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Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that, should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, Alabama. Bell submitted its proposal to the Navy on April 2. The Navy is seeking to acquire 130 aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-19

New Wheeler Army Airfield Airspace Design

New Wheeler Army Airfield Airspace Design

Wheeler Army Airfield will soon adopt their new layout plan for Class D and E airspace on April 25. Class D airspace now has an increased lateral extent from 1,800 feet to 3,300 feet. In collaboration with the FAA, Wheeler Army Airfield has worked on the changes for the past four years, reports AOPA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-19

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EFW Awarded $18M Contract for Procurement of 13 V-22 Processors

EFW Awarded $18M Contract for Procurement of 13 V-22 Processors

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $17,805,018 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2793 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0014) for the procurement of 132 V-22 integrated avionics processors for the Navy (106) and Air Force (26).  Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (75 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Apr-19

Sikorsky Awarded $23M Contract for UH-60 Overhaul

Sikorsky Awarded $23M Contract for UH-60 Overhaul

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $23,441,543 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.  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 April 17, 2023.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Dod, 22-Apr-19

Airbus awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger support contract extension

Airbus awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger support contract extension

Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defence. Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that the five-year, TLS contract extension reflected the current standing of the Tiger in Australia. “Airbus is committed to ensuring the success… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-19

AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

The AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced their innovative compound coaxial helicopter (CCH) design, which is competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition. “We are collaborating to deliver a prototype that provides powerful leap-ahead capability for our warfighters at an affordable life-cycle cost.”… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 17-Apr-19

MD Helicopters enhances MD969

MD Helicopters enhances MD969

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will feature an enhanced combat aircraft – its MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter – at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (formerly AAAA), April 14 – 16, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Casino in Nashville, TN. First introduced just last month at the annual HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 17-Apr-19

US State Dept sells little-used S61T fleet

US State Dept sells little-used S61T fleet

The US State Department has begun selling their fleet of S61T helicopters. Originally bought for the transportation of diplomats and other VIP individuals in high-risk areas, the fleet now sits idle in a storage hangar in Southern Florida. The first 5 helicopters have been auctioned off, each with a starting price of $500,000, reports The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-19

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ARH Tiger support contract extension announced

ARH Tiger support contract extension announced

The Australian Government has announced an extension to Airbus Australia Pacific’s through-life support (TLS) contract for the Australian Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The ARH Tiger, first introduced into service in 2004, has matured into a critical asset for the Australian Defence Force. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the extension… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 15-Apr-19

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Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

In January 2008, the French Ministry of Defence launched its first private-public partnership (PPP) under a contract signed with Hélidax. This company has been equally owned by Babcock MCS France and DCI (Défense Conseil International). Babcock acquired their half through the purchase of Avincis, a group of companies which included INAER Helicopter France – which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-19

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MD Helicopters is approved as GFRC facility

MD Helicopters is approved as GFRC facility

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces that all military aircraft manufactured as part of the Company’s $1.4 Billion IDIQ Contract are now produced under the U.S. Army-mandated Ground and Flight Risk Clause (GFRC). Implemented pursuant to a February 5, 2019, Contract Modification, the DFAR 25.228-370 GFRC regulations went in to effect at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona facility… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

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Japan donates UH-1 spares to Philippine Air Force

Japan donates UH-1 spares to Philippine Air Force

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has recently donated UH-1H Huey spare parts to the Philippine Air Force. The parts as well as maintenance are worth around P2.5 billion. The ceremonial turnover service was held in Clark Air Base in Pampanga, reports GMA Network.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-19

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India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of India has requested to buy twenty-four (24) MH-60R… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 09-Apr-19

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Bell demos 505 to Montenegro military

Bell demos 505 to Montenegro military

Bell have carried out a demonstration of their 505 JetRanger X to the Minister of Defense for Montenegro, Mr. Predrag Bošković.  Also present at the event held at Golubovci Air Base, a few miles south of the capital Podgorica, were U.S. Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke and Canadian Ambassador Kati Csaba. Bell already has a relationship with the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-19

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Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo submitted to the US Navy its proposal to manufacture and support up to 130 training helicopters under the relevant Request for Proposal (RFP). Reliable, fully compliant and easy to maintain, the TH-119 IFR helicopter is the best and most capable solution to train the next generation of Navy helicopter pilots.   Leonardo is committed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-19

