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Bell Boeing awarded $11M contract for V-22 spares

Bell Boeing awarded $11M contract for V-22 spares

23-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $11,395,042 modification (P00029) to a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for V-22 spare consumable and depot level repairable parts. This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania, with a May 10, 2024, performance... Read more

Singapore achieves Full Operational Capability with H225M and CH-47F

Singapore achieves Full Operational Capability with H225M and CH-47F

23-Apr-2024Source: Ministry of Defence Singapore

Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated a ceremony to mark the attainment of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s H225M and CH-47F helicopters at Sembawang Air Base this afternoon. Dr Ng received a brief on the enhanced capabilities of the new helicopters, flew on the H225M,... Read more

UK orders six Airbus H145s

UK orders six Airbus H145s

19-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered a further six Airbus H145 helicopters as the next step in renewing its rotary fleet and cutting the number of different types in service. The new aircraft will be deployed to Cyprus primarily for emergency response duties and to Brunei to support UK military training in jungle warfare and... Read more

US celebrates 80 years of the 1st Helicopter Squadron

US celebrates 80 years of the 1st Helicopter Squadron

19-Apr-2024Source: US Air Force

U.S. Air Force Capts. Andrew Barth, left, and Dena McFadden, right, both members of the 1st Helicopter Squadron, inscribe messages on the squadron’s 80th anniversary heritage display at Joint Base Andrews, Md., April 11, 2024. Prior to becoming the 1st Helicopter Squadron, the 1st Fighter Squadron operated in the China-Burma-India Theater.... Read more

US Army auctions off historic Sikorsky R-5

US Army auctions off historic Sikorsky R-5

18-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The US Army has recently listed a historic Sikorsky R-5 on the GSA Auctions website. GSA (in full, General Services Administration) is an independent agency of the United States government established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The specific helicopter carries a 1951 fiscal year serial of 51-24352,... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $13M contract for 105 mission computer retrofit kits

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $13M contract for 105 mission computer retrofit kits

17-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $13,175,866 modification (P00035) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0350) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to provide 105 mission computer retrofit kits (101 for the Navy, three for the government of Australia and one for the government... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $46M for non-recurring engineering for MH-60

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $46M for non-recurring engineering for MH-60

17-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $46,037,391 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F2604) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001923G0002). This order provides non-recurring engineering for the development, integration, testing, and deployment of the MH-60 aircraft product line system configuration 26 fleet release for all MH-60 air platform variants, to... Read more

Safran renews MH-65 engine contract with US Coast Guard

Safran renews MH-65 engine contract with US Coast Guard

16-Apr-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has renewed its contract with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to support the Arriel engines powering its MH-65 helicopters. This new 5-year contract will provide in-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for more than 240 Arriel 2C2-CG engines, under a Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract. Cédric Goubet, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said: “Our... Read more

Italy appoints new head of Army Aviation Command

Italy appoints new head of Army Aviation Command

16-Apr-2024Source: Italian Army (Esercito Italiano)

The turnover ceremony at the Army Aviation Command (AVES) between Division General Andrea Di Stasio and Division General Salvatore Annigliato took place in the “Chelotti” barracks. The event was chaired by Army Corps General Salvatore Cuoci, Deputy Commander of the Army Land Operational Forces Command and Commander of the Operational Area. Civil, religious, military and... Read more

US Air Force and Army team up to load helicopters at Shaw

US Air Force and Army team up to load helicopters at Shaw

15-Apr-2024Source: US Air Force

U.S. Army and Air Force units came together to perform a historic first at Shaw Air Force Base on March 21 – 22. Two U.S. Army AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters assigned to the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, landed at Shaw AFB on the first day, and on the second day... Read more

AFWERX to discuss efforts to safely field AAM systems at Xponential 2024

AFWERX to discuss efforts to safely field AAM systems at Xponential 2024

12-Apr-2024Source: Air Force Material Command

AFWERX will spotlight efforts to safely integrate Advanced Air Mobility into the national airspace system during the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International XPONENTIAL 2024 convention April 22-25, 2024, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. AFWERX, the Department of the Air Force’s innovation arm, has worked with other federal agencies to address... Read more

First MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter arrives at Maxwell AFB

First MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter arrives at Maxwell AFB

12-Apr-2024Source: Maxwell AFB

The 908th Airlift Wing has assigned aircraft for the first time in more than 23 months, or 726 days to be exact, as the first of the wing’s MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, April 3, 2024. “I’m really excited!” exclaimed 908th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Christopher Lacouture. “This day marks the start of... Read more

US Navy assigns CMV-22B on US east coast for first time

US Navy assigns CMV-22B on US east coast for first time

11-Apr-2024Source: US Navy

The first East Coast-assigned Navy tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) CMV-22B Osprey aircraft, assigned to Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 40, arrived to Naval Station Norfolk on April 5. “Naval Aviation is ecstatic to welcome the first CMV-22B Osprey to Norfolk,” said Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL). “This first... Read more

Greece progresses procurement of 35 Black Hawks

Greece progresses procurement of 35 Black Hawks

9-Apr-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

The Government of Greece signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA)  making official its intent to procure 35 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), via U.S. government Foreign Military Sale. “The latest generation UH-60M Black Hawk will support the Hellenic Ministry of Defense’s ongoing modernization and will... Read more

1st Marine Aircraft Wing returns MV-22s to flight status

1st Marine Aircraft Wing returns MV-22s to flight status

8-Apr-2024Source: US Marines

The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing returned its MV-22s to flight status on March 14, as the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) deemed the aircraft safe to fly based on a meticulous and data-driven approach that prioritized flight worthiness and safety. “The Marine Corps has confidence in the Osprey, and we are laser-focused on the safety... Read more

Zambia Air Force indroduces new Enstrom helicopters

Zambia Air Force indroduces new Enstrom helicopters

5-Apr-2024Source: Enstrom

Enstrom continues to grow its global footprint. On March 25, Zambia Air Force (ZAF) welcomed two newly delivered Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters into its fleet. Enstrom representatives joined ZAF personnel for an induction ceremony in Lusaka, featuring speeches, food, photos, and traditional entertainment. “The induction ceremony was amazing!” said Enstrom Senior Tech Representative Bayard duPont.... Read more

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

4-Apr-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a new contract with UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) agency for the continued support of RTM322 engines used on the Royal Navy’s fleet of 55 Merlin helicopters.  This Single Source Qualifying Defence Contract will run for six years from 1 April 2024 with options to extend the support... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $86M contract for support of foreign military H-60

Lockheed Martin awarded $86M contract for support of foreign military H-60

4-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $86,872,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment engineering and logistics services in support of all H-60 Naval Hawk type/model/series for the Navy and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Greece, India, and Spain. Work will be performed in Owego, New... Read more

Lockheed Martin wins follow-on $483M US Army missile contract

Lockheed Martin wins follow-on $483M US Army missile contract

4-Apr-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a follow-on production contract for Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM) and HELLFIRE missiles with a Program Year 3 (PY3) award total value of $483 million. This contract will provide JAGM and HELLFIRE procurement and production support for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and international customers. This contract is the third follow-on award that... Read more

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

27-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The Dominican Republic Air Force has reported the acquisition of four Leonardo AW169s with the arrival by airfreight of the first pair in recent days. The helicopters were originally built for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, and local Dominican Republic sources are reporting that the Middle East nation never accepted the four from Leonardo. Initially... Read more

Boeing awarded $96M contract for MH-47G renew build

Boeing awarded $96M contract for MH-47G renew build

27-Mar-2024Source: Boeing

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $96,222,530 firm-fixed-price modification to an existing delivery order, placed under a basic ordering agreement, (H9224122F0073) for the procurement of an MH-47G renew build for rotary wing aircraft. This will increase the award to an existing obligated amount of $404,746,474.  The majority of the work will be... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $19M for Japanese V-22 support

