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Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $470,813,279 firm-fixed price modification (P00084) to a previously-awarded fixed-price incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050).  This modification exercises options to procure six low rate initial production lot II VH-92A aircraft, interim contractor support and six cabin interior reconfiguration kits in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $11,967,528 modification (P00003) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029).  This modification provides non-recurring engineering to replace existing subsystems, such as the Data Transfer Unit, Defense Electronic Countermeasure System and ARC-210 radio, with the CH-53K production… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO Inc.,* Irvine, California, was awarded a $9,787,000 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps.  Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 25, 2025.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $62,400,402 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to procure 29 AE1107C engines for Navy V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed December 2021.  Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,346,395 firm-fixed-price modification (P00013) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0030). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification provides for the production and delivery of a fully assembled flight training device for an… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-20

Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its Makila-powered AS532U2 Cougar Mk.II helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 Makila 1A2 engines until their end-of-life. Air-Commodore A.R. Laurijssen, Commander of RNLAF Logistics… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 30-Jun-20

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on June 22. The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. “We are thrilled to bring the Osprey’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jun-20

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima announced that its subsidiary, Akima Logistics Services has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide rotary wing aircraft maintenance and support services at Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB), Washington. The task order award is for $9.7M over five years. “Akima is immensely proud to continue our support for… Read more »

Source: Akima, 26-Jun-20

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First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

The Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22. The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey. “Today… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Jun-20

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GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE Aviation has been awarded a five-year, $180 million contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to repair and overhaul T700 rotorcraft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom/Huey helicopters. “GE is grateful for the opportunity to provide… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 24-Jun-20

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Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, just won an indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity, multipleaward contract as subcontractor to Metson Marine Services,Inc. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Operational Support Services for Ocean Testing Contract will be performed at government locations based on each individual task order, all over the world. Completion is… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 24-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

3 RAF Puma helicopters deployed to Kinloss Barracks to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in the coronavirus fight are heading back to their Oxfordshire base today, nearly 3 months after being stood up in support COVID activity in Scotland. The aircraft and crews from RAF Benson had responded to an urgent request in March… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 17-Jun-20

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Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) uses a fleet of fixed-wing (FW) and rotary-wing (RW) aircraft to conduct a variety of missions. That fleet’s composition is now aging, with the RW aircraft nearing their ends of life. As the air fleet ages and needs to be replaced, the USCG can reassess its airpower needs for its… Read more »

Source: Rand, 16-Jun-20

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AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

Air Ambulance Technology delivers first Bell 412 Kit to Montenegro Armed Forces. (Vojska Crne Gora) Montenegro, with its beautiful beaches and mountainous terrain, benefits from powerful and agile helicopters to help cope not only with natural disasters, but also cover patient transport for residents and tourists when the need may be. In 2018, Montenegro was… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Technology, 15-Jun-20

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Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

The Bell Boeing [NYSE:BA] V-22 team recently delivered its 400th aircraft, a CV-22 for U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The first production V-22 was delivered on May 24, 1999, and today deliveries occur under the Multi-year Procurement III contract valued at $5 billion. That contract runs through 2024 and includes variants for the Marines,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jun-20

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Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Those common, vibrating “Thwip” helicopter sounds arrived well before they showed up, as 413th Flight Test Squadron personnel turned to look to the North here May 19. Seconds later, two helicopters appeared and the sounds and vibrations intensified. The Air Force’s newest combat search and rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, lead the way… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 08-Jun-20

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RAAF new Chinook HQ to boost local Townsville economy

RAAF new Chinook HQ to boost local Townsville economy

The Townsville economy is receiving a $40 million boost through Defence works at RAAF Base Townsville, highlighting the success of the Morrison Government’s local procurement policies. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the new facilities for Defence’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters are being constructed using local companies and employees. The project includes… Read more »

