US Dept of Defense

Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

6-Oct-2020Source: US Dept of Defense

The Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) released its first UH-60 Victor Black Hawk helicopter for delivery. CCAD Commander, Colonel Joseph H. Parker hosted a formal signing ceremony immediately following a walk-around of the UH-60V Black Hawk with Chief Test Pilots, Crew Chiefs and the Director of Aircraft Production. In a recent news release Colonel Joseph... Read more

Specialized Navy Sailors Deployed with Marine Squadron ahead of V-22 Transition

Specialized Navy Sailors Deployed with Marine Squadron ahead of V-22 Transition

22-Sep-2020Source: US Dept of Defense

In February, the U.S. Navy took delivery of the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft as the primary aircraft to conduct Airborne Re-supply/Logistics to the Sea Base (AR/LSB.) The CMV-22B platform will eventually replace the C-2 Greyhound across the Navy. Modernization of any program, regardless of service, is a complex process to ensure the proper manpower, training... Read more

Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

22-Sep-2020Source: US Dept of Defense

The Wyoming Army National Guard’s G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment was activated by Gov. Mark Gordon Sept. 10, to provide support for firefighting efforts in California. One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and four crew members left Thursday and will be operating from Mather Airport near Sacramento. The helicopter and crew are expected to... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

11-Mar-2020Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $9,066,270 modification (P00013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081). This modification exercises an option to procure three spare AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey program for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in November... Read more

Partnership revives H-53 rotor head program

Partnership revives H-53 rotor head program

9-Mar-2020Source: US Dept of Defense

Fleet Readiness Center East is boosting readiness for the H-53 heavy-lift helicopter by breathing new life into the depot’s H-53 rotor head program. A partnership agreement with Sikorsky is generating positive results. In early 2019, fleet demand for H-53 main rotor heads exceeded the number the contractor could produce; additional assets were urgently needed. While... Read more

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

10-Jan-2020Source: US Navy

Following a U.S. Department of Defense announcement in September 2019, BAE Systems announced that the U.S. Navy has signed a $2.68 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS® Laser-Guided Rockets, the company’s combat-proven, low-cost precision munition. The contract demonstrates continuing demand for precision strike capabilities that empower and protect... Read more

Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

3-Dec-2018Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the leading air medical service, announced that David Richardson, senior vice president customer experience, and Martin Delaney, regional vice president, Midwest region, were both honored with Patriot Awards, a U.S. Department of Defense honor that recognizes employers who demonstrate outstanding support and flexibility for employees who proudly serve their country in the National Guard and Reserve.... Read more

Coast Guard Cadets Redesign Helicopter Rescue Basket

Coast Guard Cadets Redesign Helicopter Rescue Basket

14-May-2018Source: US Dept of Defense

Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering here have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the Coast Guard conducts search and rescue missions with MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering test out their new rescue basket design at a simulator facility in New London, Conn.,... Read more

PCX Aerostructures win $135M in US military contracts

PCX Aerostructures win $135M in US military contracts

9-Oct-2017Source: PCX Aerostructures

PCX Aerostructures, LLC (“PCX”) recently received two indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract awards from the Department of Defense for production as well as overhaul and repair of Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter components over a five-year period. As a major supporter of the Apache helicopter program for over thirty years, PCX will manufacture new main rotorheads for the... Read more

BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

24-Apr-2017Source: US Department of Defense

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots and crew members with the Iowa Army National Guard have been given an opportunity to train on a first-of-its-kind flight simulator at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center here. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer, nicknamed “the BAT,” is a highly immersive, home-station flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft,... Read more

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

12-Apr-2017Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply... Read more

AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

3-Feb-2017Source: AAR Airlift Group

AAR Airlift Group, a provider of aviation support services to the United States Department of Defense, has achieved medical transport accreditation. Servicing the US military, AAR Airlift Group plays an essential role in providing life saving medical transport services in austere environments. Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, NAAMTA (National... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

30-Mar-2016Source: Airbus

Bruce Webb, Chief Pilot of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and the company were honored Monday for their support of an employee now deployed in military service overseas. Employer Support for the Reserve and Guard, a component of the Department of Defense, presented awards to Webb and to Jeff Trang, AHI’s Vice President of Technology and Flight... Read more

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

15-May-2015Source: US DoD

NATO foreign ministers have agreed on steps to combat hybrid warfare – the type Russia has used against Ukraine — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters today in Antalya, Turkey. Speaking at a news conference at the end of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, Stoltenberg said NATO is already undergoing its greatest transformation since... 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

Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

11-Dec-2013Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to... Read more

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

More Senator pressure for US to abandon Afghan Mi-17 deliveries

10-Jul-2013Source: Senator Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) 8th July – joined by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) – released a letter in which he urged Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider the... Read more

Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

Group from Congress try to block US purchase of Mi-17s

8-Apr-2013Source: Rosa DeLauro

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) led a bipartisan group of members today urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel not to purchase additional helicopters from the state-owned Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport. That company has continued to transfer weapons to the Assad regime, enabling mass atrocities. The group sent the letter amid reports that the Department of Defense... Read more

GAO criticises DoD’s handling of Combat Rescue Helicopter Program

GAO criticises DoD’s handling of Combat Rescue Helicopter Program

19-Mar-2013Source: GAO

DOD’s rationale for waiving WSARA’s competitive prototyping requirement for CRH addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dollars) of producing the prototypes. The CRH program’s acquisition strategy, which anticipates integrating an existing, in-production and flight-proven aircraft with... Read more

Bell CEO Garrison says budget sequestration “equals devastation”

Bell CEO Garrison says budget sequestration “equals devastation”

11-Oct-2012Source: Star-Telegram

Count Bell CEO sounds the alarm about the likely consequences if Congress doesn’t act by early January to block automatic spending cuts from taking place (see full story)... Read more

New market research – Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

New market research – Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

28-Aug-2012Source: Reportlinker.com

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market This research forecasts the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) helicopter market, including general trends and program analysis. This market includes seven classifications of helicopter platforms as well as miscellaneous helicopter parts and services. Military helicopters provide... Read more

US DoD identifies US service members killed in CH-47 crash

US DoD identifies US service members killed in CH-47 crash

12-Aug-2011Source: US DoD

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32,... Read more

US DoD to spend $41.7 Billion on Unmanned Aerial Systems through 2016

US DoD to spend $41.7 Billion on Unmanned Aerial Systems through 2016

15-Jun-2011Source: G2 Solutions

A new research note from G2 Solutions (www.g2globalsolutions.com), “DoD UAS Forecasts, Programs and Initiatives,” is available. Report AB093 is a detailed 7-year U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) procurement and research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) analysis of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) spending. “We wanted to take a fresh look at DoD UAS spending, and the... Read more

US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

13-May-2011Source: Congressman Mac Thornberry

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that the committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) by a vote of 60 to 1.  The bill authorizes $690 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense and the national security programs... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

Sikorsky awarded $26M contract for two UH-60L Black Hawks for Saudi Arabia

1-May-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on April 26 a $26,816,836 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012.  One bid was... Read more

US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

7-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

If you are or were a U.S. military helicopter pilot or crewmember, the Department of Defense wants to know if you suffered back/neck pain or injury (not resulting from an aviation mishap) that may be related to your service in helicopters. Back pain afflicts approximately 20% of the general population, but studies have indicated military... Read more

Canadian corporation sues US DoD over FOI request

Canadian corporation sues US DoD over FOI request

22-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Canadian corporation hired to provide helicopter services in Afghanistan for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is suing in Washington federal court to keep the contents of the contract confidential.  Canadian Commercial Corp., which bids for defense contracts on behalf of Canadian companies, filed the suit lasty week against the US Dept of Defence... Read more

DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

21-Jul-2010

While the JFTL study guidance has not yet been formally approved, we know that it is an Air Force-led effort, so for each Air Force lead, there is an Army deputy.  Tiltrotors like the Osprey would seem to fit the expected requirement... Read more

Boeing frets as US cuts helicopter R&D funding

Boeing frets as US cuts helicopter R&D funding

20-Jul-2010Source: Marketwatch

Sales of new military helicopters have been running strong due to demand from the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Boeing Co. sees a time within the next decade when sales could slump significantly.... Read more

US Faces Helicopter Shortage in Afghanistan

US Faces Helicopter Shortage in Afghanistan

11-Mar-2010Source: AOL News

U.S military was reportedly so desparate for helicopters in December that, even after scouring the marketplace for private companies to provide the needed aircraft, it could only find one firm able to offer the necessary cargo helicopters.... Read more

US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

30-Jan-2010Source: Lexington Institute

UH-60 Blackhawk, MH-60 SeaHawk, CH-47 Chinook, and V-22 Osprey are all cited as “High Priority”... Read more

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