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Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

30-Jul-2021Source: Pennsylvania National Guard

The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) received the first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawks from the Utility Helicopter Program Office (UHPO) on Tuesday, July 27. The UH-60V helicopter was developed with a focus to overhaul the aging UH-60A/L fleet. The “V” model includes an upgraded digital glass cockpit, certified... Read more

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

30-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) began fielding the first Army National Guard unit with UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters July 27. The UHPO delivered five UH-60Vs to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Eastern ARNG Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at Fort Indiantown Gap, which becomes the first unit equipped and organically assigned... Read more

Sikorsky Receives Brazilian Air Force Contract

Sikorsky Receives Brazilian Air Force Contract

30-Jul-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) has received a four-year contract from the Brazilian Air Force to provide logistics support for the service’s 16 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The contract will improve fleet sustainment resulting from local storage of commonly required spare parts, assistance from a regional Sikorsky field service technician, and direct technical... Read more

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

29-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Portuguese Navy has taken delivery of its first upgraded Lynx Mk95A. The aircraft has been delivered to Montijo, Portugal. The Navy has been operating the Lynx for three decades and the modernisation programme will see the upgraded aircraft in-service into the 2030s. The upgraded aircraft provides the Portuguese... Read more

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

29-Jul-2021Source: Q2

Montana has among the biggest gaps in the country as far as helicopter coverage from the National Guard. In order to respond quicker, the Montana National Guard has plans to set up in Billings. See Full Story. ... Read more

Royal Australian Navy extends Schiebel Camcopter contract

Royal Australian Navy extends Schiebel Camcopter contract

27-Jul-2021Source: Schiebel

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) awarded Schiebel with a 3-year extension contract for the sustainment of its CAMCOPTER® S-100. The extension allows the RAN to continue to experiment and develop knowledge using the S-100. After winning the RAN contract back in 2016, Schiebel has built on its initial acquisition contract resulting in this substantial extension. The... Read more

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

23-Jul-2021

Airbus Helicopters have recently taken one of their H160 demonstrator aircraft on a demo tour of Morocco, from 28th June to 17th July.   The company advised HeliHub.com that they presented the H160 to a range of helicopter operators based in Africa and the Middle East covering different sets of missions like Oil and Gas, EMS... Read more

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

21-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Polish Navy’s first AW101 (ZR285) achieved its first flight yesterday at the Company’s site in Yeovil. The flight demonstrated functional checks of the main airframe systems as well as the control system, and engine-handling checks were taken throughout to monitor the speed range of the aircraft. The flight... Read more

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

21-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the... Read more

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

20-Jul-2021Source: Indian Navy

On 16 July 2021, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian... Read more

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

19-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft

16-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $26,947,749 modification (P00192) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M Foreign Military Sales green aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (Jordan) funds in the amount of $26,947,749 were obligated at the time of... Read more

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

16-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office hosted several senior Army National Guard Aviation Officers at the Huntsville, Al. International Airport July 13 for a flight demonstration and informational update on the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter program in preparation for the aircraft becoming part of the ARNG fleet. The UH-60V, a retrofit UH-60L... Read more

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

14-Jul-2021Source: The Hindu

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up to deliver the first batch of three Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) once acceptance tests are completed. These are part of the 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters approved for the Army and the IAF. See Full Story. ... Read more

Australia takes delivery of two CH-47F Chinooks, with two more due 2022

Australia takes delivery of two CH-47F Chinooks, with two more due 2022

9-Jul-2021Source: Boeing

Australia’s current fleet of Chinook helicopters will grow from 10 to 14 under this acquisition program, with the third and fourth Chinooks expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022. The Australian Army, currently operating a fleet of 10 CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft, recently accepted the first two of four additional aircraft to further transform... Read more

AAR to pay $11M to settle False Claims Act allegations, plus $429K to FAA

AAR to pay $11M to settle False Claims Act allegations, plus $429K to FAA

8-Jul-2021Source: US DoJ

AAR Corp., located in Wood Dale, Illinois, and its subsidiary, AAR Airlift Group Inc. (Airlift), located in Melbourne, Florida, have agreed to pay the United States $11,088,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations in connection with aircraft maintenance services performed by Airlift on two U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) contracts. The allegations involve helicopters that Airlift... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

7-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $28,160,769 modification (P00005) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0350) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to procure mission computers (MC) and flight management computers (FMC) retrofit kits to upgrade the MH-60R/S aircraft.  The quantities are as follows:... Read more

Safran and Global Turbine Asia renewed their contract to support Malaysian H225M engines

