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Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

Upgraded Apaches Arrive in Korea

11-Jan-2022Source: US Army

A group of Apache AH-64E Version 6 helicopters sits on the flight line of at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. The aircraft are among the initial batch delivered to the 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment (4-2 AB) in December 2021. The 4-2 Attack battalion is the first OCONUS unit to receive the Army’s latest version... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

Lockheed Martin awarded $102M contract for Apache target and night vision systems

5-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $102,389,630 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of hardware components and spares of the Apache Attack Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each... Read more

Dutch squadron celebrates 25 years of training at Fort Hood

Dutch squadron celebrates 25 years of training at Fort Hood

21-Dec-2021Source: US Army

Taking a step down memory lane, the current commander of the 302nd Dutch Squadron, 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army – Division West, shared an update on the training squadron with former Royal Netherland’s commanders, as the unit marked its 25th year of training here, Dec. 8. “It is going really well,” Lt. Col. Martin ‘t... Read more

S&K Aerospace awarded $44M US Army helicopter parts contract

S&K Aerospace awarded $44M US Army helicopter parts contract

20-Dec-2021Source: S&K Aerospace

The U.S. Army has selected S&K Aerospace, LLC (SKA) as one of four contractors for a multimillion-dollar, multiple-award, delivery order contract. The contract is for Third-Party Logistics (3PL) support of aircraft parts for various non-standard rotary wing platforms. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville,... Read more

Honeywell starts testing upgraded T55 engine for US Army Chinooks

Honeywell starts testing upgraded T55 engine for US Army Chinooks

3-Dec-2021Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has reached a significant milestone with the U.S. Army by being the first engine to test (FETT) as part of its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the next-generation engine for Chinook helicopters. The CRADA program and testing of the T55-714C engine is planned over a two-year period to validate the... Read more

Aviation association honors Apache helicopter team

Aviation association honors Apache helicopter team

2-Dec-2021Source: US Army

Several members of the Program Executive Office for Aviation were recognized at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Joseph P. Cribbins symposium Nov. 16 at the Von Braun Center. The Apache New Equipment Training received the Army Aviation Materiel Readiness Award for a Contribution by an Industry Team, while Kevin Belden received the award... Read more

US Army Purchases 15 Vita Rescue Systems from Vita Inclinata

US Army Purchases 15 Vita Rescue Systems from Vita Inclinata

2-Dec-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, today announced the U.S. Army recently procured 15 Vita Rescue Systems (VRS-LAs) to be evaluated for operational effectiveness and suitability. For approximately one and a half years, Vita worked diligently with support from ADS to make the Vita Rescue System... Read more

Six more Chinooks ordered for US Army Special Ops

Six more Chinooks ordered for US Army Special Ops

29-Nov-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build six more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command as part of a $246.48 million contract. Delivery of these aircraft are scheduled to start in 2023. With this additional order, Boeing is now under contract for 30 MH-47G Block II Chinooks, four of which have... Read more

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

26-Nov-2021Source: US Army

Repetition is important if you want to be good at a certain task. For some, that may require traveling to another country to receive specialized training. Such is the case at the flight simulator facilities located at Storck Barracks in Illesheim, Germany, where rated (pilots) and non-rated (mechanics, etc.) crew members throughout Europe can come... Read more

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

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

22-Nov-2021Source: US Air Force

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

Six MD-530F+ helicopters handed over to Lebanese military

Six MD-530F+ helicopters handed over to Lebanese military

19-Nov-2021Source: US Government

Ambassador Dorothy C. Shea delivered the following remarks at Hamat Airbase: “Sabah el-Kheir, Good morning, General Joseph Aoun, General Haikal, distinguished guests. What an honor it is to be with you this morning.  As you probably know, General Aoun and I recently traveled to the United States where we were hosted for a series of... Read more

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade breaks ground on a new hangar facility.

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade breaks ground on a new hangar facility.

