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12CAB participates in Exercise Swift Response 23

12CAB participates in Exercise Swift Response 23

5-May-2023Source: US Army

Six AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, six CH-47F Chinook helicopters, four HH-60M MEDEVAC Blackhawk helicopters, two UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, and approximately 300 soldiers assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade are participating in exercise Swift Response 23, May 7-20, across the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean regions. “Exercise Swift Response 23 provides 12CAB the opportunity to integrate... Read more

New Zealand sticks with NH90 as Australia and Norway opt out

New Zealand sticks with NH90 as Australia and Norway opt out

5-May-2023Source: RNZ

New Zealand faces higher hurdles using its military helicopters alongside its defence partners now that Australia is switching choppers. Australia, which grounded its fleet after a water landing last month, is switching to US-made machines. See Full Story.... Read more

US State Dept approves FMS of six MH-60R to Norway

US State Dept approves FMS of six MH-60R to Norway

5-May-2023Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Norway of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Norway has requested to... Read more

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

4-May-2023Source: US Navy

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasures mission package (MCM MP) and AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detection Sets achieved initial operational capability (IOC), officials announced on May 1. IOC was declared by Vice Adm. Scott Conn, deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities (OPNAV N9). An integrated suite of unmanned maritime systems... Read more

Leonardo to exhibit maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore

Leonardo to exhibit maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore

4-May-2023Source: IMDEX Asia

Leonardo, a strategic partner of the Italian Navy and a key supplier to many international naval forces, will exhibit at the leading naval and maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore 3rd to 5th May. During the show, the company will present multi-domain technologies developed to meet the modern needs of Armed Forces and strengthen... Read more

Air Methods works with US Army, Nebraska NG for veteran careers

Air Methods works with US Army, Nebraska NG for veteran careers

3-May-2023Source: Air Methods

With a commitment to military members, past and present, Air Methods has joined forces with the U.S. Army and Nebraska Army National Guard to help active and future soldiers prepare for professional careers while serving their country as part of the Army’s Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) program. An official signing ceremony will take place... Read more

Cal Guard and Cal Fire team up for annual aerial firefighting training

Cal Guard and Cal Fire team up for annual aerial firefighting training

3-May-2023Source: California Military Department

Services members from the California Military Department participated in annual wildland firefighting training alongside counterparts from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection near Ione, California, April 23, 2023. The training event, composed of collaborative aerial wildland firefighting tactics and procedures, is part of a long-standing partnership between the CMD and CAL FIRE to... Read more

MAST-F Programme develops new Akeron LP air-to-ground missile for the Tiger

MAST-F Programme develops new Akeron LP air-to-ground missile for the Tiger

3-May-2023Source: OCCAR

The MAST-F Programme is developing the new generation Akeron LP air-to-ground missile for the Tiger helicopter and for the MALE RPAS UAV. It will address the challenges of future warfare, offering a high-precision striking capability with an increased range. The Akeron LP multipurpose warhead will neutralize various types of fixed and mobile targets, including the... Read more

Delaware State University launches Flight Training Program

Delaware State University launches Flight Training Program

3-May-2023Source: US Army

The world’s first helicopter took flight in 1907. Thirty-six years later, in 1943, the first helicopter accepted in the U.S. Military, a Sikorsky R-4, was flown. Now, in 2023, a new aviation opportunity is taking off. Thursday, April 19, in the bright morning sun , a small crowd gathers at Delaware State University (DSU ),... Read more

Parker-Hannifin awarded $221M contract for MRO of helicopter servos

Parker-Hannifin awarded $221M contract for MRO of helicopter servos

2-May-2023Source: US DoD

Parker-Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, was awarded a $221,525,069 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of helicopter servos. 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 April 27, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting... Read more

GE awarded $683M contract for 169 CH-53K engines

GE awarded $683M contract for 169 CH-53K engines

1-May-2023Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $683,716,135 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the production and delivery of 169 T408-GE-400 (T408) turboshaft engines, to include 65 full rate production Lot 8 (54: Navy, 11: government of Israel); 51 full rate production Lot 7 (39: Navy, 12: government of Israel); and 53 low rate initial production... Read more

Eshott Airfield applies to restart military and emergency service helicopter refuelling

