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9 mars 2015 1 09 /03 /mars /2015 08:55
"Envoyez les hélicos": le colonel Verborg de l'Alat dévoile ses carnets de guerre


08.03.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

Ceux qui l'ont rencontré, en particulier au Mali, espéraient voir le colonel Pierre Verborg, de l'Alat, raconter ses opex. C'est désormais chose faite avec la parution prochaine (le 2 avril) des carnets de guerre (Côte d'Ivoire, Libye, Mali) de cet officier fougueux et atypique.

On attend un ouvrage avec les mêmes qualités.

Envoyez les hélicos (228 pages, 18,90€) est publié au Rocher.

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08/03/2015 par Paul Hessenbruch  -DICOD

 

#JournéeDeLaFemme - Médecin, parachutiste, pilote, puis première femme militaire à devenir général, Valérie André est une légende des armées et de la France. Pour ce numéro spécial « 8 mars, journée internationale de la femme », le Journal de la Défense (#JDef) a recueilli son témoignage exceptionnel au Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace. « Tout a commencé par un rêve de petite fille de 10 ans, volant tel un astre… »

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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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7 mars 2015 6 07 /03 /mars /2015 12:55
Cargo Luno : médaille de bronze de sauvetage pour les aviateurs de l’EH « Pyrénées »

 

 

06/03/2015 Armée de l’Air

 

Jeudi 5 mars 2015, deux militaires de l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) 1/67 « Pyrénées » ont été récompensés lors de la cérémonie des couleurs sur la base aérienne 120 de Cazaux.

 

Le capitaine Benjamin et le sergent-chef Mathieu se sont vu décerner la médaille de bronze de sauvetage pour « actes de courage et de dévouement accomplis dans les eaux maritimes. »

 

Lors de cette cérémonie, deux des membres de l’équipage de l’hélicoptère de l’EH « Pyrénées » ont été décorés. Les quatre autres aviateurs de l’escadron, membres de l’équipage concerné, actuellement en mission, se verront remettre cette décoration dès leur retour.

 

Il y a un an... : retour sur un sauvetage de haut vol

 

Cargo Luno : médaille de bronze de sauvetage pour les aviateurs de l’EH « Pyrénées »

 

Mercredi 5 février 2014, le cargo Luno; se trouve en difficulté au large des côtes basques, en raison de problèmes mécaniques, aggravés par des conditions météo extrêmes : les creux atteignent 10m au large du Cap Ferret et les prévisions au large d’Anglet sont pessimistes. Les onze membres d’équipage, ainsi que le pilote du port, sont menacés et doivent être évacués en urgence.

 

10h35 - Le centre national des opérations aériennes (CNOA) ordonne le décollage immédiat de l’équipage d’alerte du PUMA SAR (Search and rescue – recherche et sauvetage) de l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) « Pyrénées » de la base aérienne de Cazaux.

 

Quelques minutes après le décollage, le centre régional opérationnel de surveillance et de sauvetage  (CROSS) annonce par radio à l’équipage de l’EH « Pyrénées » que la situation s’est très fortement dégradée. Le Luno, incapable de manœuvrer, vient de se briser en deux sur la digue de la commune d’Anglet. La survie du personnel du bord n’est plus qu’une question d’heures, peut-être de minutes…

 

Avant d’arriver sur zone, le Puma SAR est en mesure d’entendre les conversations radio des équipes qui sont déjà sur place. L’hélicoptère de la Gendarmerie nationale décrit une situation particulièrement difficile et périlleuse.

 

11h27 - Les gendarmes tentent à plusieurs reprises d’insérer des sauveteurs plongeurs par hélitreuillage mais décident finalement d’abandonner cette option.

 

Arrivé à la verticale du Luno, il semble clair pour l’équipage du « Pyrénées » que la survie des marins ne passe que par une délicate opération d’hélitreuillage. Le vent souffle à près de 100km/h, des vagues déferlantes de plus de 10m se brisent sur la poupe du navire en perdition. Un orage se rapproche dangereusement. Le temps presse… Un sauveteur plongeur quitte le Puma, suspendu au treuil de la machine. À tout instant, il peut être percuté, le câble peut s’entraver sur les armatures. À plusieurs reprises, les sauveteurs tentent de persuader les naufragés d’abandonner leur prise, en vain.

