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Pratt & Whitney awarded $19M APU contract for V-22

Pratt & Whitney awarded $19M APU contract for V-22

27-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Raytheon Technologies Corp., doing business as Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $19,697,184 firm-fixed-price, long-term requirements contract for the procurement of one auxiliary power unit in support of the V-22 Osprey aircraft. This contract includes no options. All work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut, and ordering period is expected to... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract VH-92A spares

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract VH-92A spares

26-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $8,092,897 modification (P00004) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001923D0011). This modification increases the ceiling to procure sustainment spares as well as provide materials management and supply support in support of sustainment efforts for the VH-92A Patriot in-service helicopter for the... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $60M contracts for CH-53K parts

Sikorsky awarded $60M contracts for CH-53K parts

26-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $17,708,419 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00383-23-F-X961), under previously awarded contract N00383-20-G-X901, for the procurement of 11 blowdown assemblies, seven NRP shock strut assemblies, seven shock strut assembly-main LH parts, seven nose landing gear retract actuators, 36 shimmy damper units, 30 wheel and tire assemblies, 30 shimmy damper... Read more

AgustaWestland awarded $9M contract for TH-73 spare engines

AgustaWestland awarded $9M contract for TH-73 spare engines

26-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $9,516,352 modification (P00025) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N6134020C0007. This modification exercises an option to procure seven spare engines for TH-73A lot IV production aircraft in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System program for the Navy. Work will be performed in Longueuil, Canada (90%); and Philadelphia,... Read more

US Army now largest ICARUS Device user

US Army now largest ICARUS Device user

26-Sep-2023Source: ICARUS

ICARUS Devices is proud to announce that the US Army is now the largest user. The rapid adoption has been led by National Guard units and 30% of states are now ICARUS users. The Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) is a smart view limiting device that allows Instructor Pilots to simulate Degraded... Read more

Drone Delivery Canada awarded contract by Canadian DND

Drone Delivery Canada awarded contract by Canadian DND

22-Sep-2023Source: Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT) (OTCQX: TAKOF) (Frankfurt: A3DP5Y) or (Frankfurt: ABBA.F) (the “Company” or “DDC”) is pleased to announce that on August 29, 2023, it had signed a contract (the “Contract”) with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces’ (DND/CAF) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program to operate and evaluate... Read more

Boeing awarded $12M contract for CH-47 Block 2 spares

Boeing awarded $12M contract for CH-47 Block 2 spares

22-Sep-2023Source: Boeing

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $12,449,041 firm-fixed-price contract for CH-47 Block 2 spare aircraft parts. 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. 28, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $110M contracts for certain CH-53K parts

Sikorsky awarded $110M contracts for certain CH-53K parts

22-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $21,708,974 for a ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action, delivery order N00383-23-F-X94Z under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-20-G-X901 for the procurement of four swashplate assemblies and 28 rotary blade sleeves in support of the CH-53K aircraft. All work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut. This contract contains no options... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $11M more for CMV-22 rescue hoist mission kits

Bell Boeing awarded $11M more for CMV-22 rescue hoist mission kits

21-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $11,284,194 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2046) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0006). This modification exercises an option to procure 38 rescue hoist mission kits in support of the CMV-22 Osprey fleet aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Brea,... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $23M more for UH-1Y / AH-1Z upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $23M more for UH-1Y / AH-1Z upgrades

21-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $23,923,898 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to a previously awarded contract (N0001921C0073). This modification adds scope to procure six UH-1Y Link 16 A kits, six AH-1Z Link 16 A kits, 12 Link 16 B kits, two Link 16 Flight Training Device B kits, four Link 16 B... Read more

Bell Celebrates Successful Czech H-1 Program During NATO Days 2023

Bell Celebrates Successful Czech H-1 Program During NATO Days 2023

18-Sep-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is commemorating the successful delivery of four H-1 helicopters to the Czech Republic during NATO Days 2023. Three AH-1Z Vipers and one UH-1Y Venom have been delivered in country as part of the 2019 deal to modernize the Czech Armed Forces with four AH-1Z Vipers and... Read more

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $95M Apache fuel system contract

