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Boeing receives contract for MH-47G special operations helicopters
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017

Airbus Helicopter receives UH-72 Lakota contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017 - Airbus Helicopter has received a $35.2 million contract modification for parts and logistical support for the U.S. Armys UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter.

The modification provides spare parts and logistical support to account for higher flying hours by the UH-72 fleet than originally projected.

The additonal work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a projected completion date of December 31, 2017, with $35.2 million in 2017 Army operations and maintenance funds obligated for the project.

The UH-72 Lakota is a twin-engine light utility helicopter based on the Eurocopter EC145. The rotorcraft is used for non-combat zone and domestic operations by the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard, such as VIP transport, light cargo, Homeland Security operations and medical evacuations.

The Lakota can carry up to 6 passengers or two litters along side a medic and crew chief. It has been propesed as an armed scout helicopter or other combat roles, but has been restricted to non-combat duty operations. The Lakota is expected to be shifted largely into a training platform with more to be acquired for that purpose. Over 100 are currently in service since the helicopter was introduced in 2007.

Boeing has received a $27 million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command for preparatory work on the production of Block 2 MH-47G Chinook special operations helicopters, the Department of Defense announced.

The conttract calls for incorporating new and existing stockpiles of government and contractor components to upgrade CH-47 ariframes to the MH-47G variant. The airframes are being modified under the auspices of the Thechnology Applications Program Office.

Most work for the contract will take place in Philadelphia, with $27 million in Fiscal 2017 procurement funds obligated upon the award.

The MH-47G is a special operations variant of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. The CH-47F is a twin-engine tandem rotor heavy-lift transport helicopter used by the U.S. Army, as well as many NATO and other allied nations. Its primary mission is to transport troops and large payloads at high speed and long ranges.

It is capable of external sling-load operations, placing artillery, battlefield resupply, and air asault. The CH-47 series has been in use since its introduction in 1962 and has been upgraded and refurbished many times.

The MH-47G has been upgraded with digital avionics and flight control systems, a monolithic airframe instead of asembled sheet metal for greater strength and is modified for easier transportaion by cargo aircraft. It features other changes to make it better suited for air assault operations and can be refueled in mid-air for greater range.

The first model was delivered to Special Operations Command in 2014. It is currently used by the 160th "Nightstalker" Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Leonardo contracted by Britain for Typhoon countermeasures upgrades
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Leonardo will receive a contract worth $51 million to upgrade the Defensive Aids Sub System electronic countermeasures and missile warning system on Britain's Typhoon fighter jets. British Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the contract at the Airpower Conference in London on Thursday. The upgrade program will run over a two-year period as part of Britain's efforts to modern ... read more

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