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Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorksy Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $507,036,949 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $507,036,949 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,900,000 modification (P00066) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for software upgrades to the flight management computer for the AH-64E.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $2,780,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

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RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Station Workshops have been heavily involved in the recent Service Modification work to produce a solution to the ongoing problem of Articles Falling Off Aircraft (AFOA) relating to the Aft MRH Droop Stop Shrouds on Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopters. The Boeing CH47 Chinook aircraft is fitted with droop stops on the Aft main… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Dec-20

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted for operational use two further CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). They will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (Porte-Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral. The acquisition comes after the successful integration of… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 15-Dec-20

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell Textron Inc., a U.S. aerospace manufacturer, announced its bid to sell attack helicopters to South Korea on Wednesday as the country’s Marine Corps plans to launch an aviation wing next year. See Full Story. 

Source: Yonhap News Agency, 15-Dec-20

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Under the newly introduced Defense ministry leasing guidelines, the Indian Navy is looking to lease light utility helicopters for its logistical needs. The Navy is looking to fill vital gaps in the frontline warships by urgently leasing 12-18 helicopters from foreign vendors. See Full Story.

Source: The EurAsian Times, 14-Dec-20

First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

The “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) made naval aviation history Nov. 20-21 when they conducted the first ever Navy CMV-22B Osprey landings, take-offs, and refueling from an aircraft carrier. The CMV-22B is the U.S. Navy version of the Osprey, a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Dec-20

Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

The Navy has selected a woman to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the first time in American history. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt was selected for the position by the fiscal year 2022 aviation major command screen board. Other officers who were picked for nuclear aircraft carrier command include Capts. Colin Day, Gavin Duff, Brent Gaut, David Pollard… Read more »

Source: Task & Purpose, 14-Dec-20

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Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

After more than three years in development, a team of U.S. Army researchers and industry partners completed the construction of a testbed that will help to inform the design of future Army rotorcraft. The team plans to test the TiltRotor Aeroelastic Stability Testbed, or TRAST in a massive wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research… Read more »

Source: US Army, 11-Dec-20

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DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

On Nov. 3, DynCorp International (DI) was awarded a seat on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation Contract (RWMCC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The multiple award contract has a total potential value of $835 million. The Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Barksdale AFB, La., is the contracting activity.   Under… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 11-Dec-20

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Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

Gastops announced that the Rotary, Aerospace and Surveillance Systems Division of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has purchased nine ChipCHECK® units to help maximize equipment readiness, improve maintenance efficiency and reduce costs. The Australian Department of Defence and Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) validated ChipCHECK® through 2019’s Exercise Talisman Sabre, a bi-annual multi-country exercise that… Read more »

Source: Gastops, 11-Dec-20

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Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

The Philippines may acquire another 16 S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday. Lorenzana said PAF chief, Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes told him that it would be more advantageous for the Air Force to be operating a single specific… Read more »

Source: PNA, 11-Dec-20

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NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded NHV a contract for the provision and maintenance of three H145 aircraft in support of their Special Forces’ training program at Laupheim (HSG64). The one-year contract is foreseen to start in January 2021. In partnership with Milestone Aviation, NHV will provide two Airbus Helicopters H145D3 and one H145D2… Read more »

Source: NHV, 10-Dec-20

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Philippine Air Force today accepted first six S-70i Black Hawks

Philippine Air Force today accepted first six S-70i Black Hawks

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will formally accept into service on Thursday six Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters delivered last month. The acceptance, turnover, and blessing ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. at the Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga, PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang said in an… Read more »

Source: Philippines Government, 10-Dec-20

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Lockheed Martin to integrate Airborne Low Frequency Sonars into Danish and Indian MH-60Rs

Lockheed Martin to integrate Airborne Low Frequency Sonars into Danish and Indian MH-60Rs

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $12,350,767 modification (P00021) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering and obsolescence services in support of the Airborne Low Frequency Sonars integration into MH-60R production aircraft for the governments of India and Denmark.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has recently upgraded the Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment (JLSTE), a helicopter simulator, operated by the German and the Portuguese navies to train the Sea Lynx crews. The modification project mainly consisted on the installation of new projectors, a new Mylar screen, and an editor to load and… Read more »

Source: NSPA NATO, 10-Dec-20

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Russian Helicopters name two Ukrainian enterprises performing “illegitimate overhauls” on M-17V5s

Russian Helicopters name two Ukrainian enterprises performing “illegitimate overhauls” on M-17V5s

Russian Helicopters Holding Company considers it necessary to warn that Ukrainian aircraft repair enterprises are carrying out illegitimate overhaul of Mi-17V-5 helicopters and thereby endangers the lives of the American and Afghan soldiers that are operating these helicopters. According to the received information about the arrival of two Mi-17V-5 helicopters of the Afghan Air Force… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

The German Bundeswehr has ordered 31 NH90 helicopters, to be known as Sea Tiger, for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NH90 Helicopter Industries (NHI) and Giorgio Gomma, General Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

In light of the uncertainty linked to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Paris Air Show organization has made the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the show, which was scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 June 2021. Together with the Board of Directors of the GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association), the… Read more »

Source: Paris Air Show, 07-Dec-20

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US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

The US Army is working to better understand the acoustic properties of eVTOL aircraft and co-axial rotors as part of efforts to design quieter, stealthier helicopters.

