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28 décembre 2015 1 28 /12 /décembre /2015 17:30
Photo Ouvda Airbase

Photo Ouvda Airbase

 

21.12.2015 Eliyah Levitan & Eilon Tohar | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida

 

Helicopter Squadrons deployed to "Ouvda" Airbase for four days in order to train for unexpected operational events, such as terrorists or enemy aircraft penetration to Israeli territory. "The training exercise simulated the operational scenario and the way we should act in it"

"I understand that you are divided into two forces. Do you need evacuation?"

"Affirmative, I need evacuation. I have one killed two severely injured and one critical".

"Five minutes, prepare the injured".

The radio became silent. The helicopters are on their way to the waypoint where the force is waiting for them, somewhere in the Negev Desert.

"Report when you hear me", the pilot said on the radio.

Suddenly, two helicopters emerge above the mountains and begin circling the force while releasing flares. A transport helicopter lands in order to collect the injured with the cover of an attack helicopter and the aircrews conclude an intense and successful training exercise as a part of the Helicopter Division's mutual learning training exercise.

A mutual learning training exercise, led by the "Flying Dragon" aggressor Squadron, held last week, with Sikorsky CH-35 Squadrons, "Blackhawk" Squadrons and AH-64 "Apache" Squadrons deployed to "Ouvda" Airbase.

The scenarios practiced are defined as "Fence Events", which begin from penetrations and escalate as unexpected operational events in which aircraft from different platforms took part. The transport helicopters flew beside attack helicopters, UAVs and in some cases even combat jets.

"We don't practice scenarios such as these every day, so the exercise was very important", said Lt. Shachaf, the exercise leader from the "Rolling Sword Squadron", which operates "Blackhawk" Helicopters. "This is what the operational structure will look like and this is how we should operate".

 

 

Photo Ouvda Airbase

Photo Ouvda Airbase

"The damage potential is high"

The recent strengthening of terror organizations on all fronts has intensified the relevance of operation while dealing with unexpected emergency events, such as penetration of terrorists or hostile aircraft into Israeli territory. One of the prominent examples of such is the sequence of terror attacks in Southern Israel, near Eilat, which took place in 2011 during which seven Israeli civilians were murdered by a terrorist squad which penetrated Israel from Sinai.

"Unexpected operational events constitute of one of the main missions of the Helicopter Division, with our mission being transporting the Special Forces to the field and halt it by blocking main arteries in the targets area and prevent its development", explained Lt. Shachaf. "Additionally, the mission of rescuing and evacuating injured individuals which becomes particularly relevant in the scenarios we practiced is ours".

"The main characteristic of unexpected operational events is that each event is different and there is much uncertainty", added Capt. Avshalom from the "Flying Dragon" Squadron. "Therefore, this is an important scenario to train for. We need to know how each side acts in a scenario such as this one, what it can contribute and implement the cooperation activity".

 

Photo Ouvda Airbase

Photo Ouvda Airbase

Inter Division Cooperation

In addition to the transport and attack helicopters, a UAV Squadron took part in the exercise. "Today, it is known that we need to combine helicopters and UAVs in exercises, because they execute the same mission together in the field", clarified Lt. Guy, an Air Traffic Controller from the "Flying Dragon" Squadron.

UAV Squadrons, which remotely control the aircraft at a distance from a mission station, don't usually deploy to other bases but the "First UAV" Squadron which operates the "Heron" UAV, deployed to "Ouvda" Airbase especially for the Shared learning workshop. A mission station was moved from "Palmahim" Airbase to the Southernmost IAF Airbase for the purpose of mutual briefing and debriefing of the operators and the participants from the helicopters and fighters squadrons.

"This is the essence of mutual learning. There is no substitute for a debriefing done face to face", explains Maj. Omer, Deputy Squadron Commander. "The cooperation between us and the helicopters is not a rare occurrence, whether in ejecting pilot extraction in which the UAV searches for the pilot, directs the helicopters and oversee the rescue, or in assistance of helicopter and jet fighters missions. Our participation in the workshop allows us to acquaint ourselves with all of the divisions in the missions that we'll meet in combat".

During the exercise, the helicopter pilots practiced flight with the fighter division.

"It was a surprise flight. We thought we were on the way to an attack mission and suddenly our mission was changed and we were asked to assist the combat helicopter division in an unexpected operational fence event", described Lt. Lior, a pilot in the "Negev" Squadron which operates the F-16I "Sufa" jet fighters.

"This is the first time we included a cooperation with combat jets in training", added Capt. Avshalom. "We executed a joint sortie which surrounded the event. For the first time, all of the divisions operated around the same event. There is an understanding today in the IAF that it is a good thing that we must practice more. The better the divisions know each other, the better the missions are executed".

"The trick is to create workshops which combine good practice for the squadrons and good lessons for the operational headquarters which is responsible for their activation", explained Capt. Idan. "Already from the planning stage, we were connected to the operational headquarters and to the need of the participating squadrons, in order to build the most effective exercise".

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28 août 2013 3 28 /08 /août /2013 11:20
Cobham wins US Army Contract Worth up to $7.1M

Aug 28, 2013 ASDNews Source : Cobham Plc

 

    To Overhaul, Upgrade AH-64 Apache Nitrogen Inerting Unit

 

Cobham has been awarded a contract by the US Army worth up to $7.1 million to overhaul and upgrade Nitrogen Inerting Units (NIUs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The work will be performed by Cobham Life Support in Davenport, Iowa, beginning in 2013.

 

In September 2012, Cobham received a five year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at some $15 million to manufacture OBIGGS NIUs for US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters. The OBIGGS fulfils a critical aircraft safety system role by displacing fuel tank vapors with inert nitrogen gas, reducing the risk of explosion. More than 1,500 Apache helicopters with Cobham NIUs have been delivered worldwide.

 

Cobham Life Support president Kelly Coffield said: “This award reflects Cobham's unrivalled decades of experience in the design, development, delivery and support of fuel tank inerting systems, ranging from depot repair to equipping and training customers to fully maintaining products at their own facilities.”

 

Cobham remains the world-wide leader in military OBIGGS providing solutions since 1985 on more than 2,400 aircraft flying today, ranging from military helicopters, military transport aircraft like the C-17 Globe Master, to regional and commercial platforms such as Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Cobham OBIGGS systems have logged more than six million flight hours total experience including 12 international customers. Cobham can tailor the modular range of proven OBIGGS to fit a wide range of applications.

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