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Cornische Aviation succeeds in GAO protest of Mi-17 acquisition

Cornische Aviation succeeds in GAO protest of Mi-17 acquisition

21-Aug-2011Source: Cornische Aviation and Maintenance

Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited, Sharjah, UAE announced they have won their protest against the US Army for improperly including sustainment in the contract for 21 Russian Mi-17 helicopters. In June 2011 the US Army issued a $367M sole source award to the Russian arms company Rosoboronexport for the purchase of 21 Mi-17 aircraft, initial... Read more

Redstone Arsenal celebrates Rotary Wing Center opening

Redstone Arsenal celebrates Rotary Wing Center opening

12-Aug-2011Source: WAFF 48 News

Leaders at Redstone Arsenal celebrated the grand opening of the U.S. Army’s Rotary Wings Center.  The 127,000 square foot facility is the Army’s primary facility for aircraft that are ready to test.  The Aviation Flight Test Directorate is bringing nearly 400 Army and civilian personnel to Huntsville from Fort Rucker, Alabama.  (Full story)... Read more

US Army appoints Brigadier General to lead Afghanistan CH-47 investigation

US Army appoints Brigadier General to lead Afghanistan CH-47 investigation

10-Aug-2011Source: US Air Force

Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt will conduct the investigation of the crash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan service members, U.S. Central Command officials announced Aug. 9. Colt, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, will begin his duties immediately. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the... Read more

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

10-Aug-2011Source: Aerosonic

Aerosonic Corporation, a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that it has received a new contract award from Defense Logistics Agency in support of the US Army Aviation Command. The contract is to supply AAU/32A Encoding Altimeters used on the UH60 Blackhawk and OH58 Helicopter Fleet. The... Read more

08-Aug-11 Boeing AH-6M Fort Benning, US-Georgia (2F)

08-Aug-11 Boeing AH-6M Fort Benning, US-Georgia (2F)

8-Aug-2011

Two Army  pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise on a live-fire range.  Pilots named as Capt. John D. Hortman, 30, of Inman, SC, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven B. Redd, 37, of Lancaster, CA. Both served in the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment stationed at Fort Campbell,... Read more

06-Aug-11 Boeing CH-47D Wardak Province, Afghanistan (38F)

06-Aug-11 Boeing CH-47D Wardak Province, Afghanistan (38F)

6-Aug-2011

30 members of the US military, a civilian interpreter and 7 Afghan soldiers died.  Initial reports suggest it was shot down by Taliban forces... Read more

EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

27-Jul-2011Source: US DoD

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $10,166,300 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide logistic support coverage for the UH-72A aircraft.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited, with one bid... Read more

Boeing awarded $189M for 16 AH-64D Apaches

Boeing awarded $189M for 16 AH-64D Apaches

27-Jul-2011Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $189,211,400 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide 16 AH-64D Apache aircraft and related support.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received. ... Read more

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

27-Jul-2011Source: Lexington Institute

The U.S. Army has been seeking a successor to the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter for over a decade, and it has been a frustrating experience. The first attempt, called the RAH-66 Comanche, was canceled after it ran up $7 billion in development bills on a design that was too costly and complicated. The Army then... Read more

1st Air Cavalry conducts rare sling load operation in Afghanistan

1st Air Cavalry conducts rare sling load operation in Afghanistan

19-Jul-2011Source: US Army

CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a rare sling load operation July 6, utilizing a CH-47F Chinook helicopter to transport another Chinook helicopter from Camp Kunduz to Camp Marmal. Hovering over the airfield at Kunduz, the transporting Chinook helicopter gradually lowered. As a cloud of dust... Read more

Kratos receives $6.2M contracts to support US Army aviation training

Kratos receives $6.2M contracts to support US Army aviation training

12-Jul-2011Source: Kratos

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced that it has received a new order for its Black Hawk Avionics Trainer (BHAT-M) to support the training of maintenance personnel for the UH-60M U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School in Ft. Eustis, VA. The BHAT-M is a full fidelity trainer that provides a true-to-life... Read more

Sikorsky delivers 300th UH-60M to US Army

Sikorsky delivers 300th UH-60M to US Army

7-Jul-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the 300th UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company. “The war-fighter has provided outstanding reviews of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter’s performance in theater,” said Lt. Col. Heyward Wright, Product Manager, representing Col. Thomas Todd of the U.S.... Read more

Boeing awarded $174M contract for eight CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing awarded $174M contract for eight CH-47F Chinooks

