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NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

4-Feb-2021Source: New York Army National Guard

The New York Army National Guard honored two of the three Soldiers killed in a UH-60 helicopter crash outside Rochester on January 20, during funeral services held in Western New York and the Hudson Valley on Jan. 29 and 30. Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, attended funeral services for Chief... Read more

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

4-Feb-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Every field of effort has a standard to beat. Track and field had the four-minute mile. For baseball, the bar is 762 career home runs. For the V-22 Osprey production line at Fleet Readiness Center East, there was the 300-day turnaround time for returning the aircraft to their fleet customers. On January 15, the V-22... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

2-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $10,587,984 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0159) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for the development of Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K aircraft.  The repair manuals address organizational level repairs pertaining to airframe skins, doors and covers, tail cone, main and tail blade... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

1-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081.  This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and... Read more

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

1-Feb-2021Source: Triumph Group

Triumph Group (NYSE: TGI) announced that its Systems & Support business has finalized a low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from Sikorsky for the CH-53K King Stallion rotorcraft. The contract consists of LRIP 1 and 2 deliverables, including spares, for the U.S. Marine Corps next generation heavy-lift platform that is being produced to replace the CH-53E... Read more

Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

29-Jan-2021Source: US Air Force

Following the conclusion of a three-day journey Jan 14 originating from the manufacturing facilities in Mesa, Ariz. the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., becomes the first operational unit to receive the AH-64E version 6 (V6) Apache helicopter. The V6 is equipped with an open systems design including the latest communications,... Read more

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

28-Jan-2021Source: Star News

  Jo Brook has flown all the way from Dunedin into the history books. The 27-year-old has just graduated as New Zealand’s first female navy helicopter pilot, an achievement she hopes will inspire other young women to consider a career in the Defence Force. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

27-Jan-2021Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission... Read more

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

25-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this... Read more

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

25-Jan-2021Source: Defence Blog

Four Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters will arrive for the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Republic of Belarus in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to sources in the Belarusian Defense Ministry. See Full Story.... Read more

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

22-Jan-2021Source: Rheinmetall

The German Navy is once again counting on simulation expertise from Rheinmetall when it comes to training its NH90 NTH Sea Lion helicopter crews. In December 2020 the European NH90 procurement and management organization, NAHEMA, awarded the company an order for an Asterion classroom solution destined for Naval Air Wing 3 at Nordholz on the... Read more

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

21-Jan-2021Source: US Army

  The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), together with Hellenic Armed Forces, executed Eddie’s Odyssey, a first of its kind, joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea, Jan. 13-14. The exercise, named after Ugly Eddie, the battalion mascot, consisted of U.S. AH-64E... Read more

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

20-Jan-2021Source: US Air Force

An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft. Wendy Smith received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from the 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Brett... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

20-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

The CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic earlier this month. This was the first opportunity to see the aircraft working in a modern naval environment. Testing took place on the USS Wasp, a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased... Read more

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

18-Jan-2021Source: Royal Navy

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at... Read more

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

15-Jan-2021Source: defenceWeb

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will partner with Caverton Helicopters on the maintenance of its rotary wing aircraft as it seeks to improve serviceability. The NAF on 12 January said Caverton Helicopters would also help develop capacity with its engineers, technicians and pilots. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Caverton... Read more

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

15-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

Container Research Corp.,* Aston, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $11,539,383 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Work will be performed in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is expected to... Read more

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

15-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

Rear Adm. Doug Noble, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, and Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, signed a strategic Memorandum of Agreement on Dec. 4, 2020 regarding supply support for the Guided Missile Frigate, also known as FFG 62 Constellation Class. The MOA establishes a mutual framework... Read more

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

15-Jan-2021Source: Australian Gov

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability. “This new ARH capability... Read more

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

14-Jan-2021Source: GAO

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of... Read more

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

14-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $101,470,782 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be... Read more

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

14-Jan-2021Source: defenceWeb

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted into service a second Mi-171E helicopter in a ceremony that also saw the induction of another L-39ZA trainer that had been returned to airworthiness. See Full Story. ... Read more

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

14-Jan-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information... Read more

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

12-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the... Read more

Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

11-Jan-2021Source: Rostec

[electronic translation] Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the State Corporation Rostec). At the enterprise, he checked the production progress of the new Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter. The supply of helicopters to the troops is scheduled to begin in 2021. At... Read more

Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

11-Jan-2021Source: PNA

The Philippine Army (PA) on Friday said a local conglomerate’s donation of a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter will greatly help in the development of its rotary aviation capabilities. “The PA is grateful for Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan’s donation of the said helicopter that will serve as a catalyst for developing Army’s future rotary aviation... Read more