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Moog Inc. Awarded $85M Contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Moog Inc. Awarded $85M Contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Moog Inc., Elma, New York, is awarded an $84,801,681 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for repair of three items used on the V-22 aircraft.  The contract will include a three-year base period with no option periods.  Work will be performed in Elma, New York (85 percent); and Cherry Point, North Carolina (15 percent).  Work is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Apr-19

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Korean Airlines Awarded $9M Contract for Depot Level Helicopter Maintenance

Korean Airlines Awarded $9M Contract for Depot Level Helicopter Maintenance

Korean Airlines Co. Ltd., Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,446,385 modification (P00003) to contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 for depot level helicopter maintenance. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. 411th Combat Support Brigade, Seoul, South Korea, is the contracting activity.

Source: US DoD, 02-Apr-19

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Vertex Aerospace Awarded $20M Contract for TH-57 Support

Vertex Aerospace Awarded $20M Contract for TH-57 Support

Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $19,963,187 modification (P00038) to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, labor hour indefinite delivery, requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance of the contract to provide additional TH-57 logistics support services and materials for organizational and depot level maintenance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-19

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $104M Contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Awarded $104M Contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $104,043,071 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 503 technical refresh mission computers for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V aircraft, including production units; retrofit units; and spare units for the Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and the government of Bahrain under the Foreign Military… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $19M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $19M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,663,905 modification (P00003) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 Proprotor Hub spring and drive link kits for the Marine Corps; and 10 CV-22 Proprotor Hub spring and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Mar-19

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V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Mar-19

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Airbus bids for Australian Army tender with H145M

Airbus bids for Australian Army tender with H145M

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson confirmed that Airbus had recently responded to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) request for information for a four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces.“The Airbus H145M helicopter is the military version of the H145 – the most advanced member of Airbus’ multi-purpose twin-engine category. It… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Mar-19

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Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 opens in French city of Nîmes

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 opens in French city of Nîmes

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 is the latest event in the expanding conference and exhibition portfolio run by Tangent Link. It follows the recent highly successful SAR conference in Australia and takes place on 19-20 March 2019 at Nîmes in France. Tangent Link prides itself in having a strategic partnership to underpin each of its conferences,… Read more »

Source: Tangent Link, 19-Mar-19

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CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Group announced that the Australian business unit has completed the roll out of six new generation Leonardo AW139 aircraft to replace the S-76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The final AW139 will be on base in East Sale by mid-March after the first aircraft was introduced in Victoria… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Mar-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $86M Contract for Four MV-22 Upgrades

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $86M Contract for Four MV-22 Upgrades

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $85,718,447 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the upgrade of four MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration in support of the Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization Program (CC-RAM).  In addition, this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-19

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Airbus selects PW206B3 engine to power H135

Airbus  selects PW206B3 engine to power H135

Airbus Helicopters announced Wednesday its selection of the Pratt & Whitney PW206B3 engine to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement. Company officials made the announcement at the 2019 Heli-Expo industry trade show in Atlanta. “Pratt & Whitney engines power a large portion of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Belgian Air Force to benefit from Safran Expert link service

Belgian Air Force to benefit from Safran Expert link service

Safran Helicopter Engines is proud to introduce Belgian Air Force as new customer of its Expert link, video assistance service. Belgian Air Force, which works together with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) for the support of the RTM322 engine, will benefit from the Premium level of this new service for the engine maintenance of… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Mar-19

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MD Helicopters introduces MD969 Combat

MD Helicopters introduces MD969 Combat

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to debut the MD 969 Combat Attack Helicopter at HAI Heli-Expo 2019. The MD 969 represents the next evolution of MDHI’s iconic MD 900/902 series helicopters. Displayed at the MDHI booth, C1228, in a weaponized configuration the MD 969 Combat Helicopter represents the future assault and attack capabilities of… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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Spectrolab Launches New Searchlights for Military Rotorcraft

Spectrolab Launches New Searchlights for Military Rotorcraft

Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Spectrolab, Inc. has developed two new searchlights for use on military rotorcraft. The Nightsun® XPM and the SLL 46-200 high-intensity LED searchlights meet current Military Specification (MIL-SPEC) guidelines for both the visible and infrared light spectrums. The Nightsun® XPM was tested aboard a Boeing Chinook helicopter in late 2018. Both searchlight… Read more »

