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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:40
Mi-35M military transport helicopter

Mi-35M military transport helicopter


25.03.2014 by Rostec


The company will present multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new models including the Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at the 18th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2014) on 25-30 March in the Chilean capital Santiago. The company’s display can be found at stand D70. In collaboration with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will also present the multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter.


“Latin America is a strategically important market for Rostec, and for Russian Helicopters in particular,” said Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Rostec’s department for international cooperation. “Today over 400 Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, and there are also service centres providing after-sales care for our machines. Many countries have a long tradition of purchasing Russian products. We are interested in promoting not only military helicopters but also Russian Helicopters’ commercial offering – in recent years we have achieved significant success on this front.”

Latin America is a high-growth market where Russian Helicopters has for many years sold a wide range of commercial and military helicopters. The new Mi-171A2 has been developed based on the world-famous Mi-8/17 series and drawing on its extensive operational history in various regions and climates. The helicopter makes use of the latest technologies and solutions, and also factors in feedback from potential clients and operators of Mi-8/17 series helicopters. The Mi-171A2 will be fitted with the latest power plant, a new rotor system and modern “glass cockpit” avionics suite.

The coaxial Ka-32A11BC is already well known to helicopter operators in the region. The helicopter received EASA certification in 2009, and meets FAR29 and AP-29 standards. The Ka-32A11BC can fly a range of missions and is a particularly valuable tool for fire-fighting, with more than 40 different options for fire-fighting equipment. In early 2013 the helicopter was chosen as the symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI), and later that year in summer was actively deployed in Borneo to combat some of the worst wildfires in Indonesia’s history.

Russian Helicopters will also hold meetings with operators regarding the status of the Ka-62 programme and opportunities for deployment of the new helicopter, which has been created with extensive international collaboration. The helicopter is fitted with modern Ardiden 3G engines by Turbomeca, which meat the highest environmental and fuel-efficiency standards.

In its more than 35-year history, FIDAE has developed a reputation as the most important aerospace and defence exhibition in South America. Every year it brings together leading companies from commercial aviation, the defence sector and aircraft service industries, aerospace developers and the space industry.


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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 13:25
AS532 AL SAR Naval - photo Airbus HC

AS532 AL SAR Naval - photo Airbus HC


21 March 2014 Airbus Helicopters


For the first time in Latin America under its new branding, Airbus Helicopters will display its efficient and adapted product line-up at next week’s FIDAE International Air and Space Fair, featuring rotorcraft flown by a cross-section of Latin American operators to underscore the company’s leadership in this portion of the world.


Maintaining an overall 40 percent market share in Latin America during the past five years with a deployed fleet of more than 1,350 rotorcraft across the region, Airbus Helicopters has developed a diversified customer base, as well as a strong industrial presence – with 1,200 employees assigned to its subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile and Mexico for production, maintenance and support.


Airbus Helicopters’ 12 different rotorcraft types position the company as the only manufacturer covering Latin America’s full operational requirements, from lightweight to heavy-lift; with designed-in performance for duties in the region’s unique conditions, from jungle and hot environments to high altitudes in the Andes.


The product line’s versatility and efficiency is underscored by Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil family: more than 600 are in service across the region, having logged over 130,000 flight hours in missions that include passenger transport, mining support, power line maintenance, fire-fighting and the transportation of external loads.


Exhibited at FIDAE will be a utility-configured single-engine AS350 B3 Ecureuil from a Chile based aerial services operator that specializes in mining and energy, construction, civil work, extreme sports, tourism and filming.


Other lightweight helicopters on display at FIDAE are the EC120 and the EC130 T2 – the latter being the first of this type to arrive in the South Cone. Retaining the EC130 helicopter’s external lines, this latest Ecureuil family member benefits from Airbus Helicopters’ continued investment in its products – with approximately 70 percent of the EC130 T2’s airframe structure modified. New features include a more powerful Arriel 2D turboshaft engine and upgraded main gearbox; along with a cabin interior structure redesign and a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface.


The EC145, also showcased at FIDAE, is one of the most popular light twin-engine helicopter models, and is relied on around the globe for public security and disaster relief missions. With more than 500 delivered to date, this helicopter serves in the police fleets of 26 countries worldwide. Powerful, versatile and perfectly suited to the region’s terrain, the EC145 has become a reference for public services missions in Latin America, where it is being operated by the public services of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico – and more recently Bolivia and Peru, with recent purchases for four and five aircraft, respectively.


The Dauphin family’s EC155 B1 arrives in the region to set new standards for private aviation in terms of style and comfort. Presenting the biggest cabin in its class, the EC155 B1 offers a unique combination of elegance, comfort, silence and speed and, it is well position for the growing trend among private operators for large-cabin helicopters. High-end options include soft leather club seats, power sources for laptops, adjustable reading lights, cabin air conditioning, as well as satellite communications and in-flight entertainment for an exclusive flight experience.


