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May 29, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted $40 million to Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas related to additional long-lead components for the MV-22 tiltrotor. The agreement involves...
May 29, 2013
The Macedonian Air Force (Makedonsko Voeno Vozduhoplovstvo) has taken delivery of a 1999-produced Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III (c/n 4513, ex EI-MER) training helicopter. The 206B-3 is fully operational within Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (COP), a joint venture between Elbit Systems of Israel and Macedonian Ministry of Defense that traces back to May 2011. The aircraft (401) was procured second-hand...
May 23, 2013
Breeze-Eastern has secured a contract from Boeing to design and build a new cargo winch for the MV-22 Osprey in operation with the U.S...
May 23, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal has issued a contract to Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter...
May 21, 2013
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a £15 million ($22.9 million) contract to replenish its stocks of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. These are used on the British Army Air Corps (AAC) WAH-64D Apaches and reportedly on the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Reaper unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which have used a total of 380 weapons in Afghanistan. Figures provided in...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command has issued a $26.1-million expansion of an existing agreement with...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama has issued a multi-year contract to West Hartford...
May 15, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) procurement saga took another twist last week when Lt. Gen. William Phillips, Army acquisition advisor to the Secretary of the Army, appeared before a Senate Armed Services Congressional subcommittee on Airland. Commenting on last summer’s flying technology demonstrations provided by each helicopter manufacturer looking to participate in a new Request...
May 15, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has won an $11.4-million modification of an existing U.S. Army foreign...
May 14, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based EFW Inc. has obtained an $11.8-million U.S. Navy contract to supply helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) for the Bell...
May 13, 2013
The New Zealand Ministry of Defense has agreed to buy 10 SH-2G Super Seasprites from Kaman Aircraft Corp. According to Kaman, the $120-million contract includes spare parts, a full mission flight simulator and related logistics support for the multi-mission...
May 9, 2013
The Turkish National Police (TNP) have received the first of two VIP outfitted Sikorsky S-92s, with the second scheduled for delivery later this year. They will be used for Head of State duties and join one existing S-92 in operation with the TNP since 2005. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS)...
May 8, 2013
The U.S. Navy's Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 (HSM-35) has incorporated unmanned aircraft into its operations, becoming the first squadron to feature both manned and unmanned helicopters. HSM-35 will feature the Sikorsky...
May 8, 2013
The U.S. Navy is trying once more to replace the U.S. Presidential helicopter fleet. On May 3, the Navy issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for industry to respond in 90 days with their submissions for an aircraft to replace the current 11 VH-3D (a version of Sikorsky’s Sea King) and eight VH-60N ‘White Hawk’ helicopters (modified Sikorsky UH-60As). The acquisition will be for a...
May 3, 2013
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace, reports that the company’s sales are up 13 percent to just under £7 billion. GKN is a Tier 1 supplier to the aviation industry and operates through four divisions with facilities in 35 countries and an employee base of 50,000. Bryson said that GKN has turned its traditional reliance of the defense market around from 70-30 percent defense/civil to only 39...
May 2, 2013
American Eurocopter has hired Mike Spears to serve as senior director of the UH-72A Lakota Production and Retrofit facility in Columbus, Miss. He will take over from Fred Gerard, senior director of LUH...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
Boeing has now delivered 40 newly developed AH-64E Apaches under the initial low rate initial production (LRIP) program—31 going to the U.S. Army and nine to foreign military sales (FMS) customers. The 31 aircraft are the first of 51 being produced for the Army under LRIP. Those 51 do not include those going to FMS customers, according to Col. Jeffrey E. Hager, project manager for Apache. Total order...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $6.6-million contract to Lockheed Martin for continued operational support of two K-Max unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The cargo resupply aircraft are deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will take place at NAVAIR’s Patuxent River, Md. base and various OCONUS locations. According to the Department of Defense, the contract is expected to run...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is wearing out at a much faster rate than was predicted thanks to a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense findings state: “The Operational Tempo (OPTEMPO) in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is, five times that of peace time, and much higher than the design usage spectrum, further taxing the...
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