Boeing awarded $103M contract for AH-6s for Thailand

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $103,774,884 modification (PZ0007) to contract W58RGZ-20-C-0037 for AH-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2025. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Thailand) funds in the amount of $103,774,884 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army... Read more

Royal Malaysian Air Force passes 20,000 hours in Airbus H225M fleet

Royal Malaysian Air Force passes 20,000 hours in Airbus H225M fleet

23-Feb-2022Source: Airbus

Great milestone: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) logged 20,000 flight hours, becoming Asia’s highest #H225M flyer. Congratulations to all RMAF crew involved. The RMAF’s fleet of 12 H225M helicopters has been in service since 2012. Designed for the most demanding missions, these H225Ms have participated in various exercises and humanitarian missions, including flood rescue... Read more

NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR PBL Team earned DoD award in 2021

NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR PBL Team earned DoD award in 2021

22-Feb-2022Source: NAVSUP WSS

A team from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) earned a Department of Defense award for providing superior, cost-effective support to the fleet. The NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR Performance Based Logistics Team was selected for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award at the subsystems level. NAVSUP WSS awarded the... Read more

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

21-Feb-2022Source: US Army

Soldiers from 4-2 Attack Helicopter Battalion prepare the last AH-64D for its final flight and turn in as we complete fielding of the AH-64E v6 on 16 February, 2022, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea. “I’ve been fortunate enough to fly the Alpha model as well as various versions of the Delta model,” said LTC Peter... Read more

Alaska National Guard wins DUSTOFF Association Rescue of the Year

Alaska National Guard wins DUSTOFF Association Rescue of the Year

21-Feb-2022Source: US National Guard

Four members of the Alaska Army National Guard’s Golf Company, Detachment 1, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, received the 2021 Rescue of the Year award from DUSTOFF Association in early February for their efforts in a rescue last fall. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 2021, a sheep hunter activated his InReach... Read more

Aviation Specialties Unlimited wins awards from National Guard

Aviation Specialties Unlimited wins awards from National Guard

21-Feb-2022Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company was given the Seven Seals Awards from the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR), for the company’s efforts to support ASU employees in the National Guard and Reserves. ASU Director of Aviation Services Chris Schoonover also received the ESGR Patriot Award. The Patriot Award... Read more

Sikorsky Secures Contract to build CH-53K™ for Israel

Sikorsky Secures Contract to build CH-53K™ for Israel

18-Feb-2022Source: Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will produce 12 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for Israel under a U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement. This production announcement is for the first four of 12 aircraft for Israel and is on the heels of a contract to produce nine more aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. The signed... Read more

NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR PBL Team earned DoD award in 2021

NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR PBL Team earned DoD award in 2021

17-Feb-2022Source: US Navy

A team from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) earned a Department of Defense award for providing superior, cost-effective support to the fleet. The NAVSUP WSS V-22/H-53 FLIR Performance Based Logistics Team was selected for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award at the subsystems level. NAVSUP WSS awarded the... Read more

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

17-Feb-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its advancement to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge... Read more

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

15-Feb-2022

Last year, the flight operations team at Leonardo in Yeovil flew more than 870 hours across several different types of helicopters on 585 flights respectively. Sorties were undertaken from the AW159, AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, Super Lynx to the AW101. The aircrew at Leonardo accrued over 70 hours in the AW149 during 53 sorties. The... Read more

US delivers two UH-60M to Croatia

US delivers two UH-60M to Croatia

14-Feb-2022Source: US Government

This morning, the United States delivered two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at Zagreb Airport. The arrival of the U.S. Black Hawk weapon system, valued at 360 million Kuna, will contribute to Croatia’s growing defense capabilities and military preparedness in support of NATO. The Black Hawk provides capabilities across a range of possible missions, from special... Read more

Teledyne FLIR wins $43.9M US Navy/CoastGuard sensor service contract

Teledyne FLIR wins $43.9M US Navy/CoastGuard sensor service contract

14-Feb-2022Source: Teledyne

Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), announced that the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded the company an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $43.9 million to service electro-optical sensor systems used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The contract will provide replacement parts and technical support for... Read more

