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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Rampart Range, US-Colorado

Crashed into trees during a training exercise.  Two severely injured, two minor.

02-Sep-15

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

The first of 24 Apache AH-64 attack helicopters arrived Tuesday at their new home, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 20-Aug-15

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US Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility

US Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility

The chief of the Army Reserve understands that the U.S. deficit is a threat to national security, but says the component needs flexibility from Congress to spend what money it gets more effectively. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley told the Defense Writers’ Group today, “if you don’t have the flexibility or even authority to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Aug-15

New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

Two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters will arrive at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks, on Thursday, the first of what will be a new helicopter battalion. See Full Story

Source: ADN, 13-Aug-15

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

After 20 years of operations in the north country, the post’s Kiowa helicopters will fly for the final time today. See full story

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 29-Jul-15

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today questioned Gen. Mark Milley, nominee to be Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, about reports that the Army intends to implement the Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) as early as October 1, 2015. The plan would begin the transfer of Apache helicopters from the National Guard to the Army… Read more »

Source: Roger Wicker, 23-Jul-15

21-Jul-15 81-23609 Sikorsky UH-60 McPherson, US-Kansas

Main blades contacted tail boom in night training landing

21-Jul-15

CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE was awarded a contract by Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. to manufacture two additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices (FTDs). These UH-72A FTDs, the seventh and eight being produced by CAE for the U.S. Army, will be delivered to Fort Rucker, Alabama during the spring of 2016. These training devices, which are Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Jul-15

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M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

Sunrise Beach Corp. (dba M2 services Corp.)*, McKinney, Texas was awarded a $9,652,470 modification (P00021) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0079 for daily field and sustainment maintenance for helicopters, wheeled and tracked vehicles, aviation ground support equipment, communications equipment, and government property at Ft. Hood, Texas with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a $15,340,002 modification (0020) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for 1,060 Apache Weapons System main rotor strap pack assemblies. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $15,340,002 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,756,070 modification (P00260) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M aircraft and two fire extinguishers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and one UH-60M for the Army BEST aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2015 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New York Army National Guard Capt. Kenneth Hilkert, a Seneca Falls resident, takes command of Detachment 1, Company B of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment Sunday morning, June 28 at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. The unit operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters, providing heavy lift support to Army and joint forces. Hilkert takes command… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Jun-15

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US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

The employees of the Utility Helicopter Office of the Program Executive Office for Aviation welcomed their new Colonel Thursday at a Change of Charter ceremony. See Full Story

Source: WaayTV, 22-Jun-15

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Boeing extends US Army Rotorcraft Support Partnership

Boeing extends US Army Rotorcraft Support Partnership

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a five-year contract extending the company’s partnership with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). The public-private agreement supports the overhaul of complex parts for U.S. Army AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinooks and provides the Army direct access to Boeing’s expertise in platform service and supply networks. The contract includes a base… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Jun-15

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Pratt & Whitney approves AAR to overhaul Black Hawk APUs

Pratt & Whitney approves AAR to overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has won an endorsement from Pratt & Whitney to enhance the U.S. Army contract to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The new certification augments work being performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island as part of a five-year… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Jun-15

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Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Bell Helicopter has expressed its concerns about the US Army retiring almost 800 helicopters, with a view to possibly sell the helicopters to foreign consumers in the global helicopter market. As part of the aviation restructure initiative (ARI) the U.S. Army is beginning to retire all of their OH-58D armed scout helicopters and TH-67 trainers,… Read more »

Source: Companies and Markets, 03-Jun-15

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider flies for first time

Sikorsky S-97 Raider flies for first time

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary (NYSE: UTX), today announced the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. The first flight was conducted at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center (DFC) where the two-prototype… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-May-15

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HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

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

Source: HAI, 20-May-15

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Dillon Aero wins $14M contract for weapon systems on US Army helicopters

Dillon Aero wins $14M contract for weapon systems on US Army helicopters

Dillon Aero,* Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $13,987,456 firm-fixed-price multi-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts for the M134D weapons system in support of the CH-47, UH-60, MI-17, and OH-6 helicopters. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-May-15

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DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3-D virtual maintenance training solutions, today announced a contract award from the U.S. Army to develop a virtual maintenance trainer (VMT) for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter. The $4.4 million contract includes the development of twelve (12) interactive student workstations with a networked… Read more »

Source: DiSTI, 13-May-15

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US Army Saves Millions of Dollars on Helicopter Fuel Costs by Using GE Liquid Fuel Additive

US Army Saves Millions of Dollars on Helicopter Fuel Costs by Using GE Liquid Fuel Additive

GE (NYSE: GE) has a liquid fuel additive that is saving the U.S. Army millions of dollars in helicopter fuel and maintenance costs. The Army is projecting even greater cost savings if it expands deployment of GE’s +100 fuel additive to all Army aircraft. As part of long-term feasibility studies of the additive on the… Read more »