Source: Spectrolab, 06-Mar-19

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Elbit to supply Common Helmet Mounted Displays to US Army

Elbit to supply Common Helmet Mounted Displays to US Army

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”) was awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Army to provide a wide field of view Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) system. The contract which is in an… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 05-Mar-19

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Army Chief Flies HAL Light Combat Helicopter

Army Chief Flies HAL Light Combat Helicopter

The Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, flew the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) during the ongoing Aero India at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, here. The helicopter was piloted by Wg Cdr S John, HAL’s Test Pilot. Terming the sortie in LCH as an experience of life time, he said it is suitable for the Army to… Read more »

Source: HAL, 01-Mar-19

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AMS Heli Design Introduces Revolutionary Helicopter Shipping Platform

AMS Heli Design Introduces Revolutionary Helicopter Shipping Platform

AMS Heli Design, LLC is proud to present a revolutionary concept for the helicopter shipping that will allow shipment of  helicopters in standard 40ft containers with tailboom installed, providing  incredible savings in shipping cost. The device consists of a frame with a lifting device hydraulically operated and electrically controlled that can be used on several… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 28-Feb-19

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HAL Hands Over Three ALHs to Indian Army Ahead of Schedule

HAL Hands Over Three ALHs to Indian Army Ahead of Schedule

HAL handed over first   three ALHs as part of the 22 ALH MK III contract to the Indian Army during the on-going Aero India 2019 today. HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017. Of the 22 helicopters, 19… Read more »

Source: HAL, 28-Feb-19

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Indian Defence Minister expresses interest in HAL Naval Utility Helicopter

Indian Defence Minister expresses interest in HAL Naval Utility Helicopter

The Defence Minister, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman visited HAL Stall here at the on-going Aero India 2019 and evinced keen interest in HAL products displayed at the stall. She witnessed the complete demonstration of tail boom folding and main rotor folding of the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) which is on display at HAL pavilion as a… Read more »

Source: HAL, 28-Feb-19

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HAL orders 2.75 inch rocket launches

HAL orders 2.75 inch rocket launches

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, seeking to boost the tactical capabilities of the Indian armed forces, has awarded Thales a contract to supply 135 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers. Thales’s fully certified, field-proven, competitive rocket launchers are suitable for use on both light and combat helicopters. As a key differentiator for state-of-the-art helicopters and combat aircraft, they provide… Read more »

Source: Thales, 27-Feb-19

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Cubic to provide Full Motion Video system on US Navy MH-60S fleet

Cubic to provide Full Motion Video system on US Navy MH-60S fleet

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced that its Cubic Mission Solutions business division was awarded a contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide a Full Motion Video (FMV) system for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopter Program. The introduction of Cubic’s MH-60S FMV system to the fleet will significantly increase the aircraft’s operational… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 27-Feb-19

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US Army awards Raytheon contract

US Army awards Raytheon contract

 Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) won a $406 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract award from the U.S. Army for ARC-231A radio systems. The contract, which will be performed over the next five years, includes upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios. Because the ARC-231A is software-defined, it can accommodate rapid upgrades without requiring the radio to be removed… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 27-Feb-19

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Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s

Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s

The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twinengine helicopters to be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron (HU-1). The aircraft will be dedicated to a wide range of missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation. Two of these aircraft will be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-19

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Portugal’s Air Force takes delivery of first two AW119Kx

Portugal’s Air Force takes delivery of first two AW119Kx

The Portuguese Air Force has taken delivery of its first two AW119Kx multirole single engine helicopters. The event was celebrated during an official ceremony held at Beja Air Base on February 18 in the presence of dignitaries and representatives from the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD), Air Force and Leonardo. The additional three aircraft that… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-19

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Nominations Open for the International Aerial Firefighting Awards 2019

Nominations Open for the International Aerial Firefighting Awards 2019

The International Aerial Firefighting Awards are presented annually to recognise a significant contribution by an individual or organisation to aerial firefighting.  The winners will be announced at the Aerial Firefighting Conference Dinner on 19th March 2019 during Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 in Nîmes, France. Nominations are invited in two categories – Contribution to Aerial Firefighting Safety, and… Read more »

