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CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

16-Sep-2021Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion successfully recovered a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on Sunday, September 5. The two-day operation was the first official fleet mission for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift capability, which is in the midst of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with Marine Operational... Read more

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

15-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully completed its 100th consecutive on-time delivery of the AH-1Z aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps, which began nearly four years ago. Bell accomplished this milestone through tight coordination with its manufacturing and assembly facilities, UAW 218, numerous suppliers, and government partners. The H-1 series... Read more

FRCE completes work on first fleet of MV-22B

FRCE completes work on first fleet of MV-22B

3-Sep-2021Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) opened a new chapter of service Aug. 11 as it completed work on the first of the fleet MV-22B Osprey aircraft flown by the Marine Corps squadron tasked with helicopter transport of the president of the United States. FRCE has conducted modification and Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI) events for Navy... Read more

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

Intrepid Tiger II EQ package makes first flight on MV-22B

30-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) Electronic Warfare (EW) capability flew for the first time on an MV-22B Osprey June 15. “The significance of this developmental test flight was two-fold,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems (PMA-234) program manager. “Not only was this the first time... Read more

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

28-Jun-2021Source: US Marine Corps

The Alfred A. Cunningham Award is one of, if not the highest honor a Marine aviator can achieve during their career. To be selected for this award, which also carries with it the title of Marine Aviator of the Year, is no small feat. For U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joshua Hazeldean, a pilot with Marine... Read more

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight  testing a two-way connection between the AH-1Z Viper helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software. Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company manufactures the AH-1Z Viper and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has  developed the Link-16 system. Link-16... Read more

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The H-1 mixed fleet of AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom attack and utility helicopters have accumulated more than 400,000 joint-flight hours. Designed by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as the dedicated military helicopters for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Viper and Venom have been deployed around the world across... Read more

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

8-Jun-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter program, passes the initial fit check aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) at Naval Base San Diego demonstrating the aircrafts’ suitability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare mission. MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has integrated the AN/ZPY-8 radar, is expected... Read more

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

10-May-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Command of Fleet Readiness Center East returned to a Marine Corps officer as Col. Thomas A. Atkinson assumed leadership of the facility in a brief ceremony held May 7. Capt. Mark E. Nieto, the first Navy officer to take the helm of the depot, formally transferred authority and responsibility for the depot to Atkinson in... Read more

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

23-Apr-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, announced the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN™. The world’s first heavy lift unmanned helicopter for the commercial market, K-MAX TITAN™ leads the way in repetitive, heavy lift without the constraints of manned operations. With a focus on enabling safety and operational... Read more

Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

17-Feb-2021Source: Sikorsky

Continuing its 63-year legacy of providing safe and reliable transportation for the president of the United States, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year.... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

10-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $17,852,939 modification (P00012) to a firm-fixed-priced order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 proprotor hub spring and drive link retrofit kits; and six CV-22 modification spares kits, in support of... Read more

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

4-Feb-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Every field of effort has a standard to beat. Track and field had the four-minute mile. For baseball, the bar is 762 career home runs. For the V-22 Osprey production line at Fleet Readiness Center East, there was the 300-day turnaround time for returning the aircraft to their fleet customers. On January 15, the V-22... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

1-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081.  This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and... Read more

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

1-Feb-2021Source: Triumph Group

Triumph Group (NYSE: TGI) announced that its Systems & Support business has finalized a low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from Sikorsky for the CH-53K King Stallion rotorcraft. The contract consists of LRIP 1 and 2 deliverables, including spares, for the U.S. Marine Corps next generation heavy-lift platform that is being produced to replace the CH-53E... Read more

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

22-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

10-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and... Read more

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

2-Dec-2020Source: Korean Air

Korean Air recently won an order from the US Department of Defense for the maintenance of H-53E large helicopters deployed in Asia-Pacific for 9 years from December 2020 to May 2029. The total business size is around 150 billion won (approx US$136M, Ed) The maintenance projects that Korean Air will perform include inspection, replacement and repair... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

