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P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

25-Jul-2022Source: P1AR

  Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, is pleased to announce that it has completed a live flight training course providing specialized dynamic hoisting and emergency procedures training for the United States Air Force’s 55th Rescue Squadron “Night Hawks” located in Tucson... Read more

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

19-Jul-2022Source: Astronautics

  Astronautics Corporation of America in partnership with All Native Group (ANG), the award-winning federal services division of  Ho-Chunk, Inc. (HCI), is an awardee for the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron Operations Center Enterprise (RPA SOC-E) multiple award contracts. ANG is a prime contractor for this competitive,... Read more

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

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

13-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

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

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

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

10-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

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

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

7-Jun-2022Source: NAVSUP

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

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

18-May-2022Source: US Air Force

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

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

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

12-Apr-2022Source: LIFT Aircraft

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

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

21-Feb-2022Source: US Army

Soldiers from 4-2 Attack Helicopter Battalion prepare the last AH-64D for its final flight and turn in as we complete fielding of the AH-64E v6 on 16 February, 2022, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea. “I’ve been fortunate enough to fly the Alpha model as well as various versions of the Delta model,” said LTC Peter... Read more

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

17-Feb-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its advancement to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge... Read more

Jaunt Air Mobility explores high-speed eVTOL capabilities for US military requirement

Jaunt Air Mobility explores high-speed eVTOL capabilities for US military requirement

14-Feb-2022Source: Jaunt Air Mobility

Jaunt Air Mobility announced advancing to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The company is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge entrants selected to receive market research investments... Read more

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

8-Feb-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron began the first-ever phase inspection of an HH-60W Jolly Green II rescue helicopter Jan. 6, 2022. The roughly 42-day inspection will serve as preventative maintenance and reveal how well the Whiskey has stood up to its first 720 flight hours. “It’s a new aircraft so there have been a lot... Read more

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

27-Jan-2022Source: Bell

Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has completed the first Nacelle Improvements Modification on an Air Force CV-22 Osprey. The aircraft is part of an ongoing upgrade by Bell and Boeing (NYSE: BA) to improve the wiring components within the nacelles and to change the structure in order to improve maintainability. The Osprey returned... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

21-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,301,749 modification (P00004) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0090) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 68 Conversion Area Harness (CAH) base kits, 53 CAH supplemental kits, two hardware kits and two consumable kits in support of... Read more

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

20-Dec-2021Source: FRCE

Materials engineers at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) faced a dilemma. Artisans must remove paint from an aircraft before it can be serviced, but exposure to harsh chemical stripping agents can damage the composite materials that make up the V-22 Osprey. Meanwhile, hand sanding methods are time consuming and physically demanding for workers. As a... Read more

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

7-Dec-2021Source: US Air Force

Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One Marines conducted an operational test and evaluation of the joint air-to-ground missile, Nov. 3-7 here. Unit testers fired the weapon from an AH-1Z Viper helicopter.  The JAGM evaluation was to determine its suitability and effectiveness to support expeditionary advanced base operations, such as conducting sea denial operations within... Read more

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

22-Nov-2021Source: Ryan Aerospace

Australian Defence Minister, the HON Peter Dutton today announced that RYAN AEROSPACE (Australia) has been awarded a series of contracts to supply nearly 300 jet fighter and helicopter training simulators to the US Air Force as part of the innovative new program known as “Pilot Training Transformation” or PTT. “This is another example of the... Read more

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

22-Nov-2021Source: US Air Force

United States Army Vessel crews and Air Force Rescue Squadrons conducted a joint medical evacuation training exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10. The exercise, which included coordination between United States Army Vessel Landing Craft crews of Landing Craft Utility 2020 (Fort McHenry) and 2009 (Calaboza), the 10th Support Group, and Airmen from... Read more

US Officials prepare for Advanced Air Mobility

US Officials prepare for Advanced Air Mobility

15-Oct-2021Source: NBAA

Advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles are coming, and federal regulators are doing all they can to prepare, officials with the FAA and the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday in a panel discussion at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). “We’ve witnessed a significant shift in focus toward [AAM] across the entire aviation industry,”... Read more

Moody AFB transitions from HH-60G to HH-60W

Moody AFB transitions from HH-60G to HH-60W

1-Oct-2021Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Squadron officially retired its HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, tail number 356, after conducting its final sortie at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Sept. 29, 2021. During a ceremony celebrating nearly 30 years of service, tail No. 356 departed on a flight marking the end of an era for the “Golf” model aircraft... Read more

