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DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

19-Feb-2021Source: DynCorp

 On Dec. 15, the Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, awarded DynCorp International (DI) a task order to provide UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) under the Worldwide Logistics Support Services – Contractor Logistics Support (WLSS-C) multiple award IDIQ. This task order, valued at $554.1 million if all options are exercised, consists of a six-year period... Read more

Airbus to showcase world-class helicopters, defence and space capabilities at IDEX 2021

Airbus to showcase world-class helicopters, defence and space capabilities at IDEX 2021

18-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021. The event is set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 – 25 February and is held under the patronage of... Read more

Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

17-Feb-2021Source: Sikorsky

Continuing its 63-year legacy of providing safe and reliable transportation for the president of the United States, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year.... Read more

Airbus in talks with Indian Navy

Airbus in talks with Indian Navy

17-Feb-2021Source: The Print

 European Aviation giant Airbus is in talks with the Indian Navy to lease out Panther helicopters for its warships as the force looks at bridging the capability gap it faces when it comes to the rotary wing, Rémi Maillard, president of Airbus India and the company’s managing director for South Asia, told ThePrint. See Full... Read more

US Army is developing the vertical flight workforce

US Army is developing the vertical flight workforce

15-Feb-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army is developing technical skills for student aviation researchers with a new agreement between its corporate laboratory and an aviation society. Both organizations hope to advance electric vertical takeoff and landing and advanced air mobility technology. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory and the Vertical... Read more

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

12-Feb-2021Source: NAVAIR

The instructors at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland are dedicated to ensuring the next generation of developmental test pilots, flight officers, and engineers gain the skills necessary for testing the aircraft and systems of tomorrow. Less widely known, but no less valuable, is their dedication... Read more

Viasat demos through-blade BLOS Ka-band SatCom to US Army UH-60M

Viasat demos through-blade BLOS Ka-band SatCom to US Army UH-60M

11-Feb-2021Source: Viasat

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced it successfully demonstrated through-the-blades Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Ka-band satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity to a U.S. Army UH-60M rotary-wing helicopter. The demonstration highlighted Viasat’s ability to deliver resilient command and control (C2) communications, feature-rich situational awareness (SA) and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) feeds –... Read more

FRCSW Tackling H-60 Sea Hawk Floorboard Issues

FRCSW Tackling H-60 Sea Hawk Floorboard Issues

11-Feb-2021Source: US Navy

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) artisans are responding to a nagging problem affecting many MH-60S multi-mission Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) squadrons. Since last September, corrosion and wear to the airframe’s aft floorboards have interfered with the ability to install auxiliary fuel tanks needed for longer flights. To date, 53 floorboards... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

10-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $17,852,939 modification (P00012) to a firm-fixed-priced order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 proprotor hub spring and drive link retrofit kits; and six CV-22 modification spares kits, in support of... Read more

Iron Mountain Solutions awarded $8M for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office

Iron Mountain Solutions awarded $8M for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office

9-Feb-2021Source: Iron Mountain Solutions

Iron Mountain Solutions Inc.*, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $8,233,165 hybrid (firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials) contract for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office.  Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 7, 2026.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in... Read more

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

9-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support Public Safety missions in country and be used by the Force’s Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots.... Read more

Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

8-Feb-2021Source: UK Government

Known as ‘drop-ins,’ sustainable fuel sources include hydrogenated fats and oils, wood waste, alcohols, sugars, household waste, biomass and algae. Aircraft including F-35s, Typhoons and Wildcat helicopters currently use conventional fuel, but could use up to 50 per cent sustainable sources in the future, after MOD’s changed aviation fuel standards came into effect in November... Read more

Sikorksy awarded $19M contract to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K

Sikorksy awarded $19M contract to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K

8-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $19,429,150 modification (P00005) to cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-2972 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for non-recurring engineering, engineering change order, logistics and programmatic support of the Data Transfer Unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement and ARC-210 program, to replace... Read more

DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

5-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $32,521,640 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract procures organizational, selected intermediate, limited depot level maintenance and logistics support services for F/A-18C/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C/D aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Fallon, Nevada, and is expected to be completed in September... Read more

Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

4-Feb-2021Source: PNA

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters to address the growing heli-lift deficiency of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles announced on Thursday. Duterte gave his nod during the 51st Cabinet meeting held at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday, Nograles said in a virtual presser. “The Department of... Read more

Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

4-Feb-2021

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters to address the growing heli-lift deficiency of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles announced on Thursday. Duterte gave his nod during the 51st Cabinet meeting held at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday, Nograles said in a virtual presser. “The Department of... Read more

NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

4-Feb-2021Source: New York Army National Guard

The New York Army National Guard honored two of the three Soldiers killed in a UH-60 helicopter crash outside Rochester on January 20, during funeral services held in Western New York and the Hudson Valley on Jan. 29 and 30. Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, attended funeral services for Chief... Read more

