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Royal Air Force to receive AW109SP GrandNew

Royal Air Force to receive AW109SP GrandNew

Previously unannounced by AgustaWestland, it would appear that the Royal Air Force in the UK are soon to receive an AW109SP GrandNew.  In a sneak photo here, we can see the full standard 32 Squadron colour scheme including RAF roundels, the British flag on the tail and the squadron crest just below the cabin windows…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-15

Turbomeca offers Poland best-in-class engine solution

Turbomeca offers Poland best-in-class engine solution

In support of the H225M Caracal acquisition by the Polish Armed Forces, Turbomeca (Safran) is delivering an optimum engine solution and comprehensive industrial benefits for the nation’s manufacturing sector. Turbomeca, a company founded by Joseph Szydlowski, a Polish engineer, is the world leader in helicopter engines. The H225M is powered by the Turbomeca Makila 2…. Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 22-Oct-15

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US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Army to provide modernized signal processing units to support Honeywell’s innovative Health and Usage Monitoring System, which can detect and predict potential problems before they occur for the Apache attack helicopter. The processing unit is a combat-proven solution that provides onboard sensing and… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 22-Oct-15

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex ES, is now on board an Italian Army NH90 TTH. The helicopter has just been delivered to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The validation activity was managed in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità (ARMAEREO). LOAM, developed and manufactured by Selex ES at its Genoa site, is… Read more »

Source: Selex, 22-Oct-15

All Metal MS delivers MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands to USCG

All Metal MS delivers MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands to USCG

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “Safety First” aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment, and specialty tooling is excited to announce that it delivered a customized line of solution driven MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands and hangar equipment to the United… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 21-Oct-15

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

Agusta Westland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Under the MLSP design and manufacture contract, awarded to Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland in January 2014, 25 AW101 Merlin HC Mk3/3A aircraft will be converted… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Oct-15

Dubai Air Wing have AW189 on order

Dubai Air Wing have AW189 on order

HeliHub.com can reveal that the privacy-seeking Dubai Air Wing have at least one AgustaWestland AW189 on order, with serial #49023 noted recently test flying in Italy on the factory test registration I-EASN.  The helicopter appears to be fitted with retractable steps on each side of the cabin below the doors and courtesy lights above. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-15

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.6M contract for AH-1Z turret work

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.6M contract for AH-1Z turret work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $9,638,771 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded basic order agreement N00164-11-G-JQ97-0015 for the procurement of the turret electronic unit (TEU) versatile performance switching production requirements, including test equipment station development and validation; circuit card assembly manufacture; test requirement document production; and engineering drawing… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Oct-15

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Seyer Industries awarded $33M contract for AH-1Z blade fold racks

Seyer Industries awarded $33M contract for AH-1Z blade fold racks

Seyer Industries Inc.,* St. Peters, Missouri, is being awarded a $33,394,842 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of up to 325 each blade fold rack sets in support of the AH-1Z and UH-1Z helicopter.  Work will be performed in St. Peters, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in October 2020.  Fiscal 2014 aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Oct-15

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India – HAL inches LCH closer to certification

India – HAL inches LCH closer to certification

Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) completed performance trials paving way for finalization of basic configuration. The Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar, visited HAL’s helicopter complex here today and had a detailed look on advanced features and armament fit of LCH prototypes. “LCH is the only attack helicopter which can operate above 10000 – 12000 feet altitude… Read more »

Source: HAL, 19-Oct-15

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Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

Rockwell Collins will showcase the latest in communication and avionics technology at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. Attendees are invited to the Rockwell Collins exhibit (Hall D, Stand D89) to discover why the company is leading the way in helping bring mission success to militaries around the world. “We have continued to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Oct-15

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Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver engineering services to the Royal Navy at air stations in the south west of England. The aviation and engineering support and aircraft services (AESAS) contract includes the… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Oct-15

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Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

The Ecuador Government has announced that it has terminated links with Hindustan Aeronautics, from whom they bought seven Dhruv helicopters.  Between October 2009 and January 2015, four of these seven were written off in accidents, one fatal accounting for three lives.  See full story See HeliHub.com accident records for Dhruv helicopters in Ecuador

18-Oct-15

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Saudi Arabia requests nine UH-60M in $495M package

Saudi Arabia requests nine UH-60M in $495M package

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $495 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 18-Oct-15

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Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Today the Swedish Armed Forces celebrated the retirement of the last Swedish HKP 10 Super Puma. The ceremony was held at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå, which in fact was the same place where the Swedish Super Pumas first entered service back in the spring of 1988. The event marks the historic end… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 16-Oct-15

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Bell announces new president and CEO