Source: GE, 07-May-15

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Boeing wins $247M contract to revitalise AH-64 and CH-47 fleets

Boeing wins $247M contract to revitalise AH-64 and CH-47 fleets

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $247,094,589 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract to overhaul, repair, and recapitalize the AH-64 and H-47 airframe and weapons system. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-15

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US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

The Defense Department will restructure the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and subordinate units in Germany as part of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative in Europe, defense officials said today in a statement. The 12th CAB restructuring will reduce the U.S. presence in Germany by about 1,900 military positions and an estimated 2,850 family members, officials… Read more »

Source: DoD, 30-Apr-15

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Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Most Canadians are aware that Canada possesses a sophisticated search and rescue capability, with its aircraft and helicopters primarily flown by Canada’s Air Force.  See Full Story

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 30-Apr-15

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AAR to provide logistics support to Bell for T64 engines in V280 program

AAR to provide logistics support to Bell for T64 engines in V280 program

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (“Bell Helicopter”) awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics (DS&L) business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft. The two-year agreement is the first between the global aerospace and defense contractor… Read more »

Source: AAR, 23-Apr-15

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Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

For years, the U.S. armed forces and militaries around the world have sought an interoperable, scalable, ad hoc networked communications system that allows warfighters to talk with each other, no matter if they are located on the ground or in the air. Now Rockwell Collins has cracked that code with its TruNet networked communications solution… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 21-Apr-15

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Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

A retired U.S. Army colonel pleaded guilty on Monday to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while taking steps to enable a helicopter company it controlled to get paid faster by the Defense Department. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 21-Apr-15

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Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $321,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract to complete development of the base line Apache attack helicopter, and for the integration of modifications. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Bids were solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises Inc., Talladega, Alabama, was awarded a $20,565,202 firm-fixed- price contract for repair of various Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System components for AH-64 Apache pilots and crew. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 10, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationCorp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for spare parts that will be used in various weapon system platforms, including the H-53 and H-60 platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

 A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 09-Apr-15

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US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

A retired Army colonel pleaded guilty to negotiating his post-military employment with a helicopter company that did business with the Defense Department office he ran while still in uniform, according to court records filed Tuesday by U.S. government attorneys. See Full Story

Source: U S News, 08-Apr-15

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US Army Selects GE for Engine Controls Technology Development

US Army Selects GE for Engine Controls Technology Development

The U.S. Army selected GE Aviation to perform conceptual design and trade analysis on the Rotorcraft Advanced Engine Integrated Controls System (RAEICS) program. The 24-month project will develop a conceptual design of an advanced engine control system to enable innovative, high performance propulsion capabilities for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) platforms. RAEICS will assess innovative engine… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 07-Apr-15

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Rockwell Collins delivers RNP-RNAV capabilities for the U.S. Army CH-47F Chinooks

Rockwell Collins delivers RNP-RNAV capabilities for the U.S. Army CH-47F Chinooks

The U.S. Army continues to bring additional levels of safety to CH-47F operators with a new Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) upgrade from Rockwell Collins. The upgrade for CH-47F Chinooks equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) was most recently fielded with the Minnesota/Iowa National Guard, as well as the 25th Combat Aviation… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 01-Apr-15

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Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced its show plans for the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tenn., March 29 – April 1. The company will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation tiltrotor aircraft. Follow this link to reach the media gallery for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-15

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Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) marks its 100th anniversary this year with an exhibit at Quad A. Donaldson provides advanced technology filtration solutions that help protect military aircraft – and the crews and troops using them – from the adverse effects of dirt, dust and other environmental contaminants. The 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit is… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Mar-15

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First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years. However, no single unit has ever actually been assigned to both assets until now, said Lt. Col. Tory Burgess, product manager for Shadow Tactical UAS. Burgess and others spoke during a media roundtable… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Mar-15

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AGC AeroComposites to produce Armament Support System for the US Army MH-60M fleet

AGC AeroComposites to produce Armament Support System for the US Army MH-60M fleet

AGC AeroComposites, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company and global supplier of composite aerostructures and components, has been awarded the production of the Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support System (MSLASS) wings for the MH-60M fleet. Under the contract, AGC will deliver eight ship-sets of MSLASS wings to the US Army Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA)…. Read more »

Source: ACG, 25-Mar-15

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Northrop Grumman to Showcase Tomorrow’s Solutions for Today’s Army Aviation Force at Quad-A Summit

Northrop Grumman to Showcase Tomorrow’s Solutions for Today’s Army Aviation Force at Quad-A Summit

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight a full range of solutions aimed at providing best-value enhancements and game-changing capabilities during the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit. The event will be held March 29-31 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Northrop Grumman’s booth 800 will spotlight… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 24-Mar-15

