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HSC-7 Holds Change of Command onboard Naval Station Norfolk

HSC-7 Holds Change of Command onboard Naval Station Norfolk

5-Jul-2022Source: US Army

  The “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, stationed onboard Naval Station Norfolk, held a change of command ceremony Thursday, June 16th, to mark a transition of command leadership. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Thomas Butts, of Erlanger, Kentucky, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HSC-7 commanding officer from Cmdr. Kevin Chambley,... Read more

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

4-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,217,951 firm-fixed-price contract for life cycle contractor support services and supplies for the Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Army... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

1-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $429,174,259 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. 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 June 28, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,... Read more

US Army signs tenth multi-year Black Hawk contract

US Army signs tenth multi-year Black Hawk contract

28-Jun-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  The United States government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), signed a five-year contract for a baseline of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Sikorsky continues to modernize and enhance the... Read more

3-501st assault helicopter battalion change of command

3-501st assault helicopter battalion change of command

21-Jun-2022Source: US Army

  We hosted a change of command ceremony, which is rooted in history dating back to the 18th Century – a passing of the unit colors where we say farewell to one command team and welcome another. After leading 3-501 AHB for the past two years, the Apocalypse Battalion said farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Matt... Read more

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

21-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $13,883,140 firm-fixed-price contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army; and 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands, United Arab Emirates,... Read more

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

US Navy unit HSM-79 establishes detachment in Spain

20-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

  Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 established a new detachment stationed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 16, 2022. Rear Adm. John F. Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, attended the ceremony along with Cmdr. Brett Elko, the commanding officer of HSM-79, and Cmdr. Nikolas Rongers, HSM-79’s executive officer. “The establishment of HSM-79’s European... Read more

FRCE moves into future with new blade balancing system

FRCE moves into future with new blade balancing system

20-Jun-2022Source: FRCE

  Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility. Helicopter rotor blades must be balanced to reduce vibration that can place stress... Read more

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

New Command at NAS Patuxent River

17-Jun-2022Source: US Navy

Capt. Derrick Kingsley assumed command of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in a change of command ceremony June 14 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) Hangar on base. Kingsley’s role as NAS Patuxent River commanding officer follows his previous position as the base executive officer. Departing the command is Capt. John Brabazon,... Read more

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

17-Jun-2022

  Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off,... Read more

NHIndustries signs new NH90 support contract with NATO agency NAHEMA

NHIndustries signs new NH90 support contract with NATO agency NAHEMA

15-Jun-2022

NHIndustries has signed an innovative NH90 support contract with the NATO agency NAHEMA, acting as the contracting authority on behalf of the Direction générale de l’armement (the French Armament General Directorate) and the Direction de la maintenance aéronautique (the French Aeronautics Support Directory) for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the BAAINBww for... Read more

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

14-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded an $8,553,347 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1017) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order provides for the sustainment of previously delivered block fleet releases, ongoing development of flight tests and fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases for the V-22 avionics... Read more

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

CSG 5 Team Lands on USS Benfold for Helicopter Search and Seizure Drill

14-Jun-2022

  The Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 led a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 team in a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) drill that took place aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), June 9. HSC-12 led this event to expand their proficiency in HVBSS, integrate... Read more

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

13-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

One of the most renowned aircraft in the Air Force’s fleet, the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft combines the vertical flight qualities of a helicopter with the fuel efficiency and speed of a fixed wing plane. This combination makes it the ideal aircraft for conducting infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces across long... Read more

NHIndustries statement regarding Norwegian NH90 termination

NHIndustries statement regarding Norwegian NH90 termination

10-Jun-2022Source: NHIndustries

NHIndustries is extremely disappointed by the decision taken by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and refutes the allegations being made against the NH90 as well as against the Company. NHIndustries was not offered the possibility to discuss the latest proposal made to improve the availability of the NH90 in Norway and to address the specific... Read more

Norway drops the NH90

Norway drops the NH90

10-Jun-2022Source: Norwegian Armed Forces

“Regrettably we have reached the conclusion that no matter how many hours our technicians work, and how many parts we order, it will never make the NH90 capable of to meeting the requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces”, says the Minister of Defence. “Based on a joint recommendation by the Armed Forces and associated departments... Read more

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

10-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

The Department of the Air Force selected Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, as the fourth location to host MH-139 Grey Wolves. The 25 new helicopters will replace the base’s 21 aging UH-1N Hueys. The additional four aircraft will allow the base to execute continuation of government operations and distinguished visitor transport mission requirements without augmenting support units. In addition... Read more

