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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

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

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

30-Jun-2020Source: US DoD

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

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

29-Jun-2020Source: Bell

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

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

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

25-Jun-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

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

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

24-Jun-2020Source: Erickson

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

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

4-Jun-2020Source: Triumph Group

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

Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

Erickson Awarded KRACEn Contract with US Navy

8-May-2020Source: Erickson

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

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

30-Apr-2020Source: US Navy

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

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

22-Apr-2020Source: US Naval Forces Central Command

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

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

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

3-Apr-2020Source: AnalySwift

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

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

1-Apr-2020Source: Naval Air Force Atlantic

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

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

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

11-Mar-2020Source: US DoD

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

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

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

25-Feb-2020Source: NAVSUP WSS

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

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

12-Feb-2020Source: Bell

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

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

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

13-Jan-2020Source: US Navy

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

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

10-Jan-2020Source: US Navy

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

New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

8-Jan-2020Source: Naval Air Station

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

HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

10-Dec-2019Source: US Navy

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

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

5-Dec-2019Source: US Navy

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

HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

22-Nov-2019Source: Naval Air Force

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

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

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

1-Oct-2019Source: NAVAIR

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

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

26-Sep-2019Source: Leonardo

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

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

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

13-Aug-2019Source: Elbit Systems

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

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

Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

Airbus Celebrates 10 Anniversary at NAS Pax River

31-Jul-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

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

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

3-Jul-2019Source: US DoD

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

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

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

3-Jul-2019Source: US DoD

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

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

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

1-Jul-2019Source: US DoD

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

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

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

24-Jun-2019Source: US DoD

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

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

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

24-Jun-2019Source: US DoD

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

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