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Targets for H-92/CH-148 Cyclone deliveries to be missed again in 2013

Targets for H-92/CH-148 Cyclone deliveries to be missed again in 2013

Sikorsky acknowledges to a Canadian newspaper that it won’t meet its targets this year or next for delivering CH-148 Cyclone helicopters – the local designation for the military S92 (see full story)

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 19-Dec-12

AAR reports Fiscal 2013 Q2 results

AAR reports Fiscal 2013 Q2 results

AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2013 consolidated sales of $512.8 million and net income of $17.8 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.  This compares to year-ago sales of $482.0 million and net income of $17.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share. Commercial sales increased 28% over the prior year’s second quarter, rising to 60% of consolidated sales compared to 50% of consolidated… Read more »

Source: AAR, 19-Dec-12

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Raytheon wins $18M order for 19 MH-60R/S multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon wins $18M order for 19 MH-60R/S multi-spectral targeting systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $18,356,242 firm-fixed-price order #0026 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for 19 multi-spectral targeting systems for the MH-60R/S helicopter.  The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-12

VMM-266 Marines Awarded Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor

VMM-266 Marines Awarded Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor

Three Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 will be awarded the Air Medal with the combat distinguishing device for valor, during a ceremony at the VMM-266 hangar at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012. Captains Erik Kolle and David Potter, along with Sergeant Daniel Howington will receive the award for meritorious achievement in aerial… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Dec-12

Alliant Techsystems wins $6.5M contract for microprocessor upgrades

Alliant Techsystems wins $6.5M contract for microprocessor upgrades

Alliant Techsystems Operations L.L.C., Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $6,506,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0013) for the upgrades of 40 micro-processor hardware boards in support of Navy, Air Force, and other U.S. services, military helicopters, rotorcraft, and low/slow fixed wing aircraft.  Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla.,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-12

EDA helicopter exercise programme confirmed for 10 years

EDA helicopter exercise programme confirmed for 10 years

During the EDA Steering Board meeting held on 19 November 2012, ministers of defence of twelve Member States signed the Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) Program Arrangement (PA). This act formally transitioned the HEP to a Category B programme, where twelve nations commit their crews and helicopters to a ten-year programme, a concrete indication that training… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 18-Dec-12

Strategic value of V-22 promoted

Strategic value of V-22 promoted

Able to fly faster and higher than existing rotary wing systems as well as travel farther with a greater payload, the V-22 has enabled the Marine Corps to change the way it operates and, in many instances, do more with less. (see full report)

Source: Lexington Institute, 18-Dec-12

Boeing names new VP/GM of Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs

Boeing names new VP/GM of Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. (BDUK), will relocate to St. Louis as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support, a… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Dec-12

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USCG selects Honeywell’s vibration monitoring system for MH-60T fleet

USCG selects Honeywell’s vibration monitoring system for MH-60T fleet

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a $4.8 million contract to install health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) onboard the entire fleet of U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T helicopters. For the U.S. Coast Guard, the installation and use of HUMS is critically important and paramount to the success of its missions. Unscheduled maintenance events can cause mission aborts that… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 17-Dec-12

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Australian Army pilots head to offshore operators over pay levels

Australian Army pilots head to offshore operators over pay levels

Local press in Australia is reporting a big outflow of helicopter pilots from the Australian Army, many heading for the offshore operators where they can double their pay and fly less hours. In the last year, 22 helicopter pilots have left, including 12 at the rank of Major.  A further 8 are on leave to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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Australian Defence Minister names new MH-60R Squadron

Australian Defence Minister names new MH-60R Squadron

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the name of the new training squadron to operate the Navy’s MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters would be 725 Squadron. 725 Squadron will form as the operational training squadron, while 816 Squadron, which currently operates the S-70-B2 Seahawk, will transition to the MH-60R… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 17-Dec-12

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Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

The Air Ambulance Service based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone has performed over 100 missions since the service was established last June. (see full report)

17-Dec-12

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Boeing demos Unmanned Little Bird to Korea

Boeing demos Unmanned Little Bird to Korea

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Dec-12

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Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

