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April 23, 2014
Bell Helicopter was awarded a maximum $38.4-million firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies for the U.S...
April 15, 2014
AgustaWestland, manufacturer of the AW119 Koala, brought a new variant of the light, single-engine turbine to last week's Sea-Air-Space conference outside of Washington, DC. The aircraft, designated the AW119Kx, is intended to compete for the title of the Department of the Navy's new helicopter trainer. The AW119Kx will come standard with a...
April 15, 2014
Boeing was awarded an $8.8 million modification to its existing contract for a CH-47F cargo helicopter to provide additional...
April 10, 2014
Under an expanded contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond...
April 8, 2014
L-3 Communications Aerospace has received a $24.7-million modification to an existing U.S. Army...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 2, 2014
Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on March 31 that Sikorsky Aircraft “will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act arising from the submission of inflated costs in the pricing of spare parts.” The allegation...
April 1, 2014
Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project was jointly announced in March 2008 with a Statement of Intent signed in January...
April 1, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines will begin the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters this week. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson...
March 13, 2014
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $76,100,722 modification to the previously awarded V-22 fixed-price-incentive-fee lot 17-21 multiyear contract...
March 5, 2014
In a seemingly surprise reversal of policy, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced on March 4 that the Air Force would "realign about $430 million" from other projects in its defense budgets to help pay for the new Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the replacement for the existing HH-60G Pave Hawks, between 2014 and 2020. James said that the decision “protects a good competitive...
March 1, 2014
The retirement of Maj. Gen. William ‘Tim’ Crosby means that we will no longer be treated to his folksy, home-spun tales that immediately got the attention of his audience and often warmed them to his words. As a larger-than-life character he replaced the dapper civilian, Paul Bogosian, in December 2008. Crosby took up the job when defense still had plenty of money in the pot due to the...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
February 11, 2014
Source: Aurora Flight Sciences Aurora’s innovative VTOL X-Plane, known as LightningStrike, is designed for efficient hover and high speed, meeting the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s goals for performance and useful load...
February 1, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 29, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290 aircraft delivered by Airbus...
January 28, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year,” said Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager, at a media gathering following the annual AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, DC. Pat Donnelly, JMR program director, said 50 Boeing employees were now based with Sikorsky in Connecticut and that the team was bonding as the JMR...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 17, 2014
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, has received a $26.6-million cost-plus-fixed-fee for on-site flight test management, engineering...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
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