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24 août 2013 6 24 /08 /août /2013 11:40
750th Mi-8AMT helicopter produced

ULAN-UDE, Russia, Aug. 22 (UPI)

 

Russian Helicopters reports production of the 750th Mi-8AMT Hip aircraft, which will enter service with the Russian military.

 

The Mi-8AMT combat transport has the export designation of Mi-171.

 

The milestone was achieved by Russian Helicopters' Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

 

"It is symbolic that this 'landmark' helicopter should be delivered to the Defense Ministry," UUAP Managing Director Leonid Belykh said. "We have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the ministry for many years, and are continuing to develop this partnership."

 

The original version of the Mi-8 was introduced into service in 1977.

 

The AMT variant features gear such as a spotlight with infrared filter, a FLIR radar system and additional fuel tanks for increased range.

 

"Helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series enjoy global renown and are in constant demand, and for many years have set the standard for medium-class helicopters," Russian Helicopters said.

 

"The first Mi-8AMT (Mi-171) was produced in 1991. Since then, its construction and equipment have undergone continuous updating and new versions have been developed, strengthening the position of this Russian best-seller on the global market."

 

A new variant, the multi-role Mi-171A2, is under development. Russian Helicopters said it expects the aircraft will receive certification by the end of next year, with deliveries to customers starting in 2015.

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22 août 2013 4 22 /08 /août /2013 16:35
India to deliver reconnaissance helicopters to Afghan armed forces

Thu Aug 22 By Ghanizada - khaama.com

 

India may deliver military equipments including weaponry and aircraft to Afghanistan, the visiting Afghan delegation to India, headed by second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili said.

 

The officials further added that the military equipment will be handed over to the Afghan military in the near future.

 

Afghanistan army chief of staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi is also accompanying the second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili during his visit to India.

 

The delegation met with a number of high level Indian government officials including the second vice-president of India Hamid Ansari, to discuss the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

 

Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi quoted by Afghanistan’s 1TV Media said, the government of India has vowed to provide a number of reconnaissance helicopters to the Afghan military.

 

Mr. Karimi further added that the government of Afghanistan expects New Delhi’s cooperation in providing helicopters and training of the Afghan pilots, besides providing training to Afghan armed forces.

 

In the meantime, the Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari said, New Delhi is committed to rebuild Afghanistan as a stable, democratic and prosperous country and hoped that the two nations can overcome the challenge posed by terrorism.

 

“India does not have an exit strategy. With the conviction that we shared a common past and that we are destined to share a common future, India will continue to contribute, within its capabilities, in the re-building of Afghanistan,” Mr. Ansari said.

 

He said India remains committed to implement the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2011. The agreement articulates the future areas of cooperation between the two countries in diverse spheres.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
Hot Blade 2013: another fruitful training week for European helicopter crews
Ovar, Portugal | Jul 26, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

The second week of Hot Blade 2013 Helicopter Exercise is now close to its conclusion. This week offered some new and challenging missions testing the capabilities of the involved military and allowing European helicopters crews to train and qualify in complex scenarios, similar to real operations theatres, as well as to improve the interoperability among the participating Nations.

 

Formation flight session

To fly in formation was on one of the possibilities that the HB13 provided to its participants during this week of exercise. Formation flight means the disciplined flight of two or more aircraft under the command of a flight “Leader”. All the other aircraft involved are called "wings."

There are several possible formations and the 751 Squadron, EH-101 Merlin already had the opportunity to flight in formation with the Dutch and the Austrians in this edition of HB13. The Austrian OH-58 KIOWA and the Dutch CH-47D CHINNOOK joined the Portuguese EH-101 Merlin and put into practice the theory gained.

The military use this kind of flight for mutual support training and for capabilities sharing. It is a type of flight that increases the capabilities of the aircraft involved: greater security and the possibility of more cargo and personnel transport.

Furthermore, the flight formation can significantly increase the overall aerodynamic efficiency. It can also reduce drag, increasing the flight range. This fulfills one of the objectives of HB13: to increase the participating forces interoperability.