Bell Boeing awarded $19M for Japanese V-22 support

22-Mar-2024Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $19,324,299 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F0167) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides recurring and non-recurring engineering to complete software upgrades for the government of Japan in support of V-22 aircraft program. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (50%); Fort Worth,... Read more

Teen joins PA Guard as helicopter pilot

Teen joins PA Guard as helicopter pilot

21-Mar-2024Source: US National Guard

Isaac Bell knows the path to becoming a helicopter pilot as a 19-year-old will be hard, but he is embracing the challenge ahead of him. Bell took the oath of enlistment March 15, 2024, during a ceremony at Muir Army Heliport here, surrounded by loved ones and Pennsylvania National Guard leaders, including Maj. Gen. Michael... Read more

Joby Widens USAF Partnership, Will Deliver Two eVTOL Aircraft to MacDill AFB

Joby Widens USAF Partnership, Will Deliver Two eVTOL Aircraft to MacDill AFB

20-Mar-2024Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric air taxis for commercial passenger service, announced it will deliver two aircraft to MacDill Air Force Base (“AFB”) in 2025 as part of the Company’s AFWERX Agility Prime contract with the U.S. Air Force. MacDill AFB is home to the U.S. Special Operations Command (“USSOCOM”), U.S. Central... Read more

Croatia orders eight more UH-60M Black Hawks

Croatia orders eight more UH-60M Black Hawks

14-Mar-2024Source: US Embassy in Croatia

The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce that on March 13, 2024, the United States and Croatia signed a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for the purchase of eight new Black Hawk helicopters.  This joint U.S.-Croatia investment will increase Croatia’s Black Hawk helicopter fleet from four to twelve, bolstering Croatia’s self-defense... Read more

Bell awarded $455M contract for 12 AH-1Z for Nigeria

Bell awarded $455M contract for 12 AH-1Z for Nigeria

14-Mar-2024Source: US DoD

Bell Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $455,000,000 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract for the production and delivery of 12 AH-1Z helicopters for the government of Nigeria, as well as provides associated engineering, program management and logistics support, and non-recurring engineering for obsolescence. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Amarillo, Texas... Read more

H-53 Support Team improves readiness with new engine wash procedures

H-53 Support Team improves readiness with new engine wash procedures

13-Mar-2024Source: US Marine Corps

Engineers at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) are enhancing flight line readiness with the development of updated engine wash procedures and training in support of the Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. Jordon Barnes, a senior engineer on the H-53 Fleet Support Team (FST), said the engine wash procedures are aimed at enhancing time on... Read more

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

12-Mar-2024Source: US Air Force

Gen. Thomas Bussiere, commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, offers remarks during an arrival ceremony for the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter March 9, 2024, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The Grey Wolf will support nuclear security and continuity of government operations with its increased speed, range, life and endurance while also meeting missile field... Read more

Bell Announces Weapon Systems Integration Lab

Bell Announces Weapon Systems Integration Lab

11-Mar-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Grand Opening of its Weapon System’s Integration Lab (WSIL) in Arlington, TX. The state-of-the-art facility will aid in in the safe, rapid, and efficient integration and test of a next generation fly-by-wire tiltrotor and mission systems using a modular open systems approach (MOSA) for the... Read more

Korea requests six MH-60R engines and support

Korea requests six MH-60R engines and support

11-Mar-2024Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of Engines and Sustainment for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost of $350 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible... Read more

US Army Black Hawks conduct deck landings on USNS Dahl

US Army Black Hawks conduct deck landings on USNS Dahl

11-Mar-2024Source: US Army

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (2-2 CAB) conducted deck landings with U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters on prepositioning ship USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312), March 7. Six aircraft crews from Assault Helicopter Battalion 2-2 CAB practiced single-spot deck landings aboard USNS Dahl, about five miles off the coast of... Read more

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded 5-Year USAF MH-139A SAR/Mission training contract

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded 5-Year USAF MH-139A SAR/Mission training contract