Completing Airbus Helicopters’ flight-line presence at FIDAE is the latest Cougar family member: the AS532 ALe version of the workhorse Super Puma family that incorporates the EC225 version’s glass cockpit and four-axis autopilot. Of the 870 Super Puma/Cougar helicopters delivered to date, more than 100 are in service in Latin America, with 60 others on order. Most of the continent’s armed forces are operating this family for a wide variety of missions that range from assault and combat to special operations, tactical transport, SAR, medical evacuation and the transport of high-ranking officials.


The Cougar family is present in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela – with Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary in Brazil producing the EC725 version for the Brazilian Armed Forces.


Airbus Helicopters’ participation in this year’s FIDAE is the company’s first at the biennial show in its new branding, underscoring its commitment toward customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competitiveness.


About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With over 40% market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

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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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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 08:35
Navy Aviation MRH90 Tour

16 mai 2013 DefenceJobsAustralia


The Navy's fleet of helicopters is based in Nowra, NSW. Each type of helicopter is assigned to a particular Squadron, who maintain, service and fly the particular aircraft. When operational, the helicopters are located aboard ships out at sea so are built to withstand extreme conditions like heavy rain, strong winds and high seas. They are involved in a range of operations including search and rescue, over-sea transport, surface and submarine warfare and delivery of troops and equipment.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 06:55
photo Bruno Planchais - Marine Nationale

photo Bruno Planchais - Marine Nationale


21 Mars 2014 Cols Bleus


La flottille 32F assure une alerte 24h/24. Elle est prête à porter secours de la côte jusqu’en haute mer, par tous les temps. 


Voir le diaporama de la flottille 32F

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23 mars 2014 7 23 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Scores a Perfect 16 of 16 in Flight Tests for US Army



Mar 21, 2014 (SPX)


Orlando FL - Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR missile to launch from an Apache AH-64D helicopter and repeatedly hit the target during a series of Air Worthiness Release (AWR) live firing flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.


The AWR tests demonstrated DAGR's capability as an air-launched weapon. In each of the 16 flight tests, a DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot illuminating the target before launch. Upon launch, each missile flew between 1.5 and 5.1 kilometers and hit the target within one meter of the laser spot.


"These flight tests confirm DAGR's ability to safely launch and separate from a moving, diving platform without degrading aircraft or weapon performance," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, close combat systems development program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.


"These tests also validate DAGR production readiness at our Ocala Operations facility."


Prior to AWR testing, Lockheed Martin completed DAGR System Qualification testing, validating the missile and rail-mounted canister for use in aircraft captive carry, storage and transportation operations.


The 30 System Qualification guided flights demonstrated DAGR's ability to hit moving targets, devastate tactical targets such as structures and trucks, and achieve high accuracy when launched with a 7-degree offset, up to six kilometers away from the target.


DAGR incorporates proven HELLFIRE II technology into a 2.75-inch/70 millimeter guidance kit that integrates seamlessly with legacy Hydra-70 rockets. Its lock-on-before-launch mode ensures the missile identifies the correct target prior to launch. Multiple DAGRs can be fired in rapid succession at different targets using different laser codes from multiple designators.


The result is a laser-guided missile that puts a 10-pound warhead within one meter of the laser spot, defeating high-value, non-armored or lightly-armored targets while minimizing collateral damage.


Lockheed Martin has conducted more than 40 DAGR guided flights from ranges of 1 to 6 kilometers. DAGR has been launched from multiple HELLFIRE-equipped rotary-wing platforms, including the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, as well as the ground-based HELLFIRE/DAGR pedestal launcher.

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21 mars 2014 5 21 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
Mi-17V-5 photo US Navy

Mi-17V-5 photo US Navy



MOSCOU, 21 mars - RIA Novosti


La Russie poursuivra sa coopération avec l'OTAN dans la réparation d'hélicoptères pour l'Afghanistan malgré l'adoption de sanctions américaines et européennes contre Moscou, a déclaré vendredi le président russe Vladimir Poutine.


"Il faut poursuivre la réalisation de ce projet, bien que nos partenaires de l'OTAN aient l'intention de geler la coopération", a indiqué M.Poutine lors d'une réunion du Conseil de sécurité russe.


La Russie et les pays occidentaux financent conjointement les travaux de réparation d'hélicoptères de fabrication russe et soviétique pour l'Afghanistan et la formation de personnel technique et de pilotes pour ces hélicoptères.


Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a rappelé pendant la réunion que la première étape de ce projet avait été un succès et que les participants au projet avaient noté son utilité.


Washington a adopté des sanctions à l'encontre de hauts responsables et hommes d'affaires russes suite à l'adhésion à la Russie de la république de Crimée, jusque-là appartenant à l'Ukraine. Les chefs de diplomatie des pays membres de l'UE ont aussi convenu de lancer des sanctions contre les officiels russes et ukrainiens, coupables, selon eux, de "miner l'intégrité territoriale de l'Ukraine".

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 13:50
Dutch maritime NH90s suffer corrosion


Mar. 20, 2014 by Anno Gravemaker – FG


Last year, the Royal Netherlands Air Force deployed one of its NH Industries NH90s for the first time aboard a navy vessel, during anti-piracy operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden.


After an inspection conducted following the mission, it was concluded that the amount of wear and tear and corrosion to the helicopter was much higher than anticipated. The same problems were noted on another aircraft deployed to the Caribbean.


