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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 08:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)


November 16, 2015: Strategy Page


In early October Thailand ordered another eight AW139 transport helicopters from Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland. The Thai army received its first two AW139s in 2014 and was impressed. The military tends to buy a lot more stuff after a coup (which Thailand had in 2014, the 12 th since 1932) because an elected government is much less cooperative about this sort of thing. The first two AW139s cost about $27 million each. These eight ton choppers carry up to 15 passengers and can get by with just one pilot. Cruise speed is 288 kilometers an hour and endurance averages 3.2 hours. The AW149, a military version of the AW139, is also available but is more expensive. The AW139 competes with the U.S. UH-60 and another European helicopter, the slightly larger NH90. AgustaWestland is a division of the Italian firm Finmeccanica.


Thailand has been trying to replace its aging force of helicopters for the last decade. This has led to the purchase of new American, European, and Russian helicopters, depending on who is offering the best deal at the moment. Thus Thailand has also ordered Russian Mi-17V5s, American UH-72As and UH-60Ms and European (Airbus) AS500 helicopters.

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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 13:30
JAC of the UAE Selects the AW609 TiltRotor for SAR Missions


Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland


 AW609 TiltRotor to be operated by the UAEaEUR(tm)s Joint Aviation Command

 Joint Aviation Command to be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the AW609 TiltRotor

 The extraordinary speed and range of the AW609 bring new capabilities to the market


The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for the search and rescue variant of the AW609TiltRotor, which will include a tailored equipment configuration to meet its specific operational requirements.  

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16 octobre 2015 5 16 /10 /octobre /2015 07:50
Commando Fliers Receive Upgraded Merlins

AgustaWestland Merlin Mk3i helicopters arrive at their news base at RNAS Yeovilton, from where they will support the Royal Marines until their intended aircraft, the Merlin Mk 4, becomes available in 2017. (RN photo)


Oct 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Royal Navy; issued Oct 14, 2015)



On a very wet day in Somerset, the first of seven next-generation Merlins which will carry Royal Marines into battle arrives at its new home.

This is Merlin iMk3 – ‘i’ for interim – better suited to supporting the green berets on amphibious operations than the ‘basic’ Mk3.

The Merlin is taking over from the venerable Sea King as the workhorse of the Commando Helicopter Force.

A big step forward from its predecessor (it’s 30 years more modern), battlefield Merlin Mk3 – which has been transferred to the Fleet Air Arm from the RAF – prefers operations over land than sea, whereas the Royal Marines operate in both environments.

The iMk3 plugs the gap between the Sea King bowing out of service at the end of March and the arrival of the ‘fully marinised’ Merlin Mk4 in late 2017, when the first of 25 fourth-generation helicopters join the force at their base in Yeovilton.

The interim model features a folding main rotor head, strengthened undercarriage and communications upgrades – but outwardly looks pretty much the same as a normal Mk3.

The Mk4 goes further – enhanced avionics suite, automatic folding main rotor head and folding tail, making it perfect for operations at sea.

For the time being, however, the iMk3, delivered by the Merlin’s constructor AgustaWestland in Yeovil, fills the Sea King’s boots quite nicely.

“Today marks another key milestone in the history of the Commando Helicopter Force.

"With more iMk3s due to arrive soon, we’ll be well on our way to delivering real capability to our primary customer – the Royal Marines,” said Lt Cdr Ben McGreal, 846 Naval Air Squadron’s Merlin Flight Commander.

“It’s also not often that you can say that you’re the first to fly a new type of aircraft in the Royal Navy, so today is a very special day.”

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10 octobre 2015 6 10 /10 /octobre /2015 11:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)

09.10.2015 Defense Studies

Contracts Announced Worth 140 Million Euro

New contracts worth a total of 140 million Euro for Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland helicopters. During the Helitech International Show held in London, the company announced orders for the AW139 and AW169 new-generation helicopter models, by both commercial and Governmental European and Asian customers for a total amount of eleven.

