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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

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced a $1 million contribution to the National Museum of the United States Army. Bell Helicopter will sponsor its iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois Utility Helicopter as the featured macro artifact of the Museum’s Vietnam War exhibit. Robert Hastings, Bell Helicopter’s Senior Vice President of Communications &… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

Sikorsky awarded $21.7M option for two UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $21.7M option for two UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,757,443 modification (P00189) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for two UH-60M helicopters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, increasing the number of aircraft originally contracted for. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $21,757,443 were obligated at the time of the award…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Oct-14

Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $151,296,000 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter display units. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and one offer was received. This is a two-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Iowa with a Dec. 31, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

Alliant Techsystems Operations, LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota is being awarded a $36,778,430 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract for M230-30MM automatic guns and 32 spare parts in support of the Apache helicopter. Work location and funding will be determined with each order. The estimated completion date is Sept. 28, 2017. Army Contracting Command – Tank and Automotive, Warren, Michigan… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

Woodward awarded $47M contract for T700 common fuel control work

Woodward awarded $47M contract for T700 common fuel control work

Woodward, Inc., Loves Park, Illinois, was awarded a $47,235,265 firm-fixed-price, multiyear contract for the UH60 helicopter T700 common fuel control, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2019. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. One bid was solicited, with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Oct-14

Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

The Boeing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $499,144,082 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering logistical support services encompassing the technical, engineering, logistics, data analysis, technical data reproduction, supportability, and management requirements for pre-through post-production, sustainment, and fleet support for all H-47 helicopters variants, exercising delivery order 0001 at time of the award. Work location and funding… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Sep-14

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NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet for the second time in a year – all in the name of safety. News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (weather permitting) at NASA’s Langley Research Center in… Read more »

Source: NASA, 25-Sep-14

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AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA, has sued the U.S. Army to block its plans to buy 155 helicopters built by Europe’s Airbus without a competition, arguing that its own helicopters would be cheaper to buy and operate. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 24-Sep-14

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Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday unsealed a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two MD Helicopters Inc. employees accusing the company and its CEO of overbilling the U.S. Army for helicopters that were purchased for foreign governments.  See full story

Source: Law360, 19-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

Sikorsky Aircraft Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,538,253 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 mechanical transmissions. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. Four bids were solicited, with two received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-14

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Boeing awarded $27M for improved CH-47 electrical system

Boeing awarded $27M for improved CH-47 electrical system

The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $27,700,422 modification (0308) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W58RGZ-04-G-0023 for development, fabrication, testing and bench qualifying a modified electrical system that can be integrated into a twin engine, tandem rotor, which will result in an improved electrical system for the CH-47 aircraft. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Sep-14

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Boeing receives $130M order for seven AH-64E

Boeing receives $130M order for seven AH-64E

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $130,000,000 modification (P00013) to fixed-price incentive, full rate production contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055; the cumulative total of the contract, before this modification, was $1,156,446,681. This is an undefinitized contract action to build seven new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $19,200,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Sep-14

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Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, by the Redstone Test Center. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 04-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut was awarded a $33,592,172 sole-source contract for procurement of initial spares and aviation ground support equipment for 24 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $33,592,172 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army’s Next Rotorcraft

Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army’s Next Rotorcraft

Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations. See Full Story

Source: Defense News, 20-Aug-14

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Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor. During the “Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Aug-14

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Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by Redstone Defense Systems to supply and integrate mission avionics equipment for a digital cockpit upgrade of the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. Northrop Grumman will provide a scalable, fully integrated mission equipment package for the UH‑60L cockpit and will replace the older analog gauges with… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Aug-14

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Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

Earlier this week, the Boeing/Sikorsky team put out a statement detailing their acceptance by US Army on the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) project, the precursor to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme.  In the absence of any press statement from Bell, they have provided the following quotes from  Keith Flail, program director for the Bell V-280… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-14

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the… Read more »

Source: Boeing Sikorsky, 13-Aug-14

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1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

Flight crews from 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41) off the Pacific coast of Honduras, August 3-4, 2014. The training, which took place approximately 20 miles off the coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. The… Read more »

Source: JTF-B, 11-Aug-14

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Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale Mfg. Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, was awarded a $8,520,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the actuator, elect (OH-58D), with a minimum of 100 to be completed, up to a maximum of 1,080; this is to include 180 for foreign military sales. This is a critical safety item. Funding and work location will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Aug-14