Source: New Atlas, 04-Dec-20

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MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces an agreement with the U.S. Army worth about $34 million to provide logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopter fleet. The deal is a continuation of MDHI’s contractor logistics support (CLS) with the U.S. Army and Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO)… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 04-Dec-20

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Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Leonardo has announced today the recent delivery of the first HH-139B twin engine helicopter to the Italian Air Force, a customised variant of the bestselling AW139 platform, from its facility based in Vergiate. The aircraft is the first of 17 HH-139Bs and deliveries are expected to be completed by 2021, in order to further strengthen… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Dec-20

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ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announces its teaming arrangement with leading aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus. Enidine joins eight other elite aerospace teammates in Bell’s mission to submit the Bell 360 competitive prototype to the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: ITT Enidine, 03-Dec-20

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GKN Aerospace promotes its role in German NH90 order

GKN Aerospace promotes its role in German NH90 order

NHIndustries and NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of the German Bundeswehr, have signed the contract for the procurement of 31 NH90 helicopters for shipborne operations. The contract brings the total order book to 597 rotorcraft. The purchase of the helicopters strengthens GKN Aerospace’s leadership position in the defence industry today and reinforces… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 02-Dec-20

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Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air recently won an order from the US Department of Defense for the maintenance of H-53E large helicopters deployed in Asia-Pacific for 9 years from December 2020 to May 2029. The total business size is around 150 billion won (approx US$136M, Ed) The maintenance projects that Korean Air will perform include inspection, replacement and repair… Read more »

Source: Korean Air, 02-Dec-20

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GKN wins Boeing silver award for AH-64 and CH-47 program work

GKN wins Boeing silver award for AH-64 and CH-47 program work

GKN Aerospace have announced that it has received a 2019 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. The GKN Aerospace sites of Hoogeveen and Papendrecht in The Netherlands maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period supporting… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 02-Dec-20

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Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

NHIndustries and NAHEMA, on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) signed the contract for the acquisition of the helicopters, related support services and training on November 26th, 2020. The Sea Tiger will represent the German configuration of the NH90 NFH helicopter and will… Read more »

Source: NHI, 02-Dec-20

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Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Participating Philippine Navy (PN) units in this year’s Joint Exercise “DAGIT PA” on Monday have successfully completed a so-called “vertical replenishment” (vertrep) exercise involving an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and strategic sealift vessel, BRP Tarlac (LD-601).  See video “DAGIT-PA” stands for “Dagat-Langit-Lupa” and is a unilateral exercise that aims to further enhance the joint force… Read more »

Source: PNA, 02-Dec-20

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Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply a European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center (“Rotary-Wing MTC”) and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 01-Dec-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: VRM, 25-Nov-20

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Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

Italian Army retires AB205 after 51 years service

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

Source: Italian Army, 25-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

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New President named at Sikorsky

New President named at Sikorsky

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-20

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SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

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

Source: defenceWeb, 20-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 20-Nov-20

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Maine Army National Guard works closer with community leaders

Maine Army National Guard works closer with community leaders

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NAVAIR, 20-Nov-20

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US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

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

Source: The Korea Times, 19-Nov-20

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Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

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

Source: US Air Force, 19-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: CAE, 19-Nov-20

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First batch of Black Hawks arrives in the Philippines

First batch of Black Hawks arrives in the Philippines

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

Source: PG-INTEL, 17-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: Honeywell, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: PAE, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: NAVAIR, 16-Nov-20

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MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

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

Source: MBDA, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: Lithuanian Defence Ministry, 10-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US Air Force, 09-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: LOM Praha, 09-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: US Marine Corps, 09-Nov-20

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1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

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

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-20

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Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

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

Source: Australian Government, 06-Nov-20

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Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

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

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-20

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BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

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

Source: BAE Systems, 05-Nov-20

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Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

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

Source: HeliOperations, 04-Nov-20

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

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

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

Source: DSCA, 04-Nov-20

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Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

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

Source: US DoD, 04-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

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

Source: DSCA, 02-Nov-20

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Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

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

Source: India Today, 02-Nov-20

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South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

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

Source: The Korea Herald, 02-Nov-20

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British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

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

Source: Royal Air Force, 30-Oct-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-20

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The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Oct-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 27-Oct-20

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Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

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

Source: DSCA, 27-Oct-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 26-Oct-20

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-20

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

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

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

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Oct-20

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