Eshott Airfield applies to restart military and emergency service helicopter refuelling

1-May-2023Source: Pilot

Eshott Airfield has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council in the hope that military and emergency service helicopters will be allowed to operate from the airfield once more. “Northumberland County Council have decided there should be a democratic process to see whether the public want military or emergency service helicopters to be allowed back... Read more

Helitrends – perform power checks and monitor engine trends automatically and effortlessly

Helitrends – perform power checks and monitor engine trends automatically and effortlessly

28-Apr-2023Source: Helitrends

Helicopter pilots and operators know that frequent engine power checks are crucial to ensure the maximum effectiveness and safety of their rotorcraft. Additionally, regular engine condition monitoring and trend analysis can extend the engine’s overhaul limit and help detect potential problems before they become critical. That’s where the Helitrends app comes in – it can... Read more

MD Helicopters Showcases Highly Anticipated Armed Cayuse Warrior Plus

MD Helicopters Showcases Highly Anticipated Armed Cayuse Warrior Plus

28-Apr-2023Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) (Booth #2911) is displaying the first example of its highly anticipated armed Cayuse Warrior Plus at the 2023 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (AAAA) in Nashville. This aircraft was recently selected by the Nigerian Government to fulfill a 12-aircraft requirement for the Nigerian Army. “Our team is proud to showcase our best-in-class light... Read more

Bell Debuts Bell 407M Aircraft at Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

Bell Debuts Bell 407M Aircraft at Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

27-Apr-2023Source: Bell

At this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit, Bell publicly unveiled the 407M special mission aircraft. The 407M is part of Bell’s Special Mission Aircraft initiative to offer multi-mission civil helicopters modified for military use. These Special Mission Aircraft are tailored to countries that need an efficient and effective aviation platform to... Read more

Bell Contracts with Alpine Aerotech and Heli-One

Bell Contracts with Alpine Aerotech and Heli-One

27-Apr-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Canada Limited, a Textron Inc. subsidiary (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce that it awarded subcontracts to Alpine Aerotech LP and Heli-One Canada ULC to support the Canadian Armed Forces in the modernization of its CH-146 Griffon aircraft fleet. As the original manufacturer and intellectual property owner of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters, Bell... Read more

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

27-Apr-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the third extension of its Agility Prime contract with the United States Air Force. The $55 million contract extension brings the total potential value of Joby’s current contract with the Air Force up to $131 million and underlines the U.S.... Read more

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 consumables

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 consumables

26-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $7,960,693 modification (P00043) against a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410) with one five-year option period for H-1 consumables. This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract. The performance completion date is April 13, 2025. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2023 through 2025... Read more

HSC-5 Returns from Deployment

HSC-5 Returns from Deployment

26-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

The “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 returned to its home base at Naval Station Norfolk, April 23, 2023, following an eight-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush CSG, to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations. Following completion of a four week composite training unit exercise, HSC-5 deployed... Read more

VMM-268 Conducts Community Engagement on US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll

VMM-268 Conducts Community Engagement on US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll

25-Apr-2023Source: US Army

U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll received a visit from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268), a Hawaii-based helicopter squadron, for a community engagement April 8, 2023. Kwajalein residents toured the squadron’s MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and met with crewmembers. Ahead of the event, team members worked to coordinate visit details with USAG-KA’s Chief Warrant Officer 3... Read more

Airbus to build military H125 variants in US

Airbus to build military H125 variants in US

25-Apr-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is introducing the first U.S.-built H125 military configurations, known as AH-125 and MH-125 Ares, to the Airbus range of military helicopters. These combat-capable aircraft will feature militarized options that meet the needs of military and parapublic allies and partners around the world. The AH-125 Ares will be configured as the armed variant of... Read more

Honduras Air Force to near-triple helicopter fleet

Honduras Air Force to near-triple helicopter fleet

21-Apr-2023Source: Jeremy Parkin - HeliHub.com

The Honduras Air Force will nearly triple its helicopter fleet following the confirmation this week of new orders. The Latin American country is to acquire six refurbished Bell Huey IIs and six new Airbus H145M helicopters. Currently the Honduras Air Force fleet consists of seven Bell 412SPs from an acquisition program of ten in 1988... Read more

