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Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

18-May-2021

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada are pleased to announce that they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT) and to create a Canadian joint venture. This partnership between two companies with strong footprints in military pilot training, ensures that the FAcT program will benefit from the expertise... Read more

Rheinmetall starts maintenance on German Air Force CH-53G fleet

Rheinmetall starts maintenance on German Air Force CH-53G fleet

18-May-2021

Rheinmetall has taken over maintenance operations for the Bundeswehr’s fleet of CH-53G helicopters, as planned. Embedded in the organization of the 64th Helicopter Squadron at Diepholz Air Base, Rheinmetall Aviation Services GmbH now received the first two aircrafts in their maintenance bay. The takeover of maintenance operations by Rheinmetall proceeded remarkably smooth and quickly. The... Read more

QuantiTech awarded $14M for US Army support work

QuantiTech awarded $14M for US Army support work

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

QuantiTech Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $14,039,714 modification (000249) to contract W31P4Q-16-A-0010 for programmatic support for the Utility Helicopters Project Manager’s Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 22, 2022. Fiscal 2019, 2020 and 2021 other procurement, Army funds; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds;... Read more

Textron awarded $15M boresight contract by US Navy

Textron awarded $15M boresight contract by US Navy

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

Textron Systems Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded a $15,788,876 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a one-time mid-life upgrade engineering change proposal for the advanced boresight equipment (ABE) system to modernize and bring 100 fielded domestic and Foreign Military Sales units up to the current commercial off the shelf configuration.  Additionally, this contract procures depot repair... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $17M modification on CH-53K LRIP contract

Sikorsky awarded $17M modification on CH-53K LRIP contract

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $17,273,575 modification (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0047). This modification adds scope to provide production system engineering and program management support in support of CH-53K aircraft low-rate initial production. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be... Read more

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

17-May-2021

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (DEVCOM AvMC), Boeing and GE recently completed all the planned test points under a multi-year demonstration program of a U.S. Army NCH-47D Chinook helicopter powered by GE’s advanced T408 turboshaft engine. The success of this effort demonstrates how integration of more powerful engines on... Read more

Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

17-May-2021Source: Safran

Safran Landing Systems has reached an agreement with Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company to provide the landing gear system for the V-280 Valor aircraft. Bell’s V-280 Valor is a next generation tiltrotor aircraft proposed for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Program. Based on the agreement, Safran Landing Systems... Read more

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

17-May-2021

U.S. Marines and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel conducted a bilateral search and rescue exercise at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Hijyudai Training Area, 27 April, 2021. The participating units included: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine Aircraft Group 12 and Ashiya Air Rescue Squadron, Air Rescue Wing (Ashiya). The bilateral exercise allowed U.S. and Japanese... Read more

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

13-May-2021

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Central American Aviation Services (CAAS), located in Guatemala City, has completed the first Bell 212 glass cockpit upgrade for the Guatemalan Air Force with its Badger Pro+ Integrated Flight Display System. The Astronautics upgrade consists of four 6×8-inch high-resolution displays, a control panel, and an engine data concentrator... Read more

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

12-May-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the 300th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The first Bell 505 was delivered in 2017, and today there are 300 aircraft in operation across six continents, with customers logging more than 70,000 global fleet hours. “The Bell 505 is... Read more

V-22 program holds change of command ceremony

V-22 program holds change of command ceremony

12-May-2021Source: NAVAIR

The V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) held a change of command ceremony April 29 where Col. Brian Taylor relieved Col. Matthew Kelly as the program manager. Maj. Gen. Greg Masiello, program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault & Special Mission Programs, presided over the ceremony. “This platform is a quintessential example of Marine aviation... Read more

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

10-May-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Command of Fleet Readiness Center East returned to a Marine Corps officer as Col. Thomas A. Atkinson assumed leadership of the facility in a brief ceremony held May 7. Capt. Mark E. Nieto, the first Navy officer to take the helm of the depot, formally transferred authority and responsibility for the depot to Atkinson in... Read more

