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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:25
H-36 Caracal is the Brazilian air force’s designation for the Eurocopter EC725.

H-36 Caracal is the Brazilian air force’s designation for the Eurocopter EC725.

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Brazilian Air Force; issued Sept. 17, 2013)

(Issued in Portuguese only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)


H-36 Caracal: One Thousand Flight Hour In Falcao Squadron


The Falcao Squadron, in Belem (PA), in September passed the 1,000 flight hour mark with the H-36 Caracal, the most modern helicopter in the Brazilian Air Force fleet. Received by the FAB in December 2011, the first aircraft was transferred to the unit that has the mission to explore all of the features of the H-36. Altogether, the Air Force will have 16 units of the model provided by the company Helibrás.


Over two and a half years of operation, the Falcao Squadron has used its first Caracals in real missions, such as fighting forest fire in Amapá, support for the Federal Police for the release of hostages in Mato Grosso, humanitarian missions in support of isolated communities and Indian tribes. The Air Unit also attended the FIDAE 2012, an exhibition of military aviation in Chile. For this, the H-36 made the long trip from Belém to Santiago, passing over the Andes.


The Falcao Squadron’s 1,000 hours also included training missions such as search and rescue at sea, navigation, and flight at low altitude, alongside the second H-36 it has now received. Able to carry up to 4.5 tons of cargo, and fitted with two winches for lifting people or loads, the Caracal H-36 has also been shown to be far superior to the old H-1H.


In addition to performing the flights in new aircraft, the Falcao Squadron also formed working groups to discuss the capabilities of the new helicopter. The upgraded version to be delivered in 2014 will include new equipment such as radar warning systems and sensors threat detection in the infrared spectrum. A group is also evaluating the feasibility of aerial refueling missions with helicopters, something now done only by the FAB fighter aircraft.

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Eurocopter and Poland: Meeting the country's multi-role military helicopter requirements

.... and supporting its industrial supply chain on a global scale


Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Eurocopter


Eurocopter’s participation at Poland’s MSPO defense industry exhibition underscores its long-term commitment to this country, which includes the company’s EC725 Caracal offer for the Ministry of National Defense’s multi-role helicopter acquisition, and its intention to build on well-established partnerships with the Polish industry.


As part of the presence at MSPO – being held September 2-5 in Kielce – Eurocopter has brought for a second time the EC725 Caracal helicopter. The machine operating recently in Afghanistan, Mali or Libya belongs to the French Air Forces. The Caracal is proposed for Poland’s acquisition of 70 multi-role helicopters, with Eurocopter and Turbomeca (Safran) signing industrial cooperation agreements that include the creation of full assembly lines in Poland for the Caracal and its Makila 2 turboshaft engines.


“Our Caracal is a proven and reliable choice for Poland’s multi-role helicopter tender, as demonstrated by its battle-proven experience and confirmed by a growing list of customers,” said Eurocopter CEO Guillaume Faury. “Eurocopter’s response to the tender is fully coherent with our long-standing strategy of working with Poland’s industry to further integrate its companies into the global supply chain. We are ready to build this partnership well beyond the Caracal tender, and to support the Polish defense industry’s development.”

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 07:55
Hélicoptères Caracal: toute la flotte bientôt regroupée à Cazaux?

12.06.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

Voici une information sur laquelle, l’armée de Terre "ne souhaite pas communiquer". Et pour laquelle l'armée de l'Air répond: "Nous ne pouvons vous fournir de réponse à ce niveau".


Le ministère de la Défense a décidé de rassembler tous les hélicoptères Caracal sur la base de Cazaux (BA 120) où est implanté l'escadron d'hélicoptères 1/67 Pyrénées. D'où l'annonce récente de ce transfert aux militaires du 4e régiment d'hélicoptères des forces spéciales de Pau, dont l'EOS3 est équipée de EC-725.


Tous les détails de ce transfert ne sont pas encore connus (voire négociés entre l'AT et l'AA); il s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un effort de mutualisation de la maintenance.


14+5 Caracal. En 1999 et en 2002, la DGA a commandé respectivement 4 et 10 Caracal qui ont été livrés dans la période 2005-2007 à l’armée de l’air et à l’armée de terre. Dans le cadre du plan de relance, une commande additionnelle de 5 Caracal a été notifiée le 20 avril 2009 pour renforcer la flotte existante (le dernier a été livré à l’armée de l’air le 8 février 2013).


L’armée de l’Air dispose de 13 EC-725 Caracal et elle met en œuvre une flotte de six Caracal depuis le 10 mai 2006 au sein de l’escadron d’hélicoptère 1/67 Pyrénées, implanté sur la BA 120 de Cazaux.

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