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Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with U.S. Army helicopter plan

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter is one of the vehicles that may be replaced by the Future Vertical Lift program. U.S. Army photo


LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI)


The U.S. military's Future Vertical Lift program to develop new battlefield helicopters does not impress the top air force chief in the Netherlands.

Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) commander Lt. Gen. Alexander Schnitger spoke at a rotorcraft panel at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London on Sept. 14, and voiced his disappointment with the ongoing U.S. efforts to create the next generation of helicopters.

"So far I am not impressed or convinced that the current plans are advanced enough to survive use past 2030," Lt. Gen. Shnitger said.


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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 07:45
photo Netherlands MoD

photo Netherlands MoD


28/03/2014 Helen Chachaty journal-aviation.com


La ministre néerlandaise de la Défense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert a annoncé ce 28 mars l’envoi de trois hélicoptères CH-47 Chinook au Mali. Ils opèreront au profit de la MINUSMA (Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali) pour des missions de transport tactique, et plus particulièrement pour effectuer des évacuations sanitaires. Un contingent de 70 militaires supplémentaires devrait être déployé, l’unité devrait être opérationnelle d’ici octobre 2014.


Cette décision est justifiée par le fait que la MINUSMA ne dispose actuellement que de trois hélicoptères civils loués, qui ne peuvent intervenir en situation de combat. Le rapport publié par les Pays-Bas fait également état de bombardements « indirects » à Gao et dans les environs, dont deux tirs de roquettes en direction de l’aéroport au début du mois de mars. « Il n’y a pour l’instant eu ni victime ni dommages sérieux, mais la fréquence de ces bombardements pourrait augmenter », précise le document, justifiant ainsi en partie l’envoi de moyens supplémentaires.


C’est le second renfort héliporté fourni par les Pays-Bas en peu de temps. Le gouvernement avait décidé en novembre 2013 d’envoyer quatre hélicoptères AH-64D Apache, des drones de surveillances ainsi que 380 militaires au Mali, pour des missions de renseignement et de protection des troupes au sol.

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2 décembre 2013 1 02 /12 /décembre /2013 08:20
Snow Capped Mountains Of Afghanistan



12/1/2013 Strategy Page


A 10th Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 Chinook helicopter crewed by members of the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard serving under 3rd Battalion (General Support), Task Force Phoenix, makes its way through the snow capped mountains of Paktya province, Afghanistan, while conducting an air assault, Nov. 27, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg)

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Fleet Canada Inc. To Provide Parts For Chinook CH-47

September 11, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


News release from Fleet Canada:


FORT ERIE, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 11th, 2013 – Fleet Canada Inc is proud to announce the award of a supplier contract from The Boeing Company to supply subassemblies for the Chinook CH-47 helicopter. This is an exciting development in the continuing growth at the facility, whose manufacturing history in the area dates back to 1930.


The scope of work in this package includes of the forward pylon, work platforms, and pylon kits. The new contract follows another Chinook contract that was awarded in 2011 for the manufacture and assembly of the Front Cockpit Nose Enclosure.


“Fleet is proud to be part of this iconic program for the world’s largest aerospace company. This contract represents a significant award for our locally owned and operated company and reinforces the pride we have in our workforce. We have a talented and dedicated team with a very bright future ahead,” remarked Glenn Stansfield, President and C.E.O of Fleet Canada Inc.


This award represents a significant increase in the rotorcraft and military markets for Fleet and is in keeping with our strategy of diversification of our business. This work will highlight the effectiveness across the broad skill set Fleet Canada has to offer. We look forward to future opportunities with Boeing and our other valued customers.


This new work package for Fleet is aligned with Boeing’s 90-year history and long-term commitment to engage with Canadian industry in areas of high value defense and aerospace work. This contract was awarded to Fleet based on their capabilities and competitiveness, as well as, how this work will support the fulfillment of Boeing’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) programs. Canada’s IRB policy requires prime contractors, such as Boeing, to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense and security contracts with the government of Canada. Boeing has four active IRB programs tied to the procurement of the CC-177 airlifter and support; ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system, CH-147 helicopter and support, and the Mercury Global program. Through successful implementation of these IRB programs, Boeing continues to support Canada’s position as a global leader in aerospace by creating long-term, high-value opportunities with Canadian industry

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
India shops for 6 Chinooks

September 11, 2013 Shishir Gupta and Pramit Pal Chaudhuri -  Hindustan Times


New Delhi - India wants to ink a deal for six Chinook heavy-duty helicopters by the time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets US President Barack Obama on September 27 in Washington.


A half-dozen CH-47 Chinooks, a twin-engined helicopter capable of carrying 50 troops or 6.5 metric tonnes of cargo, will carry a price tag of about $500 million (`3,200 crore).


Introduced in 1962, the Chinook played a major role in the Vietnam war and has been the mainstay of the American forces in Afghanistan.


