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Israel prefers CH-47F to CH-53K

Israel prefers CH-47F to CH-53K

Sikorsky and Boeing are in competition to see who will provide helicopters to the Israel Air Force as they are modernizing their fleet. The IDF Ground Forces Command are planning to push Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, rather than Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion, reports JPost.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

US and French forces participate in contingency training

US and French forces participate in contingency training

Naval Special Warfare forces and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command conducted interoperability training with French amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014) and USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 6. This was the first mission for a French Mistral class LHD as a platform for U.S. special operations. The training… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Mar-18

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CAE wins contract to provide S-70B training

CAE wins contract to provide S-70B training

CAE today announced that CAE USA has been awarded a contract by the United States Navy under a U.S. foreign military sale (FMS) program to provide the Brazilian Navy with a comprehensive S-70B Seahawk helicopter training system. CAE will design and manufacture two S-70B training devices:  a fixed-base S-70B operational flight trainer (OFT) to be… Read more »

Source: CAE, 12-Mar-18

Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $273,289,949 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of March 8, 2021.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $136,644,970 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-18

MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and U.S.-based helicop-ter manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company have jointly entered into an agree-ment for MTU to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines for the German Air Force with new heavy lift helicopters to replace its aging CH-53G fleet of aircraft. Sikorsky, MTU Aero Engines and GE Aviation… Read more »

Source: MTU, 08-Mar-18

Telephonics awarded $13M contract for System Repairs on MH-60R

Telephonics awarded $13M contract for System Repairs on MH-60R

Telephonics Corp., Farmingdale, New York, is being awarded a $13,305,279 firm-fixed-price contract that provides for the establishment of core depot-level maintenance and repair capability at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), San Diego, California, for AN/APS-153 Advance Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination system installed on the MH-60R helicopter.  Work will be performed in Farmingdale, New York… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Mar-18

Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 04-Mar-18

Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck LLC, Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $19,055,214 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of approximately 819 engineering change kits to upgrade air data test sets in support of H-1, H-3, BQM-34, F-16, BQM-74, T-45, EA-18G, H-53, F/A-18, P-8, C-2, C-130, AV-8B, E-2, H-60, V-22, E-6, C-20, MQ-8, MQ-4, T-44, F-5, T-39, VH-92 platforms… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-18

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FlightSafety Now Offers Night Vision Goggle Training in Dallas

FlightSafety Now Offers Night Vision Goggle Training in Dallas

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Feb-18

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Netherlands – AH-64E Remanufactured Apache Attack Helicopters

Netherlands – AH-64E Remanufactured Apache Attack Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration for an estimated cost of $1.191 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 27-Feb-18

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L-3 awarded $26M contract for the manufacture of MH-60R AN/SRQ-4 systems

L-3 awarded $26M contract for the manufacture of MH-60R AN/SRQ-4 systems

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $25,623,007 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to manufacture, test, deliver, manage, and support Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (14 percent); Mountain View, California (6 percent); Exeter, New Hampshire… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Feb-18

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Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

Naval Group will be showcasing their newest designs at the UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference) in Abu Dhabi, February 25th to 27th this year. Their exhibit will show their VSR 700, a rotary wing air-raid drone that they co-developed with Airbus as well as a demonstration of their I4Drones, reports Defence Forces.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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Thales awarded $7M contract for H-1 Item Repairs

Thales awarded $7M contract for H-1 Item Repairs

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,161,204 for ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-A500 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-A501) for the repair of five items that include modules and helmets required to support the H-1 helicopter. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland (65 percent); and Bordeaux,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-18

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Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

To practically everyone in the helicopter industry, Bell has always been Bell, despite official names like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bell Helicopter, or even Bell Aircraft if you go that far back.  So to rebrand the company from Bell Helicopter to Bell, means very little indeed to anyone in the Helicopter industry, or even the aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

Russian Helicopters has been working on a new high-speed combat helicopter and have confirmed times for its first test flight. They predict that the prototype will be ready for its debut flight in 2019, reports TASS. The helicopter will be able to reach speeds of 400 km/h.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