5-Jul-2011Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $174,104,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The purpose of this contract modification is to award the CH-47F multiyear contract for the fourth year production lot nine option of eight CH-47F new build cargo helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Dec.... Read more

Bell delivers first “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to US Army

Bell delivers first “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to US Army

30-Jun-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced today the delivery of the first OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin for OH-58 “Kiowa Warrior” platform to the Army. The cabin is being delivered 30 days ahead of the contract schedule. “The Kiowa Warrior continues to be... Read more

Some US Army helicopter training to move from Hawaii to Fort Carson

Some US Army helicopter training to move from Hawaii to Fort Carson

29-Jun-2011Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

Some high-altitude Army helicopter training is to move to Fort Carson because of an additional environmental review required by Hawaii. (see article)... Read more

US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

27-Jun-2011Source: US DoD

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on June 14 a $74,390,932 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for 14 light utility helicopters and 14 airborne radio communication systems.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The... Read more

The Protective Group awarded $38M contract for UH-60 ballistic protection system kits

The Protective Group awarded $38M contract for UH-60 ballistic protection system kits

27-Jun-2011Source: US DoD

The Protective Group, Inc., Miami Lakes, Fla., was awarded on June 15 a $38,409,232 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for 515 UH-60 A/L/M Ballistic Protection System (BPS) kits; 265 HH-60 L/M BPS kits; 305 installation cockpit doors (Crew A); 305 installation cockpit doors (Crew B); and 135 UH-60 Medevac BPS kits.  Work will be... Read more

24-Jun-11 Honeywell RQ-16 Fukushima, Japan

24-Jun-11 Honeywell RQ-16 Fukushima, Japan

24-Jun-2011

A Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk drone amde an emergency landing on the remains of the #2 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station while taking air samples to measure radiation levels.... Read more

19-Jun-11 Sikorsky HH-60M Turtlecreek Township, US-Ohio

19-Jun-11 Sikorsky HH-60M Turtlecreek Township, US-Ohio

19-Jun-2011

Precautionary landing after problem with one engine... Read more

Battelle wins $12M contract for helicopter icing spray system

Battelle wins $12M contract for helicopter icing spray system

14-Jun-2011Source: US DoD

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, was awarded on June 9 a $12,765,268 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the procurement of a helicopter icing spray system.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 10, 2016.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with four bids received.  The... Read more

American and Iraqi pilots fly together: MEDEVAC training mission builds partnerships

American and Iraqi pilots fly together: MEDEVAC training mission builds partnerships

7-Jun-2011Source: US Army

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Two U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters flew in formation with two Iraqi Air Force helicopters during May on a joint medical evacuation training mission, serving to build rapport and partnerships between the two militaries. The mission allowed the pilots and crews from the two militaries to better understand each... Read more

05-Jun-11 Bell OH-58D Sabari District, Afghanistan (2F)

05-Jun-11 Bell OH-58D Sabari District, Afghanistan (2F)

5-Jun-2011

A NATO spokesman in eastern Afghanistan said the helicopter in Sunday’s crash went down in the Sabari District of Khost Province, a mountainous area near the Pakistan border, where insurgent activity has been among the heaviest this spring.  Deceased later named as Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth R. White, 35, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chief... Read more

TAT signs $20M contract for Apache and Black Hawk anti-icing

TAT signs $20M contract for Apache and Black Hawk anti-icing

17-May-2011Source: TAT Technologies

TAT Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, today announced that it has signed a five-year contract with the U.S Army for the overhaul and upgrade of Anti Icing Engine Valves for Apache and Black Hawk helicopters. The value of the agreement may... Read more

AgustaWestland secures AW139 contract with US Army for Egyptian Air Force

AgustaWestland secures AW139 contract with US Army for Egyptian Air Force

17-May-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that AgustaWestland North America, Inc. was awarded a $37.8 million contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Contracting Center for Foreign Military Sales to the Egyptian Air Force. “AgustaWestland is proud to partner with the U.S. Army and our allies to provide the most... Read more

17-May-11 Boeing AH-64 Hanover, US-Colorado

17-May-11 Boeing AH-64 Hanover, US-Colorado

17-May-2011

A 1-2 Aviation Reconnaissance Battalion flying an Apache helicopter made a cautionary landing in Hanover, east of Butts Army Airfield when a red warning light came on... Read more