Bell Boeing begin Nacelle Improvements on US Air Force CV-22  

Bell Boeing begin Nacelle Improvements on US Air Force CV-22  

27-Sep-2021Source: Bell

The first Air Force CV-22 Osprey designated for nacelle improvement modifications arrived at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center on Sept. 21. The aircraft is part of an ongoing process by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing (NYSE: BA) (together referred to as “Bell Boeing”) to further increase the Osprey’s reliability and... Read more

Archer to collaborate with USAF on flight testing

Archer to collaborate with USAF on flight testing

7-Sep-2021Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”), a leading developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, announced an agreement with the USAF to establish a collaborative strategy to explore the technical readiness and suitability of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft for USAF purposes. As Archer continues its work towards achieving FAA Type Certification of its eVTOL aircraft, flight... Read more

Soldiers and Airmen learn to maintain helicopters

Soldiers and Airmen learn to maintain helicopters

19-Aug-2021Source: US Air Force

Air Force maintainers at JBLE are commonly associated with F-22 Raptors and other jets. It may come as a surprise to know some Airmen also learn how to maintain helicopters while training at JBLE. JBLE is home to multiple different technical schools and advanced individual training schools. One of which teaches helicopter and tiltrotor maintenance... Read more

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

13-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Textron Systems Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded an $11,285,913 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed price contract under a previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract (N00383-19-D-U501) for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components in support of the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester system. All work will be... 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

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

Bristow Group Appoints Retired US Air Force General to its Board of Directors

Bristow Group Appoints Retired US Air Force General to its Board of Directors

27-May-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced that retired U.S. Air Force General Maryanne Miller has been appointed to its Board of Directors. The appointment to the new director position was effective May 23, 2021. General Miller, age 62, is a retired four-star U.S. Air Force General with over 39 years of military service. In her... 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

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

14-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $143,198,723 for a delivery order (N00383-21-F-0U51) under previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract N00383-19-D-U501 for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components. All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $26,499,696 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001917C0081). This modification exercises an option that provides for the production and delivery of eight AE1107C engines for the Navy and four for the Air Force in support of the V-22 Osprey. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana,... Read more

M1 Support Services awarded $13M contract for helicopter maintenance services

M1 Support Services awarded $13M contract for helicopter maintenance services

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

M1 Support Services L.P., Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $13,227,201 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter maintenance services. The contractor shall be responsible for performing “full-spectrum,” “turn-key” maintenance operations, to include organizational level maintenance; repairs; scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; scheduled inspections and more to support the 58th Special Operations Wing mission. Work will be performed at... Read more

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

7-Apr-2021Source: Transcend Air

Transcend Air announces it has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development contract, in partnership with Auburn University, to develop Simplified Vehicle Operation and flight control laws for high speed VTOL “nap of the Earth” flight with the Vy 400 Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. “Nap of the Earth” is... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

6-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $182,176,913 modification (P00039) to previously awarded, fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0015 for the production and delivery of two CV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Air Force.  Additionally, this modification provides for post-production repairs in support of the MV-22B Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization... Read more

USAF makes grant to review hybrid electric options for eVTOL

USAF makes grant to review hybrid electric options for eVTOL

23-Mar-2021Source: LiquidPiston

LiquidPiston, Inc., a developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines, announced today the adaptation of its X-Engine technology for the United States Air Force to use in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as “orbs” – urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles designed to carry people and cargo around. The X-Engine, a next-generation rotary diesel engine,... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

16-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,624,720 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0008) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This order provides flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (68%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

HSC-25 Squadron Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-25 Squadron Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

3-Mar-2021Source: US Air Force

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 held a change of command ceremony Thursday, February 18. Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts relieved Cmdr. Christopher “Chunk” Carreon in a hybrid ceremony that was both virtually streamed and attended in-person by immediate family, ceremony staff, and key personnel. Commander, Joint Region Marianas (JRM) Rear Adm. John Menoni presided over... Read more

Minot AFB already preparing for MH-139A Grey Wolf

Minot AFB already preparing for MH-139A Grey Wolf

23-Feb-2021Source: US News

It’s still a ways off yet but Minot Air Force Base is getting ready for the Air Force’s new MH-139A “Grey Wolf” helicopters to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey helicopters. See Full Story. ... 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