Eurocopter wins award from UK Ministry of Defence

On 27 November at an award ceremony in Ministry of Defence Main Building, Whitehall, London, Eurocopter UK was presented with a “Recognition of Achievement Award”. Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) Philip Dunne MP handed over the award to the Team. These awards recognise and celebrate specific areas of procurement and included for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Dec-12

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Lebanon receives six Huey IIs

Lebanon receives six Huey IIs

In late July 2012, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon for six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $63 million.  Full details of the DSCA request can be viewed here. HeliHub.com can… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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Swedish Armed Forces delivers first Turbomeca training course

Swedish Armed Forces delivers first Turbomeca training course

Turbomeca (Safran) and the Swedish Armed Forces Training School announce the first training courses Were successfully performed. These races are the result of year agreement signed in March 2012 Between Turbomeca Germany , Turbomeca Training Center , The Swedish Armed Forces Training School and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). This agreement Launched cooperation for… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 17-Dec-12

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Swedish Helicopter Wing to outline extended Afghan mission

Swedish Helicopter Wing to outline extended Afghan mission

As Swedish Armed Forces prepare to redeploy again to Afghanistan in April 2013, the commander of the Helicopter Wing is set to meet with military peers at Defence IQ’s International Military Helicopter event in January to discuss the acquisition of UH-60M Black Hawks that has made the mission possible. Following the delivery of 15 of the aircraft last year, Colonel Magnus… Read more »

Source: Defence IQ, 13-Dec-12

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Brazilian Army approves Helibras workshop in São Paulo

Brazilian Army approves Helibras workshop in São Paulo

[electronic translation] The workshop Helibras located on the Champ de Mars, in São Paulo, received a certification from the Directorate of Army Aviation Material (DMAvEx), sectoral support body responsible for managing the helicopters Avex, to perform repairs and inspections on airframe AS350 and AS550 L1 military A2, and maintenance and repair of aircraft equipment supplied… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 13-Dec-12

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Norway ramps up pressure over NH90 delays

Norway ramps up pressure over NH90 delays

Norway has again warned NH Industries that the airframer must resolve Oslo’s concerns over the performance and capability of its NH90 naval helicopters or face the cancellation of its order. (see full story)

13-Dec-12

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Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Turns 65

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Turns 65

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the world-famous designer and developer of helicopters including the Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-26 models, today celebrates its 65th anniversary. Distinguished engineer Mikhail Mil in 1947 was appointed head of an experimental design bureau that over time became one of the best helicopter design schools in the world. Today the traditions of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 13-Dec-12

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Israel considers the AH-64E

Israel considers the AH-64E

Israel has received information from the US Army on the new AH-64E model Apache, but the type is not on the force’s  procurement list, mainly due to budget-related reasons. (see full story)

Source: Israel Defense, 12-Dec-12

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ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $48-million production contract from the U.S. Navy for the manufacturing of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The award encompasses production of new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, as well as options for retrofitting weapon replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of ATK’s Countermeasures Signal Simulator (CSS) to… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-Dec-12

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US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

Industry executives said the Air Force bidding rules were so narrowly framed that they effectively excluded their aircraft from the competition. They said the terms favored Sikorsky’s Black Hawk and would not reward extra capability offered by bigger aircraft. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 12-Dec-12

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Boeing awarded $34M contract for one MH-47G Special Ops Chinook

Boeing awarded $34M contract for one MH-47G Special Ops Chinook

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Penn., was awarded a $34,240,221 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of an MH-47G Special Operations Variant Chinook helicopter.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-12

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Sikorsky awarded $563M MH-60S and MH-60R support contract

Sikorsky awarded $563M MH-60S and MH-60R support contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $563,788,721 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to fund the Navy’s Second Program Year in support of MH-60S and MH-60R Helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016.  One bid was solicited,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-12

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Lockheed Martin awarded $29M for AH-64D foreign sales work

Lockheed Martin awarded $29M for AH-64D foreign sales work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $29,053,638 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the post-production services for the AH-64D in support of Foreign Military Sales.  Work will be performed in Orlando, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-12

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Sikorsky awarded $282M H-60 weapon system contract