 

Aviation aficionados 1st visit

 Tuesday 23 July was the day dedicated to aviation enthusiasts, either professionals or amateurs. There were sixty people who assured their place at Ovar Air Base with a prior registration. The objective was to capture the aircraft best moments and images.

These aviation experts had the opportunity to go through several observation points which were set up for this purpose, a privileged access to all air operations.

At the end of the day, a closing briefing took place where an overall opinion about the day was collected. The enthusiasts said they had enjoyed each moment and the exercise had surpassed their expectations.

 

EDA’s HTP Project Manager interview

The EDA Helicopter Training Programme Project Manager Andrew Gray explains the importance of the exercise and the reasons that led to the success of Hot Blade in Portugal.
Watch the interview here.

 

More information

Visit EDA's HB13 webpage.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 07:35
Australia commissions MRH90 and new squadron

CANBERRA, Australia, July 26 (UPI)

 

Australia has commissioned the first MRH90 Taipan multirole helicopters and inducted 888 Squadron which will operate the aircraft.

 

The commissioning took place at Naval Air Station Albatross, near Nowra in New South Wales.

 

The ceremony at Albatross marks the end of three years of training, testing and trials for the MRH90 Taipan, the Australian version of the medium size twin-engine NHIndustries NH90, a statement from the military procurement agency Defense Materiel Organization said.

 

NHIndustries is owned by Eurocopter and AgustaWestland.

 

Commander of the Australian Fleet Rear Adm. Tim Barrett said the navy will use the Taipan for maritime support previously carried out by the retired Sea King helicopter, built by Westland Helicopters.

 

In September 2011, the DMO announced the Sea Kings would be withdrawn from service in December 2011. Their last flight was Dec. 15, 2011, when three Sea Kings flew over Sydney Harbor and across to Canberra, passing Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian War Memorial before landing at Nowra.

 

"The commissioning of 808 Squadron is a significant milestone for the navy as we formally welcome into service a new generation, maritime support helicopter that not only replaces the retired Sea Kings, but delivers new capabilities and a capacity to meet emerging requirements in the future," Barrett said.

 

The 808 Squadron previously existed during the 1950s when it operated fighter aircraft from the carriers Sydney and Melbourne.

 

"This is a significant day for the men and women of 808 Squadron, who have all worked hard over a long period preparing ourselves, our unit and our aircraft to join the Fleet," Barrett said.

 

The 808 Squadron is based at the Naval Air Station Albatross and its aircraft will operate from the amphibious and afloat support ships including the Success, Tobruk and Choules.

 

In the future, these aircraft will also operate from the navy's new 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious ships Canberra and Adelaide.

 

The army also will use the Taipan which is replacing its Blackhawk helicopters as a battlefield and special operations support helicopter, the DMO said.

 

In April, Australian and U.S. defense officials announced the joint development of a logistics tracking system for use in naval operations.

 

The Pacific Radio Frequency Identification System allows faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark M. McLeod said.

 

In an interview with the American Forces Press Service earlier this month, McLeod, senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director, said the system uses technologies commercial retailers rely on to track goods from the manufacturer to warehouses and into buyers' hands.

 

The U.S. Defense Department already uses barcode technology to monitor everything from washers to armored vehicles, he said. The new system gives logisticians the ability to track shipments more thoroughly throughout the transportation process and keep tabs on inventory stocks.

 

McLeod also said the new system supports closer U.S.-Australian interoperability, especially important given a U.S. defense strategy increasingly focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

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25 juillet 2013 4 25 /07 /juillet /2013 16:35
Mi-17 helicopter

Mi-17 helicopter

WASHINGTON, 18 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

Le Pentagone a toujours l'intention d'acheter des hélicoptères russes Mi-17 destinés à l'armée afghane, a déclaré jeudi à Washington le président du Comité des chefs d'Etats-majors interarmées des Etats-Unis Martin Dempsey.

 

"Je soutiens ce programme. Nous ne pouvons pas y renoncer, puisque les forces afghanes devront prochainement prendre en charge la sécurité dans le pays", a indiqué le général Dempsey.

 

Plusieurs parlementaires américains proposent aux autorités de renoncer à l'achat d'hélicoptères russes pour l'Afghanistan en signe de protestation contre les livraisons d'armes russes à la Syrie.