27-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas... Read more

FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

9-Nov-2020Source: US Marine Corps

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center East can now move V-22 fuel bladders more safely and efficiently thanks to a new sling developed in partnership with private industry. FRCE received the first V-22 sponson fuel bladder sling assembly – also known as a “dog bone” – in late summer. The new sling, first used in FRCE’s... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

26-Oct-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $27,897,619 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a four-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of... Read more

VMM-163 launch oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Osprey

VMM-163 launch oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Osprey

23-Oct-2020Source: US Marine Corps

The Marine Corps continuously works toward enhancing their operational capabilities while performing amphibious operations to save lives and ensure mission success. For the first time ever, Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, launched four oceanographic sensors from MV-22B Ospreys into the Pacific Ocean as part... Read more

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

22-Oct-2020Source: NAVAIR

A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 recently joined colleagues from other Navy and Marine Corps commands to conduct MV-22 Osprey landing and ship compatibility tests aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21). The testing also included the first shipboard landings for the Navy’s new... Read more

US Marine Corps retires AH-1W Cobra after 34 years

US Marine Corps retires AH-1W Cobra after 34 years

20-Oct-2020Source: US Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps, USMC, have officially retired the Bell AH-1W “Super Cobra” from their ranks after more than 30 years of dependable service. The iconic dual-blade aircraft served as the dedicated attack helicopter for the Marines through multiple campaigns, including Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. “The AH-1W Super Cobra has... Read more

US Marine Corps use 3D printing for new MH-60S comms system

US Marine Corps use 3D printing for new MH-60S comms system

24-Sep-2020Source: US Marine Corps

The Navy’s MH-60S Seahawk multi-mission helicopter is ready for a communications upgrade, and engineers with the H-60 Fleet Support Team at Naval Air Systems Command’s In-Service Support Center at Fleet Readiness Center East have developed an innovative solution to support that effort. The fleet’s inventory of more than 200 MH-60S Block 3 aircraft is slated to... Read more

CH-53K tests its power at US Army Yuma Proving Ground

CH-53K tests its power at US Army Yuma Proving Ground

11-Sep-2020Source: US Army

The CH-53 has been a potent member of the Marine Corps aviation community’s fleet for over 40 years, but the newest version takes the platform to a whole new level. Equipped with three 7,500 horsepower engines and built to carry a nearly 30,000 pound external load for over 100 miles, the CH 53K King Stallion... Read more

03-Sep-20 ?????? Sikorsky CH-53E Sneads Ferry, US-North Carolina

03-Sep-20 ?????? Sikorsky CH-53E Sneads Ferry, US-North Carolina

3-Sep-2020

No details found on why this CH-53E made an emergency landing, but it ended up burning out on the ground after landing.  All 4 POB out safely.... Read more

GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

24-Jun-2020Source: GE Aviation

GE Aviation has been awarded a five-year, $180 million contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to repair and overhaul T700 rotorcraft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom/Huey helicopters. “GE is grateful for the opportunity to provide... Read more

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

27-Mar-2020Source: US DoD

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $11,093,940 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00019-18-F-2476) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (SPE4A1-17-G-0008) in support of the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Program.  This modification procures five CT7-8A6 engines with metal shipping containers, interface harness and associated control hardware.  Work will be performed in... Read more

Sikorsky receives second contract for six Presidential S92s

Sikorsky receives second contract for six Presidential S92s

24-Feb-2020Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), will build six production VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters under a contract from the U.S Navy. These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot II, Sikorsky will begin... Read more

Joint Team Solves Engine Integration Issues for CH-53K King Stallion

Joint Team Solves Engine Integration Issues for CH-53K King Stallion

31-Dec-2019Source: US Marine Corps

Industry and government engineers have mitigated an ongoing engine integration issue for the CH-53K King Stallion – the new heavy-lift helicopter from Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps. This “tiger team” of experts from a variety of engineering backgrounds came together to find and optimize aircraft modifications using state-of-the-art computational modeling methodologies, risk management, flight... Read more

MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

25-Sep-2019Source: US Marine Corps

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin completed a trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys for the fourth time, transiting from Darwin, Australia to their home station on Marine Corps Base Hawaii on September 19. The flight consisted of four MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, Reinforced, supported by two KC-130J Hercules from... Read more

Boeing opens V-22 production facility

Boeing opens V-22 production facility

8-Aug-2019Source: Boeing

Boeing, the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy celebrated the opening of a modern V-22 Osprey factory outside Philadelphia. Here, employees will build fuselages for the tiltrotor aircraft and modernize the MV-22 fleet for Marines. The advanced factory will house fuselage production for Navy, Air Force, Marines and international customers. The new facility will also... Read more

KBR Test Pilot Named 2018 USMC Contractor Tester of the Year

KBR Test Pilot Named 2018 USMC Contractor Tester of the Year

3-Jun-2019Source: KBR

KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has named KBR employee Dale Feddersen the 2018 United States Marine Corps Contractor Tester of the Year. Feddersen was presented the award at the 34th Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference in Fort Walton Beach, Florida held May 13 – 15, 2019. Feddersen... Read more

MALS-39 Marine recognized for contributions to maintenance readiness

MALS-39 Marine recognized for contributions to maintenance readiness

23-May-2019Source: US Marine Corps

For Capt. Matthew Migliori, “ready in peace and war” is more than the motto of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, it’s a culture and way of life. As the aircraft maintenance officer for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 39, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd MAW, Migliori and his Marines ensure that over 130 AH-1Z Vipers,... Read more

Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX®

Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX®

6-May-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace, the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced that it has been awarded a contract to return two United States Marine Corps (USMC) K-MAX® aircraft to flight operations. Kaman Aerospace will transport the two helicopters from Yuma, Arizona, where they are currently located, to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where they will be reactivated to... Read more

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

22-Mar-2019Source: Bell

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and... Read more

USMC receives last UH-1Y Venom

USMC receives last UH-1Y Venom

15-Jan-2019Source: US Marine Corps

When a UH-1Y Venom comes off the production line, it weighs more than 11,800 pounds. During the helicopter’s production phase, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Eric Strong has delivered that weight many times. Most significantly, he played a leading role in the program’s historic bookend deliveries. With anxiety looming due to unfamiliarity, Strong, a Defense Contract... Read more

First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

16-Nov-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Marines and spectators dot the flight line of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Overhead, the whirling sound of rotor blades catches everyone’s attention; distant, then piercing. A formation of AH-1Z Vipers becomes visible, approaching at high speed. On Nov. 9, the first Vipers arrived at... Read more

CH-53K running short of crucial part

CH-53K running short of crucial part

19-Oct-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The $29 billion contract between Lockheed and the U.S. Marine Corps is under strain for the delivery of 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This is due to a shortage of specialized metal components. The key supplier for these parts went bankrupt two years ago and the Navy is still looking for an alternate company who... Read more

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

14-Sep-2018Source: US Marine Corps

A dedication ceremony for the arrival of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 will take place Sept. 21, at their new hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. “The arrival of a second MV-22B Osprey squadron to our Hawaii-based Marine Aircraft Group significantly increases our combat capability and allows us to better respond to crises... Read more

Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

Marine Corps adds MV-22 Osprey

2-Jul-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Corps Systems Command is enhancing Marines’ ability to communicate in the air with a new iteration of Networking On-the-Move, or NOTM.In May 2015, the first NOTM-Airborne Increment I (also known as the Hatch-Mounted Satellite Communication Antenna System) was fielded to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces. It provides embarked ground personnel real-time access to... Read more

AACUS Makes First Operational Cargo Delivery to US Marines

AACUS Makes First Operational Cargo Delivery to US Marines

22-May-2018Source: AACUS

Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) achieved a major milestone last week when it successfully delivered cargo to US Marines in the Integrated Training Exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California. AACUS completed its first closed loop mission from takeoff to landing for its intended purpose: actual cargo resupply... Read more

