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Acquisition, Procurement Highlights: April 22 to 28

By S.L. Fuller | April 28, 2017
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Aberdeen, Monday 11th September 2016 First flight to the Statoil Mariner Platform Departed from CHC Helicopter Base at Aberdeen Heliport pn Monday 11th September 2016 shortly after 12.30 PM. Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

Photo by Michal Wachucik/Abermedia

CHC Receives Offshore S-92 Deal

Providence Resources plc has selected CHC Group to support offshore exploration about 134 miles off the coast of Ireland, CHC said April 24. The operator is set to provide a Sikorsky S-92, which would fly out of Cork Airport starting in June.

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Photo by Toshi Aoki - JP Spotters

Japan to Receive Lockheed Martin Apache Support

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to upgrade the modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for Japan’s fleet of Fuji-Boeing AH-64DJPs, Lockheed Martin said April 26. The company is to also provide performance-based logistics (PBL) support.

The upgrade improves targeting, streamlines maintenance and enhances commonality. Lockheed Martin is to deliver 14 laser designation kits through 2020. Lockheed Martin will also upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force test equipment and provide in-country training. The company said Japan is the first international Apache customer to receive a modernized day sensor assembly (M-DSA) field upgrade to its M-TADS/PNVS system.

Logistics support comes under a separate, three-year contract.

Photo Courtesy of MD Helicopters

Photo Courtesy of MD Helicopters

MD Signs Deal to Upgrade 2 Police Helos

The Columbus Division of Police in Columbus, Ohio, has asked MD Helicopters to upgrade its two remaining MD 500Es, MD said April 27. The E models are to be overhauled and re-certificated as F-models with zero-time engines. MD said the work would take “just a few weeks.” Delivery is set for the MD 530F this summer.

The Columbus Police Dept. already has four E-turned-F models. The conversion includes: an engine upgrade from the Rolls Royce 250-C20B to the more powerful RR250-C30, replacement of the blades and stabilizers, installation of the Garmin G500H dual-screen electronic flight display and the addition of a Fargo auxiliary fuel tank.

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