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $95M Apache fuel system contract

18-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $95,160,428 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of auxiliary fuel systems for the Apache helicopter. 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 Sept. 13, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

Lockheed Martin launches Team Black Hawk for UK’s NMH requirement

Lockheed Martin launches Team Black Hawk for UK’s NMH requirement

14-Sep-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

This week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, Lockheed Martin announced its intention to participate in the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. It outlined its team of UK partners and the benefits of choosing the advanced, Sikorsky Black Hawk® helicopter to replace the UK’s aging mixed medium... Read more

US Donates four Bell 412s to Zambia Air Force

US Donates four Bell 412s to Zambia Air Force

14-Sep-2023Source: US Embassy in Zambia

On September 11, the United States announced an $80 million (1.6 billion Kwacha) grant to Zambia that will supply four Bell 412EP helicopters to the Zambia Air Force with three years of service, parts, and training for the helicopters.  During a press conference, Zambia Air Force Major General Oscar Nyoni thanked the U.S. government for... Read more

USAF award Contract to Phenix for the Ultra  XL Heavy Vertical Lift UAS

USAF award Contract to Phenix for the Ultra XL Heavy Vertical Lift UAS

14-Sep-2023Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions is proud to announce the award of a United States Air Force Phase II contract for digital engineering to support Military Airworthiness Certification. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Autonomous Systems Technology Office (AST) is focused on accelerating the development and deployment of a transformative vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. To complete these... Read more

Bell Begins HSVTOL Risk Reduction Testing at Holloman AFB

Bell Begins HSVTOL Risk Reduction Testing at Holloman AFB

14-Sep-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) test article to Holloman Air Force Base for demonstration and technology evaluation. The team will leverage the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Holloman High Speed Test Track to test the folding rotor, integrated propulsion and flight... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract to repair CH-53K motor controls

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract to repair CH-53K motor controls

8-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $8,390,341 delivery order (N00383-23-F-X94W) under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-20-G-X901, for the repair of 17 motor controls and five actuator mechanical control processors in support of the CH-53K aircraft. All work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut. This contract contains no options, and work is... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $49M contract for software support of H-60s

Lockheed Martin awarded $49M contract for software support of H-60s

8-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $49,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides technical, management, and process support to maintain the software for all H-60 aircraft variants in support of the Navy and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Greece, and Norway. Work will be performed... Read more

Vectrus Systems awarded $7M contract for support of 3 MH-60R

Vectrus Systems awarded $7M contract for support of 3 MH-60R

6-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, is awarded a $7,567,761 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable contract that provides case/project, program, and financial management support, and engineering and technical assistance support, in support of thee MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, subsystems, armament, engines, airborne weapons, spares, and support equipment for the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Patuxent... Read more

Longbow awarded $156M contract for Apache Attack Fire Control Radar

Longbow awarded $156M contract for Apache Attack Fire Control Radar

6-Sep-2023Source: US DoD

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $156,372,092 modification (P00011) to contract W58RGZ-20-F-0464 for procurement of Apache Attack Helicopter Fire Control Radar and other support hardware and auxiliary services. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; and Linthicum Heights, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 Foreign Military Sales (Australia)... Read more

CAE USA awarded $26M contract for advanced flight training

CAE USA awarded $26M contract for advanced flight training

30-Aug-2023Source: US DoD

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Florida, was awarded a $26,598,434 modification (P00021) to contract W9124G-20-C-0008 for advanced helicopter flight training. Work will be performed at Fort Novosel, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 9, 2027. Fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $26,598,434 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

Army Reserve-led Mountain Medic soars to new heights

Army Reserve-led Mountain Medic soars to new heights

30-Aug-2023Source: US Army

The rotor blades of the MEDEVAC helicopters never stopped spinning as the Army Reserve Aviation Command’s UH/HH-60 Black Hawks climbed to new heights and led the third iteration of the fast-paced joint operation known as Mountain Medic 2023 last week. Soaring against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the exercise aimed at improving and reenforcing... Read more