Assisted by the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory, the air force has come to the preliminary conclusion that the problems seem to be caused by design and assembly failures, and incomplete maintenance instructions. A further investigation is being conducted, with the results expected to be made public in late April.


NH Industries has acknowledged the problems and started its own investigation into possible solutions. The company expects to be able to present its first temporary modifications by the end of March, consisting of technical improvements and a corrosion prevention programme. Further improvements should follow later in the year, based on the results of additional studies.


Information about the Dutch corrosion issue has also been shared with the NATO helicopter management agency and other NH90 partner countries. France has also reported two cases of corrosion.


Meanwhile, Italy has recently started naval operations with its NFH-variant aircraft.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:55
Le Panther au décollage -  Marine nationale

Le Panther au décollage - Marine nationale


3 Mars 2014 Marine nationale


L’aéronef embarqué à bord du Cassard est un Panther standard 2. Durant l’ensemble de la mission ses mouvements sont quotidiens, afin de localiser le trafic maritime civil et militaire.

En début de déploiement le chef de détachement de la  flottille 36F  a organisé une journée de réflexion sur la sécurité aéronautique.

Exigée chaque année par l’Amiral commandant la Force de l’aéronautique navale (ALAVIA), cette journée est une réflexion sur la maîtrise des risques encourus lors de la mise en œuvre d’un aéronef. Cela concerne l’ensemble des acteurs de la chaîne aviation  et tous les personnels de pont d’envol.

Après un rappel sur la sécurité de l’aéronef et un quizz ludique présentant des cas concrets, les marins ont échangé leurs rôles l’espace d’une heure à l’occasion d’un poste de rangement aviation, pour que chacun prenne conscience des contraintes des autres : sortie de l’hélicoptère, dépliage des pales, saisinage, direction d’une manœuvre aviation depuis la passerelle…

L’un des officiers de quart aviation du Cassard (OQA) à la manœuvre en passerelle - © Marine nationale


L’hélicoptère est loin d’être un électron libre sur un bâtiment. Sa mise en œuvre suppose la présence aux abords de la plateforme hélicoptère d’un officier de quart aviation (OQA), équivalent de la tour de contrôle, d’un directeur de pont d’envol, de plusieurs « ponev » (manœuvriers du pont d’envol), ainsi que des pompiers.

Les liaisons radio sont déterminantes : les pilotes sont en lien avec l’officier de quart aviation (OQA), lui-même en lien avec le directeur de pont d’envol et avec le chef de quart situé en passerelle navigation, pour les autorisations de décollage et d’appontage. Ils sont également en contact avec le contrôleur tactique (CTAC) situé au « central opérations », pour la conduite de la mission, et si les conditions météo l’exigent, de la phase d’approche.

Cette mise en œuvre ordonnée à la minute près est d’un niveau de risque très élevé du fait de l’élément marin et du pont d’envol réduit. La plateforme hélicoptère du Cassard est d’ailleurs la plus petite de la Marine.

Les officiers de quart sont, comme leur nom anglais l’indique explicitement (officers of the watch), les membres de l’équipage en charge de la veille permanente des mouvements du bâtiment, que ce soit en passerelle de navigation, en passerelle aviation comme ci-dessus, au « central opérations » ou encore au poste de contrôle des télécommunications. Ils se relaient toutes les quatre heures, de jour comme de nuit, chaque période s’appelant un « quart ».

Les participants se concentrent sur la question posée par le LV Ferrandi, chef du détachement 36F - © Marine nationale

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
photo AgustaWestland

photo AgustaWestland



Mar 20, 2014 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first HH-101AHH-101A CAESAR helicopter for the Italian Air Force held at Yeovil plant, UK, today.


AgustaWestland and Italian AF Sign LOI for Training

The partners intend to co-develop new capabilities to meet the future rotary-wing training requirements by leveraging synergies between the AgustaWestland Training Organization based at its Frosinone plant, close to Rome, and the Italian Air Force 72nd Wing (72° Stormo). Through this mutually beneficial cooperation, AgustaWestland will further expand the level of service in the training sector to meet the evolving requirements of the customer, while the Italian Air Force will enhance the level of training for its personnel through an innovative, efficient strategy.


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19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /mars /2014 08:50
Wildcat Type 45 Destroyer Deck Landing First


18/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Royal Navy's next-generation AgustaWestland Wildcat helicopter has landed on a Type 45 Destroyer's deck for the first time. The landing paves the way for the Wildcat to start replacing the Fleet Air Arm's Westland Lynx HMA8 helicopter from 2015 onwards.


Currently, the Wildcat is being trialled by 700W Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, UK. Five Wildcat airframes are being routinely put through their paces ahead of the type's scheduled entry-into-service next year.


Two variants of the Wildcat have been developed - one for the Royal Navy, the other for the British Army. The Fleet Air Arm will get 28 Wildcats and they'll be equipped with two new weapons - the LMM (Lightweight Multirole Missile) and the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) - along with heavy and general purpose machine guns.