Bell announces new president and CEO

From Bell’s Facebook page…. Congratulations Mitch Snyder, our new president and CEO, succeeding John Garrison. Mitch is a seasoned and proven executive with more than 30 years experience in the aerospace and defense industry with his last 11 years serving in various leadership roles at Bell Helicopter. We look forward to his leadership and guidance!… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-15

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XPO to ship eight Lynxes from Brazil to UK

XPO to ship eight Lynxes from Brazil to UK

Part of Italy’s Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland has its main facilities in Italy, the UK, the USA and Poland, and operates globally through a number of subsidiaries, joint ventures and collaborative programmes with major aerospace and defence companies. AgustaWestland has over 12,850 employees worldwide and revenues of €4.37 billion. AgustaWestland in the UK has a longstanding relationship… Read more »

Source: XPO Logistics, 15-Oct-15

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Sikorsky grounded S97 Raider after just two free flights

Sikorsky grounded S97 Raider after just two free flights

Sikorsky [UTX] has paused flight testing on its experimental coaxial-rotor S-97 Raider to focus on operation of its ground-test station. See Full Story

Source: Defense Daily Network, 15-Oct-15

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Sikorsky awarded $191M confract for H-53 weapons work

Sikorsky awarded $191M confract for H-53 weapons work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $191,530,501 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for repair coverage of six weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the CH-53 and MH-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut.  Work is expected to be completed by December 2017.  No contract funds will be obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Oct-15

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NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NHIndustries celebrated the delivery of the 250th NH90 military helicopter today. The event took place in Viterbo,Italy during the annual NH90 users conference in presence of Brigadier General Antonio Bettelli commander of Italian Army Aviation. “We are committed, at NHI, to delivering our helicopters on-time to our customers. The delivery of the 250th aircraft today… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 14-Oct-15

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US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

The U.S. Army has procured an initial quantity of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rockets for use in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This deployment marks the first time U.S. Army personnel will be able to benefit from the laser-guided rocket, which has proven highly successful for the U.S. Navy… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 14-Oct-15

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EASA approves CAE Brunei Training Centre

EASA approves CAE Brunei Training Centre

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, today announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has formally certified the CAE Brunei MPTC as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO).  The CAE Brunei MPTC was certified under the ATO held by CAE’s Oslo… Read more »

Source: CAE, 13-Oct-15

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Patria to supply NH90 parts to Sweden and Finland

Patria to supply NH90 parts to Sweden and Finland

Patria Helicopters AB, has signed an agreement to supply NH90 spare parts for Swedish Armed Forces. The order is valued approximately EUR 9.1 million. Patria has likewise won recently several NH90 spare part orders from Finnish Defence Forces. As an NH Industries (NHI) Authorized Nordic NH90 Service Center in Finland, Sweden, and Norway, Patria is… Read more »

Source: Patria, 12-Oct-15

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Russia offers Egypt the helicopters developed for Mistral

Russia offers Egypt the helicopters developed for Mistral

Russia has offered the helicopters developed for the Mistral to Egypt, which intends to purchase from France the helicopter carriers built for the Russian Navy, said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec Corporation. “If Egypt decides to acquire the Mistral ships, then of course we will offer them the helicopters that we adapted and created just… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 12-Oct-15

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AgustaWestland to open new plant in Brazil

AgustaWestland to open new plant in Brazil

AgustaWestland announced today that its Brazilian subsidiary AgustaWestland do Brasil is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Itapevi, 30 km from Sao Paulo, which will include maintenance hangars with space that could accommodate a helicopter final assembly line, training centre with full flight simulation capability, bonded warehouse, workshops… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Oct-15

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Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

Elbit Systems of America will demonstrate its cockpit advancements at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C., October 12-14.  These highly technical solutions give Army Aviators clarity during bad weather and poor conditions to improve their mission effectiveness. Elbit Systems of America understands that to improve the ability for aviators to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 12-Oct-15

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US National Defense Authorization Act expected to approve $2.8 Billion for Bell military programs

US National Defense Authorization Act expected to approve $2.8 Billion for Bell military programs

The first National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be passed during U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry’s (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee is headed to the Senate for approval and then to the President’s desk. The bill includes funding for Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant, and the V-22 Osprey program at Bell… Read more »

Source: Congressman Thornberry, 06-Oct-15

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First flight for Chinese Z-11WB armed helicopter

First flight for Chinese Z-11WB armed helicopter

In November of 2010, Chinese state-owned manufacturer Avicopter unveiled the AC-311, a single-engine helicopter capable of carrying up to six people. See Full Story

