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7 septembre 2014 7 07 /09 /septembre /2014 18:55
EC725 Caracal and Tiger : Hostage rescue mission


5 sept. 2014 Airbus HC

 

French Army demonstration

EC725 Caracal & Tiger in tandem

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7 septembre 2014 7 07 /09 /septembre /2014 07:35
Polynésie française : une nouvelle Alouette pour le détachement 22S de la frégate Prairial

 

04/09/2014 Marine nationale

 

Le 26 aout 2014, une nouvelle Alouette III a été réceptionnée par le détachement aéronautique 22S de la frégate de surveillance Prairial à Papeete. En provenance du Havre et après un mois de transit sur le navire de commerce Tijuca, l’hélicoptère est arrivé sur le Fenua pour deux ans.

 

Sortie de visite de 2èmeniveau en février 2014, l'Alouette III n° 2106 relève la n° 2302, qui rentre en métropole après trois ans de services à bord du Prairial. Elle subira à son tour une visite de 2èmeniveau. Durant cette visite, qui durera plusieurs mois, elle sera entièrement démontée. Chaque pièce sera inspectée, réparée ou remplacée avant un assemblage complet qui permettra à l’Alouette n°2302 d’entraîner un nouveau cycle.

 

Les services logistiques de Lanvéoc et du GSBDD de Polynésie Française, ainsi que le détachement 22S/Prairial, ont réalisé un travail long et difficile afin que cette relève inhabituelle se déroule dans les meilleures conditions. C'était la première fois, qu'une Alouette arrivait à Tahiti par voie maritime.

Polynésie française : une nouvelle Alouette pour le détachement 22S de la frégate Prairial
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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
Super Puma français et suisse sur le tarmac de la base aérienne de Solenzara en Corse

Super Puma français et suisse sur le tarmac de la base aérienne de Solenzara en Corse

 

18/08/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Du 4 au 8 août 2014, l’escadron d’hélicoptères 1/44 «Solenzara» a accueilli sur la base aérienne 126 «Capitaine Preziosi» de Ventiseri-Solenzara (Corse), un équipage suisse composé de pilotes et de mécaniciens navigants.

 

Ce type d’échange franco-helvétique est fréquemment programmé depuis 2003. Il permet aux équipages des deux pays de partager leurs savoir-faire et leurs expériences respectives, notamment dans le domaine de la recherche et du sauvetage (Search and Rescue – SAR).

 

Pilotes français et suisse opérant dans le même appareil

Pilotes français et suisse opérant dans le même appareil

Super Puma suisse configuré dans la lutte contre les incendies

Super Puma suisse configuré dans la lutte contre les incendies

 

Durant une semaine, les militaires suisses ont ainsi participé à des vols d’instruction sur Super Puma, notamment au cours de vols de montagne et de SAR maritime. Pour leur part, les équipages français ont évolué à bord d'un Super Puma suisse, se familiarisant notamment avec les techniques de lutte contre les incendies mises en œuvre par leurs homologues.

Entraînement franco-suisse à la SAMAR

Entraînement franco-suisse à la SAMAR

Hélitreuillage de sauveteurs-plongeurs

Hélitreuillage de sauveteurs-plongeurs

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:35
KAI to develop medevac variant of Surion

 

13.08.2014 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will develop a medical evacuation variant of the Surion helicopter for the South Korean military.

The first flight of the variant of the 8.7t helicopter will take place in 2016, with service entry expected in 2018, says KAI in a statement. The medevac variant will be capable of carrying six casualties in stretchers.

The announcement follows an agreement between KAI and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). According to a report carried by state news agency Yonhap quoting DAPA, the development program will cost KRW32 billion ($31 million).

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:35
The Z-18F, China's new anti-submarine weapon


13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

To strengthen the anti-submarine capability of the People's Liberation Army Navy, Z-18F helicopters will likely serve on the Liaoning, the nation's first aircraft carrier and the Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious transport docks according to a report by Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News published Aug. 12.
 
The paper cited a Chinese military website which stated that the Z-18F is likely a modified version of the Z-8F helicopter designed based on the French-built SA 321 Super Frelon. By looking at photos posted online, Li Xiaojian, a Chinese military expert told the paper that the Z-18F is probably equipped with four eight-tube sonobuoy launchers, allowing the helicopter to carry 32 sonobuoys. A US SH-60 Seahawk, in comparison, is only able to carry 25 sonobuoys, according to Li.
 
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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:30
RAF Chinooks now considered for Iraq aid crisis

 

12 Aug 2014 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

 

British Chinook helicopters could soon join RAF transport planes and Tornado jets operating in Iraq as the UK rapidly escalates its aid mission

 

Britain is considering sending Chinook helicopters to Iraq to bolster an aid mission for thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Islamist extremists demanding they convert or die.

The heavy lift helicopters would join two RAF C130 Hercules planes already carrying out aid drops and Tornado jets on their way to the region, as Britain rapidly steps up efforts to save a quarter of a million people fleeing fighting in northern Iraq.