Royal Brunei Air Force retires Bo105 fleet

Royal Brunei Air Force retires Bo105 fleet

8-Feb-2022Source: Royal Brunei Air Force

The Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has retired its entire fleet of MBB Bolkow 105 helicopters after 41 years of service in a ceremony held at the Air Movement Centre (AMC), Rimba Air Force Base. The ceremony of the retirement of the fleet, which had been operated under No. 1 Wing, Operations Group, was attended... Read more

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

8-Feb-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron began the first-ever phase inspection of an HH-60W Jolly Green II rescue helicopter Jan. 6, 2022. The roughly 42-day inspection will serve as preventative maintenance and reveal how well the Whiskey has stood up to its first 720 flight hours. “It’s a new aircraft so there have been a lot... Read more

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53K

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53K

7-Feb-2022Source: Sikorsky

Prioritizing affordability and utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), will build nine additional CH-53K™ aircraft at a lower unit price than previous lot buys, resulting in significant savings for the U.S. government and taxpayers. The company’s experienced supply chain coupled with its active digital approach drives speed and affordability throughout... Read more

Airbus and Kongsberg sign Norwegian NH90 support agreement

Airbus and Kongsberg sign Norwegian NH90 support agreement

4-Feb-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus and Kongsberg of Norway have signed a long-term strategic agreement to collaborate over support and services for the Norwegian Armed Forces. Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between Airbus Helicopters, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, and Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services, the companies will work to strengthen the deployment of local maintenance capabilities with... Read more

UK military orders five H135s from Airbus

UK military orders five H135s from Airbus

2-Feb-2022

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has won an order to provide five additional H135 helicopters for the Ministry of Defence.  HeliHub.com understands that these are to replace elderly Gazelle helicopters in the surveillance role. Currently the Ministry of Defence operates 29 H135 helicopters at the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury where all... Read more

HMH-461 Conducts Re-designation Ceremony

HMH-461 Conducts Re-designation Ceremony

2-Feb-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 held a re-designation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, Jan. 24, 2022. The squadron received its first CH-53K King Stallion, and the ceremony signified the beginning of the Marine Corps’ modernization from the CH-53E Super Stallion to the CH-53K King Stallion in support of the... Read more

Collins Aerospace completes Air Launched Effects demonstration for US Army Future Vertical Lift program

Collins Aerospace completes Air Launched Effects demonstration for US Army Future Vertical Lift program

2-Feb-2022Source: Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace has successfully demonstrated a ready-now Mission Systems solution to support the operations of Air Launched Effects (ALE) from Army Aviation’s Enduring and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) fleet. Comprised of an air vehicle, multiple payloads, and a Mission System, these ALE are a crucial piece of the FVL aircraft’s ability to extend the organic... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $21M contract to procure 104 proprotor hub spring and drive link kits for the V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $21M contract to procure 104 proprotor hub spring and drive link kits for the V-22

2-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas is awarded a $21,611,280 firm-fixed-price modification (P00015) to an order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 104 proprotor hub spring and drive link kits for the V-22 Osprey aircraft, to include 60 for the MV-22 aircraft; 10 for... Read more

Inter-Coastal Electronics awarded $11M contract for AH-64 Simulation kits

Inter-Coastal Electronics awarded $11M contract for AH-64 Simulation kits

2-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

Inter-Coastal Electronics LLC, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $11,314,691 firm-fixed-price contract for AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Tactical Engagement Simulation System kits, spares, aviation ground instrumentation network and logistics support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 26, 2027.... Read more

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

27-Jan-2022Source: Bell

Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has completed the first Nacelle Improvements Modification on an Air Force CV-22 Osprey. The aircraft is part of an ongoing upgrade by Bell and Boeing (NYSE: BA) to improve the wiring components within the nacelles and to change the structure in order to improve maintainability. The Osprey returned... Read more

Science and Engineering Services awarded $13M contract for work on Israeli SH-60Fs

Science and Engineering Services awarded $13M contract for work on Israeli SH-60Fs

26-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Science and Engineering Services LLC, Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded a $13,515,107 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract (N0001921C0074). This modification adds scope to provide return to flight repairs and storage for three SH-60F aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to... Read more

