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Wisconsin National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews hold training at Fort McCoy

Wisconsin National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews hold training at Fort McCoy

Aircrews with the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment Wisconsin National Guard at Madison operated several UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Aug. 13 at Fort McCoy, Wis., as part of annual training at the post. Members of the unit regularly complete training operations at Fort McCoy and the unit also supports numerous training events at the installation… Read more »

Source: US Army, 11-Sep-20

CH-53K tests its power at US Army Yuma Proving Ground

CH-53K tests its power at US Army Yuma Proving Ground

The CH-53 has been a potent member of the Marine Corps aviation community’s fleet for over 40 years, but the newest version takes the platform to a whole new level. Equipped with three 7,500 horsepower engines and built to carry a nearly 30,000 pound external load for over 100 miles, the CH 53K King Stallion… Read more »

Source: US Army, 11-Sep-20

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Air Methods extends contract with US Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett

Air Methods extends contract with US Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, the military’s premier Total Force Training Center and the U.S. Army Reserve’s largest training installation, announced today that they have renewed their long-standing relationship, which has been in place since 2011. The agreement guarantees a continued relationship for… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 09-Sep-20

US Army issues new policy to address 3D printed parts

US Army issues new policy to address 3D printed parts

As the Army explores the potential of some advanced manufacturing methods and 3D-printed parts to maintain and sustain its aviation fleet, recently published guidance aims to strike a balance between safety, improvements to readiness and escalating costs. Advanced manufacturing refers to new ways of making existing products and the production of new products using advances… Read more »

Source: US Army, 09-Sep-20

Airbus introduces UH-72B based on H145 with fenestron

Airbus introduces UH-72B based on H145 with fenestron

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will introduce the newest series of its Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army’s fleet, the company announced today at the 2020 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual tradeshow. Starting with new orders placed this year for 17 additional Lakota helicopters, the U.S. Army will welcome the newest series –… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Sep-20

AT Systems starts Airworthiness process with US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

AT Systems starts Airworthiness process with US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

AT Systems, LLC is proud to announce the start of the Airworthiness Release Process (AWR) as a part of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Aeromedical Laboratory (USAARL) at Fort Rucker, AL. AT Systems has patented a device that trains pilots for degraded visual environment during normal training flights. This… Read more »

Source: AT Systems, 27-Aug-20

SAFE delivers AH64 cowling racks to US Army Fort Hood

SAFE delivers AH64 cowling racks to US Army Fort Hood

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased announce they have delivered 7 custom cowling racks for the scheduled preventive maintenance inspections of the AH64 to the US Army, Fort Hood. The custom designed racks are part of the ongoing US Army / S.A.F.E. project to redesign the maintenance hangar to be more ergonomic and efficient. The custom… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 27-Aug-20

27-Aug-20 ??-????? Sikorsky MH-60M San Clemente Island, US-California (2F)

US special forces UH-60M crashed with two fatalities and three injuries. Two fatalities were named as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22

27-Aug-20

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Netherlands’ Chinook purchase strengthens US-Coalition capabilities

Netherlands’ Chinook purchase strengthens US-Coalition capabilities

The spring 2020 delivery of CH-47F Chinooks and other materiel and services to the Royal Netherlands Air Force is a critical step in deterring regional threats and strengthening U.S.-Coalition capabilities. The Netherlands purchased the U.S. military’s twin-engine heavy-lift helicopters through a $755M foreign military sales (FMS) case executed by Redstone Arsenal’s U.S. Army Security Assistance… Read more »

Source: US Army, 14-Aug-20

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Boeing Receives $265 Million Chinook Helicopter Order

Boeing Receives $265 Million Chinook Helicopter Order

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently signed a $265 million contract for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that employees in its Philadelphia plant will assemble for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC). Boeing is now on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks. The MH-47G Block II Chinook features an improved structure and… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 07-Aug-20

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Boeing Delivers 2,500th AH-64 Apache