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

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

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

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

DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

DynCorp Awarded Seat on $835M Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation IDIQ

11-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp

On Nov. 3, DynCorp International (DI) was awarded a seat on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing Maintenance Consolidation Contract (RWMCC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The multiple award contract has a total potential value of $835 million. The Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Barksdale AFB, La., is the contracting activity.   Under... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

10-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and... Read more

Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

1-Dec-2020Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply a European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center (“Rotary-Wing MTC”) and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

27-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas... Read more

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

19-Nov-2020Source: US Air Force

Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Air Force has confirmed that Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) will host the MH-139 Grey Wolf with an expected delivery date in 2026. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure funding for the Grey Wolf helicopters and a new helicopter facility... Read more

PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

16-Nov-2020Source: PAE

PAE (NASDAQ: PAE, PAEWW), a global leader in delivering smart solutions to the U.S. government and its allies, was awarded a position on the U.S. Air Force Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, which has a ceiling value of $835 million and a 10-year period of performance. The Air Force Installation... Read more

USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

9-Nov-2020Source: US Air Force

The 23rd Wing and 347th Rescue Group leadership received the Air Force’s first twoHH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters at Moody Air Force Base, Nov. 5. Aircrew from the 41st Rescue Squadron out of Moody AFB and the 413th Flight Test Squadron and 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, both at Duke Field, Florida, flew the aircraft... Read more

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

6-Nov-2020Source: US Air Force

Lt. Col. Steven R. Todd bid farewell to the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion Soldiers as they welcomed the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Jeffery R. Baird, during an official ceremony at Joint –Base Berry Field Army Aviation Support Facility Number 1, Sep. 12. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally symbolizes authority’s... Read more

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

4-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

Akima Logistics Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0002); DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0005); M1 Support Services LP, Denton, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0003); PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0001); and Vertex Aerospace LLC, South Madison, Mississippi (FA6800-21-D-0004), have collectively been awarded an $835,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for helicopter maintenance services in support of Air... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

26-Oct-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $27,897,619 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings.  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 four-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of... Read more

WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

20-Oct-2020Source: US Air Force

A TH-1H trainer helicopter stands ready for delivery at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 8, 2020. TH-1H programmed depot maintenance is proof-of-concept first at Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex and will determine the feasibility of utilizing the complex as a viable source of repair for future organic rotary wing aircraft maintenance. (U.S. Air Force... Read more

Jolly Green II HH-60W begins live-fire testing

Jolly Green II HH-60W begins live-fire testing

25-Sep-2020Source: US Air Force

Deep within Eglin’s range, rapid, powerful gunfire reverberated across the expanse beginning Aug. 17. Live fire testing began for the HH-60W Jolly Green II’s three primary weapons.The goal of the ground testing was to verify the weapons systems functionality, accuracy, and to demonstrate the guns are safe to employ operationally. The 413th Flight Test Squadron... Read more

US Air Force unit returns UH-1N to service after 10 years storage

US Air Force unit returns UH-1N to service after 10 years storage

9-Sep-2020Source: US Air Force

The aircraft maintenance professionals at Fleet Readiness Center East are always ready for a challenge. But when the U.S. Air Force asked the facility to bring an H-1 Huey up to current configurations after it spent more than 10 years sitting in storage, the artisans faced a bigger challenge than they expected. The UH-1N Huey... Read more

41st HMU launch first HH-60G in three years with zero discrepancies

41st HMU launch first HH-60G in three years with zero discrepancies

27-Aug-2020Source: US Air Force

Airmen assigned to the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit launch HH-60G Pave Hawks every day. It’s been three years since they launched one like this, though. On Aug. 5, the 41st HMU launched a “black letter” HH-60G, a helicopter with zero discrepancies from nose to tail, inside and out. The term “black letter” refers to the... Read more

Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

14-Aug-2020Source: US Air Force

Approximately 3,000 feet above the Eglin range, the HH-60W Jolly Green II connected with a HC-130J tanker for the first ever aerial refueling by the Air Force’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, Aug. 5. This connection marked the start of two weeks of developmental testing of the aircraft’s aerial refueling abilities by 413th Flight... Read more

