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Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

19-Jun-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. welcomed the signing of a contract amendment today with the government of Canada to bring the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program to completion and accelerate the CH148 Cyclone helicopter’s entry into operational service. [Editor note.  Interesting use of words here given they are years behind on this contract and the Canadian Government had... Read more

Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

19-Jun-2014Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. Warfighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new... Read more

Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

19-Jun-2014Source: CAE

USA today announced that over the past few months, three new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) built by the company for the United States Navy have been declared ready-for-training and entered service for the Navy. One of the MH-60R TOFTs entered service at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, another entered service at Naval Station... Read more

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

18-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with... Read more

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

18-Jun-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by... Read more

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

18-Jun-2014Source: CPI Aero

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT:CVU) today announced that during the Annual Meeting of Shareholders Terry Stinson was elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stinson will serve a three-year term. Mr. Stinson brings over 45 years of executive leadership in the aerospace and defense industry. Since 2007, Terry was a senior executive with... Read more

MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

18-Jun-2014Source: MCR Federal

MCR Federal, LLC (MCR), a premier provider of Integrated Program Management services, has been awarded a task order worth up to $14.1 million under the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) Express contract to provide engineering, data management, testing review, and other support to the Apache Helicopter program in Huntsville, Alabama.... Read more

RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

17-Jun-2014Source: Royal Air Force

The first of the RAF’s fourteen new Chinook helicopters have been unveiled today by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, following its entry into service on time. During a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook force, Philip Hammond also announced a new £115 million agreement with Boeing Defence UK to maintain... Read more

UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

17-Jun-2014Source: Thales

MOD Minister announces FASGW(L) contract for Thales Philip Dunne MP, Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, today announced that Thales has been awarded a contract worth €56 million (£48 million) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the demonstration and manufacture of the Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Light) system. Key points    ... Read more

S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

17-Jun-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER™ prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new – and first – light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology™. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United... Read more

Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

16-Jun-2014Source: MES Севастополе

[Electronic translation] Helicopter KA-32 Russian Emergencies Ministry entered service Sevastopol garrison and successfully passes the first “battle” of the test. Sevastopol Russian Emergencies Ministry specialists have developed a plan of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations during the formation of the wildfires in the city of Sevastopol in this year with the use of the Russian... Read more

Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

16-Jun-2014Source: ABC

The facility, to be built near HMAS Albatross south of Nowra, will be used to maintain 24 of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Seahawk Romeo helicopters.  See full story... Read more

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

16-Jun-2014Source: Ukrainian Helicopters

The following is an electronic translation of Ukrainian Helicopters response to an assertion by the new military leadership in Ukraine that the 26 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters leased from the military should be returned, claiming breach of contract per this story  Airline “Ukrainian Helicopters” for more than ten years of experience in the international air transport market,... Read more

Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

16-Jun-2014Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is making its debut at the Eurosatory defense and security trade show this week.  Donaldson will display air and liquid filtration systems that have protected military ground vehicles and their crews in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 30 years,... Read more

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

16-Jun-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer... Read more

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

16-Jun-2014Source: US Navy

Late at night, while underway conducting a readiness evaluation and deck landing qualifications, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducted its 1,000th safe helicopter landing of 2014. A helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 72 marked the occasion, as it landed on the cruiser, underway supporting helicopter squadrons to qualify their pilots.... Read more

Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

16-Jun-2014Source: USMC

Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and civilian business leaders attended a U.S. Marine Corps briefing June 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. The briefing was part of ongoing efforts between the Japan and U.S. governments to strengthen their relationship and promote a mutual understanding of... Read more

Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

13-Jun-2014Source: US Navy

The Navy and Marine Corps’ Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) welcomed a new leader May 29 during a change of command ceremony here in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building. PMA-261 Program Manager U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen turned over command to Col. Henry Vanderborght, former Light/Attack Helicopters (PMA-276) platform team lead... Read more

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

12-Jun-2014Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY.... Read more

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

12-Jun-2014Source: US Army

More than 60 pilots and support personnel and five UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) deployed here from Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, June 6 to support U.S. and NATO forces training in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The CAB Soldiers arrived by helicopter at the 12th Air Base of the... Read more

Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

12-Jun-2014Source: TAI

TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) and Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland are pleased to announce that the Turkish Armed Forces have taken delivery of their first “T129 ATAK” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter on 22nd of April 2014. This delivery, celebrated during an official ceremony on June 10th, is the first of 59 helicopters, 9 in T129A... Read more

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

11-Jun-2014Source: Exaro

AgustaWestland reportedly faces the prospect of a criminal investigation in the UK if any evidence appears in the current Indian investigation warrant it – see full story... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

