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Algerian Navy about to receive first Super Lynx 300s

Algerian Navy about to receive first Super Lynx 300s

The Algerian Navy will soon take delivery of the first of six Super Lynx 300 helicopter following the conclusion of armed flight trials of the first aircraft by AgustaWestland at the company factory in Somerset, United Kingdom. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 29-Oct-14

US Coast Guard to move SAR helicopter from John’s Island

US Coast Guard to move SAR helicopter from John’s Island

Plans are in place to close the U.S. Coast Guard facility on John’s Island and relocate the search and rescue helicopter to Savannah. See Full Story

Source: News 2, 29-Oct-14

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Newport helicopter facility gets 2-week reprieve

Newport helicopter facility gets 2-week reprieve

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office says the Coast Guard will delay the closure of a helicopter station in Newport by two weeks. See Full Story

Source: SFgate, 29-Oct-14

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

One of the Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31. Thanks to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Oct-14

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Lt. Col. Reese Hauenstein, product manager for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter, gives a coin to a Soldier from Company B., 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade as they concluded their hands on verification process of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter maintenance manuals on Hunter Army Airfield Oct 15

Source: US Army, 28-Oct-14

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

“This marks another benchmark for the CH-47F program,” said Lt. Col. Michael Hauenstein, the Army’s CH-47F product manager, Office of the Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters. “More importantly, we have met this benchmark ahead of schedule, within cost, and produced an aircraft that performs as required worldwide. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Oct-14

General Dynamics Canada to missionize Peruvian Navy SH-2G fleet

General Dynamics Canada to missionize Peruvian Navy SH-2G fleet

General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade four SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters with an integrated mission system to enhance the operational capability of the Peruvian Navy and its ability to meet the demands of modern maritime missions. The contract, facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 28-Oct-14

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced he has given Combined Pass approval for an interim Tactical Data Link for the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in service with the Australian Army. Under LAND 2089 Phase 3B, a total of 21 Tiger helicopters will be upgraded with a tactical information exchange solution that further integrates… Read more »

Source: Department of Defence, 27-Oct-14

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New training system for ADF helicopter crews

New training system for ADF helicopter crews

A modern helicopter training system for Navy and Army personnel has been approved by the Australian Government, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced today. Senator Johnston said the new training system would better prepare Navy and Army aircrew to transition to the ADF’s current combat helicopter fleet, as well as the advanced helicopters entering service… Read more »

Source: Department of Defence, 27-Oct-14

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Sikorsky Collaborates with LORD Corporation to Unveil S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Collaborates with LORD Corporation to Unveil S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX], unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes in collaboration with LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control. Sikorsky teamed with specialized companies in the rotorcraft industry to develop this follow-up to its successful X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator aircraft…. Read more »

Source: LORD, 27-Oct-14

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Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

The “Workhorse” Soldiers of Company B, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade concluded their hands-on verification process of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter maintenance manuals. The product manager for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter, Lt. Col. Reese Hauenstein, was on hand Oct. 15 to reward the Soldiers of Company B, 603rd ASB with some challenge… Read more »

Source: Chinook, 24-Oct-14

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US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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Northrop Grumman awrded $7.9M contact for MV-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman awrded $7.9M contact for MV-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $7,926,639 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-10-G-0004). This modification is for task order 0506 to procure non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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AS350 B3 pilot helps build world’s longest urban cable car system in Bolivia

AS350 B3 pilot helps build world’s longest urban cable car system in Bolivia

Earlier this year, the city of La Paz in Bolivia launched the world’s longest urban aerial cable-car system, a veritable subway in the sky that has brought relief to millions of the city’s commuters who had faced increasingly longer commutes in mini-buses, taxis and cars on La Paz’s narrow congested streets. An alternative to costlier… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Oct-14

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France to Help Ukraine Modernize Mi-24s

France to Help Ukraine Modernize Mi-24s

State Consortium “Ukroboronprom” is implementing a joint project with French company SAGEM for capital modernization of Mi-24 helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Censor.net, 23-Oct-14

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Twin Haven buys Apache / Black Hawk supplier Impresa

Twin Haven buys Apache / Black Hawk supplier Impresa

Impresa Aerospace, a leading supplier to the commercial and military aerospace industries, announced today that it has been acquired by a private equity fund managed by Twin Haven Capital Partners, LLC. As a result of this acquisition and an accompanying capital infusion, Impresa’s liquidity position has been significantly enhanced and its net debt has been… Read more »

Source: Impresa, 22-Oct-14

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Friday is last day to sign up for AHS HELMOT XVI event

Friday is last day to sign up for AHS HELMOT XVI event

The 16th biennial Helicopter Military Operations Technology (HELMOT) XVI is being held by the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) on base at Ft. Eustis, Virginia in order to comply with current US government restrictions for this type of event. We regret to announce that there will be no unclassified sessions. There will be a single day… Read more »

Source: AHS, 22-Oct-14

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Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