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

20-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

The Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 held a change of command ceremony on March 31, in Fallon, Nevada, marking the transition of command leadership. Cmdr. Timothy White, a native of Metairie, Louisiana, relieved Cmdr. Thomas Butts, a native of Erlanger, Kentucky, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer. The... Read more

Royal Canadian Air Force takes new SAR tracking technology

Royal Canadian Air Force takes new SAR tracking technology

20-Apr-2023Source: CENTUM

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has extended its use of CENTUM’s Lifeseeker for Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue operations. The RCAF is now using an increased total of eight units on its fleet of Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Lifeseeker enables SAR operators to locate people quickly and accurately,... Read more

Army Issues ICARUS Airworthiness Release for LUH-72A Lakota

Army Issues ICARUS Airworthiness Release for LUH-72A Lakota

20-Apr-2023Source: ICARUS

ICARUS Devices is proud to announce that the Army has issued the ICARUS Device and Airworthiness Release for the entire LUH-72A Lakota fleet. All Army Utility helicopters and 70% of the entire Army helicopter fleet can now use the Smart view limiting device for better weather training. The Light Utility Helicopter is based on the... Read more

Philippines Air Force joins gas-oil platform takedown exercises

Philippines Air Force joins gas-oil platform takedown exercises

19-Apr-2023Source: Philippine News Agency

One of the Philippine Air Force’s Bell 412 combat utility helicopters served as aerial platform for the troops participating in the gas-oil platform takedown (GOPLAT) exercises off Matinloc in El Nido, Palawan. PAF spokesperson Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo said the exercise’s objective was to develop mutual defense capability and strengthen the country’s maritime security. The... Read more

US Army celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Aviation Branch

US Army celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Aviation Branch

18-Apr-2023Source: US Army

Some two decades after the first U.S. Army helicopter units arrived in Vietnam, Army Aviation became a branch on April 12, 1983. As the Army celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Aviation Branch this year, with a theme of “The 40th Anniversary of the Aviation Branch: Honoring the Past and Transforming for the future,” the voices... Read more

Zambian Air Force buys two Enstrom 480B helicopters

Zambian Air Force buys two Enstrom 480B helicopters

18-Apr-2023Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of two turbine powered 480B helicopters to the Zambian Air Force (ZAF). The contract, which was signed on February 23 by the Ministry of Defense, includes both the helicopters and training for ZAF pilots and personnel. The helicopters will be based in Lusaka, and used for... Read more

First Lithuanian pilots graduate from US Army UH-60M course

First Lithuanian pilots graduate from US Army UH-60M course

17-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

Lithuania air force Capt. Matas Leckas and Capt. Valius Urbonas became the first Lithuanian pilots to graduate from the UH-60M Aviator Qualification Course at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence during a ceremony at Fort Novosel, Alabama, then known as Fort Rucker, April 4, 2023. The Pennsylvania National Guard has been partners with Lithuania... Read more

FRCE Fuel Control Shop recognized for contribution to H-53 readiness

FRCE Fuel Control Shop recognized for contribution to H-53 readiness

17-Apr-2023Source: US Marine Corps

One Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) team recently earned recognition for its contribution to improved flight line readiness for the MH/CH-53E heavy lift helicopter. The Naval Air Systems Command Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) honored the FRCE Fuel Control Shop as PMA-261 “Gold Stars” during a March event. The Fuel Control Shop worked with... Read more

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

17-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

2023 is a milestone year for Naval aviation. Beginning in 1973 and continuing on to the present, the Naval aviation community has benefitted from the inclusion of women into its ranks. 50 years of history began in March 1973 when six women, termed the “First Six,” began flight training in Pensacola, Fla. These aviators are:... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $7M contract for development of V-22 avionics

Bell Boeing awarded $7M contract for development of V-22 avionics

12-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $7,550,363 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001923F2499) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the sustainment of previously-delivered block fleet releases as well as ongoing development of flight test, fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases in... Read more

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

12-Apr-2023Source: Conti Federal Services

Conti Federal Services, a leading U.S. government construction and engineering firm specializing in military construction, joined members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District, 20th Air Force, 90th Missile Wing, 582nd Helicopter Group, and 37th Helicopter Squadron on Friday, March 31, 2023, for an official groundbreaking ceremony of the new combined helicopter and tactical response force... Read more