 

Moscou et Washington ont signé un contrat prévoyant la livraison de 30 hélicoptères russes Mi-17V5 (version exportée de l'hélicoptère Mi-8) à l'Armée nationale afghane à la mi-juin dernier. En mai 2011, l'agence russe d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport et le département US de la Défense ont signé un contrat sur la livraison de 21 hélicoptères de combat et de transport Mi-17B5 en Afghanistan. Le contrat prévoyait en outre une option d'achat de 12 autres hélicoptères russes pour l'armée afghane.

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25 juillet 2013 4 25 /07 /juillet /2013 07:50
Royal Navy receives upgraded Merlin helicopters

Two new Merlin Mk2 helicopters in flight at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

 

23 July 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The first of the UK's fleet of next-generation anti-submarine maritime patrol Merlin Mk2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy.

 

The 5 helicopters have been handed over to the Fleet Air Arm following an upgrade as part of a £750 million contract with Lockheed Martin.

Fitted with advanced glass cockpits and improved aircrew consoles and avionics, the Merlin Mk2 has advanced touch-screen displays and an improved ability to detect and track targets and share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne. These improvements will also enable the helicopters to carry out counter-piracy and casualty-evacuation duties.

Lieutenant Commander Simon Laurence uses the new touch-screen displays on the flight deck of a new Merlin Mk2 [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Lieutenant Commander Simon Laurence uses the new touch-screen displays on the flight deck of a new Merlin Mk2 [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Thirty Merlin Mk1 helicopters are being converted to Mk2s by Lockheed Martin. Once handed over to the Royal Navy, the airframes will undergo a series of extensive trials. The first helicopters are expected to be ready to deploy on operations by the summer of 2014.

Commander Ben Franklin, Commanding Officer of the Merlin Helicopter Force, said:

I am extremely proud to be leading the Merlin Force during this period. The delivery of the first 5 aircraft to the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm is a real milestone of this successful programme, which will provide vital support to the Navy as it fulfils its role in protecting UK interests across the globe.

Crew members from 824 Naval Air Squadron leaving two of the new Merlin Mk2 helicopters after a flight [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Crew members from 824 Naval Air Squadron leaving two of the new Merlin Mk2 helicopters after a flight [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Commodore Andy Lison, responsible for the Merlin, Lynx and Sea King teams in MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

I am delighted that we are now firmly in the delivery phase of the project. The Merlin Mk2 is a truly exceptional aircraft and the programme to develop and build this aircraft has brought together the very best of MOD and defence industry to future-proof this vital capability for Defence.

The observer's panel inside a new Merlin Mk2 [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

The observer's panel inside a new Merlin Mk2 [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Bob Kramer, Vice President and Group Managing Director, Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems, said:

The Merlin capability sustainment programme represents a magnificent team effort led by Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland, supported by our suppliers, to provide the Royal Navy with unrivalled capability to carry out its anti-submarine patrol and policing requirement.

Merlin Mk1 helicopters have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, have been deployed on operations since 2000.

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25 juillet 2013 4 25 /07 /juillet /2013 07:44

24 juil. 2013 FORCESFRANCAISES

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22 juillet 2013 1 22 /07 /juillet /2013 10:50

19 juil. 2013 belgiandefence

Durant le défilé de la Fête nationale, le tout nouvel hélicoptère NH-90 escortera le fidèle Sea King. Le grand public pourra admirer cette nouvelle acquisition.

La Défense a présenté le nouvel appareil à la presse vendredi 19 juillet à la base aérienne de Beauvechain. Le Major aviateur Frank De Wolf est le premier pilote à avoir l'honneur de défiler aux commandes du NH-90. Il est un des quatre pilotes à avoir été formé.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 18:50
EC225 - photo Anthony PECCHI(/h5)

EC225 - photo Anthony PECCHI(/h5)

10.07.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Le ministère norvégien de la Justice et de la sécurité publique a annoncé le 9 juillet avoir sélectionné AgustaWestland et Eurocopter pour engager des négociations avancées dans le cadre de son appel d’offres concernant les hélicoptères de recherche et de sauvetage.