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

7-Jan-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service... Read more

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

5-Jan-2021Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective December 30. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over two locations. The first facility is Rock Island Arsenal located between Davenport, Iowa and Rocks Island, Illinois. The second facility... Read more

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

5-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone last week with first flights performed in Italy and France. The first NH90 NATO frigate helicopter (NFH), assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, and the first tactical troop transport (TTH) over-land aircraft, assembled at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane site, took to the air on... Read more

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

4-Jan-2021Source: ARL Now

Complaints over helicopter noise in Arlington are likely to soon be better tracked by the federal government. See Full Story.... Read more

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

4-Jan-2021Source: US National Guard

Tears. It’s what greeted a Michigan National Guard Soldier delivering protective equipment to 15 to 20 relieved and very appreciative nursing facility workers during the height of the pandemic. “That really opened my eyes to what’s really going on out there,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Schrot, with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion,... Read more

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

4-Jan-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to... Read more

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

4-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $111,910,637 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00014) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-18-C-1007). This modification procures 20 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines, peculiar support equipment, and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot 4 low rate initial production and spares. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts,... Read more

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this... Read more

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

23-Dec-2020Source: L3 Technologies

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $29,197,837 firm-fixed-price contract for the manned/unmanned teaming hardware, as well as technical and engineering support, for the Apache helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of June 30,... Read more

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

23-Dec-2020Source: DRS Systems

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $10,121,768 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order (N00019-21-F-0238) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0030.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the design, development and integration of the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure system, including associated weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the HH-60W aircraft for the... Read more

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

23-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,761,791 firm-fixed-price modification (P000012) to contract FA2860-19-C-0005 for rotary wing maintenance.  This contract provides helicopter maintenance of aircraft assigned to the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.  This modification exercises Option Period Two and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021... Read more

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

23-Dec-2020Source: US Army

The U.S. Army will commission its Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research laboratory later this month and begin operations in early January. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, will launch the VIPER lab to deliver transformational knowledge to advance next-generation rotorcraft transmissions. The Army-unique facility will... Read more

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

23-Dec-2020Source: US Navy

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) conducted a robust combined joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 17-18. This exercise marks the fifth joint and combined integration operation this... Read more

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

23-Dec-2020Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache... Read more

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

22-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight... Read more

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

22-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters... Read more

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

22-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to... Read more

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

22-Dec-2020Source: Indra

Indra delivered the latest FMS (Full Mission Simulator) on November 23 to the NH90 Simulator Center, which has been in operation at the Spanish Army’s Aviation Academy (ACAVIET) CESIHEL Center, at the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja. With this delivery, Indra positions itself as one of the few companies that offers training solutions for... Read more

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

18-Dec-2020Source: US Army

Researchers believe a new hinge is the key to get load-bearing, large, Army quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds. Dr. Jean-Paul Reddinger, a research aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, is studying how quickly a quadrotor the size of a king-sized... Read more

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

18-Dec-2020Source: KBR

KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49 million recompete to provide system acquisition support and reliability improvements on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and other select aircraft for the Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation. KBR received this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order via the Department of Defense Information Analysis... Read more

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

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

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

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

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

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

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

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

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

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

16-Dec-2020Source: Royal Air Force

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

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

15-Dec-2020Source: Schiebel

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

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

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

15-Dec-2020Source: Yonhap News Agency

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

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

14-Dec-2020Source: The EurAsian Times

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

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

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

14-Dec-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

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

14-Dec-2020Source: Task & Purpose

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

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

11-Dec-2020Source: US Army

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

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

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

11-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp

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

Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

Australian military buys ChipCheck to support helicopter maintenance

11-Dec-2020Source: Gastops

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

Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

Philippines wants another 16 Black Hawks

11-Dec-2020Source: PNA

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

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

10-Dec-2020Source: NHV

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

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

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

10-Dec-2020Source: Philippines Government

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

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

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

10-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

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

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

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

10-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

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

NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

NSPA upgrades Sea Lynx simulator for German and the Portuguese Navies

10-Dec-2020Source: NSPA NATO

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

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

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

8-Dec-2020Source: Russian Helicopters

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

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

8-Dec-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

7-Dec-2020Source: Paris Air Show

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

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

4-Dec-2020Source: New Atlas

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

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

4-Dec-2020Source: MD Helicopters

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

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

4-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

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

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

3-Dec-2020Source: ITT Enidine

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

GKN Aerospace promotes its role in German NH90 order

GKN Aerospace promotes its role in German NH90 order

2-Dec-2020Source: GKN Aerospace

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

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

2-Dec-2020Source: Korean Air

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

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

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

2-Dec-2020Source: GKN Aerospace

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

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

2-Dec-2020Source: NHI

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

Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

2-Dec-2020Source: PNA

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

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