GAO deny Sikorsky appeal on FLRAA decision

GAO deny Sikorsky appeal on FLRAA decision

12-Apr-2023Source: GAO

On April 6, 2023, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation of Stratford, Connecticut.  The protester challenged the award of the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Weapon System Development contract to Bell Textron Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W58RGZ-21-R-0084, issued by the... Read more

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

5-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $26,000,000 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F1162) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0030). This modification adds scope to procure 16 joint urgent operation need Weapon Replaceable Assembly Shipsets associated with the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures system configuration in support of the MH-60S for... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $15M contract for repair and facility standup for V-22 engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $15M contract for repair and facility standup for V-22 engines

5-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $15,554,347 modification (P00003) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2249) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0013). This modification adds scope to provide for the development of the sovereign repair capability as well as facility standup for the V-22 AE 1107C engine to include integration of an AE 1107C... Read more

MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter visits Joint Base Andrews

MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter visits Joint Base Andrews

4-Apr-2023Source: US Air Force

The MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter arrived at JBA, March 28, 2023. It is slated to provide emergency security response for nuclear security missions within Air Force Global Strike Command and contingency response and airlift to the Air Force District of Washington. The Grey Wolf is designed to replace the aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois currently... Read more

Czech aircrew completes AH-1Z and UH-1Y training with US Marine Corps

Czech aircrew completes AH-1Z and UH-1Y training with US Marine Corps

3-Apr-2023Source: NAVAIR

Members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303 and the H-1 Light/Attack helicopters program office (PMA-276), recognized a group of airmen from the Czech Republic Air Force during a ceremony on Feb. 9 for completing maintenance and flight training on the H-1 family of the aircraft. The students have been embedded with the... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale of refurbished AH-1Ws to Bahrain

US Foreign Military Sale of refurbished AH-1Ws to Bahrain

3-Apr-2023Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain of equipment and services to refurbish Excess Defense Article (EDA) AH-1W multi-role helicopters. The estimated total cost is $350 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The... Read more

South Korea approves CH-47F purchase plan

South Korea approves CH-47F purchase plan

29-Mar-2023Source: Yonhap News Agency

South Korea endorsed a defense project Tuesday to purchase an unspecified number of CH-47F Chinook helicopters to replace the Army’s aging heavy-lift choppers, the state arms procurement agency said. The Defense Project Promotion Committee approved a 1.49 trillion-won (US$1.15 billion) plan to acquire the helicopters, manufactured by the U.S. defense firm Boeing, through 2028, according... Read more

Saab to maintain IDAS system of military helicopters

Saab to maintain IDAS system of military helicopters

29-Mar-2023Source: Saab

[electronic translation] An agreement established between Airbus Helicopters and Saab Grintek Defense generated new business for Saab in Brazil. The company’s sensor laboratory, in São Bernardo do Campo (SP), will be responsible for the maintenance, repair and operations of the IDAS (Integrated Defense Aid Suite) of military helicopters manufactured in the country by Helibras, a... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $29M contract for UH-60 mission computers

Lockheed Martin awarded $29M contract for UH-60 mission computers

28-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $29,582,165 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to an order (N0001920F0350) against a previously-issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises options to procure 228 Generation 3i/5i mission computers (MCs) (210 for the Navy, 11 for the government of Australia, 4 for the government of Saudi... Read more

Poland orders Hellfire missiles, reputedly for new AW149 fleet

Poland orders Hellfire missiles, reputedly for new AW149 fleet

28-Mar-2023Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Republic of Poland has requested to... Read more

US offers Slovakia 12 new AH-1Z Viper helicopters

US offers Slovakia 12 new AH-1Z Viper helicopters

28-Mar-2023Source: The Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď confirmed that part of the notified compensation for the provision of thirteen – unusable for Slovakia – MiG-29 aircraft and part of the KUB air defense system refers to the offer of the United States of America for twelve new, modern combat helicopters AH-1Z Viper together with accessories. pilot and... Read more