Boeing awarded $11M contract for CH-47F Block II systems support

Boeing awarded $11M contract for CH-47F Block II systems support

29-Aug-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $11,636,578 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for CH-47F Block II systems support. 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 May 30, 2027. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $2B contract for 35 CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $2B contract for 35 CH-53K

29-Aug-2023Source: Sikorsky

The U.S. Navy awarded Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), a  $2.7 billion contract to build and deliver 35 additional CH-53K® helicopters – the largest procurement to date for this multi-mission aircraft. “This contract award for 35 CH-53K helicopters stabilizes Sikorsky’s nationwide supply base, creates additional production efficiencies, and provides the U.S. Marine Corps with transformative... Read more

US Army Reserve-led Mountain Medic soars to new heights

US Army Reserve-led Mountain Medic soars to new heights

29-Aug-2023Source: US Army

The rotor blades of the MEDEVAC helicopters never stopped spinning as the Army Reserve Aviation Command’s UH/HH-60 Black Hawks climbed to new heights and led the third iteration of the fast-paced joint operation known as Mountain Medic 2023 last week. Soaring against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the exercise aimed at improving and reenforcing... Read more

Program launched to transition US military pilots to First Officer with JetBlue

Program launched to transition US military pilots to First Officer with JetBlue

25-Aug-2023Source: JetBlue

JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU), announces the launch of its eighth Gateway development program, Gateway Rotor Transition Program (RTP). Gateway RTP establishes a prescribed talent pathway for U.S. military-trained rotary wing aviators to transition their existing expertise as helicopter pilots and acquire the necessary skills and certifications needed to join JetBlue as a first officer. Accepted candidates... Read more

Honeywell awarded $51M helicopter engine contract

Honeywell awarded $51M helicopter engine contract

25-Aug-2023Source: US DoD

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded a $51,224,867 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter engines. 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 Dec. 31, 2026. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity is the contracting... Read more

Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces enable distributed maritime operations during LSE 2023

Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces enable distributed maritime operations during LSE 2023

23-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

Sailors and Marines assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) refined their warfighting concepts and tactics in live, virtual, and constructive training events throughout the month of August during Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2023. NECC’s operations center provided command and control of NECC’s forces throughout the exercise, working closely to support Fleet commanders in 2nd,... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale of AH-64E Apaches to Poland

US Foreign Military Sale of AH-64E Apaches to Poland

22-Aug-2023Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $12.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Poland has requested to... Read more

US Army awards Airbus contract for helicopter modernization

US Army awards Airbus contract for helicopter modernization

21-Aug-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

The U.S. Army awarded Airbus a $27.8 million contract to upgrade the Army National Guard Security & Support Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP). Upgrades to the MEP expand the UH-72A Lakota’s capabilities to conduct day and night operations by providing an advanced moving map, enhanced digital interfaces, new monitors, an airborne mission management system and... Read more

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

18-Aug-2023

The British Government has decided not to renew a contract whereby a commercial operator supplies the Ministry of Defence with a helicopter for VIP use –  including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Senior Military Officers, and Government Officials.  The contract is known as RWCSAT – Rotary Wing Command Support Air Transport. A tender was issued for... Read more

US and Serbian forces conduct first helicopter flight formation

US and Serbian forces conduct first helicopter flight formation

16-Aug-2023Source: US Air Force

For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Air Force and Serbian air force partnered together to conduct the first helicopter flight formation in history and participate in rotary wing search and rescue operations, Aug. 7-11, 2023, at Batajnica Air Base and Sgt./Pilot Mihajlo Petrovic Air Base, Serbia. To mark the beginning of... Read more

FRCSW becomes first depot to repaint an MQ-8C ᐧ

FRCSW becomes first depot to repaint an MQ-8C ᐧ

15-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

The MQ-8C Fire Scout, a variant of the MQ-8B, is an unmanned aerial vehicle used for expeditionary operations aboard ships. The Navy’s only unmanned helicopter, which can be deployable from land or sea, provides target-acquisition, real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to the men and women of the US Navy and Marine Corps. In 2015, Naval... Read more