 

12h15 - Il se résout à interrompre la mission. Toutefois, pour sécuriser la descente du plongeur, il décide de mettre à contribution le pilote du port : celui-ci, à l’aide d’un bout guidé, permettrait au sauveteur plongeur d’atteindre la passerelle dans de meilleures conditions de sécurité.

 

13h00 - Le ciel est dégagé, le Puma est stabilisé au-dessus du Luno. Un sauveteur plongeur est hélitreuillé. L’exercice est périlleux. Le sauveteur est percuté par les structures du bateau mais il parvient sur le pont.

 

13h07 - Le premier des douze naufragés monte à bord du Puma. Dans son regard se mêlent le soulagement et l’effroi. Les 24 minutes qui suivent sont une course contre la montre pour permettre la récupération des onze naufragés restants. Les conditions de vent et de mer restent exceptionnellement périlleuses. Les gestes sont précis.

 

Aucun des six membres de l’équipage du « Pyrénées » ne trouve le moindre répit dans ce sauvetage d’une extrême difficulté : la gîte du navire, qui est entrechoqué par des déferlantes d’une dizaine de mètres d’une part et les énormes rocher de la digue d’autre part, est imprévisible et chaotique. Le Puma maintient une position qui permet la récupération de chaque personne en un temps record, et les treuillages s’enchaînent. 13h35 - Le capitaine du Luno quitte en dernier son navire. Le Puma se pose à proximité.

 

C’est un sauvetage périlleux mais réussi pour les six membres de l’équipage de l’EH « Pyrénées ».

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[8 mars] Numéro spécial « Valérie André, un destin exceptionnel » (JDef)

 

6 mars 2015 DICoD

 

#JournéeDeLaFemme - Médecin, parachutiste, pilote, puis première femme militaire à devenir général, Valérie André est une légende des armées et de la France. Pour ce numéro spécial « 8 mars, journée internationale de la femme », le Journal de la Défense (#JDef) a recueilli son témoignage exceptionnel au Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace. « Tout a commencé par un rêve de petite fille de 10 ans, volant tel un astre… »

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Femme pilote : Portrait du sous-lieutenant Magalie


6 mars 2015 Armée de Terre

 

Deuxième portrait de cette semaine mondiale des femmes de l’air : la sous-lieutenant Magalie, pilote d’hélicoptère « Tigre », actuellement monitrice à l'école de l’aviation légère de l’armée de Terre (l’EALAT) sur Calliopé, explique ses missions et sa passion.

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[8 mars] Portrait : une réserviste au beau fixe


5 mars 2015 DICoD

 

#JournéeDeLaFemme - Après 25 ans passés en tant que météorologiste au sein de l’aviation légère de l’armée de Terre (ALAT), l’adjudant-chef Laurence a regagné la vie civile en 2006 pour profiter pleinement de la montagne qu’elle affectionne. Mais pour ne pas rompre le lien avec l’institution militaire, Laurence s’est engagée dans la réserve opérationnelle. Soixante jours par an, elle revient au Centre de vol en montagne de l’ALAT, à Sainte-Léocadie (Pyrénées). Portrait d’une femme qui aime « faire la pluie et le beau temps ».

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Team Begins Final Assembly of Second Aircraft

 

Mar 4, 2015 ASDNews Source : Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter at the company's Development Flight Center.

 

Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER™ prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed. The RAIDER is a rigid coaxial rotor prototype aircraft ideally suited for armed reconnaissance and a spectrum of special operations missions.

 

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March 3, 2015 By Dominic Perry - FG

 

Germany has finally confirmed a deal that will see it order 18 new NH Industries NH90 NFH helicopters for its navy, while at the same time trimming commitments for the troop transport variant and Airbus Helicopters Tigers.

The deal for the naval NH90 – to be known as the Sea Lion in German service – is worth around €1.4 billion ($1.55 billion). However, the German army will now receive 80 instead of 122 NH90s, with two further airframes for training and 22 more covered by options. In addition, its order for the Tiger will fall to a total of 68 attack helicopters. However, 11 early-build examples will be immediately retired from service, with the army targeting a future frontline fleet of just 40.