Boeing Delivers 2,500th AH-64 Apache

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered its 2,500th AH-64 Apache helicopter, an E-model Apache for the U.S. Army, from the company’s production line in Mesa, Arizona. The first production AH-64, an A-model Apache, rolled off the assembly line on September 30, 1983, and was delivered by Boeing heritage company McDonnell Douglas to the U.S. Army in… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Jul-20

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Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army to demonstrate and fly its upgraded T55 engine on the heavy-lift, twin-engine Chinook helicopter. The new 6,000-horespower engine is 25% more powerful and consumes 10% less fuel than the current T55. New modifications also make the next-generation T55 easier to maintain with lower… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Jun-20

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US Army test launches UAS from Black Hawk

US Army test launches UAS from Black Hawk

Dozens of sets of eyes looked skyward at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, in early March to watch the forward launch of an unmanned aircraft system from a helicopter and from a moving vehicle on the ground. “This may seem like just another event – like ‘well, we’ve done another experiment, we’ve done another demonstration’ –… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-May-20

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Training expands to meet need for US Army Apache pilots

Training expands to meet need for US Army Apache pilots

The Army has found a viable alternative to assist Fort Rucker in the training of D model Apache instructor pilots and maintenance test pilots. The last D model IP/MTP courses at Fort Rucker ended in early April, which meant D model IPs/MTPs would have to be taught another way. Among those that needed training were… Read more »

Source: US Army, 28-Apr-20

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US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

U.S. Navy Expeditionary Landing Base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT), has been conducting joint naval and air integration operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters assigned to U.S. Army Central Command’s (USARCENT) Task Force Saber, throughout the month of March. The operations, which are… Read more »

Source: US Naval Forces Central Command, 22-Apr-20

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Boeing Delivers 500th AH-64E Apache

Boeing Delivers 500th AH-64E Apache

Production, flight test and deliveries of the AH-64E Apache helicopter continue at the Boeing [NYSE: BA] site in Mesa, Arizona. With 500 AH-64E Apaches in service with the United States Army and defense forces around the world, the ‘Echo’ model provides enhanced performance; joint digital interoperability; situational awareness and survivability with reduced operational and support… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Apr-20

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Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the selection, Bell is designing, manufacturing, and testing the Bell 360 Invictus, a prototype rotorcraft designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-20

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US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

Dear Participants, We have decided we must cancel our April 2020 AAAA Nashville based Mission Summit. We will be looking at options in the coming weeks for AAAA to support expanded networking opportunities later this year at our other longstanding annual events. In view of yesterday afternoon’s Memorandum from the Director of the Army Staff,… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 16-Mar-20

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New head at US Army Program Executive Office for Aviation

New head at US Army Program Executive Office for Aviation

The Program Executive Office for Aviation held a change of charter Jan. 14 at the Redstone Test Center hangar to commemorate Maj. Gen. Thomas Todd transferring his responsibilities as the program executive officer to Patrick Mason. “I can’t begin to say what an absolute honor and privilege it is for me to serve with the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Feb-20

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Follow-on Testing for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar Successful

Follow-on Testing for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar Successful

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), announced the successful completion of the Army’s AH-64E Apache Follow-On Test and Evaluation II (FOT&E II) for the AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR). During the FOT&E, the modernized LONGBOW FCR successfully demonstrated many new operational… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 18-Nov-19

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US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has been awarded a contract to supply more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators for the US Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama – the world’s largest helicopter training facility.  The contract is part of the Army’s “Aviator Training Next” or “ATN” Program, an experimental, yet innovative, new way to provide helicopter… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 11-Nov-19

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Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center Helicopters, Inc (ACHI) has signed a set of HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour contracts for 10 of its Airbus H225 helicopters. These aircraft are currently in operation with the U.S. Armed Forces for passenger transport, Special Operations Forces training, vertical replenishment and casualty evacuation missions. The HCare Smart contracts cover a three-year period and have been customized to meet the material support and spare parts requirements… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Nov-19

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Lockheed Martin to produce M-TUR for AH-64E Apache

