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KAMS Global and Green Deck Operations Partnership

KAMS Global and Green Deck Operations Partnership

29-Apr-2021Source: Green Deck Operations

KAMS Global is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership agreement with UK-based aviation operations specialist Green Deck Operations to provide through-life safety and capability management services for rotocraft operations in Saudi Arabia. “We are honoured to be in a position to form this partnership with KAMS Global, allowing us to further enhance the safety of rotorcraft operations... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract modification for Saudi Arabian National Guard Black Hawks

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract modification for Saudi Arabian National Guard Black Hawks

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $99,886,365 modification (P00126) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for 25 modified UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) funds in the... 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

THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

22-Oct-2020Source: The Red Sea Development Company

The Helicopter Company will provide The Red Sea Development Company with one 14-passenger helicopter and crew for emergency medical services and operational requirements The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded a contract to The Helicopter Company (THC) in Riyadh for the provision and operation... Read more

Saudi operator orders ten Airbus H125s

Saudi operator orders ten Airbus H125s

20-Aug-2020Source: Airbus

The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters. The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demand... Read more

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

12-Nov-2019Source: Robert Swan

The Helicopter Company of Saudia Arabia (THC) was set up in 2018 as an independent company wholly owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Surprisingly, it is the first Saudi-owned independent commercial helicopter operator in the oil-rich kingdom, and its creation forms part of the PIF’s mission to support Saudi Vision 2030 by establishing... Read more

PIF Announces Launch of The Helicopter Company

PIF Announces Launch of The Helicopter Company

18-Mar-2019Source: Public Investment Fund

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) announces the launch of The Helicopter Company, the first national commercial helicopter operator in Saudi Arabia. The Company will provide private transportation services within the main cities of Saudi Arabia as well as tourist trips to various attractions around the Kingdom. The Helicopter Company has been created with initial capital... Read more

Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

18-Sep-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces launched their first MH-60R multirole naval helicopter recently. The aircraft operates on board the Navy’s ships as well as naval bases. The helicopter is the latest in military technology and as reported by BNA, it contributes to the partnership between other countries to enhance their maritime security. In particular between... Read more

Boeing awarded $26M contract for 8 CH-47F Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

Boeing awarded $26M contract for 8 CH-47F Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

28-May-2018Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $25,747,525 modification (P00091) to Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for eight CH-47F new-build helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2021. Fiscal 2017 foreign military sales... Read more

Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

19-Apr-2018Source: Quantum3D

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it is under contract with Advance Vision Company Ltd of Saudi Arabia (AVC Defense) to upgrade and modernize an existing Unit Training Device (UTD) for Bell 412 Helicopters operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The... Read more

Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

23-Mar-2018Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of equipment and services for the continuation of the Maintenance Support Services (MSS) contract that supports the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command for an estimated cost of $106.8 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

Sikorsky awarded $195M contract for 9 UH-60M Foreign Military Sales

15-Jan-2018Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $193,850,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for eight Saudi Arabian National Guard and nine Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces unique UH-60M aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

28-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded $7,426,983 for modification P00005 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 4012, placed under basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019).  This procurement provides for additional software modifications required to establish a software baseline for the MH-60R aircraft in support of the government of Saudi Arabia.  Work will... Read more

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

16-Nov-2017Source: US DoD

Iron Mountain Solutions,* Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $7,018,280 modification (000011) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Brazil) contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion... Read more

Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

Lockheed Delivering Next-Generation Apache Sensor Systems

16-Oct-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received $337 million in orders to supply Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) systems and services to the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awards are part of an initial task order under a new indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract signed with the U.S. Army.... Read more

Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company partners with Ramco Systems

Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company partners with Ramco Systems

31-Aug-2017Source: Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company

Ramco Systems, the global aviation software provider on Cloud and Mobile, today announced that it has signed a prestigious 5-year agreement with Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company (SRSC) to offer software support for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations for civilian and military helicopters in Saudi Arabia. In addition to Aviation maintenance modules, SRSC will also... Read more

Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

20-Jul-2017Source: Horizon

Horizon International Flight Academy is delighted to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wallan Aviation. Wallan Aviation is the exclusive dealer for Cessna Aircraft Company in the Middle East and Bell helicopters in Saudi Arabia and has been serving the Middle East aviation for the past 20 years including flight training.... Read more

AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

6-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Saudi Arabian National Guard received their first order of Boeing AH-6SA Little Bird reconnaissance helicopters on the 4 June. They arrived at the airbase of Khashm Al-Aan. Little Bird is a variant on the MH-6 light helicopter and is designed for light attack, close combat attack, anti-armour and reconnaissance, reports Defence Blog.... Read more

Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

24-May-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Today the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and... Read more

Boeing awarded $26M support contract for 24 Saudi AH-6i helicopters

Boeing awarded $26M support contract for 24 Saudi AH-6i helicopters

17-May-2017Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $25,522,594 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for post-production service support for the Saudi Arabia National Guard for 24 AH-6i helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Saudi Arabia, with an estimated completion date of April... Read more

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

21-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

As part of their plan for military expansion, Bell hopes to sign a contract with the UAE military. They have already done business in this sector; supplying Abu Dhabi Aviation with Bell 412 and Bell 212 units. Director for the Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Douglas Wolfe, has said that the low oil... Read more

Rockwell Collins and Taqnia Defense sign agreement to collaborate

Rockwell Collins and Taqnia Defense sign agreement to collaborate

8-Jan-2017Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics and defense and security technology Taqnia subsidiaries, to collaborate on military rotary and fixed wing avionics opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work under the agreement will focus on aircraft manufactured, assembled and upgraded in country. “Rockwell Collins is expanding its presence in the Kingdom of... Read more

Saudi Arabia Receives Boeing AH6i Little Bird Shipment

Saudi Arabia Receives Boeing AH6i Little Bird Shipment

5-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Saudi Arabia has received the first shipment of their 24 Boeing AH-6i Little Bird reconnaissance and light attack helicopter deal. Boeing did not state it was Saudi Arabia, but in their in-house magazine Frontiers, they mentioned that the type was accepted in August 2016 by their first international customer. The US Army had no comment... Read more

Foreign Military Sale of 48 CH-47F Chinooks to Saudi Arabia

Foreign Military Sale of 48 CH-47F Chinooks to Saudi Arabia

3-Jan-2017Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for CH-47F Chinook Cargo Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $3.51 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 7, 2016.... Read more

Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

16-Mar-2016Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms-exports-idUSKCN0WG1BH

The German government has approved several arms export deals with countries in the Middle East, including delivery of 23 unspecified Airbus helicopters to Saudi Arabia, according to an Economy Ministry letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  See full story... Read more

Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

25-Feb-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new agreement outlines the investment, technology and skills needed to establish production jobs for Saudi citizens, and could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70... Read more

Riegl takes drone to conferences in Saudi Arabia and China

Riegl takes drone to conferences in Saudi Arabia and China

15-Jan-2016Source: Riegl

The first show this month will be The International Remote Sensing Conference. The International Remote Sensing Conference will be held from January 17 through 20, 2016 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Global technology leaders in remote sensing will gather to share their latest advances in the field. his event is an opportunity for professionals from various... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

Sikorsky awarded $145M more for Saudi MH-60R contract

7-Jan-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $145,136,040 modification (P00281) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 10 green MH-60R helicopters for the Royal Saudi naval forces. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $145,136,040... Read more

DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

DynCorp awarded $61M maintenance work for Saudi Land Forces program

1-Dec-2015Source: US DoD

DynCorp International, Ft. Worth, Texas, was awarded a $61,054,351 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract with options for maintenance support for the Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command aviation program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2021.... Read more

Raytheon awarded $65M contract for MH-60R sonar

Raytheon awarded $65M contract for MH-60R sonar

10-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $65,801,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 22 MH-60R full-rate production Lot XIII Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems for the Navy (20), and the government of Saudi Arabia (2), including associated program management support.  Work will be... Read more

Saudi Arabia requests nine UH-60M in $495M package

Saudi Arabia requests nine UH-60M in $495M package

18-Oct-2015Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $495 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on... Read more

13-Sep-15 Taif, Saudi Arabia (1F)

13-Sep-15 Taif, Saudi Arabia (1F)

13-Sep-2015

Pilot killed in accident on “routing training flight”... Read more

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

8-Sep-2015Source: US DoD

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

1-Jul-2015Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida was awarded a $9,733,000 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia) to procure modernized target acquisition designation sights and post production support of the pilot night vision sensor for AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Bids were solicited... Read more