Among the operators to mention which have chosen the AgustaWestland’s new-generation helicopters is the Royal Thai Army, that will use eight AW139s for transport and utility services in addition to the two currently in service and the company Heliservices International GmbH which will use its new AW169 for offshore activities in the North Sea.

The helicopters ordered will be used for the implementation of a variety of missions, like passengers transport, law enforcement and offshore transport; and the entry into service of these machines, specifically ten AW139s and one AW169, is planned to take place between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016.

The AW139 and AW169 helicopters, thanks to great performances, cutting-edge technology and operating flexibility, have reached a unique success in their respective categories (intermediate for the world class leading AW139 and light intermediate for the recently certified AW169), obtaining a total of over 1,000 orders signed to date on the world market. The AW139 is the best selling helicopter in its category, with over nine hundred ordered, while the AW169 is the first new-generation helicopter in its category that has been launched on the market in the last thirty years presenting cutting-edge technological solutions in equipment, rotors, re-configuration capability for each mission, emissions reduction and safety standards.


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27 mars 2015 5 27 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD


26 March 2015 Ministry of Defence


The MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK.


The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.

Many of the jobs the contract will sustain are located at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall, where the depth maintenance and the Royal Navy’s Merlin training system are located.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

Our fleet of Merlin helicopters has benefitted from considerable investment by the MOD through major upgrades in recent years. This new contract will ensure we can continue to deliver flexible capability to meet the needs of our Armed Forces, as well as excellent value for money for the taxpayer.

This investment forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11.2 billion into our helicopter fleet over the next ten years as part of £163 billion Equipment Plan to provide the very best equipment and equipment support to our troops. In addition, the contract will sustain more than 1,000 jobs, which will maintain vital engineering skills in the defence sector.

The Merlin support contract follows the MOD’s recent announcement that it is providing our Armed Forces with one of the most capable and technologically advanced helicopter fleets in the world, with a host of new or upgraded aircraft made ready for operations over the last 12 months.

This includes the Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine helicopter which achieved its In Service Date on 29 May 2014, ahead of schedule and to cost, with 19 of 30 aircraft so far delivered to the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters will operate globally, and are expected to be based on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, along with the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, as well as onboard frigates, destroyers and support ships.

Director Helicopters, Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

The Merlin is an important part of our overall Helicopter Force, providing a variety of specialist and general roles in all weathers over land and sea.

We are bringing in the contract one year earlier than planned to meet the requirements of the Front Line Commands and to deliver financial benefits, which is a great achievement and shows how the MOD can adapt flexibly to support the needs of our Armed Forces.

The Merlin Mk3 is a Battlefield Support helicopter of the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force. Hugely successful in the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns, it can carry a range of cargo either internally or underslung including artillery, light-strike vehicles and more than five tonnes of freight.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
1st Airborne Mine Counter Measures MCH-101 Delivered to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force


Mar 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland


Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) are pleased to announce the delivery of the first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The KHI MCH-101, a licence built version of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24A airborne mine hunting system and the Northrop Grumman AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). Together these systems provide a complete surface-to-bottom mine detection capability. The AW101/MCH-101 is one of only two helicopter types capable of towing the AN/AQS-24A and the only modern helicopter type.


The development of the AMCM variant of the AW101/MCH-101 has been led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, as prime contractor, with AgustaWestland providing technical support. KHI  has  responsibility for system integration and design of the AN/AQS-24A carriage, deploy, tow and recovery system that is installed in the cabin. AgustaWestland in addition to providing technical support also modified the aircraft’s Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to be able to perform coupled towing patterns with the AN/AQS-24A.


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7 mars 2015 6 07 /03 /mars /2015 22:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


07 Mar 2015 By James Titcomb – The Telegraph


Lobbying by British firm has reportedly held back Government decision on refreshing fleet of helicopters


The billion-pound cost of replacing the Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters could soar as lobbyists urge the Government to buy from the British defence group AgustaWestland. Boeing, the American defence giant, is offering to provide the Ministry of Defence with 50 new aircraft at a cost of £20m each as it seeks to refresh the 14-year-old fleet. However, the Yeovil-based manufacturer, owned by Italian industrial group Finmeccanica, has won permission to make a rival bid, according to reports.