Sikorsky awarded $282M H-60 weapon system contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $282,236,176 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the services and parts in support of the H-60 weapon system.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-12

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Kaiser Aircraft Industries awarded $32M UH-60A support contract

Kaiser Aircraft Industries awarded $32M UH-60A support contract

Kaiser Aircraft Industries Inc., Birmingham, Ala., was awarded a $32,107,446 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the services in support of the UH-60A aircraft.  Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 5, 2017.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with eight bids received.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-12

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UTC awarded V-22 support contracts

UTC awarded V-22 support contracts

UTC Aerospace Systems secured aftermarket contracts for Constant Frequency Generator (CFG) repairs and retrofits, and upgraded spares for the U.S. Navy’s V-22 program.  The V-22 is flown by both the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team and the U.S. Air Force.  UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “UTC Aerospace Systems is… Read more »

Source: UTC Aerospace Systems, 12-Dec-12

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DARPA funds trials of unmanned hovering UAV with robot arm

DARPA funds trials of unmanned hovering UAV with robot arm

When a person reaches out to place an object in just the right place, their mind makes a series of judgments requiring vision, stability and careful movement. Trying to do the same thing robotically from a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requires several technology advances. A DARPA-funded technology demonstration recently finished a successful testing of… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 11-Dec-12

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Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

The Museum has put three models of the unique Fairey Rotodyne compound helicopter on display complementing the only surviving sections of the actual aircraft that are also part of the collection. The new models have been transfered to THM from the Imperial War Museum store at Duxford, Cambridge and are on display for the first… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 11-Dec-12

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1),… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Dec-12

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US Consulate General recognizes 31st MEU members for community service

US Consulate General recognizes 31st MEU members for community service

Three Marines and one Sailor of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit were among a group of service members recognized for their community serivce by the United States Consul General, Naha, here, Dec. 5. Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Adams, a CH-46E mechanic for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, and native of Covington, Ga.;… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 11-Dec-12

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CAE names VP for Global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training

CAE names VP for Global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training

CAE announced today on the eve of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference that Robert (Rob) H. Lewis was named Vice President and General Manager of its global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training business unit. The organization combines three complementary business areas in a market-focused alignment. Lewis has a multi-faceted business aviation experience,… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Dec-12

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Global Helicopter Industry 2012-2017: Trend, Profit, and Forecast Analysis

Global Helicopter Industry 2012-2017: Trend, Profit, and Forecast Analysis

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Global Helicopter Industry 2012-2017: Trend, Profit, and Forecast Analysis” report to their offering. The global helicopter industry, which experienced good growth in the past five years, is anticipated to continue the same during 2012-2017 and reach an estimated $24.7billion by 2017. The industry is geographically segmented into North… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 07-Dec-12

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US Army Black Hawk flies autonomously over California

US Army Black Hawk flies autonomously over California

Over the skies east of San Jose, a Black Hawk helicopter was seen flying low and slow Nov. 5. There were pilots aboard the aircraft, but all maneuvers during this flight were being conducted autonomously. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Aviation and Missile Center successfully demonstrated low-level autonomous behaviors in a flight… Read more »

Source: US Army, 06-Dec-12

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Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the second batch of Sokol helicopters in combat utility configuration has been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional helicopters follow the four Sokols delivered by PZL-Świdnik to the customer in February 2012. The second batch of Sokols are part of a contract signed… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 06-Dec-12

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Russian Helicopters wins awards at first “Aviation Builder of the Year” event

Russian Helicopters wins awards at first “Aviation Builder of the Year” event

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, announces that its companies won a number of awards at the inaugural Aviation Builder of the Year competition in Moscow on December 5. Winners included Rosvertol, which manufactures the Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter [photo] and the super-heavy Mi-26, and was… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Dec-12

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EADS overhauls Governance and Share Structure

EADS overhauls Governance and Share Structure

The EADS Board of Directors and the company’s core shareholders have agreed on a far-reaching change of the company’s shareholding structure and governance. This agreement aims at normalising and simplifying the governance of EADS while securing a shareholding structure that allows France, Germany and Spain to protect their legitimate strategic interests. Subject to customary regulatory… Read more »