2-Nov-2021Source: US Army

The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s new aircraft maintenance hangar at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Oct. 29. Lt. Col. Stephan Bolton, the Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander, said the event represents the beginning of a long-term reinvestment in Hunter Army Airfield and the local community.... Read more

HH-60G A6212 takes final flight before retirement

HH-60G A6212 takes final flight before retirement

25-Oct-2021Source: US Army

The HH-60G Pave Hawk zipped side-to-side as it performed aerial maneuvers above Croatia. All the while, two crew members fired their mini guns at targets with precision and focus. The helicopter provided top cover for U.S. Army soldiers on the ground below. Although, this helicopter was on its final flight after 30 years of service.... Read more

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

19-Oct-2021Source: US Army

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate recently completed a major diversion with the Commonwealth of Australia. “A diversion means that two aircraft were slated for the U.S. Army,” said Susan Williams, a SAMD logistics management specialist “Usually the aircraft are put on contract and then provided to the customer once their... Read more

Boeing Signs First CH-47F Block II Chinook Production Contract

Boeing Signs First CH-47F Block II Chinook Production Contract

13-Oct-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army have signed a $136 million contract for the first CH-47F Block II Chinooks. The Army exercised options for four contracted CH-47F Block II Chinooks with the aircraft scheduled for delivery beginning 2023. Separately, the Army awarded Boeing a $29 million advanced procurement contract for the second production lot... Read more

US Army unveils new Black Hawk variant UH-60V at Fort Indiantown Gap

US Army unveils new Black Hawk variant UH-60V at Fort Indiantown Gap

11-Oct-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army unveiled the newest variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the UH-60V, during a ceremony Wednesday at the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site. EAATS received six UH-60Vs from the Utility Helicopter Program Office in late July, and since then, the school’s instructor pilots have been training on... Read more

Bell Teams With CAE USA for US Army FLRAA and FARA Training

Bell Teams With CAE USA for US Army FLRAA and FARA Training

8-Oct-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a teaming agreement with CAE USA Inc., a globally recognized training and mission systems integrator. As part of the collaboration, CAE has agreed to provide Maintenance Training Devices, to assist in the development of Flight Training Devices, and deliver other training products including... Read more

Intevac Photonics Announces $16M IDIQ Contract for Apache Helicopter Program

Intevac Photonics Announces $16M IDIQ Contract for Apache Helicopter Program

6-Oct-2021Source: Intevac

Intevac, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVAC) announced it was awarded a five-year, firm-fixed-price, Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum value of $16.3 million for the continued production of night vision cameras for the Apache Helicopter’s Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-PNVS) program for the U.S. Army. This contract, from the U.S. Army’s PM Apache Office in Huntsville,... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

14-Sep-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

The Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X™ for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). This statement can be attributed to Paul Lemmo, president, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, Boeing Defense, Space &... Read more

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

7-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of radio receivers and radio sets to support Army helicopter tactical navigation and landing systems. 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 one-year contract... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for production of UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for production of UH-60M

27-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $53,895,498 modification (P00197) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for production of UH-60M Black Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 special funds in the amount of $53,895,498 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army... Read more

Boeing awarded $49M CH-47 transmission overhaul contract

Boeing awarded $49M CH-47 transmission overhaul contract

25-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $49,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the inspection and overhaul of the CH-47 Chinook mechanical 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 Aug. 23, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

New leader for 78th Aviation Troop Command

New leader for 78th Aviation Troop Command

20-Aug-2021Source: Georgia Army National Guard

Colonel Jason W. Fryman bid farewell to the Georgia Army National Guard’s 78th Aviation Troop Command as he relinquished command of the brigade to Col. Barry B. Simmons during an official ceremony August 8, 2021, at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga. Fryman reflected on how the culmination of his three years as... Read more

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time

16-Aug-2021Source: Penn State University

The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) was awarded another five years of funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA. In its 25th year as one of three such centers in the United States, VLRCOE received about $7.5 million to investigate 10 new tasks related to... Read more