10-Jun-2014Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $9,479,821 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for the procurement of 13 low power MV-22 repairs under the Mission CareTM contract. Work will be performed in Oakland, California, and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in... Read more

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

10-Jun-2014Source: US DoD

Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, was awarded a $10,672,126 modification (P00008) to contract W91CN-12-D-0002 to exercise option two for service and support for Medical Evacuation for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is June 22, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is... Read more

Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

10-Jun-2014Source: HAL

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha and Secretary Defence Production, Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati visited HAL’s Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here today. “This visit is important to us considering that we all – Defence Production (MOD) and HAL – have been working on important defence projects.... Read more

HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

10-Jun-2014Source: USMC

Marines and Sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, gathered at the HMLA-369 hangar for a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 6, 2014. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Tres Smith, the off-going commanding officer of HMLA-369, was relieved by Lt. Col. Jamey Federico, from Buffalo, N.Y. Smith received the Meritorious... Read more

AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

10-Jun-2014Source: AAR

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the Military Sealift Command awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The contract is valued at approximately $34 million, inclusive of all options. Military Sealift Command (MSC) is... Read more

Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

9-Jun-2014Source: National Navy Seal Museum

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after... Read more

Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

8-Jun-2014Source: Helibras

[Electronic translation] Helibras, the only helicopter manufacturer in Brazil, will support the full operation of 55 aircraft Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters chosen by the Brazilian Army to fulfill the patrol missions during the FIFA World Cup, which begins in the country on 12 June. Already underway Special support provided by the companies Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters Force,... Read more

Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

6-Jun-2014Source: Sikorsky

A team from Danbury High School is the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge, Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., announced today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated... Read more

VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

6-Jun-2014Source: USMC

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 celebrated 62 years of service with the unveiling of their new squadron insignia and their fully operational capabilities aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 2. Marines with the squadron came together after their workday to eat together, learn about their history and see the new insignia, which... Read more

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

6-Jun-2014Source: Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working... Read more

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

6-Jun-2014Source: Products Finishing

Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacuring & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland.  See full story... Read more

Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland stop development of 2.5T helicopter

Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland stop development of 2.5T helicopter

6-Jun-2014Source: FlightGlobal

FlightGlobal quotes a directory of Russian Helicopters confirming their joint venture with AgustaWestland to develop a 2.5T class light turbine helicopter have been shelved.  See full story... Read more

Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

6-Jun-2014Source: National Defense

The military intends to continue to fund rotary-wing research and testing programs, officials said, but it cannot yet predict if or when it will have funds to buy new aircraft to replace the current fleet.  See full story... Read more

Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

6-Jun-2014Source: Schiebel

Schiebel´s dedication to the maritime domain and its ability to respond to the evolving unmanned systems requirements lead to a series of trials for the Brazilian Navy from 2nd to 5th June near San Pedro, Brazil, from the Brazilian Amazonas Class Ship APA. Schiebel’s unmanned helicopter CAMCOPTER® S-100 convinced representatives of the Brazilian Navy and... Read more

Serco secures new contract at RAF Wattisham

Serco secures new contract at RAF Wattisham

4-Jun-2014Source: Serco

Serco, the international service company, has secured a new three year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a range of manpower services to Joint Helicopter Command at Wattisham Air Station. The contract valued at £400k per year, will see Serco remain at Wattisham Air Station near Ipswich where it has supported... Read more

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

3-Jun-2014Source: US Marine Corps

Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron’s MV-22B Ospreys. Four Ospreys from HMX-1 crossed the Atlantic bound for the 70th D-Day Anniversary Ceremony... Read more

Peru to take delivery of 8 Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters in November

Peru to take delivery of 8 Mil Mi-171Sh helicopters in November

2-Jun-2014Source: Moscow Times

Peru’s Air Force will receive a delivery of eight new Russian-made helicopters in November, with an additional 16 to come in 2015, Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said.  See full story... Read more

US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

US Navy’s FRCSE refurbishing helicopters for Spanish Navy

2-Jun-2014Source: US Navy

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) hosted representatives from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Manager Air (PMA) 299 and members of the Spanish navy for the annual SH-60B and SH-60F helicopter program management review (PMR) at the military depot May 13-15. The PMR allowed Spanish naval officers the opportunity to meet FRCSE artisans currently refurbishing... Read more

UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

UK military deploys BAE Systems’ Missile Warning System to Protect Troops

2-Jun-2014Source: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded BAE Systems a $28 million (£16.7 million) contract for the third-generation (Gen3) configuration of its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). This contract, which represents the first direct commercial sale of BAE Systems’ Gen3 CMWS technology, will enable the U.K. military to provide its aircrews with the latest CMWS... Read more

HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

HMLA-467 assumes authority from HMLA-369 in Afghanistan

2-Jun-2014Source: USMC

Since Vietnam, the “Gunfighters” of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 have proven themselves a versatile unit ready to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force time and again in combat and humanitarian efforts around the globe. Their final missions complete in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, HMLA-369 transferred authority to HMLA-467, deployed from Marine... Read more

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $21M order under CH-53K facility contract

1-Jun-2014Source: US DoD

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Michigan, is being awarded $21,550,080 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of a CH-53K helicopter maintenance training facility and Regional Communication Station (RCS) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. The CH-53K facility will provide a training space to... Read more

India – Tata group ‘not to cut AgustaWestland ties’

India – Tata group ‘not to cut AgustaWestland ties’

1-Jun-2014Source: Gulf Times

Businessman Ratan Tata said his group remains committed to its partnership with AgustaWestland in spite of a corruption scandal that has engulfed the helicopter business of Italian group Finmeccanica.  See full story... Read more

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

1-Jun-2014Source: News.com.au

BAE Systems says the agreement to service the Black Hawk fleet in Townsville concludes on January 31 next year, as the Australian Army upgrades to the NH90  See full story... Read more

Russian military to receive six Ansat in 2014 for training

Russian military to receive six Ansat in 2014 for training

1-Jun-2014Source: Rostec

[electronic translation]  “In 2014, in the village of Sokolova Saratov region near 25” ANSAT “will have six new vehicles of this type,” – said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the representative of the press service and information to the Defense Ministry to the Air Force Colonel Igor Klimov. “Together with an instructor pilot cadets will... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $24,000,000 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to realign the funding between the fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds and the planned aircraft production funds for fiscal 2015, with no change to the UH-60 or HH-60 contract price. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $24,000,000 were... Read more

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $48,978,323 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for the acquisition of three UH-60L operational flight trainers for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2018. One bid was solicited and one received. Fiscal... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

EADS North America, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $33,797,867 modification (P00795) to W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistic support for the Utility Helicopter-72A.  Work is to be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) appropriations in the... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded $24,964,058 for delivery order 0002 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for the procurement of 119 H-1 upgrade tech refresh mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills... Read more

Turkish Aerospace to show T129 at ADEX-2014 in Azerbaijan

Turkish Aerospace to show T129 at ADEX-2014 in Azerbaijan

30-May-2014Source: APA

TAI is to showcase their Atak helicopter (licence-built AW129) at the 1st Azerbaijan International Defense Industry Exhibition – ADEX-2014 to be held in September in Baku  See Full story... Read more

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

29-May-2014Source: RAF

Captain Paul Shawcross Royal Navy handed over command of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury this week to Colonel Julian Facer. Colonel Facer was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1991 and is an experienced Apache Attack Helicopter pilot. His recently commanded 7 Training Regiment (AAC) at Middle Wallop, where... Read more

Russian Helicopters takes part in Aviadarts-2014

Russian Helicopters takes part in Aviadarts-2014

28-May-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopters and Mi-24 series combat-transport helicopters, including the latest Mi-35M, and Mi-8/17 military transport helicopters operated by the Russian Air Force and manufactured by Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) took part in the Aviadarts 2014 finals, which ran through 21—25 May at the... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $143M contract for 13 UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky awarded $143M contract for 13 UH-60M Black Hawks

27-May-2014Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $143,381,783 modification (P00146) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 13 Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $143,381,783 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date is Sept. 30,... Read more

Thales avionics to equip Brazilian Army’s Esquilo/Fennec fleet

Thales avionics to equip Brazilian Army’s Esquilo/Fennec fleet

27-May-2014Source: Thales

Thales will provide its Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument (IESI) to modernise the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system with completion expected in 2018. The first batch will be completed by 2014, whereby Thales’s IESI will be integrated into six initial helicopters by... Read more

Russian Helicopters boost success on Kazakhstan military market

Russian Helicopters boost success on Kazakhstan military market

26-May-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will put a wide range of the latest civil and military helicopters on show at the Kazakhstan Defence Expo 2014 (KADEX 2014) international exhibition of weapons systems and military equipment, which will run fr om 22 to 25 May 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Russian... Read more

Mi-28NE prepares for exports with new avionics

Mi-28NE prepares for exports with new avionics

26-May-2014Source: Rostec

The only official especial exporter Rosoboronexport announced that the supplying of the Mi-28NE beginning to the foreign partners. It became known at the VII International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry HeliRussia-2014. In the exposition of Rosoboronexport are presented: the Mi-28NE, the military transport helicopter Mi-171Sh, the transport helicopter Mi-35M, the radar watch helicopter Ka-31, and the... Read more