High Rollers participate in Joint Aeromedical Training with Blackhawk Aircraft

High Rollers participate in Joint Aeromedical Training with Blackhawk Aircraft

3-May-2021Source: US National Guard

Airmen from the 152nd Medical Group participated in joint aeromedical training featuring UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft with the Nevada Army National Guard in Reno-Stead, Nev., April 10, 2021. “Today we did joint hot and cold load training,” said Sgt. Mason Burkhart, a critical care flight paramedic from the medical evacuation unit in Reno-Stead. “We practice loading... Read more

Chief of Naval Air Training Announces 2020 Training Excellence Awards

Chief of Naval Air Training Announces 2020 Training Excellence Awards

3-May-2021Source: US Navy

Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) recognized several training squadrons and individuals for outstanding achievements and mission support throughout the command in 2020. “The squadrons and individuals recognized this year have shown their dedication, determination, and focus on our mission,” CNATRA Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff said. “They are representative of our entire command’s collective resolve... Read more

Royal Navy extends British International contract

Royal Navy extends British International contract

30-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to HeliHub.com that the Royal Navy has extended the helicopter support contract for their Fleet Operational Sea Training (widely known by its “FOST” initials, and previously called Flag Officer Sea Training). This support programme for the Royal Navy is managed through the training establishment known as HMS Raleigh,... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of CH-47Fs valued at $259M

US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of CH-47Fs valued at $259M

30-Apr-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $259 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to... Read more

Thales wins MH-60R ASW Sonar contracts

Thales wins MH-60R ASW Sonar contracts

30-Apr-2021Source: Thales

Thales has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin as a tier-one supplier for the delivery of up to 55 airborne anti-submarine warfare sonars. The ALFS (Airborne Low Frequency Sonar)* dipping sonars will be installed on the MH-60R platform for the U.S. Navy and three navies. Delivery of the first 42 systems will occur over the... Read more

US Army builds hospital helipads in Croatia

US Army builds hospital helipads in Croatia

30-Apr-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delivering three modern helicopter landing zones at hospitals across Croatia to help reduce transportation times in emergency situations and ultimately save lives. The helicopter landing zone projects are funded through the United States European Command, or EUCOM, and are being delivered in close coordination with the U.S. Embassy... Read more

HMLA-267 Demonstrates Offensive Air Support

HMLA-267 Demonstrates Offensive Air Support

29-Apr-2021

As hostile forces seized nearby islands, isolating western portions of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Area of Responsibility, they cut off vital sea lines of communication to the east. In response, during the hours of darkness, “STINGER 45” and “STINGER 46” departed a small island airfield and struck enemy outposts on northern and southern islands... Read more

Raytheon awarded $10M more for FLIR and EOSS work on MH-47 and MH-60

Raytheon awarded $10M more for FLIR and EOSS work on MH-47 and MH-60

26-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Intelligence & Space, McKinney, Texas, received a ceiling increase modification in the amount of $10,660,423 on a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-16-D-0006) for lifecycle contractor services in support of the AN/ZSQ-2 Forward Looking Infra-red (FLIR) and Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS). The AN/ZSQ-2 FLIR and EOSS are currently installed on all MH-47 and MH-60... Read more

Boeing awarded $436M more on Apache AH-64E contract

Boeing awarded $436M more on Apache AH-64E contract

26-Apr-2021

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $436,691,186 modification (P00077) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for full rate production of Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $436,691,186 were obligated at the time of... Read more

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

23-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

IronMountain Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $13,103,286 modification (P00002) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B003 for technical management support for the Apache attack helicopter project manager’s office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 aircraft procurement, Army funds; and fiscal 2021 Foreign Military... Read more

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

22-Apr-2021Source: Telephonics

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), announced that it has been awarded a support contract from Lockheed Martin for its AN/APS-153(V) Multi-Mode Maritime Surveillance Radar (MMR) and Communication System Control Group (CSCG) products supporting the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S maritime helicopters. The initial contract has a five-year base, running... Read more