7-Mar-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in providing full spectrum mission training and operational services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 5-year training contract with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to provide instructor-led basic aircraft systems training, hoist search and rescue (SAR), helicopter external sling load operations (HESLO), fast-rope/rappelling,... Read more

High Eye wins Dutch military tender

High Eye wins Dutch military tender

7-Mar-2024Source: High Eye

High Eye has emerged victorious in an international open tender issued by the Ministry of Defence Netherlands, marking a significant milestone in our journey of innovation and growth. This prestigious tender victory signifies not only a tremendous achievement by High Eye but also a testament to the quality and capability of our Airboxer. As part of... Read more

Italian Air Force retires HH-212A fleet

Italian Air Force retires HH-212A fleet

4-Mar-2024Source: Aeronautica

The “phase-out” ceremony of the HH-212A helicopter , which after over 40 years of activity in numerous missions outside national borders and in the national field, ended its operational life in the Air Force. Having entered service in the early 1980s, the iconic helicopter ended its operational life today after having flown for over 180... Read more

HH-60W makes first flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan

HH-60W makes first flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan

4-Mar-2024Source: US Air Force

A U.S. Air Force HH-60W Jolly Green II assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron takes off from the flightline for its first flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 27, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G Pave Hawk and designed from the ground up with integrated mission systems and features new, multi-function... Read more

National Guard Announces Safety Stand Down Following Recent Helicopter Crashes

National Guard Announces Safety Stand Down Following Recent Helicopter Crashes

1-Mar-2024Source: US National Guard

The National Guard Bureau announced today the director of the Army National Guard has ordered an aviation safety stand down of all Army National Guard helicopter units to review safety policies and procedures following two recent helicopter crashes. The stand down went into effect Monday. Two separate crashes of AH-64D Apache helicopters in Utah on... Read more

CNC Technologies completes Mission Suite Integrations on two Bell 505s for Florida Fish and Wildlife

CNC Technologies completes Mission Suite Integrations on two Bell 505s for Florida Fish and Wildlife

28-Feb-2024Source: CNC Technologies

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced the completion of two fully equipped Bell 505 helicopters and one fully equipped Cessna Caravan airplane for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The Bell 505 helicopters are each outfitted with an L3/Wescam MX10 imager,... Read more

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

27-Feb-2024Source: UK MoD

The next stage of the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) Programme has been announced by the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, today. The NMH Programme is an initiative to acquire a modern medium-lift support helicopter, which will deliver up to five rotary wing requirements using a single aircraft-type. This means that the platform will be... Read more

Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

27-Feb-2024Source: Entrol

Entrol has delivered three Bell 505 configured simulators to CAE Defense & Security in support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing (IFT-R), Introductory Flight Training at the CAE Dothan Training Center. Entrol was subcontracted to deliver two H1000 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) devices with the Bell 505 configuration and one Bell 505-based... Read more

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

27-Feb-2024

Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin Company, is continuing its commitment to expand Australia’s aviation industrial workforce in 2024 by growing its apprenticeship numbers year on year. In 2024, Sikorsky Australia welcomed five new apprentices into the program, which now totals 16 apprentices, representing nearly 20% of the technical workforce and an annual investment of over... Read more

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

26-Feb-2024

Axnes, a leading provider of wireless communication solutions, is pleased to announce that its PNG Wireless Intercom System (WICS) has been selected by IMP Aerospace & Defence, in collaboration with the Canadian Forces, for the CH149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft upgrade project. This partnership underscores Axnes’ commitment to providing cutting-edge communication solutions for... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $12M contract to improve CV-22 proprotor gearboxes

Bell-Boeing awarded $12M contract to improve CV-22 proprotor gearboxes

26-Feb-2024Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $11,544,539 modification (P00013) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification adds scope to procure three shipsets of proprotor gearboxes in support of the Nacelle Improvements Step 2 requirement for CV-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Amarillo,... Read more