Russian Helicopters grows technical service and repair capacity

Russian Helicopters grows technical service and repair capacity

26-May-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants formerly owned by the Defence Ministry. Executive authority at the plants was transferred to Russian Helicopters between October 2013 and March 2014. Aircraft Repair Plants Number 12 (Khabarovsk), 150 (Svetly, Kaliningrad Region), 356 (Engels,... Read more

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

26-May-2014Source: Kazan Helicopters

Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has produced the 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter. The military transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter will be handed over under contract to the Russian Air Force. Mi-8/17 series helicopters are the Russian helicopter industry’s bestsellers thanks to their wide-ranging applications and high flight... Read more

The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

23-May-2014Source: US DoD

The Department of Defence has issued this contract notice for a single helicopter – we assume it is the latest CH-47F model:- The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $25,891,028 modification (P00009) to a firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0002) to exercise the option purchase a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Work will be performed in Ridley... Read more

Russian Helicopters and KRET to establish Avionics Integration Centre

Russian Helicopters and KRET to establish Avionics Integration Centre

23-May-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre (HAIC) to help boost the competitiveness of Russia’s helicopter industry on the global market. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by KRET CEO... Read more

Change of command at US Marines VMM-265 Squadron

Change of command at US Marines VMM-265 Squadron

23-May-2014Source: US Marine Corps

Lt. Col. William L. DePue, Jr. relinquished his duties as the commanding officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 to Lt. Col. Christopher M. Murray during a change of command ceremony at the squadron’s hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma May 22. DePue was the first commander of VMM-265, after the squadron was redesignated... Read more

AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

AgustaWestland showcases range at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference

23-May-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland North America, a Finmeccanica company, will showcase its wide range of rotorcraft solutions for US Special Operations on the joint AgustaWestland/DRS Technologies booth (#1204) at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, taking place from May 20 through 22 in Tampa, Florida. Highlighted to the Special Operations community will be the W-3 Sokol, AW119Kx, and AW169, 139,... Read more

Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

Russian Helicopters and Stankoprom sign technological development agreement

23-May-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Stankoprom, also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to work together on developing the R&D and production potential of high-tech manufacturing for the Russian helicopter industry through 2016. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for production... Read more

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

23-May-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,... Read more

Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

Turbomeca at HeliRussia 2014

23-May-2014Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca (Safran) will display two of its latest products, the Ardiden 3G – the new member of the Ardiden family selected to power the new Russian Helicopters Kamov Ka-62 – and the 2,100 to 2,600shp shaft horsepower RTM322. The Ardiden is designed to deliver 1,400 to 2,000 shp to helicopters in the five to eight-ton... Read more

AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

AAR awarded $6.9M US Navy vertrep contract

23-May-2014Source: US DoD

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded a $6,922,160 firm-fixed-price contract to provide ship-based and shore-based vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services (i.e., search and rescue support, medical evacuations, passenger transfers, internal cargo movement, and dynamic interface testing) in support of Commander, Naval Air Forces Command. AAR Airlift Group, Inc., will... Read more

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

21-May-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

NHIndustries hosted an NH90 program update at ILA Berlin 2014, presenting the most important milestones in this new generation helicopter’s operations. Guests were welcomed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury, who took the opportunity to underline the helicopter’s outstanding performance and flexibility. NHI President Vincent Dubrule and NHI Managing Director Luigi Cereti reported on the... Read more

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Sikorsky and Lord Corp Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

21-May-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation today announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter... Read more

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

Sikorsky and parent UTC pledge $1M to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

20-May-2014Source: Sikorsky

The University of Maryland (UMD) today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sikorsky Aircraft (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in helicopter... Read more

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

19-May-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Last week, Airbus Helicopters held a delivery ceremony at their Marignane plant in southern France to hand over the first of six AS332C1e helicopters to Bolivia. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra was on hand to receive the helicopter, as you can see in the official military press photo! The helicotper should arrive in-country in July, with... Read more

Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

Russian Helicopters ready to equip Indian aircraft carrier

19-May-2014Source: Rostec

CEO of the Holding Alexander Mikheev reported about this at a press conference dedicated to the prospects of developing of the Russian helicopter construction at the HeliRussia 2014 International Exhibition. According to Mikheev, the Indian Navy operates enough Ka-28 and Ka-31 helicopters, and sailors are familiar with all of their advantages. The head of Russian... Read more

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

19-May-2014Source: US DoD

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded an $8,529,906 indefinite- delivery/indefinite- quantity, fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for dedicated rotary wing services in the Central Africa Region (Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan) with an expected completion date of April 23, 2015. Funds will be obligated on... Read more

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

19-May-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $337,772,560 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 12 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps to a fixed-price-incentive for the aircraft and firm-fixed-price... Read more

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