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

13-Aug-2021Source: US Army

A continuing partnership between the US Army, US Navy and NASA is ensuring the next generation of aviation scientists and engineers are effectively trained to develop, evaluate, demonstrate and test advanced vertical lift technologies. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Office of Naval Research and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for UH-60M

2-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $26,947,749 modification (P00196) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M green aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2021 special funds in the amount of $26,947,749 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

US Army equips first UH-60V unit

30-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) began fielding the first Army National Guard unit with UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters July 27. The UHPO delivered five UH-60Vs to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Eastern ARNG Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at Fort Indiantown Gap, which becomes the first unit equipped and organically assigned... Read more

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

PEO Aviation hosts Army Guard Aviation Officers ahead of first UH-60V delivery

16-Jul-2021Source: US Army

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office hosted several senior Army National Guard Aviation Officers at the Huntsville, Al. International Airport July 13 for a flight demonstration and informational update on the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter program in preparation for the aircraft becoming part of the ARNG fleet. The UH-60V, a retrofit UH-60L... Read more

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

24-Jun-2021Source: US Army

The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade presented a CH-47 Chinook rotor blade to the people of Pegnitz at a ceremony on Pegnitz Air Field, Germany, on June 21, 2021. The blade will eventually become part of a memorial at the crash site in Pegnitz where a Chinook crashed on August 18, 1971, killing 37 American Soldiers.... Read more

Elbit awarded $29M order to upgrade US Army Night Vision Systems

Elbit awarded $29M order to upgrade US Army Night Vision Systems

18-Jun-2021Source: Elbit

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), recently was awarded two orders with an aggregate value of approximately $29 million by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract issued in 2020. The orders... Read more

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

17-Jun-2021Source: US Army

12th Combat Aviation Brigade pilots had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly an Mi-24 Hind helicopter with Hungarian Defense Force pilots at Solnok Air Base, Hungary. U.S. Army pilots from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, part of 12th CAB, and the Hungarian Defense Force 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base shared their flying experience through joint orientation... Read more

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

16-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

DigiFlight Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $13,802,929 modification (P00003) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-D003 for programmatic support for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 23, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $13,802,929 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

16-Jun-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from Army Contracting Command-Redstone supporting the Afghan Air Force’s MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters. The first contract, a six-month extension worth $14.5 million, continues MDHI’s longstanding efforts to provide program management, and contractor logistics support (CLS) services, material, and remote operations... Read more

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $119,788,924 modification (P00455) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for an extension of contractor logistics support services for the UH-72 Lakota. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds will be... Read more

Boeing awarded $7M contract for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for AH-64E

Boeing awarded $7M contract for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for AH-64E

24-May-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $7,674,185 modification (P00080) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for integration of the legacy strap pack assembly for remanufactured AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $7,674,185 were obligated... Read more

Hessen Police continues partnership with US Army Garrison in Germany

Hessen Police continues partnership with US Army Garrison in Germany

21-May-2021Source: US Army

Once a day, a German Polizei helicopter visits the Wiesbaden Army Airfield as part of the Polizei’s object protection measures. The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-145, belongs to the Hessen State police and is stationed at Egelsbach. The Westhessen police presidium and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden have a mutual agreement that says that the Polizei helps... Read more

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

US Army completes GE T408 engine program on H-47

17-May-2021

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (DEVCOM AvMC), Boeing and GE recently completed all the planned test points under a multi-year demonstration program of a U.S. Army NCH-47D Chinook helicopter powered by GE’s advanced T408 turboshaft engine. The success of this effort demonstrates how integration of more powerful engines on... Read more

Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

17-May-2021Source: Safran

Safran Landing Systems has reached an agreement with Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company to provide the landing gear system for the V-280 Valor aircraft. Bell’s V-280 Valor is a next generation tiltrotor aircraft proposed for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Program. Based on the agreement, Safran Landing Systems... Read more