Wildcat Destroyer Landing


The Wildcat Destroyer landing trial involved HMS Dragon - the fourth Type 45 ship produced, which was handed over to the Royal Navy in August 2011. Like its counterparts HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan, HMS Dragon is a multirole-capable vessel capable of undertaking surveillance, anti-piracy, disaster relief aid and other missions.


Its flight deck can accommodate two Wildcats or a single Westland Merlin HM1 anti-submarine helicopter and its armament includes the Sea Viper air defence system, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun.


Type 45 Deck Trials


"Today is a small, but exciting, step in the progression of this new capability and I am delighted that HMS Dragon was able to help", commanding officer, Captain Iain Lower, explained in a statement on the Type 45 deck trials. "I look forward to seeing what the aircraft can do when we put it through its paces later this month."


"This year will be one of many firsts for the Wildcat crews as we work with our industry partners to get the aircraft to sea as soon as we can", added 700W NAS' commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Simon Collins, in the MoD's Wildcat deck landing press release. "Deck landings on board a Type 45 at sea are a real milestone and it was a pleasure to join the HMS Dragon team to show them what Wildcat can do."

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18 mars 2014 2 18 /03 /mars /2014 19:50
New Wildcat helicopter drops in on HMS Dragon

    A Wildcat, the navy's next-generation helicopter, has landed for the first time on the flight deck of a Type 45 destroyer at sea.


Mar 18, 2014 ASDNews Source : Ministry of Defence


The Royal Navy’s Wildcat, the maritime attack variant of the Lynx helicopter, is currently undergoing extensive trials with 700W Naval Air Squadron. As part of those trials, the aircraft has been working at the MOD’s aerial range in Cardigan Bay.


From next year, Wildcat will begin to replace the Lynx Mark 8 as the helicopter which supports Royal Navy destroyer and frigate operations around the world.


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18 mars 2014 2 18 /03 /mars /2014 18:55
Le groupement aéroporté s’exerce en aérocordage



18/03/2014 J.SEVERIN - Economie et technologie


C’est à Saillagouse, au cœur des Pyrénées, qu’un stage Grand Froid a été organisé pour le groupement aéroporté de la STAT.


C’est à bord d’un hélicoptère COUGAR rénové, que des tests pour évaluer les aérocordages –descentes en rappel et en corde lisse-, ont été effectués. Ce fut également l’occasion pour les pilotes de découvrir les nouveaux systèmes d’aide au pilotage intégré aux aéronefs.


Une amélioration pouvant s’avérer très précieuse lors d’opérations extérieures.

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18 mars 2014 2 18 /03 /mars /2014 17:30
Cooperation On The Southern Front


17.03.2014 Noa Fenigstein - IAF


Last week, aircrews from the "Desert Birds" squadron operating "Blackhawk" helicopters met with the Division handling Gaza Strip and discussed continued cooperation between the two sides on the volatile southern front. "The cooperation during the fighting would be better if we knew each other personally"


The "Knights of Round Table" were the military aides of King Arthur. The armor-wearing heroes sat around the round table and made decisions together with trust and equality.


Last week, aircrews from the "Desert Birds" squadron and the Gaza strip Division sat down together, in the tradition of the "Knights of the Round Table" and discussed tightening cooperation between both sides on the southern front.


The home of the "Desert Birds" is Hatzerim airbase and it is often called to missions on the border of the Gaza Strip with the Gaza Division. "Because we are a southern transport-helicopter squadron, the relationship with the Gaza Division forces includes daily interactions", explains Captain Itzik, a pilot in the "Desert Birds" squadron. "We feel that cooperation during fighting periods would be better if we knew each other personally".

"Usually, the Cooperation Unit of the IAF mediates between ground forces and helicopters squadrons", he adds. "But for the first time, we decided to establish direct contact. We received an intelligence briefing, talked about future cooperation and concentrated on lessons from recent events, face-to-face".


True Friendship


The cooperation between the Gaza Division and the "Desert Birds" squadron is extensive and its objectives diverse: from casualty evacuation to transporting combat forces to secret missions that cannot be disclosed. Recently, the two sides began cooperating on" surprise exercises", in which the participants had to execute missions under the psychological pressures at the moment of truth.

The squadron and the Division look forward to future cooperation. "Roundtable Discussions represent a change in communication between us", adds Captain Itzik. "Now that we plan together, there is a push to improve the process and not just the mission".

Cooperation On The Southern Front
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17 mars 2014 1 17 /03 /mars /2014 17:45
A US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight

A US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight


17 March 2014 by defenceWeb


The Nigerian Navy has expressed interest in acquiring surplus helicopters from the US military and sent a delegation to the United States, which was given demonstration flights.


US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) said that a Nigerian Navy delegation visited Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina where they were hosted by Navair’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226). The delegation was given a search and rescue demonstration flight on February 4 in a US Marine Corps HH-46E helicopter from Marine Transport Squadron 1, which provides search and rescue support at Cherry Point.


According to Navair, the Nigerian Navy is interested in acquiring CH-46 Sea Knight and SH-2 Seasprite helicopters, but the numbers involved are not known.


The Nigerian Navy has a small number of helicopters in service, including one Bell 206, an Airbus Helicopters AS365N2 Dauphin II, an AgustaWestland AW109E Power and an AW139. Three AW109Es were lost in crashes that killed 14 personnel while two Lynx Mk 89s have been inactive for over ten years, Air Forces Daily reports.