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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 13:35
Armed AW-109s to be Commissioned During The Philippine Navy's 117th Anniversary


04.03.2015 by Maki Catama


MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has Announced that its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters will be commissioned during its 117th anniversary on May 27.


"We're hoping to commission them by our anniversary this May," Navy spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to the PNA on Sunday.


The two armed AW-109 airframes arrived in the country last December as part of the five-helicopter deal, worth PhP1.33 billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.


Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned on Dec. 22, 2013.


The armed versions of the AW-109s will be armed will have machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly with air-to-ground rockets.


The AW-109 "Power" helicopter is a three-ton class eight-seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.


The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.


The aircraft's safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.


The AW-109 has established itself as the world's best-selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.


Its superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.


For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.


The ability to operate-from small ships in high sea state enables the AW- 109 to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship's hangar.


Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and the AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries.



The Philippines receives five AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters for its navy. The two armed aircraft are currently undergoing assembly before commencing flight tests.  The AgustaWestland AW109 naval helicopters worth Php 2.2 billion funded jointly by the AFP Modernization Program and Department of Energy.

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
AW609 TiltRotor photo AgustaWestland

AW609 TiltRotor photo AgustaWestland


Mar 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today that the AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil tiltrotor in development to date.  A second final assembly line is expected to be established at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy at a later date.


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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
AW129 Mangusta - Toplite photo AgustaWestland

AW129 Mangusta - Toplite photo AgustaWestland


18/01/2015 psk.blog.24heures.ch


AgustaWestland termine la phase de modernisation de son hélicoptère de combat AW129 « Mangusta » avec l’adaptation d’un nouveau système de détection électro-optique, qui pourra notamment mettre en oeuvre le missile « Spike-NLOS ».


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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 11:50
photo AgustaWestland Boeing

photo AgustaWestland Boeing


04/10/2014 Avia News


AgustaWestland a livré à l'armée italienne les deux premiers exemplaires de ICH-47F «Chinook» en fin de semaine. Au total l’Italie a commandé 16 hélicoptères de ce type.


Une cérémonie de remise a eu lieu sur les installation d’AgustaWestland près de Varese Vergiate.

"La dernière génération du «Chinook» offre un saut quantique en termes de portée, de protection, de sécurité, de lutte et des capacités globales de performance, grâce aussi à une suite de mission numérique sur mesure, par rapport à la flotte actuelle de CH-47C, qui a été le cheval de bataille de l'aviation de l'armée italienne pendant plus de quatre décennies », explique le chef de service du programme «Chinook» le Gen Claudio Graziano.


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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 12:35
India Puts Finmeccanica Deals On Hold

India canceled the purchase of 12 AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters and has put other deals with parent company Finmeccanica on hold. (AgustaWestland)


Aug. 6, 2014 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense news


NEW DELHI — India’s new government has halted defense deals with Finmeccanica while the federal anti-fraud agency looks into alleged corruption in the Navy’s 2010 purchase of 12 VVIP AgustaWestland helicopters.


Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an internal circular issued by the Department of Defence Production had instructions to put a hold on purchases from the Italian company and its subsidiaries.


Among the subsidiaries that may be affected are Selex, which is supplying the Air Surveillance Radar for India’s under-development aircraft carrier, and Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquel (WASS), which is supplying the Navy with 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes and upgrading A244 lightweight torpedoes.


Neither Finmeccanica nor the MoD would comment on the circular.


The move is somewhat unexpected. When the new government of Prime Minister Narendera Modi came to power in May, it signaled that such holds would be rare.


“A new government has come with a fresh mind and as a fresh chapter for India’s policy,” Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said earlier this year. “If a person or a company has been found guilty, they should be punished as strongly as possible. But before guilt is established, if a contract is canceled, it is unfair. A review is needed.”


And in early June, when the three chiefs of the Indian defense forces had their first meeting with Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, they said such holds had harmed India’s defense readiness.