Japan to replace attack and observation helicopters with drones

Japan to replace attack and observation helicopters with drones

22-Mar-2023Source: Insider

Attack helicopters have earned a reputation as one of the deadliest weapons on the battlefield, but Japan’s military thinks it can do without them. Japan’s army is now planning to replace its attack helicopters and observation helicopters with drones that will take over the roles of utility and attack, surveillance, and reconnaissance, according to the... Read more

Germany to buy 82 Airbus H145M helicopters

Germany to buy 82 Airbus H145M helicopters

21-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Business Insider are reporting that Germany is on the point of ordering 82 H145M helicopters from Airbus, 24 of them armed with anti-tank missiles.  This follows the rejection of further upgrades to their Tiger gunship fleet. The Germany military currently have a fleet of 51 Tigers, but only a fraction of those are operational at... Read more

Boeing and US Army sign Contract to Produce 184 Apaches

Boeing and US Army sign Contract to Produce 184 Apaches

21-Mar-2023Source: US Army

Representatives from the Army and Boeing signed a Multi-Year II (MY2) multibillion-dollar contract to acquire 184 new and remanufactured AH-64E Apache helicopters at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Ariz., on March 17, 2023. Multi-year procurement contracts are special mechanisms designed to reduce costs for a limited number of programs that reach full-rate production. Cost... Read more

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $1,946,212,323 modification (PZ0002) to contract W58RGZ-21-C-0015 for the Apache AH-64E full-rate production. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2027. Fiscal 2023 Foreign Military Sales (Australia and Egypt) funds, and... Read more

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Federal Contracting Inc. doing business as Bryan Construction, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $128,738,357 firm-fixed-price contract for a consolidated helicopter aircraft maintenance unit, an aircraft maintenance shelter, an aircraft alert hangar, and an operations facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed at Minot Air Force Base, North... Read more

Elbit awarded four contracts for Romanian IAR330 Pumas

Elbit awarded four contracts for Romanian IAR330 Pumas

17-Mar-2023Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded four contracts to supply the Romanian Ministry of National Defense with aircraft upgrades as well as electronic warfare suites, electro-optical infrared (EOIR) payloads and Brightnite™ systems for the IAR 300 helicopters. As part of one of the contracts, the Company will integrate Elbit Systems SPECTRO XR™ payload onto IAR 330 helicopters to enhance the... Read more

Building dedication honors Army helicopter repairer

Building dedication honors Army helicopter repairer

16-Mar-2023Source: US Army

The 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment dedicated their new training facility as Jacoby Hall, after the late U.S Army Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, in a memorialization ceremony on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, March 14, 2023. Future U.S. Army helicopter repairers will now begin their training in the building memorializing Jacoby, a helicopter repairer who died... Read more

Three B505s delivered to the Royal Bahraini Air Force

Three B505s delivered to the Royal Bahraini Air Force

15-Mar-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of three Bell 505 helicopters to the Royal Bahraini Air Force. Bell delivered the aircraft during an inspection and acceptance event in February 2023 at Bell’s Mirabel facility. “We are honored to provide the Royal Bahraini Air Force another premiere Bell asset to... Read more

One year after US Air Force partners with Universities to establish Project Tuskegee

One year after US Air Force partners with Universities to establish Project Tuskegee

14-Mar-2023Source: US Air Force

Diversity of background, experience, demographics, perspectives, and thought is essential to the success of the United States Air Force. To increase opportunities for various underrepresented groups within local communities and build a more diverse force, Air Force Global Strike Command partnered with Tuskegee University and Angelo State University to establish Project Tuskegee in February 2022.... Read more

US Army and Korean Air Force collaborate on casevac training

US Army and Korean Air Force collaborate on casevac training

14-Mar-2023Source: US Army

Soldiers from B Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry ROK/U.S. Combined Division conducted combined casualty evacuation and downed aircraft recovery training with 302nd Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, ROK Army Aviation Command on Feb. 15, 2023 focused on enhancing the mutual understanding between the units. The combined downed aircraft... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $57M contract engineering and logistics support of Presidential Helicopter

Lockheed Martin awarded $57M contract engineering and logistics support of Presidential Helicopter

