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NHA Symposium Returns with Bold Vision for Rotary Capabilities

NHA Symposium Returns with Bold Vision for Rotary Capabilities

13-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

The Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) completed its first in-person symposium at the Viejas Resort, Oct. 6-9, 2021, after pandemic precautions led the organization to cancel its symposium last year. The event, which included two full days of programming, centered on Naval Aviation’s bold vision for rotary wing aviation in the years ahead with the forward-looking... Read more

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

13-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

Aircrews from the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted bi-lateral exercises, Sept. 14. An MH-60R Seahawk assigned to HSM-51 and an SH-60K assigned to VX-51 conducted a bilateral squadron Tactical Formation (TACFORM) flight, and a dual helicopter... Read more

GE awarded $131M for T700 components across US Navy H-60 and USMC AH-1 fleets

GE awarded $131M for T700 components across US Navy H-60 and USMC AH-1 fleets

11-Oct-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a not-to-exceed $131,600,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement; inventory management; and required supply response times of two T-700 engine components in support of the Navy’s H-60 Seahawk and the Marine Corp’s AH-1 Cobra helicopters. The contract will include a five-year... Read more

US Navy Establishes New Helicopter Squadron

US Navy Establishes New Helicopter Squadron

5-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy establishes a new helicopter squadron, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 50, onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Mayport, Florida, Oct. 1. Primarily, HSM-50 “Valkyries” will be fully equipped with MH-60R Seahawks and will provide expeditionary aviation detachments in support of littoral combat ships and expeditionary independent deployers to meet global force management missions.... Read more

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

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

8-Sep-2021Source: FRCSE

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) has delivered its first two H-60 aircraft following full implementation of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) on its Vertical Lift (VL) aircraft production line. “The Vertical Lift team has truly persevered,” said FRCSE’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Grady Duffey. “Through the on-going pandemic and other hurdles related to space constraints, our... 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

PteroDynamics Secures Contract with US Navy to Deliver Cargo VTOL Aircraft

PteroDynamics Secures Contract with US Navy to Deliver Cargo VTOL Aircraft

31-Aug-2021Source: PteroDynamics

PteroDynamics, an aircraft design and manufacturing company that develops innovative vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, is today announcing it has secured a contract with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to deliver 3 VTOL prototypes for the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) program. In 2018, Military Sealift Command and Fleet Forces Command... Read more

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 Changes Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 Changes Command

25-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 welcomed a new commanding officer during an official change of command ceremony held on Naval Air Station North Island, August 12, 2021. During the ceremony, presided over by Capt. Sean “Papa Roach” Rocheleau, Commodore, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific, Cmdr. Loren “Wookie” Jacobi relieved Capt. William... Read more

Integral Aerospace awarded $9M contract for repair of parts of CH-53 fuel tanks

Integral Aerospace awarded $9M contract for repair of parts of CH-53 fuel tanks

18-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Integral Aerospace, Santa Ana, California, is awarded a $9,995,600 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the repair of two parts associated with the 650 gallon fuel tanks in support of the CH-53 aircraft. All work will be performed in Santa Ana, California, and the ordering period is expected to be completed by August 2026. No... Read more

NMCB 11 Constructs Prototype Landing Pad on Naval Base Guam

NMCB 11 Constructs Prototype Landing Pad on Naval Base Guam

17-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Guam finished construction of a prototype helicopter landing zone (HLZ) on Orote Point Quarry on Naval Base Guam Tuesday, August 3rd. That same day the operational capability was tested when the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 landed a MH-60S on the... Read more

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time

16-Aug-2021Source: Penn State University

The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) was awarded another five years of funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA. In its 25th year as one of three such centers in the United States, VLRCOE received about $7.5 million to investigate 10 new tasks related to... Read more

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

US Army, US Navy, NASA renew commitment to academic Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

13-Aug-2021Source: US Army

A continuing partnership between the US Army, US Navy and NASA is ensuring the next generation of aviation scientists and engineers are effectively trained to develop, evaluate, demonstrate and test advanced vertical lift technologies. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Office of Naval Research and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate... Read more

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

Textron awarded $11M contract for logistics and repair of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22

13-Aug-2021Source: US DoD

Textron Systems Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded an $11,285,913 five-year, long-term, firm-fixed price contract under a previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract (N00383-19-D-U501) for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components in support of the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester system. All work will be... Read more

USS Abraham Lincoln flies first casevac exercise with CMV-22B

USS Abraham Lincoln flies first casevac exercise with CMV-22B

10-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) performed a casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) exercise, July 19, successfully transferring two patients to Naval Medical Readiness and Training Center Camp Pendleton while conducting operations at sea. A CMV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM 30) conducted the CASEVAC leading to... Read more