US Army Aviation unit in Europe receives new Apache helicopters

US Army Aviation unit in Europe receives new Apache helicopters

9-Aug-2023Source: US Army

The U.S. Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade received two new model Apache helicopters, which feature state-of-the-art enhancements to the aircraft’s sensors, software, and weapon systems at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Clay Kaserne, Germany, Sept. 1, 2023. The new Apaches, officially designated AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardians, are the first of an anticipated 24 the unit is... Read more

US Marines visits eVTOL developer Archer

US Marines visits eVTOL developer Archer

8-Aug-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that this past Friday it showcased its Midnight eVTOL aircraft to a group of leaders from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The visit from the USMC comes on the heels of Archer’s announcement last week of its industry leading... Read more

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

CCC, DART Aerospace to deliver high lift heliporter to US Navy

7-Aug-2023Source: CCC

CCC is pleased to announce that it was awarded an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide a high lift heliporter designed and manufactured by DART Aerospace Company (DART) to the U.S. Navy. A high lift heliporter is ground support equipment that allows one person to... Read more

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

3-Aug-2023

One of the six Airbus AS365N3 Dauphin helicopters operated by the Army Air Corps in the UK has had an accident, the manufacturer has confirmed in an document released in the public domain.  The severity of the accident has put the aircraft beyond economic repair. In the latest edition of its “List of potentially scrapped,... Read more

SkyAlyne selected by Canada for Future Aircrew Training Program

SkyAlyne selected by Canada for Future Aircrew Training Program

3-Aug-2023Source: CAE

SkyAlyne – a partnership between Canadian companies CAE and KF Aerospace – has been identified by the Government of Canada as its preferred bidder to manage the future training program for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The FAcT contract will cover all aspects of the required training and in-service support to train Canadian military pilots, Air... Read more

USAF awards Archer with $142M eVTOL discovery contract

USAF awards Archer with $142M eVTOL discovery contract

3-Aug-2023Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that it has significantly expanded its partnership with the DoD by signing new contracts with the U.S. Air Force with a total value of up to $142 million. The new contracts signal the U.S. military’s recognition of the transformative... Read more

HSM-46 Welcomes New Commander

HSM-46 Welcomes New Commander

3-Aug-2023Source: US Navy

Cmdr. James Powers was relieved by Cmdr. Anne Bruckman during the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, the “Grandmasters” change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, July 13. Powers, who is a native of Arnold, Maryland, will depart HSM-46 to serve on the OPNAV N96 Staff. While in command of HSM-46, the... Read more

Australian Department of Defence issues statement on NH90 accident

Australian Department of Defence issues statement on NH90 accident

3-Aug-2023Source: Australian DoD

Transcript of media update in Brisbane LIEUTENANT GENERAL BILTON: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Lieutenant General Greg Bilton. I’m the Chief of Joint Operations. I would like to update you on the recovery operations for the MRH-90 Taipan helicopter which impacted waters near Lindeman Island on Friday, the 28th of July. Ongoing... Read more

RAF joins Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Ops

RAF joins Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Ops

3-Aug-2023Source: Royal Air Force

The RAF were delighted to be invited to join the Irish Air Corps in celebrating 60 years of Helicopter Operations at this year’s Families Day and 2023 Bray Air show, in Dublin. To mark the anniversary, Air Officer Northern Ireland, Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, was hosted by Irish Air Corps GOC, Brigadier General Rory O’Connor.... Read more

Triumph awarded $49M contract for CH-47 Chinook fuel control work

Triumph awarded $49M contract for CH-47 Chinook fuel control work

3-Aug-2023Source: US DoD

Triumph Engine Control Systems LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut, was awarded a $49,214,781 firm-fixed-price contract for CH-47 Chinook main fuel control overhauls and upgrades. 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 July 31, 2028. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

Lord Corp awarded 5 year $27M V-22 support contract

Lord Corp awarded 5 year $27M V-22 support contract

2-Aug-2023Source: US DoD

Lord Corp., Erie, Pennsylvania, is awarded $27,700,598 for a five-year, long-term requirements contract for the repair of three components used in the rotor assembly in support of the V-22 Osprey. All work will be performed in Erie, Pennsylvania, and work is expected to be completed by July 2028 with no option periods. No funds will... Read more