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

22-Apr-2021

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The operations are tests for compatibility usage of variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk with the ship’s new flight deck, and the first time a V-22 has landed on an MSC... Read more

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

19-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Local press in the African country of Zimbabwe is reporting the arrival of an Airbus EC225 helicopter at capital city Harare’s international airport on Thursday 15th April. The helicopter was transported on board an Antonov An-124 freighter operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (registration RA-82077), which had arrived from Rzeszow in Poland. The departure point suggests to... Read more

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

16-Apr-2021

Flying low, fast and expertly executing crisp, tight, quick maneuvers that only Sikorsky’s X2 Technology™ family of helicopters brings, the Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER® helicopter flew two demonstrations before Army officials and Soldiers at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama this week. The events offered a glimpse at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company’s bid for the Future... Read more

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

16-Apr-2021Source: French Military

[Electronic translation] Intended to equip the French Army, the 8 helicopters will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will initiate the replacement of the SA330 Puma maneuver helicopters, whose average age is 43 years. They will thus contribute to forming a homogeneous fleet, the Army already having ten Caracal helicopters in service. This order,... Read more

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

16-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

A few weeks ago, the VSR700 demonstrator achieved a test flight that pushed its speed limit to 60kts (more than 110km/h), entirely opening its flight envelope at low speed. At the end of the test, the demonstrator had accumulated more than 10 flight hours. Thanks to this milestone, the VSR700 programme is getting closer to... Read more

Boeing reports 2021 Q1 deliveries

Boeing reports 2021 Q1 deliveries

14-Apr-2021

Boeing have announced their deliverie numbers across all commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2021. The helicopter numbers are AH-64 Apache (New) = 9 AH-64 Apache (Remanufactured) = 15 CH-47 Chinook (New) = 3 CH-47 Chinook (Renewed) = 3 By comparison, here are the numbers for 2020 Q1 AH-64 Apache (New) =... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

14-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $143,198,723 for a delivery order (N00383-21-F-0U51) under previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract N00383-19-D-U501 for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components. All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by... Read more

Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

13-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0841) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy,... Read more

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

13-Apr-2021Source: FRCE

Following a string of successful outcomes in reducing maintenance, repair and overhaul turnaround times on V-22 Osprey aircraft, Fleet Readiness Center East has set its sights on improving turnaround times for the H-53 heavy lift helicopter. On the heels of setting a new organizational record for a V-22 turnaround with a 297-day aircraft in January,... Read more

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

13-Apr-2021Source: Centum

CENTUM has announced that the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has selected Lifeseeker for Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue operations. It is a central part of the Canadian Cellular Airborne Sensor Search and Rescue (CASSAR) project. The DND joins other search and rescue teams across the world who are already using Lifeseeker.Lifeseeker... Read more

US Navy Acting Secretary visits Sikorsky

US Navy Acting Secretary visits Sikorsky

12-Apr-2021Source: CT Insider

The Acting Secretary of U.S. Navy Thomas Harker visited Sikorsky in Stratford on Wednesday to see the production of CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, which the aircraft company is manufacturing for Navy use. The tour followed a visit by Harker to General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Naval Submarine... Read more

Frasca named subcontractor for US Navy TH-73 Program

Frasca named subcontractor for US Navy TH-73 Program

9-Apr-2021Source: Frasca

FRASCA International, Inc. (FRASCA) has been named as a subcontractor for the US Navy TH-73A Aircrew Training Services (ATS) Contract. The prime contract was awarded to FlightSafety Defense, a FlightSafety International Company that will provide Contractor Instructional Services (CIS) and availability on 18 FRASCA-designed and manufactured Level 6 and Level 7 Flight Training Devices (FTDs).... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $94M contract to support HH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $94M contract to support HH-60M

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $94,278,532 modification (P00180) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 to support an option exercise of six Program Year 5, Lot 45 HH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $94,278,532... Read more

Universal Propulsion Co awarded $10M contract for V-22 cartridge initiators and thrusters

Universal Propulsion Co awarded $10M contract for V-22 cartridge initiators and thrusters