 

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Taliban Troubled By Timing

 

February 19, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Army received its first AH-64Es in 2011. Then in 2014 this most recent version of the Apache completed a seven month tour in Afghanistan. There the 24 AH-64Es with an aviation battalion performed better than expected. Each of these AH-64Es flew an average 66 hours a month while there. The readiness rate of the AH-64Es was 87 percent, compared to the army standard of 80 percent. One of the surprising new capabilities of the AH-64E was its ability to fly about 29 percent (at 288 kilometers an hour) faster that the D model. That translated into moving about one kilometer per minute faster and this cost the experienced Taliban commanders a lot of casualties. That was because these guys knew from experience how long it took a D model to arrive after the Taliban ambushed NATO forces. Suddenly the E model was showing up earlier and catching the Taliban exposed to attack rather than safely away or under cover. The AH-64E also had new electronics that enabled it to work more closely with UAVs, as in getting the video feeds directly and basically using the UAVs more effectively as scouts to spot targets. The Taliban weren’t expecting that either. NATO troops supported by the AH-64Es also noted the new capabilities and quickly began exploiting them when they knew they were getting air support from Es instead of Ds. These speed and commo capabilities were built into the AH-64E based on past experience and testing and training exercises gave pilots and ground commanders hints that these changes could be very useful. Battlefield experience confirmed that and led to new tactics for the E crews and the troops supported that no one had foreseen.

 

Testing of these new capabilities began in 2011 when the army began receiving the first of 51 "low rate initial production” AH-64s. This came three years after the first flight. These aircraft were then called the AH-64D Block III Apache helicopter gunship. It was decided in 2012 that the Block III improvements were so numerous and dramatic that it made more sense to go to a simpler and more descriptive AH-64E designation. The D model also had a name; Longbow (as it was optimized to kill tanks). The E model was called Guardian (because it was optimized for supporting infantry).

 

This goes back to the AH-64A, which was the initial model and entered service in 1986. The last AH-64A was taken out of service in 2012 for upgrade to the AH-64D standard. The AH-64B was an upgrade proposed for the early 1990s, but was cancelled, as was a similar “C” model upgrade. Some of these cancelled improvements were in great demand. Thus the “B” and “C” model upgrades were incorporated in the AH-64D Block I (1997). The AH-64D Longbow (because of the radar mast, making it possible to see ground targets and flying obstacles in all weather) models began appearing in 2002.

 

By the end of the decade 634 army AH-64Ds will be upgraded to the new AH-64E standard. The first AH-64Es entered service in 2012 and were heavily used to reveal any design or manufacturing flaws. These were fixed before mass production and conversion began in late 2013.

 

AH-64Es have more powerful and fuel efficient engines, as well as much improved electronics. AH-64Es also have Internet- like capabilities enabling these gunships to quickly exchange images, video, and so on with other aircraft and ground troops. Each AH-64E can also control several UAVs and launch missiles at targets spotted by these UAVs. The AH-64E radar has longer range and onboard computers are much more powerful than earlier ones. The electronics are easier to upgrade and maintain. The combination of improved fire control and Internet capabilities greatly increases the combat effectiveness of the AH-64.

 

The 10 ton AH-64E carries a pilot and a weapons officer, as well as up to 16 Hellfire missiles (plus the 30mm automatic cannon). Sorties average three hours. The AH-64 can operate at night and has a top speed of about 300 kilometers an hour.

 

In addition to the U.S. Army, the AH-64E the UAE (United Arab Emirates) bought 60. Neighboring Saudi Arabia ordered 70, as well as upgrades for its existing twelve AH-64s to the “E” standard. Many more of the existing 1,100 AH-64s (American and foreign) may be upgraded as well.

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CZ-11W Light Attack Helicopter

CZ-11W Light Attack Helicopter

 

March 3, 2015: Strategy Page

 

China is making a major effort to become the largest exporter to Latin America (South America and the Caribbean). One of the major offerings is not cheap consumer goods but military equipment. This stuff is not only cheaper than anything the Americans have but is also sold without any restrictions. Over the last few decades the United States has added a growing list of conditions to its military exports. All these are directed at withholding weapons from any nation who that does not meet current American standards for political correctness. China has long ignored that sort of thing sold to anyone (openly or clandestinely) to anyone who could pay. China also realizes (as do most South American military leaders) that these countries do not need the best (as in American) weapons just something as good as or a little better than what their neighbors have.