“The putting-on-hold of defense projects of Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries is a complete change of face of the new government, which had promised before the elections to push India’s defense preparedness,” Indian defense analyst Nitin Mehta said. “So far, the new government has not announced any substantive measures which will hasten stalled defense projects. In fact, the defense budget for 2014-15 proposed by the new government is too meager to meet the long-term defense needs of the defense forces,” Mehta said.


The Black Shark torpedoes are to arm the six French-designed Scorpene submarines being built at India’s Mazagon Docks in Mumbai.


“They were hoping that the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would clear the purchase of Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes for the Scorpene submarines,” an Indian Navy official said.


The subs are due for delivery in 2016, nearly four years behind schedule. The subs will operate without torpedoes if the project is put on hold, the official said.


The upgrades to the A244 torpedoes are part of a series that include getting a new, longer-range fire control system, increasing their speed, and improving their target detection and acoustic counter-countermeasures.


Between 2005 and 2009, the United Progressive Alliance government barred Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Israel Military Industries, Zurich-based Rheinmetall Air Defense, Russia-based Corporation Defense, and Denel of South Africa from doing business in India for ten years.


This caused shortages of ammunition and slowed the purchase of howitzers. The blacklist halted a $300 million contract, signed with IMI in 2009, to build ordnance factories in the state of Bihar to manufacture ammunition for Bofors 155mm guns.


The tender for wheeled 155mm/52-caliber artillery was canceled by the blacklisting of Rheinmetall, which was vying with Konstrukta of Slovakia for the job.


The 2005 blacklisting of Denel for alleged bribery and kickbacks led to the cancellation of the tender for the purchase of 155mm/52-caliber towed guns, which Denel was expected to win

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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Armed Forces of Malta receives first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter

A Maltese AW139 twin-engine helicopter in flight. Photo AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.


8 August 2014 army-technology.com


AgustaWestland has handed over the first AW139 medium-sized twin-engine helicopter to the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).


The helicopter was delivered under a contract secured by the company in July 2013, and is scheduled to be primarily used in support of maritime border control missions.


A part of Malta's plan to strengthen the AFM's operational capabilities, the contract also included an option for two more aircraft, an integrated logistic support (ILS) package and training of ten pilots, including four students and 20 technicians.


The helicopter is equipped with an advanced maritime patrol and search and rescue (SAR) mission equipment package, including a high-definition forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, search / weather radar, cabin mission console and a searchlight and satellite communication system.


Additional equipment includes a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, naval transponder and external rescue hoist, as well as a four-bag floatation system.


Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, designed to conduct law enforcement / emergency medical service, executive transport, and maritime and offshore oil operations in hot and high conditions.


The helicopter can fly at a speed of 165k, and features a low acoustic signature, integrated mission avionics and a full-ice protection system to complete missions in demanding environments.


In addition to Malta, the helicopter is also operated in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK and the US, among others.


The AFM placed an order for the second helicopter in April, with the delivery scheduled to take place in December.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 16:35
Bangladesh orders two AW139 helicopters from AgustaWestland

The AW139 belongs to AgustaWestland's family of new generation helicopters. Photo AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.


15 July 2014 airforce-technology.com


Bangladesh has ordered two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters, along with a support and training package, from AgustaWestland.


The Finmeccanica subsidiary will supply the helicopters by the end of 2015.


The helicopters are expected to be operated by the air force to perform maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) operations in all weather conditions. They will also be used to conduct missions in support of maritime security and disaster relief.


The advanced mission configuration of the Bangladeshi AW139s will include search / weather radar, forward looking infrared, search light, rescue hoist, emergency floats and a four-axis dual digital automatic flight control system with hover and SAR modes.



Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized helicopter.

"The helicopters are expected to be operated by the air force to perform maritime search and rescue operations."


In addition to SAR, the helicopter is widely used for offshore passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical service, VIP / corporate transport and firefighting.


The chopper belongs to AgustaWestland's family of new generation helicopters, and has the same flight characteristics and safety features as the other members, such as the AW169 and AW189.