 

Eurocopter, qui présente son EC225, et AgustaWestland, qui propose son AW101, vont donc entrer dans une phase de négociations plus poussées avec le ministère, la décision finale étant attendue pour la fin de l’année 2013.

 

AW101 - AgustaWestland

AW101 - AgustaWestland

Il s’agit pour la Norvège de remplacer sa flotte de Sea King à l’horizon 2020 par 16 nouveaux hélicoptères, avec une option pour six exemplaires supplémentaires. Le processus de sélection avait débuté en octobre 2011. Sikorsky (H-92) et NHIndustries (NH90) étaient les deux autres compétiteurs dans cet appel d'offres.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 12:35
Rudra advanced light helicopter at static display during Aero India 2013. Photo: courtesy of Pritishp333.

Rudra advanced light helicopter at static display during Aero India 2013. Photo: courtesy of Pritishp333.

10 July 2013 army-technology.com

 

The Indian Army will induct the first operational squadron of the domestically manufactured Rudra advanced light helicopter (ALH) in August 2013.

 

An unnamed military source was quoted by The Times of India as saying that the squadron would initially be raised in Bengaluru, and later deployed in the country's western sector.

 

Commenting on the helicopter, the source said Rudra would offer ground commanders with an edge in the battlefield.

 

"The ALHs did excellent rescue work in Uttarakhand recently," the source said. "With combat firepower, speed and mobility, they will prove their worth in military operations too."

 

A weapon system integrated variant of the domestically built Dhruv helicopter, Rudra is designed to carry out both utility and attack missions, as well as offer close air support and protection to the ground forces in the battlefield.

"With combat firepower, speed and mobility, the ALH will prove their worth in military operations."

 

Fully designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) at the Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR & DC), the helicopter features an array of new weapon systems, including a 20mm turreted gun, 70mm rocket pods and Magic Matra air-to-air missiles and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to enhance the army's aerial firepower capabilities.

 

Additional equipment includes forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and thermal imaging sights interface, integrated defensive aids suite (IDAS) with electronic warfare self-protection, as well as an automatic flight control system.

 

The army is initially expected to establish six Rudra squadrons, each comprising ten helicopters, with the first two featuring imported ATGMs, with the next four fitted with the domestically manufactured Nag-Helina ATGMs.

 

The army's final aim is to equip each of its 13 Corps, comprising three strike and ten pivot, with at least one squadron of the armed helicopters.

 

As well as army, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also placed orders for around 16 helicopters.

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Australian MRH90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea. (all photos : RAN)

Australian MRH90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea. (all photos : RAN)

10 July 2013 Defense Studies

 

The Royal Australian Navy is leading the world in bringing the new MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter into service at sea.

 

The Navy’s soon-to-be-commissioned 808 Squadron has been conducting trials, testing, evaluation and training on the MRH90 Taipan helicopter since 2010.

 

When 808 Squadron’s commanding officer, Commander Charlie Stephenson, travelled to the Netherlands recently to present to 12 other nations currently introducing this variant of the MRH90 - known internationally as the NH90 Troop Transport Helicopter (NH90 TTH) - he left them a little surprised and very impressed by the Royal Australian Navy’s progress to date.

 

The international forum known as the NH90 User Group provides the opportunity for armed services operating variants of the NH90 to share knowledge, experiences and gain valuable lessons learnt to benefit all members.

 

“I was invited to present on how the RAN is operating the MRH90 at sea because the RAN is the only service worldwide to be operating the troop transport variant of this aircraft at sea.

 

Australian Navy Leading the World with MRH90 Helicopter Introduction at Sea

“Australia has flown the second highest number of hours worldwide, with the Italians being just ahead of the ADF, although they have been operating the aircraft for a longer time.

 

“Most nations were surprised at how advanced we were, with some asking for advice on how we had developed the capability to get to sea.

 

“It was satisfying to see that our own 808 Squadron is one of the leading units worldwide for the hours flown with this aircraft, particularly at sea.