Safran and Global Turbine Asia renewed their contract to support Malaysian H225M engines

6-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Global Turbine Asia (GTA) have renewed their contract to support Makila 2A of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). Powering their H225M helicopters, over 30 Makila engines will continue to be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). Since 2014, this agreement has proved its efficiency to satisfy RMAF’s requirements for... Read more

Spain orders 36 H135 and 4 H160 helicopters

Spain orders 36 H135 and 4 H160 helicopters

5-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Council of Ministers in Spain has approved a significant purchase with Airbus, including 40 helicopters and three A330 tanker aircraft. The helicopters consist of 18 H135s for each of the Spanish Interior and Defence Ministries, and 4 H160s for the Interior Ministry. The Interior Ministry H135 acquisition will replace the Bo105 and BK117 fleets,... Read more

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

5-Jul-2021Source: ARAB NEWS

The Lebanese army announced on Thursday that it is set to offer sightseeing rides in its helicopters in a bid to boost its coffers. The country’s ongoing economic crisis —  which the World Bank describes as “likely one of the world’s worst since the 1850s” — has hit the Lebanese military hard, leaving it struggling... Read more

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

5-Jul-2021Source: Air Education and Training Command

Seven officers received their pilot’s wings, becoming the first Air Force officers to earn their wings from a helicopter-only syllabus since 1993. The Helicopter Training Next class graduated June 22 with Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presiding during the ceremony. Currently, the helicopter pilot training pipeline lasts about 17... Read more

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo is investing a significant amount of time and resources into ensuring the AW149 is as well-prepared as it can be for the UK New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the programme by press release, well ahead of any more detailed documentation being made available. It is... Read more

Helicopters tailored for special forces

Helicopters tailored for special forces

30-Jun-2021

With the H145M, the H225M and the NH90, Airbus Helicopters offers a comprehensive and complementary range of rotorcraft tailored for special operations. Already in service, the H145M and the H225M have proven their worth, while the NH90 is evolving to adapt to the specific needs of the special forces with the upcoming Standard 2. “Nowhere... Read more

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Honeywell International Inc., Aerospace, Phoenix, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $9,953,746 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-21-F-KQ17) against five-year basic ordering agreement SPE4A1-17-G-0017 for V-22 spare parts.  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 a two-year contract with no option periods.  Location... Read more

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $129,000,000 modification (P00027) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification increases the scope for the production and delivery of three MH-60R aircraft as replacement-in-kind for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is... Read more

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

30-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) capability flew for the first time on an MV-22B Osprey June 15. “The significance of this developmental test flight was two-fold,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems (PMA-234) program manager. “Not only was this the first time... Read more

TAI buys 14 engines from Motor Sich for ATAK-II helicopter

TAI buys 14 engines from Motor Sich for ATAK-II helicopter

30-Jun-2021

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich have signed a contract for the supply of engines for the ATAK-II helicopter, the airframer announced yesterday. Motor Sich will supply 14 engines between September 2022 and 2025.  The most recently announced plans call for first flight in 2023.  The T929 ATAK-II helicopter is a... Read more

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

28-Jun-2021Source: US Marine Corps

The Alfred A. Cunningham Award is one of, if not the highest honor a Marine aviator can achieve during their career. To be selected for this award, which also carries with it the title of Marine Aviator of the Year, is no small feat. For U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joshua Hazeldean, a pilot with Marine... Read more

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

28-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

A contract to build nine CH-53K™ King Stallion™ helicopters with an additional contract option for nine more aircraft was awarded to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company on June 25. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Lot 5 contract will deliver nine aircraft in 2024 as part of a 200 aircraft program of... Read more

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-2021

Heavy vertical landing, with skids splayed out, base of fuselage touching the ground and tail boom twisted.  Main blades untouched, pictures suggest.  4 POB to the medical unit on the naval base where the accident occurred.... Read more

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

24-Jun-2021Source: US Army

The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade presented a CH-47 Chinook rotor blade to the people of Pegnitz at a ceremony on Pegnitz Air Field, Germany, on June 21, 2021. The blade will eventually become part of a memorial at the crash site in Pegnitz where a Chinook crashed on August 18, 1971, killing 37 American Soldiers.... Read more

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

23-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, received a delivery order in the amount of $580,598,636 on a previously negotiated option under a basic ordering agreement W91215-16-G-0001 for 14 H-47 extended range rotary wing aircraft that satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft.  This modification exercises an option that was awarded on... Read more