All three helicopters share common cockpit concept and design philosophy.


AgustaWestland has simultaneously won contracts for the supply of one AW139 each for Japan and the UK.


The Yokohama City Fire Department in Japan has ordered an AW139, the second in its fleet, while an undisclosed customer from the UK has ordered the helicopter for VIP transport.


Last week, Australia ordered six helicopters for emergency medical service.


AgustaWestland has more than 770 orders for AW139 from 60 countries including Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Sweden and the UK.

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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 11:25
Brazilian Navy Signs Contract for Lynx Mk21A Upgrade



Jul 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation has signed a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued in excess of US$160 million (€117 million), includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines with the CTS800-4N product from LHTEC, navigation, displays suite and mission avionics. A comprehensive support and training package that includes a Flight Training Device is also included in the contract.


The upgrade activities will begin in mid-2015 at AgustaWestland’s plant in Yeovil, United Kingdom, with the first helicopter scheduled to be delivered back to the customer in the Autumn of 2017. The complete batch of upgraded aircraft is planned to be delivered by early 2019.


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12 juin 2014 4 12 /06 /juin /2014 16:30
Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter


Jun 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) and Finmeccanica - AgustaWestland are pleased to announce that the Turkish Armed Forces have taken delivery of their first “T129 ATAK” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter on 22nd of April 2014. This delivery, celebrated during an official ceremony on June 10th, is the first of 59 helicopters, 9 in T129A Early Delivery Helicopter (EDH) configuration, and 50 in T129B configuration.


T129 ATAK, is a new generation, tandem two-seat, twin engine helicopter specifically designed for attack and reconnaissance purposes, developed from the combat proven A129CBT, incorporates totally new system philosophy with new engines (LHTEC CTS 800-4A), new avionics, visionics and weapons, modified airframe, uprated drive train and new tail rotor.


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6 mai 2014 2 06 /05 /mai /2014 13:35
photo Livefist

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06 mai 2014 techniques-ingenieur.fr (AFP)


Narendra Modi, candidat du parti nationaliste hindou au poste de Premier ministre en Inde, promet d'améliorer l'approvisionnement en matériel militaire de l'Inde et de favoriser la fabrication d'armes sur le sol national, dans un entretien publié mardi.


L'Inde, premier importateur mondial d'équipement militaire conventionnel, a retardé ou annulé depuis une vingtaine d'années plusieurs grands contrats militaires pour des soupçons de corruption ou en raison d'une bureaucratie trop lourde.


Dassault est en négociations exclusives avec New Delhi depuis janvier 2012 pour vendre 126 avions de combat Rafale. L'Inde a par ailleurs annulé en janvier l'achat de 12 hélicoptères à l'italien AgustaWestland en raison de soupçons de versement de pots-de-vin.


"Les 10 dernières années ont vu un affaiblissement de nos capacités militaires en raison de procédures d'approvisionnement freinées par d'importants retards qui ont conduit à un manque d'armes et d'équipement", déclare le leader du Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) au Times of India.


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15 avril 2014 2 15 /04 /avril /2014 11:50
Armed Forces of Malta orders second AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter

An AW139 medium sized twin-engine helicopter during its flight. Photo: © 2012 AgustaWestland - a Finmeccanica company


14 April 2014 naval-technology.com


The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) has awarded a contract to AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to deliver a second AW139 intermediate-twin engine helicopter in June 2015.


The AW139 will be used in maritime border patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions.


In July 2013 the AFM signed a contract with AgustaWestland for the delivery of one AW139 with an option for two more aircraft.


This also included an integrated logistic support (ILS) package and training of ten pilots, including four students and 20 technicians.


Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, designed to conduct offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, VIP transport and firefighting in hot and high conditions.


The helicopter, with a flying speed of 165k, features a low acoustic signature, integrated-mission avionics and a full ice protection system to complete missions in demanding environments.

"The AW139 will be used in maritime border patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions."


