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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

GE awarded $19.4M contact for CH-53K Lot 9 engine long-lead items

GE awarded $19.4M contact for CH-53K Lot 9 engine long-lead items

3-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a not-to-exceed $19,400,000 firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract to procure congressionally mandated long-lead items in support of 63, Lot Nine, full rate production T408 Engines for the CH-53K Helicopter Program for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (labor surplus area), and is expected to be... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $29M contract for logistics support of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $29M contract for logistics support of CH-53K

3-Jan-2024Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $29,405,716 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00005) to an order (N0001922F1198) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to provide logistics support analysis, logistics products and product data, technical publications resulting from production engineering changes, diminishing manufacturing sources, material shortages... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $7M contract for Nigerian AH-1Z mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $7M contract for Nigerian AH-1Z mission computers

3-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $7,781,824 modification (P00007) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001919D0025). This modification increases the ceiling for the production and delivery of an additional 32 H-1 tech refresh mission computers in support of the AH-1Z aircraft for the government of Nigeria. Work will be performed... Read more

AIR moves to next phase of USAF AFWERX eVTOL R&D program

AIR moves to next phase of USAF AFWERX eVTOL R&D program

3-Jan-2024Source: AIR

AIR, creator of eVTOLs for the consumer market, announced the next phase in its participation in the United States Air Force’s AFWERX Agility Prime program to help propel development of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, currently revolutionizing aviation. Following AIR’s acceptance to the program in 2022, the company has now completed Agility Prime’s third phase and entered into a... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $10M contract for 12 CV-22 Nacelle Improvement Kits

Bell Boeing awarded $10M contract for 12 CV-22 Nacelle Improvement Kits

3-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $10,315,188 modification (P00012) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price incentive (firm-target) order (N0001921F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises options to provide for retrofit installation of 12 Nacelle Improvement Kits and Conversion Area Harness onto CV-22 aircraft, as well as associated... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M contract for MH-60R logistics services

Lockheed Martin awarded $12M contract for MH-60R logistics services

3-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $12,328,863 modification (P00012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001920D0001). This modification provides for through life support services, to include in-country, on-site squadron workforce supplementation support personnel, and continued maintenance, program management, and logistics services in support of... Read more

AAR awarded $113M contract for Black Hawk engine overhaul work

AAR awarded $113M contract for Black Hawk engine overhaul work

3-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

AAR Allen Services Inc., Garden City, New York, was awarded a $113,130,795 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the power unit gas turbine in support of the Black Hawk helicopter system. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion... Read more

CAE delivers NH90 Full Mission training centre to German Navy

CAE delivers NH90 Full Mission training centre to German Navy

2-Jan-2024Source: CAE

CAE GmbH has delivered a fully equipped NH90 training centre to the German Navy during an official ceremony at the facility. Members of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), Naval Command, Naval Support Command and local government officials joined the event to celebrate... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $74M contract for AH-64 night vision work

Lockheed Martin awarded $74M contract for AH-64 night vision work

2-Jan-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $74,045,265 modification (P00017) to contract W58RGZ-21-C-0016 for the AH-64 Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor Performance Based Logistics program. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2024 Army working capital funds in the amount... Read more

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

23-Dec-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The HeliHub.com team is taking its usual Christmas break – we will return at the start of January ready to unveil our plans for 2024. Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus – on his birthday. It is very definitely Happy Christmas and not the mushed-down Happy Holidays to appease... Read more

US State Dept approve Greek UH-60M order

US State Dept approve Greek UH-60M order

21-Dec-2023Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.95 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Greece has requested... Read more

US Navy And Lockheed Martin complete tests of Advanced Off-Board EW System

US Navy And Lockheed Martin complete tests of Advanced Off-Board EW System

21-Dec-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) supported a successful government test of the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system’s electronic attack capabilities while installed on a U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopter. This marked the first time in the program’s development the system was able to perform engagement testing, demonstrate the ability to deter threats, and quantify system performance,... Read more

Carrier Air Wing 3 Holds Change of Command

Carrier Air Wing 3 Holds Change of Command

21-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 conducted a change of command while deployed with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations Dec. 18, 2023. Capt. Marvin “Starvin’” Scott relieved Capt. Mitchell “Bomber” McCallister as commander of CVW-3 during an aerial hand-off over the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower... Read more

Sikorsky awarded additional $56M for VH-92A

Sikorsky awarded additional $56M for VH-92A

20-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $56,873,480 modification (P00005) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001923D0011). This modification increases the contract ceiling to provide integrated logistics support, sustainment engineering, spares procurement, materials management, component overhaul, and training activities in support of sustainment efforts for the VH-92A... Read more

US Navy Awards Overair SBIR Contract to Advance IBC Technology

US Navy Awards Overair SBIR Contract to Advance IBC Technology

20-Dec-2023Source: Overair

Overair, an emerging global leader in advanced air mobility (AAM) and developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the United States Navy has awarded Overair a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to further develop the high-integrity individual blade control (IBC) technology integrated into its Butterfly eVTOL aircraft. Under the agreement, Overair will... Read more