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

4-Feb-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Every field of effort has a standard to beat. Track and field had the four-minute mile. For baseball, the bar is 762 career home runs. For the V-22 Osprey production line at Fleet Readiness Center East, there was the 300-day turnaround time for returning the aircraft to their fleet customers. On January 15, the V-22... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

2-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $10,587,984 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0159) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for the development of Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K aircraft.  The repair manuals address organizational level repairs pertaining to airframe skins, doors and covers, tail cone, main and tail blade... Read more

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

2-Feb-2021

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

1-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081.  This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and... Read more

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

1-Feb-2021Source: Triumph Group

Triumph Group (NYSE: TGI) announced that its Systems & Support business has finalized a low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from Sikorsky for the CH-53K King Stallion rotorcraft. The contract consists of LRIP 1 and 2 deliverables, including spares, for the U.S. Marine Corps next generation heavy-lift platform that is being produced to replace the CH-53E... Read more

Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

29-Jan-2021Source: US Air Force

Following the conclusion of a three-day journey Jan 14 originating from the manufacturing facilities in Mesa, Ariz. the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., becomes the first operational unit to receive the AH-64E version 6 (V6) Apache helicopter. The V6 is equipped with an open systems design including the latest communications,... Read more

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

28-Jan-2021Source: Star News

  Jo Brook has flown all the way from Dunedin into the history books. The 27-year-old has just graduated as New Zealand’s first female navy helicopter pilot, an achievement she hopes will inspire other young women to consider a career in the Defence Force. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

27-Jan-2021Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission... Read more

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

26-Jan-2021

Emergency landing after receiving gunshot fire during drug interception operation.  Helicopter landed safely but damaged... Read more

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

25-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this... Read more

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

25-Jan-2021Source: Defence Blog

Four Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters will arrive for the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Republic of Belarus in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to sources in the Belarusian Defense Ministry. See Full Story.... Read more

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

22-Jan-2021Source: Rheinmetall

The German Navy is once again counting on simulation expertise from Rheinmetall when it comes to training its NH90 NTH Sea Lion helicopter crews. In December 2020 the European NH90 procurement and management organization, NAHEMA, awarded the company an order for an Asterion classroom solution destined for Naval Air Wing 3 at Nordholz on the... Read more

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

21-Jan-2021Source: US Army

  The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), together with Hellenic Armed Forces, executed Eddie’s Odyssey, a first of its kind, joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea, Jan. 13-14. The exercise, named after Ugly Eddie, the battalion mascot, consisted of U.S. AH-64E... Read more

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

20-Jan-2021Source: US Air Force

An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft. Wendy Smith received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from the 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Brett... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

20-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

The CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic earlier this month. This was the first opportunity to see the aircraft working in a modern naval environment. Testing took place on the USS Wasp, a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased... Read more

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

18-Jan-2021Source: Royal Navy

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-2021

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

15-Jan-2021Source: defenceWeb

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will partner with Caverton Helicopters on the maintenance of its rotary wing aircraft as it seeks to improve serviceability. The NAF on 12 January said Caverton Helicopters would also help develop capacity with its engineers, technicians and pilots. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Caverton... Read more

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

15-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

Container Research Corp.,* Aston, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $11,539,383 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Work will be performed in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is expected to... Read more

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

15-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

Rear Adm. Doug Noble, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, and Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, signed a strategic Memorandum of Agreement on Dec. 4, 2020 regarding supply support for the Guided Missile Frigate, also known as FFG 62 Constellation Class. The MOA establishes a mutual framework... Read more

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

15-Jan-2021Source: Australian Gov

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability. “This new ARH capability... Read more

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

14-Jan-2021Source: GAO

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of... Read more

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

14-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $101,470,782 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be... Read more

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

14-Jan-2021Source: defenceWeb

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted into service a second Mi-171E helicopter in a ceremony that also saw the induction of another L-39ZA trainer that had been returned to airworthiness. See Full Story. ... Read more

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

14-Jan-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information... Read more

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

14-Jan-2021

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military. Date not certain.  This... Read more

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

13-Jan-2021

Crashed shortly after taking off from an airport.  All on board survived (Mi-24 is best guess at type.  3POB and an “attack helicopter” seem reasonably likely to be correct.  “Apache” clearly is not.  However, image issued by the Sudan News Agency shows the aft end of the tail boom and stinger of an AW109 –... Read more

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

12-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the... Read more

Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

Deputy Minister of Defense inspected the production of Mi-8AMTSh-VN

11-Jan-2021Source: Rostec

[electronic translation] Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the State Corporation Rostec). At the enterprise, he checked the production progress of the new Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopter. The supply of helicopters to the troops is scheduled to begin in 2021. At... Read more

Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

Philippine Army thanks MVP for helicopter donation

11-Jan-2021Source: PNA

The Philippine Army (PA) on Friday said a local conglomerate’s donation of a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter will greatly help in the development of its rotary aviation capabilities. “The PA is grateful for Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan’s donation of the said helicopter that will serve as a catalyst for developing Army’s future rotary aviation... Read more

