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BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

The Australian Defence Forces recently concluded a highly successful trial of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rocket into a precision laser-guided weapon, has been demonstrated… Read more »

Source: Bae Systems, 14-Oct-14

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8MTV-5-1s to Russian Defence Ministry

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8MTV-5-1s to Russian Defence Ministry

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has delivered a consignment of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters built at Kazan Helicopters to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The helicopters were delivered as part of the Defence Ministry’s Single Acceptance Day for deliveries of military products, held as a videoconference between the ministry’s National Defence… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 13-Oct-14

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Russian military to receive 27 Mi-8, Ansat-U Helicopters by 2015

Russian military to receive 27 Mi-8, Ansat-U Helicopters by 2015

Russian Helicopters will deliver 27 Mi-8 and Ansat-U military helicopters to the Russian Defense Ministry by the end of 2014, the company said on Friday. See Full Story

Source: RIANOVOSTI, 13-Oct-14

Phyre Technologies, Inc. CTPD program successfully demonstrates GOBIGGS™

Phyre Technologies, Inc. CTPD program successfully demonstrates GOBIGGS™

Today Phyre Technologies, Inc. (“Phyre”) announced that they had successfully completed the GOBIGGSTM fuel tank inerting system prototype testing and demonstration phase of the Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration (CTPD).  Phyre is contracted by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, to build and demonstrate a Green On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (GOBIGGSTM) system for… Read more »

Source: Phyre Technologies, 13-Oct-14

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364 “Purple Foxes” held a change of command and redesignation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 9. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. John Field, outgoing commanding officer of HMM-364, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Paul B. Kopacz, oncoming commanding officer. “It has been my esteemed honor… Read more »

Source: USMC, 13-Oct-14

Bell awarded $7.6M contract for aircraft transmission masts

Bell awarded $7.6M contract for aircraft transmission masts

Bell Helicopter, Hurst, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,637,586 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft transmission masts. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 43-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with an Apr. 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using country is Taiwan. Type of appropriation is fiscal year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Oct-14

AHS Mourns the Passing of Ray Prouty

AHS Mourns the Passing of Ray Prouty

It is with great sadness that AHS International recognizes the passing of one of the rotorcraft community’s pioneers, Ray Prouty, who passed away on Friday, September 26. He was 88. In addition to his achievements in the technical field, Prouty was known for his generosity and commitment in sharing his knowledge with others, in particular… Read more »

Source: AHS, 09-Oct-14

Culdrose SAR helicopter crew bravery award

Culdrose SAR helicopter crew bravery award

THE crew of a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose are to receive an award for bravery today at a national awards ceremony by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. See Full Story

Source: West Briton, 09-Oct-14

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Bell to Display V-280 Valor Mockup at AUSA

Bell to Display V-280 Valor Mockup at AUSA

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase the full scale Bell V-280 Valor mockup at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition, held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. next week from October 13 – 15. Attendees will get an up-close look at the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Oct-14

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Polish-produced W-3PL helicopters demo capabilities at European military exercise

Polish-produced W-3PL helicopters demo capabilities at European military exercise

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that two Świdnik-produced W-3PL Głuszec helicopters, in service with the Polish Land Forces, are successfully demonstrating their combat support capabilities during the Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course (CJPRSC) that is being held in Florennes, Belgium. PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that two Świdnik-produced… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 09-Oct-14

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CarteNav to provide intuitive AIMS mission system software for UK National Police Air Service

CarteNav to provide intuitive AIMS mission system software for UK National Police Air Service

CarteNav Solutions Inc., (http://www.cartenav.com) the maker of AIMS-ISR®, has been selected to provide the mission software for a third of the UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) EC-135 helicopter fleet. Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, recently won a multi-million pound contract to design, integrate, certify, and install a next-generation mission system into… Read more »

Source: CarteNav, 09-Oct-14

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Brazil – S-70B Helicopter Follow-On Support

Brazil – S-70B Helicopter Follow-On Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for S-70B helicopter follow-on support and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Brazil… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 08-Oct-14