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

10-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The helicopter will be assigned to Training Air Wing (TW) 5 and will replace Chief of Naval Air Training’s (CNATRA) TH-57B/C Sea Ranger as the undergraduate training helicopter for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The helicopter made the two-day transit to the base from the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Philadelphia, where the... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter completes US Navy trials

Schiebel Camcopter completes US Navy trials

9-Aug-2021Source: Schiebel

Schiebel Aircraft and Areté Associates, successfully showcased the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) combined with Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) sensor to the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). In a combined demonstration sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) on a commercial vessel off the coast of... Read more

HM-12 Welcomes New Commanding Officer

HM-12 Welcomes New Commanding Officer

6-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The “Sea Dragons” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12 stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk, held a change of command ceremony, July 22, to mark a transition of command leadership. During the change of command event, Cmdr. Andrea M. Ragusa, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HM-12 commanding officer from... Read more

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

21-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the... Read more

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

20-Jul-2021Source: Indian Navy

On 16 July 2021, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian... Read more

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

19-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost... Read more

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

Honeywell awarded $9.9M contract for V-22 Spare Parts

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Honeywell International Inc., Aerospace, Phoenix, Arizona, has been awarded a maximum $9,953,746 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-21-F-KQ17) against five-year basic ordering agreement SPE4A1-17-G-0017 for V-22 spare parts.  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 two-year contract with no option periods.  Location... Read more

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

Lockheed awarded $129M contract for 3 MH-60R

30-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $129,000,000 modification (P00027) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013.  This modification increases the scope for the production and delivery of three MH-60R aircraft as replacement-in-kind for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is... 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

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

US Navy contracts for nine more CH-53Ks

28-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

A contract to build nine CH-53K™ King Stallion™ helicopters with an additional contract option for nine more aircraft was awarded to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company on June 25. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Lot 5 contract will deliver nine aircraft in 2024 as part of a 200 aircraft program of... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

21-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific (HSMWINGPAC) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in Coronado, California, June 15, in which Capt. Jeffrey Melody was relieved by Capt. Brannon Bickel as “Commodore.” “I could not be prouder of the great work that our Sailors do each and every day, all... Read more

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

10-Jun-2021

At a ceremony on its Philadelphia campus and under the backdrop of the Stars and Stripes, Leonardo officially delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier today. The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Admiral Gregory... Read more

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

9-Jun-2021Source: Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that it was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide its Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) computers and video processing modules to upgrade the Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer (MC/FMC) on the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopters. The initial contract is valued at $24 million,... 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

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

UK aircraft carrier sets sail for 7 months with 14 helicopters and 18 jets

3-Jun-2021Source: UK Government

Nine ships, 32 aircraft, and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth,... Read more

V-22 program holds change of command ceremony

V-22 program holds change of command ceremony

12-May-2021Source: NAVAIR

The V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) held a change of command ceremony April 29 where Col. Brian Taylor relieved Col. Matthew Kelly as the program manager. Maj. Gen. Greg Masiello, program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault & Special Mission Programs, presided over the ceremony. “This platform is a quintessential example of Marine aviation... Read more

Chief of Naval Air Training Announces 2020 Training Excellence Awards

Chief of Naval Air Training Announces 2020 Training Excellence Awards

3-May-2021Source: US Navy

Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) recognized several training squadrons and individuals for outstanding achievements and mission support throughout the command in 2020. “The squadrons and individuals recognized this year have shown their dedication, determination, and focus on our mission,” CNATRA Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff said. “They are representative of our entire command’s collective resolve... Read more

Thales wins MH-60R ASW Sonar contracts

Thales wins MH-60R ASW Sonar contracts

30-Apr-2021Source: Thales

Thales has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin as a tier-one supplier for the delivery of up to 55 airborne anti-submarine warfare sonars. The ALFS (Airborne Low Frequency Sonar)* dipping sonars will be installed on the MH-60R platform for the U.S. Navy and three navies. Delivery of the first 42 systems will occur over the... Read more

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

22-Apr-2021Source: Telephonics

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), announced that it has been awarded a support contract from Lockheed Martin for its AN/APS-153(V) Multi-Mode Maritime Surveillance Radar (MMR) and Communication System Control Group (CSCG) products supporting the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S maritime helicopters. The initial contract has a five-year base, running... Read more

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

22-Apr-2021

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The operations are tests for compatibility usage of variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk with the ship’s new flight deck, and the first time a V-22 has landed on an MSC... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

14-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $143,198,723 for a delivery order (N00383-21-F-0U51) under previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract N00383-19-D-U501 for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components. All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by... Read more