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

10-Jan-2021

Landing accident, likely caused by brown-out. Tail boom sliced by main rotor disc. Helicopter was arriving from Juba, and was carrying the body of the late hon. Gabriel Matur Malek.  Entourage included General Garang Mabil, General Majak Arol and Brigadier Mamer Ayom.  The latter is quoted saying “When it reached Cueibet town, there is a football field and... Read more

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

7-Jan-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service... Read more

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

5-Jan-2021Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective December 30. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over two locations. The first facility is Rock Island Arsenal located between Davenport, Iowa and Rocks Island, Illinois. The second facility... Read more

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

5-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone last week with first flights performed in Italy and France. The first NH90 NATO frigate helicopter (NFH), assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, and the first tactical troop transport (TTH) over-land aircraft, assembled at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane site, took to the air on... Read more

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

5-Jan-2021

Helicopter made a precautionary landing, but the field was very soft and it sank into the soil, which initiated an exercise to extract it using cranes etc over two or three days. RAF Benson photo... Read more

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

4-Jan-2021Source: ARL Now

Complaints over helicopter noise in Arlington are likely to soon be better tracked by the federal government. See Full Story.... Read more

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

4-Jan-2021Source: US National Guard

Tears. It’s what greeted a Michigan National Guard Soldier delivering protective equipment to 15 to 20 relieved and very appreciative nursing facility workers during the height of the pandemic. “That really opened my eyes to what’s really going on out there,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Schrot, with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion,... Read more

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

4-Jan-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to... Read more

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

4-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $111,910,637 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00014) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-18-C-1007). This modification procures 20 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines, peculiar support equipment, and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot 4 low rate initial production and spares. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts,... Read more

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

31-Dec-2020

After landing, and while taxying to be refuelled, a manoeuvre resulted in the tail hitting a lighting tower.  This caused the helicopter to spin on the ground, during which the main blades then hit the tower too.  Video of incident here.... Read more

26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

26-Dec-2020

Helicopter was involved in an operation to evacuate the body of a shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer The four on board were named here as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co Pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq. No details on cause of accident... Read more

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this... Read more

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

23-Dec-2020Source: L3 Technologies

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $29,197,837 firm-fixed-price contract for the manned/unmanned teaming hardware, as well as technical and engineering support, for the Apache helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of June 30,... Read more

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

23-Dec-2020Source: DRS Systems

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $10,121,768 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order (N00019-21-F-0238) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0030.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the design, development and integration of the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure system, including associated weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the HH-60W aircraft for the... Read more

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

23-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,761,791 firm-fixed-price modification (P000012) to contract FA2860-19-C-0005 for rotary wing maintenance.  This contract provides helicopter maintenance of aircraft assigned to the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.  This modification exercises Option Period Two and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021... Read more

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

23-Dec-2020Source: US Army

The U.S. Army will commission its Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research laboratory later this month and begin operations in early January. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, will launch the VIPER lab to deliver transformational knowledge to advance next-generation rotorcraft transmissions. The Army-unique facility will... Read more

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

23-Dec-2020Source: US Navy

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) conducted a robust combined joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 17-18. This exercise marks the fifth joint and combined integration operation this... Read more

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

23-Dec-2020Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache... Read more

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

22-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight... Read more

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

22-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters... Read more

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

22-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to... Read more

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

22-Dec-2020Source: Indra

Indra delivered the latest FMS (Full Mission Simulator) on November 23 to the NH90 Simulator Center, which has been in operation at the Spanish Army’s Aviation Academy (ACAVIET) CESIHEL Center, at the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja. With this delivery, Indra positions itself as one of the few companies that offers training solutions for... Read more

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

18-Dec-2020Source: US Army

Researchers believe a new hinge is the key to get load-bearing, large, Army quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds. Dr. Jean-Paul Reddinger, a research aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, is studying how quickly a quadrotor the size of a king-sized... Read more

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

18-Dec-2020Source: KBR

KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49 million recompete to provide system acquisition support and reliability improvements on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and other select aircraft for the Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation. KBR received this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order via the Department of Defense Information Analysis... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Sikorksy Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $507,036,949 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $507,036,949 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S.... Read more

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,900,000 modification (P00066) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for software upgrades to the flight management computer for the AH-64E.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $2,780,000 were obligated at... Read more

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

16-Dec-2020Source: Royal Air Force

RAF Odiham Station Workshops have been heavily involved in the recent Service Modification work to produce a solution to the ongoing problem of Articles Falling Off Aircraft (AFOA) relating to the Aft MRH Droop Stop Shrouds on Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopters. The Boeing CH47 Chinook aircraft is fitted with droop stops on the Aft main... Read more

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

16-Dec-2020

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive. The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine  ... Read more

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