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Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibras received the first recognitions of offset credit by offset of the H-XBR program relating to the absorption of new knowledge and production technologies in Brazil EC725 helicopter. In this new milestone achieved by the company, the two letters issued by COPAC (Coordinating Committee of Combat Aircraft Program) amount to more than € 7.5 million. The company was… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Oct-14

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Exova supports Boeing Apache programme

Exova supports Boeing Apache programme

Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider has been contracted by Boeing to conduct materials testing as part of its AH-64 Apache attack helicopter development programme. Exova’s Santa Fe Springs, California, laboratory will undertake a range of mechanical testing at various temperatures on metallic transmission materials to provide Boeing with key performance parameters…. Read more »

Source: Exova, 08-Oct-14

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US Coast Guard to close Oregon base on 30 November

US Coast Guard to close Oregon base on 30 November

The Coast Guard is slated to close its air facility in Newport, Oregon, on Nov. 30. The change comes as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 that authorized the Service to close the facility in light of ongoing resource reductions. Through targeted investment over the past decade, the Coast Guard has significantly… Read more »

Source: USCG, 07-Oct-14

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Sikorsky awarded $21.7M option for two UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $21.7M option for two UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,757,443 modification (P00189) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for two UH-60M helicopters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, increasing the number of aircraft originally contracted for. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $21,757,443 were obligated at the time of the award…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Oct-14

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NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers. The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an… Read more »

Source: NASA, 06-Oct-14

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Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX, -0.58% today unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first – armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2™ Technology designed for military missions. “Today, Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Oct-14

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Apache helicopter debate fraught with veiled consequences

Apache helicopter debate fraught with veiled consequences

In the current national debate over the U.S. Army’s ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters there is more at stake than aircraft. Overlooked by the proponents of this plan are the implications for our country’s system of checks and balances, and ultimately the liberty of our citizens.  The Army’s… Read more »

Source: Arizona NG, 03-Oct-14

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Ducommun Recognized as Critical Partner on S-97 Raider program

Ducommun Recognized as Critical Partner on S-97 Raider program

Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) was recognized today by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), for its role as a critical partner on the S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter program. Ducommun developed the main exhaust components for the helicopter at its Coxsackie, NY, facility. Sikorsky acknowledged Ducommun and the team… Read more »

Source: Ducommun, 03-Oct-14

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MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a not to exceed $44,200,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Afghanistan) undefinitized contract action for the integration, testing, procurement, modification and installation of a weapon system onto the seventeen MD 530F aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. One… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Oct-14

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Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Italian Army has taken delivery of its first two ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The ceremony was attended by the Italian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito and representatives from the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-14

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RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

30th September marked the end of an era for the Royal Air Force with the official handover of the Merlin to the Royal Navy and the disbandment of 78 Squadron in a formal ceremony at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The formal Royal parade marked the next stage in the transition of the Merlin helicopter from… Read more »

Source: RAF, 02-Oct-14

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Scottsdale museum gets Vietnam War helicopter

Scottsdale museum gets Vietnam War helicopter

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois — affectionately dubbed the Huey — arrived yesterday on the back of a semi-trailer and Scottsdale RSL president Bruce Scott said that it would be taken to a secure location while its new home was being built. See full story

Source: The Examiner, 02-Oct-14

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Hillsboro Aviation designated a 2015 Military Friendly School

Hillsboro Aviation designated a 2015 Military Friendly School

Hillsboro Aviation announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is a trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aviation, 02-Oct-14

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Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Boeing completed initial flight and delivery of the first, new-build MH-47G configured Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Sept. 29, 2014 – a full month ahead of schedule. “It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer,” said Steve… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-Oct-14

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MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $35,670,600 modification (P00019) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-11-C-0070 to exercise an option to provide 12 rotary wing primary trainer MD 530F aircraft for the Afghan military. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. Foreign Military Sales funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $24M delivery order for trainer upgrades

Bell-Boeing awarded $24M delivery order for trainer upgrades

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $24,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0092 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) to upgrade the MV-22 Consolidated V-22 Electronics Maintenance Trainer, V-22 Sponson Part Task Trainer, V-22 Aircraft Maintenance Trainer, and Power Plants Training Article Trainers to the Block C configuration. The upgrades will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Thales awarded $7.7M delivery order for H-60 sonar work

Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,713,300 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7007 against previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement N0038313G003F for the repair coverage of six items for the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar system for the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed in Brest, France (62 percent); Clarksburg, Maryland (26 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $151,296,000 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter display units. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and one offer was received. This is a two-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Iowa with a Dec. 31, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

Alliant Techsystems Operations, LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota is being awarded a $36,778,430 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract for M230-30MM automatic guns and 32 spare parts in support of the Apache helicopter. Work location and funding will be determined with each order. The estimated completion date is Sept. 28, 2017. Army Contracting Command – Tank and Automotive, Warren, Michigan… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $6.8M delivery order for MH-60R Digital Rocket Launcher updates

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.8M delivery order for MH-60R Digital Rocket Launcher updates

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,861,233 for delivery order 4007 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration of the Digital Rocket Launcher capabilities updates into the MH-60R and MH-60S avionics software. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (95… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Rockwell Collins awarded $8.6M delivery order for MH-53E software upgrade project

Rockwell Collins awarded $8.6M delivery order for MH-53E software upgrade project

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded $8,692,133 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0032 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0018) for integration of one Operational Flight Program for the Required Navigation Performance for Area Navigation software upgrade program for the MH-53E Type Model Series aircraft. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Woodward awarded $47M contract for T700 common fuel control work

Woodward awarded $47M contract for T700 common fuel control work

Woodward, Inc., Loves Park, Illinois, was awarded a $47,235,265 firm-fixed-price, multiyear contract for the UH60 helicopter T700 common fuel control, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2019. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. One bid was solicited, with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

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Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

Erickson awarded $7M transport contract

Erickson Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, is being issued a $7,004,248 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-rebased vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services. Services include search and rescue support; medical evacuations; passenger transfers; internal cargo movement; and dynamic interface testing in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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Mexico orders $93M package including eight UH-60Ms

Mexico orders $93M package including eight UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $93,250,000 not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract action (P00171) to a firm-fixed-price, multiyear contract, for eight uniquely configured UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft and other support equipment and services for Mexico’s secretary of national defense. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 7, 2015;… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $10M to upgrade 13 MV-22 training devices

Bell-Boeing awarded $10M to upgrade 13 MV-22 training devices

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $9,983,922 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0026 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for upgrades to 13 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices to the MV-22 Block C-2.01 configuration. Work will be performed in New River, North Carolina (86 percent), and Miramar, California (14 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

The Boeing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $499,144,082 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering logistical support services encompassing the technical, engineering, logistics, data analysis, technical data reproduction, supportability, and management requirements for pre-through post-production, sustainment, and fleet support for all H-47 helicopters variants, exercising delivery order 0001 at time of the award. Work location and funding… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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AAR wins $15M option flying for US Navy

AAR wins $15M option flying for US Navy

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded a $15,332,330 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-11-C-1003) 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: DSCA, 29-Sep-14

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Lebanon requests 18 Huey IIs plus support in $180M deal

Lebanon requests 18 Huey IIs plus support in $180M deal

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Lebanon for Huey II rotary wing aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 17, 2014…. Read more »

Source: DSCA, 29-Sep-14

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World Record Holder receives Heritage Award

World Record Holder receives Heritage Award

28 years after setting up a new absolute world speed record for helicopters that is still unbroken ,Westland Lynx G-LYNX at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has received a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers(IMechE). Previous recipients have included Concorde,the Mallard locomotive and the Jaguar E- Type. IMechE was originally established… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 29-Sep-14

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Thales awarded $7.7M repair order for H-60 sonar

Thales awarded $7.7M repair order for H-60 sonar

Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,713,300 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7007 against previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement N0038313G003F for the repair coverage of six items for the Airborne Low Frequency Sonar system for the H-60 helicopter. Work will be performed in Brest, France (62 percent); Clarksburg, Maryland (26 percent); and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $24M to upgrade V-22 trainers to Block C config

Bell-Boeing awarded $24M to upgrade V-22 trainers to Block C config

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $24,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0092 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) to upgrade the MV-22 Consolidated V-22 Electronics Maintenance Trainer, V-22 Sponson Part Task Trainer, V-22 Aircraft Maintenance Trainer, and Power Plants Training Article Trainers to the Block C configuration. The upgrades will… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 29-Sep-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract at NAS Fallon, including MH-60S