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Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

The Army Aviation Facility in South Burlington saw the landing of two new pieces of equipment to help push flying into the future. Two UH-72 MEPS Lakota helicopters were flown from Meridianville, Alabama, to the facility in South Burlington during the weekend. “The Army retired the OH-58 that we had,” said Lt. Col. John Johnston,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Aug-14

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AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces it has been selected by the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The work will be performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island. The five-year contract, valued in excess of $23 million, will initially cover… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Aug-14

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Boeing Delivers First U.S. Army Multiyear II Configured Chinook

Boeing Delivers First U.S. Army Multiyear II Configured Chinook

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army one month ahead of schedule. The delivery was celebrated in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Pa. “This delivery is an example of teamwork and commitment to the troops in the field,” said Col. Rob… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 30-Jul-14

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX] have been selected to help develop the Joint Common Architecture (JCA) standard for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Science and Technology program, an element of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The Technology Investment Agreement was awarded by the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Jul-14

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US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace for 950 U.S. Army BLACK HAWK PUREair barrier filter elements. The PUREair barrier filters have been specifically designed using advanced synthetic dry media technology that virtually eliminates the maintenance associated with conventional oil-wetted… Read more »

Source: Pall, 15-Jul-14

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New Book Remembers the Lives of Vietnam War Crew Members

New Book Remembers the Lives of Vietnam War Crew Members

The Vietnam War was fought from the year 1955 until the Fall of Saigon in 1975. In Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories Volume II, author H.D. Graham remembers the courageous men who served with their lives and braved the perils of this turbulent period in history. Graham is a retired USAF E9 and has enjoyed… Read more »

Source: Xlibris, 14-Jul-14

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Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

The Pentagon paid Bell $8,123.50 each for gears that should have cost $445.06, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.  See full report

Source: Bloomberg, 09-Jul-14

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Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 200th depopulation of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The program, which began at Summit in 2002, is designed to harvest parts from the United States Army’s “D” model aircraft to be installed onto new “F” or “G” models. The process starts with the… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 09-Jul-14

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US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

With only 50 aircraft currently on display, a massive $45M plan has been launched to bring many of the further 160 aircraft out of storage and onto public display.  See full story

Source: South East Sun, 07-Jul-14

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US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

The Army-led Future Vertical Lift program is being developed to replace the service’s aging helicopter fleet, and the aircraft of other services, at some point in the future. The need for Future Vertical Lift, known as FVL, was explained by Dan Bailey, program director, Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator/FVL, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Jul-14

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26-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Molinelli, US-Alabama

Night training flight

26-Jun-14

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19-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Leray, US-New York

Tenth Combat Aviation officials say the pilots were conducting a maintenance test flight over Jefferson County  when an emergency light came on in the cockpit.

19-Jun-14

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US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

More than 60 pilots and support personnel and five UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) deployed here from Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, June 6 to support U.S. and NATO forces training in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The CAB Soldiers arrived by helicopter at the 12th Air Base of the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Jun-14

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Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

Pentagon to continue research funds, but will new aircraft follow?

The military intends to continue to fund rotary-wing research and testing programs, officials said, but it cannot yet predict if or when it will have funds to buy new aircraft to replace the current fleet.  See full story

Source: National Defense, 06-Jun-14

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Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky awarded $24M more for UH-60 support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $24,000,000 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to realign the funding between the fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds and the planned aircraft production funds for fiscal 2015, with no change to the UH-60 or HH-60 contract price. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $24,000,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $33M UH-72A support contract

EADS North America, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $33,797,867 modification (P00795) to W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistic support for the Utility Helicopter-72A.  Work is to be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) appropriations in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $143M contract for 13 UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $143,381,783 modification (P00146) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 13 Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $143,381,783 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date is Sept. 30,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-May-14

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AAR expands support of US Army CH-47 recapitalization program

AAR expands support of US Army CH-47 recapitalization program

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has won a contract that expands its component repair support of The Boeing Company’s Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. This is a significant increase over AAR’s portion of Boeing’s initial… Read more »

Source: AAR, 27-May-14

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The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

The cost of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook is $25,891,028