Source: Sputnik News, 06-Oct-15

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Russian Helicopters to unveil new models and UAV

Russian Helicopters to unveil new models and UAV

The Days of Innovations of the Southern, Western and Central military districts are scheduled for October 5-6 in the southwest city of Rostov-on-Don, Kubinka in Moscow Region, and Yekaterinburg respectively. See Full Story

Source: Sputnik News, 06-Oct-15

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BLR Flight Tests FastFin System for AH-1 Cobra

BLR Flight Tests FastFin System for AH-1 Cobra

BLR Aerospace is flight testing the Fast Fin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System on the AH-1 attack helicopter, commonly referred to as the Cobra, the company announced today. Company flight testing has confirmed that Fast Fin will improve the AH-1’s left pedal authority and engine thermodynamic efficiency. BLR holds the restricted category type certificate… Read more »

Source: BLR, 06-Oct-15

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Royal Air Force bows out of UK SAR responsibility

Royal Air Force bows out of UK SAR responsibility

The Royal Air Force bowed out from it’s Search And Rescue role in the UK on Sunday 4th October, as the last base stood down – RAF Chivenor, it confirmed on Twitter.  Although planned for 30 September, a last minute hitch meant that Bristow Helicopters were not able to start operations until Sunday, with their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-15

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Register for the Upcoming AHS Rotorcraft Propulsion Meeting

Register for the Upcoming AHS Rotorcraft Propulsion Meeting

The theme of the conference is “Innovative Propulsion Technologies Enabling Affordable Solutions for Next Generation Rotorcraft.” The meeting will consist of five unclassified, unrestricted sessions that will cover present research and development goals and accomplishments as well as futuristic ideas in rotorcraft propulsion for both manned and unmanned systems. The keynote presentation is by Dr…. Read more »

Source: AHS, 02-Oct-15

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US Navy revives MH-53E Sea Dragon training squadron HM-12

US Navy revives MH-53E Sea Dragon training squadron HM-12

Having been disestablished in 1994, HM-12 will once again serve as a fleet replacement squadron, where new pilots and crew members go to learn how to fly their designated aircraft. See full story

Source: PilotOnline, 01-Oct-15

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France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

On September 28, 2015, CEPA ( centre d’expérimentations pratiques et de réception de l’aéronautique navale – the Centre for Practical Experimentation and reception) held the closing conference regarding the interoperability between BPCs (bâtiment de projection et de commandement – protection and command vessel) and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aboard the French Navy command ship Dixmude. This… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 01-Oct-15

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Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

The 16 H225M helicopters, operated by the Brazilian Navy, Army and Air Force, exceeded the 10,000 flight hour milestone last month. H225M: Multi-Mission Capable The latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma family, this 11-metric-tonne helicopter is used in logistic support missions, disaster support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, combat search and rescue, presidential… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Oct-15

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AAR Selected for 2014 NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award

AAR Selected for 2014 NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been named the recipient of the 2014 NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). The award recognizes AAR’s Airlift division for its support of a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of the economy and national security of the United States. AAR… Read more »

Source: AAR, 01-Oct-15

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Timken awarded $46M three-year Apache transmission contract

Timken awarded $46M three-year Apache transmission contract

Timken Aerospace Transmissions LLC, Manchester, Connecticut, was awarded a $46,388,901 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for the maintenance and overhaul of the Apache AH-64 A/D main transmission.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2018. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $25,719,410 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for the maintenance and overhaul of Blackhawk helicopter blades.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2020.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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Erickson wins Military Sealift Command contract worth $7M

Erickson wins Military Sealift Command contract worth $7M

Erickson Helicopters Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, is being issued a $7,297,558 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-8000) to exercise a 12-month option for the provision of ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services.  These include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface testing in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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AAR awarded two Military Sealift Command contracts worth $21M

AAR awarded two Military Sealift Command contracts worth $21M

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being issued a $6,746,197 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-14-C-8013) to exercise a 12-month option for the provision of ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services.  These include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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BSC Partners awarded $6M modification to MH-60S trainer contract

BSC Partners awarded $6M modification to MH-60S trainer contract

BSC Partners LLC,* San Diego, California, is being awarded a $6,594,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-14-C-0002) to exercise an option for the procurement of one MH-60S Aircrew Virtual Environment Trainer, including technical data.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (95 percent); and Binghamton, New York (5 percent), and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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GE awarded $79M three-year T700 engine contract

GE awarded $79M three-year T700 engine contract

General Electric (GE) Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $79,574,620 basic long-term requirements contract for the repair or replacement of T700 engine components utilized on the H-60 and AH-1W aircraft, along with receiving, warehousing, inventory management, packing, shipping, electronic data interchange requisitioning and commercial asset visibility reporting transactions of the T700 engine depot level… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-15

