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US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

The instructors at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland are dedicated to ensuring the next generation of developmental test pilots, flight officers, and engineers gain the skills necessary for testing the aircraft and systems of tomorrow. Less widely known, but no less valuable, is their dedication… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 12-Feb-21

DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $32,521,640 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract procures organizational, selected intermediate, limited depot level maintenance and logistics support services for F/A-18C/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C/D aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Fallon, Nevada, and is expected to be completed in September… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Feb-21

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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-21

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

The CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic earlier this month. This was the first opportunity to see the aircraft working in a modern naval environment. Testing took place on the USS Wasp, a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Jan-21

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Rear Adm. Doug Noble, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, and Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, signed a strategic Memorandum of Agreement on Dec. 4, 2020 regarding supply support for the Guided Missile Frigate, also known as FFG 62 Constellation Class. The MOA establishes a mutual framework… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 15-Jan-21

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $101,470,782 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Jan-21

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

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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 22-Dec-20

First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

First Navy Osprey Landing, Take-off, Refueling on Aircraft Carrier

The “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) made naval aviation history Nov. 20-21 when they conducted the first ever Navy CMV-22B Osprey landings, take-offs, and refueling from an aircraft carrier. The CMV-22B is the U.S. Navy version of the Osprey, a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Dec-20

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Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

Helicopter pilot becomes first ever female commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier

The Navy has selected a woman to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the first time in American history. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt was selected for the position by the fiscal year 2022 aviation major command screen board. Other officers who were picked for nuclear aircraft carrier command include Capts. Colin Day, Gavin Duff, Brent Gaut, David Pollard… Read more »

Source: Task & Purpose, 14-Dec-20

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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit win $96M Contract for a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply a European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center (“Rotary-Wing MTC”) and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 01-Dec-20

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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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CAE to provide MAD-XR for US Navy MH-60R

CAE to provide MAD-XR for US Navy MH-60R

CAE announced it has been awarded a subcontract by Lockheed Martin to supply the CAE Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR) system for United States Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. CAE MAD-XR is a highly sensitive magnetometer designed to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field and is used as a sensor to detect submarines. Lockheed Martin… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Nov-20

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US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. a 171 million USD modification to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the US Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of an additional 36 TH-73A aircraft, with work expected to be… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Nov-20

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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

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 »

Source: US DoD, 26-Oct-20

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Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

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 »

Source: NAVAIR, 22-Oct-20

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HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12 successfully tested, trained, and qualified their squadron and aircrew from three separate squadrons on the use of the Bambi Bucket to support aerial firefighting missions, if tasked, on the East Coast, Oct. 8. The MH-53E is the only rotary aircraft in the U.S. Navy with the capability to airlift… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Oct-20

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Elbit Systems of America wins $35M V-22 support contract

Elbit Systems of America wins $35M V-22 support contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an approximately $35 million five-year firm-fixed-priced contract by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) for repair of line-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The repairs will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 06-Oct-20

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

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

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 »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 22-Sep-20

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HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout

HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The new added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 21-Sep-20

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FlightSafety to provide TH-73A training devices for US Navy aircrew

FlightSafety to provide TH-73A training devices for US Navy aircrew

FlightSafety International has been awarded a contract to provide TH-73A Aircrew Training Services (ATS) in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System. “FlightSafety is proud to support the efforts of The Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division to ensure the readiness of current and next generation helicopter and tilt-rotor… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 09-Sep-20

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US Navy awards Aircrew Training Services contract

US Navy awards Aircrew Training Services contract

The U.S. Navy awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation today for Aircrew Training Services (ATS) in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. The five-year base contract is for $220,766,476 for TH-73A ATS, which includes availability on 18 Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs). The total contract value… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 31-Aug-20

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CH-53K Integrated Test Team stretches King Stallion’s sea legs

CH-53K Integrated Test Team stretches King Stallion’s sea legs

A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River recently completed a crucial series of sea trials of the CH-53K King Stallion that not only provided them with valuable developmental test information about the aircraft, but could change the way the squadron conducts… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 31-Aug-20

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FRCE makes huge gains in H-53 engine overhauls

FRCE makes huge gains in H-53 engine overhauls

At the end of fiscal year 2018, the T64 engine program was in trouble. Across the fleet, supply constraints contributed to ever-increasing turnaround times for engines inducted for overhaul or repair. At Fleet Readiness Center East, facilities constraints compounded the issue. The Navy’s H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters program office, also known as PMA-261, was facing… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 31-Aug-20