The Department of Defence has issued this contract notice for a single helicopter – we assume it is the latest CH-47F model:- The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $25,891,028 modification (P00009) to a firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0002) to exercise the option purchase a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Work will be performed in Ridley… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-May-14

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Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems awarded $10M gyroscope contract

Ultra Flightline Systems, Victor, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,990,280 firm-fixed-price contract for gyroscopes which support helicopter flight controls. This contract was a sole source acquisition. Location of performance is New York, with a March 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 Army working capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-May-14

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L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L‐3 WESCAM announced today successful ground and flight demonstrations of its MX™-25D at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Alabama on April 16, 2014. Through a cooperative agreement between the Apache Sensors Product Office and L-3 WESCAM, the demonstrations were conducted to investigate available electro-optical technologies. The original ground demonstration prompted the Sensors… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 06-May-14

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Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release (AWR) of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket (LGR) on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 05-May-14

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters Inc.*, Aurora, Ore., was awarded a $30,552,180 firm-fixed-price contract for the after rotor head and the forward rotor head for the Chinook weapons system. The minimum quantity (combined for the rotor heads) is ten and the maximum quantity is 198. Funding and performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-14

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US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

ARMTEC Countermeasures Co., Cochella, Calif., was awarded an $11,450,440 modification (P00034) to firm-fixed-price contract W52P1J-09-C-0055 to exercise the option for 390,800 each M206 decoy countermeasure flares (389,300 for U.S. Air Force and 1500 each for the U.S. Army) for protection of helicopters and low altitude aircraft. Work will be performed in East Camden, Ark., with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-14

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Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

They train to the same standards as their active duty counterparts and cost 60 percent less to maintain. Yet after years of defending freedom in Afghanistan, Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers are being told they are unworthy of operating the Army’s premier attack helicopter. Army leaders recently revealed a plan to take away all 192 National Guard AH-64D… Read more »

Source: Arizona National Guard, 28-Apr-14

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Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $103,800,000 firm-fixed-price contract for advance procurement funding for the purchase of long lead items as part of the AH-64E Apache Full Rate Production Lot 5 aircraft requirement. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $103,800,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James, currently the commander of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, has been picked to command the Latham-based 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The brigade headquarters, along with the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, and Company A of the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, also from Latham, deployed to Kuwait in… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Apr-14

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Boeing awarded $43M for CH-47F weapons system training

Boeing awarded $43M for CH-47F weapons system training

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa. was awarded a $43,340,932 modification (P00003) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0114 to support fielding new equipment and equipment training for units receiving the CH-47F weapons system. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $43,340,932 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion dated is Feb. 29, 2016…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-14

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SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA Applied R&D today announced the award of a $2.8 million contract by the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Aviation Development Directorate. The contract is to develop representative composite structures to meet weight and structural requirements for future vertical lift aircraft. The contract will be executed over a two year period. The… Read more »

Source: SCRA, 15-Apr-14

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Kratos wins CH-47F Maintenance Training Systems contract

Kratos wins CH-47F Maintenance Training Systems contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received a new multi-million dollar subcontract from USfalcon Inc. to upgrade CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CAT). Kratos will perform concurrency upgrade services to four of the simulators currently located at the U.S. Army’s 128th Aviation Brigade in Ft. Eustis, Virginia. Kratos is the original equipment… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 03-Apr-14

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Sikorsky confirms it overcharged US Army for Black Hawk parts

Sikorsky confirms it overcharged US Army for Black Hawk parts

Sikorsky will pay $3.5 million to settle claims that it overcharged the U.S. military for replacement Black Hawk components, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut said Monday.  See full story

01-Apr-14

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Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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TFAB Ground Systems awarded $76M for Chinook and Blackhawk engine diagnostics

TFAB Ground Systems awarded $76M for Chinook and Blackhawk engine diagnostics

TFAB Ground Systems LLC*, Madison, Ala., was awarded a $76,812,703 modification (P00005) to contract W9124J-12-D-0011 for engine diagnostic systems to ensure readiness of Chinook and Blackhawk helicopter engines.  Funding and work performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is May 24, 2018.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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Columbia Helicopters Adding Army Surplus CH-47Ds

