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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

Minot AFB Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 19-Nov-20

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

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

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 »

Source: PAE, 16-Nov-20

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

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

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 09-Nov-20

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-20

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

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 »

Source: US DoD, 04-Nov-20

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 26-Oct-20

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

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

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 20-Oct-20

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

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

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 25-Sep-20

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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

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 09-Sep-20

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

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

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 27-Aug-20

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Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 14-Aug-20

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

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.

10-Aug-20

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Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 05-Aug-20

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UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

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 »

Source: US Armed Forces, 09-Jul-20

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Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

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 »

Source: Akima, 26-Jun-20

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Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

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 »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jun-20

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Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 08-Jun-20

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Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II taken to extremes

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 17-Apr-20

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Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

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 »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-20

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Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

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 »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 27-Jan-20

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HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

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 »

Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10-Jan-20

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US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

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 »

Source: US Air Force, 02-Jan-20

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Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

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 »

Source: Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, 30-Dec-19

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

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

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 »

Source: USAF, 20-Dec-19

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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

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 »

Source: DCS Corporation, 22-Nov-19

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NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

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 »

Source: Arnold Air Force Base, 15-Oct-19

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-19

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Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

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 »

Source: Raytheon Company, 24-Jun-19

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 23-May-19

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Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

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 »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 23-May-19

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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-19

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Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-19

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V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

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 »

Source: Bell, 22-Mar-19

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-18

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Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

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 »

Source: US DoD, 25-Sep-18

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

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

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 »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-18

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

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

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 »

Source: Boeing, 25-Sep-18

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Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

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 »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Sep-18

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

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 »

Source: GAO, 10-Sep-18

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

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

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 »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 02-Aug-18

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SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

SNC Submits Sierra Force™ Helicopter in Final Bid

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 »

Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation, 24-Jul-18

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

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

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 »

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-18

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US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

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 »

Source: 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, 19-Mar-18

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First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

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 »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-18

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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

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-17

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Sikorsky Conducts CRH Training Systems Critical Design Review

Sikorsky Conducts CRH Training Systems Critical Design Review

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 »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 27-Oct-17

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Three bidders in running to replace USAF UH-1N fleet

Three bidders in running to replace USAF UH-1N fleet

The Air Force and US Strategic Command are having to replace their 62 UH-1N Huey helicopters. With the replacements they want to have a fleet of 84. The three bidders for the contract are Boeing-Leonardo, Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada Corp, reports National Defence Magazine.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Oct-17

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Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

The Boeing [NYSE:BA] proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses. The company today submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Sep-17

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Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

A critical component of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Mission System for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), recently achieved Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6 assessment following a successful demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 21-Aug-17

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Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing’s new MH-139 helicopter arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday last week and was on display at the Wyoming National Guard Open House by Wednesday. The aircraft was designed to enter into the competition to replace the U.S Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, which was been in service since the 70s. The U.S. Air Force UH-1N… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

“This milestone is an important achievement and demonstrates Sikorsky and the Air Force are well aligned on the technical requirements of the HH-60W,” said Tim Healy, Sikorsky CRH program director. “We got here by conducting several milestones on or ahead of schedule, and we are committed to staying on that track as we build the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-17

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Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker America Inc.,* Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $26,668,679 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 1,016 multi-functional operator seats in support of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  U.S. Aviation Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

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Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Recently, the US Department of Defence revealed that their plans to station a special squadron of US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys in Japan have been delayed. The arrival of the CV-22s was expected at the end of 2017, but the DoD is now expected to be in the Fiscal Year 2020, reports Air Forces Monthly…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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Boeing submits AW139 bid for USAF UH-1N replacement

Boeing submits AW139 bid for USAF UH-1N replacement

Boeing [NYSE:BA] today unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces. Boeing’s response to the Air Force, revealed at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium, is based on the market-leading Leonardo Helicopters AW139,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Mar-17

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Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the new aircraft being built for the United States Air Force. The SIL encompasses 2,500 square feet located within the company’s main manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut. The SIL… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Dec-16

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Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline CMC Electronics’ combat-proven CMA-2082MC Flight Management System (FMS) was selected recently for a United States Air Force (USAF) upgrade program to replace legacy control display units (CDU) currently flying on the USAF fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters. The contract was awarded to Esterline CMC through the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Canada’s international… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 22-Nov-16

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Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) will receive a new combat search and rescue helicopter fleet to replace current aging aircraft. In his announcement at the base, Senator Heinrich underscored that KAFB will be the first Air Force installation in… Read more »

Source: Senator Martin Heinrich, 06-Jun-16

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Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Columbia Helicopters and AAR Airlift Group have been awarded modifications to contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia has been awarded a $31,294,989 modification (Task Order 0002, Modification 33) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021.  The modification brings the total cumulative face… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,696,829 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the computer frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $14,485,959 for cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to delivery order 0096 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This modification provides for the procurement of nonrecurring engineering in support of the CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) joint urgent operational need effort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp., Saint-Laurent, Quebec Province, Canada, has been awarded an $8,984,736 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for depot-level repair of the control indicators for the HH-60G aircraft. Contractor will provide repair work determined by the initial functional checkout, and the disassembly/assembly required returning the item to a serviceable end item that shall efficiently serve its intended… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI and six other general aviation associations are sending a letter to the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives first thing Tuesday morning, warning that a bill up for a vote by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday — H.R. 3016 — will break a promise made to veterans. Buried in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-16

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M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services LP; Denton, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $12,028,752 modification (P00008) to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA3002-15-C-0004. Contractor will provide aircrew and maintenance services for the CV-22 aircraft, UH-1N and HH-60G helicopters, associated engines, and mission support equipment of the 58th Maintenance Group. Work will be performed at Kirtland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

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M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $304,969,015 fixed-price, performance incentive and award fee contract with cost-reimbursable line items for Nellis Aircraft Maintenance Backshop operations and maintenance services. Contractor will provide services to perform safe and reliable maintenance for A-10, F-15, F-16, F/A-22 and F-35 aircraft located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,974,879 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7010 under previously awarded long-term contract N00383-12-D-011N for repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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USAF CV-22 crew win top award

USAF CV-22 crew win top award

The Cannon military flying community, leaders, family and local supporters gathered in Hanger 196 to recognize a group of heroes who risked their lives in combat late last year to save the lives of others, Oct. 16. Capt. Jonathan Seagle, Capt. John Vandenbemden, Staff Sgt. Spencer Seymore and Staff Sgt. Daniel Teel, members of the… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 28-Oct-15

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US Air Force Plans for UH-1N Huey Replacement

US Air Force Plans for UH-1N Huey Replacement

As the US Air Force gears up to modernize its legacy UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet, the service is planning an industry day later this month to explore the path ahead for the 40-year-old platform. See Full Story

Source: Air Force Times, 18-Aug-15

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HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) plans to sneak into a larger bill an amendment that would severely limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs. Show your support for our veterans: contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee TODAY to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-May-15

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3rd CAB salutes Kiowa helicopter during final flight

3rd CAB salutes Kiowa helicopter during final flight

The pilots of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade bid an emotional farewell to the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter during the final flight at Hunter Army Airfield May 13. The commander of 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Reg., Lt. Col. Geoffrey Whittenberg explained why the 3rd CAB leadership decided to salute… Read more »

Source: USAF, 20-May-15

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CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

The Department of Defense announced plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, according to a DoD news release issued today. The first three aircraft will arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021, the release said. The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-May-15

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