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HN for Wed., April 11, 2017, Vol. 44, Issue 8.

Newsletter Marines Seeking Foreign Buyers To Extend H-1 Production Line Out To 2030s Having nearly fielded its planned fleet of upgraded attack and utility helicopters, the Marine Corps is seeking foreign buyers to keep the Bell [TXT] H-1 production line open past 2022. Production of the UH-1Y Huey ends in the current fiscal year while its cousin, […]

Canada Adds $313 Million To Boeing Contract For Chinook Helicopter Logistics Support

Canada has agreed to a new $313 million contract amendment with Boeing [BA] to continue providing full systems logistics and engineering support for its Air Force’s fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The fixed-price amendment, announced April 2, has been added to an existing 20-year performance-based logistics (PBL) contract between the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Boeing […]

Airbus Receives First Order In Latin America For H160 Helicopter

Airbus announced its first order in Latin America for the H160, agreeing to a deal for one of the medium utility helicopters with an unnamed Brazilian customer. The deal, announced April 3, was signed after a recent H160 flight demonstration in Marignane, France. The customer purchased the helicopter for private and business aviation operations, according to […]

Spain Purchases 17 CH-47F Helicopters For $1.3 Billion

Spain has purchased 17 Boeing’s [BA] CH-47F cargo helicopters with modifications for $1.3 billion, according to a State Department notice. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on April 4. Modifications for the CH-47F helicopters include 21 Common Missile Warning System AN/AAR-57A(V)8, and 42 Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation […]

Marines Seeking Foreign Buyers To Extend H-1 Production Line Out To 2030s

Having nearly fielded its planned fleet of upgraded attack and utility helicopters, the Marine Corps is seeking foreign buyers to keep the Bell [TXT] H-1 production line open past 2022. Production of the UH-1Y Huey ends in the current fiscal year while its cousin, the AH-1Z Cobra closes in fiscal 2022, according to Marine Col. David Walsh, […]

Bell, Leonardo Vying For Potential Navy Training Helicopter Contract

Textron’s [TXT] Bell Helicopter and Leonardo are touting two different approaches, pitching cost effectiveness against full requirements, for a potential Navy contract to replace its fleet of training helicopters with 105 new aircraft. Navy officials are looking to move on from the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter for their advanced training program. A Request For Proposals (RFP) […]

Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]

HN for Wed., March 28, 2017, Vol. 44, Issue 7.

Newsletter Qatar Purchases 28 NH90 Multi-Role Helicopters, 16 H125 Training Helicopters For $3.7 Billion Qatar has agreed to a new $3.7 billion contract to purchase 28 NH90 multi-role helicopters for its military and 16 H125 light single-engine helicopters for training with its Armed Forces Air Academy, according to Airbus officials. The deal, announced March 14 and signed […]

Qatar Purchases 28 NH90 Multi-Role Helicopters, 16 H125 Training Helicopters For $3.7 Billion

Qatar has agreed to a new $3.7 billion contract to purchase 28 NH90 multi-role helicopters for its military and 16 H125 light single-engine helicopters for training with its Armed Forces Air Academy, according to Airbus officials. The deal, announced March 14 and signed during Qatar’s DIMDEX defense conference, includes 16 tactical transport configurations and 12 naval configurations […]

State Department Approves $106.8 Million Helicopter Support Deal With Saudi Arabia

The State Department has approved a possible $106.8 million maintenance support deal with Saudi Arabia to continue providing services for its Aviation Command’s aircraft fleet. The Defense Security Cooperation notified Congress March 22 of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The Saudi government requested the continuation of maintenance support for the Aviation Command deal, including repair […]