The proposal was being discussed in a meeting of Government’s COBR emergencies committee on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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13 août 2014 3 13 /08 /août /2014 16:20
SB1-Defiant Photo Tamir Eshel  Defense-Update

SB1-Defiant Photo Tamir Eshel Defense-Update

 

August 12, 2014, Washington – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

 

SB>1 Defiant expected to fly in 2017

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.

 

The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2™ coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017.

 

“Defiant will use Sikorsky’s proven X2 technology to overcome aircraft design challenges, which will be critical requirements on future vertical lift aircraft,” said Mick Maurer, Sikorsky president. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team’s integrated approach has created a unique blend of expertise, innovative spirit and customer commitment that are unmatched in the industry. The complementary capabilities of each team member have delivered a design that will provide the best future vertical lift solution to the U.S. Army, and the flexibility of our design makes it suited for naval applications as well. This is a major leap forward.”

 

The Defiant aircraft will feature counter-rotating rigid main rotor blades for vertical and forward flight, a pusher propeller for high-speed acceleration and deceleration, and an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system.

 

“Our team brings leadership and new ways of thinking to aircraft development,” said Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft. “As the original equipment manufacturers for both the Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, we bring tremendous technological breadth and depth to the customer. I believe our technical capabilities and experience in development and flight testing of complex rotorcraft systems were a key factor in the customer’s decision.”

 

To date, Sikorsky and Boeing collectively have delivered more than 3,000 helicopters to the Army in support of its challenging missions.

 

The JMR TD program supports the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program to deliver the next generation of vertical lift aircraft with greater performance, reliability and affordability. The Defiant aircraft packages evolutionary technologies in a new, innovative and affordable design that flies faster, farther and with more payload.

 

The JMR TD Program offers Sikorsky and Boeing the opportunity to partner with the U.S. Government in demonstrating the maturity of advanced and enabling future vertical lift technologies. Sikorsky and Boeing formed their JMR team in January 2013, and each company has invested significantly in the program.

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

 

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Talon rocket is fired from a naval platform. (Photo by Raytheon)

Talon rocket is fired from a naval platform. (Photo by Raytheon)

 

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and MD Helicopters, Inc. successfully fired four TALON laser guided rockets from the MD 530G armed aerial scout (AAS) helicopter during a series of tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

"This test further demonstrates the maturity of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket weapon system as a complement to MD's AAS platform," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "These test shots included four firings showcasing TALON's versatility over the entire firing envelope with direct hits for all events."

TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit co-developed with the United Arab Emirates. TALON's guidance section integrates directly to the front of the legacy 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rockets while its unique tail kit replaces the legacy Hydra-70 wraparound tail kit.

"In just a few months, Raytheon worked closely with MD to integrate TALON onto the MD 530G, subjecting the helicopter and rocket to number of realistic mission profiles," said Kreitman.  "The successful testing once again demonstrated TALON's precision guidance capabilities."  

This latest successful firing and subsequent original equipment manufacturer certification of TALON follows the recent certification in April for air worthiness release of the weapon on the Apache AH-64D/E attack helicopter.

During TALON's development program and test program, Raytheon completed more than 35 TALON firings from the AH-64D Apache, which has resulted in a solution that is ready for the international direct commercial sales customers today.

 

About TALON
Raytheon's TALON requires no hardware or software modifications to the launcher or aircraft platform for any aircraft that fires 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rockets using the standard M260/261 launchers.  TALON's architecture and ease of employment make it a low-cost, highly-precise weapon for missions in urban environments, as well as counter insurgency and swarming boat defense missions.  TALON is fully compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designators.

 

About MD Helicopters
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance. The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 500E, MD 520N, MD 530A, MD 530F, MD 530G, MD 540A and MD 600N. The innovative NOTAR system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter, smoother, and confined-area access capability. The company is based in Mesa, Arizona. For more information about MDHI, visit www.mdhelicopters.com.  

 

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 12:55
Vol d'échange entre pilotes français et jordanien

Vol d'échange entre pilotes français et jordanien

 

11/08/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Du 21 juillet au 1er août 2014, l’escadron d’hélicoptères 1/44 «Solenzara» a accueilli, sur la base aérienne 126 de Ventiseri-Solenzara, une délégation jordanienne de cinq militaires.

 

Pendant deux semaines, pilotes, mécaniciens navigants et sauveteurs-plongeurs jordaniens ont participé à des vols d’instruction aux côtés des équipages français, et ont profité de leur savoir-faire en matière de sauvetage maritime de jour et de nuit.

 

Les échanges bilatéraux entre la France et la Jordanie sont menés régulièrement. Dans le domaine de la recherche et du sauvetage (Search and Rescue – SAR). Les équipages des deux pays se retrouvent environ deux fois par an pour partager leurs expériences.