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Navy Wildcat exercises with South African Navy

Navy Wildcat exercises with South African Navy

The SA Navy Type 209 submarine SAS Queen Modjadji last week took part in a deep water training exercise with a Royal Navy frigate carrying the new Wildcat maritime helicopter.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 01-Oct-15

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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast takes on Pave Hawk

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast takes on Pave Hawk

A new era began at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) on Sept. 11 with the arrival of the first Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. Col. Daniel Lapastole, vice commander, 129th Rescue Wing, landed the aircraft at Naval Air Station Jacksonville after a four-stop, cross-country trek from the unit’s home at Moffett Federal Airfield, California. Fleet… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 01-Oct-15

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UK – Boulmer SAR base closes as RAF ferries Sea Kings to storage

UK – Boulmer SAR base closes as RAF ferries Sea Kings to storage

RAF Boulmer, a long-established SAR base in the north-east of the UK, has closed that role as the SAR responsibility for the UK is gradually handed over to Bristow Helicopters.  As part of the phased plan to retire Royal Navy and Royal Air Force helicopters, 202 Squadron retired its two yellow Sea Kings with a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-15

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First Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professor in Rotorcraft named

First Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professor in Rotorcraft named

The University of Maryland welcomes Dr. Olivier Bauchau as the first Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professor in Rotorcraft. Bauchau brings thirty-plus years of experience in the rotorcraft field to the university. He is a widely recognized scholar in aeromechanics of rotorcraft, multibody and structural dynamics, composite structures, and wind turbine systems. Supported through an endowment from… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Oct-15

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Airbus H225M deal becomes political football in Poland

Airbus H225M deal becomes political football in Poland

The Polish opposition party (PiS) leading in the polls ahead of October’s parliamentary elections would block a $3 billion contract with Airbus Group to supply the Polish army with helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 01-Oct-15

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Boeing confirms Indian Apache and Chinook order

Boeing confirms Indian Apache and Chinook order

The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing [NYSE: BA] for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters that will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 30-Sep-15

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Calspan to provide Variable Stability System for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Black Hawk

Calspan to provide Variable Stability System for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Black Hawk

Calspan Aerospace has won a $1.57M contract with the U.S. Navy to provide a next-generation Variable Stability System (VSS) for a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) trains engineering test pilots, flight test officers, and flight test engineers to conduct test and evaluation at the Aircraft… Read more »

Source: Calspan, 30-Sep-15

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DynCorp to participate in AUSA 2015 meeting and expo

DynCorp to participate in AUSA 2015 meeting and expo

DynCorp International is participating in the 2015 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place October 12-14, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. DI team members are on hand at booth 2413 located in Hall B. DI, a leading global services provider, is built on… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 30-Sep-15

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Construction of new HAL helicopter plant at Gubbi Taluk to start soon

Construction of new HAL helicopter plant at Gubbi Taluk to start soon

Bidarehalla Kaval, a small village in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district, will soon transform into a township buzzing with activity as work on the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Helicopter Complex there is likely to start soon. See Full Story

Source: The New Indian Express, 30-Sep-15

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Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. See Full Story

Source: The New York Times, 30-Sep-15

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AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

AgustaWestland announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LOM Praha s.p. of the Czech Republic. Under the MoU the partners are paving the way for cooperation in the field of helicopter maintenance, training, servicing and support, as well as the designing and manufacturing of helicopter kits. The partnership would be firmly… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Sep-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $18M contract for AH-64D/E sensor ocomponents

Lockheed Martin awarded $18M contract for AH-64D/E sensor ocomponents

Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $18,088,906 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for field service representative support of the sensor components of the AH-64D/E Apache system, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2019.  One bid was solicited with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-15

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MCAS Cherry Point conducts final DOD H-46 flight

MCAS Cherry Point conducts final DOD H-46 flight

With the heavy thump-whump of spinning rotors, the end of an era was signaled at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, with the takeoff of the Department of Defense’s last flying H-46 helicopters Sept. 26. One of the three remaining HH-46E search and rescue models of the venerable war machine, commonly known as… Read more »

Source: USMC, 28-Sep-15

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20.8M for MV-22B Block C work

Bell-Boeing awarded $20.8M for MV-22B Block C work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,879,917 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order 0112 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This order provides for non-recurring efforts for the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the unique configuration into MV-22B Block… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-15

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Sikorsky awarded $16.3M for five VH-3D cabin interiors

