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GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

7-Oct-2016Source: GE Aviation

GE Aviation successfully began testing the first full engine in the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program under a cooperative agreement between GE and the US Army.  The engine is designed to meet a series of aggressive goals including a 35% reduction in specific fuel consumption, 80% improvement in power-to-weight, 20% improvement in design life... Read more

Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

Lockheed Martin Receives $49 Million U.S. Army Contract

6-Oct-2016Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $49.3 million contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will produce an additional 42 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army as part of Lot... Read more

ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

5-Oct-2016Source: Pratt & Whitney

The U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters. The contract, part of... Read more

U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

3-Oct-2016Source: Pall Aerospace

Pall Aerospace today announced that the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace to supply 4,000 PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Pall was awarded the previous IDIQ contract for 950 filters in 2014 which have all since been... Read more

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

22-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

America’s OH-58D Kiowa Scout helicopters of the 82nd Airborne Division are in for their final deployment to South Korea. When they arrive home, they will be replaced with AH-64 Apaches which are better suited for complex battlegrounds. The Kiowas will be available to the National Guard, be put on the market for foreign sales and... Read more

GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

GE awarded $102M Preliminary Design engine contract for Apache and Black Hawk

25-Aug-2016Source: GE

The United States Army Contracting Command (ACC), based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, awarded GE Aviation a $102M, 24-month contract leading to a Preliminary Design Review of its GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The GE3000 is a 3,000 shaft horsepower engine that will provide advanced turboshaft propulsion capability for the... Read more

Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

Kearfott Corp awarded $7.7M contract for UH-60 servo overhaul and repair

25-Aug-2016Source: US DoD

Kearfott Corp.,* Black Mountain, North Carolina, was awarded a $7,709,471 firm-fixed-price contract for procuring overhaul and repair of the UH-60 servo, roll trim for a minimum quantity of 150 each and a maximum quantity of 1,140 each.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each... Read more

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

16-Aug-2016Source: Univ Texas Austin

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S.... Read more

Rockwell Collins awarded $13M contract to repair UH-60 multi-function display unit

Rockwell Collins awarded $13M contract to repair UH-60 multi-function display unit

31-Jul-2016Source: US DoD

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $13,495,660 firm-fixed-price contract to procure repair of the UH-60 multi-function display unit for a minimum quantity of 350 each, maximum quantity of two,160 each. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date... Read more

Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

22-Jul-2016Source: US Army

Several Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion that is now part of Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville, Tenn., were awarded the Sikorsky Rescue Award July 10, for participating in three different lifesaving missions in Eastern Tennessee earlier this year. “To be eligible to receive the Sikorsky Rescue Award, and individual... Read more

Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

14-Jul-2016Source: Longbow

The U.S. Army awarded the LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) an $89.8 million contract to upgrade the Apache attack helicopter’s LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR). The LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). The contract includes the production of 84 Radar Electronics Units (REUs) as well... Read more

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

28-Jun-2016Source: US DoD

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $73,082,640 modification (P01000) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to add a six-month period of performance with four one-month option periods to procure Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the Army’s UH-72 Lakota aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date... Read more

US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

US Apache join counter-ISIL fight, says US Dept of Defense

15-Jun-2016Source: US DoD

U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters.  “Commanders have used the Apache capability that we positioned there and that [President Barack Obama] authorized them to use some months ago,” Carter said as he traveled to Brussels for meetings... Read more

US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

US and Polish helicopters join forces in battalion air assault exercise

14-Jun-2016Source: US Army

Over 35 NATO helicopters from the Polish 1st Army Aviation Brigade, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade and the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade “Task Force Griffin,” participated in a battalion size air assault of over 400 Sky Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during exercise Anakonda 16, June 10-11, at the 21st... Read more

Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

14-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Skycore Aviation has launched its Blackhawk 360 Solution, www.blackhawk360.com, providing customers the capability to acquire, upgrade and support Blackhawks. Leveraging the U.S. Army Best program, the Blackhawk 360 Solution provides customers a cost-effective medium lift capability. With refurbished UH-60A Blackhawks in stock, Skycore can provide its 360 Solution immediately. “Until now, sourcing, executing and sustaining... Read more

FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

FL Technics supports US special ops MH-47Gs in Lithuania

7-Jun-2016Source: FL Technics

FL Technics has successfully completed a cooperation project launched together with the United States Armed Forces. Under the project, FL Technics provided support services as well as secured appropriate conditions for the maintenance of heavy-lift helicopters CH-47 Chinook conducted by the U.S. Army 160th SOAR (A). The U.S. Armed Forces chose Lithuania as its base... Read more

Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky win $11M contract for one UH-60M

6-Jun-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00358) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,... Read more

L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

26-May-2016Source: L-3 Link

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that two CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) it installed at the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI Warrior Hall facility have been released for training. L-3 Link performed work on the CH-47F OFTs under a contract modification from CSRA, prime contractor on the U.S. Army’s Flight School... Read more

US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

19-May-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $88,117,272 modification (P00350) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for eight UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $88,117,272 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

11-Apr-2016Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922,628,257 modification (PZ0011) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $922,628,257 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

11-Apr-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00342) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,... Read more

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

8-Apr-2016Source: US Army

Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly utilized across the state, nation and abroad, is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second helicopter unit. A command aviation company will reside alongside the C Company, 5th Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment medical evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions... Read more

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

8-Apr-2016Source: US Army

For the first time, Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), teamed up with sailors from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), to conduct a weeklong overwater exercise that began March 14 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Sailors from HSC-2, also known as the “Fleet Angels,” spent the week with the... Read more

Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

6-Apr-2016Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $37,793,822 modification (P00014) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0017 for the continuation of the Apache Helicopter 64 (AH-64) Performance Based Logistics program.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $37,793,822 were obligated at... Read more

Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

29-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $184,930,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Apache helicopter full-rate production in Lot 7.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $184,930,000 were obligated at... Read more

Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

Rotorcraft Modernization Efforts Back on Track, Officials Tell US Congress

18-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Rotorcraft modernization, severely affected by budget cuts, is just now getting back on track, Army and Air Force officials told a House panel yesterday. Army Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air... Read more

Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

Boeing awarded $896M for 12 new and 27 upgraded CH-47Fs

16-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $896,929,889 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for cargo (CH-47F) helicopter multiyear for production lot 14 for 27 renew helicopters and 12 new build helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $42M advance funding for 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft

15-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,281,000 modification (P00331) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to add fiscal 2017 advance procurement funding to the Blackhawk multi-year contract for the planned procurement of 21 Army UH-60M and 15 HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018.  Fiscal... Read more

189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

189th Attack Helicopter Company pilots reunite at HAAF

15-Mar-2016Source: US Army

Several UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots formerly from the 189th Attack Helicopter Company who served together in Vietnam held a reunion tour at Hunter Army Airfield March 11. The “Avengers” of Guns platoon 189th AHC served together in the late sixties during the early years of the Vietnam War. Steve Webster was a UH-1 Huey helicopter... Read more

Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

Honeywell awarded $9.5M for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Honeywell International, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $9,585,183 modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-11-C-0039 for technical and logistics support for the repair of CH-47 T-55 engines.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,585,183 were obligated at... Read more

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,849,966 modification (0030) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for Apache helicopter rotary tail blades.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,849,966 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $387,181,200 modification (P00333) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise the option for 35 UH-60M helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $387,181,200 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

11-Feb-2016Source: HAI

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

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

27-Jan-2016Source: Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions. A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle... Read more

LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

LockMart wins $38M contract for Apache M-TADS/PNVS

7-Jan-2016Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $31.8 million contract in December 2015 to sustain the AH-64D/E Apache’s targeting and pilotage system, the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS). This Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, drives reliability and maintainability improvements, and reduces operation and support costs. A... Read more

02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

2-Dec-2015

Apache from  101st Airborne Division crashed around 7pm on a night training flight... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

Sikorsky awarded $883M contract for Army helicopter support

1-Dec-2015Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $833,339,080 modification (0004) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for sustaining, Army fixed engineering sustaining, program management/systems engineering sustaining, Army provisioning, Army technical publications, other integrated logistics support, contractor manpower reporting, packaging handling storage and transportation, and advance procurement funding. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

Sikorsky awarded $106M for Army H-60 weapons system work

30-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $106,510,258 modification (P00310) to contract W58RGZ-13-D-0001 for technical, engineering, logistics services and supplies, and 100 percent parts support for the H-60 weapons system. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the... Read more

CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

CSC awarded $9.2M for Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office work

30-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Computer Sciences Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $9,286,461 modification (002906) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan) contract W31P4Q-05-A-0028 for support to the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office . Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 24, 2016. Fiscal 2016 other... Read more

23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

23-Nov-2015

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement on Tuesday 24th:  “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is... Read more

23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

23-Nov-2015

US Army Apache crashed after hitting wires on a routine training mission, killing both on board.  Post crash fire.  Debris scattered across a road 500m from nearest houses.  The authorities reported wire among the wreckage and the upper part of a nearby high-voltage tower was damaged.... Read more