Airbus Helicopters adds Sinequa software to tech support offering

Airbus Helicopters adds Sinequa software to tech support offering

8-Jun-2022Source: Sinequa

Sinequa, a leading provider of enterprise search, announced that Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopters and a division of Airbus, has transformed its technical support and customer experience by using Sinequa’s Intelligent Search platform. With this solution, Airbus Helicopters enables self-service technical support, improving customer experience and enabling technicians to operate more efficiently, while gaining valuable... Read more

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

7-Jun-2022Source: NAVSUP

  Air Force Capt. Thomas O’Neal, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) CV-22 Program Lead, was presented with the Logistics Manager Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and Non-Delegated ACAT II Company Grade Officer of the Year Award in May 2022. O’Neal received the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field... Read more

08-Jun-22 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Glamis, US-California (5F)

08-Jun-22 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Glamis, US-California (5F)

5-Jun-2022

Crashed and burnt out, all five on board received fatal injuries.  The deceased were named here as Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio; Capt. John J. Sax; Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson; Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland.  The aircraft was operated by Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, based at MCAS Camp Pendleton.  VMM-364... Read more

Collins expand support for Dutch CH-47F fleet

Collins expand support for Dutch CH-47F fleet

3-Jun-2022Source: Collins Aerospace

  Collins Aerospace signed two new Letters of Intent (LOI) with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) building upon existing projects in support of their F-35 and CH-47F programs. As part of the first LOI, Collins plans to integrate its F-35 simulator helmet into TNO’s ultimate motion simulator, DESDEMONA, at the RNLAF’s F-35 Pilot Readiness... Read more

Germany picks CH-47F Chinook

Germany picks CH-47F Chinook

1-Jun-2022Source: Boeing

The German Government today announced that Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook has been selected for its heavy-lift helicopter requirements (STH) for the German Bundeswehr. “Boeing is honored the German government has selected the CH-47F Chinook for its STH heavy-lift helicopter requirements. With the Chinook, Germany will operate the most affordable, proven and NATO interoperable heavy-lift helicopter. We... Read more

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $33,838,769 modification (P00020) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2023. Fiscal 2010 and 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Slovakia,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract  scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $185,694,050 fixed-price incentive firm modification P00010 to a previously awarded contract (N0001920C0047).  This modification adds scope to procurement and delivery of two unfunded priority list CH-53K Heavy Lift Aircraft under low rate initial production Lot six. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut... Read more

Canadian military confirms Bell 412 fleet upgrade program

Canadian military confirms Bell 412 fleet upgrade program

31-May-2022

Through Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is modernizing its military equipment to support the Canadian Armed Forces and keep Canadians safe. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the Government of... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs® Maritime Surveillance for EMSA in Romania

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs® Maritime Surveillance for EMSA in Romania

31-May-2022Source: Schiebel

After the successful operations in 2021, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 is once again supporting the Romanian Border Police. The operations started in March and are scheduled to continue until August 2022. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Stationed in Mangalia, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 supports the Romanian... Read more

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

30-May-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment 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 Egypt has requested... Read more

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

Airbus Helicopters UK plans big expansion

26-May-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters base in the UK at Oxford Airport is set for a significant expansion, as the Airport and the OEM make a joint investment of £40 Million. The current facilities occupied by Airbus Helicopters has been very restrictive for some years now, and the new facility will create opportunities for every aspect of the... Read more

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

26-May-2022Source: Northrop Grumman

  Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system, made its second operational deployment, and first deployment to the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6) providing military commanders greater maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability. “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an extremely flexible unmanned... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

26-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,508,967 firm-fixed-price order (N6134022F7005) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the upgrade and delivery of the V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer in support of executing training for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Amarillo,... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs Maritime Surveillance for Royal Danish Navy

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs Maritime Surveillance for Royal Danish Navy

25-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  The Royal Danish Navy (RDN) is operating the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Stationed in Denmark’s northernmost town Skagen, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the RDN alongside other national authorities in carrying out various maritime surveillance tasks,... Read more

US Army awards Airbus contract for Continued Logistics Support

US Army awards Airbus contract for Continued Logistics Support

25-May-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract with the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material, and engineering support for the Army’s entire UH-72A and UH-72 B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a six-month base and 4.5 option years, with a potential total value of... Read more

Vermont Guard provides rotary-wing capability demonstrations for Austrian delegation

Vermont Guard provides rotary-wing capability demonstrations for Austrian delegation

25-May-2022Source: US National Guard

On May 12, a day after representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria formally entered into a State Partner Program, Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner and staff were provided with rotary-wing flight demonstrations at Camp Johnson, the Vermont National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Colchester, VT. The first involved a VTNG... Read more