 

 

Entraînement à l'hélitreuillage

Entraînement à l'hélitreuillage

Entraînement entre mécaniciens navigants

Entraînement entre mécaniciens navigants

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 12:30
Qatar et USA : Un Contrat de $11 Milliards pour des hélicoptères Apaches

 

10.08.2014 Philippe Eyal-Koren (Tel Aviv) – Israel Valley

 

Les leaders israéliens installés à la Kiria, le Pentagone israélien situé au coeur de Tel Aviv, sont perplexes et se posent des questions (avant la guerre Gaza/Israël les militaires israéliens étaient “muets” sur les méga-deals d’armes avec le Qatar) : quel est l’état réel de la coopération entre le Qatar, qui finance le Hamas, et les producteurs d’armes américains ?

 

Le correspondant militaire du journal Haaretz, dans son édition de Dimanche, donne des chiffres assez impressionnants sur les ventes d’armes des Etats-Unis au Qatar. Il s’agit de la vente en 2014 d’Apaches (l’hélicoptère Apache est constitué de plus de 6 000 pièces fabriquées dans le monde entier, notamment au Royaume-Uni, aux Pays-Bas et en Irlande), de missiles, et des roquettes anti-tanks pour un montant total de 11 Milliards de dollars.

 

Le Qatar aurait acheté en 2014 au moins 24 exemplaires de l’Apache (livrables entre 2015 et 2016). Pour se faire une idée du contrat : la Grèce a pour sa part acheté récemment douze Apache AH-64D pour un coût total de 675 millions de $ (incluant probablement les armes et la maintenance), soit un prix unitaire de 56,25 millions de $.

 

A SAVOIR. Un hélicoptère d’attaque est un hélicoptère militaire conçu pour attaquer des cibles au sol, notamment des unités d’infanterie, des véhicules blindés et des bâtiments. Il est généralement équipé de mitrailleuses lourdes, de roquettes et de missiles air-sol. Il est parfois aussi muni de missiles air-air, surtout dans une tactique d’auto-défense.

 

Les hélicoptères d’attaques sont principalement utilisés pour deux types de mission : L’appui aérien rapproché et les actions anti-char, afin de détruire des escadrons de véhicules blindés. Ils sont parfois aussi appelés pour protéger des hélicoptères plus légers lors de missions de reconnaissance.

 

Alors que les hélicoptères ont été efficaces comme “tueurs de chars” au Moyen-Orient, les hélicoptères d’attaque sont vus dans un rôle plus multifonctionnel. Des tactiques comme le tank plinking ont montré que les avions pouvaient être efficaces contre les chars, mais les hélicoptères restent uniques dans leur capacité à fournir à basse vitesse et basse altitude un appui aérien rapproché.

 

L’AH-64 Apache rivalise en popularité avec le Hind, son adoption par l’US Army n’y étant pas étrangère. Durant la fin des années 1970 l’armée américaine a ressenti la nécessité de plus de sophistication dans le corps des hélicoptères d’attaque, leur permettant de fonctionner dans toutes les conditions météorologiques.

 

L’AH-64 Apache a été largement utilisé pendant l’opération Tempête du désert avec un grand succès. Les Apache ont effectué les premiers tirs de l’offensive en détruisant des radars d’alerte rapide et de sites de SAM à l’aide de leurs missiles Hellfire. Ils ont ensuite été utilisés avec succès dans deux de leurs rôles opérationnels, dans l’attaque directe contre les blindés ennemis et comme artillerie aérienne pour l’appui des troupes au sol. Les attaques aux missiles antichar et au canon par les hélicoptères Apache, Cobra et Gazelle permirent de détruire de nombreux chars et véhicules de l’armée irakienne.

 

En 1999, pendant la guerre de Kargil, les forces armées indiennes constatèrent qu’il y avait un besoin en hélicoptères qui peuvent fonctionner à des conditions de haute altitude avec facilité. Les limites d’exploitation des hélicoptères d’attaque avec une charge utile élevée et une maniabilité limitée a mené l’Inde à l’élaboration du Light Combat Helicopter qui peut fonctionner dans les hautes altitudes. Cet hélicoptère sera utilisé par l’Indian Air Force et l’escadre aérienne de l’armée indienne.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:50
Ten Bid for Polish Combat Helicopter Deal

 

Aug. 09, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Polish Radio; published Aug. 05, 2014)

 

Ten Bidders to Modernize Poland's Combat Helicopter Fleet

 

The Polish defence ministry has said that it is considering bids from 10 manufacturers of modern combat-ready helicopters, in an accelerated procedure after the outbreak of civil war in eastern Ukraine.

 

Although not naming the companies, the defence ministry has said in a statement that the bidding process involves “foreign and domestic companies offering both ready-made helicopters and components for assembly”.

 

The ministry's 'Operation Raven' is aimed at replacing Poland's ageing Mi-24 fleet of helicopters.

