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Raytheon awarded additional $10M for V-22 maintenance and upgrades

Raytheon awarded additional $10M for V-22 maintenance and upgrades

12-Jul-2024Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $10,174,654 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001924F2603) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order provides for sustainment of delivered block fleet releases, as well as ongoing development of flight test and fleet releases and analysis in support of implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases for the V-22... Read more

New commander takes charge at Corpus Christi Army Depot

New commander takes charge at Corpus Christi Army Depot

12-Jul-2024Source: US Army

A new commanding officer took charge of the Corpus Christi Army Depot during a change of command ceremony held July 3 aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. The event marked the formal transition of outgoing commander Col. Kyle M. Hogan, to incoming commander Col. Kevin J. Consedine. Consedine is CCAD’s 29th commanding officer. Maj. Gen.... Read more

Sikorsky receive two GE T901 engines for Black Hawk development tests

Sikorsky receive two GE T901 engines for Black Hawk development tests

10-Jul-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

Two of the U.S. Army’s T901 Improved Turbine Engines (ITE) arrived at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), signaling a new phase of Black Hawk® helicopter modernization efforts. The T901 engine, which is manufactured by GE Aerospace, will increase the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter’s performance, including lift capability and range, providing Army commanders more... Read more

Moog awarded $160M contract for repair of V-22 components

Moog awarded $160M contract for repair of V-22 components

10-Jul-2024Source: US DoD

Moog Inc., East Aurora, New York, is being awarded $160,000,799 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of swashplates, elevators, and flaperons in support of the V-22 aircraft. This is a three-year contract with no option periods, and work will be completed by June 2027. Work will be performed in East Aurora, New York... Read more

Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Block II to US Army

Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Block II to US Army

10-Jul-2024Source: Boeing

In support of ongoing U.S. Army modernization efforts, Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the first CH-47F Block II Chinook. The aircraft is one of up to 465 in the Army’s fleet that will be modernized to the new Block II configuration. “The CH-47F Block II provides capability improvements allowing the U.S. Army to lift more, fly farther... Read more

USMC reactivates HMLA-269 squadron

USMC reactivates HMLA-269 squadron

10-Jul-2024Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), reactivated during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina, July 1. HMLA-269, known as “The Gunrunners,” previously deactivated on Dec. 9, 2022, in accordance with Force Design initiatives. Throughout the course of the squadron’s brief deactivation, the Marine... Read more

Thai government budget proposal includes two VIP helicopters

Thai government budget proposal includes two VIP helicopters

9-Jul-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The latest budget bill for 2025 spending was laid before the Thai parliament in Bangkok yesterday, and includes both a VIP aircraft and two “mid-sized helicopters”. The aircraft will replace the current Airbus A340-500 which is due for decommissioning in 2029, while the helicopters are seen as replacing Bell 412s acquired in 2005. The helicopters... Read more

106th Rescue Wing Receives First New HH-60W

106th Rescue Wing Receives First New HH-60W

3-Jul-2024Source: US National Guard

The 106th Rescue Wing’s first HH-60W Jolly Green II search and rescue helicopter touched down at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, on Thursday, June 20. The arrival of the new helicopter, marks the beginning of a new era as the 106th begins its transition from the HH-60G Pave Hawk to the latest rescue... Read more

New President appointed at MD Helicopters

New President appointed at MD Helicopters

28-Jun-2024Source: MD

MD Helicopters LLC (MDH) has promoted Ryan Weeks to president of MDH effective immediately. Weeks will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of MDH. Brad Pedersen will continue to serve as chief executive officer working strategic initiatives with the Board of Directors. “MD Helicopters continues to be deeply committed to strengthening our support for our customers... Read more

Safran and MTU Aero Engines create EURA joint venture

Safran and MTU Aero Engines create EURA joint venture

26-Jun-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and MTU Aero Engines have signed the cooperation agreement to create the 50/50 joint venture EURA (derived from EUropean Military Rotorcraft Engine Alliance). This newly-created company will form the core of a larger program, which will collaborate with industrial and technological partners from several other European nations. With the creation of EURA,... Read more