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract at NAS Fallon, including MH-60S

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,967,277 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot level maintenance and logistics support services for the F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C aircraft, in support of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. Work will be performed in Naval Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-14

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AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA, has sued the U.S. Army to block its plans to buy 155 helicopters built by Europe’s Airbus without a competition, arguing that its own helicopters would be cheaper to buy and operate. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 24-Sep-14

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Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 prop-rotor gearbox work

Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 prop-rotor gearbox work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $36,558,239 for modification P00001 under a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract (N00383-14-D-039N) for the repair of various parts, including the Prop-Rotor Gearbox and HUB Assembly for the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected to be completed no later than… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-14

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Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday unsealed a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two MD Helicopters Inc. employees accusing the company and its CEO of overbilling the U.S. Army for helicopters that were purchased for foreign governments.  See full story

Source: Law360, 19-Sep-14

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Sikorsky selects Lord Corp UltraConductive™ Technology for S-97 Raider

Sikorsky selects Lord Corp UltraConductive™ Technology for S-97 Raider

LORD Corporation announced today that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX], has selected its UltraConductive films and coatings for lightning strike protection for the S-97 RAIDERTM program. The Sikorsky program requires LORD to provide technical support and education on how to use UltraConductive solutions across the Sikorsky platform for direct lightning… Read more »

Source: Lord, 18-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $9.2M delivery order for VH-3D interior overhaul

Sikorsky awarded $9.2M delivery order for VH-3D interior overhaul

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $9,242,869 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price modification to previously issued delivery order 4010 against Basic Ordering Agreement N00019-14-G-0004. This order provides for non-recurring efforts in support of the cabin interior and the environmental control system redesign of the VH-3D aircraft, including VIP seats, cabin interior kit, and special tooling…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

Sikorsky Aircraft Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,538,253 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 mechanical transmissions. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. Four bids were solicited, with two received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-14

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Global Commercial and Military Flight Simulation Industry

Global Commercial and Military Flight Simulation Industry

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Commercial and Military Flight Simulation in US$ Million by the following Product/Service Segments: Commercial Flight Simulation (Commercial Full Flight Simulators, Commercial Flight Training Devices, & Commercial Flight Training Services) and Military Flight Simulation (Military Full Flight Simulators, Military Flight Training Devices, & Military Flight Training Services). The report… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 17-Sep-14

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DSTO Eureka Prize for 2014 goes to Helicopter Safety System

DSTO Eureka Prize for 2014 goes to Helicopter Safety System

The 2014 DSTO Eureka Prize in support of Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia has been won by the One Atmosphere company for developing the Pegasus emergency system designed to rescue helicopters ditched in the sea. Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, last night presented a trophy and cash prize of $10,000 to the Perth-based company’s… Read more »

Source: DSTO, 16-Sep-14

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Paramount Group resuming composite blade production in South Africa

Paramount Group resuming composite blade production in South Africa

Paramount, in announcing the move to restart production on 4 September, noted that the design of helicopter rotor blades is an essential element in helicopter manufacturing to ensure reliability and long service life. Composite rotor blades outlast the life of the helicopter, whereas metal blades have to be replaced several times during the helicopter’s life… Read more »

Source: Paramount Group, 16-Sep-14

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Boeing awarded $27M for improved CH-47 electrical system

Boeing awarded $27M for improved CH-47 electrical system

The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $27,700,422 modification (0308) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W58RGZ-04-G-0023 for development, fabrication, testing and bench qualifying a modified electrical system that can be integrated into a twin engine, tandem rotor, which will result in an improved electrical system for the CH-47 aircraft. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Sep-14

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Boeing receives $130M order for seven AH-64E

Boeing receives $130M order for seven AH-64E

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $130,000,000 modification (P00013) to fixed-price incentive, full rate production contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055; the cumulative total of the contract, before this modification, was $1,156,446,681. This is an undefinitized contract action to build seven new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $19,200,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Sep-14

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Sikorsky wins $203M order for 18 UH-60Ms for Mexico

