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U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Helicopter maker AgustaWestland received a $ 171 million contract to build training helicopters for the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department announced. The deal, revealed on Thursday, is a contract modification for production and delivery of 36 TH-73A aircraft in support of the Navy's Advanced Helicopter Training System program. It follows a January contract, for$ 175.5 million, for 32 similar helicopters and spare parts, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Advertisement The Navy plans to acquire a total of 130 TH-73As to replace its aging fleet of TH-57B/C Sea Ranger aircraft, in contracts potentially worth $ 648 million. The Philadelphia-based company is a division of the Italian defense contractor Leonardo, and markets the helicopter commercially as the AW119W. In its mili...
GAO: New presidential helicopters need better communications system

GAO: New presidential helicopters need better communications system

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June 5 (UPI) -- The program to replace the presidential helicopter has been delayed to address communications-related issues, a Government Accountability Office report said. The GAO's Defense Acquisitions Annual Assessment, released this week, notes that the mission communications system of the U.S.Navy's Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program requires "more time to address MCS-related challenges." Advertisement It said that the system, not in use in any other military aircraft, had "performance shortfalls, some of which led to inconsistent and unreliable communications" during testing. "The program has delayed initial fielding [of the helicopters] by three months to January 2021, in part to provide more time to address MCS-related challenges," the report said. "The MCS-upgraded soft...
India, U.S. ink $3B deal for helicopters

India, U.S. ink $3B deal for helicopters

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Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed a deal arranging for the purchase of more than $ 3 billion in military equipment from the United States, Modi and President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. The announcement, which was greenlit by India's government just days ago, came as Trump wrapped a two-day visit to the country. The deal includes purchase of six Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Indian army, with an expected delivery date of 2023, and 24 Sikorsky MH-60 Romeo helicopters. The Apache is the primary attack helicopter used by the U.S. Army, and is also used by several other nations, including Japan, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The MH-60 Romeo is naval helicopter designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. T...
MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

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Aug. 26 (UPI) -- MD Helicopters Inc. was awarded a $ 50.4 million contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force helicopters, the U.S. Defense Department announced. The contract is a modification of a prior agreement, and work will be done in Kabul and Mesa, with a completion date of May 2020. The nature of the logistics work was unspecified in Friday's Defense Department announcement. The Afghanistan Air Force has 28 of the Mesa, Ariz., company's MD-530F aircraft, with 154 more on order as the Afghan military transitions from Russian and former Soviet bloc-made aircraft. The Afghan Air Force currently has 100 helicopters from the Russian Mil Mi-17 and Mi-24 series, and 43 U.S.-made Bell, HAL and Sikorsky helicopters, in addition to the MD fleet. The Afghan Air Force consisted o...
State Department approves sale of 24 Apache helicopters to Qatar for $3B

State Department approves sale of 24 Apache helicopters to Qatar for $3B

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May 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 24 Apache helicopters and spare parts to Qatar for $ 3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification Thursday, notifying Congress of the possible foreign military sale. The contract also includes four spare engines, as well as night vision sensors, fire control radars, radio frequency interferometers, warning system, GPS with inertial navigation, Hellfire missiles and launchers and rockets, as well as guns, government and contractor engineering and technical and logistics support services. The proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy and national security "by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political and economic...