640th ASB finds helicopter parts, saves big money

640th ASB finds helicopter parts, saves big money

9-May-2011Source: US Army

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – With the discovery of thousands of helicopter parts, ranging from helicopter tires all the way up to transmissions and rotary blades, the technical supply section of the 640th Aviation Support Battalion has identified and inventoried millions of dollars worth of unused parts, returning them to the supply system for use. After... Read more

10th CAB soldiers commemorate fallen aviators

10th CAB soldiers commemorate fallen aviators

9-May-2011Source: US Army

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – May 5 marked five years since the crew aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Colossal 31, were killed when their aircraft went down in Kunar province while conducting combat operations in 2006. The six aviators were all members of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (LI),... Read more

Boeing overcharged US Army for helicopter parts

Boeing overcharged US Army for helicopter parts

6-May-2011Source: Boston Globe

Boeing charged the Army excessive prices for helicopter spare parts, including $644.75 for a tiny black plastic motor gear that cost another Pentagon agency $12.51, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.  Boeing has refunded $1.6M to the DoD... Read more

04-May-11 Boeing CH-47 Frances, US-Kentucky

04-May-11 Boeing CH-47 Frances, US-Kentucky

4-May-2011

A Chinook out of Fort Campbell made an emergency landing in a field in Crittenden County near Frances, Kentucky. One person suffered minor injuries but there is no word on how many people were on board.... Read more

Was Bin Laden casualty a stealth UH-60?

Was Bin Laden casualty a stealth UH-60?

3-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

As more photos becomeo available of the helicopter casualty in the raid which saw Osama Bin Laden killed, more questions get raised.  From the announcement late in the  Washington evening on Sunday 1st May, we know that four helicopters were used in the raid at Abbottabad in Pakistan, and that one crashed.  As usual, HeliHub.com... Read more

Sikorsky completes Active Rotor wind tunnel testing

Sikorsky completes Active Rotor wind tunnel testing

2-May-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor system equipped with high authority flaps. The effort is jointly funded by Sikorsky and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “The AATD/Sikorsky Active Rotor... Read more

US Army Europe retires the UH-1

US Army Europe retires the UH-1

1-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The US Army has slated the UH-1 for retirement from flying duties at the end of Fiscal 2012, and as that date approaches various bases are bidding farewell to the aircraft that proved so sigificant in the Vietnam war.  In Germany, a ceremony last Wednesday involved four aircraft flying from Hohenfels to Ramstein, where they... Read more

01-May-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Abbottabad, Pakistan

01-May-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Abbottabad, Pakistan

1-May-2011

One US Army helicopter crashed during the 40 minute US navy seal operation to kill or capture Osama bin Laden. No one was hurt.  Local reports quote the time as “late on Sunday night”.  Three other helicopters involved in this operation.  Some reports say it crashed after being shot at from the ground... Read more

US Army preapres for UH-72 deliveries with new mission equipment package

US Army preapres for UH-72 deliveries with new mission equipment package

28-Apr-2011Source: US Army

The Army National Guard is preparing to receive the first light utility helicopter equipped with a new, state-of-the-art mission equipment package. The new mission equipment package, or MEP, aboard the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter includes an electro-optical/infrared sensor, enhanced cockpit screens, high power illuminator system, analog-digital data downlink capability and GPS-enhanced moving map displays.... Read more

28-Apr-11 98-5054 Boeing AH-64D Packers Bend, US-Alabama (1F)

28-Apr-11 98-5054 Boeing AH-64D Packers Bend, US-Alabama (1F)

28-Apr-2011

Instructor killed, Dutch student unnijured.  Helicopter apparently struck the cable for the Davis Ferry that is strung across the Alabama River... Read more

Apache to field ground fire-detection system

Apache to field ground fire-detection system

26-Apr-2011Source: US Army

Apache attack helicopters will soon field a new, high-tech Ground Fire Acquisition System, which uses cameras and infrared sensors to instantly identify the source location of ground fire, service officials said. “GFAS (Ground Fire Acquisition System) detects ground fire. It allows us to take information about incoming fire, get our sensors on it and identify... Read more

Stateside Lakota deliveries let Black Hawks go to combat

Stateside Lakota deliveries let Black Hawks go to combat

26-Apr-2011Source: US Army

Some 23 Black Hawk helicopters have been freed from duty in the United States to go to combat elsewhere, thanks to stateside delivery of UH-72A Lakota helicopters. As Lakotas are fielded, said Col. John Thurgood, project manager for Army utility helicopters, they take Black Hawks out of the mix and send them back to combat.... Read more