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Universal Propulsion Company Inc., Fairfield, California, is awarded a $10,831,651 firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the manufacture of up to 5,000 cartridge initiators and thrusters used in V-22 and CV-22 aircraft. This contract includes a five-year base period with no options. All work will be performed in Fairfield, California, and is expected to be completed by... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $26,499,696 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001917C0081). This modification exercises an option that provides for the production and delivery of eight AE1107C engines for the Navy and four for the Air Force in support of the V-22 Osprey. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract modification for Saudi Arabian National Guard Black Hawks

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract modification for Saudi Arabian National Guard Black Hawks

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $99,886,365 modification (P00126) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for 25 modified UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) funds in the... Read more

M1 Support Services awarded $13M contract for helicopter maintenance services

M1 Support Services awarded $13M contract for helicopter maintenance services

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

M1 Support Services L.P., Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $13,227,201 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter maintenance services. The contractor shall be responsible for performing “full-spectrum,” “turn-key” maintenance operations, to include organizational level maintenance; repairs; scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; scheduled inspections and more to support the 58th Special Operations Wing mission. Work will be performed at... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $30M more on US Army order for 24 UH-60s

Sikorsky awarded $30M more on US Army order for 24 UH-60s

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $30,959,224 modification (P00181) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for procurement of nine Army UH-60M and 15 Army HH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $30,959,224 were obligated at... Read more

Ace Aero flight deck approved for Austrian Black Hawks

Ace Aero flight deck approved for Austrian Black Hawks

7-Apr-2021Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC is proud to announce the Republic of Austria has granted a fielding Airworthiness Release (AWR) for its integrated flight deck, the ACE DECK VL-60, as installed in Austria’s S-70A Black Hawk helicopters. The AWR marks the formal acceptance of the first of 12 aircraft slated for modernization with Ace Aeronautics’ ACE DECK... Read more

USS Carl Vinson Conducts First CMV-22B Osprey Medevac Exercise

USS Carl Vinson Conducts First CMV-22B Osprey Medevac Exercise

7-Apr-2021Source: USS Carl Vinson

Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Two conducted the Navy’s first medical evacuation (medevac) exercise utilizing the CMV-22B Osprey, Feb. 22. During the evolution, a simulated patient was transported by the ship’s medical team to a CMV-22B Osprey from the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics... Read more

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

7-Apr-2021Source: Transcend Air

Transcend Air announces it has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development contract, in partnership with Auburn University, to develop Simplified Vehicle Operation and flight control laws for high speed VTOL “nap of the Earth” flight with the Vy 400 Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. “Nap of the Earth” is... Read more

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

6-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and the U.S. Army have agreed to terms on the execution of the second phase of the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract that was awarded in March 2020 for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This new contract is an important milestone and... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

6-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $182,176,913 modification (P00039) to previously awarded, fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0015 for the production and delivery of two CV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Air Force.  Additionally, this modification provides for post-production repairs in support of the MV-22B Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization... Read more

Singapore receives its first H225M helicopter

Singapore receives its first H225M helicopter

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has taken delivery of its first H225M helicopter in Singapore. Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M Medium Lift Helicopters in 2016. Congratulating Singapore on the H225Ms, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said: “Airbus is very happy to celebrate this... Read more

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

29-Mar-2021Source: Royal Navy

The first of the Royal Navy’s new ‘eyes in the sky’ has entered service – getting ready to protect the nation’s flagship. The first Merlin ‘Crowsnest’ helicopter – which scours the heavens with its radar looking for potential foes – will now begin operational training, ahead of the maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth this... Read more

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

29-Mar-2021Source: US Navy

NAVSEA’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) recovered a downed Navy MH-60S helicopter from a depth of 19,075 feet off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Thursday. The helicopter, a twin engine Sikorsky Seahawk, crashed into the Pacific Ocean last year while operating from the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). The air crew was... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $90M contract for engineering, analysis, test, and technical support services of H-60

Sikorsky awarded $90M contract for engineering, analysis, test, and technical support services of H-60