The Maltese helicopters are scheduled to be supplied with an advanced maritime patrol and SAR mission equipment package, including a high-definition forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console and a searchlight and satellite communication system.


Additional equipment will include a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, naval transponder, external rescue hoist and a four-bag flotation system.


The helicopter is currently operating in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK and the US, among others.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
AW119 photo AgustaWestland

AW119 photo AgustaWestland



Apr. 7, 2014  By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy’s current fleet of training choppers.


The helicopter, which is used commercially by police departments and medical evacuation services, could meet the Navy or other service training needs more cheaply than existing military helicopters, company officials said.


“There’s no real active [government] solicitations out right now, so we’re trying to incubate something, whether it’s with the Navy, the Coast Guard, [Customs and Border Protection], the Air Force [or] Army,” Robert LaBelle, CEO of AgustaWestland North America, said Monday during a briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space convention.


The single-engine aircraft, which is a derivative of the twin-engine AW109, features a modern design, redundant systems and is “forgiving to a new student,” LaBelle said. The high-end civilian model costs about $3.5 million, a price that would likely decrease with a bulk buy.


The AW119Kx, called the Koala, is built solely at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia production facility. AgustaWestland North America is a subsidiary of Italian-based AgustaWestland, which is part of Italy’s Finmeccanica aerospace and defense group.


The AW119Kx would not need any modifications to enter military service, LaBelle said.


The Navy operates just more than 100 Bell 206 Jet Rangers, which are used for helicopter training. The service is in the study phase to determine its future helicopter training needs.


“It really is time for them to replace them,” LaBelle said, of the current Navy helicopter trainers, which the service calls TH-57 Sea Rangers.


The US Army flies the twin-engine Airbus UH-72 Lakota for stateside missions and plans to buy 100 new aircraft for helicopter training. The Lakota would likely be a competitor when the Navy replaces its training helicopters.


The US military does not operate any AgustaWestland helicopters. LaBelle said he has been working to shed light on AgustaWestland’s US presence and portfolio of helicopters.


As US defense spending contracts in the coming years, LaBelle said the Defense Department should look at different types of platforms and industrial partners.


He touted the company’s $600 million yearly investment in research-and-development projects, and its growing commercial sales

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
photo AgustaWestland

photo AgustaWestland



Mar 20, 2014 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first HH-101AHH-101A CAESAR helicopter for the Italian Air Force held at Yeovil plant, UK, today.


AgustaWestland and Italian AF Sign LOI for Training

The partners intend to co-develop new capabilities to meet the future rotary-wing training requirements by leveraging synergies between the AgustaWestland Training Organization based at its Frosinone plant, close to Rome, and the Italian Air Force 72nd Wing (72° Stormo). Through this mutually beneficial cooperation, AgustaWestland will further expand the level of service in the training sector to meet the evolving requirements of the customer, while the Italian Air Force will enhance the level of training for its personnel through an innovative, efficient strategy.


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7 novembre 2013 4 07 /11 /novembre /2013 12:45
AgustaWestland A109 Light Utility Helicopter

AgustaWestland A109 Light Utility Helicopter


06 November 2013 by Dean Wingrin - defenceWeb


After five months of not flying, the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) are back in the air again and converting new pilots.


The current conversion course for new A109 pilots has finally resumed at 87 Helicopter Flying School, AFB Bloemspruit, near Bloemfontein. The other two squadrons equipped with the type, 15 Squadron (Durban) and 17 Squadron (Swartkop) are also flying again, with the type appearing at the SAAF Air Capability Demonstration held at the Roodewal bombing range at the end of October.


The latest grounding followed the March crash of an A109 on aerial patrol in the Kruger National Park, which flew into ground, killing all five on board. As a result, the course converting existing helicopter pilots to the A109 was temporarily stopped, pending the investigation. The course pupils were sent on leave and thereafter back to their previous home squadrons, but as they had already started their conversion, they were not allowed to fly the Oryx helicopters that they were previously qualified on.