Source: RAAF, 08-Jun-20

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Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army to demonstrate and fly its upgraded T55 engine on the heavy-lift, twin-engine Chinook helicopter. The new 6,000-horespower engine is 25% more powerful and consumes 10% less fuel than the current T55. New modifications also make the next-generation T55 easier to maintain with lower… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Jun-20

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Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s. These new aircraft will be used to train the Montenegrin military pilots. The agreement also provides that Bell will provide training for three pilots in France and eight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jun-20

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Indian Air Force upgrades Mi-17s with Night Vision Goggles

Indian Air Force upgrades Mi-17s with Night Vision Goggles

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is indigenising Russian night vision goggles that are used by pilots flying the Mi-17 medium lift helicopter. See Full Story. 

Source: The Tribune, 04-Jun-20

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Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) congratulates AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (dba Leonardo Helicopters) on being selected by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. Per the recently announced contract, Leonardo will produce 32, TH-73A helicopters, a variant of the AW119, for the AHTS Program. Triumph Systems & Support – Mechanical Solutions operating company is… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 04-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation, the global business aviation service provider, together with Atkins, has been reappointed to continue delivering Military Airworthiness Reviews (MARs) to the Royal Air Force’s HQ Air Command (HQ Air) and The British Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC). Airworthiness regulations were issued by The Military Aviation Authority in 2013, requiring all aircraft on the… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 04-Jun-20

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First Ukraine Police Airbus H145 commences flight test phase

First Ukraine Police Airbus H145 commences flight test phase

In July 2018, Airbus Helicopters announced a large order from the Ukraine, including 21 H225s, 10 H145s and 24 H125s. Prior to this official announcement, HeliHub.com reported that the H225s were in fact lease repossessions from offshore operator CHC which were being converted for the Ukraine, and included three in the search and rescue role. At… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-20

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Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a new AW139 from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters, after the aircraft was ordered in 2016. See Full Story. 

Source: defenceWeb, 29-May-20

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Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock has down selected the Bell 429 aircraft in its bid for the LAND 2097 Phase 4 Project to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations helicopter capability. As one of the world’s largest and most experienced helicopter operators, and the largest commercial operator in Australia, Babcock completed a comprehensive assessment of the platforms available… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 28-May-20

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UKMFTS program adds first of four additional Airbus H145s

UKMFTS program adds first of four additional Airbus H145s

Gp Capt Chris Mullen, the Station Commander and Commandant of No. 1 Flying Training School was on the flight line to welcome a brand-new Jupiter (Airbus H145) helicopter. This new addition to the fleet will shortly be taking to the skies, once final checks and transfer to the military register are completed, to deliver world-leading… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 28-May-20

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Leonardo AW159 Wildcat conducts first successful firings of Thales ‘Martlet’ LMM

Leonardo AW159 Wildcat conducts first successful firings of Thales ‘Martlet’ LMM

Leonardo and Thales are proud to announce the first successful firings of the Thales ‘Martlet’ Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) from Leonardo’s AW159 Wildcat helicopter. The firings were conducted as part of the UK MoD’s Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) programme and demonstrated the integration of the Martlet onto the AW159 platform. This represents a major… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-May-20

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Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

The UN Medal Awarding Ceremony of 4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Aviation Unit (UNMISS) in South Sudan was held on 20 May 2020 at the Sri Lanka Aviation Unit Hangar premises in Bor. Brigadier General Mohammad Jahangir Alam, the Sector Commander (Sector East) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In addition, Ms. Deborah Schein (Head… Read more »

Source: Sri Lanka Air Force, 25-May-20

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US Army test launches UAS from Black Hawk

US Army test launches UAS from Black Hawk

Dozens of sets of eyes looked skyward at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, in early March to watch the forward launch of an unmanned aircraft system from a helicopter and from a moving vehicle on the ground. “This may seem like just another event – like ‘well, we’ve done another experiment, we’ve done another demonstration’ –… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-May-20

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Philippine attack helicopter purchase descends into deadlock