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Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $713,896,061 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for 26 remanufactured CH-47F helicopters, four new CH-47s, and the option of building two more CH-47s, and provides for over and above appropriated funding and obligates long lead funding for Production Lot 14. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Pall delivers 200th PUREair Dry Barrier Filter Element for US Army Black Hawks

Pall delivers 200th PUREair Dry Barrier Filter Element for US Army Black Hawks

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced that it has delivered its 200th PUREair Dry Barrier filter element to the U.S. Army.  Pall Aerospace has been delivering product since July 2014 to support the U.S. Army’s effort to re-source the UH-60 BLACK HAWK Engine Inlet Barrier Filters (EIBF).  This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), competitive contract awarded… Read more »

Source: PALL, 16-Mar-15

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Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum received a retired piece of modern history to add to their full aviation pavilion at Fort Eustis, Virginia, March 10, 2015. The museum welcomed a 30-year-old VH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, designed to transport VIPs throughout the Military District of Washington. David Hanselman, U.S. Army Transportation Museum… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Mar-15

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Sikorsky awarded $241M option for 22 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $241M option for 22 UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $241,701,155 modification (P00232) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise option for a quantity of 22 UH-60M aircraft to support contingency operations. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $241,701,155 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2016. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

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UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfil commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Mar-15

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Lockheed/Sikorsky JV awarded $2 Billion contract for H-60 weapon systems

Lockheed/Sikorsky JV awarded $2 Billion contract for H-60 weapon systems

Marine Helicopter Support Co., Trevose, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $1,999,812,283 fixed-price performance based logistics requirements contract for 1,710 weapon replaceable assemblies/shop replaceable assemblies’ components in support of the H-60 aircraft. This effort will encompass the repair, modification, overhaul and replacement of hardware, including manufacturing of new material, as well as storage, requisition processing, obsolescence… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-15

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UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

On a sunny, winter morning, with the last of the morning’s frost dissipating into fog, U.S. troopers and Polish infantrymen met at the edge of the airfield here to await the UH-60 Black Hawk’s arrival and the beginning of medical evacuation training.  This is the latest in weeks of training between Dragoons assigned to K… Read more »

Source: US Army, 01-Mar-15

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Boeing awarded $591M contract for 35 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing awarded $591M contract for 35 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $591,245,165 modification (P00003) to fixed-price-incentive contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 to acquire 35 AH-64E Apache helicopters under the full rate production of Lot 5.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $105,616,400 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is July 31, 2015.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

The Army’s Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test directorate near Huntsville, Alabama, has sent a team to Sawyer to ice test the twin-engine AW189 helicopter.  See full story

Source: The State, 17-Feb-15

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US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

The U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. will support the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios…. Read more »

Source: Thad Cochran, 16-Feb-15

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Investigators say human error caused Idaho Guard Apache crash

Investigators say human error caused Idaho Guard Apache crash

Military investigators say human error caused an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter to crash during a training mission in November near the Boise airport, leading to the death of two pilots on board. See full story.

Source: Military Times, 16-Feb-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $82M for US Army Apache Targeting/Night Vision System

Lockheed Martin awarded $82M for US Army Apache Targeting/Night Vision System

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Feb-15

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SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

A change of command ceremony was held for the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, at the Army Aviation flight facility at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Feb. 8, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. James Fidler relinquished command of the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter unit to Maj. John McElveen, in front… Read more »

Source: SC Army, 10-Feb-15

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Thales awarded FMS software contract for US Army UH-60V cockpit

Thales awarded FMS software contract for US Army UH-60V cockpit

Thales (Euronext: HO) announces that it has been selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to supply its state of the art Flight Management System software, i-FMS200, which will be embedded in the avionics mission equipment package that Northrop Grumman will provide to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The upgraded version of… Read more »

Source: Thales, 06-Feb-15

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US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

A U.S. appeals court in New Orleans has found in favor of a former Army helicopter pilot who was denied disability benefits by a life insurer on the grounds that the pilot was still capable of working, even at a lower salary, and therefore was not totally disabled. See Full Story

Source: Insurance News Net, 05-Feb-15

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U.S. Army Recruits General Electric to Build $4.5 Billion Next-Gen Helicopter Engine

U.S. Army Recruits General Electric to Build $4.5 Billion Next-Gen Helicopter Engine

At General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) , the motto used to be: “GE: We bring good things to life.” But can GE bring the U.S. Army’s helicopters back to life? See Full Story

Source: The Motley Fool, 27-Jan-15

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Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

It was a bittersweet day for the Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, with the casing of the unit colors in preparation for an operational deployment to the Korea peninsula and a final flight of the Kiowa Warrior helicopters, Jan. 15. “The Kiowa Warrior has called this island home for the past 17… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Jan-15

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National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