The Boeing-made helicopters will be bought through the foreign military sales route in which arms are sold in a government-to-government deal on a fixed price basis — ruling out haggling that often invites bribery charge.


The Chinook deal is being fast-tracked, say Indian government sources, and New Delhi hopes to have it finalised by December.

This is partly being driven by a desire to flesh out the thin agenda at the Washington summit. The proposal will be added to the schedule of US deputy secretary of defence Ashton Carter when he comes to New Delhi September 16-18.


The Indian side wants some major defence purchases readied for the summit, but other Indo-US weapons deals are caught in red tape. For example, the M777 howitzer deal has been in the works for two years and now, in part because of rupee devaluation, the price tag is bigger.


The Chinooks also face barriers. Boeing recently tried to add limited liability clauses to its military purchases and the Indian government is not happy about it. US sources say they have yet to receive any notification from the ministry of defence about the Chinooks.


The induction of the Chinooks will confirm the Stars and Stripes look of the Indian Air Force’s airlift capabilities. India has already bought C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift airplanes.


Military sources say the US aircraft have proven better at functioning at high-altitudes then the Russian planes they are replacing.

India has been mulling buying Chinooks to replace the Russian-made Mi-26 transport helicopters that were transformational when they were introduced a quarter-century ago but have a record of chronic maintenance problems.


India will be the 17th air force in the world to use Chinooks.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
When You Absolutely Need It Now

9/4/2013 Strategy Page


A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon transports a container via sling load over eastern Afghanistan Aug. 24, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 16:35
When You Absolutely Need It Now

9/4/2013 Strategy Page


A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon transports a container via sling load over eastern Afghanistan Aug. 24, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg

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27 juin 2013 4 27 /06 /juin /2013 07:20
Best Seat In The Chopper

6/26/2013 Strategy  Page


Sgt. Zach Smola, rear door gunner on a CH-47, keeps watch on the mountains in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, May 12, 2013. The Chinooks, operated by members of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment from the Connecticut and Pennsylvania Army National Guard, have played a vital part in the mission in Afghanistan since their arrival in December 2012 by performing resupply, retrograde, and planned missions. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick)

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31 mai 2013 5 31 /05 /mai /2013 07:35
Chinook Exit


 5/28/2013 Strategy Page


An Indian paratrooper exits a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the Yudh Abhyas bilateral training exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 15, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

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6 juin 2011 1 06 /06 /juin /2011 18:05
Turkey nears deal for US heavy lift helicopters
A US Army CH- 47D Chinook helicopter


June 6, 2011 ÜMİT ENGİNSOY Hürriyet Daily News


ANKARA - Turkey has neared a deal with the United States to buy six Boeing-made CH-47 heavy lift military transport helicopters, worth over $300 million, a senior procurement official said at the weekend.


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, or DSCA, the Pentagon's body coordinating weapons sales, notified Congress of a potential sale of a total of 14 CH-47F heavy lift helicopters in December 2009, and Congress' permission came later that month.


But because of financial constraints, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, or SSM, Turkey's procurement agency, wanted to buy only six CH-47Fs, all for the Army, leaving a decision for the remaining eight platforms to the future. Contract negotiations among the SSM, the U.S. government and Boeing were launched last year.


"Now the contract talks almost have come to an end, and are expected to be concluded very soon. The total price is expected to be over $300 million," the procurement official told Hürriyet Daily News. "After the helicopters begin to arrive, we plan to make some modifications on them according to suit our specific needs."


The six CH-47F Chinooks will be the first heavy lift helicopters in the Turkish Army's inventory. Their deliveries are expected to begin in 2013.


Developed in the late 1960s, the Chinooks have been exported to many countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.


The Chinooks have been successfully operated in combat conditions in several wars and armed conflicts.


Other helicopter programs


Heavy lift platforms are only one of the several major helicopter deals Turkey has concluded or was still seeking.

In 2008 and 2010, Turkey signed two contracts worth billions of dollars with the Italian AgustaWestland for joint manufacture of 60 T-129 attack helicopters for the Army, Turkish versions of the company's AW-129 chopper.


Earlier this year, Turkey chose the U.S. Sikorsky Aircraft for joint production of a first batch of 109 T-70 utility helicopters, Turkish versions of the firm's S-70i Black Hawk International.


Next year, Turkey is expected to choose a foreign partner for joint manufacture and marketing of hundreds of light utility helicopters, weighing between 4,500 kilograms and 5,500 kilograms.


Heavy lift military transport helicopters are much larger versions of utility helicopters. The Chinook is a twin-engine, twin-rotor helicopter. The counter-rotating rotors eliminate the need for an anti-torque vertical rotor, allowing all power to be used for lift and thrust.


The CH-47F is the upgraded version of the CH-47D, and is the latest model in this helicopter family. It can carry up to 60 troops and personnel.

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