Pivotal Delivers Four BlackFly light eVTOLs for US Air Force evaluation

Pivotal Delivers Four BlackFly light eVTOLs for US Air Force evaluation

26-Feb-2024Source: Pivotal

Pivotal, a market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced it has delivered four of eight BlackFlys and two flight simulators for lease to MTSI for evaluation by AFWERX and the United States Air Force. The Air Force is evaluating Pivotal aircraft performance by assessing a host of benefits across diverse... Read more

Avidyne upgrades Flight Management Systems on Colombian Army fleet

Avidyne upgrades Flight Management Systems on Colombian Army fleet

21-Feb-2024Source: Avidyne

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems announced that the Colombian Army has selected IFD550 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems for their fleet of UH1-H, UH-1N, MI-17, and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as part of their Avionics Standardization Program. A portion of the fleet has been upgraded and operationalized in 2023 and the second phase of installations... Read more

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

19-Feb-2024Source: Naval Air Station

Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West was recognized as the 2023 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager Aviation Unit of the Year during a SAR Symposium held aboard Naval Base Coronado. The Marlin SAR team at NAS Key West consists of 57 personnel: eleven officers, ten enlisted aircrew and corpsmen,... Read more

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

16-Feb-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Tactical mission operational training and support, is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract by French Ministry of Armed Forces Command to provide virtual SAR, Tactical, Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery , and NVIS simulation and training support services... Read more

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

15-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

The 101st Rescue Squadron, assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard, won the Top Squadron award at a competition for combat search and rescue, also known as CSAR, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, November 2023. The 101st Rescue Squadron competed against six other squadrons from across the... Read more

Sikorsky Completes Flight Tests Of 3 Greek Navy MH-60Rs

Sikorsky Completes Flight Tests Of 3 Greek Navy MH-60Rs

14-Feb-2024Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, (NYSE: LMT) has completed testing of the integrated mission systems and sensors aboard three MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters purchased by the Hellenic Navy. Completed in early December 2023, the tests verify each MH-60R aircraft is an efficient and effective air weapon system capable of performing anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions from... Read more

MH-139A helps Maxwell AFB launch first active-duty flying training unit since 1945

MH-139A helps Maxwell AFB launch first active-duty flying training unit since 1945

12-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

The 908th Airlift Wing has an active-duty associate mission partner on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama for the first time. Detachment 3 of the 58th Operations Group had an official activation ceremony Jan. 31, 2024, on Maxwell.   Det. 3 will provide mission support to the 908th’s flying training mission and local support to Air Education and Training Command’s... Read more

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

12-Feb-2024

The BETA Technologies ALIA team waited and watched as an HH-60W Jolly Green II dropped in fast to the clearing beside them deep within the Eglin range Jan. 11, 2023. As soon as it touched down, Air Force special mission aviators were out the helicopter’s side door carrying a casualty on a stretcher. The BETA... Read more

US Army cans FARA program

US Army cans FARA program

9-Feb-2024

Warfighting is changing more rapidly than it has in decades, and the Army is continuously transforming based on lessons learned and a sober assessment of the modern battlefield. To meet emerging capability requirements in a resource constrained environment, the Army today announced it will rebalance its aviation modernization investments across new and enduring platforms. The... Read more

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

8-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The British military acquired five new Airbus H135 helicopters in 2022 under a program known as “Project Matcha”, with the intention that they would operate in Northern Ireland to replace Gazelle helicopters operating in the province. At some point after agreeing to purchase these aircraft, a different decision was made and the requirement evaporated.  Consequently,... Read more

Bell Demonstrates HSVTOL Technology at Holloman Air Force Base

Bell Demonstrates HSVTOL Technology at Holloman Air Force Base

8-Feb-2024Source: Bell

Bell showcases High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) technology capabilities upon completion of testing efforts at Holloman Air Force Base. The team has utilized the Holloman High Speed Test Track to demonstrate the folding rotor, integrated propulsion and flight control technologies at representative flight speeds. “The successful sled test completion is a culmination of Bell’s... Read more