Sikorsky says Saudi Arabia looking at bigger helicopter order

Sikorsky says Saudi Arabia looking at bigger helicopter order

16-Jun-2015Source: Reuters

Saudi Arabia is looking at a possible further order of new helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, after a 10-helicopter purchase announced last month, the company said. See Full Story... Read more

US proposes $1.9 Billion sale of ten MH-60Rs and support package to Saudi Arabia

US proposes $1.9 Billion sale of ten MH-60Rs and support package to Saudi Arabia

20-May-2015Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government... Read more

16-Feb-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia (4F)

16-Feb-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia (4F)

16-Feb-2015

Crashed on night training flight, killing four – The ministry identified the dead crew members as Lt. Col. Ali al-Arfaj, 1st Lt. Majid al-Fifeefi, 1st Lt. Jadie Qablan and technician Raed al-Jahni.... Read more

Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

3-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $234,700,000 undefinitized contract action to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I aircraft, initial spares package and ground support equipment. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $115,003,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in... Read more

Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

3-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

Robertsons Fuels Systems, Tempe, Arizona, (W58RGZ-14-D-0116) was awarded a $47,916,209 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for auxiliary fuel systems including reduced size crashworthy external fuel systems and internal auxiliary fuel system combo packs for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $30M more for Saudi UH-60M contract

Sikorsky awarded $30M more for Saudi UH-60M contract

3-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $30,351,927 modification (P00072) to foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia) W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $30,351,927 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug.... Read more

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

L-3 awarded $48M contract for three UH-60L sims for Saudi Arabia

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $48,978,323 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for the acquisition of three UH-60L operational flight trainers for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2018. One bid was solicited and one received. Fiscal... Read more

Saudi Aramco signs for another AW139

Saudi Aramco signs for another AW139

24-Apr-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Saudi Aramco has placed an order for an AW139 intermediate twin aircraft, further expanding its fleet of AW139 helicopters and confirming its confidence in the best selling model in its category. This latest AW139 will be used to perform offshore and VIP transport operations in Saudi... Read more

Lockheed Martin receives $22M support contract for Saudi Apaches

Lockheed Martin receives $22M support contract for Saudi Apaches

12-Feb-2014Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $105M contract to modify eight Saudi UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $105M contract to modify eight Saudi UH-60Ms

23-Dec-2013Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn. was awarded a $105,300,000 modification (P00089) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to modify eight UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters to a General Service Configuration in Support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $10,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date... Read more

Alpha Star announces exclusive distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed

Alpha Star announces exclusive distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed

21-Nov-2013Source: Spectrum Aeromed

ALPHA STAR Aviation Services (operator of Alpha Star Air Ambulance) announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed for exclusive rights to supply all Spectrum Aeromedical Air Ambulance Interior Solutions/Products to customers in the following countries: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, State of Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom... Read more

Boeing-Sikorsky JV to Offer Saudi Rotorcraft Logistics and Training

Boeing-Sikorsky JV to Offer Saudi Rotorcraft Logistics and Training

21-Jun-2013Source: Sikorsky

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. [NYSE: UTX] have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rotorcraft fleet. Contracts that the joint venture will pursue are administered by the U.S. government as part of its Foreign Military Sales process. The joint venture will help... Read more

Longbow LLC receives $90M contract for Saudi Apache Radar Systems

Longbow LLC receives $90M contract for Saudi Apache Radar Systems

13-Jun-2013Source: Longbow LLC

 The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars (FCRs) for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract also includes... Read more

Boeing awarded $26M contract for AH-64E training/support for Saudi Arabia

Boeing awarded $26M contract for AH-64E training/support for Saudi Arabia

9-May-2013Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $26,067,485 modification (P00007), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (FMS) contract W58RGZ-12-C-0089, for training and support of the Apache Block III helicopter program. This FMS contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $216,229,550. Fiscal 2013 Procurement... Read more

Saudi to set up independent air crash investigation team

Saudi to set up independent air crash investigation team

26-Apr-2013Source: Arabian Aerospace

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is to set up an independent body to investigate air accidents.   (See Full Story)... Read more

Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

11-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

March 2013 has not started off well from the point of view of accident statistics, with seven fatal accidents in the first nine days.  HeliHub.com carries extensive coverage of helicopter safety data and has included the following in recent reports 09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F) 07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F) 05-Mar-13... Read more