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

16-Nov-2015Source: Airbus

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8M in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and for... Read more

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

12-Nov-2015Source: NASA

U.S. helicopters, military and civilian, are safer and more efficient today in part because of a research partnership established 50 years ago between the U.S. Army and NASA. The joint agreement, signed in 1965, has allowed NASA and Army researchers to work side by side, especially at three NASA aeronautics research centers – Ames at... Read more

48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

48th Assault Helicopter Co honored at Fort Rucker

11-Nov-2015Source: Dothan Eagle

Friends, family and surviving members of the 48th Assault Helicopter Company left roses at a new monument dedicated Friday to the company.See full story... Read more

Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

Boeing awarded $51M for AH-64E mod

9-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $51,200,000 modification (P00018) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055 for Version 4 retrofit kits for the Apache helicopter, AH-64E, Lots 1-4.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $25,088,000 were obligated at the... Read more

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

9-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $65,828,056 modification (P00945) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for Lakota helicopters with ARC radio 231 mission equipment package.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $65,828,056 were obligated at... Read more

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

Siemens helps Corpus Christi Army Depot save energy and cut costs

9-Nov-2015Source: Siemens

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville has selected Siemens to be its long-term partner to address water and energy infrastructure needs and improve energy efficiency at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). Siemens was notified September 30, 2015 that it had been awarded the $24M Energy Savings Performance Contract... Read more

26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

26-Oct-2015

Emergency landing on sports field after suspected fire.  No injuries or damage.  Helicopter operating from Fort Campbell... Read more

US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

US Army signs five year Apache HUMS contract with Honeywell

22-Oct-2015Source: Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Army to provide modernized signal processing units to support Honeywell’s innovative Health and Usage Monitoring System, which can detect and predict potential problems before they occur for the Apache attack helicopter. The processing unit is a combat-proven solution that provides onboard sensing and... Read more

US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

US Army procures APKWS laser-guided rockets from BAE Systems

14-Oct-2015Source: BAE Systems

The U.S. Army has procured an initial quantity of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rockets for use in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This deployment marks the first time U.S. Army personnel will be able to benefit from the laser-guided rocket, which has proven highly successful for the U.S. Navy... Read more

Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

Elbit demonstrates Advanced Cockpit Capabilities at AUSA

12-Oct-2015Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems of America will demonstrate its cockpit advancements at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C., October 12-14.  These highly technical solutions give Army Aviators clarity during bad weather and poor conditions to improve their mission effectiveness. Elbit Systems of America understands that to improve the ability for aviators to... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

1-Oct-2015Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $25,719,410 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for the maintenance and overhaul of Blackhawk helicopter blades.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2020.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,... Read more

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

22-Sep-2015Source: US DoD

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July... Read more

Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with US Army helicopter future plans

17-Sep-2015Source: UPI

The U.S. military’s Future Vertical Lift program to develop new battlefield helicopters does not impress the top air force chief in the Netherlands. See Full Story... Read more

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

8-Sep-2015Source: US DoD

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

4-Sep-2015

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk... Read more

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

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

2-Sep-2015

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

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

20-Aug-2015Source: Stars And Stripes

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

US Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility

US Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility

14-Aug-2015Source: US DoD

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

New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

13-Aug-2015Source: ADN

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... Read more

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

29-Jul-2015Source: Waterdown Daily Times

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

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

23-Jul-2015Source: Roger Wicker

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

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

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

21-Jul-2015

Main blades contacted tail boom in night training landing... Read more

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

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

9-Jul-2015Source: CAE

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

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

1-Jul-2015Source: US DoD

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

Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

29-Jun-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

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

29-Jun-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

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

29-Jun-2015Source: US Army

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

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

22-Jun-2015Source: WaayTV

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... Read more

Boeing extends US Army Rotorcraft Support Partnership

Boeing extends US Army Rotorcraft Support Partnership

15-Jun-2015Source: Boeing

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

Pratt & Whitney approves AAR to overhaul Black Hawk APUs

Pratt & Whitney approves AAR to overhaul Black Hawk APUs

4-Jun-2015Source: AAR

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

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

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

3-Jun-2015Source: Companies and Markets

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

Sikorsky S-97 Raider flies for first time

Sikorsky S-97 Raider flies for first time

26-May-2015Source: Sikorsky

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

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

20-May-2015Source: HAI

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

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

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

18-May-2015Source: US DoD

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

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