The future of sustainable aviation fuel may be found in an unexpected place

The future of sustainable aviation fuel may be found in an unexpected place

24-Jun-2024Source: Air bp

The practice of using cover crops is a farming technique that has been around for centuries, but its potential to increase the scale of feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is now starting to be realized. Take De Broughton, a sixth-generation farmer in Florida. In 2021, she trialled a new crop on her farm – Nuseed... Read more

Bell flies upgraded Canadian military CH-146 for first time

Bell flies upgraded Canadian military CH-146 for first time

21-Jun-2024Source: Bell

Under the Griffon Limited Life Extension (GLLE) contract, Bell will modernize the RCAF’s CH-146 Griffon Fleet to sustain its capabilities through the 2030s. Mirabel, Canada (June 20, 2024) – Bell Textron Canada Limited a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the successful first flight of one of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s modernized CH-146 Griffon helicopters,... Read more

Leonardo showcases AW249 Next Generation at Eurosatory

Leonardo showcases AW249 Next Generation at Eurosatory

19-Jun-2024Source: Leonardo

The AW249 next generation exploration and escort helicopter had its international public premiere at Eurosatory (Paris 17-21 June) during an official ceremony attended by representatives from industry, Italian Defence and international delegations. The result of the strong collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Defence and Leonardo, the AW249 (designated AH-249A NEES – Nuovo Elicottero da... Read more

Lifeseeker data shows how SAR uses phone signals to find missing people

Lifeseeker data shows how SAR uses phone signals to find missing people

3-Jun-2024Source: Centum

CENTUM has today released data covering the past year showing how Lifeseeker, its airborne phone location system, is helping Search and Rescue (SAR) teams around the world. With the number of successful missions increasing every year, it is becoming clear that Lifeseeker is an important part of SAR teams’ arsenal, particularly for rescues in urban... Read more

Gales damage 41 US Navy helicopters

Gales damage 41 US Navy helicopters

3-Jun-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Strong gales recently spread through US Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida and caused damage to 41 new TH-73 Thrasher training helicopters in mid-May 2024, according to a Navy spokesman. The following statement was issued by the Commander, Naval Air Training Command (CNATRA): “On May 13, at approximately 10:35 a.m. CST, a significant weather... Read more

US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Austria

US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Austria

31-May-2024Source: DSCA

(Editor note – assuming this goes through, it would add to the current Austrian fleet of 9 Black Hawks which are officially designated “S-70A-42”) The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Austria of UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopters and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost... Read more

US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Sweden

US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Sweden

31-May-2024

(Editor note – assuming this goes through, it would add to the current Swedish fleet of 15.  This was the first European nation to buy the Black Hawk) The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Sweden of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for... Read more

New York Air National Guard visits Sikorsky HQ

New York Air National Guard visits Sikorsky HQ

31-May-2024Source: US National Guard

Leaders of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing got a first-hand look at a new rescue helicopter being built for the wing at the Sikorsky Aircraft plant in Stratford, Connecticut on May 15. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald, the 106th’s commander, led the delegations that got a chance to sign their names inside an... Read more

US approves sale of 12 UH-60M to Brazil

US approves sale of 12 UH-60M to Brazil

28-May-2024Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost up to $950 million, which includes initial acquisition of $450 million in Major Defense Equipment, and up to $500 million... Read more

Italian Air Force test flying AW609 today

Italian Air Force test flying AW609 today

28-May-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Helicopter market intelligence consultants Parapex Media have identified a group of interesting flights from their continuous monitoring of rotary wing operations around the world. Yesterday, one of the Leonardo AW609 tilt-rotor aircraft was ferried from the manufacturer’s development base at Cascina Costa – adjacent to Milan’s Malpensa Airport – to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica... Read more

Canada picks Smith Myers phone location system for AW101 SAR upgrade

Canada picks Smith Myers phone location system for AW101 SAR upgrade

28-May-2024Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers, has announced it has been selected to be integrated on the Cormorant Search and Rescue Helicopter Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) Project. The Smith Myers’ ARTEMIS Mobile Phone Detection Location System has been chosen to be a key component of the upgrade. The CMLU Project aims to transition Canada’s AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” SAR helicopter fleet to... Read more