Today marks 100 years since the founding of the Klimov Factory, the leading Russian developer of gas turbine engines. More than 90% of Russian helicopters, including those used by the President of Russia, utilize products from the Klimov Factory. Turbojets developed by Klimov are used on the MiG-20 and MiG-35 fighter jets. The factory a… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-Oct-14

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Northrop Grumman to Supply New Attitude/Heading Reference System for Airbus Helicopters

Northrop Grumman to Supply New Attitude/Heading Reference System for Airbus Helicopters

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to certify and deliver its new LCR-350 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for several helicopter platforms. Developed by Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-350 AHRS can be used in civil and military applications on rotary- and fixed-wing platforms, providing critical flight… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 22-Oct-14

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HSC-12 changes command at sea

HSC-12 changes command at sea

 The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 held a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Oct. 21. The squadron’s personnel fell in formation on the ship’s flight deck to witness Cmdr. Jason Young assume command of HSC-12 from Cmdr. Jeffrey Holzer. “The ceremony went… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 22-Oct-14

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Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia have arrested a former Defense Ministry official and eight others for allegedly embezzling $2.8M from the government by filing fake expenses related to a helicopter maintenance program – See full story

Source: SF Gate, 22-Oct-14

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Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

A new Exelis (NYSE: XLS) CorvusEye 1500 visible color and infrared (IR) sensor provides day and nighttime wide area airborne surveillance coverage to support the military, law enforcement, border patrol and first responders. Developed to complement the daytime electro-optical sensor Exelis released in May, the sensors are available as an integrated end-to-end system or separately. The new… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 21-Oct-14

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Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Air Force Global Strike Command’s Helicopter Operations Division hosted the World-Wide Helicopter Conference here Oct. 7-9 to discuss the current and future state of the Air Force’s helicopter fleets. The conference promoted cross talk among the Air Force’s helicopter forces, which are principally operated by Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force District… Read more »

Source: USAF, 21-Oct-14

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US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed its complaint in intervention in a case against defendants Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and two of its subsidiaries, Sikorsky Support Services Inc. and Derco Aerospace Inc., for violating the False Claims Act.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, with headquarters… Read more »

Source: US DoJ, 21-Oct-14

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CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has been awarded contracts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices. Under terms of the contracts, CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: CAE, 21-Oct-14

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Boeing Ridley Park UAW Employees Approve New Contract

Boeing Ridley Park UAW Employees Approve New Contract

Boeing employees represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 1069 ratified an eight-year contract on Oct. 19. The represented employees work at the Boeing site in Ridley Park, Pa., and the contract will be in effect until 2022. “Our goal has always been to recognize the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Oct-14

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Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Helicopters are essential to most military operations and extending the service life of rotorcraft is a priority for many armed forces. This will provide substantial demand in the future. However, with several major programmes already ongoing alongside development of new rotorcraft, these factors will have an impact on demand in the long-term. Visiongain has calculated… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 16-Oct-14

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Royal Jordanian Air Force buys eight R44s to replace MD500s

Royal Jordanian Air Force buys eight R44s to replace MD500s

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) chose Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of Hughes 500D helicopters that have been in service since 1981. Equipped with Garmin and Aspen glass avionics, and Bendix King’s new military KTR909 UHF transceiver, the white R44s will be used for primary helicopter training at the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 16-Oct-14

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US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services for a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, announced today that it was recently awarded an option period extension with the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson said, “We see this as… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 16-Oct-14

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Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus is seriously considering building new helicopter programs in France rather than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in Europe’s largest economy, the group CEO told Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 15-Oct-14

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Bell and TRU Simulation + Training Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell and TRU Simulation + Training Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that Textron sister company, TRU Simulation + Training, will provide a high fidelity Flight Training Device (FTD) and Interactive Multi Media Instruction (IMI) virtual Maintenance Trainer for the Bell V-280 Valor™. “We are pleased TRU Simulation + Training is joining our growing team of aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bell and IAI Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell and IAI Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be providing the nacelle structures for the 280 Valor™. “We are pleased IAI is joining our growing team of aerospace leaders and will be a part of the team investing in our next generation tiltrotor, the Bell V-280,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced a $1 million contribution to the National Museum of the United States Army. Bell Helicopter will sponsor its iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois Utility Helicopter as the featured macro artifact of the Museum’s Vietnam War exhibit. Robert Hastings, Bell Helicopter’s Senior Vice President of Communications &… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

24th Air Base in Krumovo expects 2 new Bell 206 helicopters and 2 more Cougar helicopters at the beginning of the following year,” said Brigadier General Zlatko Zlatev, commander of the air base, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv. See Full Story

Source: Focus, 14-Oct-14

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Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

The governments of Peru and Canada have recently signed an accord that will allow the Andean nation to acquire up to five Seasprite multipurpose helicopters for the Peruvian Navy. See Full Story

Source: Andina, 14-Oct-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 14-Oct-14

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T64-GE-419 engines to power Bell V-280 Valor Demonstrator

T64-GE-419 engines to power Bell V-280 Valor Demonstrator

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine will power the Bell V-280 Valor demonstrator aircraft. The Bell V-280 Valor program has been selected to advance to build and fly an aircraft within the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative. JMR-TD is intended to reduce risk and inform… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Oct-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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