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Jordan Receives 3 Blackhawks From US

Jordan has received three Blackhawk helicopters from the US out of eight allocated for the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said Wednesday. In a statement to The Jordan Times, he commended the “ongoing” military cooperation between Jordan and the US, describing the delivery of the helicopters as a “reflection of the […]


Obama Admin Emphasizes Jordanian Support

As a top Jordanian official visits Washington this week, the Obama administration is doing its best to remind Congress of the military support it has given to the longtime regional ally. The visit of Prince Faisal bin Hussein to DC this week also comes while Jordan appears to be aligning itself more closely with Russia. […]


L-3 Wins $49M for Saudi UH-60L Simulators

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $48,978,323 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract for the acquisition of three UH-60L operational flight trainers for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2018. One bid was solicited and one received. Fiscal […]


Turkey Hopes Sikorsky Deal Boosts Local Industry, Exports

Turkey’s procurement authorities are hoping that a recently signed US $3.5 billion contract with US helicopter maker Sikorsky will not only earn the local industry critical capabilities and support the country’s indigenous helicopter program, but also bring in more than $1 billion in revenue through exports. “This is a win-win deal. The contractors’ gains may […]


Five Companies To Bid for Turk Utility Helo Deal

Five international helicopter manufacturers will compete in a Turkish program for the acquisition of four utility helicopters for the country’s Coast Guard, with an option to buy two more. Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), announced March 11 that five companies had obtained the requests for proposal, traditionally a sign to make […]


CAE to Upgrade Israeli Black Hawk Simulator

The Israeli air force has contracted CAE to upgrade a simulator for its Sikorsky CH-53 transport and UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters, installed at its Palmachim air base. The device uses interchangeable cockpits for the rotorcraft. The upgrade stems mainly from the need to adapt the simulator to the new configuration, which is part of the service’s Black […]


Sikorsky’s Turkey Deal Earns Aselsan $491M Contract

As Turkey finally penned a $3.5 billion contract with US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft for the co-production of an initial batch of 109 utility helicopters, a Turkish company has won a substantial deal under the same contract. Military electronics specialist Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, has signed a US $491.5 million deal with Tusas Turkish […]


Turkey To Buy Helos for Coast Guard

Turkey’s procurement authorities have launched a new program for the purchase of four utility helicopters for the country’s Coast Guard, with an option to buy two more, the procurement agency said. The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries said Feb. 28 that the contract involves four helicopters, spare parts, ground support, training, technical assistance/support and two optional […]


Turkey Gears Up Efforts for Indigenous Rotor Production

Another sign has emerged that Turkey’s defense industry planners are serious about their ambition to manufacture an indigenous helicopter locally, with Ankara recently launching efforts to build the capability to produce a Turkish rotor. Turkey’s civilian defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said a “Rotor Technology Center” has been launched. The […]


The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]