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DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

13-May-2015Source: DiSTI

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

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

7-May-2015Source: GE

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

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

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

30-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

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

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

30-Apr-2015Source: DoD

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

Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

30-Apr-2015Source: Ottawa Citizen

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... Read more

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

23-Apr-2015Source: AAR

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

Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

21-Apr-2015Source: Rockwell Collins

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

Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

21-Apr-2015Source: Reuters

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... Read more

Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

19-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

19-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

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

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

19-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

9-Apr-2015Source: Reuters

 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... Read more

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

8-Apr-2015Source: U S News

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... Read more

US Army Selects GE for Engine Controls Technology Development

US Army Selects GE for Engine Controls Technology Development

7-Apr-2015Source: GE Aviation

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

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

1-Apr-2015Source: Rockwell Collins

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

Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

30-Mar-2015Source: Bell

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

Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

30-Mar-2015Source: Donaldson

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

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

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

27-Mar-2015Source: Airbus

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

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

25-Mar-2015Source: US Army

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

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

25-Mar-2015Source: ACG

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

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

24-Mar-2015Source: Northrop Grumman

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

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

23-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

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

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

23-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

16-Mar-2015Source: PALL

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

Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

12-Mar-2015Source: US Army

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

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

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

12-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

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

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

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

10-Mar-2015Source: Airbus

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

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

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

1-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

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

UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

1-Mar-2015Source: US Army

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

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

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

24-Feb-2015Source: US DoD

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

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

17-Feb-2015Source: The State

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... Read more

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

16-Feb-2015Source: Thad Cochran

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

Investigators say human error caused Idaho Guard Apache crash

Investigators say human error caused Idaho Guard Apache crash

16-Feb-2015Source: Military Times

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.... Read more

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

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

11-Feb-2015Source: Lockheed Martin

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

SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

10-Feb-2015Source: SC Army

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

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

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

6-Feb-2015Source: Thales

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

US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

5-Feb-2015Source: Insurance News Net

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... Read more

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

27-Jan-2015Source: The Motley Fool

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... Read more

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

23-Jan-2015Source: US Army

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

National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

23-Jan-2015Source: US Army

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

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

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

23-Jan-2015Source: US DoD

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

US Army nears CIRCM decision between BAE SYstems and Northrop Grumman

US Army nears CIRCM decision between BAE SYstems and Northrop Grumman

15-Jan-2015Source: Forbes

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

Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

22-Dec-2014Source: US Army

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

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

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

9-Dec-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

8-Dec-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

4-Dec-2014Source: US Army

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

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

3-Dec-2014Source: US Army

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

Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

30-Nov-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

27-Nov-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

19-Nov-2014Source: Flatirons

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

Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

17-Nov-2014Source: US DOD

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

SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

30-Oct-2014Source: US Army

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

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

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

29-Oct-2014Source: US Army

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

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

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

28-Oct-2014Source: Boeing

“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

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

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

24-Oct-2014Source: Elpasotimes

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

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

24-Oct-2014Source: Chinook

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

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

23-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

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

Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

15-Oct-2014Source: Bell

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

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

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

7-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

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

Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

Rockwell Collins wins $151M contract for helicopter display units

1-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

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

Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

Alliant Techsystems awarded $36M for Apache guns and parts

1-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

1-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

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

Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

Boeing awarded $499M CH-47 engineering support contract

29-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Test Safety Improvements

25-Sep-2014Source: NASA

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

AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

24-Sep-2014Source: Reuters

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... Read more

Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

19-Sep-2014Source: Law360

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... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

Sikorsky awarded $14.5M for UH-60 transmisison overhauls

17-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

15-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

15-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

4-Sep-2014Source: Northrop Grumman

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

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

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

3-Sep-2014Source: US DoD

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

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

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

20-Aug-2014Source: Defense News

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... Read more

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

20-Aug-2014Source: Lockheed Martin

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

Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

18-Aug-2014Source: Northrop Grumman

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

Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

15-Aug-2014Source: HeliHub.com

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

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