Philippine attack helicopter purchase descends into deadlock

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is reported in local press as saying that the prices being offered by Boeing and Bell for the AH-64E and AH-1Z acquisitions are way beyond the country’s available budget. The Foreign Military Sale requests issued by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) priced the potential sale of six AH-1Z… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-20

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22 Squadron Re-Forms At RAF Benson

22 Squadron Re-Forms At RAF Benson

A Royal Air Force squadron with a long and proud history has re-formed at RAF Benson as the Operational Evaluation Unit for the Joint Helicopter Command. Synonymous with search and rescue, 22 Squadron will provide operational testing and evaluation for all the Joint Helicopter Command helicopter types, including Chinook, Puma, Apache and Wildcat. Formerly the… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 19-May-20

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French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

[electronic translation] This very first embarkation of a “N ” dolphin marks the culmination of the long shipyard of these aircraft which began in 2013. The navalization includes administrative and technical work which allows the aircraft to be implemented from the sea. This decision was taken in particular to prepare for the withdrawal of active… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 15-May-20

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US Foreign Military Sale of 6 AH-64Es to Philippines

US Foreign Military Sale of 6 AH-64Es to Philippines

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of six (6) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 14-May-20

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US Foreign Military Sale of 43 AH-64Es to Egypt

US Foreign Military Sale of 43 AH-64Es to Egypt

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt to refurbish forty-three (43) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.3 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 »

Source: DSCA, 14-May-20

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US Foreign Military Sale of 6 AH-1Zs to Philippines

US Foreign Military Sale of 6 AH-1Zs to Philippines

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of six (6) AH-1Z attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $450 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 14-May-20

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Jamaica Defence Force picks CNC for airborne mission suites on 429 fleet

Jamaica Defence Force picks CNC for airborne mission suites on 429 fleet

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced today its selection by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to deploy airborne mission suites for the organization’s fleet of Bell 429 helicopters. Custom developed to support the JDF’s national security and public safety missions, the new systems… Read more »

Source: CNC Technologies, 11-May-20

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Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

On April 14, 2020, Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was awarded a contract with the United States Navy, Fleet Readiness Center Procurement Group, Patuxent River, Maryland. The kits, aircraft recovery, augmentation, components and engines (KRACEn) multiple award contract will provide aircraft maintenance services and support. Work includes modification… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-May-20

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GKN Fokker Services and RNLAF extend total support contract for standard parts

GKN Fokker Services and RNLAF extend total support contract for standard parts

GKN Fokker Services and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed an extension of the existing total support contract for delivering standard parts for all of the RNLAF’s aircraft, helicopters and multiple support systems until 2022. The support is provided by GKN Fokker Services’ facility in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and can be extended for… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 08-May-20

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HSC-7 Holds Aerial Change of Command at Sea aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

HSC-7 Holds Aerial Change of Command at Sea aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 held an aerial change of command ceremony while deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), April 26. HSC-7, also known as the Dusty Dogs, is a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron based out of Naval Station Norfolk. They are attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 and currently deployed… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 30-Apr-20

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Training expands to meet need for US Army Apache pilots

Training expands to meet need for US Army Apache pilots

The Army has found a viable alternative to assist Fort Rucker in the training of D model Apache instructor pilots and maintenance test pilots. The last D model IP/MTP courses at Fort Rucker ended in early April, which meant D model IPs/MTPs would have to be taught another way. Among those that needed training were… Read more »

Source: US Army, 28-Apr-20

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Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apaches

Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apaches

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of thirty-six (36) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of Morocco… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 27-Apr-20

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US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

U.S. Navy Expeditionary Landing Base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT), has been conducting joint naval and air integration operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters assigned to U.S. Army Central Command’s (USARCENT) Task Force Saber, throughout the month of March. The operations, which are… Read more »

Source: US Naval Forces Central Command, 22-Apr-20

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Clayton awarded $7M contract to provide maintenance on Egyptian Government AS-61