Lockheed Martin to produce M-TUR for AH-64E Apache

The U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $40.6 million contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, an upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system with enhanced operational and performance capabilities. The eyes of the Apache are getting an upgrade that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Oct-19

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Safety message extends lifecycle for Black Hawk parts

Safety message extends lifecycle for Black Hawk parts

Recent guidance from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command breathes additional life into several dynamic components of the Black Hawk helicopter, ultimately improving readiness for the workhorse of Army aviation. An AMCOM safety message dated Sept. 9, updated the time to change out or retire more than 20 parts, increasing component time for aircraft… Read more »

Source: US Army, 24-Oct-19

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Sikorsky Introduces RAIDER X™

Sikorsky Introduces RAIDER X™

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), introduced RAIDER X™, its concept for an agile, lethal and survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for securing vertical lift dominance against evolving peer and near-peer threats on the future battlefield. Through the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, RAIDER X is the out-front platform in… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Oct-19

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US Army trialing new helicopter pilot training program

US Army trialing new helicopter pilot training program

With inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, the 23rd Flying Training Squadron here is transforming the learning environment with the intent of developing vertical-lift aviators better trained and prepared to conduct homeland security, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. The first six students to complete the experimental specialized undergraduate pilot training – helicopter curriculum… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Oct-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 introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus, as the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell’s innovative approach to designing the Bell 360 Invictus combines proven low-risk technologies with advanced processes to deliver soldiers an affordable, agile and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Oct-19

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Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), as Bell competes for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell is designing a vertical lift aircraft, as part of the contract awarded in April… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Oct-19

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US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

Combat aviators here are conducting operational tests of Army modernization efforts using three UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters. The UH-60V Black Hawk will retrofit the Army’s remaining UH-60L helicopter fleet’s analog cockpits with a digital cockpit, similar to the UH-60M helicopter. Retrofitting aircraft that are already owned by the Army is a major cost saving measure… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Sep-19

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Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a U.S. developer of display systems for wearable technologies and military applications,  announced its super high-performance Brillian liquid crystal display (LCD) has been designed into a customer’s helmet-mounted display (HMD) system for the US Army’s helicopter pilots. The Brillian display incorporates advanced designs and processing techniques to produce unsurpassed image performance… Read more »

Source: Kopin, 11-Sep-19

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US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

Fighting illegal drug trafficking is done to safeguard national security, and this fight is supported by security assistance programs executed for the Army by Security Assistance Command. USASAC has used one such program, Section 333, to transfer 60 TH-67 Training Bell Model helicopters to the Regional Helicopter Training Center in Melgar, Colombia. The helicopters had… Read more »

Source: US Army Security Assistance Command, 11-Sep-19

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New US Army PIF division chief focuses on modernization

New US Army PIF division chief focuses on modernization

The U.S Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Engineering Directorate Prototype Integration Facility announced a new division chief. Miranda Oden was named the new CCDC Aviation & Missile Center PIF division chief in July. She takes over for Danny Featherston, who retired from government service in April after 15 years leading the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Aug-19

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S.A.F.E. awarded US Army contract

S.A.F.E. awarded US Army contract

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety-first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, has announced that they have been awarded the contract to manufacture a full line of maintenance platforms, hangar equipment and specialty tooling for the United States… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 30-Jul-19

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Advanced Technology Systems Co. Awarded $18M Contract for Helicopter Maintenance

Advanced Technology Systems Co. Awarded $18M Contract for Helicopter Maintenance

Advanced Technology Systems Co. Inc.,* McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $17,896,404 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter maintenance. Bids were solicited via the internet with nine received. Work will be performed in Fort Benning, Georgia, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $400,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jul-19

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Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for AH-64E Production Line Improvement

Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for AH-64E Production Line Improvement

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $47,684,233 modification (P00029) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for Version 6/Improved Drive System-enhancement cut-in on the Apache Attack Helicopter (AH)-64E production line and for the Apache Longbow Crew Trainers.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022.  Fiscal 2010, 2018 and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Lockheed Awarded $106M Contract for Apache Attack Helicopter Support

