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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

Sierra Nevada Awarded $75M Contract for HH-60G DVES Installations

Sierra Nevada Awarded $75M Contract for HH-60G DVES Installations

23-May-2019Source: US DoD

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded a $74,902,132 definitive C-type contract for installation of a Degraded Visual Environment System (DVES), which improves situational awareness to pilots and aircrew operating in DVE conditions by adding new functional capabilities to the HH-60G. This contract provides for the procurement, installation, and integration of the DVES solution... Read more

Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

23-May-2019Source: Lockheed Martin

The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight today at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site, an important step toward bringing this all-new aircraft to service members to perform critical search and rescue operations. The aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) and based on the proven UH-60M Black Hawk, is... Read more

AAI Corp. Awarded $20M Contract for JSECST for CV-22, UH-47 and UH-60

AAI Corp. Awarded $20M Contract for JSECST for CV-22, UH-47 and UH-60

30-Apr-2019Source: US DoD

AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a $19,592,850 firm-fixed-price non-commercial requirements contract for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST). This contract provides for the production of the base JSECST, the laboratory JSECST and retrofit kits used on many aircraft, such as F-15, F-16, A-10, CV-22, C-130,... Read more

Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

29-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The US Army has had to come up with a plan of how to retain more pilots. They currently have a 10% attrition rate. This is due to competition from commercial airlines as well as aging air crews. The army is planning on boosting salaries, awarding pilots for each milestone they reach, as well as reimbursing their... Read more

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

22-Mar-2019Source: Bell

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and... Read more

Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

Goodrich Awarded $27M Contract for UH-1N/HH-60 Rescue Hoist Repairs

31-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Goodrich Corp., Brea, California, has been awarded an estimated $27,095,145 requirements contract for the repair/overhaul of the internal rescue hoist on UH-1N and aircraft mounted winch on HH-60 helicopters. This contract provides for the contractor to repair and perform program depot-level maintenance and unscheduled program depot-level maintenance in support of the UH-1N and HH-60 helicopters.... Read more

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

21-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. 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 an 11-month base contract with four one-year... Read more

Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

16-Nov-2018Source: US DoD

Parker-Hannifin Corp, Irvine, California, is awarded a $39,026,578 modification to contract FA8109-18-D-0004 for 12 additional spare national stock numbers items and the remanufacture of 11additional national stock numbers to support the A-10, B-1, B-52, C-135, C-5, C-130, C-17, E-3, F-15, F-16, and HH-60 aircraft.  These items also support the TF33, F100, F101, F110, and F118 engines.... Read more

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

25-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $375,550,368 firm-fixed-price contract for the non-developmental item integration of four aircraft to replace the UH-1N. This is the basic award of a contract (including options) valued at approximately $2,380,000,000, which will provide for the acquisition and sustainment of up to 84 MH-139 helicopters, training devices,... Read more

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

25-Sep-2018Source: Leonardo

The United States Air Force (USAF) selected the MH-139, based on the Leonardo AW139 and offered by Boeing as prime contractor, to replace its fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. The programme awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. With initial operational capability expected by... Read more

Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

25-Sep-2018Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful... Read more

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

20-Sep-2018Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today that final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers is underway, supporting the smooth entry of the aircraft into the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2020. Completion of the HH-60W training systems at subcontractor FlightSafety International’s facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is... Read more

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

11-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This... Read more

US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

10-Sep-2018Source: GAO

The material condition of the Air Forces’ aging HH-60G fleet has declined and maintenance challenges have increased, in part due to extensions beyond the designed service life of the helicopters. About 68 percent of the 96-helicopter fleet were mission-capable as of fiscal year 2017, below the Air Force desired mission-capable rate of 75 percent. The... Read more

FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

2-Aug-2018Source: FreeFlight Systems

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor has been selected to provide ADS-B position source information as a part of an upcoming ADS-B modification and compliance program for the United States Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet. Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Corp. (SESC, www.sescorp.org) of Warner Robins, Georgia was recently awarded... Read more

SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

24-Jul-2018Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. Sierra Force is an innovative solution to the USAF’s need for a cost-effective, multi-mission aircraft, utilizing a modernized and remanufactured UH-60L Black Hawk. “We are very proud of the... Read more

V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’

11-Apr-2018Source: US Navy

In recent years, the Air Force V-22 variant has been the backbone of the combatant commanders’ ongoing mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to Marine Corps Col. Matt Kelly. “As we know, over the last two years, ISIS has lost about 95 percent of their territory, and the CV-22 has been a... Read more

US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

19-Mar-2018Source: 12th Combat Aviation Brigade

The 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade received three UH-60M (mike model) Black Hawk Helicopters, here, 07 Mar., 2018. The UH-60M has an improved model over the UH-60 A/L (alpha plus model) that 214th had in the past. The improvements include an all-digital cockpit, increased lift capacity and improved engine performance. The... Read more

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

22-Feb-2018Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months... Read more

Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

1-Dec-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Tyonek Global Services LLC, Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $16,031,998 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract for the integration of the health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an expected completion date of March 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $10,609,303 are being... Read more

Sikorsky Conducts CRH Training Systems Critical Design Review

Sikorsky Conducts CRH Training Systems Critical Design Review

27-Oct-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

This marks an important step in developing maintenance and aircrew training devices, courseware products and the training required to support the initial CRH maintenance and aircrew cadre. This progress is critical to the smooth entry of the HH-60W aircraft into the U.S. Air Force (USAF) fleet. The joint Sikorsky and Air Force teams met over... Read more

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