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Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

An Australian company has been selected by the US Navy to deliver sustainment support for the Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet of maritime combat helicopters. Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, will provide through-life sustainment support for the Navy’s fleet of MH-60R (Romeo) helicopters at their state of the art maintenance, logistics and repair organisation… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 17-Aug-20

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14-Aug-20 16???? Schweizer MQ-8B Point Mugu, US-California

Main blade clipped building, causing unmanned helicopter to crash

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US Navy instructor pilots start training on TH-73A helicopter

US Navy instructor pilots start training on TH-73A helicopter

The TH-73A AHTS will reach Initial Operational Capability in 2021 and will provide the training tools needed to produce the next generations of rotary and tilt-rotor pilots for the U.S. and select allied nations, thus ensuring the future readiness of Naval Aviation. See Full Story. 

Source: Naval News, 27-Jul-20

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Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

The U.S. Navy, with support from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar. “The AN/ZPY-8 radar significantly increases Fire Scout’s detection and tracking of targets. The ability to simultaneously employ multiple modes supports U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements,” said Melissa Packwood,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-20

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UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

The United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command (JAC) conducted combined naval and air training operations with forces assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) in the southern Arabian Gulf, June 21-25. The Air Operations in Maritime Surface Warfare (AOMSW) training, consisted of a combination of aviation and… Read more »

Source: US Armed Forces, 09-Jul-20

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Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $62,400,402 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to procure 29 AE1107C engines for Navy V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed December 2021.  Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on June 22. The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. “We are thrilled to bring the Osprey’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jun-20

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First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

The Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22. The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey. “Today… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Jun-20

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GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

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 »

Source: GE Aviation, 24-Jun-20

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Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, just won an indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity, multipleaward contract as subcontractor to Metson Marine Services,Inc. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Operational Support Services for Ocean Testing Contract will be performed at government locations based on each individual task order, all over the world. Completion is… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 24-Jun-20

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Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) congratulates AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (dba Leonardo Helicopters) on being selected by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. Per the recently announced contract, Leonardo will produce 32, TH-73A helicopters, a variant of the AW119, for the AHTS Program. Triumph Systems & Support – Mechanical Solutions operating company is… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 04-Jun-20

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Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

On April 14, 2020, Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was awarded a contract with the United States Navy, Fleet Readiness Center Procurement Group, Patuxent River, Maryland. The kits, aircraft recovery, augmentation, components and engines (KRACEn) multiple award contract will provide aircraft maintenance services and support. Work includes modification… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-May-20

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HSC-7 Holds Aerial Change of Command at Sea aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

HSC-7 Holds Aerial Change of Command at Sea aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 held an aerial change of command ceremony while deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), April 26. HSC-7, also known as the Dusty Dogs, is a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron based out of Naval Station Norfolk. They are attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 and currently deployed… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 30-Apr-20

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US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

US Navy Surface Forces and Army Attack Helicopters Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf

U.S. Navy Expeditionary Landing Base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT), has been conducting joint naval and air integration operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters assigned to U.S. Army Central Command’s (USARCENT) Task Force Saber, throughout the month of March. The operations, which are… Read more »

Source: US Naval Forces Central Command, 22-Apr-20

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US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

An innovation that helps speed the design of fishing rods, satellites and cellphone electronics soon will help the U.S. Navy save millions in costs and downtime, while extending the service life of helicopters. AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $240,000 Small Business Innovation Research program grant from the Navy. The… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 03-Apr-20

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HSM-70 Change-of-Command

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

Commander Michael A. Perez will assume responsibility as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO (HSM-70) from Commander Kenneth R. Colman during a change-of-command ceremony onboard NAS Jacksonville on March 26. Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force Atlantic, 01-Apr-20

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Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Greenbelt, Maryland, is being awarded a $30,464,008 firm-fixed-price task order (N62473-20-F-4023) under a multiple award construction contract for an applied instruction facility, a training facility, and site utility infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado, California. The work to be performed provides for construction of two facilities and utilities infrastructure to support the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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NAVSUP WSS signs $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk PBL Renewal Contract

NAVSUP WSS signs $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk PBL Renewal Contract

Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) renewed a $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission System (LMRMS) located in Owego, N.Y., Feb. 1. The H-60 Seahawk PBL renewal is NAVSUP WSS’ fourth PBL contract with LMRMS since 2004, and runs from Feb. 2020 to… Read more »

Source: NAVSUP WSS, 25-Feb-20

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Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