920th Rescue Wing receives first new HH-60W

920th Rescue Wing receives first new HH-60W

7-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

A new era began when the 920th Rescue Wing’s first new HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter touched down here Feb. 1. Flown to the 943d Rescue Group by the 305th Rescue Squadron, the arrival of the HH-60W marks the beginning of the wing’s conversion from the HH-60G Pave Hawk, which served the wing since 1993,... Read more

US Navy outlines how helicopter training has changed

US Navy outlines how helicopter training has changed

7-Feb-2024Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy took a first step to enhance rotary-wing aviation capabilities with an innovative approach that will benefit an age-old partnership. Eight Student Naval Aviators (SNA) including five Navy and three Coast Guard students began training under a new joint-Service, public-private partnership program that promises faster time-to-train, greater helicopter simulator availability and in-aircraft training... Read more

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing mourns the deaths of 5 Marines in CH-53E mishap

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing mourns the deaths of 5 Marines in CH-53E mishap

6-Feb-2024Source: USMC

Five Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing have been confirmed deceased following a CH-53E helicopter crash on Feb. 6, 2024. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commanding general of 3rd MAW issued the following statement, “It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $150M contract for Norwegian MH-60R upgrades

Lockheed Martin awarded $150M contract for Norwegian MH-60R upgrades

6-Feb-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, was awarded a not-to-exceed $150,560,000 undefinitized modification (P00001) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F5567) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering and add/delete efforts in support of bringing six MH-60R aircraft from a standard Foreign Military Sales (FMS) configuration to... Read more

SATMO to begin Black Hawk training in Albania

SATMO to begin Black Hawk training in Albania

6-Feb-2024Source: US Army

Members of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Command’s (USASAC) Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO) attended a ceremony Jan. 16 as the Albanian Defence Ministry celebrated the delivery of two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters at Rinas Airport near Tirana. The Albanian government acquired the aircraft with help from the European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP),... Read more

Boeing awarded $87M contract for CH-47 engine transmissions

Boeing awarded $87M contract for CH-47 engine transmissions

6-Feb-2024Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $87,984,634 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the engine transmission assembly for the CH-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 1, 2028. Army... Read more

Kadena Air Base in Japan upgrades from HH-60G to HH-60W

Kadena Air Base in Japan upgrades from HH-60G to HH-60W

1-Feb-2024Source: US Indo-Pacific Command

The HH-60W Jolly Green IIs from the 55th Rescue Generation Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, arrived at their new duty station, Kadena Air Base, Japan, January 26, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built on the established framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk” production model. Alternatively known as the... Read more

RAF picks Axnes wireless comms for Puma Mk.2

RAF picks Axnes wireless comms for Puma Mk.2

31-Jan-2024Source: Axnes AS

Axnes AS, a leading provider of innovative wireless intercom communication systems, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to deliver its cutting-edge PNG Wireless Intercom System (WICS) technology to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for their Puma HC Mk2 Air System. The PNG WICS will be utilized to enhance the aircrafts’ communication... Read more

US State Dept. approves sale of eight UH-60Ms to Croatia

US State Dept. approves sale of eight UH-60Ms to Croatia

29-Jan-2024Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Croatia of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment and services for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Croatia... Read more

Canada to Participate in NATO Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024

Canada to Participate in NATO Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024

29-Jan-2024Source: Government of Canada

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is set to participate in the largest NATO exercise in decades that will serve to rehearse NATO’s Deterrence and Defence plans to counter threats to the Euro-Atlantic area. Approximately 1,000 CAF sailors, soldiers, aviators, and special forces members, will demonstrate NATO’s ability to conduct sustained, multi-domain defensive operations over a... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $9M contract for 22 turrets for H-1 helicopters

Lockheed Martin awarded $9M contract for 22 turrets for H-1 helicopters

25-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded $9,000,000 for a not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract action delivery order (N00383-24-F-A500), under previously awarded contract (N00383-23-G-A501), for the procurement of 22 turret assemblies in support of the H-1 aircraft. All work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Work is expected to be completed by January 2025. Annual working capital... Read more

