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December 21, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $4.8-million contract to Honeywell for the installation of the company’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) across the USCG’s fleet of MH-60T helicopters. The USCG order is for 42 Zing HUMS 1230 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits. Data collected from sensors located around the...
December 19, 2012
Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir Putin in early December. This is the first export order for the new Ka-62. Graphic...
December 18, 2012
The Swedish armed forces have increased their skills in maintaining Turbomeca’s Arrius 2K2 engines with the completion of the first training courses covering Level 1 and Level 2 maintenance. This is linked to the EASA part 147 license and covers the continuous reinforcement of acquired...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 12, 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has secured two bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command related to the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky...
December 12, 2012
During times of austerity it is good to see that the occasional commitment by government to an asset that has played a significant role in a variety of activities since being commissioned into active service in 1998. HMS Ocean, currently the largest Royal Navy warship afloat until the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers in the latter part of this decade, will receive a £65-million upgrade...
December 12, 2012
The fickle Indian Ministry of Defense’s approach to the procurement market appears to be veering away from its more traditional preference for “Made in Russia,” at least as far as military helicopter acquisitions seem to be heading. Boeing has been “the lucky winner” in matching a U.S. $1.4-billion requirement to replace the Indian Air Force’s Mi-26 aircraft (only three...
December 6, 2012
In a spread of contracts valued at around $70 million announced by global simulation and training organization CAE, there is one requirement for the development of two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The RAN will buy 24 MH-60Rs from Sikorsky with the first two deliveries scheduled for 2014. The contract originates with the United States through the...
December 6, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over the first pair of EC725s to the Royal Malaysian Air Force as part of an...
December 4, 2012
The decision by the Danish Ministry of Defence to purchase nine MH-60R helicopters from the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team has underlined again how strong the belief is in the international naval community in MH-60R/S helicopter. The order is valued at around $686 million with the first three aircraft expected for delivery during 2016 and last aircraft by 2018. The existing eight Lynx Mk90Bs will begin to...
December 3, 2012
The U.S. Navy has extended an existing contract with Rolls-Royce covering engine sustainment services on the...
December 1, 2012
Approaching the beginning of my fifth decade, I look back to those old western movies with high regard, remembering as a boy being thrilled by the arrival (just in the nick of time naturally) of the cavalry with their white hats, yellow neckerchiefs, white gloves and blue uniforms with the distinctive yellow stripe down the trousers. The image was one that endured, from Randolph Scott in 7th Cavalry to...
November 30, 2012
More than 600 British Royal Marine commandos are completing an annual six-week exercise, Black Alligator, which is at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The battalion-level exercise has...
November 28, 2012
Bangladesh is featuring in Eurocopter’s Asian business expansion with the announcement that the company has delivered its first ever Eurocopter-built rotorcraft—two AS365 N3+ Dauphins—to the Bangladesh Army. The helicopters will be used for multi-role transportation as well as for United Nations (UN) humanitarian missions. Bangladesh Army pilots attended ground school training at...
November 27, 2012
Sabena technics subsidiary Barfield has reached a five-year agreement with the U.S. Army’s Contracting Command to supply maintenance for the Alkan electro...
November 26, 2012
One result of the European Defence Agency’s examination in November of the options for member nations to pool and share resources is that several states have shown interest in “cooperating in the testing phase or the pooling of spare parts for the NH90.” According to EDA CEO Claude-France Arnould, this could take the shape of “bilateral...
November 16, 2012
In line with the Department of the Army’s FY13 budget of $271,683 million for the ongoing delivery of the UH-72A Lakota program, EADS North America has confirmed a contract award of $181.8 million for a further 34 helicopters. These will be delivered from September 2013 and will mean a total contract award of 312...
November 9, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron has obtained a $33.4-million U.S. Army contract covering...
November 8, 2012
The U.S. Army has granted a $66.1-million modification to an existing contract related...
November 7, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Command has issued a $214.2-million contract to Bogota, Colombia-based Vertical de Aviacion related to helicopter support services in Afghanistan...
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