Australia grounds NH90 again

Australia grounds NH90 again

22-Jun-2021Source: news.com.au

Defence insiders claim the Australian Army’s Taipan helicopters are “no longer safe to fly”, revealing “potentially catastrophic” maintenance issues behind their suspension. The MRH-90 Taipan fleet is used to transport troops and provide fire protection during special operations and counter-terrorism missions. But the entire fleet has been out of action and grounded since the beginning... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $73,221,421 modification (P00008) to firm-fixed-price order N00019-21-F-0434 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This modification adds scope to procure 362 spare parts and support required for the repair and maintenance of the CH-53K low rate initial production configuration aircraft.  Work will be... Read more

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $17,016,793 modification (P00018) to previously awarded cost reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00421-19-F-0531 issued under basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0003.  This modification exercises an option to provide software engineering and testing, avionics integration and testing and avionics acquisition support to include classified and unclassified laboratories, configuration and... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

21-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific (HSMWINGPAC) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in Coronado, California, June 15, in which Capt. Jeffrey Melody was relieved by Capt. Brannon Bickel as “Commodore.” “I could not be prouder of the great work that our Sailors do each and every day, all... Read more

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

17-Jun-2021Source: US Army

12th Combat Aviation Brigade pilots had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly an Mi-24 Hind helicopter with Hungarian Defense Force pilots at Solnok Air Base, Hungary. U.S. Army pilots from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, part of 12th CAB, and the Hungarian Defense Force 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base shared their flying experience through joint orientation... Read more

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

17-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $18,372,000 firm-fixed-price type delivery order modification to an existing contract (W91215-16-G-0001) for the procurement of long-lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Chinook Block II production program. Fiscal 2021 Army aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $18,372,000 are being obligated at the time... Read more

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

16-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

DigiFlight Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $13,802,929 modification (P00003) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-D003 for programmatic support for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 23, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $13,802,929 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

16-Jun-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from Army Contracting Command-Redstone supporting the Afghan Air Force’s MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters. The first contract, a six-month extension worth $14.5 million, continues MDHI’s longstanding efforts to provide program management, and contractor logistics support (CLS) services, material, and remote operations... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded an $8,014,901 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0426) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029).  This order provides for non-recurring engineering in support of the design of the Common MH-60R/S Aircraft survivability equipment architecture to integrate the APR-39C(V)2 radar warning receiver into the MH-60S avionics system... Read more

MD Helicopter awarded $29M contract for Afghan maintenance

MD Helicopter awarded $29M contract for Afghan maintenance

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter Inc. Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $29,448,286 modification (P00046) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 to provide maintenance capabilities in support of the Afghan Air Force. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2021 Pseudo Foreign Military Sales... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for engineering and project management of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for engineering and project management of CH-53K

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $9,493,860 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0434) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides systems engineering and program management services in support of CH-53K low rate initial production Lots 5 and 6 aircraft rate tooling. Work will be performed in Rochester, United... Read more

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

10-Jun-2021

At a ceremony on its Philadelphia campus and under the backdrop of the Stars and Stripes, Leonardo officially delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier today. The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Admiral Gregory... Read more

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $119,788,924 modification (P00455) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for an extension of contractor logistics support services for the UH-72 Lakota. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds will be... Read more

Boeing awarded $39M contract to build AH-64Es

Boeing awarded $39M contract to build AH-64Es

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $39,657,700 modification (P00079) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for new-build AH-64E aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $39,657,700 were... Read more

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

9-Jun-2021Source: Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that it was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide its Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) computers and video processing modules to upgrade the Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer (MC/FMC) on the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopters. The initial contract is valued at $24 million,... Read more

Five S70i Black Hawks delivered to Philippines Air Force

Five S70i Black Hawks delivered to Philippines Air Force

8-Jun-2021Source: Philippines Government

Another five S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters from Poland arrived in the country on Monday. Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano, Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesperson, said the five brand-new Black Hawk helicopters were loaded in an Antonov transport aircraft that arrived at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga. These are part of the 16 helicopters... Read more

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight  testing a two-way connection between the AH-1Z Viper helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software. Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company manufactures the AH-1Z Viper and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has  developed the Link-16 system. Link-16... Read more

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The H-1 mixed fleet of AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom attack and utility helicopters have accumulated more than 400,000 joint-flight hours. Designed by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as the dedicated military helicopters for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Viper and Venom have been deployed around the world across... Read more

Australian pilot marks 5000 hours flying Chinooks

Australian pilot marks 5000 hours flying Chinooks

8-Jun-2021Source: Australian Government

Former Army aviator and Boeing aircrewman Greg Maiden recently clocked up 5000 flying hours in CH-47 Chinooks at RAAF Base Townsville. “Boeing keeps records of the flying hours and there are very few that have achieved this milestone,” Mr Maiden said. The hours were accrued throughout his flying career, which started in 1998 on the... Read more

