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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Program Insider: Contracts

Bell Helicopter of Hurst, Texas, has awarded a $53-milion contract to Kaman Aerospace’s Helicopters division to manufacture composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies. The agreement involves 18 different assemblies for the following helicopters: Bell 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430, H1 and BA609. Kaman’s HeliworX facility in Bloomfield, Conn. will carry out the production work starting late in 2009.

Rockville, Md.-based BAE Systems has obtained an order from the UK Ministry of Defense for 12 remote sighting systems that use the company’s Q-Sight display. The displays will be installed in the Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 helicopters. Deliveries will start later this year and run through May 2010.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn. has won a contract worth up to $7.9 million for main rotor blades for the U.S. Navy. Completion of the project is listed as Dec. 31, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia is the contracting activity. Sikorsky has received a separate contract valued at $6.5 million. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md. exercised an option to extend the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which calls for special progressive rework and modifications on the VH-3D executive helicopter. Work will take place in Stratford, with completion expected in April 2010.

Vector Helicopter Services-North America has won a five-year, $15-million contract from the Brazilian Air Force to support its Bell H-1H helicopters. Under the agreement, Vector will supply airframe inspections, repair services and logistics at sites in Brazil.

Mesa, Ariz.-based McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. has secured a $172,750 contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The deal covers unmounted, anti-friction bearings.

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