26-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $90,687,678 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering, analysis, test, and technical support services for the H-60 product line. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 25, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting... Read more

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

26-Mar-2021Source: Forbes

The U.S. Army only has one type of heavy-lift helicopter. It is called the CH-47F Chinook, and it’s expected to remain in service until around 2060. See Full Story.... Read more

US Navy & US Marines Unveil How They Will Buy and Operate Future Pilotless Aircraft and Crewless Ships

US Navy & US Marines Unveil How They Will Buy and Operate Future Pilotless Aircraft and Crewless Ships

25-Mar-2021Source: USNI

Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Samantha Stluka, left, and Aviation Electrician 2nd Class Wyatt Cutchen, both assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, perform maintenance on a MQ-8B unmanned helicopter on the flight deck of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), May 14, 2020. See Full Story. ... Read more

China builds massive new military heliport right across from Taiwan

China builds massive new military heliport right across from Taiwan

24-Mar-2021Source: The Drive

Satellite imagery shows significant progress on the construction of what is, by every indication, a massive new military heliport in China very close to the Taiwan Strait. Continued work on the facility, which is around a half a mile from the water’s edge, only some 150 miles from Taiwan proper, and even closer to various... Read more

Coldstream Helicopters buys four AS332Ls for $2.75M

Coldstream Helicopters buys four AS332Ls for $2.75M

23-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Mexican Air Force has been trying to sell a number of Government aircraft for some years, and recently held the next attempt with an auction that closed on 4th March. In the sale were 19 aircraft, including six fixed wing – two Boeings, two Learjet 31s and two light Cessna twins. The other 13... Read more

USAF makes grant to review hybrid electric options for eVTOL

USAF makes grant to review hybrid electric options for eVTOL

23-Mar-2021Source: LiquidPiston

LiquidPiston, Inc., a developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines, announced today the adaptation of its X-Engine technology for the United States Air Force to use in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as “orbs” – urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles designed to carry people and cargo around. The X-Engine, a next-generation rotary diesel engine,... Read more

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

22-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and last H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on time. The previously delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich... Read more

US blocks Turkey’s fighter helicopter sale to Pakistan

US blocks Turkey’s fighter helicopter sale to Pakistan

18-Mar-2021Source: yahoo!news

The United States has prevented Turkey from supplying 30 locally made attack helicopters to Pakistan, Turkish Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said. See Full Story.... Read more

GE awarded $23M more for CT7 engine contract

GE awarded $23M more for CT7 engine contract

18-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $23,826,287 modification (P00002) to firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0843) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0006). This modification exercises an option to procure eight complete CT7-8A6 spare engines and various engine components in support of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter program for the Navy. Work will be performed... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for modifications to the CH-53K Training Device

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for modifications to the CH-53K Training Device

18-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $9,788,692 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N61340-21-F-7002) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for modifications and updates to the CH-53K 2F243-1 Containerized Flight Training Device. Additionally, this order provides flight test data analysis required to update and validate the CH-53K flight... Read more

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

17-Mar-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A new British National Component Commander has taken command of the RAF Chinook detachment serving in Mali in support of the French Counter Insurgency Operation. Commander Colin Kiernan of the Royal Navy has taken over from Lieutenant Colonel Steve Brining of the Army Air Corps during a handover ceremony at Gao Airbase in Mali, West... Read more

AH-64 Pilot Training and Logistics Support

AH-64 Pilot Training and Logistics Support

17-Mar-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of AH-64 Pilot Training and Logistics Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $190 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of... Read more

US Navy awards TH-73 logistics support contract

US Navy awards TH-73 logistics support contract

17-Mar-2021Source: NAVAIR

The U.S. Navy awarded Vertex Aerospace, LLC (Vertex) a contract for $71,374,880 on March 2 for the base year for the Contractor Logistics and Maintenance Support (CLS) in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program, with six options for a total contract value of more than $471 million. “The new Leonardo TH-73A helicopters... Read more