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Logistic Services Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, is awarded a $57,104,660 cost-plus-price-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and logistics support in support of Presidential Helicopter avionics systems and associated support equipment for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in September 2027.  No funds will... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $53M contract for V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring

Bell Boeing awarded $53M contract for V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $53,600,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized order (N0001923F2572) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002).  This order provides non-recurring engineering to qualify a V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring/Osprey Drive System safety and health information system in support of providing earlier detection of degrading gearbox components to allow proactive... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $164M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $164M contract for UH-60M

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $164,300,383 modification (P00017) to contract W58RGZ-22-C-0010 to exercise an option for UH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $164,300,383 were obligated at the time... Read more

TF Mustang maintainers sustain flight operations in the CENTCOM AOR

TF Mustang maintainers sustain flight operations in the CENTCOM AOR

13-Mar-2023Source: US National Guard

With over six months of overseas duty completed, aviation Soldiers of 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), “Task Force Mustang,” continue to perform aircraft maintenance and repairs, supporting numerous flight missions across the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibilities (CENTCOM AOR). Aircraft maintainers and repairers of Delta Company, Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, General Support... Read more

Billings Flying Service to acquire six Boeing CH-47D Chinooks

Billings Flying Service to acquire six Boeing CH-47D Chinooks

10-Mar-2023Source: Billings Flying Service

Billings Flying Service (BFS) is in final negotiations to purchase six Netherlands Defense Ministry surplus Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters. The sale was approved by the Netherlands’ Defense Material Sales committee at the end of 2022. “We are excited for the opportunity to increase our CH-47D fleet as we position ourselves for global expansion” said a... Read more

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

10-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

On March 3, U.S. Air Force reached a positive Milestone C decision, which commences the start to low-rate initial production for the MH-139 “Grey Wolf”. Subsequently, Boeing and Leonardo have announced a contract for delivery of the first thirteen (13) aircraft. The initiation of low-rate production will yield the first operational aircraft set to replace... Read more

Arista Aviation selects SENTRY for data capture and storage for UH-60s

Arista Aviation selects SENTRY for data capture and storage for UH-60s

7-Mar-2023Source: Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, a leading provider of end-to-end flight data solutions and services for business, military, commercial, and rotorcraft segments of aviation, today announced the selection of the SENTRYTM Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) and Modular Acquisition Unit (MAU) by Arista Aviation, an MRO facility for commercial and military rotorcraft. The SENTRY CVFDR and... Read more

US DoD approves CAE-built MH-60R flight trainer for Korea

US DoD approves CAE-built MH-60R flight trainer for Korea

6-Mar-2023Source: U DoD

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Florida, is awarded a $35,850,474 firm-fixed-price contract for the production, delivery, installation, verification testing, and associated logistics support of one exportable, non-motion MH-60R Tactical Operational Flight Trainer configured for the Republic of Korea.  Work will be performed in Tampa, Florida (50%); Great Mills, Maryland (20%); Montreal Quebec (10%); Orlando, Florida (10%);... Read more

Boeing, US Army Apaches Achieve 5 Million Flight Hours

Boeing, US Army Apaches Achieve 5 Million Flight Hours

6-Mar-2023Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the AH-64 team are observing a unique milestone as the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have officially reached five million flight hours. The accomplishment is equivalent to flying nonstop for more than 208,333 days or 570 years and nine months. Additionally, 1.3 million of those five million flight hours were... Read more

Croatia to send 14 helicopters to Ukraine

Croatia to send 14 helicopters to Ukraine

1-Mar-2023Source: Expat Guide - Turkey

It was stated that the European Union (EU) country Croatia has started preparations to send 14 helicopters to Ukraine. According to the news in Jutarnji List, one of the important newspapers of Croatia, preparations for the transfer of 14 helicopters belonging to the Croatian Armed Forces to Ukraine were started, 12 MI 8 MTV-1 type helicopter... Read more

MD Helicopters unveils new branding

MD Helicopters unveils new branding

28-Feb-2023

MD Helicopters (HELI-EXPO Booth #C2729) is bringing a brand-new look to HAI HELI-EXPO 2023. The company will launch new branding and a new booth to showcase the new company leadership and its renewed commitment to the industry. Two helicopters will be on display: Trinity Aviation’s VIP MD 530F that showcases comfort doors and windows, a... Read more