Sikorsky Begins Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps

Sikorsky Begins Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps

17-May-2018Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet. The CH-53K is the new build replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’ aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The CH-53E first flew... Read more

Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

23-Mar-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Marine Corps wants to arm the V-22 Osprey fleet, while the developments of the MUX are underway. They are hoping that by arming the V-22, they will have an aircraft that can provide its own escort protection, as well as have an “all quadrant weapon,” reports Marine Corps Times.  ... Read more

HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters

19-Mar-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Since their arrival in 2012, the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters have been flown out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. With the introduction of the newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper, the whiskey models took flight for one last time with HMLA-367, March 13,... Read more

Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS

15-Mar-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Marine Corps has begun their plans to develop and build a large unmanned aircraft that will be able to launch off ships. They hope that the MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary) will be able to not only launch vertically off ships, but fly with a 9,500 pound payload, provide air... Read more

Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

Marines’ Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

23-Feb-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Last December, the Marine Corps wowed a small audience in Quantico, Virginia, with a demonstration of a fully autonomous UH-1 Huey helicopter that could navigate, conduct pre-set missions, and even assess landing conditions, all without a human in the loop. The secret ingredient was the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, or AACUS, a kit that can be mounted on a rotary-wing... Read more

3rd MAW Super Cobra takes final flight

3rd MAW Super Cobra takes final flight

20-Feb-2018Source: DVIDS

One after another, Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, lined up on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, to send off the last 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) AH-1W “Super Cobra” as it departed on its final flight, Feb. 6, to... Read more

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

19-Feb-2018Source: MTU Aero Engines

The T408 engine that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is now going into production. The contract to build 22 T408-GE-400s and provide logistics and engineering support for the engine, valued at 143,481,258 million U.S. dollars, has been awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. military, marking a major milestone. MTU Aero... Read more

Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

5-Feb-2018Source: Boeing

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey team is embarking on a modification effort with the U.S. Marine Corps that will improve readiness and reliability of the fleet of tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded a $69,668,099 modification to a previously awarded contract. Bell Boeing will modify three existing MV-22 aircraft in... Read more

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

3-Jan-2018Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s... Read more

First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

8-Dec-2017Source: DVIDS

Crew members and ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773 (HMLA-773) conducted innovative drooped gun training that will set the standard across the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 1, 2017 here. A drooped gun is a malfunction that occurs when an AH-1W SuperCobra 20 mm Gatling gun does not stow in its turret when landing.... Read more

V-22 Osprey readiness rate is 48%

V-22 Osprey readiness rate is 48%

15-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Marine Corps V-22 Osprey’s have been valued at a readiness rate of 48%. The V-22s were deployed ahead of schedule and have been operating for the past ten years. The demand was so high for them that they were being put into the field soon after production, which created a total of 75 different... Read more

USMC contracts Lockheed Martin to begin CH-53K production

USMC contracts Lockheed Martin to begin CH-53K production

8-Sep-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval... Read more

First Flight completed by VH-92A

First Flight completed by VH-92A

7-Aug-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft... Read more

US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

US Navy appoints new Program Manager for V-22 Joint Program Office

11-Jul-2017Source: US Navy

Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly took command of the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) July 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Kelly took over the leadership responsibilities for the PMA-275 from Marine Corps Col. Dan Robinson, who has served as the program manager since 2013. Kelly, who previously served as the MV-22 military lead... Read more

Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

20-Jun-2017Source: Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has started assembly of the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at Spirit’s Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on SDTA five is scheduled to begin in September. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and... Read more

Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

26-May-2017Source: Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Aviation Association held its 46th Annual Symposium and Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, May 19. The MCAA awards program was founded in 1962 and since then has recognized excellence in Marine aviation through education, activities, media, events and its awards program. It is the largest aviation-based... Read more

The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

17-May-2017Source: US Marine Corps

The National Security Act of 1947, signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947, is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States military and the security of our nation. This Act created the National Military Establishment (later renamed the Department of Defense) and gave it civilian leadership... Read more

Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

5-May-2017Source: US Marines

Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 conducted forward arming and refueling point operations as part of Assault Support Training 1 at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, in support of the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-17, April 17. Lasting seven weeks, WTI is a training evolution hosted by MAWTS-1... Read more

CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

20-Apr-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Pentagon has given the Marine Corps permission to begin purchasing 200 of the new Lockheed King Stallion. The acquisition cost has risen 6.9% from $29 billion to $31 billion. The King Stallion CH-53K will be able to transport up to 27,000 pounds, reports Bloomberg.  ... Read more

Marine Corps Struggle with CH-53K Pricing

Marine Corps Struggle with CH-53K Pricing

27-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Marine Corps is working together with Sikorsky to bring down the price of their new CH-53K helicopter. The CH-53K is in production to replace the Corps’ CH-53E helicopters. Although currently, the price is sitting at $95 million per helicopter, it has the potential, due to cost growth, to accumulate to $122 million. The Marine... Read more

US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

23-Mar-2017Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron deployed to Okinawa from Camp... Read more

Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million to Continue Production of Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million to Continue Production of Target Sight System

22-Feb-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $150 million in follow-on production contracts to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter. Under the contracts, Lockheed Martin will produce TSS Lot 13 and Lot 14. The award also contains options... Read more

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

20-Dec-2016Source: US Marine Corps

MV-22 Ospreys with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will continue flight operations today. “We have conducted a thorough, careful and exhaustive review of MV-22 aviation safety procedures and briefed Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials,” said U.S. Forces, Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez. “While the investigation is... Read more

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

15-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The US Marines hope that when their V-22 Ospreys are airborne in 10 years, they will be escorted by a high-speed armed drone. The drone project, MUX (MAGTF Unmanned eXpeditionary) will be used as a temporary solution, until the FVL (Future Vertical Lift) project can take flight, replacing present helicopters with faster, manned VTOL aircraft.... Read more

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

12-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

le Jima Auxiliary Airfield tendered land in 2013 for four quadrilateral helipads, as well as two unpaved helipads. Construction on the project began in August this year. As reported by Ryukyu Shimpo, the construction plans were laid out in the 2015 U.S Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The U.S Military hopes to have the project completed... Read more

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

4-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bell is happy to report that although five staff members were let go recently due to market flux, their Amarillo facility is still the “centre of excellence for military aircraft assembly.” They are currently producing 20 V-22 a year, with officials stating that they are good on budget and ahead of schedule. They had a... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

27-Oct-2016Source: US Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, Oct. 19 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. OT-B1 included multiple external lift scenarios of 27,000 lb. (12,200 kg) in-hover and 12,000 lb. (5,422 kg) 110 nautical mile radius missions. Ground events included embarkation/debarkation... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

25-Oct-2016Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter. The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

25-Aug-2016Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $80,250,156 for modification of delivery order 0006 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  This is the final year of performance on a five-year, no option performance based logistics contract.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth,... Read more

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

11-Aug-2016Source: USMC

U.S. Marine Corps has begun a full reset of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, an effort aimed at significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft and addressing systemic issues, which in recent years drove the platform’s readiness level to unsustainable depths. The issue first came to light following the January 2014 crash... Read more

V-22 flies with 3D printed, safety-critical parts

V-22 flies with 3D printed, safety-critical parts

8-Aug-2016Source: US Navy

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) marked its first successful flight demonstration of a flight critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, July 29. An MV-22B Osprey completed a test flight outfitted with a titanium, 3-D printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle. This link and fitting assembly is one of four... Read more

New commanding officer at MCAS Cherry Point

New commanding officer at MCAS Cherry Point

31-Jul-2016Source: USMC

A new commander took charge of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point during a change of command ceremony in front of Marines, sailors, families, friends and other honored guests here, July 28. Colonel Todd Ferry assumed command of MCAS Cherry Point from Col. Chris Pappas III on the headquarters parade field. The change of command... Read more

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