Source: EADS, 05-Dec-12

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Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Dozens of Australian Army pilots have conducted a mini-mutiny by refusing to fly new Tiger attack helicopters after aircrew were hit by cockpit fumes for the third time this year. The fleet was not grounded after the third incident. (see full story)

Source: News Corp, 05-Dec-12

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Thales unveils innovative motion system for Reality H helicopter simulator

Thales unveils innovative motion system for Reality H helicopter simulator

At the 2012 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Thales is unveiling its latest-generation Reality H helicopter simulator equipped with the all-new, all-electric Hexaline high-fidelity, six-axis linear motion system. Hexaline harnesses the latest technological innovations to bring users major benefits in terms of life cycle cost and usability. Delivering greatly enhanced performance, the new… Read more »

Source: Thales, 05-Dec-12

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AHS puts every Vertiflite magazine in online store

AHS puts every Vertiflite magazine in online store

AHS is proud to announce that the complete run of all Vertiflite magazines is now available online in the AHS Online Store! We now have all 60 years of the world’s leading vertical flight technology magazine available online — more than 400 issues! Browse by year or search our comprehensive index of every Vertiflite article ever! All issues are available for download — free for AHS Members! Non-members… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Dec-12

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Kratos and BSC to jointly develop aircrew training systems

Kratos and BSC to jointly develop aircrew training systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.(Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with BSC Partners, LLC(BSC) to produce aircrew training products and advanced aircrew training technology through mutual company commitments in product development and internal research and development. Aircrew training is instrumental for completing successful aircraft missions… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 05-Dec-12

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Lord Corp launch Aerospace & Defense Distributor Of The Year Award

Lord Corp launch Aerospace & Defense Distributor Of The Year Award

LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, has announced the first recipient of the Distributor of the Year Award for its Aerospace & Defense Business Unit. Announced during the second annual LORD Corporation Aerospace & Defense Global Distribution Sales Meeting in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 3-4, Derco Aerospace was… Read more »

Source: Lord Corp, 05-Dec-12

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CH-53K prototype moves on to Flight Test Team

CH-53K prototype moves on to Flight Test Team

The Sikorsky team developing the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps has delivered the first prototype aircraft — the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) — from the assembly line to the flight test team. The move will enable Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), to prepare and test the GTV aircraft for hundreds… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 05-Dec-12

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Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) companies, announced today the opening of the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab and Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems’ Huntsville, Ala., location, these labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field equipment to enable rapid… Read more »

Source: Textron, 04-Dec-12

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Global Military Aircraft MRO Market 2013-2023

Global Military Aircraft MRO Market 2013-2023

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Military Aircraft Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Market 2013-2023 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01049836/Global-Military-Aircraft-Maintenance-Repair–Overhaul-MRO-Market-2013-2023.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Aerospace_and_Defense Report Details Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services are an extremely vital component in order for any military air force to operate efficiently and effectively. The ability to conduct support services… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 04-Dec-12

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AAR wins UH-60 parts contract

AAR wins UH-60 parts contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) to provide parts and logistics services for U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters. AAR’s Defense Systems and Logistics division will supply Hamilton Sundstrand parts for U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). The contract has an initial one-year… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Dec-12

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EADS responds to recent share reshuffling reports

EADS responds to recent share reshuffling reports

Further to recent press reports and speculation, EADS NV confirms that key shareholders are discussing potential changes in the company shareholding structure and corporate governance. The company is participating actively in such discussions, as appropriate, with the support of its Board of Directors, with the objective to preserve and enhance, where appropriate, the interests of… Read more »

Source: EADS, 04-Dec-12

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Royal Australian Navy orders two MH-60R simulators from CAE

Royal Australian Navy orders two MH-60R simulators from CAE

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), CAE announced it has won a series of military contracts valued at more than C$70 million. They include a contract from the United States Navy to develop two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Royal Australian Navy under a foreign military sale program,… Read more »

Source: CAE, 04-Dec-12

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Second NH90 NFH delivered to Norway