Sikorsky awarded $16.3M for five VH-3D cabin interiors

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $16,378,859 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for five cabin interior kits, updates to the validation kits install and tooling in support of the VH-3D cabin interior and environmental control system redesign program to reduce the total gross weight of the aircraft and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-15

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New commandant at US Marine Corps

New commandant at US Marine Corps

Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller today assumed command of the Marine Corps from Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., as Dunford prepares to become the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Dunford is a respected leader who is… Read more »

Source: USMC, 25-Sep-15

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Rockwell Collins gives guidance on FY2016 financials

Rockwell Collins gives guidance on FY2016 financials

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today announced guidance for fiscal year 2016. The company expects revenue between $5.3 billion and $5.4 billion, earnings per share in the range of $5.20 to $5.40, and cash flow from operations of $700 million to $800 million. Total segment operating margins are expected to be about 21%. This financial… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 25-Sep-15

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Indian Government confirms $10 Billion deal for 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks

Indian Government confirms $10 Billion deal for 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today cleared a multi-billion dollar deal for 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing. See Full Story

Source: The Economic Times, 25-Sep-15

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Serbia orders two Mi-171s

Serbia orders two Mi-171s

Earlier in September, the deputy CEO for sales for the Russian Helicopters company, Grigory Kozlov, said Belgrade intended to purchase two Mil Mi-17 helicopters from Russia. See Full Story

Source: Sputnik, 25-Sep-15

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First Fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor completed

First Fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor completed

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. [NYSE: SPR] announced it has completed the first fuselage to Bell Helicopter for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The unit was designed and assembled in Spirit’s rapid prototyping facility in Wichita, Kan., in just 22 months. The composite fuselage is being prepped to ship to Bell’s Amarillo, Texas, facility for… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 24-Sep-15

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Interview with CEO of Russian Helicopters

Interview with CEO of Russian Helicopters

HME : When and why was Russian Helicopters created as an integrated industrialist? Alexander Mikheev : “Russian Helicopters” was established in 2007 in order to consolidate all Russian helicopter engineering companies, R&D centers as well as a number of enterprises manufacturing main helicopter component parts.  Before, in the Soviet times, all helicopter engineering companies in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Sep-15

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Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

A longtime Sikorsky employee has alleged the Stratford-based aircraft company has not followed federal disabilities rules—claims the company denies. See Full Story

Source: CT post, 24-Sep-15

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AgustaWestland turnover rises to $1.2 Billion

AgustaWestland turnover rises to $1.2 Billion

Helicopter manufacturing giant AgustaWestland, which can trace its history in Yeovil back 100 years, has reported a 5.7 per cent rise in revenue in its latest financial accounts, boosted by contracts with the UK and other global governments. See Full Story

Source: Insider Media, 24-Sep-15

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Bell explores civilian options for V-280 Valor

Bell explores civilian options for V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter is reviving its vision of finding a civilian market for tilt-rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Star Telegram, 24-Sep-15

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Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a destroyer filed suit in San Diego Monday against the U.S. Navy, asking them to declare the San Diego-based destroyer “unreasonably dangerous.” See Full Story

Source: NBC San Diego, 24-Sep-15

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French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy today marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multimission naval helicopter, the first to be delivered in the final radar configuration (FRC), during a ceremony held in the facilities in Marignane. The DGA ordered 27 NH90 NFH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Boeing awarded $12.4M contract for one Apache Longbow crew trainer

Boeing awarded $12.4M contract for one Apache Longbow crew trainer

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $12,461,218 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0086 for one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,461,218 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Bell’s Jeffrey Mellinger Receives the 2015 Doughboy Award

Bell’s Jeffrey Mellinger Receives the 2015 Doughboy Award

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that retired Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Mellinger, Bell Helicopter’s aircraft design liaison, received the 2015 Doughboy Award. The annual Doughboy Award recognizes Infantrymen for their outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry and is highest honor bestowed by the Chief of Infantry. The award… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Sep-15

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Motor Sich looks for JV in China

Motor Sich looks for JV in China

The 16th China Aviation Expo kicked off at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on Sept. 16, according to US-based Duowei News. See Full Story

Source: Want China Times, 22-Sep-15

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HAL plans LCH weapons trials

HAL plans LCH weapons trials

India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is now eyeing weapon-based trials with its fourth technology demonstrator, TD-4. The weapon firing trials are planned for the middle of 2016.  See full story

Source: HAL, 21-Sep-15

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Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy. The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Sep-15

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India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

India seeks Interpol notice against AW101 case accused

The Central Bureau of Investigation is awaiting court orders on its plea for a non-bailable warrant against British national Christian Michel James, one of the main accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, to push for an Interpol red-corner notice against him. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 18-Sep-15

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