The Nigerian Navy plans to ensure operational availability of at least four helicopters this year, according to the Strategic Guidance 02 document.


The Nigerian Navy has in the past acquired surplus equipment from the United States, notably the Hamilton Class cutter Chase (now NNS Thunder), a 115 metre long, 3 250 ton ex-US Coast Guard vessel. This year Nigeria will receive the Hamilton Class cutter Gallatin and the US Navy Survey Ship John McDonnell. Other vessels received from the United States include the NNS Obula, Nwamba, Kyanwa and Ologbo.


The Nigerian Navy is expecting a number of new arrivals this year as it attempts to reduce maritime crime, oil theft and attacks on ships.


Last year the Nigerian Navy took delivery of three OCEA patrol boats, three Manta Fast Patrol Boats and two Shaldag patrol craft. In mid- and late-2014 Nigeria will receive its two P-18N corvettes from China while the Nigerian Naval Dockyard is also building a 38 metre Seaward Defence Boat. Various other vessels are being refit and reactivated.

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17 mars 2014 1 17 /03 /mars /2014 11:50
NSPA, OCCAR sign A400M service level agreement


17 March 2014 airforce-technology.com


The Nato Support Agency (NSPA) and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) have signed a service level agreement (SLA) for the A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft.


Signed after several years of preparatory and negotiation work with OCCAR and the participating states, the SLA also represents an additional key milestone in the agency's expanded cooperation with OCCAR.


Specifically, the A400M and NH-90/TIGER Programme (LN) will provide electronic materiel support services, namely acquisition of A400M spares in electronic and automated manner over the next four years.


The services are expected to be the same as those currently provided to OCCAR for the Tiger and the NH-90 helicopters.


Designated as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities, the A400M can also be configured to perform long-range cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and aerial refuelling and electronic surveillance missions.


Capable of carrying more than 100 fully equipped troops or a 30t payload, the aircraft features a six-wheel, high-flotation main landing gear, and short soft-field landing and takeoff capability, enabling troop and equipment transportation to Mali or Afghanistan.


Currently operational with the French Air Force, the four-EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines powered aircraft has also been ordered by Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.


The airlifter has recently completed the first phase of airdrop trials flying over the Fonsorbes drop zone near Toulouse, in south-western France, marking the completion of one of the most significant elements of its continuing military flight-test programme.

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16 mars 2014 7 16 /03 /mars /2014 12:55
L’Alat parle…

« De la terre par le ciel » par le général Yann Pertuisel


15 mars, 2014 Frédéric Lert (FOB)


Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Libye…  les engagements opérationnels n’ont pas manqué ces dernières années pour l’Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre. Nul doute que les équipages engagés, mais aussi les spécialistes ayant aidé à la mise en œuvre des appareils sur les théâtres d’opérations, ont tous quantités de récits à partager…  Le général Yann Pertuisel, qui a commandé l’Alat de 2010 à 2012 fait œuvre louable en recensant quelques uns de ces témoignages et en les mettant en perspective, avec la vision d’ensemble qu’il pouvait avoir à l’époque. Aucune désir d’exhaustivité de sa part, mais la volonté précieuse de mettre en lumière le travail accompli, les risques encourus et le dévouement de tous. Un livre sobre et efficace, dont on espère qu’il motivera d’autres acteurs de ces opérations extérieures à partager leurs expériences avec le plus grand nombre…

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15 mars 2014 6 15 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
Les hélicoptères NH90 belges ne souffrent pas des mêmes maux que les néerlandais, affirme la Défense

L’armée devrait recevoir deux NH90 cette année et les trois derniers en 2015 - photo Composante Air


14.03.2014 lavenir.net (belga)


Les nouveaux hélicoptères NH90 utilisés par l’armée belge, plus récents, ne souffrent pas des mêmes maux que les appareils néerlandais du même type, assurent en chœur plusieurs responsables du ministère de la Défense.


Les NH90 belges ont été directement livrés au dernier standard, pleinement opérationnel (FOC), contrairement aux hélicoptères en service dans la marine néerlandaise, dont la plupart sont des versions intermédiaires, a indiqué un porte-parole de la Défense interrogé par l’agence BELGA.


Aux Pays-Bas, la ministre de la Défense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, a indiqué mardi que les onze appareils livrés – sur un total de vingt – sont victimes de «corrosion et d’usure excessives».


Ces défauts ont été constatés après l’utilisation de l’appareil en mer lors d’une mission de lutte contre la piraterie au large de la Corne de l’Afrique et dans les Caraïbes.


La Belgique a elle aussi commandé des NH90. Huit au total, achetés en juin 2007, pour un montant de près de 300 millions d’euros: quatre en version de transport tactique (TTH) et quatre en version NFH pour à la fois succéder aux Sea King à bout de souffle et pour donner de nouvelles capacités aux deux frégates de la Marine. À ce jour, trois appareils ont été livrés: deux TTH basés à Beauvechain et un NFH servant à l’instruction du personnel au départ de l’usine d’Airbus Helicopters de Marignane (sud de la France).