The Navy has received the first CMV-22B Osprey built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The latest variant brings proven tiltrotor capabilities designed specifically for carrier fleet operations. “The CMV-22 Osprey brings expanded capabilities not only to the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission but to the high-end… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

The U.S. Navy announced on Jan. 13, 2020 that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (Leonardo) was awarded a contract for $176.5M for the production of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. “Today marks a great team effort to procure and deliver a helicopter trainer for the next generation of helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jan-20

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US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

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 »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jan-20

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New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

Cmdr. Kenneth M. Kerr, a North Wales, Penn., native, turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT-18) to Lt. Col. John R. Beal, from Ripley, Miss., during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field on Dec. 6. HT-18 is an advanced helicopter training squadron. It is responsible for flying more than 20,000… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Station, 08-Jan-20

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HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Cmdr. Kelly Harrison was relieved by Cmdr. Benjamin Foster during a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 “Chargers” change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 5. Retired Captain Gabriel E. Soltero (USN), a former H-60 Seahawk pilot who flew over 4,000 hours that include 40 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Dec-19

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Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

The “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 conducted a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Dec. 2, 2019. Cmdr. Brian Jamison, from Honolulu, relieved Cmdr. Justin “Average” Issler, from Prospect, Ohio, as the 56th commanding officer of the “Eightballers.” Capt. Steve “JarJar” Jaureguizar, commander, Carrier Air… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 05-Dec-19

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HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

A tablet, an intermittent cellphone hotspot and an active military aircraft hangar – just another day for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 and the U.S. Navy’s dedicated outreach program. During a Nov. 20 video conference call with Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo., four members from the “Sea Knights” of HSC-22 sat around… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force, 22-Nov-19

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NAVAIR delivers first redesigned MH-60s gunner seats to fleet

NAVAIR delivers first redesigned MH-60s gunner seats to fleet

The Aircrew Systems Program Office delivered, installed and demonstrated the first two redesigned MH-60S Seahawk gunner seats on Sept. 24 and 25 to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) at Naval Air Station North Island. This delivery is the culmination of innovative, strategic planning across multiple organizations working together to complete the mission with urgency…. Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 01-Oct-19

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Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo announced that the Company will build a comprehensive customer support center adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida’s Santa Rosa County if selected for the United States Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73. Leonardo is offering the Navy its purpose built, American made TH-119 IFR single engine helicopter to replace the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Sep-19

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Elbit to supply components for CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display System

Elbit to supply components for CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display System

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ELST) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America LLC, (“Elbit Systems of America”) was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for the supply of components of the for Color Helmet Mounted Display System of the CV-22 aircraft. The contract is in an amount that is… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 13-Aug-19

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Boeing opens V-22 production facility

Boeing opens V-22 production facility

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 »

Source: Boeing, 08-Aug-19

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Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

Airbus hosted a ceremony with leaders of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) to commemorate the UH-72A Lakota’s 10th anniversary at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. Airbus Helicopters established the Lakota program at the USNTPS in July 2009. Over the past ten years, the UH-72A Lakota fleet there has consistently exceeded operational… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $22M Contract for CH-53K Support

Sikorsky Awarded $22M Contract for CH-53K Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $21,689,142 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029). This order procures the CH-53K Data Transfer Unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement program and includes necessary Non Recurring Engineering (NRE) to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K production… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $7,103,403 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-2555 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029. This order procures non-recurring engineering, development, tooling, manufacturing, qualification, reporting and delivery of the nose, main, intermediate and tail gearbox gears in support of the low rate initial production of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for H-53 Nacelles Production Kit Procurement

Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for H-53 Nacelles Production Kit Procurement

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $7,823,461 for modification 11 to a firm-fixed-price delivery order 5306 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This modification procures 36 Nacelles Production Kits in support of the H-53 aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded not-to-exceed $7,458,000 for modification P00005 to a delivery order N0001918F0016 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering to facilitate additional structural improvements, tooling assessment, and test aircraft retrofit tooling in support of theV-22 Nacelle Improvement effort. Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FlexDecks Inc.,* Houston, Texas, is awarded a $17,200,997 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure up to 40 each V-22 and MV-22B maintenance wing platform stands for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2024.  Fiscal 2017 and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

Cmdr. Jessica Parker turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8 to Cmdr. Lena Kaman during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton June 7. Parker and Kaman were the first female leadership team to command a Navy helicopter training squadron together. HT-8 is the Navy’s oldest… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, a Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded $542,023,016 for firm-fixed price modification P00074 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050) in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of six Low Rate Initial Production Lot 1 Presidential Helicopters, as well as interim… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-19