Clayton awarded $7M contract to provide maintenance on Egyptian Government AS-61

Clayton International Inc.,* Peachtree City, Georgia, is awarded a $7,628,834 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable contract to provide depot level maintenance on one AS-61 helicopter for the government of Egypt.  Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in November 2021.  Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $7,628,824 will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $14M contract for 4 Navy CMV-22 flight training devices

Bell Boeing awarded $14M contract for 4 Navy CMV-22 flight training devices

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $14,323,100 firm-fixed-price order (N61340-20-F-7000) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for the design, fabrication, installation, test and delivery of four Navy CMV-22 flight training devices.  Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (64.29%); and Hurst, Texas (35.71%), and is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-20

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7.5M contract for Apache technical services

Lockheed Martin awarded $7.5M contract for Apache technical services

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,563,160 modification (P00002) to contract W52P1J-19-F-0533 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 1, 2023. U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-20

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L-3 Technologies awarded $10M contract MH-60R data link systems

L-3 Technologies awarded $10M contract MH-60R data link systems

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is awarded a $9,999,144 firm-fixed-price modification (P00012) to a previously-awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1030) to procure eight Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  Fiscal 2020 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-20

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HeliOperations granted Part 145 approval for new facility by MAA

HeliOperations granted Part 145 approval for new facility by MAA

The UK MAA has granted HeliOperations Part 145 approval for its brand new Base Maintenance and Storage Facility in Somerton near RNAS Yeovilton. The facility will be used for the storage and on-site maintenance of military registered air systems and components. HeliOperations will now transfer its Sea Kings and associated engineering stores and other equipment… Read more »

Source: HeliOperations, 19-Apr-20

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Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

An HH-60W Jolly Green II, the Air Force’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, completed a month-long trial of extremes inside the McKinley Climatic Lab April 2. The Sikorsky test aircraft endured real temperatures ranging from 120 degrees to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit as well as 45 mph winds coupled with heavy rainfall. All of… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 17-Apr-20

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Boeing Delivers 500th AH-64E Apache

Boeing Delivers 500th AH-64E Apache

Production, flight test and deliveries of the AH-64E Apache helicopter continue at the Boeing [NYSE: BA] site in Mesa, Arizona. With 500 AH-64E Apaches in service with the United States Army and defense forces around the world, the ‘Echo’ model provides enhanced performance; joint digital interoperability; situational awareness and survivability with reduced operational and support… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) are amongst the first Air Ambulance services to collaborate with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to carry critically ill patients from more remote areas to major trauma centres with increased intensive care capacity. On Tuesday 7th April the Charity undertook the first time-critical transfer of a patient… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 15-Apr-20

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Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook with an upgraded cockpit to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), continuing a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the newest configuration in use by countries around the world. “The RNLAF made it clear to… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 08-Apr-20

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RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

An innovation that helps speed the design of fishing rods, satellites and cellphone electronics soon will help the U.S. Navy save millions in costs and downtime, while extending the service life of helicopters. AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $240,000 Small Business Innovation Research program grant from the Navy. The… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 03-Apr-20

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Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the selection, Bell is designing, manufacturing, and testing the Bell 360 Invictus, a prototype rotorcraft designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-20

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HSM-70 Change-of-Command

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

Commander Michael A. Perez will assume responsibility as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO (HSM-70) from Commander Kenneth R. Colman during a change-of-command ceremony onboard NAS Jacksonville on March 26. Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force Atlantic, 01-Apr-20

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Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

The Army calls the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) a “knife fighter” for the future battlefield. This out-front platform will fly into the most demanding and contested environments and requires maximum performance in a small package. Sikorsky’s RAIDER X is ready to fill this requirement. RAIDER X is specifically designed for vertical lift dominance against evolving peer… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

Three British Army AW159 Wildcat helicopters have been deployed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army Air Corps’ helicopters will be operating out of RNAS Yeovilton and will look to cover the South of England as required by the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 alongside Royal Air… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-20