Sikorsky wins $203M order for 18 UH-60Ms for Mexico

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $203,569,092 modification (P00179) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 18 Green UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, and 18 foreign military sales Green government furnished property to contractor furnished property, to support the Mexican Air Force. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $203,569,092 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Sep-14

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Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan – new JV for helicopter modifications

Paramount Group has signed a joint venture agreement with Azerbaijan’s AirTechServices Corporation to form Paramount Aerospace Azerbaijan, which will offer manufacturing capabilities for the modernisation and enhancement of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 15-Sep-14

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Nigeria orders lots of Russian helicopters

Nigeria orders lots of Russian helicopters

Sergei Goreslavsky, a deputy director general of Rostec, said at the ADEX-2014 is reported to have said Nigeria have ordered “a significant number of Mi-171Sh helicopters and several Mi-35M helicopters”  See full story

15-Sep-14

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CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) released the results today of the Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation in to the crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia January 8, that resulted in the death of three Sailors. The MH-53E, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) and based at… Read more »

Source: CNAL, 15-Sep-14

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Igor Sikorsky’s VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation 75 Years Ago

Igor Sikorsky’s VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation 75 Years Ago

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), this weekend will mark 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began September 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event began a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Sep-14

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Brazil requests $145M package including three UH-60M, training, equipment etc

Brazil requests $145M package including three UH-60M, training, equipment etc

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $145 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 8, 2014. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Sep-14

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Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA) which has been established under chapter vi to viii of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2149 (2014). This is the first ever aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and SLAF… Read more »

Source: SLAF, 12-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $9.6M delivery order for V-22 update

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.6M delivery order for V-22 update

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $9,594,477 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0109 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering required for the variable frequency generator-generator control unit update in support of the V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (56 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-14

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Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

A lawsuit filed Monday blames Sikorsky for a fatal crash in Georgia eight months ago, saying manufactures failed to install a tiny part that caused the tail rotor to malfunction and sent the aircraft spinning out of control.

Source: CBS, 10-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $9.4M order for V-22 flight display components

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.4M order for V-22  flight display components

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $9,451,005 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0061 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for the procurement of standby flight display components for the V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Navy. This order provides for replacement of obsolescent components no longer available due to diminishing manufacturing sources… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Sep-14

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Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $41,776,269 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of three UH-1Y flight training devices, one AH-1Z flight training device, aircraft and/or trainer driven revisions, aircraft common operational equipment, provisioned spares, associated technical data required for operational and maintenance support, and three months of initial operation evaluation period… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters and Romania extend working relationship

Airbus Helicopters and Romania extend working relationship

The Government of Romania and Airbus Helicopters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a ceremony at the Victoria Palace in Victory Square, the headquarters of the Romanian Government. Present for the signing were Romanian Prime Minister Victor Viorel Ponta; Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea; Minister of National Defence Mircea… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Sep-14

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Final Flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

Final Flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging UH-1N Huey helicopter during a “sundown ceremony” Aug. 28, 2014, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The UH-1N Huey is a twin engine, utility helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopters in 1969. Bell began the delivery of 205 UH-1N helicopters… Read more »

Source: USMC, 04-Sep-14

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Japan looks for budget for 17 MV-22 Ospreys

Japan looks for budget for 17 MV-22 Ospreys

Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to seek ¥10 billion for deploying the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to an airport in Saga Prefecture, in its budget request for fiscal 2015, officials said Friday. See Full Story

Source: The Japan News, 04-Sep-14

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Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, by the Redstone Test Center. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 04-Sep-14

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Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $234,700,000 undefinitized contract action to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I aircraft, initial spares package and ground support equipment. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $115,003,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut was awarded a $33,592,172 sole-source contract for procurement of initial spares and aviation ground support equipment for 24 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $33,592,172 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M delivery order for MV-22 radar upgrade

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M delivery order for MV-22 radar upgrade

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $21,395,545 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0096 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Universal Urgent Needs Statement Effort. This order provides for the replacement of the warning system and radar warning receiver system… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems, Tempe, Arizona, (W58RGZ-14-D-0116) was awarded a $47,916,209 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for auxiliary fuel systems including reduced size crashworthy external fuel systems and internal auxiliary fuel system combo packs for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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