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

13-Apr-2021Source: FRCE

Following a string of successful outcomes in reducing maintenance, repair and overhaul turnaround times on V-22 Osprey aircraft, Fleet Readiness Center East has set its sights on improving turnaround times for the H-53 heavy lift helicopter. On the heels of setting a new organizational record for a V-22 turnaround with a 297-day aircraft in January,... Read more

US Navy Acting Secretary visits Sikorsky

US Navy Acting Secretary visits Sikorsky

12-Apr-2021Source: CT Insider

The Acting Secretary of U.S. Navy Thomas Harker visited Sikorsky in Stratford on Wednesday to see the production of CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, which the aircraft company is manufacturing for Navy use. The tour followed a visit by Harker to General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Naval Submarine... Read more

Universal Propulsion Co awarded $10M contract for V-22 cartridge initiators and thrusters

Universal Propulsion Co awarded $10M contract for V-22 cartridge initiators and thrusters

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Universal Propulsion Company Inc., Fairfield, California, is awarded a $10,831,651 firm-fixed-priced requirements contract for the manufacture of up to 5,000 cartridge initiators and thrusters used in V-22 and CV-22 aircraft. This contract includes a five-year base period with no options. All work will be performed in Fairfield, California, and is expected to be completed by... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $26,499,696 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001917C0081). This modification exercises an option that provides for the production and delivery of eight AE1107C engines for the Navy and four for the Air Force in support of the V-22 Osprey. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana,... Read more

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

29-Mar-2021Source: US Navy

NAVSEA’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) recovered a downed Navy MH-60S helicopter from a depth of 19,075 feet off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Thursday. The helicopter, a twin engine Sikorsky Seahawk, crashed into the Pacific Ocean last year while operating from the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). The air crew was... Read more

US Navy & US Marines Unveil How They Will Buy and Operate Future Pilotless Aircraft and Crewless Ships

US Navy & US Marines Unveil How They Will Buy and Operate Future Pilotless Aircraft and Crewless Ships

25-Mar-2021Source: USNI

Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Samantha Stluka, left, and Aviation Electrician 2nd Class Wyatt Cutchen, both assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, perform maintenance on a MQ-8B unmanned helicopter on the flight deck of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), May 14, 2020. See Full Story. ... Read more

GE awarded $23M more for CT7 engine contract

GE awarded $23M more for CT7 engine contract

18-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $23,826,287 modification (P00002) to firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0843) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0006). This modification exercises an option to procure eight complete CT7-8A6 spare engines and various engine components in support of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter program for the Navy. Work will be performed... Read more

US Navy awards TH-73 logistics support contract

US Navy awards TH-73 logistics support contract

17-Mar-2021Source: NAVAIR

The U.S. Navy awarded Vertex Aerospace, LLC (Vertex) a contract for $71,374,880 on March 2 for the base year for the Contractor Logistics and Maintenance Support (CLS) in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program, with six options for a total contract value of more than $471 million. “The new Leonardo TH-73A helicopters... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

16-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,624,720 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0008) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This order provides flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (68%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

US Navy holds change of command  ceremony for HSC-8 squadron

US Navy holds change of command ceremony for HSC-8 squadron

9-Mar-2021Source: HSC-8

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) March 2, 2021. During the ceremony, officiated by Capt. Michael Langbehn, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Cmdr. Daniel Thomas relieved Cmdr. Brian Jamison as the 57th commanding officer of the “Eightballers.” “What a... Read more

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

12-Feb-2021Source: NAVAIR

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

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

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

5-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

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

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

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

20-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

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

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

15-Jan-2021Source: US Navy

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

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

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

14-Jan-2021Source: US DoD

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

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

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

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

14-Dec-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

14-Dec-2020Source: Task & Purpose

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

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

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

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

1-Dec-2020Source: Elbit Systems

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

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

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

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

19-Nov-2020Source: CAE

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

US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

16-Nov-2020Source: Leonardo

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

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

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

HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

13-Oct-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

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

6-Oct-2020Source: Elbit Systems

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

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

HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout

HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout

21-Sep-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

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

9-Sep-2020Source: FlightSafety

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

US Navy awards Aircrew Training Services contract

US Navy awards Aircrew Training Services contract

31-Aug-2020Source: NAVAIR

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

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

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

31-Aug-2020Source: US Navy

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

FRCE makes huge gains in H-53 engine overhauls

FRCE makes huge gains in H-53 engine overhauls

31-Aug-2020Source: US Navy

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

Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

17-Aug-2020Source: Royal Australian Navy

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

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

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

14-Aug-2020

Main blade clipped building, causing unmanned helicopter to crash... Read more

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

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

27-Jul-2020Source: Naval News

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. ... Read more

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

10-Jul-2020Source: Northrop Grumman

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

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

9-Jul-2020Source: US Armed Forces

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

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