10-Aug-20 (serial tba) Bell UH-1N Middleburg, US-Virginia

10-Aug-20 (serial tba) Bell UH-1N Middleburg, US-Virginia

10-Aug-2020

Routine training mission; helicopter was struck by a bullet. A safe emergency landing was made at Manassas Regional Airport. One crew member was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.... Read more

Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

5-Aug-2020Source: US Air Force

Team Malmstrom hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 4 for the new Tactical Response Force/Helicopter Operations Alert Facility, the first of its kind in Air Force Global Strike Command. Construction for the project officially began in August of 2018, and many years of planning and preparation have gone into making this facility a reality. “This project... Read more

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

9-Jul-2020Source: US Armed Forces

The United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command (JAC) conducted combined naval and air training operations with forces assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) in the southern Arabian Gulf, June 21-25. The Air Operations in Maritime Surface Warfare (AOMSW) training, consisted of a combination of aviation and... Read more

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

26-Jun-2020Source: Akima

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

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

11-Jun-2020Source: Boeing

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

Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

8-Jun-2020Source: US Air Force

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

Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

17-Apr-2020Source: US Air Force

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

Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

4-Mar-2020Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), will build 12 additional HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) following a second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract award by the U.S. Air Force, known as Lot 2, and valued at over $500 million. The award follows a string of significant program milestones in 2019, including first flight,... Read more

Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

28-Jan-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo delivered on January 24 the 300th AW139 assembled at its Northeast Philadelphia facility. The aircraft is a Boeing MH-139A Grey Wolf assigned to the United States Air Force. The site, which serves as Leonardo Helicopters’ North America headquarters, has been operational since 1980 and employs over 700. Leonardo Helicopters Philadelphia also manufactures the AW119... Read more

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

27-Jan-2020Source: US Air Force

The United States delivered six MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Kenya Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) at Embakasi Barracks during a symbolic handover ceremony, Jan. 23, 2020. Over 100 guests were in attendance at the ceremony, which featured remarks by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn... Read more

HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

10-Jan-2020Source: Eglin Air Force Base

The Air Force’s newest combat rescue helicopter hung suspended in a soundproof chamber for defense system testing here last month. The 413th Flight Test Squadron’s HH-60W went into the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems facility in mid-November for approximately seven weeks of defensive systems testing. Those systems are a significant upgrade from... Read more

US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

2-Jan-2020Source: US Air Force

The 55th Rescue Squadron hosted an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange between members of the U.S. Air Force and the Chilean Air Force Aug 5-9, 2019.This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M... Read more

Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

30-Dec-2019Source: Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs

Air Force Global Strike Command stood up Detachment 7 Dec. 18, 2019, at Duke Field, Fla., to support testing and evaluation of the command’s new MH-139A helicopter. Lt. Col. Mary Clark assumed command of the detachment with Brig. Gen. Andrew Gebara, AFGSC A5/8 director, presiding over the ceremony. The helicopters were contracted through Boeing during a full... Read more

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

20-Dec-2019Source: USAF

Air Force Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter “Grey Wolf” during a naming ceremony at Duke Field, Dec. 19. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name. The Grey Wolf is the first major acquisition for the command in its 10-year history. The... Read more

DCS Awarded $93.4M Task Order to Support AFLCMC/WIH Helicopter Program Office

DCS Awarded $93.4M Task Order to Support AFLCMC/WIH Helicopter Program Office

22-Nov-2019Source: DCS Corporation

DCS Corporation has been awarded a 5-year, $93.4 million prime task order to support the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance & Special Operations Forces Directorate’s Helicopter Program Office (HPO) under the Air Force’s EPASS program. DCS will provide a broad range of acquisition, engineering, scientific, research, and administrative support for... Read more

NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

15-Oct-2019Source: Arnold Air Force Base

The U.S. Army is looking to improve its aviation technology and recently called upon the AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, to advance this effort. Engineers from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and The Boeing Company, in partnership with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Army... Read more

Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

18-Jul-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,515,180 modification (P00018) against a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410) adding five national stock numbers for stabilizer bar assemblies, pylon mast assemblies, trans case assemblies, quill assemblies and rotary wing blades in support of UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters. This is a fixed-price, requirements contract. Location... Read more

Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

24-Jun-2019Source: Raytheon Company

The U.S. military’s V-22 joint program office and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) are testing a new artificial intelligence tool to help better determine when repairs are needed to the multi-mode radar installed on U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys. “Just like you get your car’s oil changed every 5,000 miles, whether you need to or not,... Read more

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