After some months of inactivity, the severe budgetary constraints affecting the SAAF resulted in a shortage of funds to keep the A109 fleet flying. Ground running the engines and infrequent flights was all that could be done, with the course pupils still sitting idly at their previous home squadrons.


At the same time, it is rumoured that certain tail rotor bolts had to be replaced, but these had not been ordered. Then, the A109 ground simulator was upgraded, resulting in yet another delay to the commencement of the course.


The SAAF commitment of supplying Oryx helicopters to MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has also resulted in a shortage of Oryx pilots, whilst other pilots were drafted to 16 Squadron to increase the pool of Rooivalk attack helicopter pilots. The Rooivalk was only recently deployed to the DRC.


The cascading effect was such that a new instructor course was required before the deferred conversion course could recommence. With this process completed, the conversion course resumed at the beginning of October, much to the relief of the course students.


The A109 has been the black sheep of SAAF’s helicopter fleet, never living up to expectations. Deemed too complex to convert newly qualified pilots onto helicopters, it has also been reported that the helicopter can neither carry operational loads in high heat conditions nor fly in strong wind.


Although the conversion course onto the A109 is held at Bloemfontein, the course deploys to Port Elizabeth for certain landing tasks as Bloemfontein is deemed too hot and high to practise such techniques.


The Anglo-Italian AgustaWestland A109 LUH was purchased to replace the elderly Alouette III helicopter in the light utility role, with the delivery of the first of 30 helicopters commencing in 2005.


According to the SAAF, typical missions for the A109 includes training, search and rescue, rope extraction & rappelling, trooping, medical evacuation (casevac), cargo transport, border patrol, peacekeeping, communications and urban operations.

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AgustaWestland travaille sur un SW-4 sans pilote pour la Royal Navy - photo Agusta Westland

AgustaWestland travaille sur un SW-4 sans pilote pour la Royal Navy - photo Agusta Westland

21 octobre 2013 par Thierry Dubois – Aerobuzz.fr


Dernier développement en date dans les hélicoptères sans pilote, le programme Matrix de Sikorsky, qui vise à rendre l’appareil plus autonome jusqu’à l’automatisation complète. AgustaWestland travaille sur un petit SW-4 militaire « dronisé » pour le Royaume-Uni.

L’hélicoptériste Sikorsky s’apprête à procéder aux premiers décollage et atterrissage entièrement autonomes de son démonstrateur Sara, un S-76 modifié en vue d’une automatisation graduelle. Le programme de recherche et développement Matrix vise à assister ou remplacer le pilote, suivant la mission.

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Le programme Matrix de Sikorsky vise une autonomie graduelle.

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Sikorsky a jusqu’ici fait voler le Sara sur des trajectoires qui débutent et se terminent par un stationnaire. Les commandes de vol électriques étaient le principal changement sur le S-76. Avec les atterrissage et décollage, les ingénieurs et pilote d’essai passent la vitesse supérieure. Ils vont ensuite intégrer un logiciel capable de prendre des décisions. Ils ajouteront simultanément des capteurs – lidar, caméras, radar et autres.

En exploitation civile, le concept offre plusieurs degrés d’autonomie. Il pourrait fournir au pilote une aide à la décision – afin de choisir de poursuivre la mission ou non. Il pourrait être utile lors d’une autorotation, qui deviendrait automatique, avance-t-on chez Sikorsky. Il pourrait aussi assurer un retour automatique à la base en cas de difficulté météo. Un hélicoptère sans pilote pourrait livrer du fret sur une plate-forme pétrolière. Le programme Matrix de Sikorsky a commencé il y a deux ans et se poursuivra pendant encore trois ans.

De son côté, AgustaWestland a présenté au salon DSEI un concept de drone « pour être prêt en 2020 », explique un porte-parole. Plus précisément, il s’agit de développer les technologies qui permettent à un même hélicoptère d’être piloté ou non. Le constructeur compte tirer parti des compétences d’autres sociétés du groupe Finmeccanica, comme l’électronicien Selex.

