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COLOMBIA TAKES DELIVERY OF 30 TH-67 HELICOPTERS
Friday, September 23, 2016
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A Colombian Air Force TH-67

Source: Colombian Air Force


A Colombian Air Force TH-67

Source: Colombian Air Force


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MELGAR, Colombia - The Colombian Armed Forces La Escuela de Helicópteros (School of Helicopters) has taken delivery of 30 Bell TH-67 Creek helicopters to train new pilots. The delivery to the Melgar, Colombia based facility coincides with the school's 62nd anniversary.

Over 7,000 pilots for the Colombian Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police, along with pilots from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic have trained at the school since it opened in 1954.

Beginning in 2003, the school began using flight simulators, which enable pilots to train on 107 different scenarios before taking an actual aircraft into the air.

The new Bell helicopters will enable the school to continue its mission of training pilots from around Latin America. The TH-67 is based on Bell's 206 model. It was selected by the U.S. Navy in 1996 for a training requirement.

Source:  Colombian Air Force
Associated URL: https://www.fac.mil.co/escuela-de-helic%C3%B3pteros-para-las-fuerzas-armadas-celebra-su-62%C2%B0-aniversario-incorporando-30
Source Date: September 23, 2016
Source Language: Spanish
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 09/23/2016

 
 
GOV. MALLOY AND LOCKHEED MARTIN REACH DEAL TO KEEP SIKORSKY HEADQUARTERS AND JOBS IN CONNECTICUT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Nearly 200 CH-53Ks to be built in Conn.

Source: Sikorsky


Nearly 200 CH-53Ks to be built in Conn.

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement, subject to legislative and union approval, to retain and grow approximately 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft until 2032, keep the Sikorsky headquarters in Connecticut, and increase investments in in-state suppliers. Sikorsky, which has been in Connecticut for more than 85 years, was purchased by Lockheed Martin from United Technologies in November 2015.

Under the deal, Sikorsky will build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters in Connecticut for the United States Navy until at least 2032. Lockheed Martin has considered numerous states for production of the CH-53K.

The agreement will require state legislative approval via special session in the coming weeks. It will also require an affirmative vote by the local union. The Governor, legislative leaders, and executives from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky will hold a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the agreement.

Over the term of the agreement, Lockheed Martin will:

-- Keep the Sikorsky headquarters in the state and maintain Connecticut as a primary production facility for its government based helicopter business; -- Retain and grow its full time employment in Connecticut to more than 8,000 by the end of year 14; -- Nearly double its spending of $350 million per year with local Connecticut suppliers throughout the state; -- Increase its capital spending for machinery and equipment by 22 percent.

In exchange, the state will provide financial incentives totaling up to $220 million over the term of the agreement in the following ways:

-- The company will earn grants of up to $8.57 million on an annual basis over the term of the agreement by meeting certain benchmarks, such as retaining at least the minimum level of each category; growing jobs; payroll spending; utilizing in-state suppliers; and deploying capital for machinery, equipment, and other long term investments.

-- Sales and use taxes will be exempted up to $5.7 million per year over the term of the agreement. -- If Lockheed Martin exceeds the target level employment by 100 to 550 jobs in any given year of the agreement, it will be eligible for a performance incentive grant of up to $1.9 million, for a total of up to $20 million.

"This is a significant deal with wide-reaching ramifications. It ensures that great manufacturing jobs - thousands of them - will remain in Connecticut, and that Sikorsky's extraordinary record will continue to flourish for years and years to come right here at home. If we don't do this deal, we risk losing thousands of good-paying jobs," Governor Malloy said. "This isn't just about Sikorsky and our new relationship with Lockheed Martin - it's also about the supply chain companies and their employees that will benefit from the CH53K being built by Sikorsky. These companies are in every corner of our state. Today, we are supporting the small- and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our state and local economy. This is something that we all should celebrate."

"This deal represents a significant first step in the three-way partnership among Sikorsky, the state and Teamsters Local 1150," Sikorsky President Dan Schultz said. "It is important for the company's ability to meet our customer requirements, for our employment stability amid continuing and difficult financial pressures on our industry, and for our future. I thank our partners for their support and look forward to completing this deal. Assuming the state's proposal is approved by the legislature and the union agreement is ratified, Sikorsky will be able to transition the CH-53K production work to Connecticut."

Source:  State of Connecticut
Associated URL: ct.gov
Source Date: September 20, 2016
Posted: 09/22/2016

 
 
KOREAN AIR AND BOEING TO DEVELOP UNMANNED HELICOPTER
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Source: NOAA


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SEOUL - Korean Air and Boeing have signed a memorandum of agreement to develop an unmanned helicopter. Based on the MD500 helicopter, the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) will be capable of carrying armaments.

The team plans to build the first unit by 2017. An unmanned MD500 will perform various missions, including day/night reconnaissance, short-range strike and tactical surveillance.

The South Korean military operates small fleet of MD500s. Hanjin Group is the parent company of Korean Air.

Source:  Pulse News
Associated URL: http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800021&year=2016&no=667164
Source Date: September 22, 2016
Author: Kim Jung-hwan 
Posted: 09/22/2016

 

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