Army National Guard members have served along the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas since 2012 providing aviation support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with plans to continue serving for the foreseeable future. Soldiers, from numerous states across the country, collaborate in this unique mission, known as Operation Phalanx, to provide aviation assets in support… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Jan-15

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Boeing awarded $14M to increase quantity of AH-64E Lot 5 aircraft

Boeing awarded $14M to increase quantity of AH-64E Lot 5 aircraft

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,583,600 modification (P00002) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 to increase the quantity of AH-64E Apache full rate production Lot 5 aircraft. The modification adds additional advance procurement funding to purchase of long lead items. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $14,583,600 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-15

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US Army nears CIRCM decision between BAE SYstems and Northrop Grumman

US Army nears CIRCM decision between BAE SYstems and Northrop Grumman

The biggest threat to U.S. military helicopters flying in combat zones today is heat-seeking missiles.  The compact, shoulder-fired missiles are gradually becoming available to virtually every militant group that threatens U.S. overseas interests, and the latest versions are equipped with seekers that can readily distinguish between real targets and simple countermeasures such as flares. See… Read more »

Source: Forbes, 15-Jan-15

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Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

Medical evacuation operations are very complex and dangerous for evacuation helicopters, crewmembers, and patients. MedEvac missions consist of retrieving the wounded from a dangerous environment and transporting them to medical triage or a medical treatment facility. In the event that a helicopter cannot land, MedEvac crewmembers are trained to send down a medic, who evaluates… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Dec-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $82M option to AH-64 target/NV contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $82M option to AH-64 target/NV contract

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $82,821,104 modification (P00023) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year three performance based logistics program support for Apache Attack Helicopter modernized target designation sight/pilot night vision sensor equipment.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $82,821,104 were obligated at the time of the award…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Dec-14

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Longbow LLC awarded AH-64D fire control radar unit $18M contract extension

Longbow LLC awarded AH-64D fire control radar unit $18M contract extension

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded an $18,487,338 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0028 exercising option year two for the management and logistics for all U.S. government Apache AH-64D helicopter fire control radar units.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $18,487,338 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Dec-14

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General Dynamics Awarded Contract by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 Rocket Program

General Dynamics Awarded Contract by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 Rocket Program

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a competitive, five-year fixed firm price contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for all military services. Composed of two main components, the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads, the Hydra-70 rocket can be… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Dec-14

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First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modelling, simulation and training event, CAE announced that the United States Army has accepted for training the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) to be located at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Under subcontract to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-14

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Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH72A Lakota helicopters with ARC 231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

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Sikorsky awarded $316M to upgrade H-60 weapon system

Sikorsky awarded $316M to upgrade H-60 weapon system

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $316,176,135 modification (P00030) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-10-D-0001 for continued support of technical, engineering and logistical services and supplies, and component and airframe parts, for the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the H-60 weapons system. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $105,994,755 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-14

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Pinnacle Selects Flatirons S1000D Solution for U.S. Army Helicopter Program

Pinnacle Selects Flatirons S1000D Solution for U.S. Army Helicopter Program

Flatirons Solutions announced today that Pinnacle Solutions Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), has selected the Flatirons S1000D Solution to fulfill technical content lifecycle management (CLM) requirements for its newly awarded contract for a U.S. Army helicopter program. The program requires contractors to support the S1000D data exchange standard. The selection of the Flatirons… Read more »

Source: Flatirons, 19-Nov-14

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Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford Connecticut was awarded a $771,957,753 modification (P00201) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for 41 UH-60M helicopters and 24 HH-60M helicopters and to fund associated support functions. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement Army funds in the amount of $771,957,753 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 17-Nov-14

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SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rapid City. The SDARNG has received its first two of six aircraft, which will replace its current inventory of six UH-60 A/L model Black Hawk helicopters. The new aircraft will provide an increased operational capability… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Oct-14

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Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

One of the Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31. Thanks to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Oct-14

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Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

“This marks another benchmark for the CH-47F program,” said Lt. Col. Michael Hauenstein, the Army’s CH-47F product manager, Office of the Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters. “More importantly, we have met this benchmark ahead of schedule, within cost, and produced an aircraft that performs as required worldwide. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Oct-14

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Fort Bliss’ Flying Dragons getting drones to team with their attack helicopters

Fort Bliss’ Flying Dragons getting drones to team with their attack helicopters

An attack-reconnaissance helicopter battalion at Fort Bliss is blazing a trail for the rest of the Army. See Full Story

Source: Elpasotimes, 24-Oct-14

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Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

The “Workhorse” Soldiers of Company B, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade concluded their hands-on verification process of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter maintenance manuals. The product manager for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter, Lt. Col. Reese Hauenstein, was on hand Oct. 15 to reward the Soldiers of Company B, 603rd ASB with some challenge… Read more »

Source: Chinook, 24-Oct-14

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