New helipad at Evans Army Community Hospital

New helipad at Evans Army Community Hospital

28-May-2024Source: US Army

Evans Army Community Hospital’s helicopter landing pad is officially open for business, thanks to the hard work of the hospital’s Facilities Management Division, Fort Carson’s 4th Engineer Battalion and the Directorate of Public Works. EACH commemorated the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 17 with the support of an HH-60 MedEvac Helicopter static display from... Read more

UK Army Flying Museum takes delivery of Apache

UK Army Flying Museum takes delivery of Apache

21-May-2024Source: UK Army Flying Museum

The Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, Hampshire are thrilled to announce that they will soon have an Apache AH Mk.1 attack helicopter on permanent display, making it the only place in the UK that the public can see this formidable aircraft. The retirement of the Apache AH Mk.1 in March, after over two decades,... Read more

USS George Washington conduct bilateral exercise with Brazilian Navy

USS George Washington conduct bilateral exercise with Brazilian Navy

21-May-2024Source: US Navy

George Washington Strike Group (GWSG) and ships from the Brazilian navy participated in a bilateral exercise May 17-19 off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. USS George Washington (CVN 73) with aircraft from embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL 754)... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $32M HH-60W component contract

Sikorsky awarded $32M HH-60W component contract

14-May-2024Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $32,609,208 definitization modification (PZ00252) to a previously awarded contract (FA8629-14-C-2403) for the test and qualification on the replacements on four obsolescing components on the HH-60W Combat Rescue helicopter. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $5,589,989,452. Work will be performed at Stratford,... Read more

USAF conducts helicopter rescue 350 miles off US east coast

USAF conducts helicopter rescue 350 miles off US east coast

14-May-2024Source: US Air Force

The 920th Rescue Wing successfully conducted a civilian medical airlift operation of a critical patient aboard a cruise ship located more than 350-nautical-miles off the eastern coast of the United States May 4. Within hours of the call the 920th RQW prepared and launched a rescue force consisting of two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, two... Read more

HSM-79 Squadron and French Navy test MH-60S interoperability

HSM-79 Squadron and French Navy test MH-60S interoperability

14-May-2024Source: US Navy

Aviators and Sailors assigned to the “Griffins” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 and French Navy conducted initial interoperability testing on the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) and multipurpose frigate (FREMM) classes of French ships in Toulon, France, April 11-15. These first-of-their-kind tests, conducted by engineers from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Air Test... Read more

King Charles III hands over role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps

King Charles III hands over role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps

13-May-2024Source: Royal Family

At the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, His Majesty The King has officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In August 2023, following His Majesty’s Accession, The King was pleased to announce military appointments including that The Prince of Wales would... Read more

Brunei orders six H145Ms

Brunei orders six H145Ms

3-May-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Brunei for the acquisition of six H145M helicopters. “We are greatly honoured by the selection of the H145M to support the Royal Brunei Air Force’s expanded missions,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “The H145M is well regarded for its high performance and versatility,... Read more

US Coast Guard retires MH-65 Dolphin after 36 years of service in Alaska

US Coast Guard retires MH-65 Dolphin after 36 years of service in Alaska

1-May-2024Source: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard retired the Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter fleet during a ceremony, Tuesday. Capt. Timothy Williams, commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, presided over the ceremony honoring the 36 years of service the MH-65 Dolphin airframe and its crews provided to the Arctic region. Air Station Kodiak currently has a rotary-wing fleet... Read more

US Air Force awards Boeing Contract for Additional MH-139As

US Air Force awards Boeing Contract for Additional MH-139As

30-Apr-2024Source: Boeing

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $178M contract to produce seven MH-139A aircraft and provide sustainment and training support. This order brings the total number of aircraft under contract to 26. “Building the Grey Wolf fleet and paving the way towards full rate production is a critical step in supporting the Air Force’s... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded additional $9M contract for MV-22 radar defense systems

Northrop Grumman awarded additional $9M contract for MV-22 radar defense systems

26-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is awarded a $9,063,776 modification (P00006) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm-target), cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable contract (N0001923C0001). This modification increases the contract ceiling to procure the necessary hardware and associated technical engineering, management and logistics support for fabrication, assembly, test, and delivery of eight AN/APR-39 D(V)2 Radar... Read more