 

China is so eager to get into and dominate the Latin American market that it is willing to ignore the credit worthiness problems. Thus China has offered Argentina armored vehicles, warplanes and warships on easy terms. China also wants to open factories in Argentina to produce Chinese military equipment. All this in a country that, over the last few decades, has stumbled from one fiscal crises to another and is now a pariah to most foreign investors. But China sees a long term opportunity and wants to sustain spectacular growth in trade with Latin America. This grew from $18 billion a year in 2002 to nearly $300 billion now. That is still a third of the trade the United States does with Latin America but it is still impressive growth. It will take deals like the one with Argentina to keep the growth going.

 

China isn’t going blind into Argentina. Back in 2011 China licensed an Argentinian firm to build military versions (CZ-11Ws) of the Chinese Z-11 helicopter. Despite a Western arms embargo, China was able to buy Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engines for its Z-11 light helicopter. Normally, American military grade equipment cannot be sold to China, but the Z-11 is considered a civilian helicopter. This despite the fact that there is a military version, which is armed with four anti-tank missiles, two 12.7mm machine-guns or four rocket launchers. The 2.2 ton Z-11 can carry up to six people, cruises at 259 kilometers an hour and has an endurance of 4-5 hours. There was no such embargo on Argentina, so they will be able to buy American equipment for their Chinese designed helicopter gunships. However, because of the way American export laws work, these Argentinian gunships could not be sold back to China. Argentina planned to build about 40 CZ-11Ws. That deal was eventually cancelled, in part because the Americans would not play along and China got tied up in the Argentinian bureaucracy. China did not consider all that a failure but rather a learning experience and are proceeding more confidently into the new deal.

 

Before the 2011 Chinese helicopter deal Argentina sought, for the first time, to buy Russian military equipment in the form of two Mi-17 helicopters. The main reason for this 2010 move was price. American or European helicopters would cost more than twice as much. Russia also offers lower rates for training pilots and mechanics. Russia is keen on establishing good relations with new South American customers, and has been increasingly successful selling weapons in this region during the last two decades. This deal fell apart because the Russians were put off by the fiscal anarchy rampant in Argentina and the poor prospects of ever getting paid.

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Pararescue HALO Jump


4 mars 2015 US Air Force

 

Maj. Joseph Barnard, Maj. David Depiazza and Senior Master Sgt. Brendan Deligio from the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., jump from an HH-60 Pave Hawk at 12,500 ft.

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Femme pilote : Portrait du capitaine Tiphaine

 

04/03/2015 Armée de Terre

 

Premier portrait en cette semaine mondiale des femmes de l’air : la Capitaine Tiphaine, pilote d’hélicoptère « Gazelle Viviane » actuellement instructrice à l’EAALAT de Dax, qui explique ses missions.

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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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03/03/2015 par Jean-Pierre Husson – Air&Cosmos

 

NorthStar Aviation (NSA) a dévoilé lors du salon IDEX 2015, son hélicoptère 407 MRH (Multi-Role Helicopter), basé sur la cellule du Bell 407GX. La solution proposée par NSA s'adresse aux clients qui recherchent un hélicoptère multirôle doté de bonnes performances, tout en affichant un coût d'acquisition contenu (moins de 10 millions de dollars).

 

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Airbus Helicopters opens R & D facility in Poland

A Tiger helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, which has opened a research and development facility in Poland. Photo: Airbus Helicopters.

 

MARIGNANE, France, Feb. 22 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Airbus Helicopters has opened an engineering design office in Poland, expanding its research and development capabilities. The facility, with about 100 engineers, is in the city of Lodz and is the company's fourth such facility. The others are located in France, Germany and Spain. "We see a significant potential from Poland, particularly with its young and skilled engineers who can contribute to a new way of bringing innovation to our products and systems," said Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury. "Our goal is to have Airbus Helicopters Polska directly involved with us in many fields, including organization, processes and design."

 

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Indian Light Combat Copter Goes Through Cold Tests


March 2, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist
 

Cold weather trials of India's Light Combat Helicopter were carried out at Air Force Station, Leh early last month. “The trials covered engine starts with internal batteries after overnight cold soak at 3 km altitude and 4.1 km altitude”, HAL chairman T. Suvarna Raju has said in a statement. The engine starts were satisfactory in the temperature of minus 18 degree C at 4.1 km, the flights were also carried out to assess high altitude performance and low speed handling, the statement said.