Source: Tangent Link, 21-Feb-19

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Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Last week (Thursday), Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force. According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent… Read more »

Source: Israeli AF, 19-Feb-19

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Boeing Awarded $13M Contract for Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Support

Boeing Awarded $13M Contract for Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $12,850,128 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Qatar) contract for post-production support services for the Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 14, 2024. Fiscal 2019… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Feb-19

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18-Feb-10 Sikorsky H-92 Kauai, US-Hawaii

The helicopter, being flown by an experienced pilot, was approaching MV Asterix’s landing pad in daylight and relatively calm conditions. As it hovered over the deck the helicopter appeared to suddenly drop about two metres, hitting the deck, military sources noted. No serious injuries were reported. Tail rotor  damage

18-Feb-19

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India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR,… Read more »

Source: Indian MoD, 15-Feb-19

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Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00002) to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-18-D-0003) with cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items. This action increases the ceiling from $30,000,000 to $45,000,000 for Silent Knight Radar Operational Flight Program (OFP) development, field service representative support and engineering services in support of U.S. Special… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Feb-19

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Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

The Hungarian military have made a block purchase of nine Airbus (ex Eurocopter) EC135P2+ helicopters.  This represented the portion of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse) fleet which was superceded by later purchases including one EC135P2+, three EC135P3s and eight H135s. Gradually over the latter months of 2018, these nine helicopters have had their ownership… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-19

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Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

In a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) performed by the Israeli Navy, a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar was successfully converted for operation onboard the SeagullTM, Elbit Systems’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). Operating a dipping sonar onboard a USV significantly increases the operational working time and substantially enhances that detection capabilities and the effectiveness… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 13-Feb-19

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India Receives First Chinook

India Receives First Chinook

India has received their first Chinook helicopter from Boeing, during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. This is the first delivery of a $3.1 billion contract between India and Boeing, first signed in 2015. India has ordered 22 AH-64E and 15 CH-47F(I) helicopters from Boeing. They expect to have all of the helicopters delivered by the end… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Feb-19

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Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial Search & Rescue Asia Pacific 2019, Australia’s inaugural aerial search and rescue event, expands its reach after Tangent Link’s successful series in Europe over the past six years. Supported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), whose search and rescue region covers 53 million square kilometres including the Australian continent, large areas of the… Read more »

11-Feb-19

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11-Feb-19 Bell UH-1 Çekmeköy, Turkey (4F)

Helicopter crashed into a residential area, and is the second fatal UH-1 accident in the Istanbul metropolis in three months – the other one was on 26th November 2018 at Sancaktepe. The Turkish defence ministry named the four fatalities in their tweet as  Pilot Captain Umit Ozer, Captain Semih Ozcan, Petty Officer Sergeant Ilyas Kaya and… Read more »

11-Feb-19

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09-Feb-19 ET2015 Mil Mi-17V-5 Abyei, South Sudan (3F)

Ethiopian Air Force Mi-17V-5 being operated for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) crashed inside the UNISFA compound.  The aircraft was on routine operation carrying Ethiopian troops on rotation from Kadugli to Abyei, and it could be assumed it was intending to land in that compound when it experienced some sort of difficulty… Read more »

09-Feb-19

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MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Feb-19

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08-Feb-19 225 MD Helicopters MD530F Saydabad, Afghanistan

Helicopter written off in snowy conditions.  Very few details available.  In this tweet there is a claim it was shot down by Taliban

08-Feb-19

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Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

The Maldives National Defence Force have asked the government for help in training Maldivians to pilot their two military helicopters. At the moment they are piloted by foreigners. The two military helicopters are used for emergency evacuations and SAR operations, reports Raajje.