 

American-made Apache AH-64E aircraft, the European Eurocopter / Airbus Tiger helicopter or the British-Italian Agusta AW129 Mongoose are thought to be among the top runners in the bidding process.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 17:50
Entrée en service de l’Arriel 2E sur le premier EC145 pour la DRF Luftrettung

 

Bordes, le 1er aout 2014 Turboméca

 

La Garde aérienne allemande, DRF Luftrettung, a réceptionné à Donauwoerth le premier de 20 hélicoptères EC145 T2 livrés par Airbus Helicopters. Cette nouvelle version de l’EC145, certifiée en avril 2014, est motorisée par le dernier membre de la famille Arriel, l’Arriel 2E.

 

Certifié en janvier 2013 par l’Agence Européenne de la Sécurité Aérienne (AESA), l’Arriel 2E développe une puissance de 894 shp, 20% de plus que celle de l’Arriel 1E2 qui motorise l’EC145. Le 2E bénéficie d’un nouveau compresseur axial et de nouvelles pales qui offrent à ce moteur éprouvé des performances accrues et une consommation de carburant réduite.

Sécurité renforcée. Un FADEC double canal de nouvelle génération permet de réduire la charge de travail du pilote et inclut un nouveau régime d’urgence de 30 minutes. En outre, grâce à un nouvel enregistreur de données du moteur, la maintenance anticipée prend désormais le pas sur la maintenance traditionnelle. Ces innovations, s’accompagnant de meilleurs outils de dépannage et de surveillance, permettent de réduire de façon drastique le nombre de déposes non programmées et d’améliorer considérablement la disponibilité de l’hélicoptère.

Fiabilité. La puissance thermique accrue du 2E, associée à la nouvelle conception de plusieurs composants, confirme la place prépondérante de l’Arriel en tant que moteur le plus fiable de sa catégorie. Depuis 1977, Turbomeca a fabriqué plus de 11 000 moteurs Arriel déclinés en 28 versions. Ces moteurs enregistrent un total de 40 millions d’heures de vol en service pour 1 300 clients dans 110 pays.

Réduction des coûts. Sa conception modulaire, combinée à une augmentation de son TBO (temps entre deux révisions), fixé à 4 000 heures dès l’entrée en service pour un objectif de 6 000 heures à maturité, permet de simplifier les opérations de maintenance et de réduire les coûts de maintenance directe d’environ 10 %.

Turbomeca Germany GmbH, dont le siège est situé à Hambourg, assurera les opérations d’assistance et de maintenance sur les moteurs de la DRF Luftrettung. Fondée en 1991, Turbomeca Germany emploie 46 personnes et fournit une assistance 24/7 à 250 clients répartis dans 29 pays situés en Europe du nord, Europe centrale et Europe de l’est ainsi qu’en Asie centrale et en Russie.

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Turbomeca (SAFRAN) est le motoriste leader pour hélicoptères, avec plus de 70 000 turbines de sa conception produites depuis l’origine de la société. Offrant la plus large gamme de moteurs au monde pour 2 500 clients répartis dans 155 pays, Turbomeca assure un service de proximité grâce à 16 établissements, 30 centres de maintenance de proximité, 18 centres de réparation & révision, et 90 représentants commerciaux et techniques. Microturbo, filiale de Turbomeca, est leader européen des turboréacteurs pour missiles, engins-cibles et groupes auxiliaires de puissance. Plus d’informations sur www.turbomeca.com et www.safran-group.com.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
A109 en vol au-dessus du paysage portugais Photo Ritchie Sedeyn

A109 en vol au-dessus du paysage portugais Photo Ritchie Sedeyn

 

29.07.2014 Karen Bral – Mil.be

 

L’exercice international d’hélicoptères Hot Blade était organisé dans la ville portugaise d’Ovar du 16 au 30 juillet. Pour le pilote et capitaine Vincent Valkenberg, il s’agissait de bien plus que cela.

 

« Le climat portugais nous permet de nous entraîner dans un environnement chaud, poussiéreux et à haute altitude », explique le capitaine Vincent « Valky » Valkenberg. « Ce n’est pas évident de se poser dans une telle situation. Dans ces régions sablonneuses, il y a énormément de poussières et nous devons pratiquement atterrir à l’aveuglette. Ce n’est pas quelque chose que nous pouvons faire en Belgique. »

 

Le fait que les armées européennes s’entraînent de manière régulière et conjointe est connu, mais au niveau opérationnel, la collaboration est également une réalité. « Au Mali, nous avons travaillé avec les Français dans le cadre de l’opération Serval », explique Vincent. « Le climat était chaud et les lieux désertiques. Un exercice comme Hot Blade a donc du sens. »

 

Durant la manœuvre, les pilotes A109 ont principalement escorté des hélicoptères de transport. « Nous surveillons l’espace aérien pendant que nos collègues acheminent les troupes au sol », précise le pilote. « S’ils tombent sous le feu, nous sommes prêts à intervenir. C’est pourquoi, nous décollons toujours avec un tireur à bord. De plus, nous pouvons également protéger les troupes au sol en territoire ennemi. »

 

« Des exercices comme Hot Blade sont précieux pour nous », conclut Valky. « Il n’y a pas de meilleure préparation que de s’entraîner dans des conditions difficiles avec des scénarios complexes mais réalistes. »

Vidéo : Wim Cochet

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:40
Kamov K-52K «Katran» pour la marine russe !