Royal Navy protecting helicopters from Mother Nature thanks to Air Covers

Royal Navy protecting helicopters from Mother Nature thanks to Air Covers

28-Feb-2023Source: UK Royal Navy

Royal Navy helicopters are ‘wearing’ hi-tech protective new covers – allowing them to scramble in minutes in the Arctic, jungle or desert. The gigantic ‘onesies’ or cover sheets are spread over the vital parts of multi-million pound Merlin helicopters so they can operate in extreme environments, protecting key parts of the aircraft from the worst... Read more

US Marine Corps Air Station New River Welcomes the Royal Canadian Air Force

US Marine Corps Air Station New River Welcomes the Royal Canadian Air Force

28-Feb-2023Source: US Marine Corps

On Jan. 16, 2023, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River welcomed members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and their four CH-146 Griffons, allowing them to use Marine Corps Installations East (MCIEAST) airspace for three and a half weeks to conduct their flight instructor and flight engineer course for the third time since... Read more

HSC-22 Conducts Final Flight

HSC-22 Conducts Final Flight

24-Feb-2023Source: US Navy

The “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 conducted their final flight on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, almost 16 years after their first flight in 2006. As one of the squadrons located on the “seawall” of Naval Station Norfolk, HSC-22 operated the MH-60S helicopter, the Navy’s multi-mission, rotary-wing helicopter, as well as the... Read more

Ukraine military now operating at least one Black Hawk

Ukraine military now operating at least one Black Hawk

23-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Official Twitter of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has released this image showing a Black Hawk with Ukraine military roundels The blue and silver features in the colour scheme of this aircraft would suggest that it was previously on the FAA register as N60FW and was the... Read more

DRS Training & Control Systems awarded $11M contract for AH-64 MRO

DRS Training & Control Systems awarded $11M contract for AH-64 MRO

23-Feb-2023Source: US DoD

DRS Training & Control Systems LLC, Fort Walton, Florida, was awarded an $11,280,623 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the AH-64 Apache Digital Captive Boresight Harmonization Kit. 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. 9,... Read more

US Army helicopters support USAID in Turkiye

US Army helicopters support USAID in Turkiye

17-Feb-2023Source: US Army

Two U.S. Army CH-47F (Chinook) helicopters delivered 40,000 lbs of humanitarian aid from Incirlik Air Base to Elbistan and Pazarcik, Turkiye, Feb. 14, 2023. The cargo contained tents, hygiene products, and diapers which were delivered to AFAD, the Turkish relief agency. The Chinooks are part of the 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract for removal of HH-60W test instruments

Sikorsky awarded $8M contract for removal of HH-60W test instruments

16-Feb-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded an $8,324,455 cost-reimbursement, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, and fixed-price incentive contract modification (P00216) to previously awarded FA8629-14-C-2403 for removing test instruments from an HH-60W aircraft so that it is fully operational. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $5,062,847,117. Work will be performed in... Read more

106th Rescue Wing trains with US Marine Corps Reserve crews

106th Rescue Wing trains with US Marine Corps Reserve crews

15-Feb-2023Source: Gabreski Air National Guard

Airmen of the 101st Rescue Squadron from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing teamed up with Marine Corp Reserve aviators for a tactical refueling and personnel recovering training exercise at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on February 2, 2023. Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, known as the Red Dogs, is a... Read more

BRP Antonio Luna crew briefed on ASW helicopter ops

BRP Antonio Luna crew briefed on ASW helicopter ops

15-Feb-2023Source: Philippine News Agency

The Philippine Navy (PN)’s Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron 42 conducted a series of lectures connections in connection with shipboard helicopter operations for the crew of missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) to ensure the seamless integration of the two units in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. “As part of the integration process of AgustaWestland AW-159 ‘Wildcat’ to... Read more

Sikorsky Delivers 2 More CH-53K to US Marine Corps

Sikorsky Delivers 2 More CH-53K to US Marine Corps

14-Feb-2023Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), delivered two CH-53K helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps in the final quarter of 2022. These CH-53K heavy lift helicopters join the seven already in operation at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. “Sikorsky’s employees are using advanced technologies to manufacture the CH-53K helicopter, which... Read more

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