US Army pledges to launch new class of high-speed rotorocraft

US Army pledges to launch new class of high-speed rotorocraft

25-Apr-2011Source: Flightglobal

The leaders of the US Army aviation branch have pledged for the first time to break from upgrades to conventional helicopters and field an all-new rotorcraft with a minimum top speed of 200kt (370km/h) by 2030.... Read more

23-Apr-11 Bell OH-58D Kapisa province, Afghanistan (1F)

23-Apr-11 Bell OH-58D Kapisa province, Afghanistan (1F)

23-Apr-2011

The Kapisa deputy provincial governor Aziz Ul Rahman said that the helicopter had hit a cable.  Fatality later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, 29, of Arden, N.C... Read more

$30M more work for Sikorsky from US Army

$30M more work for Sikorsky from US Army

21-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $29,592,758 firm-fixed-price contract April 15, 2011. The award will provide for the program management and sustainment services modified from an existing contract. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The... Read more

AgustaWestland awarded $37M for AW139 procurement in US and Egypt

AgustaWestland awarded $37M for AW139 procurement in US and Egypt

15-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

AgustaWestland, Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded on April 1 a $37,656,065 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of AW139 helicopters, spare engine, spare parts, tools and ground support equipment, search and rescue equipment, crewmember personal equipment, medical equipment kits, transportation and pilot and maintenance training.  Work will be performed in Reston, Va.,... Read more

Radiance Technologies awarded $7M contract for Apache Ground Fire Acquisition Systems

Radiance Technologies awarded $7M contract for Apache Ground Fire Acquisition Systems

15-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Radiance Technologies, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on April 1 a $7,233,348 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of the Weapon Watch – Gunfire Detection System for AH-64D Apache Ground Fire Acquisition Systems.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013.  One bid was... Read more

Pall wins $14M Centrisep® order for US Army CH-47

Pall wins $14M Centrisep® order for US Army CH-47

15-Apr-2011Source: Pall Corp

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, has been awarded a contract by the United States Army to supply its Centrisep® engine advanced protection system (EAPS) for 59 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters in the U.S. military fleet. This order is valued at approximately $14 million. Shipments will begin in December 2011... Read more

Federal Program Integrators awrded $7M contract for Rotor Blade Facility

Federal Program Integrators awrded $7M contract for Rotor Blade Facility

12-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Federal Program Integrators, LLC, was awarded a $7,187,408 firm-fixed-price contract March 31, 2011.  The award will provide for the production equipment, enabling the Rotor Blade Facility to work more efficiently.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine; San Antonio, Texas; and Corpus Christi, Texas; with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012.  One... Read more

EFW awarded $18M contract for AH-64 Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System

EFW awarded $18M contract for AH-64 Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System

11-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded on March 30 an $18,868,104 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of spare components for the AH-64 Apache Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited... Read more

Federal Program Integrators awarded $8M for four T-700 Dynometer Load Systems

Federal Program Integrators awarded $8M for four T-700 Dynometer Load Systems

11-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Federal Program Integrators, LLC, Indian Island, Maine, was awarded a $8,389,045 firm-fixed-price contract March 31, 2011.  The award will provide for the procurement of four electric Dynometer Load Systems for testing of the T-700 engines for military helicopters.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine; San Antonio, Texas; and Corpus Christi, Texas; with an... Read more

First next-generation AH-64 Block III Apache under construction

First next-generation AH-64 Block III Apache under construction

8-Apr-2011Source: US Army

The U.S. Army has begun construction on the first fuselage of its next-generation AH-64 Block III Apache helicopter. The new attack helicopter will be built with a stronger engine, improved avionics, better computer networking capability and increased maneuverability when compared with current models, service officials said. The first Block III aircraft will roll off the... Read more

US Army selects AAI’s man-portable aircraft survivability trainer

US Army selects AAI’s man-portable aircraft survivability trainer

7-Apr-2011Source: AAI

AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Man-Portable Aircraft Survivability Trainer (MAST) has been selected by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, or PEO STRI, under a task order from the Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Omnibus Contract... Read more

Bell contract upped from $95M to $105M for additional transmissions

Bell contract upped from $95M to $105M for additional transmissions

1-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was issued a modification change order on the current contract SPRRA1-11-D-0027/P00001.  Award is a firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $105,003,929 to procure additional transmissions.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Army.  The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2014.  The Defense Logistics Agency... Read more

EADS awarded $21M contract for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS awarded $21M contract for four more UH-72A Lakotas