FRCE creates engineering solution to overcome V-22 APU Filters Shortage

FRCE creates engineering solution to overcome V-22 APU Filters Shortage

25-Jan-2022Source: FRCE

A supply shortage of clutch servo-valve filters for V-22 Osprey auxiliary power units (APU) threatened to keep a number of aircraft on the ground, until the APU group of the V-22 Fleet Support Team at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) found a way to clean the disposable filters and reinstall them on the aircraft. The... Read more

Idaho Army National Guard completes UH-60M transition

Idaho Army National Guard completes UH-60M transition

20-Jan-2022Source: Idaho National Guard

With the arrival of its final two new UH-60M Black Hawks Sunday, the Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion has completely modernize its previous fleet of A/L models to the Army’s most technologically advance multi-role helicopter. “It’s a reflection of the quality and relevancy of the Idaho Army National Guard,” said Brig. Gen.... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $1.6 billion five-year V-22 component contract

Bell Boeing awarded $1.6 billion five-year V-22 component contract

19-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,643,701,284 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, replacement, required availability, configuration management, and inventory management for supply support for 228 MV-22B (Marine); CMV-22 (Navy); and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey aircraft components. The contract will include a five-year base period with no options.... Read more

Philippines orders another 32 Black Hawks

Philippines orders another 32 Black Hawks

17-Jan-2022Source: PNA

It’s a go for the government procurement of 32 additional S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters after the Notice of Award (NOA) was issued to PZL Mielec of Poland late last year, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced Sunday. Lorenzana shared in a Facebook post that the NOA was issued on Dec. 28, 2021 for the... Read more

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

14-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate signed yesterday the Acquisition Contract for the supply of AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The contract, valued at 346 million EUR, was signed in the framework of the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G)... Read more

Raytheon awarded $8.6M contract modification for CH-53K night vision work

Raytheon awarded $8.6M contract modification for CH-53K night vision work

14-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded an $8,638,884 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0810) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This modification exercises an option to procure nine Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 Forward Looking Infrared kits for Lot 6 CH-53K production aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

13-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $30,506,177 undefinitized cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration, testing, and qualification of the re-designed Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) and Blade Fold Distributor (BFD) units that will mitigate component... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $24,320,573 modification (P00002) to a previously awarded firm-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001921C0073). This modification exercises options to procure 25 Link 16 production B kits, three Link 16 B kit spares, and two Link 16 flight training device B kits in support of UH-1Y and AH-1Z Helicopter modification... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $29,457,101 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures logistics support analysis and products resulting from production engineering changes and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages to include technical publications, logistics support analysis and logistics product data in support... Read more

Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

11-Jan-2022Source: US Army

The 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment at Camp Humphreys, South Korea is being outfitted with newest AH-64 Version 6 helicopter. Fielding began in November and is set to complete in February. To date, the unit has since received 12 of its 24 aircraft. This event marks the first overseas delivery of the new version... Read more

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

10-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day. The first TTH overland variant was delivered on 11 December, in accordance with contractual commitments, and will be followed by the first NFH naval helicopter soon after its qualification in the next coming months. Deliveries will... Read more

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

7-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Two UH-169B helicopters in service since 2H2020 are preparing crews for the future operational transition to the all-new advanced multirole Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programme Italian Army quote “This is an important step for the Italian Army Aviation, in cooperation with Leonardo, towards the future” Over 290 orders and options to date for the AW169... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

5-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $102,389,630 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of hardware components and spares of the Apache Attack Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each... Read more

Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s

Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s

3-Jan-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior have ordered 36 Airbus H135 helicopters. This signature takes place in the context of the stimulus plan activated by the Spanish government to support the industry.  The Ministry of Defence will receive 18 helicopters to be operated by the air force and the navy while the Ministry of... Read more

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2021

HeliHub.com is now taking our usual seasonal break until Monday 3rd January 2022. Christmas is so much more than “Holidays”, and this is very much a “Happy Christmas” message to our readers and followers. We hope your organisation didn’t get trapped into issuing a watered-down Jesus-ignoring “Happy Holiday” message. This is the time of year... Read more

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