Saudi Medevac to Be Equipped with AW139

Saudi Medevac to Be Equipped with AW139

7-Mar-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract for a fleet of AW139 twin engine helicopters to equip the Saudi Aeromedical Evacuation Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The helicopters will be configured with a dedicated aeromedical interior to perform air ambulance operations,... Read more

03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

3-Mar-2013

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day... Read more

Large helicopter fleet deployed for Haj security

Large helicopter fleet deployed for Haj security

8-Oct-2012

A total of 19 helicopters – including Sikorsky S92, S70i and Schweizer 434s – have been deployed  in Haj security operations this year and the operations have begun relatively early. (see full story)... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $40M for 12 MD530Fs for Saudi Arabia

MD Helicopters awarded $40M for 12 MD530Fs for Saudi Arabia

16-Jul-2012Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter, Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $40,674,920 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of MD 530F aircraft and related equipment in support of foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia.  Work will be performed in Mesa, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid... Read more

PHi signs eight-helicopter deal with Saudi Red Crescent

PHi signs eight-helicopter deal with Saudi Red Crescent

16-Apr-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) has signed an agreement PHi to provide eight helicopters over the next three years.  His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Chairman of the SRCA signed the deal with a Lance Bospflug, president/CEO of PHi.  The agreement will see the air ambulance service expanded within... Read more

Saudi Aramco chooses Donaldson inlet barrier filters for AW139 fleet

Saudi Aramco chooses Donaldson inlet barrier filters for AW139 fleet

10-Apr-2012Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that Saudi Aramco has ordered and will install the Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on its AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter fleet. The IBF will provide engine damage prevention for this major helicopter operator facing some of the most extreme operating conditions... Read more

US Government approves 12 MD530Fs for Saudi Arabia

US Government approves 12 MD530Fs for Saudi Arabia

4-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Back in October 2010, HeliHub.com carried a story noting that Saudi Arabia had put a request in to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency for 190 helicopters as follows: 70 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters 72 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters 36 AH-6i Light Attack Helicopters 12 MD-530F Light Turbine Helicopters On Monday we reported on Boeing’s... Read more

36 AH-6i and 70 Apaches approved for Saudi Arabia

36 AH-6i and 70 Apaches approved for Saudi Arabia

2-Jan-2012Source: Boeing

Back in October 2010, HeliHub.com carried a story noting that Saudi Arabia had put a request in to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency for 190 helicopters as follows: 70 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters 72 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters 36 AH-6i Light Attack Helicopters 12 MD-530F Light Turbine Helicopters A press statement from Boeing given... Read more

Sikorsky to perform A-to-L upgrades on Saudi Black Hawks

Sikorsky to perform A-to-L upgrades on Saudi Black Hawks

14-Nov-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced today the signing of a follow-on contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) to upgrade its fleet of BLACK HAWK UH-60A helicopters to the more modern UH-60L aircraft configuration. SAS is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The... Read more

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

17-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Evergreen Helicopters have acquired two low-time Bell 214STs from the Saudi royal family.  Previously allocated to operations from superyacht “Prince Abdul Aziz”, the fourth largest private yacht in the world at 147m in length, the pair have last week been registered with the FAA as N511EV and N512EV.  They are serial numbers 28105 and 28115... Read more

Sikorsky delivers first S70i’s to Saudi Interior Ministry

Sikorsky delivers first S70i’s to Saudi Interior Ministry

8-Aug-2011Source: Sikorsky

Below we run the Sikorsky press release verbatim, although they are at pain to refer to “undisclosed customer” and the associated photos have logos and serial numbers covered over.  HeliHub.com is very surprised by this apparent attempt to secrecy when Sikorsky stated in their July 2010 press release that “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry... Read more

ATK awarded $8.8M contract for Apache gun components for Saudi Arabia and Egypt

ATK awarded $8.8M contract for Apache gun components for Saudi Arabia and Egypt

1-Aug-2011Source: US DoD

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded an $8,892,589 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of spare components for the M230 gun in support of the Apache helicopter for Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2013.  One bid was... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

1-May-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on April 26 a $26,816,836 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012.  One bid was... Read more

DCI trains Royal Saudi Naval Forces Panther SAR crews

DCI trains Royal Saudi Naval Forces Panther SAR crews

25-Feb-2011Source: DCI

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has entrusted  DCI-NAVFCO, the naval branch of DCI group, with the training of its flight crews for the use of the helicopters PANTHER N3 Search and Rescue. This training takes place in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and in Toulon (France). DCI-NAVFCO has sent 6 instructors and provided operational means in... Read more