 

The LCH prototype, TD2 was ferried from Bangalore to Leh and the flight trials were carried out involving customer pilots from Air Force and Army and with the participation of representatives from RCMA (H/c) and DGAQA (H/c).

 

“Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made its maiden flight in November last year and the TD-4 is likely to fly soon. The IOC is expected in the later part of this year and to achieve this we are concentrating on building more prototypes and increase the number of flights to reduce the lead-time for IOC”, Raju said.

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U.S. To Re-Enter Indian Light Copter Contest


March 2, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist
 

India's third attempt at procuring 197 light reconnaissance/surveillance helicopters (RSH) for the Indian Army and IAF kicks off this month, and if two attempts across the last decade haven't thrown up enough dust, indications are that this third effort is all set to be even more interesting.

 

The two finalists in the last abortive attempt, Airbus Helicopters with the AS550 C3 Fennec and Kamov with the Ka-226T2 Sergei will both compete through respective build partners in India (the latter has a seemingly separate proposal to build the Sergei and Mi-17 V-5s in India.)

U.S. firm Bell Helicopter, which competed in the original effort (that began in 2003) has signalled that it will be re-entering the competition this year through local partners. Livefist learns that Bell Helicopter and an Indian partner will field the Bell 407GT in the new RSH contest.
 

B.S. Singhdeo, Managing Director, Bell India tells Livefist, "We are not prepared to discuss the details of the RSH; however Bell Helicopter is committed to the India and we are highly interested in the program.  Bell Helicopter has the right products to meet the future needs of India’s military."

 

The 407GT is a militarised version of Bell's 407GX, featuring the Garmin G1000H™ flight deck. Your correspondent was invited to fly in a 407GX at Aero India last month in Bengaluru in which a senior IAF pilot was at the controls for a 20-minute demo flight.

Bell reportedly withdrew from the original competition in 2006 after it was informed that the 407 hadn't satisfactorily demonstrated the three-axis vector maneouver during field evaluation trials. The competition went into the ground a year later when a complaint by Bell on the trials compelled the government to scrap a potential decision to award the contest to Eurocopter. The fresh contest sees another possible face-off between Bell and Airbus.

 

"In November 2014, Bell Helicopter established Dynamatic Technologies Ltd. as a single source supplier of major airframe cabin assemblies for the Bell 407GX and 407GT.  During Aero India, Dynamatic handed over first articles of these aerostructures.  Bell Helicopter continues to evaluate potential partners in India to support our local manufacturing footprint," says Singhdeo.

 

And AgustaWestland? The government's 2014 guidelines on 'dealing with Finmeccanica group of companies in all procurement cases', issued following the VVIP AW101 helicopter controversy, suggest that the light helicopter competition is open to AgustaWestland. It is not clear at this time if AgustaWestland has or will respond (through a partner, of course) to the new 'Make in India' RFI with its AW119 Koala, the platform it fielded in the second abortive procurement attempt.

The MoD has extended its deadline for interest from vendors three times since November last year, actions that speak loud about a desire perhaps for maximum participation. The truth is, two successive aborts have brought with them a measure of damage to confidence in India's ability to see crucial acquisition programmes through. The MoD sees the the light helicopter competition as a fairly uncompl

In a separate but related development, Airbus Helicopter has informed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (which license builds Alouette-II/IIIs in India) that its inventory of rotor blade kits for the Cheetah and Chetak have been exhausted, and that a previous order will necessarily be the last one.

As Livefist reported recently, the other side the light copter modernisation effort is seeing forward movement too, with HAL's LUH scheduled for a first flight soon.

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27/02/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Vendredi 27 février 2015, l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) 1/44 « Solenzara » a assuré une nouvelle mission de sauvetage en mer.

 

Dans la matinée, la base aérienne (BA) 126 de Ventiseri-Solenzara a reçu un message d’alerte. Une femme voyageant à bord d’un paquebot situé au large de Propriano (Corse) doit être évacuée.

 

Le Super Puma, alors en mission d’entraînement, est immédiatement rappelé et se dirige vers la zone d’intervention, moins de 45 minutes après avoir recueilli les premiers éléments.