Lockheed Awarded $106M Contract for Apache Attack Helicopter Support

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $106,108,230 firm-fixed-price domestic and foreign military sales (Netherlands and United Kingdom) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache Attack Helicopter.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $91M Contract for H-60 Support

Sikorsky Awarded $91M Contract for H-60 Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $91,291,064 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract to provide engineering and other support services for all versions of the H-60 Blackhawk.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2024. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Jun-19

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Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is to be awarded a $16,532,250 firm-fixed price contract for helicopter flight control computers.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  Location of performance is Arizona.  Using military service is the Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,991,526 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 to procure the Post Green DD250 aircraft support, storage and maintenance for UH-60M aircraft for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-19

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Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $10,115,993 modification (P00025) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0059 to support CH-47F Block II Engineering and Manufacturing Development program.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,115,993… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-19

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US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

Just 16 months from signing a Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the United States and Greece, the Security Assistance Command has delivered 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defense Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Jun-19

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Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $49,114,577 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the display unit for the UH- 60 Blackhawk helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 3, 2024.  U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-19

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V-280 scores top marks

V-280 scores top marks

The Bell V-280 Valor recently completed flight demonstrations of its low-speed agility key performance parameter (KPP) in the U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program ahead of schedule. The V-280 Valor has now demonstrated in flight testing that it has the raw control power in pitch, roll, and yaw maneuvers to meet the Army’s Level… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-May-19

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Boeing Awarded $8M Contract for AH-64 Support Services

Boeing Awarded $8M Contract for AH-64 Support Services

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $8,415,141 modification (P00035) to Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-14-0055 for post-production support services for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia; and Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2019.  Fiscal 2017 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-May-19

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Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for AH-64 Support

Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for AH-64 Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $39,478,219 modification (PZ0017) to Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0031 for post-production system support, which includes integrated product support, of the AH-64 aircraft in support of the Saudi Arabia National Guard. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; Hazelwood, Missouri; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-19

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Boeing Awarded $172M Contract for AH-64E Support

Boeing Awarded $172M Contract for AH-64E Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $171,887,544 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price) contract for performance based logistics service in support of the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter fleet. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2018… 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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New Wheeler Army Airfield Airspace Design

New Wheeler Army Airfield Airspace Design

Wheeler Army Airfield will soon adopt their new layout plan for Class D and E airspace on April 25. Class D airspace now has an increased lateral extent from 1,800 feet to 3,300 feet. In collaboration with the FAA, Wheeler Army Airfield has worked on the changes for the past four years, reports AOPA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $23M Contract for UH-60 Overhaul

Sikorsky Awarded $23M Contract for UH-60 Overhaul

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $23,441,543 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 17, 2023.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Dod, 22-Apr-19

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AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

The AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced their innovative compound coaxial helicopter (CCH) design, which is competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition. “We are collaborating to deliver a prototype that provides powerful leap-ahead capability for our warfighters at an affordable life-cycle cost.”… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 17-Apr-19

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MD Helicopters is approved as GFRC facility

MD Helicopters is approved as GFRC facility

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces that all military aircraft manufactured as part of the Company’s $1.4 Billion IDIQ Contract are now produced under the U.S. Army-mandated Ground and Flight Risk Clause (GFRC). Implemented pursuant to a February 5, 2019, Contract Modification, the DFAR 25.228-370 GFRC regulations went in to effect at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona facility… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

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Elbit to supply Common Helmet Mounted Displays to US Army

Elbit to supply Common Helmet Mounted Displays to US Army

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”) was awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Army to provide a wide field of view Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) system. The contract which is in an… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 05-Mar-19

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US Army awards Raytheon contract

US Army awards Raytheon contract

 Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) won a $406 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract award from the U.S. Army for ARC-231A radio systems. The contract, which will be performed over the next five years, includes upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios. Because the ARC-231A is software-defined, it can accommodate rapid upgrades without requiring the radio to be removed… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 27-Feb-19

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Advanced Turbine Engine Company Files Protest For ITEP