 

06/08/2014 Avia News

 

Moscou, la Russie a commandé un lot d'hélicoptères de combat en version marine de type Kamov Ka-52K «Katran» destinés à servir depuis les nouveaux bâtiments de surface de classe «Mistral» commandé à la France. 

 

La Russie a commandé à la France deux navires porte-hélicoptères pour 1,2 milliards d'euros. La construction est assurée par l'entreprise française DCNS, à Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique). Les deux navires seront baptisés Vladivostok et Sébastopol. Pour équiper ces deux navires, la marine russe a donc prévu de s’équiper de 32 hélicoptères de combat en version marine Ka-52K. Ceux-ci seront construits par Progress Aresenyev Aviation Company Nikolai Sazykin, une filiale de Russian Helicopters Kamov.

 

Chacun des deux bâtiments de type «Mistral» pourra embarquer jusqu’à 16 Ka-52K, avec  un ou deux hélicoptères de recherche et de sauvetage Ka-27 «Helix-D».

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:35
Air Transportation: The Helicopter China Cannot Get Enough Of

 

August 9, 2014: Strategy Page

 

The Russian Helicopter Corporation delivered to China the last of 52 Mi-171E helicopters ordered since 2012. This model can carry up to 37 passengers or four tons of cargo and has engines that are particularly effective under "hot and high" conditions. This is useful for the Chinese, who need equipment that can operate in Tibet (where many areas are at altitudes of over 4,000 meters). China is quite fond of the Mi-17 and the older Mi-8 it is derived from. Currently China operates 160 Mi-171 helicopters.

 

In 2008 China signed deals that allows it to legally manufacture the Mi-171, but it is still buying them from Russia because it takes time to set up manufacturing facilities and China needs more military transport helicopters right now and can afford to pay. Currently China has about 300 Mi-17/Mi-8 type helicopters and over 500 locally made helicopters. Most (Z9/Z-19) of these local builds are based on the Eurocopter AS 365 Dauphin while another hundred locally built Z-10 gunships were based on a Russian design. China has shown a preference for the Mi-8/17 design and would like to build a thousand or more Mi-171s locally under license.

 

In 2010 Chinese and Russian helicopter manufacturers established a joint venture to perform maintenance and refurbishment on helicopters, especially those of Russian design. This is part of a larger plan, which also includes the factory in China building Mi-171s.

 

The M-171 is basically an inexpensive transport helicopter. But it can easily be modified to carry weapons, or any other specialized gear. Some of the Mi-171s are even being equipped with radars and other sensors, to be used for reconnaissance and surveillance. The basic Mi-171 is based on the 1970s era Mi-17, which is the export version of the similar Mi-8. Weighing about 12 tons, and carrying a four ton load, the Mi-171 has a range of 590 kilometers at a cruising speed of 250 kilometers per hour. There is a crew of three and as many passengers as can be squeezed in (up to 40 people, but usually 20-30.) A sling underneath can also carry up to four tons.

 

Several hundred Mi-171s have been exported by Russia. The helicopter is rugged, inexpensive ($4-5 million each) and better suited for less affluent nations. Development of this model was completed in 1998 and Russia has been pushing sales hard.

 

In 2008 Russia and China signed an agreement, in which China promised to stop stealing Russian military technology. It appears that the main function of the new "military technical cooperation" agreement was to stop China from exporting their copies of Russian equipment, and competing with the Russian originals. This agreement immediately led to some interesting proposals regarding helicopters. Russia agreed to sell China six Helix anti-submarine helicopters, with the possibility of joint manufacture. Meanwhile, the Mi-171 deal quickly turned into the Chinese Mi-171 factory.

 

There was also a proposal for China and Russia to jointly develop a large transport helicopter, based on the existing Mi-26T (a 20 ton aircraft that can carry 80 passengers). There may be other joint development deals to produce updated versions of existing Russian helicopter designs. This sort of thing could be mutually beneficial, and China now has a domestic source for inexpensive transport helicopters, which its civilian and military markets are demanding many of.

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Sea Hawk Lift-Off

 

8/9/2014 Strategy Page

 

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 6, 2014) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) for a torpedo training exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Kimberly R. Stephens)

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 12:35
India Puts Finmeccanica Deals On Hold

India canceled the purchase of 12 AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters and has put other deals with parent company Finmeccanica on hold. (AgustaWestland)

 

Aug. 6, 2014 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense news

 

NEW DELHI — India’s new government has halted defense deals with Finmeccanica while the federal anti-fraud agency looks into alleged corruption in the Navy’s 2010 purchase of 12 VVIP AgustaWestland helicopters.

 

Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an internal circular issued by the Department of Defence Production had instructions to put a hold on purchases from the Italian company and its subsidiaries.