Boeing awarded $271M for SOCOM MH-47Gs

Boeing awarded $271M for SOCOM MH-47Gs

20-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to an existing delivery order (H92241-22-F-0073) with a value of $271,215,944 for procurement of MH-47G renew build rotary wing aircraft in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2023 and 2024 procurement and aircraft procurement, Army (APA) funds in the amount of $271,215,944... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $48M CH-53K Inertial Measurement Unit contract

Sikorsky awarded $48M CH-53K Inertial Measurement Unit contract

19-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $48,257,948 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized order (N00019242573) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001923G0002). This order provides for the redesign of a form, fit, and functional replacement of the CH-53K Inertial Measurement Unit. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected... Read more

Longbow awarded $10M Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar contract

Longbow awarded $10M Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar contract

18-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10,773,790 modification (P00008) to contract W58RGZ-22-C-0053 for the Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.... Read more

Spike missile integrated into Apache helicopter at Yuma Proving Ground

Spike missile integrated into Apache helicopter at Yuma Proving Ground

15-Dec-2023Source: US Army

A primary responsibility of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) is to support developmental testing to improve existing weapons systems, even on platforms considered the most lethal of their kind. A recent example of this is testing in support of an airworthiness release that will allow the Spike non-line of site missile to be integrated... Read more

NAS North Island opens new V-22 hangar

NAS North Island opens new V-22 hangar

13-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

Naval Base Coronado, Naval Air Station North Island held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 8 to celebrate Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southwest’s completion of a new aircraft hangar. The V-22 aircraft maintenance hangar was built by Harper Construction, who were awarded a contract for the work on June 25, 2019. Construction cost $72... Read more

Boeing Secures Contract for Six MH-47G Block II Chinook Helicopters

Boeing Secures Contract for Six MH-47G Block II Chinook Helicopters

12-Dec-2023Source: Boeing

The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a contract to produce six remanufactured MH-47G Block II aircraft as a part of the Army’s modernization efforts. With the deal valued at $271M, Boeing has 42 MH-47G aircraft under contract with USASOAC. “The Chinook has been a key player in the... Read more

Raytheon awarded $8.7M for CH-53K night vision systems

Raytheon awarded $8.7M for CH-53K night vision systems

8-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded an $8,716,398 firm-fixed-price modification (P00010) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0810) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This modification exercises an option to procure 13 Lot 8 Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 forward looking infrared kits in support of CH-53K King Stallion helicopter production aircraft. Work will be... Read more

Robertson award $9M contract for CH-53K fuel systems

Robertson award $9M contract for CH-53K fuel systems

8-Dec-2023Source: US DoD

Robertson Fuel Systems LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is awarded a $9,201,145 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract provides for the manufacturing and delivery of seven Delta Install kits, seven Tactical Bulk Fuel Delivery System (TBFDS) Forward Area Refueling Equipment kit inserts/Portable Fire Extinguisher kits and one TBFDS B-Kit, as well as associated non-recurring engineering, in support of the... Read more

Royal Australian Air Force delivers helicopters for Remote Science Campaign

Royal Australian Air Force delivers helicopters for Remote Science Campaign

5-Dec-2023Source: Antarctica Government

A massive Royal Australian Air Force aircraft, usually used to move military equipment and distribute humanitarian aid, has delivered two BK117 helicopters to Antarctica for the first time. The helicopters will be used this summer to fly Australian Antarctic Program scientists to remote locations that would otherwise be inaccessible. “To get the helicopters cleared for... Read more

HSM 74 Hosts Change of Command

HSM 74 Hosts Change of Command

4-Dec-2023Source: US Navy

While deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 members honor a long standing military tradition during a Change of Command Ceremony as Commander J. Eric Kohut relieved Commander Phillip R. Krites. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve alongside all of you as Commanding Officer,”... Read more

First flight for German Navy NH90 Sea Tiger

First flight for German Navy NH90 Sea Tiger

30-Nov-2023

The first NH90 Sea Tiger took off on-schedule for its maiden flight, at Airbus Helicopters’ site in Donauwörth, Germany. The German Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH90 Sea Tiger multi role frigate helicopters for the German Navy’s shipborne operations in 2020. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a qualification phase that will focus on flight testing the helicopter... Read more

Boeing awarded $9M contract for support services of AH-6

Boeing awarded $9M contract for support services of AH-6

29-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,312,900 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract for post-production support services for the AH-6 Light Attack Helicopter. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 27, 2027. Fiscal 2024 Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia)... Read more

HMotion – new H135/H145 sim centre planned by ADAC HEMS Academy and Airbus

HMotion – new H135/H145 sim centre planned by ADAC HEMS Academy and Airbus

28-Nov-2023Source: Airbus

During European Rotors, Airbus Helicopters and ADAC HEMS Academy announced the establishment of the joint venture HMotion, a new simulator training centre for the H135 and H145 family helicopters. HMotion will offer a wide range of cost-effective training courses for helicopter personnel, including mission and critical flight training. Subject to approval by the relevant regulatory... Read more