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

Wildcat becomes first British aircraft to land on USS Gerald R Ford

2-Aug-2023Source: Royal Navy

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter has become the first British aircraft to land on the world’s largest warship, the US Navy’s USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier. The helicopter is deployed with HMS Duncan in the Mediterranean as the Type 45 destroyer leads a NATO security task group in the region. Duncan is at the... Read more

Boeing awarded $393M contract for Apache AH-64E work in Egypt and Kuwait

Boeing awarded $393M contract for Apache AH-64E work in Egypt and Kuwait

25-Jul-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $393,091,720 modification (P00005) to contract W58RGZ-21-C-0015 for Apache AH-64E aircraft, supporting services, and equipment. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2027. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement, Army funds and Foreign Military Sales (Egypt and Kuwait) funds in the amount... Read more

No change in UK New Military Helicopter program requirements

No change in UK New Military Helicopter program requirements

24-Jul-2023Source: HeliHub.com

There have been recent reports that the UK Ministry of Defence has reduced the number of helicopters they will be procuring under their New Military Helicopter (NMH) program.  These news items were quoting Lenny Brown, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters UK saying at the recent Royal International Air Tattoo that the number is now “25... Read more

USMC finds dual hard clutch engagement caused June 2022 MV-22B accident

USMC finds dual hard clutch engagement caused June 2022 MV-22B accident

24-Jul-2023Source: USMC

The investigation into the cause of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing MV-22B Osprey mishap in Glamis, California, on June 8, 2022, is complete. We have provided the results of the investigation to the families of our fallen Marines and provided all available resources to them during this difficult time. The... Read more

US Army’s AH-64 Apache heads for further upgrades

US Army’s AH-64 Apache heads for further upgrades

21-Jul-2023Source: US Army

The U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache helicopter is and will remain the Army’s Attack helicopter for the foreseeable future. The Apache Project Office, or Apache PO, has steadily upgraded the Apache since it was first fielded in the 1980s. The upgrades have produced the world’s premier attack helicopter which is used by the U.S. Army and... Read more

US Navy HSC-85 “Firehawks” squadron deactivated

US Navy HSC-85 “Firehawks” squadron deactivated

18-Jul-2023Source: US Navy

MH-60S Seahawks assigned to the “Firehawks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 fly over San Diego during the squadron’s final flight prior to its deactivation ceremony, June 30, 2023. Navy Reserve squadron HSC-85 is the Navy’s last helicopter squadron dedicated to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $21M contract for 8 AE1107C engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $21M contract for 8 AE1107C engines

17-Jul-2023Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $21,473,824 firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract (N0001923C0017). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of eight AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey for the Navy. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in November... Read more

Change of command at US Coast Guard HITRON squadron

Change of command at US Coast Guard HITRON squadron

17-Jul-2023Source: US Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Dan Broadhurst relieved Capt. Gregory A. Matyas as the 10th commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) during a change of command ceremony Friday at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville. Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, deputy commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony. Broadhurst previously served as... Read more

357th Airlift Squadron trains at Kirtland for Maxwell FTU

357th Airlift Squadron trains at Kirtland for Maxwell FTU

13-Jul-2023Source: Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base has served as a hub for aviation excellence for decades, which is what brought members of the 357th Airlift Squadron to New Mexico. The 357th Airlift Squadron, the flying unit of the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, recently dispatched six of their members for specialized training under... Read more

Boeing wins $22.5M contract for long-lead CH-47 items

Boeing wins $22.5M contract for long-lead CH-47 items

11-Jul-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $22,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for CH-47 long lead items. 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 Sept. 30, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting... Read more

Bell awarded $22.5M contract for Czech UH-1Y and AH-1Z maintenance

Bell awarded $22.5M contract for Czech UH-1Y and AH-1Z maintenance

10-Jul-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $22,500,000 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized order (N0001923F0028) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0012). This order provides up to 24 months of in-country aircraft maintenance for eight UH-1Y and four AH-1Z aircraft, and up to 36 months of in-country contractor engineering services for the government of the... Read more