 

Among the subsidiaries that may be affected are Selex, which is supplying the Air Surveillance Radar for India’s under-development aircraft carrier, and Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquel (WASS), which is supplying the Navy with 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes and upgrading A244 lightweight torpedoes.

 

Neither Finmeccanica nor the MoD would comment on the circular.

 

The move is somewhat unexpected. When the new government of Prime Minister Narendera Modi came to power in May, it signaled that such holds would be rare.

 

“A new government has come with a fresh mind and as a fresh chapter for India’s policy,” Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said earlier this year. “If a person or a company has been found guilty, they should be punished as strongly as possible. But before guilt is established, if a contract is canceled, it is unfair. A review is needed.”

 

And in early June, when the three chiefs of the Indian defense forces had their first meeting with Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, they said such holds had harmed India’s defense readiness.

 

“The putting-on-hold of defense projects of Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries is a complete change of face of the new government, which had promised before the elections to push India’s defense preparedness,” Indian defense analyst Nitin Mehta said. “So far, the new government has not announced any substantive measures which will hasten stalled defense projects. In fact, the defense budget for 2014-15 proposed by the new government is too meager to meet the long-term defense needs of the defense forces,” Mehta said.

 

The Black Shark torpedoes are to arm the six French-designed Scorpene submarines being built at India’s Mazagon Docks in Mumbai.

 

“They were hoping that the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would clear the purchase of Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes for the Scorpene submarines,” an Indian Navy official said.

 

The subs are due for delivery in 2016, nearly four years behind schedule. The subs will operate without torpedoes if the project is put on hold, the official said.

 

The upgrades to the A244 torpedoes are part of a series that include getting a new, longer-range fire control system, increasing their speed, and improving their target detection and acoustic counter-countermeasures.

 

Between 2005 and 2009, the United Progressive Alliance government barred Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Israel Military Industries, Zurich-based Rheinmetall Air Defense, Russia-based Corporation Defense, and Denel of South Africa from doing business in India for ten years.

 

This caused shortages of ammunition and slowed the purchase of howitzers. The blacklist halted a $300 million contract, signed with IMI in 2009, to build ordnance factories in the state of Bihar to manufacture ammunition for Bofors 155mm guns.

 

The tender for wheeled 155mm/52-caliber artillery was canceled by the blacklisting of Rheinmetall, which was vying with Konstrukta of Slovakia for the job.

 

The 2005 blacklisting of Denel for alleged bribery and kickbacks led to the cancellation of the tender for the purchase of 155mm/52-caliber towed guns, which Denel was expected to win

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 08:45
Des Black Hawks pour la Tunisie, un choix judicieux?

 

09.08.2014 secretdifa3.com

 

Bien qu’étant un pays connu (même par le passé) par une gestion rigoureuse de ses importations stratégiques, la Tunisie n’a jamais eu de véritable expérience dans les acquisitions complexes en armement. Mis à part le C130J et la flotte de C130 à l’époque, la Tunisie n’a enregistrée que peu de transactions majeures ces 30 dernières années.

Client habitué, et bien avisé d’ailleurs, des EDA (Excess Defense Articles) qui sont les surplus Américains, l’armée tunisienne s’attaque à une grosse commande qui est celle d’un escadron d’hélicoptères de transport et semble cette fois sur le point de commettre une belle erreur en privilégiant l’achat de 12 hélicoptères Américains UH-60 Black Hawks.

 

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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Armed Forces of Malta receives first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter

A Maltese AW139 twin-engine helicopter in flight. Photo AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.

 

8 August 2014 army-technology.com

 

AgustaWestland has handed over the first AW139 medium-sized twin-engine helicopter to the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).

 

The helicopter was delivered under a contract secured by the company in July 2013, and is scheduled to be primarily used in support of maritime border control missions.

 

A part of Malta's plan to strengthen the AFM's operational capabilities, the contract also included an option for two more aircraft, an integrated logistic support (ILS) package and training of ten pilots, including four students and 20 technicians.

 

The helicopter is equipped with an advanced maritime patrol and search and rescue (SAR) mission equipment package, including a high-definition forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, search / weather radar, cabin mission console and a searchlight and satellite communication system.

 

Additional equipment includes a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, naval transponder and external rescue hoist, as well as a four-bag floatation system.

 

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, designed to conduct law enforcement / emergency medical service, executive transport, and maritime and offshore oil operations in hot and high conditions.

 

The helicopter can fly at a speed of 165k, and features a low acoustic signature, integrated mission avionics and a full-ice protection system to complete missions in demanding environments.

 

In addition to Malta, the helicopter is also operated in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK and the US, among others.

 

The AFM placed an order for the second helicopter in April, with the delivery scheduled to take place in December.

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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:35
 photo Airbus Helicopters Philippe Lesonneur

photo Airbus Helicopters Philippe Lesonneur

 

07/31/2014 by Courtney Woo - airbushelicopters.com

 

Members of the NH90 team in New Zealand have a lot to celebrate: They have just completed the retrofit of four NH90 TTH helicopters at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) operational base in Ohakea.