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-19

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US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

The U.S. Army has selected GE Aviation’s T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. “We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 05-Feb-19

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05-Feb-19 IA-2147 HAL Dhruv Thattaguppe, India

Emergency landing in a potato fieldm  No injuries.  Minimal damage, from images

05-Feb-19

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Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $39,038,317 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0003) for an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (H92241-18-F-0022) for finalization of four new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in light of increased SOF… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Feb-19

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US Navy opens new training airfield

US Navy opens new training airfield

Following an historic land exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and Escambia County, the Navy’s newest outlying landing field opened for helicopter training operations today, after years of collaboration and hard work.To commemorate the completion of the field and the exchange of property, NAS Whiting Field held a ribbon cutting with representatives from the Navy,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 04-Feb-19

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04-Feb-19 Mil Mi-24 El Pao, Venezuela

The helicopter crashed during a military training exercise. Five occupants were injured – named here as Reynaldo Niño Lozano, Javier Enrique Ocanto Chinchilla, Juan Carlos Bohórquez Pérez, Yondry José Romero, and Michael Ibrahim

04-Feb-19

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L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded $18,721,174 for modification P00037 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, labor hour, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification extends the period of performance and increases the ceiling of the contract to provide TH-57 contractor logistics support.  This modification provides all logistics services and materials for organizational… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-19

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L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Products Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia, is awarded a $16,138,920 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure a maximum quantity of 840 technically refreshed multi-function displays for retrofits and spares in support of the AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Alpharetta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in September 2022.  No funds will be obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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DynCorp Awarded $44M Contract for NAWDC Support for MH-60S

DynCorp Awarded $44M Contract for NAWDC Support for MH-60S

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $43,856,375 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0001).  This modification exercises an option for organization, selected intermedia, limited depot level maintenance, and logistics services in support of the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center’s (NAWDC) F/A-18A/B/D/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C aircraft.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

Goodrich Corp., Brea, California, has been awarded an estimated $27,095,145 requirements contract for the repair/overhaul of the internal rescue hoist on UH-1N and aircraft mounted winch on HH-60 helicopters. This contract provides for the contractor to repair and perform program depot-level maintenance and unscheduled program depot-level maintenance in support of the UH-1N and HH-60 helicopters…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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GKN Aerospace delivers 10,000th standard parts order to RNLAF

GKN Aerospace delivers 10,000th standard parts order to RNLAF

In December 2018, GKN Fokker Services delivered its 10,000th order for standard parts to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The order was delivered at the Air Force Base of Eindhoven. This milestone was reached 18 months after the implementation of the  total support contract. This customized solution is offered by GKN Fokker Services in… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 30-Jan-19

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Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place…. Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Jan-19

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market

The “Military Rotorcraft – Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. According to this report, the Global Military Rotorcraft is accounted for $1,798.13 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $2,429.43 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period. Advancement in technology, the necessity for the replacement of aging… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 28-Jan-19

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Poland Plans on Mi-24 Fleet Upgrade

Poland Plans on Mi-24 Fleet Upgrade

Poland is looking to upgrade their aging Mi-24 attack helicopters to extend their lives until 2022. They will be reaching out, from July to September, to vendors with RFIs. They acquired the Mi-24s in 1979. They currently use two thirds of this fleet, with the plan to purchase a new fleet of 32 attack helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-19

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Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

The Afghan Air Force will be upgrading their MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters. This upgrade will include crashworthy and auxiliary fuel tanks to ensure their safety, endurance and range. The US Army is looking for vendors to source and install the fuel tanks. The Afghan Air Force currently own 30 MD530F helicopters and have 25 more… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-19

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Serbia to Order more Mi-17/Mi-35s from Russia

Serbia to Order more Mi-17/Mi-35s from Russia

Serbia has recently ordered 3 additional Mi-17 transport helicopters and 7 Mi-35 combat helicopters from Russia. Serbian President Aleksander Vucic has commented that he is happy with the military-technical cooperation between Serbia and Russia, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-19

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $36M Contract for Delivery of 17 V-22 AE1107C Engines

Rolls-Royce Awarded $36M Contract for Delivery of 17 V-22 AE1107C Engines

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $35,672,562 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to produce and deliver 17 AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 aircraft, to include one engine for the Marine Corps, eight engines for the Navy, and eight engines for the government of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $439,563,841 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030).  This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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Landing Support team completes V-22 night taining

Landing Support team completes V-22 night taining

Landing support specialist Marines with Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group conducted external lift training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 14-16, 2019. LS Co., 3rd TSB supported Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during the training, which ensured… Read more »

Source: Landing Support Company, 21-Jan-19

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Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Bell announced that PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), has signed a purchase agreement with the Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters. Under the contract, Bell will deliver the nine helicopters to PTDI, who will then perform customization work before final delivery to the Indonesian Army. In 2016, Bell and PTDI signed an expanded Industrial and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Jan-19

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