High Rollers participate in Joint Aeromedical Training with Blackhawk Aircraft

High Rollers participate in Joint Aeromedical Training with Blackhawk Aircraft

3-May-2021Source: US National Guard

Airmen from the 152nd Medical Group participated in joint aeromedical training featuring UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft with the Nevada Army National Guard in Reno-Stead, Nev., April 10, 2021. “Today we did joint hot and cold load training,” said Sgt. Mason Burkhart, a critical care flight paramedic from the medical evacuation unit in Reno-Stead. “We practice loading... Read more

US Army builds hospital helipads in Croatia

US Army builds hospital helipads in Croatia

30-Apr-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delivering three modern helicopter landing zones at hospitals across Croatia to help reduce transportation times in emergency situations and ultimately save lives. The helicopter landing zone projects are funded through the United States European Command, or EUCOM, and are being delivered in close coordination with the U.S. Embassy... Read more

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

23-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

IronMountain Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $13,103,286 modification (P00002) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B003 for technical management support for the Apache attack helicopter project manager’s office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 aircraft procurement, Army funds; and fiscal 2021 Foreign Military... Read more

20-Apr-21 (serial TBC) Airbus UH-72A New Brockton, US-Alabama

20-Apr-21 (serial TBC) Airbus UH-72A New Brockton, US-Alabama

20-Apr-2021

Training accident, further details awaited.  Two POB both to hospital... Read more

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

16-Apr-2021

Flying low, fast and expertly executing crisp, tight, quick maneuvers that only Sikorsky’s X2 Technology™ family of helicopters brings, the Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER® helicopter flew two demonstrations before Army officials and Soldiers at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama this week. The events offered a glimpse at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company’s bid for the Future... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $94M contract to support HH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $94M contract to support HH-60M

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $94,278,532 modification (P00180) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 to support an option exercise of six Program Year 5, Lot 45 HH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $94,278,532... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $30M more on US Army order for 24 UH-60s

Sikorsky awarded $30M more on US Army order for 24 UH-60s

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $30,959,224 modification (P00181) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for procurement of nine Army UH-60M and 15 Army HH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $30,959,224 were obligated at... Read more

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

6-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and the U.S. Army have agreed to terms on the execution of the second phase of the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract that was awarded in March 2020 for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This new contract is an important milestone and... Read more

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

26-Mar-2021Source: Forbes

The U.S. Army only has one type of heavy-lift helicopter. It is called the CH-47F Chinook, and it’s expected to remain in service until around 2060. See Full Story.... Read more

Honeywell awarded $476M Chinook engine contract

Honeywell awarded $476M Chinook engine contract

11-Mar-2021Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has won a 4-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for new production and spare T55-GA-714A engines that power the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This $476 million contract award will ensure that the U.S. Army’s Chinook fleet has spare engines to support future missions and available engines for Boeing’s Philadelphia Production... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for four UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $53M contract for four UH-60Ms

3-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $53,869,392 modification (P00178) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for four UH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2010 special funds in the amount of $53,869,392 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

US Army tests UH-60 Load Stability System Litter Attachment from Vita Inclinata

US Army tests UH-60 Load Stability System Litter Attachment from Vita Inclinata

26-Feb-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) and Vita Inclinata announced that the USAARL successfully completed initial prototype flight-testing on Vita’s Load Stability System Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) at Fort Rucker, in support of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement W81XWH-19-0115 and in preparation for Project Convergence 21, the military’s initiative to modernize and transform its operations, which includes future hoist... Read more

SAFE wins contract for US Army UH-60 work platforms

SAFE wins contract for US Army UH-60 work platforms

26-Feb-2021Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the contract for custom work platforms for the US Army fleet of UH-60’s at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Tucson, AZ.  These SAFETY FIRST ergonomic maintenance stands are custom designed for the United States Army’s UH-60.  They are uniquely developed to fit and function in the tight-spaced hangar... Read more

DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

19-Feb-2021Source: DynCorp

 On Dec. 15, the Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, awarded DynCorp International (DI) a task order to provide UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) under the Worldwide Logistics Support Services – Contractor Logistics Support (WLSS-C) multiple award IDIQ. This task order, valued at $554.1 million if all options are exercised, consists of a six-year period... Read more