L’armée devrait en recevoir deux cette année et les trois derniers en 2015, selon la Défense.

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15 mars 2014 6 15 /03 /mars /2014 08:55
Un caïman et un tigre, nouvelle génération

11 mars 2014 Armée Francaise


Pour aller encore plus vite, encore plus loin. Pour être encore plus performants, plus efficaces. Pour décupler leurs capacités opérationnelles : une nouvelle génération d'hélicoptères ! Cette nouvelle génération ultra technologique d'hélicoptères vient de rejoindre le 1er régiment d'hélicoptères de combat (1er RHC) à Phalsbourg. Après leur formation à l'Ecole de l'Aviation Légère de l'armée de Terre au Cannet des Maures (EALAT), les deux Tigres et le Caïman vont être expérimentés pour valider leur emploi tactique opérationnel. Nouveaux fleurons de l'armée de Terre, ces premiers équipages en version appui-destruction (HAD) vont désormais voler dans les cieux mosellans.

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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 13:25
Helibras begins deliveries of upgraded AS365 Panther K2 helicopters to Brazilian Army



Mar 13, 2014 ASDNews Source : Airbus Helicopters


    Airbus HelicoptersaEUR(tm) enhanced version is the first to be fully certified in Brazil


The first two upgraded AS365 Panther K2 rotorcraft will be delivered this month by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary to the Brazilian Army Aviation Command (AvEx), providing a modernized platform with more power, updated avionics and increased mission capability.


These deliveries follow the signature in Brasília of an amendment standardizing the modifications introduced to the helicopter’s enhanced configuration – which will be assessed by AvEx’s various battalions during mission operations. Should these evaluations prove favorable, Helibras will continue modernizing the remaining 32 AS365 K Panthers in the Brazilian Army’s inventory through 2021.


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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
Tigre UHT. Photo Bundeswehr

Tigre UHT. Photo Bundeswehr



March 13, 2014: Strategy Page


Two years after the first ones arrived Germany recently received the last batch of four Tiger helicopter gunships modified for service in Afghanistan. These twelve ASGARD (Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment) models included sand filters, additional defense systems, a mission data recorder, and communications gear able to deal with systems used by allies. Germany has been training Tiger crews intensively for the last few years, getting them ready for service in Afghanistan. The training has been intense as crews returning from Afghanistan warn that you have to be prepared if you are to survive out there.


There have also been teething problems with Tiger. For example all Tigers were grounded in March 2013 after one of them crashed and burned during a training accident in Germany. This was the third Tiger to crash so far, although none of the six crewmen involved were killed. Intense training continued despite the accidents. German troops in Afghanistan wanted this aircraft badly but delivery was delayed several times due to various problems. In addition to the ASGARD upgrades, there were problems with the wiring and a number of less serious shortcomings as well. When the first French Tigers arrived in Afghanistan in 2009 there were problems and that led to the German ASGARD program for German Tigers intended for Afghanistan. In 2009 Germany only had ten Tigers and all were being used for training. It took three years to create ASGARD Tigers and get some to Afghanistan.


Tiger is made by European firm Eurocopter and has shown up just in time in Afghanistan. Until the arrival of the French and German Tigers, American AH-64s provided gunship support for all foreign troops in Afghanistan. France has used Tigers in Somalia, and Mali, where they have performed well. Tiger has spent over 7,500 flight hours in combat zones so far and a hundred have been delivered. The major users are Germany, France (which has ordered 80), Spain (24), and Australia (22). A total of 206 Tiger helicopters have been ordered. So far Tigers have spent over 50,000 hours in the air, most of it for training.


The Tiger costs more (some models go for over $100 million, including R&D costs) than the AH-64, a ten ton gunship that has been in service since the 1980s. Tiger entered service in 2003. The six ton Tiger has a crew of two and a max speed of 280 kilometers an hour. It cruises at 230 kilometers an hour and usually stays in the air about three hours per sortie. It is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, 70mm rocket pods (19 rockets per pod), and various types of air-to-ground missiles (eight Hellfire types at once). It can also carry four Mistral anti-aircraft missiles.


Germany appears to have lost some of its enthusiasm for Tiger and cut its order from 80 to 57. Germany has had a lot of problems with Tiger during the last few years. Besides, Germany has better uses for the money, like bailing out the many European nations having financial problems.


Warplanes: Tiger Makes Its Mark In Little Wars

In 2013 France received the first of 40 of the ground support (HAD) version of the Tiger helicopter gunship. In 2008 the German Army received its first Tiger HAD. This version of Tiger first entered service in 2005. The HAD version has 14 percent more engine power and better protection from ground fire than the original model. While earlier versions were mainly for anti-vehicle work, HAD is more like the current U.S. AH-64 Apache and optimized for ground support. Development of Tiger began in 1987, before the Cold War ended. So the anti-tank aspect took a while to disappear and get replaced by a gunship optimized for hunting and killing a large variety of targets.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
Russian Helicopters sent further Mi-17 in India



13.04.2014 Rostec


The helicopter will be delivered part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012.