Last December, the Marine Corps wowed a small audience in Quantico, Virginia, with a demonstration of a fully autonomous UH-1 Huey helicopter that could navigate, conduct pre-set missions, and even assess landing conditions, all without a human in the loop. The secret ingredient was the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, or AACUS, a kit that can be mounted on a rotary-wing… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Feb-18

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First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-18

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Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $37,607,000 for firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-18

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Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

The Kuwait Government has launched an investigation into their deal with France. The contract, worth more than $1.1 billion, is for Airbus Caracal helicopters. However, Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority has started investigating the deal since reports of a middleman demanding $71 million has come to light, reports Gulf Business.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

The T408 engine that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is now going into production. The contract to build 22 T408-GE-400s and provide logistics and engineering support for the engine, valued at 143,481,258 million U.S. dollars, has been awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. military, marking a major milestone. MTU Aero… Read more »

Source: MTU Aero Engines, 19-Feb-18

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Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Aviation testers here are deep into testing the latest Army aviation missile, known as the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. The complex JAGM test was a collaborative team effort between the West Fort Hood, Texas-based Aviation Test Directorate of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Yuma Test Center at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Redstone Test Center… Read more »

Source: US Army, 19-Feb-18

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Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $126,500,000 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification provides for long lead items in support of the low rate initial production of seven Lot III CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-18

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Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

AVIAN-Precise Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $57,399,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 739,200 hours sustaining engineering, training and tools in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1).  Services to be provided include direct systems sustainment engineering support throughout the full life cycle of a weapon system from concept development to disposal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Feb-18

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B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Feb-18

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Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky’s breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall’s leadership as the lead teammate for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Feb-18

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Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5353) to exercise options for engineering, manufacturing and development for advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW).  The AOEW program will provide an electronic warfare mission package to integrate with a flight vehicle.  The AOEW program will provide… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Feb-18

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Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Feb-18

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Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000503) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system kits and spares for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-18

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Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

To celebrate the arrival of their 12 Black Hawk helicopters, the Jordanian military held a ceremony. The ceremony included a flyover, with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Quick Reaction Force performing a drill where they rescued a “wounded” hostage, reports Fox News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

The RCAF has a timeline planned out for the overhaul of their Griffon helicopters, ensuring they can stay in service into the 2030s. The overhaul includes replacement of cockpit instruments, integration of new avionics, as well as modification to the flight simulators, reports Ottawa Citizen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed has sent a request to the Pentagon for funding of $212 million that would go towards a $9 billion Sikorsky purchase. Lockheed has said that the purchase will enable taxpayers to save $8 in efficacies per $1 spent. The Department of Defence is currently auditing the request to ensure that the proposed savings do… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-18

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Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc.,** Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $7,226,520 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for UH-60A helicopter special purpose electrical cable assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a sole source acquisition that utilized other than full and open competition under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).  Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-18

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Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are putting their Enstrom 480B up for auction again. The helicopter was put on auction a week prior, reports Baltic Course, but no bids were made on it. They hope to sell the helicopter and with the money made, purchase a new fixed wing observation plane. The Enstrom… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

The Nigerian Air Force has launched their second Bell 412 helicopter into service. The aircraft had been impounded by customs, after Nigeria could not provide end user certificates after the aircraft had modifications done to it in America. It received an overhaul and repair in the United States as well as in Canada, reports Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

The contract between India and Rostec for 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters will soon be finalised. Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov, has commented that negotiations with regards to the delivery have been settled and they are expecting to sign the contract within the first three months of 2018, reports New India Express.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Helicopter pilot training for the Afghan army at Fort Rucker is shifting to UH-60 Black Hawks now that the Russian Mi-17 training program has come to an end. The Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command recently shipped the last two operational Mi-17 helicopters from Fort Rucker to Afghanistan, ending a seven-year training program… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 24-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019.  This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-18

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Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet

First modernized Ka-27M helicopter has arrived at the Baltic Fleet Air Force base. In the near future, the second such helicopter will enter the service with the base. After this, the pilots will start learning to operate the new rotary wing aircraft. Following all required preliminary events, the naval pilots will start test flights and… Read more »

Source: Russian Military, 16-Jan-18

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Russian Air Force prepares for Ansat-U training from March

