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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
Les USA augmentent la présence de leurs Marines en Australie


25.03.2014 Par La Voix de la Russie


Les Etats-Unis se proposent d'envoyer 1 150 nouveaux Marines à leur base en Australie. Ceux-ci se joindront à 200 militaires déjà déployés dans la base de la ville de Darwin.


Les Marines doivent arriver en Australie au début d'avril. Les Etats-Unis vont également transférer 4 hélicoptères de transport CH-53E et une centaines de techniciens chargés de leur entretien.


Au total 2 500 Marines seront déployés en Australie d'ici 2017 dans le cadre du programme de Washington visant à accroître sa présence militaire en Asie-Pacifique.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 18:20
Transport Helicopters Get Very Special Armor


November 14, 2013: Strategy Page


The U.S. Navy is equipping 40 of its CH-53E transport helicopters with lightweight armor kits that will provide protection from bullets and shell fragments. The CSA (Critical Systems Armor) uses lightweight materials (usually composites) and only protects areas of the helicopter known to be critical. These modular vehicle/aircraft composite armor systems have become increasingly popular in the last decade for helicopters and low flying fixed wing aircraft (like American AC-130 gunships). Flying low, aircraft are vulnerable to damage from rifles and machine-guns (especially the larger 12.7mm and 14.5mm ones), especially if the bullet his one of the crew or a vital component. These protection systems depend on two techniques to give maximum protection with minimal weight.


The most critical technique is to use an old World War II solution for protecting bombers from the effects of anti-aircraft fire (mainly the shell fragments). The American and British researchers used the newly developed operations research techniques to come up with a practical solution. Aircraft that returned from these missions were examined and the location of all damage was noted. Then the locations were counted and a drawing of the bomber type made with the damage locations noted. The armor was placed in those locations where there was no damage as that’s where shell fragments obviously hit in all the thousands of bombers that were shot down. So with less than a ton of armor per aircraft, losses were noticeably reduced. This technique has been used to design protection systems for helicopters and other aircraft. The armor panels are placed where they would do the most good. The second difference is that the modern armor is not metal (like the World War II stuff) but lighter (and more expensive) composites. This stuff provides the same protection at half the weight. Thus a square meter of composite armor weighs about 37 kg (81.4 pounds or 8 pounds per square foot).


These armor kits are designed to be quickly attached. More, or less, armor can be installed, depending on what type of threat is expected. In many combat zones the enemy has few, if any, heavy (12.7mm and 14.5mm) machine-guns. This means the aircraft can reduce the weight of armor to be carried and the time involved in installing and uninstalling it. The weight is important and it has an impact on how long the aircraft can stay in the air.  This type of armor has already been used in helicopters and larger transports like the C-130, C-141 and C-17.


The CH-53E entered service in the early 1980s and is in the process of being replaced by the CH-53K. This version is sixteen percent heavier (at 42.3 tons) than the CH-53E and able to carry nearly twice as much (13.5 tons). The CH-53K will be much easier to maintain and cost about half as much per flight hour to operate. The K version will probably also get protection kits when they enter service before the end of the decade.

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Night Stallion



9/11/2013 Strategy Page


PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2013) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor)

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11 janvier 2013 5 11 /01 /janvier /2013 08:20



1/2/2013 strategypage.com


A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion lifts M777 howitzers over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing provided aerial support by repositioning the howitzers to Camp Dwyer. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo

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23 juin 2012 6 23 /06 /juin /2012 11:30



June 22, 2012 defpro.com


PATUXENT RIVER, Md. | Escorted by military police and with a crowd of onlookers, Hawaii’s first CH-53E Super Stallion containerized flight training device, or CFTD, made its debut recently at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


The CFTD simulator is a self-contained, fully transportable device that arrived via ship at the Port of Honolulu. It was loaded on two tractor trailers and delivered to the Marine Corps base April 9.


“The simulator is the first-of-its-kind for the Super Stallion community,” said Capt. John Feeney, Naval Aviation Training Systems program manager, whose office oversaw the development of the device. “With the Marine Corps’ transition from CH-53Ds to the ‘E‘ variant, the CFTD will provide pilots with the capability to complete critical, simulator designated tactical training and readiness (T&R) requirements.”


Manned Flight Simulator and J.F. Taylor personnel from Patuxent River, Md., were on-hand to begin the two-week construction process required to install the CFTD.


The two halves of the simulator, each comprising an inner and an outer section, were lifted off the tractor trailers and placed on a concrete pad equipped with power connections. The outer sections were vertically lifted to reveal the inner wall surrounding the cockpit, forming a contained “airspace” above the cockpit.


Finally, the two halves were joined together to form a fully enclosed apparatus.


“Until the CH-53E CFTD is ready for training, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 pilots will continue to conduct basic mission skills training in a legacy Weapon Systems Trainer (WST),” said Maj. Kevin Halpin, Marine Aviation Training Systems Site officer-in-charge. “Once the CH-53E CFTD is operational, pilots will increase their combat readiness through completion of T&R training, which preserves CH-53E aircraft flight hours for real-world missions and dramatically reduces cost.”


This CFTD fully supports training for CH-53E crew coordination, emergency procedures, aerial refueling, terrain flight, confined area landings and shipboard operations. Training can be conducted in day mode or simulated night environment using night-vision goggles.


An enhanced aircrew externals trainer (EAET) that will support enlisted aircrew training is due to arrive late summer. The EAET can be linked with the CFTD to support full aircrew mission rehearsal and proficiency training.

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1 février 2012 3 01 /02 /février /2012 12:55
Super Insertion


U.S. Marines conduct insertion exercises from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 19, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The ship is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg

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