A contract for 80 military transport Mi-17V-5 helicopters was signed by Rosoboronexport in 2008, and all obligations have been met by the Russian side. In 2012 - 2013 India ordered a further 71 helicopters, which are currently being built by Russian Helicopters to the agreed schedule.


“South and South-East Asia are a core region for promoting Russian manufacturing. Our helicopters are well-known here and demand has remained constant,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Today more than 250 helicopters built at our facilities are operational in India. They are used for flight training, personnel-carrying, search-and-rescue and medevac missions, and providing assistance in emergencies. Thanks to their unique abilities they can operate in even the most adverse weather conditions, and complete their missions with distinction.”


In summer 2013 Russian-built military transport helicopters were involved in evacuating people after torrential rains caused severe flooding in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. In February this year Mi-17V-5 helicopters evacuated about 200 residents of villages in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayas after they became cut off from the rest of the region following cold weather and heavy snowfall.


The Mi-17V-5s being delivered to India are part of the legendary Mi-8/17 series, and are built on the construction solutions of previous generations of the series. All of the helicopters are fitted with a KNEI-8 avionics suite and a new PKV-8 autopilot, which helps reduce pilot workload and provides comprehensive information to enable pilots to complete complex missions. In addition, the helicopters being supplied to India are fitted with modern powerful engines, significantly expanding their capabilities for transporting heavy and bulky loads, particularly in the high mountain terrain characteristic of northern India.


Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters have operated successfully in India for more than half a century. The first Mi-4s were delivered in January 1961; in the decades since, Mi-26s, Mi-24/35s, Mi-8/17s have all been supplied to India.


Russian Helicopters attaches particular importance to providing after-sales maintenance services in regions where it supplies helicopters. The parties are currently collaborating on the development of an offset programme aimed at expanding India’s capabilities to provide maintenance services for Russian helicopters.


Russian Helicopters is also interested in developing the Indian market for commercial helicopters. Today development work is ongoing on the new multirole Mi-171A2, which could potentially expand the fleet of Russian-built helicopters in India. The new helicopter is the latest addition to the Mi-8/17 series and over time will replace its predecessors from this illustrious series. The Mi-171A2 has been designed using the latest materials and aerospace technologies, and will come with an upgraded power plant, new rotor system and modern avionics suite.


Russian Helicopters is currently participating in India Aviation 2014, where it is showcasing its current and forthcoming models to operators from South and South-East Asia. India Aviation 2014 is taking place at the exhibition centre of Begumpet airport in Hyderabad, and the company’s stand can be found in Sector B at stand 42.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 21:45
South African expertise and equipment again adds value to UN DRC operations


12 March 2014 defenceWeb


The South African contingent of the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) has again proven its worth in the DRC with Rooivalk combat support helicopters and infantry soldiers pivotal in an encounter with APCLS (Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo) rebels.


One of the three 16 Squadron Rooivalks that are now part of the FIB’s aviation unit provided air support for a South African infantry battalion in an attack on an APCLS stronghold at the weekend, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported.


“No South Africans were injured in the encounter and at least 11 rebels were killed,” Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations spokesman told the paper.


The South Africans were, as in previous engagements with rebel groups including M23, deployed in support of FARDC, the Armed Forces of the DRC.


The weekend engagement took place in the Nyabiondo/Lukweti area of North Kivu, north-west of Goma.


APCLS rebels had taken up position on a mountain top and were using 12.7mm and 14.5 mm machine guns to keep the FIB/FARDC ground troops at bay. Efforts to dislodge the rebels using mortars proved unsuccessful and saw the Rooivalk called in to provide air support.


“The target was neutralised by Rooivalk by mid-Sunday afternoon and the rebel group deserted their position and ran away according to reports from soldiers on the ground,” Theunissen said adding the full extent of the damage suffered by the rebels was unknown, with 11 still to be confirmed kills.


A source told Beeld this was “just about the end” of APCLS.


“The FIB has taken back a number of towns previously controlled by APCLS,” he said.


According to Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) DRC specialist Stephanie Wolters, APCLS is one of the smaller rebel groups operating in eastern DRC but it has been a factor in the overall destabilisation of the country.


Since being deployed to DRC last year as part of the FIB, the first ever UN peacekeeping mission to be given an offensive mandate, the South African contingent has been active in ensuring M23’s retreat into Uganda.


The South African developed and built Rooivalk has been in the forefront of a number of FARDC/FIB sorties against various rebel groups including the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces).


The combat support helicopter has earned high praise from Martin Kobler, MONUSCO head.


“Its accuracy enables us to achieve our clear objectives, including protection of civilians.”


The 16 Squadron rotary-winged aircraft were airlifted to the DRC last October and, in addition to several attacks on rebel forces and positions, have also flown reconnaissance and escort missions in the strife-torn country.


A number of SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopters are also in DRC as part of the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:45
L’Algérie opte pour les Mi-28 & Mi-26


10.03.2014 avia news

L'Algérie vient de passé une commande pour l'achat de 42 hélicoptères d'attaque Mil Mi-28 et six hélicoptères de transport Mi-26T2, destinés à sa force aérienne. Le contrat est évalué à 2,7 milliards de dollars. Le contrat comprend également prévu la mise à niveau de 39 hélicoptères Mil Mi-8 au standard «Terminator», ils seront équipés d'un blindage au niveau du cockpit, d'un pod de désignation laser et d'une large gamme d'armement.