Russian Air Force prepares for Ansat-U training from March

Pilot-instructors of the Air Force Military Academy have started learning to operate new Ansat-U helicopters. The new aircraft were delivered to the training air base in Saratov region in December 2017. Third-year cadets of the Syzran Branch of the Military Academy are to perform first sorties on such training helicopters in March 2018. The Air… Read more »

Source: Russian Military, 16-Jan-18

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AECOM awarded $442 Million Fort Rucker training contract

AECOM awarded $442 Million Fort Rucker training contract

AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has been awarded a nine-year contract by the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to provide rotary wing flight training instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The US$442 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, which successfully resolved a protest,… Read more »

Source: AECOM, 16-Jan-18

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Boeing to supply Indonesia with AH-64E and CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to supply Indonesia with AH-64E and CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing is looking to increase their co-operation with Indonesia’s heavylift transport helicopter programme. They will supply both AH-64E Apache helicopters as well as CH-47F Chinooks. Boeing is also providing training for the Apache helicopters, reports IHS Jane’s.

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-18

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Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $193,850,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for eight Saudi Arabian National Guard and nine Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces unique UH-60M aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-18

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Clayton International awarded $8M contract for Egyptian Government AS-61 maintenance

Clayton International awarded $8M contract for Egyptian Government AS-61 maintenance

Clayton International Inc.,* Peachtree City, Georgia, is being awarded a $7,685,795 firm-fixed-price contract to provide depot level maintenance for one AS-61 Helicopter in support of the government of Egypt.  Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.  Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,685,795… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-18

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Russian Helicopters Intends to Participate in the Tender of the Indian Navy

Russian Helicopters Intends to Participate in the Tender of the Indian Navy

The Russian Helicopters holding intends to participate in the tender for the supply of 111 shipborne Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian Navy. This light multi-purpose helicopter can comfortably seat up to seven people or one ton of cargo, and it can be produced by the Russian-Indian joint venture, the creation of which was agreed upon… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 15-Jan-18

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Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 10-Jan-18

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US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jan-18

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Bluedrop to deliver CH-148 rear crew mission trainer to Canadian military

Bluedrop to deliver CH-148 rear crew mission trainer to Canadian military

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPLI) through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. has received a $1M contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program to deliver an innovative new approach to hoist training for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Maritime Helicopter (MH) community. The new CH-148 virtual reality Rescue Hoist Simulator will… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 10-Jan-18

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ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) based in the German city of Bonn have won a contract to supply EC135 helicopters to train German military pilots.  The contract was awarded to ALT on 19th December after a competitive tender, and targets a total of 6,500 flying hours over a three year period.  This tender included not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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Lord Co awarded $27M contract for V-22 Parts Repair

Lord Co awarded $27M contract for V-22 Parts Repair

Lord Co., Erie, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $27,067,123 five-year firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for repair of three items used on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Erie, Pennsylvania, and work is expected to be completed by January 2023.  Working capital funds (Navy) will be obligated as individual task orders are issued and funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $57,107,283 for not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed fee modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. CC-RAM is an aircraft readiness improvement initiative to modify MV-22 aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000502) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $12,797,722 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,596,160 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jan-18

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HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army today. This comes close on the heels of HAL receiving RFP for supply of 83 LCAs (Light Combat Aircraft) just days ago.

Source: HAL India, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

22-Dec-17

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Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,723,840 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-AQ01 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-18-F-AQ01 for repair of one weapon repairable assembly on the airborne low frequency sonar system Sonar Dome, which is required to support the H-60 helicopter.  Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded $21,435,687 for modification P00032 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0132).  This modification provides for programmatic and logistical support to develop damage limits and tolerances of engine components as well as the completion of maintenance task analysis and maintenance planning to establish organic depot level repair for the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,089,793 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0054, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-11-G-0003.  This modification provides for acquisition logistics support for the H-1Upgrades program.  Services to be provided include logistics management, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) are currently drawing up plans to acquire 24 attack helicopters. The purchase will a part of the Armed Forces of Philippines modernization programme, reports Jane’s 360.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

The South Korean Army test fired their Stinger missiles from Apache helicopters this past Wednesday, reports Reuters. The air-to-air missile firing drill was a success, according to the army.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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