 

The purpose of the retrofit was to upgrade the first four NH90s from initial to final configuration. The RNZAF operates a fleet of eight NH90 TTH, four of which were delivered already in the final form. With the retrofit, RNZAF’s current NH90 fleet has reached its final configuration.

 

The retrofit was performed between September 2013 and July 2014 at the customer’s premises and following a preparatory phase in France.

 

The team involved took advantage of the retrofit lay-up period to perform calendar maintenance and to retrofit some spare  parts and an attrition frame.

 

More than 30 employees from Airbus Helicopters and partner companies, stationed at the Ohakea base, worked hand-in-hand with a network of logistical experts from Airbus Helicopters and its suppliers. The close collaboration of these teams among each other and with the customer was instrumental in completing the retrofit on time.

 

Similar retrofit programs are underway in other countries, with a total of 10 aircraft having already been completed. Seventeen more NH90s are currently undergoing retrofit at five different locations in France, Italy, Finland, Germany and Australia.

 

The NH90 retrofit program brings together specialists from different areas, such as configuration, production, engineering, procurement and support, whose transversal collaboration plays a key role in ensuring the success of the upgrades.

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857 NAS joining their aircraft on the standings at Camp Bastion

857 NAS joining their aircraft on the standings at Camp Bastion


8 août 2014 by Royal Navy

 

After five years in Afghanistan the Royal Navy Sea King squadron returned home to RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

Since May 2009, 854 and 857 NAS, played a role flying Sea King Mk 7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC) aircraft for more than 9,000 hours over 2,000 sorties to support troops on the ground as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.

The SKASaCs, which were used to locate insurgents’ arms caches, track drugs shipments and follow the movements of insurgents, are now back in the UK and a short video has been produced documenting their involvement by the Army Combat Camera Team.

Army Combat Camera Team
Camera and editing: Sgt Obi Igbo
Producer: Capt Sam Tant

Find out more about the Sea King ASaC at: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/the-equip...
and 854 Naval Air Squadron at: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-organ...

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Hot Blade 2014 Interview: "We know we should train the way we fight"


22 july 2014 - European Defence Agency
 

One week into exercise "Hot Blade 2014" launched July 16 in Portugal, EDA Programme Manager Andy Gray discusses the main objectives and operational benefits of the event.

 

What are the main objectives of Hot Blade 2014 ?

Since we started work on the multinational helicopter exercises in 2009, we’ve always tried to achieve the same basic set of objectives. First, we’re trying to improve interoperability between our Member States’ helicopter crews, because there is a very good chance that they will have to work together on the same battlefield in the years to come – and we truly mean working together, integrating national capabilities into a multination coalition, not the just the deconfliction that has been used in the past.  We’re also working on improving individual skills, and in order to achieve that we need a training environment that replicates as closely as possible the conditions that we might find in a given theatre of operations. 

Here in Portugal, we naturally focus on “hot, high & dusty” conditions, not unlike the ones you could find in Afghanistan or in some parts of Africa, but we also intend to practice in other environments, for instance extreme cold.  The overarching objective is really quite simple. Future operations will be coalition operations and we know we should train the way we fight, so we must train together. We need to learn how to work together today, in a controlled environment, not tomorrow, when we have already been deployed and have hostile forces to worry about. 

 

Are there specific outputs expected from this year’s event ?

We have to be careful not to increase the complexity of each exercise too much as each time it is a new set of crews and you need to build the exercise to suit them. My main output will always be to see the crews experience and competency improve. For Hot Blade, this specifically addresses the ability to lead a large-scale multinational mission – this is very hard for them to organise at home and so the exercise is designed to give them that opportunity.  Within that we also have specific individual training objectives: for instance, the Netherlands use Hot Blade for its low visibility landing training – its “dust landing” training.  This is particularly important to them, as these are the conditions they are encountering in Mali – the Dutch Detachment Commander here deploys to Mali in September. We are always aware that the exercise should have a direct link to the operational needs of the participants and again this is at the heart of the exercise design.  

A particularly pleasing aspect of this year’s exercises is the participation of infantry from Netherlands and Germany.  One of the reasons I am so focussed on aircrew training is that on operations we place our soldiers in each other’s aircraft.  We need to make sure that all crews on a coalition, no matter what flag they have on their uniform, are capable of completing the mission safely and competently.  We have recognised standards for the aircraft, but not for the pilots that fly them.  I think this is necessary and that we owe it to our troops to understand the capabilities of our coalition partners. There is no high level agreement in place, so we are trying to build this understanding from the bottom up. 

 

Could you describe some of the missions that have been conducted in Ovar so far in a little more detail?