Le Mil Mi-28NE:


Le MIL Mi-28 est un hélicoptère d’attaque blindé. Il ne dispose pas de fonction secondaire de transport comme le Mi-24 et est surtout destiné à un rôle anti-char et de soutien à l’infanterie.  

Le Mi-28NE possède des caractéristiques intéressantes qui en font un hélicoptère redoutable :

  • Équipement électronique (navigation, armement, etc.) intégré à l'appareil et géré par deux ordinateurs.

  • Protection passive du pilote et du copilote : Cockpit totalement blindé résistant au tir de munitions perforantes ou incendiaires de calibre 12,7 mm.

  • Deux turbines séparées ayant leurs éléments vitaux protégés par un blindage supplémentaire. Possibilité de voler sur une seule turbine.

  • Utilisation de nouveaux matériaux résistant mieux aux dommages.

  • Possibilité de vol de jour ou de nuit par des conditions météo mauvaises, et cela même à basse altitude (5-15m selon le fabricant).

Le Mi-28NE peut accueillir différentes armes, en tourelle et sur ses 4 points d'emports :

  • Armement fixes : canon automatique Shipuniv 2A42 de calibre 30x165mm, embarquant 250 projectiles. la cadence de tir est réglable à 200 ou 550 coups par minute. Il est monté sur la tourelle NPPU-28N. Sa portée pratique est de 2 500 m.

  • Armement amovible sur les 4 points d'emports :

    • Missiles guidés :

      • Jusqu'à 16 missiles guidés anti-chars 9M120 Ataka-B ou jusqu'à 8 missiles à détection infrarouge Igla-V.

    • Pods de roquettes amovibles :

    • Type S-8 (Calibre 80 mm) jusqu'à 80 pièces sur 4 pods ou Type S-13 (calibre 122 mm) jusqu'à 20 pièces sur 4 pods ou Type S-24 (Calibre 240 mm) jusqu'à 2 pièces.

    • Jusqu'à 2 canons UPK-23-250 de 23 mm avec 250 projectiles chacune.

    • Jusqu'à 4 lance-mines KMGU-2.

    • Pods de mitrailleuses amovibles :

    • Mines :



Le Mil MI-26T2 : 



La compagnie Rostvertol propose donc aux forces aériennes algériennes la version modernisée de son hélicoptère de transport lourd Mi-26T2.L'hélicoptère Mi-26T2 est doté d'une nouveau cockpit dont l’avionique est modernisée. Les équipements permettent l'emploi des lunettes de vision nocturne.





Actuellement, les forces aériennes algériennes ne disposent pas d'hélicoptères de transport lourds du type Mi-26T. Elles exploitent au sein des escadrilles de transport des engins de fabrication soviétique et russe, notamment des Mi-6 (2 unités), Mi-4 (4), Mi-2 (28), Mi-8 (47), Mi-171 (42) et Ka-32. /L


Photos : 1 Mil Mi-28 @ Sergy 2 Mil Mi-26T2 3 Cockpit @ MilMi

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:30
Turkish MIZRAK-U Anti-Tank Missile Launched



12/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


State-owned Turkish weapons manufacturer Roketsan has tested a new air-launched anti-tank missile design, with successful results.


The MIZRAK-U test launch involved a Cobra AH-1S attack helicopter and took place over a 3.5 kilometre range. The missile successfully engaged with its designated target, paving the way for further trials and eventual entry-into-service, all being well.


Once in service, the MIZRAK-U missile will equip the Turkish Land Forces' TAI/AgustaWestland T129 attack helicopters, examples of which are currently being delivered.


The TAI/AgustaWestland T129 is based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta helicopter, which first flew in the mid-1980s. Harnessing the preceding design's airframe, it features advanced avionics and weapons systems developed in Turkey, plus more powerful engines and rotor blades. Six examples have been built, with 54 more set to ultimately join the Turkish Land Forces.


MIZRAK-U Missile


The MIZRAK-U missile is designed to strike targets with up to eight kilometres separation. It will be put into full-scale production from 2015 onwards and boasts an infrared seeker, a high-explosive warhead and other features.


Also now in development is a medium-range variant, named MIZRAK-O. This has a range of four kilometres but, otherwise, shares many characteristics.


The Turkish Land Forces has existed in its modern form since July 1949. In recent years, it has employed around 400,000 personnel and participated in numerous conflicts and, for more than two decades, has been continually introducing new military technologies into service.


Turkish Anti-Tank Missile


Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters serve with the Turkish Ground Forces in greater numbers than any other rotary platform but it also operates 37 AH-1 SuperCobra and 30 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters, of the type used in the Turkish anti-tank missile test.


Roketsan was established in 1988 and produces rockets, missiles, mortars and other weapons. It is also involved in a programme through which Turkey's satellite launch capability will expand. The nation's Space Launch System project will involve the construction of a spaceport, satellite launch vehicles and other satellite operations infrastructure.

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