AgustaWestland travaille à plus court terme, dans le cadre d’un contrat avec le ministère britannique de la défense, sur la « dronisation » d’un SW-4 pour la Royal Navy. Eurocopter avait fait voler un EC145 sans pilote en avril dernier.

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India clears way to cancel AgustaWestland helicopter deal

15 Oct 2013 By Dean Nelson, in New Delhi - telegraph.co.uk


Corruption allegations give India a way out of deal to buy 12 British-made helicopters


India’s Attorney-General has cleared the way for the country's government to cancel its £480m deal with AgustaWestland for 12 British-made helicopters after allegations of corruption.


The contract was suspended by the government in February this year following allegations that commissions were paid by the Italian-owned company to senior defence officials, including relatives of India’s former air chief SP Tyagi.


The allegations, which have been denied by the former air chief, emerged from investigation in Italy which led to an arrest warrant for Giuseppe Orsi, the chief executive of Agusta Westland’s parent company, Finmeccanica. Investigators allege he paid €30m (£25.4m) to a British man, Christian Michel, to act as a middleman between the company and members of the Tyagi family.


It is alleged the commissions were paid to influence the altitude specifications for the helicopter contract to allow AgustaWestland to tender for its AW-101 VVIP model.


India’s Ministry of Defence believes AgustaWestland is in breach of an "integrity act" included in the contract which bans the use of middlemen or the payment of commissions.


AgustaWestland has denied the allegations and announced last week it has triggered an arbitration clause in its contract in attempt to salvage the deal. It believes that the contract cannot be cancelled before arbitration has been completed.


Its India chief executive Jackie Callcut, today said the company had yet to receive any notification from the Indian government.


“The arbitration process is ongoing… the company has consistently stated that it has found no evidence of any wrong doing, and that to date no proof of wrong doing has been presented to the company. It is also clear that an attempt to cancel the contract will result in a further delay to the helicopters that India urgently needs and are ready for delivery. Meanwhile the quality of the aircraft themselves is not in question,” she said.


The formal cancellation of the contract is expected to lead to legal action by AgustaWestland to recover its losses.


It is understood the Indian government has paid 45pc of the contract price and taken delivery of three of the helicopters. Three more were completed before the contract was suspended earlier this year but have not been delivered, while the remaining six are close to completion at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory.

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AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat

AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat

Sept. 25, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: British Forces Broadcasting Corp.; posted Sept. 24, 2013)


British Forces Prepare for Wildcat Helicopter

The BFBS has posted two video reports of how British forces are preparing for the service introduction of the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat, the successor to the Westland Lynx. More below, with relevant links to the videos -- Ed.

Up Close and Personal With the Wildcat Sept. 24, 2013

In the second part of a special report on the new Wildcat helicopter, which will be flown by both the Army and the Royal Marines, British Forces News has been exploring the model which will be in use onboard Royal Navy ships. It is being prepared for use by 700 Squadron in Yeovilton.

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Twenty First Century Wildcat Sept. 23, 2013

The first frontline squadron to get the latest attack helicopter - the Wildcat - says it will bring air operations into the twenty first century.

847 Naval Air Squadron is getting used to operating the replacement for Lynx helicopters, ahead of the new aircraft fully entering service next year.

British Forces News has been to Yeovilton, to see Wildcat up close.

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Empennage, tuyères et cônes d’hélices modifiés pour l’AW609 – photo AgustaWestland

Empennage, tuyères et cônes d’hélices modifiés pour l’AW609 – photo AgustaWestland

5 septembre 2013 Aerobuzz.fr


L’hélicoptériste AgustaWestland a annoncé tester plusieurs améliorations aérodynamiques sur son convertible civil AW609. Empennage vertical, tuyères des moteurs, cônes d’hélice : l’ensemble des modifications devrait réduire la traînée de 10 % environ. Les concepteurs de l’AW609 comptent sur un allègement simultané. Au Texas et en Italie, les deux prototypes ont accumulé 800 heures de vol depuis le premier vol en 2003. La certification, régulièrement repoussée, est désormais attendue en 2017.

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