Chinook to be added to sombre Mustang 22 Memorial

Chinook to be added to sombre Mustang 22 Memorial

24-Apr-2024Source: US Army

A Nevada Army Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter grounded permanently by the U.S. Army due to structural damage caused by bullet holes in its hull following 27 months of missions in Afghanistan is set to take to the sky once again above the Army Aviation Support Facility in Reno – this time as the static display... Read more

US Army and Marine Corps forge joint efforts to enhance aviation tactics

US Army and Marine Corps forge joint efforts to enhance aviation tactics

24-Apr-2024Source: US Army

Aviators from the Alaska Army National Guard recently graduated from the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, April 22, marking a significant moment in the evolution of Army-wide aviation readiness. Their participation marks the first time a conventional (not special forces) Army Black Hawk unit has participated in the highly competitive WTI course. A... Read more

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

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

23-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

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

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

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

23-Apr-2024Source: Ministry of Defence Singapore

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

UK orders six Airbus H145s

UK orders six Airbus H145s

19-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

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

US celebrates 80 years of the 1st Helicopter Squadron

US celebrates 80 years of the 1st Helicopter Squadron

19-Apr-2024Source: US Air Force

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

US Army auctions off historic Sikorsky R-5

US Army auctions off historic Sikorsky R-5

18-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

17-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

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

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

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

17-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

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

Safran renews MH-65 engine contract with US Coast Guard

Safran renews MH-65 engine contract with US Coast Guard

16-Apr-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

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

Italy appoints new head of Army Aviation Command

Italy appoints new head of Army Aviation Command

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

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

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

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

15-Apr-2024Source: US Air Force

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

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

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

12-Apr-2024Source: Air Force Material Command

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

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

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

12-Apr-2024Source: Maxwell AFB

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

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

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

11-Apr-2024Source: US Navy

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

Greece progresses procurement of 35 Black Hawks

Greece progresses procurement of 35 Black Hawks

9-Apr-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

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

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

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

8-Apr-2024Source: US Marines

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

Zambia Air Force indroduces new Enstrom helicopters

Zambia Air Force indroduces new Enstrom helicopters

5-Apr-2024Source: Enstrom

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

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

Safran renews support contract for UK MOD Merlin engines

4-Apr-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

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

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

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

4-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

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

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

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

4-Apr-2024Source: Lockheed Martin

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

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

27-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

27-Mar-2024Source: Boeing

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

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

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

22-Mar-2024Source: US DoD

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

Teen joins PA Guard as helicopter pilot

Teen joins PA Guard as helicopter pilot

21-Mar-2024Source: US National Guard

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

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

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

20-Mar-2024Source: Joby Aviation

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

Croatia orders eight more UH-60M Black Hawks

Croatia orders eight more UH-60M Black Hawks

14-Mar-2024Source: US Embassy in Croatia

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

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

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

14-Mar-2024Source: US DoD

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

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

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

13-Mar-2024Source: US Marine Corps

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

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

12-Mar-2024Source: US Air Force

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

Bell Announces Weapon Systems Integration Lab

Bell Announces Weapon Systems Integration Lab

11-Mar-2024Source: Bell

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

Korea requests six MH-60R engines and support

Korea requests six MH-60R engines and support

11-Mar-2024Source: US State Dept

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

US Army Black Hawks conduct deck landings on USNS Dahl

US Army Black Hawks conduct deck landings on USNS Dahl

11-Mar-2024Source: US Army

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

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

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

7-Mar-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

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

High Eye wins Dutch military tender

High Eye wins Dutch military tender

7-Mar-2024Source: High Eye

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

Italian Air Force retires HH-212A fleet

Italian Air Force retires HH-212A fleet

4-Mar-2024Source: Aeronautica

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

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

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

4-Mar-2024Source: US Air Force

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

National Guard Announces Safety Stand Down Following Recent Helicopter Crashes

National Guard Announces Safety Stand Down Following Recent Helicopter Crashes

1-Mar-2024Source: US National Guard

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

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

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

28-Feb-2024Source: CNC Technologies

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

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

27-Feb-2024Source: UK MoD

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

Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

27-Feb-2024Source: Entrol

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

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

27-Feb-2024

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

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

26-Feb-2024

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

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