 

La passagère, en détresse respiratoire, est conditionnée par les sauveteurs plongeurs et l’équipe médicale de la BA 126, afin d’être hélitreuillée par civière, puis déposée aux urgences de l’hôpital d’Ajaccio. Cette mission démontre encore une fois la capacité rapide d’intervention de l’EH 1/44 « Solenzara » !

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Groupe du CPA 20 prêt à embarquer en Caracal

Groupe du CPA 20 prêt à embarquer en Caracal

 

27/02/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Du 23 au 27 février 2015, le commando parachutiste de l'air n°20 (CPA 20) et l’escadron d’hélicoptères 1/67 « Pyrénées » se sont retrouvés sur la base aérienne 120 de Cazaux et sa région pour un entraînement commun, baptisé « Brume d’hiver 2015 ».

 

Le but de cet exercice conjoint était de renforcer la synergie entre les différentes unités, de mettre en œuvre les savoir-faire Quick Response Force (QRF), de s’entraîner à la survie en zone hostile, au tir ou encore au largage de petits colis.

 

Au programme de cette semaine : des séances de tir, de l’aérocordage, de jour et de nuit, des exercices de combat adaptés, des exercices de combat urbain, des exercices de personnel recovery et des opérations de largage de petits colis à partir d’hélicoptère Caracal.

 

Caracal de l'EH Pyrénées

Caracal de l'EH Pyrénées

Extraction par grappe en zone encombrée

Extraction par grappe en zone encombrée

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26/02/2015 Armée de l'air

 

La nuit du 19 février 2015, l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) 1/44 « Solenzara » a, encore une fois, démontré sa réactivité et sa capacité rapide d’intervention.

 

19 heures, l’alerte du personnel de l’EH 1/44 se déclenche : l’escadron doit procéder à l’évacuation sanitaire d’un militaire en exercice sur la base aérienne 126. Le Super Puma décolle avec, à son bord, l’équipe du centre médical des armées de Ventiseri-Solenzara.

 

A peine le patient déposé à l’hôpital de Bastia, l’équipage reçoit un appel du sous centre régional opérationnel de surveillance et de sauvetage (CROSS) Corse d’Ajaccio. Des fusées de détresse ont été observées en mer. Le Super Puma, apte à remplir des missions de sauvetage maritime (SAMAR) de nuit, est directement envoyé pour survoler la zone définie. Après plus de deux heures de vol, aucune épave, ni aucun naufragé n’est découvert. La mission est remplie car la zone de recherche a été entièrement couverte.

 

Vers minuit, le Super Puma rejoint la base aérienne 126, après une nuit bien remplie et le sentiment du devoir accompli.

photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

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Airbus Helicopters EC725 - Photo Anthony Pecchi Airbus HC

Airbus Helicopters EC725 - Photo Anthony Pecchi Airbus HC

 

February 20, 2015 Saurabh Joshi – Stratpost.com

 

Airbus Helicopters has initiated the process to get approval for a joint venture with an Indian partner to manufacture helicopters in India, with a majority stake held by the European company.

 

Airbus Helicopters is planning a joint venture for the production of helicopters with an Indian partner, which will have a majority stake controlled by the European company, formerly known as Eurocopter.

The company’s Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations in India, Rainer Farid, told StratPost at Aero India 2015 that they have ‘initiated the process’ for identifying and tying up with an Indian partner for the proposed JV before getting approval from the Indian government.

Farid says his company anticipates a requirement for more than 250 helicopters with both, the Indian Navy’s requirement for 123 Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) as well as a future Indian Army requirement for over 150 Tactical Transport Helicopter under the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan. According to him, both these requirements could be met by Airbus Helicopters’ EC725.

The EC725 is a medium lift helicopter in the 11-ton class, which recently underwent Field Evaluation Trials (FET) for the Indian Coast Guard tender for 14 shore-based helicopters.

The NMRH requirement envisages Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW), Search and Rescue (SAR) and ELINT roles, as well as, special operations, while the army’s Tactical Transport Helicopter requirement would mostly be for transport in battlefield conditions with a larger cabin that could accommodate 25-28 troops.

