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Acquisition, Procurement Highlights: Feb 18 to 24

By S.L. Fuller | February 24, 2017
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NH90 NFH NATO Helicopter

Photo by Alf van Beem

Leonardo Conducts NH90, AW139 Dealings

The Pakistani government has placed an order for additional Leonardo AW139s, Leonardo announced Feb. 20. While the quantity of aircraft has not been disclosed, deliveries are expected to start mid-2017.

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The first of 10 NHInudstries NH90s was recently delivered to the Italian Navy, Leonardo announced Feb. 21. Designated as “MH-90,” the helicopter is to be used for amphibious support and Special Forces operations, configured for naval tactical transport.

Not only is the Italian Navy planning to receive more MH-90s, but it has also asked Leonardo to upgrade its NHIndustries NH90 fleet. Worth some $11.6 million, the contract has the manufacturer replacing legacy identification friend or foe (IFF) systems with the latest “Mode 5” upgrade. This would allow the fleet to work on joint operations with NATO allies post 202 when the standard is set to be mandate, Leonardo said in its Feb. 21 announcement.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter centennial

An aviation survival technician prepares to deploy from an MH-60 Jayhawk  during training. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Michigan Coat Guard Station Awaits Jayhawks

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is waiting to trade its Airbus MH-65 Dolphins for Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawks, local news outlets reported Feb. 22. The first delivery is expected in April, and the air station would subsequently send its Dolphins to other air stations around the country. Air Station Traverse reportedly favors the trade for the new helicopters’ anti-icing technology, longer range and larger size.

Bell Helicopter 407GX

Photo courtesy of TRU Simulation + Training Inc.

Wysong Delivers 407GXs to PHI

Wysong Enterprises Inc. delivered two Bell Helicopter 407GXs to PHI Air Medical, Wysong announced Feb. 23. Configured for emergency medical service (EMS), Wysong customized the helicopters with exterior painting, avionics, a LifePort EMS interior and airframe modifications. The company also installed Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot, a Freeflight RA 4500 radar altimeter, an ASU night-vision goggle cockpit modification, a Donaldson Aerospace & Defense inlet barrier filter (IBF) and other modifications.

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