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of 29 AH-64Es

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of 29 AH-64Es

8-Jun-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to... Read more

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

8-Jun-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter program, passes the initial fit check aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) at Naval Base San Diego demonstrating the aircrafts’ suitability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare mission. MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has integrated the AN/ZPY-8 radar, is expected... Read more

IronMountain awarded $30M contract for support of Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $30M contract for support of Utility Helicopters Project Office

4-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $30,495,183 modification (P00003) 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 June 8, 2022. Fiscal 2010 and 2021 Foreign Military Sales; 2021 operation and maintenance, Army; 2019, 2020 and 2021... Read more

CAE selected to develop HH-60W virtual/mixed reality aircrew trainer

CAE selected to develop HH-60W virtual/mixed reality aircrew trainer

4-Jun-2021

CAE announced that CAE USA has been awarded a Project Level Agreement under the SOSSEC consortium’s AFLCMC Consortium Initiative (ACI) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to design and develop the initial prototype HH-60W virtual reality/mixed reality (VR/MR) aircrew trainer.  The HH-60W, known as Jolly Green II, is the U.S. Air Force’s new combat search and rescue... Read more

Saab extends Swedish AW109LUH MRO contract

Saab extends Swedish AW109LUH MRO contract

3-Jun-2021

The Leonardo AW109LUH (known locally as “Helikopter 15”) has been in operation in the Swedish Armed Forces for around 18 years and since 2012, Saab has had an exclusive agreement to ensure the operational availability of the helicopters. The agreement confirms the Swedish Armed Forces’ continued trust in Saab as a long-term support partner. The... Read more

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

3-Jun-2021Source: UK Government

Nine ships, 32 aircraft, and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth,... Read more

French Navy adds two more H160s

French Navy adds two more H160s

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $14.5M contract to support Afghan MD530F fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $14.5M contract to support Afghan MD530F fleet

31-May-2021Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,500,000 modification (P00044) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 to provide contractor logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force fleet of armed MD 530F rotary wing aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2021.... Read more

Boeing awarded $7M contract for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for AH-64E

Boeing awarded $7M contract for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for AH-64E

24-May-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $7,674,185 modification (P00080) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for remanufactured AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $7,674,185 were obligated... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $25M contract for repair of refueling probes on HH-60G

Sikorsky awarded $25M contract for repair of refueling probes on HH-60G

24-May-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $25,813,361 requirements contract for the repair/overhaul of the refueling probes on the HH-60G helicopter. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to completed May 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 defense working capital funds are being used... Read more

Mi and Ka Military Helicopters to Receive a Unified Engine Design

Mi and Ka Military Helicopters to Receive a Unified Engine Design

21-May-2021Source: United Engine Corporation

The United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of the Rostec State Corporation) has launched mass production of the VK-2500P engine designed for the modern Mi-28NM attack helicopter. The engine can also be installed in all other types of Mi and Ka military helicopters. “We produced several dozen VK-2500P engines already while developing the Mi-28NM helicopter. Full-scale... Read more

Sikorsky Australia Awarded $10m RAN MH-60R Sustainment Contract Expansion

Sikorsky Australia Awarded $10m RAN MH-60R Sustainment Contract Expansion

21-May-2021Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, has been awarded an AUD$10m contract to deliver additional sustainment support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of 24 MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters. The contract will see the creation of 10 new positions in Sikorsky Australia’s purpose-built Maintenance and Logistics Support facility in Nowra NSW. Sikorsky Australia’s... Read more

Hessen Police continues partnership with US Army Garrison in Germany

Hessen Police continues partnership with US Army Garrison in Germany

21-May-2021Source: US Army

Once a day, a German Polizei helicopter visits the Wiesbaden Army Airfield as part of the Polizei’s object protection measures. The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-145, belongs to the Hessen State police and is stationed at Egelsbach. The Westhessen police presidium and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden have a mutual agreement that says that the Polizei helps... Read more

Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

18-May-2021

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

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

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

18-May-2021

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

QuantiTech awarded $14M for US Army support work

QuantiTech awarded $14M for US Army support work

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

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

Textron awarded $15M boresight contract by US Navy

Textron awarded $15M boresight contract by US Navy

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

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

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

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

18-May-2021Source: US DoD

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

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

17-May-2021

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

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

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

17-May-2021Source: Safran

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

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

17-May-2021

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

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

13-May-2021

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

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

12-May-2021Source: Bell

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

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