Sikorsky signs Saudi Arabia JV with Alpha Star Aviation Services

Sikorsky signs Saudi Arabia JV with Alpha Star Aviation Services

17-Feb-2011Source: Sikorsky

SHELTON, Conn. – Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with Alpha Star Aviation Services to engage in discussions to form a joint venture dedicated to providing comprehensive military and commercial aviation support and maintenance services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alpha Star Aviation Services is an... Read more

07-Jan-11 Eurocopter AS365 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (4F)

07-Jan-11 Eurocopter AS365 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (4F)

7-Jan-2011

EMS helicopter went town killing all four on board – named as pilot Capt. Khaled Al-Dakhil and First Lt. Mandeel Al-Subaihi, both Saudis, Egyptian doctor Amjad Al-Iraqi and Filipino nurse Rosella.  Official source has said that it “crashed south of Riyadh Friday burst into flames due to the force of the impact with the ground”.... Read more

Saudi Arabia National Guard to launch air wing with $25bn helicopter purchase

Saudi Arabia National Guard to launch air wing with $25bn helicopter purchase

29-Nov-2010Source: Arabian Aerospace

Saudi has previously confirmed a requirement for 190 helicopters but it had previously been expected that these would be for the Royal Saudi Air Force.... Read more

PWC signs multi-year engine maintenance contract with Aramco

PWC signs multi-year engine maintenance contract with Aramco

9-Nov-2010Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a multi-year Fleet Management Program® (FMP® Program) contract with Aramco Associated Company (AAC), an affiliate of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Under the terms of the contract, P&WC will provide engine support for the Saudi Aramco-operated AgustaWestland AW139 fleet based in Saudi Arabia. P&WC is a... Read more

Saudi Arabia files FMS requests to purchase 190 helicopters

Saudi Arabia files FMS requests to purchase 190 helicopters

21-Oct-2010Source: DSCA

The DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) has published four separate FMS requests for a huge range of helicopters, aircraft, armaments, spare engines and associated paraphernalia. Three of the requests include helicopters, and in terms of aircraft, these total to the following 70 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters 72 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters 36 AH-6i Light Attack... Read more

Helipads completed at Al-Jamarat Project, ready for Haj

Helipads completed at Al-Jamarat Project, ready for Haj

21-Sep-2010Source: Zawya

The building of helicopter landing pads at the highest level of the Al-Jamarat Project, including other construction works, have been completed.  The project will be finished in mid-October this year and will be used for the next Haj season.... Read more

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior Signs for 12 S-76Ds

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior Signs for 12 S-76Ds

21-Jul-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has signed a contract to procure 12 S-76DTM helicopters and has taken options to acquire eight additional S-76D aircraft. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The aircraft will perform security, transport and other missions. Delivery of the... Read more

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry becomes S-70i launch customer

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry becomes S-70i launch customer

20-Jul-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has become the launch customer for the new S-70iTM helicopter. The MOI signed a contract to acquire three of the latest model aircraft in the celebrated BLACK HAWK helicopter line, and has taken options to acquire 12 additional S-70i helicopters.... Read more

Saudi Aramco takes delivery of three more AW139s

Saudi Aramco takes delivery of three more AW139s

3-Jun-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Saudi Aramco has taken delivery of three more AW139 medium twin helicopters during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy. These aircraft will be used to support oil and gas operations in Saudi Arabia. The AW139 has achieved great success in many countries... Read more

Saudi Red Crescent contracts with ADA for four B412s, two AW139s

Saudi Red Crescent contracts with ADA for four B412s, two AW139s

11-May-2010Source: Abu Dhabi Aviation

Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter and fixed wing aircraft operator in the Middle East will provide the Saudi Red Crescent Authority with six helicopters which will serve as air ambulances based on an agreement signed at Abu Dhabi Aviation’s offices in the UAE’s capital. The agreement was signed by Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi,... Read more

Sikorsky to Perform A-to-L Upgrades on Saudi Black Hawks

Sikorsky to Perform A-to-L Upgrades on Saudi Black Hawks

4-May-2010Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced the signing of a contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command  (RSLFAC) to upgrade its fleet of BLACK HAWK helicopters from the UH-60 A model configuration to the more modern UH-60L aircraft configuration. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United... Read more

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