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Sikorsky receives CH-53D contract from Israel for parts, services
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017

Bell contracts with U.S. Army for four 412EP helicopters
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 - Bell Helicopter Textron has received a $27 million contract for the manufacturing and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopter to the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The contract was solicited on the Internet with one bid accepted. Work will be conducted in Ft. Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30 2017. Fiscal 2017 funds in the amount of $27.2 million have been obligated upon award.

The Bell 412 is a twin-engine light utility helicopter used by both by militaries and civilian agencies and is one of the most widely exported helicopters in the world. The EP variant has been upgraded with more powerful engines for speed, greater reliability and lift capacity.

The helicopter is used by militaries to transport personnel and equipment, and for search and rescue, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation missions. It is widely used by civilian government agencies for similar tasks, and in the private sector for business, tourism and private pilots.

Sikorsky has signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply spare parts and engineering services for Israel's fleet of Ch-53D helicopters.

The program is slated to last 7 years and will procure and deliver obsolete or diminished supply parts. Israel has operated the helicopter since 1969 and is the only remaining D model operator left in the world. Many parts are hard to acquire or unavailable.

"This program will ensure that the IAF can overcome a growing shortage of hard-to-acquire components for its CH-53D fleet to help improve mission readiness well into the next decade, and thereby extend operational life beyond the half century mark," Bill Gostic, vice president of Sikorsky Global Military Systems & Services, said in a press release.

"Sikorsky will work across its supply chain to manufacture dozens of critical and low demand components that we or our suppliers have stopped making, with the added guarantees of supply quantity, consistency of quality and price stability."

Sikorsky will deliver more than 80 different part types until the mid-2020s, the company said.

The CH-53 entered service with the Marine Corps in 1966, and has since been replaced in U.S. service by Super Stallions and V-22 Ospreys. It can carry 37 troops or four tons of cargo, and for medical evacuation can accommodate 24 litter patients.

Japan coast guard to add three Airbus H225 helicopters
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 - The Japanese coast guard has ordered three H225 helicopters from Airbus for use in security enforcement, coastal activities and disaster relief.

The order, when fulfilled in 2020, will bring the JCG's heavy-lift H225 aircraft fleet to nine units.

"The Japan coast guard has been operating helicopters from the Super Puma family for 25 years, and this H225 follow-on order illustrates our customer's confidence in our product and the dedicated support we have provided to the team over the years," Olivier Tillier, managing director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan, said in a press release.

"The H225 is the perfect choice for JCG's missions including search and rescue, and coastal and islands protection, given its versatility in all weather conditions. The Airbus Helicopters team in Japan will continue to render our utmost support to guarantee the continued availability of our customer's H225 fleet."

The H225, the latest member of Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma family, is an 11-ton-category twin-turbine rotorcraft. It carries as many as 19 passengers and boasts enhanced endurance of more than five hours.

Airbus Helicopters said 25 helicopters from its Super Puma family are now being flown in Japan by civil, parapublic operators and the Ministry of Defense. It did not, however, disclose the price Japan is paying for the new aircraft.

Boeing announces Rolls-Royce engine contract
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Boeing has announced that its subsidiary Aviall received a contract on sales and engine parts for the Rolls-Royce AE family of defense engines. Boeing and Rolls-Royce agreed that Aviall will become the sole-source provider of sales and engine parts for AE defense engines worldwide. Long-term industry projections suggest that the deal could be worth over $10 billion over the lifecycle of ... read more

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