US Army is developing the vertical flight workforce

US Army is developing the vertical flight workforce

15-Feb-2021Source: US Army

The U.S. Army is developing technical skills for student aviation researchers with a new agreement between its corporate laboratory and an aviation society. Both organizations hope to advance electric vertical takeoff and landing and advanced air mobility technology. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory and the Vertical... Read more

Viasat demos through-blade BLOS Ka-band SatCom to US Army UH-60M

Viasat demos through-blade BLOS Ka-band SatCom to US Army UH-60M

11-Feb-2021Source: Viasat

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced it successfully demonstrated through-the-blades Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Ka-band satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity to a U.S. Army UH-60M rotary-wing helicopter. The demonstration highlighted Viasat’s ability to deliver resilient command and control (C2) communications, feature-rich situational awareness (SA) and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) feeds –... Read more

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

2-Feb-2021

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,... Read more

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

27-Jan-2021Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission... Read more

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

21-Jan-2021Source: US Army

  The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), together with Hellenic Armed Forces, executed Eddie’s Odyssey, a first of its kind, joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea, Jan. 13-14. The exercise, named after Ugly Eddie, the battalion mascot, consisted of U.S. AH-64E... Read more

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

15-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

Container Research Corp.,* Aston, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $11,539,383 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Work will be performed in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is expected to... Read more

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

14-Jan-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information... Read more

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

7-Jan-2021Source: Boeing

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service... Read more

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

23-Dec-2020Source: US Army

The U.S. Army will commission its Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research laboratory later this month and begin operations in early January. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, will launch the VIPER lab to deliver transformational knowledge to advance next-generation rotorcraft transmissions. The Army-unique facility will... Read more

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

23-Dec-2020Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache... Read more

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

22-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters... Read more

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

18-Dec-2020Source: US Army

Researchers believe a new hinge is the key to get load-bearing, large, Army quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds. Dr. Jean-Paul Reddinger, a research aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, is studying how quickly a quadrotor the size of a king-sized... Read more

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

18-Dec-2020Source: KBR

KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49 million recompete to provide system acquisition support and reliability improvements on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and other select aircraft for the Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation. KBR received this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order via the Department of Defense Information Analysis... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Sikorksy Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $507,036,949 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $507,036,949 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S.... Read more

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,900,000 modification (P00066) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for software upgrades to the flight management computer for the AH-64E.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $2,780,000 were obligated at... Read more

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

Wind tunnel tests will help design future Army tiltrotor aircraft

11-Dec-2020Source: US Army

After more than three years in development, a team of U.S. Army researchers and industry partners completed the construction of a testbed that will help to inform the design of future Army rotorcraft. The team plans to test the TiltRotor Aeroelastic Stability Testbed, or TRAST in a massive wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research... Read more

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

4-Dec-2020Source: New Atlas

The US Army is working to better understand the acoustic properties of eVTOL aircraft and co-axial rotors as part of efforts to design quieter, stealthier helicopters.... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

4-Dec-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces an agreement with the U.S. Army worth about $34 million to provide logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopter fleet. The deal is a continuation of MDHI’s contractor logistics support (CLS) with the U.S. Army and Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO)... Read more

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

3-Dec-2020Source: ITT Enidine

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announces its teaming arrangement with leading aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus. Enidine joins eight other elite aerospace teammates in Bell’s mission to submit the Bell 360 competitive prototype to the U.S. Army’s... 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

Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

5-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $47,970,000 modification (P00150) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S.... Read more

BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

5-Nov-2020Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded multiple contracts from the U.S. Army to develop key technologies for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team). BAE Systems was the only company awarded contracts for three of the program’s four focus areas, designed to advance manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities that are expected to be critical components in... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $13M contract for UH-60M Black Hawk

Sikorsky awarded $13M contract for UH-60M Black Hawk

23-Oct-2020Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $13,739,845 modification (P00152) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for one UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2020.  Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Jordan) funds in the amount of $13,739,845 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

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