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $23,785,233 undefinitized firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2233) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering in support of the development of an exportable variant to the Marine Corps baseline CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will... Read more

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $14,273,735 contract for UH-72 Lakota helicopter contractor logistics support and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 fixed-firm-price funds in... Read more

Indian Navy successfully test-fires naval anti-ship missile from helicopter

Indian Navy successfully test-fires naval anti-ship missile from helicopter

20-May-2022Source: The Tribune

The Indian Navy in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully carried out maiden test-firing of the first indigenously developed naval anti-ship missile. See Full Story.... Read more

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

18-May-2022Source: US Air Force

  The “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, held an aerial change of command ceremony, May 5. Cmdr. Aaron G. Berger, a native of Orlando, Florida, relieved Cmdr. Timothy G. Drosinos, a native of Baltimore, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of HSC-22. “To have... Read more

Schiebel wins Prestigious Follow-On Contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins Prestigious Follow-On Contract with Royal Thai Navy

18-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  UAS market leader Schiebel has been awarded its second contract in just three years by the Royal Thai Navy, signed with Lt. General Apichai Sompolkrang, Director of the Naval Acquisition Management Office in Bangkok. RTN Programme Director, Captain Anurat Siriwong, witnessed the contract signature. The contract will be completed before the end of 2022... Read more

Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military trainer

Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military trainer

17-May-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the selection of the Bell 505 as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer. The new Bell 505 helicopters will be used by both the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) to train their next generation of helicopter pilots.... Read more

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

16-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Four members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion received the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee’s Star of Life award on May 4 for their heroic efforts during a life-saving medical evacuation last June. Each year, the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee hosts a statewide award ceremony recognizing heroic actions of... Read more

Raytheon awarded $272M contract for support of FLIR on MH-60R and MH-60S

Raytheon awarded $272M contract for support of FLIR on MH-60R and MH-60S

13-May-2022Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $272,672,545 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. The contract will include a five-year base period with one two-year option period which if exercised, will bring the total... Read more

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes the Australian Government announcement of the expansion of the MH-60R helicopter fleet – the MH-60R Seahawk is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter with unmatched capabilities across a multitude of roles. Through this acquisition, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will acquire 13 additional MH-60Rs from the United States Navy, increasing its... Read more

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

Taiwan abandons plan to buy 12 MH-60R

10-May-2022Source: TRT World

  Taiwan has signalled that it has abandoned a plan to buy advanced new anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the United States, saying they are too expensive. Asked in parliament on Thursday about recent changes to Taiwan’s purchases of new US weapons, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng mentioned the helicopter case first. See Full Story. ... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

10-May-2022

  Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $302,152,612 modification (P00053) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001917C0015) for the production and delivery of four MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30.08%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15.22%); Amarillo,... Read more

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

RUAG completes upgrade of Swiss Air Force Cougar fleet

10-May-2022Source: RUAG

  After around three years, the last of a total of nine modernized Cou-gars of the helicopter fleet were returned to the Swiss Air Force as part of a ceremonial handover. The series modernization program received approval from the Federal Council in 2018 on the occasion of the Army Dispatch and started in early 2019... Read more

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

ND National Guard using helicopters to stabilize Bourbanis Dam

9-May-2022Source: Valley News LIVE

The Pembina County Water Resource District continues mitigation efforts in conjunction with the ND National Guard to stabilize erosion on Bourbanis Dam. Two Blackhawk helicopters and National Guard personnel placed nearly 160 one-ton sandbags in the areas of most concern.  This effort will continue throughout the day on Wednesday. Crews will remain in place overnight... Read more

Jas. W. Glover awarded $8M contract for helicopter parking area repair at MCAS Hawaii

Jas. W. Glover awarded $8M contract for helicopter parking area repair at MCAS Hawaii

9-May-2022Source: US DoD

Jas. W. Glover Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded an $8,257,700 firm-fixed-price task order (N6247822F4084) for helicopter parking area repairs at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The work to be performed provides for the removal of the existing deteriorated aircraft pavement, tie-downs, grounding points, pavement striping/other markings and reconstruction of the new aircraft pavement/striping for safe helicopter... Read more

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

US Army aviation discusses motivation and training to become a pilot

9-May-2022Source: US Army

In August of 2005, then eight-year-old Jonathan Murray was on the playground of his Baton Rouge, Louisiana, elementary school when he heard the distinctive hum of a fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the first time. He watched in amazement as the aircraft flew overhead and knew they were tasked with a vital mission:... Read more