Columbia Helicopters Adding Army Surplus CH-47Ds

 Columbia Helicopters is expanding its fleet of heavy lift, twin-rotor aircraft with the acquisition of five Boeing CH-47D helicopters, formerly operated by the US Army. The helicopters, originally manufactured in the early 1970s as CH-47C models, but upgraded in 1988 to the D-model configuration, will join the operator’s fleet of six Columbia Model 234 Chinooks,… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 28-Mar-14

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Boeing awarded $15M for CH-47F Block II lightweight fuel system

Boeing awarded $15M for CH-47F Block II lightweight fuel system

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $15,800,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee for the design, development, build, and test of a CH-47F Block II Lightweight Fuel System as part of the Airframe Component Improvement Program. Fiscal 2014 other appropriation funds and work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pa. The estimated completion date is March 15, 2017…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Mar-14

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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.  See full story

Source: Live Science, 06-Mar-14

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Odd couple at centre of Russian helicopter inquiry

Odd couple at centre of Russian helicopter inquiry

The ties between a former US Army colonel and a Russian entrepreneur are at the heart of a criminal investigation into a program that supplies American allies with Russian helicopters.  See full story  The AviaBaltika company forms part of this investigation

Source: TheNews.com.pk, 05-Mar-14

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US commits $1.16 Billion to AH-64E Apache program

US commits $1.16 Billion to AH-64E Apache program

Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz. was awarded a $1,156,446,681 modification (P00007) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055 for full rate production of the AH-64E Apache helicopter, seventy-two remanufactured helicopter systems, ten new helicopter systems, and for refreshing five crew trainers , refurbishing one crew trainer, and integrated logistics support, peculiar ground support equipment, initial spares, over and above, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Mar-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $92M Apache Targeting and Pilotage System Sustainment Contract

Lockheed Martin wins $92M Apache Targeting and Pilotage System Sustainment Contract

Lockheed Martin LMT +1.44% received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December 2013 from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor(M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin LMT -0.03% received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. Contract terms are not being disclosed. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,856,085 modification (P00766) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire four UH-72A Lakota helicopters with engine inlet barrier filters and ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $22,856,085 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2015. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-14

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US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

Flight crews from the 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the USS Rentz off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 8-10. The training, which took place approximately 70 miles off the Honduran coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. “This was a great and unique training… Read more »

Source: US Army, 16-Feb-14

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UH-60M Instructor pilot earns Broken Wing Award

UH-60M Instructor pilot earns Broken Wing Award

As a flight crew flew a routine mission overseas, a loud bang was heard and the Black Hawk flown by one of Fort Rucker’s own began to shake violently as it started to drop out of the sky, but an extraordinary Aviator’s actions saved the lives of himself and three others, earning him an award… Read more »

Source: US Army, 09-Feb-14

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09-Feb-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Lilburn, US-Georgia

Emergency field landing.  No apparent damage.  Engineer called

09-Feb-14

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Exelis to provide radios for US Army Blackhawks and Chinooks

Exelis to provide radios for US Army Blackhawks and Chinooks

Exelis has been awarded a Defense Logistics Agency contract  valued at $10.9 million to provide  ARC-201D radios for installation in U.S. Army UH-60M Blackhawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters. The ARC-201D is the primary Army Aviation voice communications radio and the only qualified SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System) capable airborne radio for these two helicopters. It provides voice… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 04-Feb-14

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Joint Base Lewis McChord – Saab to supply new low level surveillance system

Joint Base Lewis McChord – Saab to supply new low level surveillance system

Saab has been selected by the U.S. Army to supply a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system at Joint Base Lewis – McChord (JBLM), Fort Lewis, Washington. The WAM system will provide precise surveillance during low level aviation tactical maneuvers during training at JBLM. JBLM will be the fourth U.S. military installation to utilize Saab WAM… Read more »

Source: Saab, 29-Jan-14

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29-Jan-14 Boeing AH-64 Richland, US-Pennsylvania

Helicopter calling emergency with one engine shut down and 2 POB.  Cambria County Airport area.  Safe night landing

29-Jan-14

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Breeze-Eastern wins $37M contract for Advanced Rescue Hoists

Breeze-Eastern wins $37M contract for Advanced Rescue Hoists

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has been selected by the U.S. Army to supply BL-29900-30-1 high performance rescue hoists, as it upgrades its fleet of medical evacuation and search and rescue BLACK HAWK helicopters. These helicopters are used by active Army, Reserves and the National Guard,… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 24-Jan-14

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