1-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on March 28 a $21,468,420 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of four UH-72A light utility helicopters; four airborne radio communication 231 system production cut-in; and one engine inlet barrier filter production cut-in. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion... Read more

Boeing awarded $528M contract for 25 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing awarded $528M contract for 25 CH-47F Chinooks

1-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Penn., was awarded on March 28 a $528,125,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of 25 CH-47F (Chinook) new-build cargo helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Penn., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2013.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The... Read more

Bell awarded $6.6M contract for one Huey II

Bell awarded $6.6M contract for one Huey II

1-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter, Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded on March 28 a $6,265,330 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of one Bell helicopter Huey II aircraft and equipment options.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; Ozark, Ala.; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Almaty, Kazakhstan, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

Joint Base Lewis-McChord to add 1,400 soldiers and 44 helicopters

Joint Base Lewis-McChord to add 1,400 soldiers and 44 helicopters

30-Mar-2011Source: Congressman Adam Smith

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Army’s plan to form a new Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a decision that will bring 1,400 new soldiers and 44 new helicopters to JBLM: “The addition of 1,400 soldiers and 44 helicopters... Read more

24-Mar-11 Bell OH-58D Linden, US-North Carolina

24-Mar-11 Bell OH-58D Linden, US-North Carolina

24-Mar-2011

Very heavylanding in farm field after experiencing mechanical issues.  Skids took impact, and tail boom also damaged.  Tail rotor not attached to the helicopter by the time it came to rest.... Read more

US Apache pilot receives DFC for Afghanistan actions

US Apache pilot receives DFC for Afghanistan actions

17-Mar-2011Source: 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The 82nd Airborne “All-American” Divison commander presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Carlos M. Roman, at Simmons Army Airfield, March 14, for his actions while serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade. Soldiers, family members and friends gathered to honor Roman, an AH-64D Apache helicopter pilot... Read more

Bell to use QuesTek’s Ferrium C64 alloy in US Army FARDS program

Bell to use QuesTek’s Ferrium C64 alloy in US Army FARDS program

16-Mar-2011Source: QuesTek Innovations

QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a subcontract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company, to jointly evaluate the application of QuesTek-designed Ferrium® C64™ steel for helicopter gears. This subcontract is part of the $30 million Technology Investment Agreement awarded to Bell by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate to develop state-of-the-art drive system technology under... Read more

FADEC alleged in legal case over fatal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior accident

FADEC alleged in legal case over fatal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior accident

11-Mar-2011Source: Knox News

The suit alleges the failure of the FADEC system in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter was a direct and proximate cause of two deaths when it crashed near Mosul, Iraq in February 2010. HeliHub.com accident page – 21-Feb-10 Bell OH-58D at Qayyarah Airfield West, Northern Iraq (2F)... Read more

L-3 awarded $25M for vaguely-worded 5 year US Army helicopter avionics contract

L-3 awarded $25M for vaguely-worded 5 year US Army helicopter avionics contract

11-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is being awarded a maximum $25,899,144 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, long-term contract with a five-year base period for replenishment coverage of helicopter systems.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Army.  There was originally one proposal solicited with one response.  The date of performance completion... Read more

07-Mar-11 Event, US-Texas

07-Mar-11 Event, US-Texas

7-Mar-2011

US Army helicopter made precautionary landing which required engineers to be called out from its Fort Hood base... Read more

ARINC awarded $41M contract for Mi-17 work in Iraq

ARINC awarded $41M contract for Mi-17 work in Iraq

6-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, Annapolis, Md., was awarded on Feb. 28 a $41,722,209 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for one year of contractor logistics services option for the MI-17 aircraft. Work will be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The... Read more

Frontier Systems awarded $14M contract to upgrade two YMQ-18A Hummingbirds

Frontier Systems awarded $14M contract to upgrade two YMQ-18A Hummingbirds

4-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

Frontier Systems, Irvine, Calif., was awarded on Feb. 25 a $13,999,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the upgrade of two YMQ-18A unmanned helicopters to modified Block II configuration.  Work will be performed in Irvine, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The... Read more

Swift water rescue underscores the UH-72A’s capabilities in US Army service

Swift water rescue underscores the UH-72A’s capabilities in US Army service

2-Mar-2011Source: EADS North America

The UH-72A Lakota has once again demonstrated its capabilities in a rescue scenario, with a Lakota mission that saved the life of a man trapped by unseasonably-heavy rainfall in San Bernardino, Calif. This rescue was completed by an EADS North America-produced UH-72A operating from the U.S. Army’s National Training Center Air Ambulance Detachment at Ft.... Read more