Advanced Turbine Engine Company Files Protest For ITEP

The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has protested the U.S. Army’s decision to award General Electric an Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for its next generation of Black Hawk and Apache helicopter engines. ATEC is a joint venture of Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). The… Read more »

Source: Advanced Turbine Engine Company, 22-Feb-19

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Boeing Awarded $13M Contract for Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Support

Boeing Awarded $13M Contract for Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $12,850,128 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Qatar) contract for post-production support services for the Qatar Armed Forces AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 14, 2024. Fiscal 2019… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Feb-19

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US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

The U.S. Army has selected GE Aviation’s T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. “We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 05-Feb-19

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US Airlines recruit Army helicopter pilots to ease shortage

US Airlines recruit Army helicopter pilots to ease shortage

US Airlines have started recruiting helicopter pilots from the US Army to fill the pilot shortage. Pilots from the army are easier to adapt and quick to learn. The pilot shortage was hit hard by the FAA changing the amount of training hours from 250 to 1,500. Army pilots however, only require 750 hours. They… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-19

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Sikorsky, Boeing Provide First Look at SB>1 DEFIANT™

Sikorsky, Boeing Provide First Look at SB>1 DEFIANT™

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company [NYSE: LMT], and Boeing [NYSE: BA] provided the first look at the SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. The SB>1 DEFIANT™ is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today’s conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and… Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jan-19

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Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

The Afghan Air Force will be upgrading their MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters. This upgrade will include crashworthy and auxiliary fuel tanks to ensure their safety, endurance and range. The US Army is looking for vendors to source and install the fuel tanks. The Afghan Air Force currently own 30 MD530F helicopters and have 25 more… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-19

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AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced the submission of a joint proposal for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. The AVX/L3 solution combines AVX Aircraft’s rich history of coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems with L3’s proven products; systems engineering; weapons, sensor and communications systems integration; and full-rate… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 03-Jan-19

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Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $49,210,651 firm-fixe-price Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for Maintenance Augmentation Team services for the Qatari Air Force AH-64E aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10,219,884 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for support services for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor for the Apache Attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Dec-18

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Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer. The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Dec-18

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Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

UH-60 Black Hawk has been the Army’s front line utility helicopter for the past 40 years, and it shows no signs of letting up, said service officials at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.The helicopter is a regular fixture every year at Fort McCoy, Wis., particularly during major exercises such as the Combat Support Training Exercise. Black Hawk crews… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $79,383,886 modification (0006 03) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for night vision sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins has secured a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Logistics Center (ALC) to provide current component upgrades and additional component repair capabilities for the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) on the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. “With this contract, we’re able to upgrade the first generation of CAAS hardware at… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Nov-18

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SGT Wins Contracts to Support US Army Black Hawk

SGT Wins Contracts to Support US Army Black Hawk

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., has recently received two separate contract awards under Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, which is a major element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Siemens will further improve infrastructure and enhance readiness, building on energy efficiency programs it has already… Read more »

Source: Siemens Government Technologies, 15-Nov-18

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US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System

US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System

An S-76B commercial helicopter flew over a small crowd gathered at Fort Eustis, Virginia, landed in an adjacent field after adjusting to miss a vehicle, and rose up to hover perfectly motionless for several minutes. The mid-October demonstration was remarkable because the pilot carried out the maneuvers using supervised autonomy in an aircraft equipped with… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 31-Oct-18

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Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

Boeing Awarded $242M Contract for Procurement and Remanufacture of AH-64Es

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Oct-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Awarded $29M Contract for UH-60 Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $28,741,847 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates) contract for contractor field service representative support for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $34M Contract for Cargo Helicopter Environment Kits

Boeing Awarded $34M Contract for Cargo Helicopter Environment Kits

The Boeing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $33,786,581 firm-fixed-price contract for cargo platform health environment kits for cargo helicopters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 26, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $198,927,812 firm-fixed-price contract for performance-based logistics support of the Chinook H-47 forward and aft rotor blades and associated containers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $60,947,957 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of the Utility Helicopter-60 Blackhawk transmission. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-18

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