Slovenia to buy six Leonardo AW139Ms

Slovenia to buy six Leonardo AW139Ms

28-Nov-2023Source: Defence of the Republic of Slovenia

The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia, Marjan Šarec, and the Minister of Defence of the Italian Republic, Guido Crosetto, signed an amendment to the Implementing Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of the Italian Republic and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia on cooperation in the field of military... Read more

RENK Systems awarded $49M contract support of CH-53K King Stallion

RENK Systems awarded $49M contract support of CH-53K King Stallion

27-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

RENK Systems Corp., Camby, Indiana, is awarded a $49,041,711 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for the design, development, fabrication, and testing of three test stands to include: one for testing the main gearbox assembly, one for testing the tail/intermediate gearbox assemblies, and one for testing the nose gearbox assemblies, as well as associated logistics, calibration,... Read more

Bell presenting live B412 firefighting demonstration at European Rotors

Bell presenting live B412 firefighting demonstration at European Rotors

24-Nov-2023Source: Bell

For decades, Bell has held an active presence in the European market by acting as a vital partner in providing innovative and high-performing aircraft for customers across the region. With hundreds of commercial aircraft groups, public safety, military, and HEMS customers, Bell continues to make its mark across the region. At this year’s largest rotorcraft-only... Read more

Boeing Shifts Toward Production of MH-139A Grey Wolf

Boeing Shifts Toward Production of MH-139A Grey Wolf

22-Nov-2023Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE:BA] continues to transition towards low rate initial production of the MH-139A Grey Wolf after completing the program’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) phase, delivering the sixth and final test aircraft to the U.S. Air Force last month. “Delivering all of the RDT&E aircraft to the Air Force enables them to continue critical... Read more

Phenix Solutions Awarded USAF Agility Prime Agile Manufacturing Phase II Contract

Phenix Solutions Awarded USAF Agility Prime Agile Manufacturing Phase II Contract

22-Nov-2023Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions is proud to announce the award of a United States Air Force Phase II contract for Agile Manufacturing for the Ultra 2XL Heavy Lift VTOL Aircraft. Phenix is pleased to work with The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) to accelerate the development and deployment of transformative vertical takeoff... Read more

USAF awards  Piasecki  $37M to Develop Next-Gen VTOLs and Hydrogen Propulsion Technologies

USAF awards Piasecki $37M to Develop Next-Gen VTOLs and Hydrogen Propulsion Technologies

22-Nov-2023Source: Piasecki Aircraft

 Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, a global leader in rotorcraft and aerial vehicles, announced today that it has been awarded a $37 million multi-year contract by AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation arm in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of its Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program. The award will enable Piasecki to flight... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $41M order for V-22 support

Bell Boeing awarded $41M order for V-22 support

21-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $41,681,993 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F0085) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides maintenance, logistics, and program management support to meet existing and future retrofit requirements for organizational, intermediate, and depot level repair efforts in support of the V-22 Osprey for the Navy,... Read more

Bell Installs T901 Improved Turbine Engine in Invictus prototype

Bell Installs T901 Improved Turbine Engine in Invictus prototype

21-Nov-2023Source: Bell

The Army recently delivered the T901 Improved Turbine Engine to Bell Textron Inc’s Flight Research Center in Arlington, Texas, signaling the start of the next stage in its Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition. With the engine in hand, the Bell team has hit the ground running and have installed it on the Bell... Read more

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

17-Nov-2023Source: 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

HSC-26 Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-26 Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

17-Nov-2023Source: US Navy

The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 “Chargers”, stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk held a change of command ceremony, Nov. 16 to mark a transition of command leadership. During the change of command ceremony, Cmdr. Scott Chirgwin, of Portland, Oregon, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HSC-26 commanding officer from Cmdr. Matthew Mravlja, of... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $21M contact for UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $21M contact for UH-60Ms

17-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,650,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the modification of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Thailand) funds in the amount of... Read more

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

16-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK announced that they plan to order for six H145 helicopters from Airbus under a sole supplier agreement.  Assuming the announcement progresses to an actual order, the aircraft will be operated in Brunei and Cyprus, replacing Bell 212 and 412 (Griffin) aircraft respectively.  At present there are RAF... Read more

Royal Jordanian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Bell 505s

Royal Jordanian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Bell 505s

16-Nov-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of the first five of 10 Bell 505 helicopters to the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). The purchase agreement, signed on July 6, 2022, includes aircraft delivery complete with a flight training device and a comprehensive computer-based training package to support basic and... Read more

Airbus to deliver second batch of NH90 to Spanish Navy in 2024

Airbus to deliver second batch of NH90 to Spanish Navy in 2024

16-Nov-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

With more than 10,000 flight hours under its belt, the NH90 has provided the Spanish Army and Air Force with new capabilities, fleet rationalisation and safety improvements. The deliveries of the second batch beginning in 2024 will also equip the Navy with the most modern amphibious helicopter ever operated in Spain. Spain’s close relationship with... Read more

Rockwell Collins awarded $14M contract for MRO of CH-47 multifunction display unit

Rockwell Collins awarded $14M contract for MRO of CH-47 multifunction display unit

16-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $14,933,575 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and repair of the CH-47 multifunction display unit. 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 Nov. 12, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

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