Second NH90 NFH delivered to Norway

NHIndustries is proud to announce the delivery of the second NH90 NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) helicopter to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The delivery ceremony took place on November 28 at AgustaWestland’s Tessera facility where it was assembled. “We are extremely pleased to deliver this helicopter because we know how important this new helicopter is for… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 04-Dec-12

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AAR awarded $143M more work in Afghanistan

AAR awarded $143M more work in Afghanistan

AAR Airlift Group Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded a $143,668,332 option year modification for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and the option will start Dec. 1, 2012, to be completed by Nov. 30,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Dec-12

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Canadian Helicopters awarded $37M more work in Afghanistan

Canadian Helicopters awarded $37M more work in Afghanistan

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (“HNZ Group”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that the United States Transportation Command (“USTRANSCOM”) has exercised its renewal option, subject to funding, to extend until November 30, 2013 the contract for work in Afghanistan previously announced on December 22, 2008 involving the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Dec-12

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Rockwell Collins awarded $16M for CH-47 software work

Rockwell Collins awarded $16M for CH-47 software work

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $16,479,625 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of CH-47 software evolution support services.  Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Dec-12

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Rockwell Collins awarded $80M for UH-60 avionics work

Rockwell Collins awarded $80M for UH-60 avionics work

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $79,999,747 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the UH-60 Aircraft Avionics and Training Device Support Services.  Work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 20, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Dec-12

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AeroVironment invests in CybAero to gain US/NATO selling rights

AeroVironment invests in CybAero to gain US/NATO selling rights

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with Sweden-based CybAero AB (NASDAQOMXS: CBA) to develop and distribute a Tier II vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system in response to unmet requirements from multiple customers. The relationship gives AeroVironment exclusive rights to provide CybAero AB systems to United… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 04-Dec-12

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Royal Malaysian Air Force receives first two of twelve EC725s

Royal Malaysian Air Force receives first two of twelve EC725s

The initial two Eurocopter EC725 helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Air Force were formally presented today during a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, with the first unit being delivered on time and the second unit coming three months ahead of schedule. Malaysia is to receive a total of 12 EC725s through 2014, creating a highly capable… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 04-Dec-12

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Bolivia considers purchase of nine helicopters in 2014

Bolivia considers purchase of nine helicopters in 2014

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced in the last week that he is considering a bulk purchase of nine helicopters – one for the leader of each of Bolivia’s nine states.  His consideration is based around the fact that he now considers a helicopter as a necessary tool for the state leaders to carry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-12

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Engility Corp awarded $9.7M contract for support to MH-53, VXX and VH Executive programs

Engility Corp awarded $9.7M contract for support to MH-53, VXX and VH Executive programs

Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $9,746,234 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and engineering support services in the areas of requirement specification, design, implementation, test, management, and maintenance of laboratory/information system and project/program related software in support of the VH Executive Transportation Program, the MH-53 program, the VXX program, and Avionics System… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-12

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Taiwan donates two UH-1Hs to Guatemala

Taiwan donates two UH-1Hs to Guatemala

Guatemala has this week received a gift of two Bell UH-1H helicopters from Taiwan.  (see full story)  File photo

Source: PrensaLibre, 29-Nov-12

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Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin enters service with Bangladesh Army

Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin enters service with Bangladesh Army

The Bangladesh Army has marked its formal service introduction of two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters, which will be deployed on United Nations humanitarian missions and operated in multi-role transport duties for the republic. Supplied through the Eurocopter South East Asia subsidiary, these are the first Eurocopter-built rotorcraft to join the Bangladesh Army’s aviation… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Nov-12

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Sikorsky sees vibrant military helicopter market

Sikorsky sees vibrant military helicopter market

The US defense budget is under intense pressure as automatic spending cuts loom, but Sikorsky says the longer-term outlook for military helicopters remains bright given several new programs getting started in the US and strong overseas demand. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 29-Nov-12

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General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 28-Nov-12

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French EC725 unit trains in air-to-air refuelling with Italian Air Force