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General Dynamics Awarded $8M Contract for AH-1Z Gun Turrets

General Dynamics Awarded $8M Contract for AH-1Z Gun Turrets

General Dynamics-Ordinance and Tactical Systems (OTS) Inc., Williston, Vermont, is awarded $7,500,000 for modification P00007 to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (0008) against a previously placed basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007). This modification procures 37 A/A49E-7(V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters for the Navy (25); and the government of Bahrain (12). Work will be performed in Saco,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jun-19

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Raytheon Awarded $7M Contract for MH-60 Engineering Services

Raytheon Awarded $7M Contract for MH-60 Engineering Services

Raytheon, Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is awarded $7,041,386 to exercise an option under a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00024-17-C-6305) to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver low-rate initial production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) and engineering services and support. The AMNS will explosively neutralize bottom and moored mines using an expendable mine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Receives Contract To Build 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky Receives Contract To Build 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-May-19

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Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Receives Award

Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Receives Award

The Order of Daedalians recognized the “Vigilant Eagles” of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18’s outstanding safety record for 2018 with the Adm. John H. Towers Flight Safety Award, May 17. Cmdr. Kenneth Kerr, HT-18’s commanding officer accepted the award on behalf of his squadron during a ceremony hosted at Training Air Wing 5 in Milton,… Read more »

Source: US Naval Air Training, 22-May-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $1,126M Contract for Procurement of 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky Awarded $1,126M Contract for Procurement of 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $1,126,216,626 modification (P00026) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification provides for the procurement of 12 Lot II and Lot III low-rate initial production CH-53K aircraft, including programmatic support, logistics support, and peculiar support equipment. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (44.96… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-May-19

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, was awarded $7,203,829 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001919D0025). This modification provides for the procurement of up to 42 additional technical refresh mission computers for AH-1Z aircraft, including trainer units and spare units for the government of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-May-19

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Raytheon Awarded $10M Contract for CH-53K Night Vision Kits

Raytheon Awarded $10M Contract for CH-53K Night Vision Kits

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $10,077,839 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6833519F2993 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003). This order provides for eight CH-53K Helicopter Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 Forward Looking Infrared kits, system development and demonstration ground and flight test support, parts obsolescence analysis, repair analysis, repair of repairables, system conversion,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $30M Contract for MV-22 Software Upgrades

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $30M Contract for MV-22 Software Upgrades

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $29,772,039 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to order N61340-18-F-0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides software and hardware upgrades for 13 flight training devices to modernize critical system components in the MV-22 simulator to increase training fidelity for aircrew and maximize training capability…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-19

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Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that, should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, Alabama. Bell submitted its proposal to the Navy on April 2. The Navy is seeking to acquire 130 aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-19

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EFW Awarded $18M Contract for Procurement of 13 V-22 Processors

EFW Awarded $18M Contract for Procurement of 13 V-22 Processors

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $17,805,018 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2793 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0014) for the procurement of 132 V-22 integrated avionics processors for the Navy (106) and Air Force (26).  Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (75 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Apr-19

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Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo submitted to the US Navy its proposal to manufacture and support up to 130 training helicopters under the relevant Request for Proposal (RFP). Reliable, fully compliant and easy to maintain, the TH-119 IFR helicopter is the best and most capable solution to train the next generation of Navy helicopter pilots.   Leonardo is committed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-19

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Moog Inc. Awarded $85M Contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Moog Inc. Awarded $85M Contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Moog Inc., Elma, New York, is awarded an $84,801,681 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for repair of three items used on the V-22 aircraft.  The contract will include a three-year base period with no option periods.  Work will be performed in Elma, New York (85 percent); and Cherry Point, North Carolina (15 percent).  Work is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Apr-19

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Vertex Aerospace Awarded $20M Contract for TH-57 Support

Vertex Aerospace Awarded $20M Contract for TH-57 Support

Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $19,963,187 modification (P00038) to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, labor hour indefinite delivery, requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance of the contract to provide additional TH-57 logistics support services and materials for organizational and depot level maintenance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-19

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $104M Contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Awarded $104M Contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V Mission Computers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $104,043,071 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 503 technical refresh mission computers for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V aircraft, including production units; retrofit units; and spare units for the Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and the government of Bahrain under the Foreign Military… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-19

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