We have already launched two large scale Composite Air Operations (COMAOs).   Each detachment takes a turn in leading the mission; the first was led by Portugal and the latest one by the UK.  Today’s main mission is CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) extraction, but there are sub-missions, which have been planned to pull the “enemy” focus away from the main event.  These include suppression of a mortar position and a potential seizure of a high value target, possible through a vehicle interdiction. The scenario and the mission are complex and are conducted in a fluid, ill-defined context – very much like real life. The main mission package today shows how integrated the forces are as it involves four Portuguese F-16, providing over-watch and Close Air Support; two Belgian A109 providing escort to a Portuguese EH -101, which will do the CSAR pick up. The diversionary attacks will be carried out by two British Pumas, two Dutch CH-47 Chinooks, three Austrian AB212 and five German UH1-Ds carrying infantry from Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. And this is only the second COMAO, so the complexity of these missions will increase as the exercise progresses. 

 

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Hot Blade 2014 meets all training objectives

 

31 July 2014 - European Defence Agency

 

Hot Blade 2014, the seventh helicopter exercise organised by the European Defence Agency, was formally closed on 30 July in Ovar airbase, Portugal. All training aims were met and the event was praised by senior national representatives.

 

At exercise close, a total of 827 hours had been flown on 362 aircraft sorties. Twenty-five helicopters from six different nations took part in Hot Blade 2014 from 16-30 July. “All training aims were met with the assistance of a small team of highly qualified tactics instructors coming from the sister HTIC programme”, Andy Gray, EDA Helicopters Programme Manager, points out.

The largest helicopter exercise organised this year in Europe, Hot Blade 2014 has allowed participating crews to qualify as COMAO (Combined Air Operations) lead and conduct joint and combined air assault missions (with Portuguese, German and Dutch ground troops operating together in mixed units), while at the same time providing individual training with nations qualifying their pilots in dust landings, night vision operations and fighter evasion.

 

Positive feedback.

Expressed in a “hot wash-up” meeting, the immediate feedback from the exercise was extremely positive. Senior national representatives confirmed that the experience of working together with other nations and practicing large-scale joint and combined missions just could not have been achieved by working alone. They agreed that these exercises are truly enhancing the helicopter capability within Europe.

“Over the last three years, the professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness of our hosts has allowed the exercise to develop and grow”, adds Andy Gray, reflecting on Portugal’s major contribution to the success of EDA's Helicopter Exercise Programme. Next year’s event, called “Italian Blade”, will take place in June 2015 in Viterbo airbase, about 80 kilometres north of Rome.

 

Background

The European Defence Agency’s efforts in the field of helicopter capabilities also include the Helicopters Tactics Course (HTC), the Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC), the OELC (Operational English Language Course) and the Basic Helicopter Flying Training (BHFT) initiative.

The first EDA-supported multinational helicopter exercise took place in Gap (France) in March 2009. It has since been followed by six subsequent exercises of various scope and size, held in Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The Helicopter Exercise Programme arrangement has been signed by twelve Member States in November 2012 for a period of ten years. Future editions are expected to take place in Italy and Finland.

 

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A Merlin Mk2 on anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Atlantic

A Merlin Mk2 on anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Atlantic

 

15/07/2014 by Royal Navy

 

The UK’s next generation of submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean after successfully entering service with the Royal Navy four months early.

Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities.

 

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Photographe : Cch Olivier D. / Armée de terre

Photographe : Cch Olivier D. / Armée de terre


05/08/2014 by Photographe : Cch Olivier D. / Armée de terre Sources : EMA

 

22 juillet 2014, à 21h31, avitaillement de nuit d’un hélicoptère PUMA de l’aviation légère de l’armée de Terre (ALAT) engagé dans l’opération Sangaris sur la base opérationnelle avancée (BOA) de Bouar. L’avitaillement de l’hélicoptère est effectué par un militaire de service des essences des armées (SEA) à partir d’un groupe motopompe relié à un réservoir de carburéacteur. Ce système peut également se transformer pour ravitailler les véhicules militaires de la gamme tactique en carburéacteur diesel. Situé sur la Main Supply Road (MSR), à l’ouest de la République centrafricaine, la BOA de Bouar accueille l’état-major tactique du GTIA « de Boissieu » et son poste de commandement principal.

Après une pluie battante, j’ai profité d’une accalmie pour réaliser cette photo. Je me suis rapproché de l’hélicoptère et posé mon boîtier photo (Nikon D3S) au sol. Avec une focale de 24 mm, j’ai réglé mon boîtier à une sensibilité de 3600 ISO et une ouverture à F7,1 pour avoir une netteté allant du groupe motopompe jusqu’aux véhicules et conteneurs (KC 20) situés plusieurs mètres derrière l’hélicoptère. Avec un temps de pose de 30 secondes, j’ai pu capter un éclair lumineux bleuté provoqué par la lampe frontale du caporal-chef John du SEA qui se déplaçait de l’hélicoptère PUMA au groupe motopompe.

Il m’aura fallu plusieurs essais de prise de vue afin d’obtenir l’effet que je recherchais, à savoir, montrer le lien entre l’homme et la machine.

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