Dutch Air Force receives latest Apache

Dutch Air Force receives latest Apache

19-Jan-2024Source: US Army

The United States delivered two new AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) 7 December. The aircraft were transported by a US Air Force C-17 to Woensdrecht Air Base Logistics Center-Woensdrecht (LCW) for initial inspection and inventory. The Netherlands has a total of 28 Apaches on order. These... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM 70 Returns from Deployment

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM 70 Returns from Deployment

19-Jan-2024Source: US Navy

The “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 returned to their home base at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, on January 14th, 2024, following a nearly nine month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation. Following completion of a four week composite training unit exercise,... Read more

Bell awarded Can$2.28 billion contract to maintain CH-146 Griffon fleet

Bell awarded Can$2.28 billion contract to maintain CH-146 Griffon fleet

19-Jan-2024Source: Canadian Government

The Government of Canada is committed to extending the life and existing capabilities of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters to support the Canadian Armed Forces and keep Canadians safe. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a $2.28-billion contract to Bell Textron Canada Limited (BTCL)... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $18M more for Israeli CH-53K support

Sikorsky awarded $18M more for Israeli CH-53K support

10-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $18,437,889 modification (P00018) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm-target), firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0047). This modification definitizes a previously awarded change order modification (P00009) and adds scope to provide logistics and airworthiness support for CH-53K Heavy Lift aircraft configuration changes for the government of... Read more

Bell awards CAE contract for US Army FLRAA program

Bell awards CAE contract for US Army FLRAA program

9-Jan-2024Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE Defense & Security is under contract with Bell Textron Inc. to support the U.S. Army Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. As a FLRAA team member, CAE will provide operator and maintenance training aids, devices, simulators, and simulations (TADSS), including advanced maintenance training systems and display and simulation effects for... Read more

Guatemalan Air Force receives Bell 429

Guatemalan Air Force receives Bell 429

8-Jan-2024Source: US Army

Representatives from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office, Security Assistance Management Directorate, Bell, and Security Cooperation Officers for Guatemala, pose for a photo in front of the Guatemalan Air Force’s new Bell 429 helicopter Dec. 12, 2023. The helicopter was purchased through the Army’s Foreign Military Sales program and will... Read more

Lockheed Martin award $132M contact for Spanish MH-60R configuration changes

Lockheed Martin award $132M contact for Spanish MH-60R configuration changes

5-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $132,834,000 undefinitized modification (P00001) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001924F2566) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering and add/delete efforts in support of bringing eight MH-60R aircraft from a standard Foreign Military Sales (FMS) configuration to a... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $79M contract for CH-53K config changes

Sikorsky awarded $79M contract for CH-53K config changes

5-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $79,650,079 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001924F0089) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001923G0002). This order provides for updated logistics analysis and products in support of configuration changes on the CH-53K. Additionally this order provides for the development and delivery of new intermediate and... Read more

Bell awarded $13M support contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y in Bahrain and Czech Republic

Bell awarded $13M support contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y in Bahrain and Czech Republic

4-Jan-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $13,775,974 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F2602) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0012). This order provides engineering and logistics sustainment efforts in support of the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters for the Marine Corps and the government of Bahrain; production and sustainment support for the government... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $168M contract for 21 CH-53K King Stallions

Sikorsky awarded $168M contract for 21 CH-53K King Stallions

4-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $168,199,286 firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract. This contract procures long-lead time materials for 21 full rate production lot 9 CH-53K King Stallion aircraft in support of the Marine Corp. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut and is expected to be completed in March... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract for VH-92A support

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract for VH-92A support

4-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $8,552,070 modification (P00162) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001914C0050). This modification adds scope to procure spares and material management in support of sustaining the VH-92A Helicopters for the Navy. Work will be performed in Woodland, Washington (24%); Stratford, Connecticut (21%); Milford, Connecticut (15%);... Read more

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