Boeing to build 18 CH-47F Chinooks for South Korea and one for Spain

Boeing to build 18 CH-47F Chinooks for South Korea and one for Spain

7-Jul-2023Source: Boeing

As part of a U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sale (FMS), Boeing [NYSE: BA] received a contract to produce 18 CH-47F Block I Chinooks for South Korea and one additional aircraft for Spain. As Boeing continues transitioning to building the advanced Block II configuration, the deal valued at up to $793 million represents the... Read more

Russia has lost 95 helicopters in Ukraine war, UK estimates

Russia has lost 95 helicopters in Ukraine war, UK estimates

6-Jul-2023Source: UK Parliament

James Heappey, the Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces) said the following in a recent written response to a question from another MP (Member of Parliament):- “We estimate that approximately 220,000 Russian military personnel have been killed or wounded since the start of the conflict. We estimate over 6,200 Russian... Read more

Bell H-1 Fleet Surpasses Half a Million Flight Hours

Bell H-1 Fleet Surpasses Half a Million Flight Hours

29-Jun-2023Source: Bell

The current H-1 fleet of AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Venoms reached a major flight milestone by surpassing the 500,000-flight hour mark. Nearly 400 AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters, built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company and operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and their allies, combined to achieve the milestone. “The H-1 continues... Read more

Hensoldt equips Ukrainian helicopters with self-protection sensor technology

Hensoldt equips Ukrainian helicopters with self-protection sensor technology

22-Jun-2023Source: Hensoldt

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping helicopters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with state-of-the-art detection and self-protection sensor technology. The order comprises 16 AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System) sensor solutions. The order value is in the double-digit million range. With the delivery, HENSOLDT is providing the Ukrainian armed forces with modern equipment required by current... Read more

Air bp’s award-winning safe2go fuel data platform offers benefits for helicopter operators

Air bp’s award-winning safe2go fuel data platform offers benefits for helicopter operators

20-Jun-2023Source: Air bp

Designed to enhance safety and reliability in airport fuelling operations, Air bp’s award-winning safe2go fuel data platform (formerly known as Airfield Automation) has now been deployed at almost 600 locations across 44 countries around the globe. So, what is it exactly, how does it work and what are the benefits for helicopter operators? The safe2go... Read more

Wisconsin National Guard participates in Operation Ouija training

Wisconsin National Guard participates in Operation Ouija training

19-Jun-2023Source: Wisconsin National Guard

UH-60 Black Hawks operated by a Wisconsin National Guard crews conducted training May 5 near the Medical Simulation Training Center at Fort McCoy to support an operation that was part of a medical exercise called Operation Ouija. The Black Hawks were performing a simulated tail-to-tail transfer with C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Air Force Reserve’s... Read more

RNAF participates in EDGE 23

RNAF participates in EDGE 23

19-Jun-2023Source: US Army

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) was the epicenter of the Army’s future force in Project Convergence 20 and 21 and continues to support Army Futures Command’s campaign of learning this year. The Army Futures Command Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team (FVL CFT) held the annual Experimental Demonstration Gateway Event (EDGE) 23 here over the... Read more

HMH-461 crews pass 1,000 operational flight hours milestone in CH-53K

HMH-461 crews pass 1,000 operational flight hours milestone in CH-53K

16-Jun-2023Source: US Marines

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 reached the 1,000 operational-flight hour milestone in the CH-53K King Stallion at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, April 21, 2023. The CH-53K is the Marine Corps’ newest heavy-lift helicopter that is replacing the CH-53E Super Stallion. HMH-461 transitioned from a CH-53E squadron to a CH-53K... Read more

New Commander named at 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group

New Commander named at 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group

16-Jun-2023Source: US National Guard

Farmingdale resident Colonel Sanjay Shetty has been selected as the new 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander during a June 2, 2023, ceremony at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, New York. Colonel Shawn Fitzgerald, Commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, praised Shetty for his service at the wing. “Doc Shetty has... Read more