Guyana Defence Force receive a new Bell 412EPI

Guyana Defence Force receive a new Bell 412EPI

16-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

On Saturday 13th March, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) received a new Bell 412EPI following a delivery flight from the Bell plant in Fort Worth, Texas. In a ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna, the President His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali noted that he has kept an earlier promise made to the Guyana Defence Force, to... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

16-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,624,720 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0008) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This order provides flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (68%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $155M contract to provide components for  6 CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $155M contract to provide components for 6 CH-53K

15-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $155,240,914 modification (P00002) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract N00019-20-C-0047.  This modification exercises an option to provide long lead parts and components in support of nine Lot Six CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be... Read more

Collins awarded multi-year contract to support Dutch CH-47F fleet

Collins awarded multi-year contract to support Dutch CH-47F fleet

12-Mar-2021Source: Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), has been awarded a multi-year Performance Based Logistics avionics support contract to the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF) fleet of 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Collins Aerospace will provide field service engineering, program management, logistics service and repair and overhaul for the Common Avionics Architecture System... Read more

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

10-Mar-2021Source: French Embassy

[electronic translation] Madam Ambassador, Laurence Auer, attended, alongside her German counterpart, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, the reception of the first three Airbus H135 Helionix helicopters , delivered in Bucharest to the General Aviation Inspectorate , which will be used for emergency medical operations . She was accompanied by the internal security attaché. Interior Minister Lucian Bode... Read more

Honeywell awarded $476M contract for CH-47 T55 engines

Honeywell awarded $476M contract for CH-47 T55 engines

9-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded a $476,065,362 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of CH-47 aircraft T55 engines, CH-47 aircraft T55 engine electronic control units, and CH-47 aircraft T55 engine installation kits.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated... Read more

US Navy holds change of command  ceremony for HSC-8 squadron

US Navy holds change of command ceremony for HSC-8 squadron

9-Mar-2021Source: HSC-8

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) March 2, 2021. During the ceremony, officiated by Capt. Michael Langbehn, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Cmdr. Daniel Thomas relieved Cmdr. Brian Jamison as the 57th commanding officer of the “Eightballers.” “What a... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $309M contract for four CMV-22B Ospreys

Bell-Boeing awarded $309M contract for four CMV-22B Ospreys

8-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $309,584,074 modification (P00038) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0015 for the production and delivery of four CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15%); Amarillo, Texas (13%); Red Oak, Texas (3%); East... Read more

RNAS Culdrose to control satellite airfield remotely

RNAS Culdrose to control satellite airfield remotely

5-Mar-2021Source: Royal Navy

High-resolution cameras, data feeds and sensors will enable Royal Navy air traffic controllers to manage the skies above Cornwall from a remote location. A new digital remote air traffic control tower is due to be installed for use by Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose’s satellite airfield at Predannack and will enable air traffic services to... Read more

HSC-25 Squadron Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-25 Squadron Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

3-Mar-2021Source: US Air Force

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 held a change of command ceremony Thursday, February 18. Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts relieved Cmdr. Christopher “Chunk” Carreon in a hybrid ceremony that was both virtually streamed and attended in-person by immediate family, ceremony staff, and key personnel. Commander, Joint Region Marianas (JRM) Rear Adm. John Menoni presided over... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for four UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for four UH-60Ms

3-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $53,869,392 modification (P00178) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for four UH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2010 special funds in the amount of $53,869,392 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

NY National Guard Honors Fallen Aircrew

NY National Guard Honors Fallen Aircrew

2-Mar-2021Source: New York Army National Guard

New York Army National Guard Soldiers remembered three aviators killed on January 20 when their UH-60 medevac helicopter crashed during a memorial service February 26 at the unit’s flight facility at the Greater Rochester International Airport. Chief Warrant Officers Steven Skoda, Christian Koch and Daniel Prial were “three of our best,” according to Maj. Voley... Read more

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

2-Mar-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $16,180,304 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0794) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the attack helicopter, AH-Z and utility helicopter, UH-1. Tailboom redesign and fatigue testing in support of the Marine Corps H-1 Program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and... Read more

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