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

NAS North Island V-22 hanger reaches Construction Milestone

6-May-2022Source: US Navy

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest Commanding Officer CAPT Mike Oestereicher provided a NAVFAC Southwest perspective and identified the collective team members involved in the planning, design, construction, and future operation of the V-22 Hanger, April 14 in Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), to audience members from Naval Base Coronado, contracted agencies, and NAVFAC... Read more

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

Falklands Chinook joins RAF Museum

6-May-2022Source: Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the legendary RAF Chinook HC6A ‘Bravo November’ helicopter for display at our Cosford site in Shropshire. The newest addition to the Museum’s collection has a distinguished career within the Royal Air Force. It was one of the original 30 Chinooks ordered by the... Read more

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

5-May-2022Source: US DoD

Breeze-Eastern Corp., Whippany, New Jersey, was awarded a $7,938,309 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Winch, Aircraft Mounted for the UH-60 Medical Evacuation Aircraft. This was a sole-source action with zero bids. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 21, 2027. U.S.... Read more

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

5-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  Schiebel Pacific welcomes the decision of the Commonwealth of Australia to speed up the provision of its UAS capability by initiating a single source acquisition of the CAMCOPTER® S-100. This will enable the RAN to accelerate the capability acquisition they need and together with our local partners, we are committed to deliver the best... Read more

Air Center Helicopters awarded $11M for VERTREP

Air Center Helicopters awarded $11M for VERTREP

4-May-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,859,826 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that provides ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to Navy ships, partner nations’ ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI is required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis, and... Read more

HTI Global wins Bell 212 engine contract with Uruguayan Air Force

HTI Global wins Bell 212 engine contract with Uruguayan Air Force

4-May-2022Source: HTI Global

HTI Global has taken on a contract to train Fuerza Aerea Uruguay (FAU) (Uruguyan Air Force) technicians with respect to their Bell 212 and twin PAC engines. The Uruguyan Air Force not only secures the South American skies but also protects other countries under U.N. Operations, one of them being Congo-Africa. We thank the Uruguyan... Read more

VH-92 achieves Initial Operational Capability – Comms still an issue

VH-92 achieves Initial Operational Capability – Comms still an issue

4-May-2022Source: SEA POWER

  The Marine Corps’ VH-92A presidential support helicopter has achieved initial operational capability, according to the Department of the Navy.  The VH-92A, built by Lockheed Martin, has been going through testing and crew training and achieved IOC on Dec. 28, 2021. No announcement by the program office was made at the time. The IOC was announced... Read more

Air Industries Group wins two Blackhawk component contracts worth $8.3M

Air Industries Group wins two Blackhawk component contracts worth $8.3M

4-May-2022Source: Air Industries Group

Air Industries Group (NYSE American: AIRI), an integrated Tier 1 manufacturer of precision assemblies and components for mission-critical aerospace and defense applications, and a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, announced that its Long Island-based subsidiary, Air Industries Machining Corp., has been awarded two separate Long-Term Agreements (LTAs) to manufacture flight-critical assemblies for... Read more

CGAS New Orleans receives first MH-60 Jayhawk

CGAS New Orleans receives first MH-60 Jayhawk

3-May-2022Source: UCSG

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans yesterday received their first MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, with a further pair expected by July of this year. The Air Station has exclusively flown MH-65 Dolphin helicopters up to now. The arrival included an overflight of downtown New Orleans by Cmdr. Keith Blair, Air Station New Orleans commanding officer... Read more

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

3-May-2022Source: US DoD

Overhaul Support Services LLC, East Granby, Connecticut, was awarded a $15,793,439 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul aft control swashplates for the CH-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 13, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

3-May-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, completed operational integration training aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), April 21. During two weeks of flight operations the unmanned helicopter attached to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, performed various over-the-horizon intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training missions using the... Read more

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

3-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard’s Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment out of Windsor Locks, retrieved a new UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and delivered it to the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks, Conn. April 28, 2022. The addition of this new airframe completes a conversion of the unit’s... Read more

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

US Navy proposes divestment of Special Ops heli squadron

29-Apr-2022Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy is proposing to retire its only expeditionary helicopter squadron dedicated to support of special operations forces with the service’s 2023 budget request. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85), a reserve squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island, California, is equipped with MH-60S Seahawk helicopters to support “Naval Special Warfare forces and... Read more

MD Helicopters Hosts Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio Hall of Fame Induction

MD Helicopters Hosts Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio Hall of Fame Induction

29-Apr-2022Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly hosted a ceremony to celebrate the induction of Lt. Col. Alan “Ace” Cozzalio to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame at the MDHI facility in Mesa, Arizona on April 15, 2022. The event also included a display of aircraft, comprising of a Vietnam War-era OH-6 from the Army Aviation Heritage... Read more