 

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HAL's Light Utility Copter - photo Livefist

HAL's Light Utility Copter - photo Livefist

 

February 19, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

 

HAL's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), under development to meet a requirement of at least 187 light reconnaissance and utility rotorcraft for the Indian Air Force and Indian Army is all set for its first flight in August. An internal target of July has been set for the sole current prototype at HAL's Helicopter Division to lift off in July, though sources confirm that August is likely to be when it will happen. The LUH prototype (two more will be built for the flight test programme) has been in a routine of ground testing for weeks now. The LUH mock-up on display at Aero India this year is in Indian Army colours, and has been a source of interest for quite a few foreign delegations at the show this year. Quick news points:

 

  • The first LUH prototype will fly in August, officially kickstarting flight test.

  • HAL aims for final operational clearance in 2017, and begin deliveries to the Indian Army and IAF by the end of that year. 

  • The LUH sports a new jointed foldable rotor system (see photo), designed and built in-house

  • to meet the Indian Navy's deck requirements. Significantly, the rotor will be made available on future Dhruv ALH constructions and re-offered to the Indian Navy.

  • For a proposed naval version, HAL says it will offer a wheeled version of the LUH.

  • The LUH cockpit is almost entirely an Indian glass cockpit, with components and systems sources completely from the Indian private sector, and mission computer software modified from the Dhruv's.

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photo Talya Yariv - IDF

photo Talya Yariv - IDF

 

24.02.2015 Talya Yariv - IAF

 

Blue-Green Cooperation: Representatives from the IAF Cooperation Unit arrived at the IDF Paratroopers Training Base last week in order to train the infantry commanders for helicopters-involved missions

 

Commanders from the IDF Paratroopers Brigade took part in a training course conducted by the IAF Cooperation Unit representatives despite the heavy rain last week. The training course was attended by officers between the ranks of Second Lieutenant and Captain, and precedes the three months of training in which the paratroopers will also practice IAF-related scenarios.

 

Speaking the Same Language

The training began with an overview on helicopters and attack helicopter in order to familiarize the commanders with their missions and the pilots' ability to assist during battle. Afterwards, the commanders donned full battle gear and assembled at the firing ranges of the base. There they were trained in several different scenarios: directing attack helicopters during attack missions, directing helicopters for evacuations and loading stretchers onto helicopters while in enemy territory.

Directing a helicopter requires that each side have a clear understanding of situation, and the synchronization between the pilot and the soldiers on the ground is of the utmost importance. "This training is vital for the commanders", said Major A, Head of instruction Department in the IAF Cooperation Unit. "They must be familiar with the aircraft that could help them in times of need".

 

Learning While Experimenting

The relatively small number of participants - 20 for each battalion - allowed for a more personal approach. Each Platoon Commander or Company Commander was given the chance to direct or witness the process of directing an attack helicopter to a chosen point. The attack helicopters then flew to the indicated waypoint, while other "Black Hawk" helicopters practiced evacuations from enemy territory.

The IAF makes sure to draw conclusions from each and every operation, and the lessons that were learnt from Operation "Protective Edge" were included in the training. The organizers of the course utilized various videos from the operation and screened them throughout the practice.

photo Talya Yariv - IDFphoto Talya Yariv - IDF

photo Talya Yariv - IDF

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Canon Caesar (Nexter Systems) - VBL Mistral (RTD - MBDA)

Canon Caesar (Nexter Systems) - VBL Mistral (RTD - MBDA)

 

25 février, 2015 Pierre Brassart (FOB)

 

Ca y est! L’Arabie saoudite a procédé au paiement d’une première échéance du contrat géant de près de 3 milliards de dollars (2,6 milliards d’euros). Avec ce versement, la France va pouvoir procéder, en avril, à la livraison des premiers matériels commandés il y a maintenant quelques mois.

 

Parmi ces différents équipements, on retrouve des VBC-90, des automoteurs d’artillerie CAESAR de 155mm, des missiles anti-chars, des missiles anti-aériens Mistral, des hélicoptères, des patrouilleurs rapides Combattante, etc… On ignore encore pour l’instant comment vont s’échelonner ces livraisons.

 

Il y a moins d’un mois, le Liban a reçu 70 obusiers et des humvee de la part des Américains. Ces dernières années, le Liban a reçu beaucoup d’équipements militaires afin d’accroitre ses capacités face à la situation sécuritaire de la région at à la menace que représente le Hezbollah.

 

Encore faut-il que ce matériel soit bien employé et que l’armée libanaise l’assimile convenablement et en fasse bon usage. On a vu, ces derniers mois, que du bon matériel ne fait pas nécessairement une bonne armée (#Irak)…

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