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General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $11,093,940 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00019-18-F-2476) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (SPE4A1-17-G-0008) in support of the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Program.  This modification procures five CT7-8A6 engines with metal shipping containers, interface harness and associated control hardware.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $815,000,040 for an indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter, along with inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Cherry Point,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Mar-20

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US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

Good news! HeliHub.com is NOT affected by COVID-19 restrictions because it was built from the ground up as a remote working operation. Owner Jeremy Parkin has a strong background in the IT world, and when he founded the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, the IT aspect of the business was paramount. HeliHub is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

Over 30 employers met at the North Carolina National Guard’s (NCNG) Army Aviation Support Facility in Morrisville, N.C. March 10, 2020, to learn more about what the guardsmen they employ do during their time away from work. The event, known as Bosslift, is sponsored by the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve… Read more »

Source: North Carolina National Guard, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

Dear Participants, We have decided we must cancel our April 2020 AAAA Nashville based Mission Summit. We will be looking at options in the coming weeks for AAAA to support expanded networking opportunities later this year at our other longstanding annual events. In view of yesterday afternoon’s Memorandum from the Director of the Army Staff,… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 16-Mar-20

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Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $68,189,550 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0315) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides non-recurring and recurring engineering associated with the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the government of Japan unique configuration into MV-22B Block C aircraft… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 16-Mar-20

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Dyncorp awarded $56M contract for maintenance, modification and aircrew support

Dyncorp awarded $56M contract for maintenance, modification and aircrew support

Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $56,496,749 modification (P00033) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract (N68936-17-C-0052).  This modification exercises an option that provides aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support.  This modification includes organizational-level aircraft maintenance and logistics support on aircraft, systems/subsystems, aircrew systems, search-and-rescue equipment and support equipment for P-3… Read more »

Source: Dyncorp, 12-Mar-20

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Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $146,039,547 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target and firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification exercises the option to upgrade nine MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration, as well as planned maintenance intervals for eight MV-22 aircraft, in support of the… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 12-Mar-20

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FlightSafety awarded $13M TH-57B/C training contract

FlightSafety awarded $13M TH-57B/C training contract

FlightSafety Services Corp., Centennial, Colorado, is awarded a $13,344,850 modification (P00013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-18-C-0019) for aircrew training services in support of the TH-57B/C community, including instruction, operation and curriculum support. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, Florida, and is expected to be completed in October 2020. No… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-20

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Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $9,066,270 modification (P00013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081). This modification exercises an option to procure three spare AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey program for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in November… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Greenbelt, Maryland, is being awarded a $30,464,008 firm-fixed-price task order (N62473-20-F-4023) under a multiple award construction contract for an applied instruction facility, a training facility, and site utility infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado, California. The work to be performed provides for construction of two facilities and utilities infrastructure to support the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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Boeing awarded $62M support contract for AH-64D/E

Boeing awarded $62M support contract for AH-64D/E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $62,294,566 modification (PZ0005) to contract W58RGZ-19-C-0024 for performance-based logistics support for the AH-64D/E Apache Attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2024.  Fiscal 2019 Army working capital funds in the amount of $62,294,566 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 7, 2019. The Republic of Korea has… Read more »

10-Mar-20

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US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight (8) AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Thailand has requested… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Mar-20

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Schiebel completes tests for Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel completes tests for Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel successfully completed the acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) of its new Schiebel-designed heavy fuel S2 engine for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Building on 12 years of extensive experience developing engines for the CAMCOPTER® S-100 system and the lessons learnt from extensive operations worldwide, Schiebel has engineered a new… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-Mar-20

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RAF Chief of Air Staff names new helicopter training facility

RAF Chief of Air Staff names new helicopter training facility

A state-of-the-art training facility has been formally named today at RAF Shawbury by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Wigston. The building was named in honour of The Duke of Cambridge, who completed advanced flying training at the Defence Helicopter Flying School and was awarded his aircrew flying badge in January 2010…. Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 09-Mar-20

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