French EC725 unit trains in air-to-air refuelling with Italian Air Force

[Electronic translation] From November 12 to November 21, 2012, the squadron of helicopters (EH) 1/67 “Pyrenees” in Cazaux Air Base 120 has led his second campaign refueling HAAR ( Helicopter Air to Air Refuelling ) in closely with the 46 th Brigade transport of the Italian Air Force based in Pisa (Italy). During this period,… Read more »

Source: Armée de l'air, 28-Nov-12

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Bob Cox joins American Eurocopter as Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations

Bob Cox joins American Eurocopter as Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations

As we reported three days ago (see Star-Telegram’s loss is American Eurocopter’s gain), American Eurocopter have now issued this formal press release American Eurocopter, the number one commercial helicopter manufacturer in the United States, has named Robert “Bob” Cox as Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations. “We are extremely pleased to have Bob join the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 28-Nov-12

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Another $52M for Rolls-Royce for V-22 engine sustainment services

Another $52M for Rolls-Royce for V-22 engine sustainment services

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $52,267,510 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) to exercise an option for engine sustainment services for V-22 AE1107C engines in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force.  The services to be provided include low power repairs, turboshaft engine support and fleet… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Nov-12

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EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 28-Nov-12

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UK’s 847 Sqn completes Arizona hot-and-high training

UK’s 847 Sqn completes Arizona hot-and-high training

After a gruelling month-long training package in the hot and arid deserts of Arizona, 847 Naval Air Squadron personnel, along with their Lynx Mk9A aircraft, have made the 6,000-mile (9,700km) return journey to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. Why did 847 Naval Air Squadron go all the way to the US Naval Air Facility at El… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 28-Nov-12

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Barfield wins five year US Army OH-58D contract

Barfield wins five year US Army OH-58D contract

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, global contracting support provider for the Army’s tactical aircraft, awarded Barfield a 5-year contract for the maintenance of its Alkan Electro Mechanical Release units, placed on the US Army’s Bell 406 Helicopters. Within the scope of this contract, Barfield will provide depot level repair solutions from its facility in Miami… Read more »

Source: Barfield, 28-Nov-12

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Pratt & Whitney to develop Advanced Variable Speed Turbine for Army rotorcraft

Pratt & Whitney to develop Advanced Variable Speed Turbine for Army rotorcraft

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine (AVSPOT) to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate,… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 28-Nov-12

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UK – Proposal for military to back up Police

UK – Proposal for military to back up Police

On Thursday 15th November, UK held its first ever Police chief elections and 41 new “Police and Crime Commissioners” have been elected across England and Wales in an attempt to give the public a say in cutting crime in their area. In the far southwest of England lies the counties of Devon and Cornwall, which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-12

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URS awarded Rotary Wing Flight Training contract at Fort Rucker

URS awarded Rotary Wing Flight Training contract at Fort Rucker

URS Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide Rotary Wing Flight Training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Under the contract, URS will provide undergraduate helicopter training to more than 1,200 U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and international military aviators annually. Commenting on the contract,… Read more »

Source: URS Corporation, 27-Nov-12

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Fourth batch of Mi-35 helicopters arrives in Azerbaijan

Fourth batch of Mi-35 helicopters arrives in Azerbaijan

The fourth of six shipments of four Mi-35M heilcopters has arrived in Azerbaijan this week.  The first shipment was sent in December 2011, with a further two in April and August  of this year.  The last two are scheduled for March and June 2013. Each helicopter carries a pilot, co-pilot and up to 10 troops…. Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 25-Nov-12

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Evergreen Helicopters sued by whistleblower

Evergreen Helicopters sued by whistleblower

A San Diego man who worked for Evergreen Helicopters in Afghanistan is suing the company alleging it committed safety violations that endangered employees and the fired him when he raised the issue. (see full story)

Source: News Register, 25-Nov-12

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Terma expects to benefit from Danish MH-60R decision

Terma expects to benefit from Danish MH-60R decision

The Danish Ministry of Defence has announced the procurement of nine MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Terma looks forward to initiating negotiations. Terma congratulates the Danish Defence and the team behind the MH60-R, Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin, with the decision on Danmark’s new maritime helicopter. Terma has a long and successful collaboration with Sikorsky and Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Terma, 25-Nov-12

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