Frasca delivers TH-73A FTDs to US Navy three years early

Frasca delivers TH-73A FTDs to US Navy three years early

16-Jun-2023Source: Fracsa

Frasca, a FlightSafety International company, delivered groundbreaking technology to the U.S. Navy nearly three years ahead of expectations, producing a more efficient and cost-effective training system for the U.S. Navy’s next generation rotary wing training program. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviators are now better prepared to begin the flight portion of their TH-73A... Read more

Wyoming Army National Guard Hosts ESGR Boss Lift

Wyoming Army National Guard Hosts ESGR Boss Lift

15-Jun-2023Source: US National Guard

Employers of Wyoming Army National Guard Soldiers had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of being a guard member firsthand during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift on June 2. The event, hosted by Wyoming Army National Guard in Cheyenne, Wyo., showcased various activities, including flights in a UH-60... Read more

How all sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) feedstocks and production technologies can play a role in decarbonising aviation

How all sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) feedstocks and production technologies can play a role in decarbonising aviation

14-Jun-2023Source: Air bp

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), hydrogen and electric all have a role to play in the decarbonisation of aviation. SAF is vitally important as it can address decarbonisation of fuel over its lifecycle, and this is now available to be used in all turbine engines including in mid and long-range aircraft. Therefore, understanding the feedstock landscape... Read more

PEO Aviation certifies National Guard pilots on UH-72B

PEO Aviation certifies National Guard pilots on UH-72B

14-Jun-2023Source: US Army

It’s not often that a small team is credited with advancing an entire program within U.S. Army Aviation, but PEO Aviation’s Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) did just that by establishing a certification program for operators and maintainers of the Army’s newest light utility helicopter variant. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter is a commercial-off-the-shelf helicopter manufactured... Read more

CAE provides initial flight training to US Air Force rotary-wing pilots

CAE provides initial flight training to US Air Force rotary-wing pilots

14-Jun-2023Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE Defense & Security has been awarded the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing, Introductory Flight Training (IFT-R) contract to support the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The contract provides critical flight training to USAF student pilots as part of the Helicopter Training Next program. The US$44.5M initial contract award supports... Read more

Jump Aero and Caltech complete USAF R&D contract for eVTOL parachute

Jump Aero and Caltech complete USAF R&D contract for eVTOL parachute

13-Jun-2023Source: Jump Aero Incorporated

Jump Aero Incorporated in partnership with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has completed a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop and flight test an “electronic parachute” – an adaptive flight controller pre-trained in simulation for various failure scenarios with a machine-learned (ML) neural network.  This technology... Read more

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

9-Jun-2023Source: US Air Force

Over 60 service members from approximately ten units across the Air Force Reserve, Minnesota National Guard, Wisconsin National Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force, participated in a joint training exercise aboard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and a C-17 Globemaster III across two states in early May.   The multi-stop integrated mission involved evacuating simulated patients... Read more

CAE awarded $455M subcontract for US Army Flight School Training Support Services

CAE awarded $455M subcontract for US Army Flight School Training Support Services

8-Jun-2023Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE Defense & Security has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to support Flight School Training Support Services (FSTSS) at Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), Alabama. The contract, valued at US$455M, supports the recent US$1.7B award to GDIT by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training... Read more

IronMountain awarded $31M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $31M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

8-Jun-2023Source: IronMountain Solutions

IronMountain Solutions,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $30,959,175 modification (P00036) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of June 8, 2024. Fiscal 2010 and 2023 foreign military sales (Albania, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Austria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Japan,... Read more

CH-47s support training for Iowa Army engineer troops at Fort McCoy

CH-47s support training for Iowa Army engineer troops at Fort McCoy

8-Jun-2023Source: US Army

Two CH-47F Chinook helicopters with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment supported training May 24 at Fort McCoy for Soldiers with the 224th Engineer Battalion of the Iowa National Guard, officials with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) said. The helicopters supported training for the engineer Soldiers throughout the... Read more

New 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander selected

New 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander selected

8-Jun-2023Source: US National Guard

Farmingdale resident Colonel Sanjay Shetty has been selected as the new 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander during a June 2, 2023, ceremony at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, New York. Colonel Shawn Fitzgerald, Commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, praised Shetty for his service at the wing. “Doc Shetty has... Read more

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