Photo courtesy of MD Helicopters
Kenya’s Request for MD 530s Progresses
The U.S. State Dept. has approved a possible foreign military sale to Kenya for a MD Helicopters MD 530, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. Estimated cost is $253 million. Congress had been notified of the possible sale the day prior. Kenya had requested a possible sale of 12 MD 530F weaponized aircraft, including avionics, logistics support training, spare parts and other support. That request totaled an estimated $253 million. The helicopters would advance Kenya’s efforts to conduct scout and attack rotary-wing aircraft operations, and replace its aging fleet of MD 500s. This sale has not been confirmed or completed.
Bristow S-92A. Photo courtesy of Bristow
Bristow Expands Operations in Gulf of Mexico, North Sea
Bristow Norway AS has started operations on three new five-year contracts supporting Statoil ASA, ENGEI E&P and A/S Norske Shell, the operator said Tuesday. In addition, Bristow started work on a new, five-year contract with Statoil ASA. These contracts are supplied with Sikorsky S-92s.
Hess Corp. has become the second member to join Bristow’s new search and rescue consortium, Bristow said Wednesday. Hess Corp. tapped Bristow for medevac and search and rescue services in the Gulf of Mexico, making it Bristow’s second contract for full search and rescue services in that area. The operator plans to dedicate a Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW139 to the contract. The consortium, of which Shell Offshore is also a member, guarantees members search-and-rescue and medevac support all day, every day for all their operations in the Gulf. It also promises members emergency dispatch service, provided by nationally registered emergency medical technicians that are certified with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.
A CH-47F Chinook helicopter assigned to 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers with a sling-loaded M1114 Up-Armored Humvee from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team during a sling load training event. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore
Boeing Receives Foreign Military Sales Work For Apache, Chinook
The U.S. Army awarded Boeing some $143.4 million in a contract medication for AH-64E Apache foreign military sales work, the Defense Dept. said Wednesday. Work is to be performed in Mesa, Arizona, and should be completed April 2022. About $3.9 million of the award was obligated the time of the award.
Boeing also won an award from the U.S. Army April 28 for foreign military sales work on the CH-47F. More than $541 million was awarded for renew and new build helicopters in the Netherlands.
New York Comptroller Approves Funds for State Police Helicopter Purchase
The New York State Police has officially received the green light to purchase a helicopter, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office said Wednesday. After vetoing a request from the police to purchase a Sikorsky S-76D last year, DiNapoli approved $12.5 million for a Sikorsky “executive helicopter and related services.” The helicopter would be used, among other missions, to transport New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Comptroller’s office also approved $6.5 million for Bell Helicopter flight training.
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U.S. Transportation Command Taps AAR Airlift Group, CHI Aviation, Columbia Helicopters
AAR Airlift Group Inc., CHI Aviation and Columbia Helicopters have been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, fixed-price contracts to provide rotary-wing airlift services in support of U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The program is worth $948.8 million through fiscal year 2021. Base year performance is from Wednesday, which is when the Defense Dept. announced the award, until April 30, 2018. Expected completion date April 30, 2021.
The MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts first test flight from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 5 off the coast of California. U.S. Navy photo
Navair Awards Northrop Grumman Fire Scout Work
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) has awarded Northrop Grumman nearly $32.9 million in a modification for MQ-8C Fire Scout work, the Defense Dept. said Wednesday. Work includes completion of the integration design, systems engineering technical review events associated with the integration design; modifications to Fire Scout software baselines required for the integration; formal qualification testing/system integration testing; and A-kit fabrication and installation to support system test and evaluation and ground and flight test. The work is to take place in California and the U.K. Expected completion date is May 2020.
Photo by Anthony Pecchi courtesy of Airbus Helicopters
First to Qualify for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is an H145
China’s first Airbus Helicopters H145 to be configured with a hoist for air medical and search and rescue services belongs to Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center, Airbus said Thursday. Set for delivery by 2019, the helicopter would be used to develop airborne mountain rescue services during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. The Beijing Red Cross Foundation subsidiary already operates two H135s, the first fully equipped air ambulance in the country.