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

28-Apr-2022Source: Financial Post

Germany will buy 60 CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters from Boeing worth around 5 billion euros ($5.40 billion)as it upgrades its military armor, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing government sources. See Full Story.... Read more

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

27-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367, Marine Aircraft Group 24, cased their colors during the unit’s deactivation ceremony here today. During World War II the squadron activated in December 1943 as Marine Observation Squadron 351 in Quantico, Virginia. A month later, in January 1944, the Marines of “Scarface” were fighting in the skies over... Read more

USMC declares Initial Operational Capability of CH-53K

USMC declares Initial Operational Capability of CH-53K

26-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, validating the platform’s operational readiness to forward deploy Marines and equipment across the globe. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) designed and manufactures the CH-53K, which enables the U.S. Marine Corps and international militaries to move troops and equipment... Read more

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

26-Apr-2022Source: US National Guard

The West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, Aeromedical Evacuation Company, received its first of six new HH-60M “Mike” model Black Hawk helicopters April 12. Built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Army, the HH-60M supports aerial medical and ambulatory patient transport medevac services such as evacuating wounded troops from the... Read more

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

25-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

The oldest flying squadron of Marine Aircraft Group 24, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), “Pegasus,” cased its colors and deactivated during a ceremony here today. HMH-463 first activated July 20, 1944, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina as Marine Bombing Squadron 463. Since the original activation, the squadron has operated on... Read more

Erickson awarded $16M contract for fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services

Erickson awarded $16M contract for fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services

25-Apr-2022Source: Erickson

Erickson Helicopters Inc., Portland, Oregon, was awarded a modification (P00014) on firm-fixed-price contract HTC711-18-D-R023 in the amount of $16,379,297. This modification provides continued dedicated fixed-wing and rotary-wing air services. Work will be performed at Edwin Andrews Air Base, Philippines. The period of performance is from March 28, 2022, to Sept. 27, 2022. Fiscal 2022 transportation... Read more

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

25-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo welcomes the $ 29 million USD contract award by the U.S. Department of Defense for new AW119Kx aircraft in the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Israel, with the U.S. Army Contracting Command as the contracting activity. The aircraft will be fully produced at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Israel’s Ministry of Defence... Read more

US approves $997M request from Nigeria for 12 AH-1Z

US approves $997M request from Nigeria for 12 AH-1Z

25-Apr-2022Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Nigeria of AH-1Z Attack Helicopter Related FMS Acquisitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $997 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Nigeria... Read more

Czech Republic Chief of Defense Signs Beams of AH‑1Z and UH‑1Y

Czech Republic Chief of Defense Signs Beams of AH‑1Z and UH‑1Y

21-Apr-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, completed another step in the production of AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters for international customers. Czech Republic Chief of Defense (CHOD) Gen. Aleš Opata, Deputy Minister of Defence František Šulc and delegates visited Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in a landmark meeting to observe the Czech Republic H-1... Read more

Schiebel wins follow-on contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins follow-on contract with Royal Thai Navy

20-Apr-2022Source: Schiebel

UAS market leader Schiebel has been awarded its second contract in just three years by the Royal Thai Navy, signed with Lt. General Apichai Sompolkrang, Director of the Naval Acquisition Management Office in Bangkok. RTN Programme Director, Captain Anurat Siriwong, witnessed the contract signature. The contract will be completed before the end of 2022 and... Read more

HAL signs second contract for Nigerian Army training on Chetak

HAL signs second contract for Nigerian Army training on Chetak

14-Apr-2022Source: HAL

HAL signed a contract with Nigerian Army for imparting Phase-II flying training on Chetak Helicopter for six officers of Nigerian Army Aviation.  This marks the continuation of contract signed in April 2021 for imparting Phase-I flying training to six Nigerian Army aviation officers, which was successfully executed in December 2021. The Phase-II flying training on... Read more

Sikorsky granted $27M contract for support of CH-53K Production

Sikorsky granted $27M contract for support of CH-53K Production

13-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $27,378,339 firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2312) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures rate tooling and non-recurring engineering in support of achieving a production quantity at full rate of up to 24 CH-53K aircraft per year. Work will be performed in Stratford, and... Read more

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

12-Apr-2022Source: LIFT Aircraft

LIFT Aircraft Co. was recently awarded a Phase 3 contract through the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime Program to continue experimentation and flight test efforts around HEXA, LIFT’s all-electric, single-seat eVTOL aircraft. Since 2020, LIFT Aircraft has conducted flight testing with the support of the US Air Force under a Phase 2 Small Business... Read more

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