Elbit awarded $12.7M spares order for US Army Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System

Elbit awarded $12.7M spares order for US Army Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System

2-Mar-2011Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded a $12.75 million delivery order for Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS) spares from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), in Rock Island, Illinois. Work on this contract will be performed... Read more

Orbit awarded IDIQ contract for airborne voice altitude warning systems by US Army

Orbit awarded IDIQ contract for airborne voice altitude warning systems by US Army

1-Mar-2011Source: Orbit Communication Systems

The US Army has awarded ORBIT Communication Systems, Inc. (USA), a subsidiary of Orbit Technologies Ltd. (TASE:ORBI), a Satellite Communications, Tracking & Telemetry, and Communications Management Systems provider, a contract for the production and delivery of the VAWS – Voice Altitude Warning Systems for its combat deployed UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. This IDIQ contract has... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $22M contract for two UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky awarded $22M contract for two UH-60M Black Hawks

1-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Feb. 24 a $22,710,077 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.  Work will be performed in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The U.S. Army... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $40M contract for hub rotors

Sikorsky awarded $40M contract for hub rotors

25-Feb-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Services, Shelton, Conn., is being awarded a maximum $39,882,800 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter hub rotors.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Army.  There were originally two proposals solicited with two responses.  The date of performance completion is Feb. 22, 2016.  The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is... Read more

Laser autoboresight functionality to enhance protection of US Army helicopters

Laser autoboresight functionality to enhance protection of US Army helicopters

24-Feb-2011Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and SELEX Galileo today announced the successful integration of a continuous laser autoboresight module into an advanced jam head to enhance the signal jamming capabilities of the company’s U.S. Army Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) self-protection system offering. The CIRCM jam head is lightweight, small, inexpensive and highly reliable, designed specifically for... Read more

Honeywell awarded $39M contract for CH-47 engine overhauls

Honeywell awarded $39M contract for CH-47 engine overhauls

10-Feb-2011Source: US DoD

Honeywell International, Inc., Tempe, Ariz., was awarded a $39,070,014 firm-fixed-price contract Feb. 3, 2011. The award will provide for the overhaul of T-55 engines for the CH-47 helicopter. Work will be performed in Tempe, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army... Read more

153 Lakotas delivered to date, all on-time and on-budget

153 Lakotas delivered to date, all on-time and on-budget

9-Feb-2011Source: Eurocopter

ARLINGTON, Va., 09.02.2011, The U.S. Army has ordered a total of 32 UH-72A Lakotas from EADS North America in Fiscal Year 2011, which will continue the sustained production for this highly successful program through 2012. The latest contract brings Lakota orders to 219, composed of 214 rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army and five for... Read more

Boeing awarded $70M contract for 14 new AH-64Ds for US Army

Boeing awarded $70M contract for 14 new AH-64Ds for US Army

9-Feb-2011Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Defense, Space & Security, Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Feb. 2 a $69,875,696 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for 14 new build AH-64D war replacement aircraft.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The... Read more

09-Feb-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Lafayette, US-Indiana

09-Feb-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Lafayette, US-Indiana

9-Feb-2011

The helicopter’s tail rotor accidentally touched the runway during a practice run, damaging it and causing the craft to make a hard landing... Read more

07-Feb-11 93-26476 Sikorsky UH-60 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

07-Feb-11 93-26476 Sikorsky UH-60 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

7-Feb-2011

Emergency landing made in school field after warning light illuminated.  No damage.  Crew turned situation into educational opportunity for the school children.... Read more

Defense Technology Inc may protest Russian helicopter deal

Defense Technology Inc may protest Russian helicopter deal

6-Feb-2011Source: Reuters

A small Alabama-based firm is gearing up to protest the Army’s plan to hand an exclusive helicopter contract to a Russian government agency, saying it can do the job quicker and cheaper if it is allowed to compete.... Read more

“Huey” says goodbye to the Yakima Training Center

“Huey” says goodbye to the Yakima Training Center

6-Feb-2011

The UH-1 Huey has been a recognized symbol of the American military for half a century... Read more

04-Feb-11 Sikorsky UH-60 New Baltimore, US-New York

04-Feb-11 Sikorsky UH-60 New Baltimore, US-New York

4-Feb-2011

Warning light led to emergency landing in snowy field.  No indication of any damage or injuries... Read more

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