 

“Bringing a technologically advanced aircraft into service is no simple task, but 808 Squadron personnel have worked tirelessly, together with Army Aviation and the Defence Materiel Organisation project office, to reach this milestone and I’m very proud to see their efforts being recognised by other militaries around the world,” Commander Stephenson said.

 

808 Squadron also won the MRH90/NH90 User Group photo competition for a unique and dramatic image of an MRH90 landing at a rock formation in the Moreton National Park south of Nowra.

 

808 Squadron will commission into the Royal Australian Navy on Thursday 11 July in a naval ceremony at the Naval Air Station, HMAS Albatross near Nowra, NSW.

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9 juillet 2013 2 09 /07 /juillet /2013 17:45
US Contracts Helicopter Support in Africa

July 8, 2013 Source: Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated

 

Erickson Air-Crane Announces Two Contract Extensions with SOCAFRICA

 

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it was awarded option period extensions with Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA).

 

US Contracts Helicopter Support in Africa

The option awards were made to Evergreen Helicopters, a recently acquired, wholly owned subsidiary of Erickson, to provide a fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft for personnel and cargo transport for the Department of Defense in Central Africa. The total value of the contract options is in excess of $8 million.

 

Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson, commented, “We are excited to continue to develop a strong operational capability and strategic presence in Africa for the Department of Defense. We believe this region, with its vast territories and relatively undeveloped infrastructure, is becoming an increasingly large and diverse market for aviation services across a broad range of missions and types of customers.”

 

Mr. Rieder concluded, “Each new contract award brings us incremental visibility and furthers our confidence in the Evergreen business portfolio’s strength. We continue to push toward a cohesive integration of our organizations, and expect significant financial and strategic benefits to emerge.”

 

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated is a leading global provider of aviation services. The Company currently operates a diverse fleet of 85 rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft, including a fleet of 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. The Company also maintains a vertical manufacturing capability for the S-64 Aircrane, related components, and other aftermarket support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the Aircrane and other aircraft.

 

Founded in 1971, Erickson Air-Crane is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and maintains facilities and operations in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /juillet /2013 12:30
Mi-28N source Ria Novisti

Mi-28N source Ria Novisti

28/06/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Russia is supplying Iraq with at least 10 new attack helicopters via a multi-billion dollar contract.

 

Under the agreement's terms, Iraq is getting Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopter gunships, along with associated weapons, support equipment and aircrew/support crew training services. The contract was originally signed in 2012 but only now have details of it been confirmed.

 

The Mi-28 helicopter design was unveiled in 1982 but, two years later, it lost out to the Kamov Ka-50 in Russian Air Force service. Then, an upgraded model was launched but, in the early 1990s, the programme was cancelled, only to be resurrected in 1995. Finally, the Mi-28N model joined the Russian Army in 2006.

 

Mi-28N Attack Helicopter

 

An all-weather capable helicopter able to operate by day or night, the Mi-28N attack helicopter has a top speed of 199 miles per hour and a range of 270 miles.

 

It can fly at altitudes of up to 19,000 feet and has a rate of climb of 2,677 feet a minute, while its armament comprises of a nose-mounted 30mm cannon and various rockets, bombs and missiles, including Ataka-V anti-tank missiles and S-8 or S-13 rockets.

 

Iraqi Mi-28NE Contract

 

Mil Mi-28NE Havoc (Night Hunter)

Mil Mi-28NE Havoc (Night Hunter)

The Iraqi Air Force is being rebuilt following on from the 2003 Invasion. A whole array of new aircraft and helicopters are thus set to be delivered in months ahead including Lockheed Martin F-16s (in 2014) and Boeing AH-64 Apaches (from September 2013 onwards).

 

Already supplied and in service are nine C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft, 24 Beechcraft King Air 350 VIP transports and 12 RQ11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

10 is the minimum number of Mi-28NE (export models) destined for the Iraqi Air Force: according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, as many as 40 could be eventually supplied. The Iraqi Mi-28NE contract's total value is $4.3 billion.

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28 juin 2013 5 28 /06 /juin /2013 11:20
Les Forces canadiennes recoivent leur premier hélicoptère CH-147F Chinook

Les Forces armées canadiennes reçoivent leur premier hélicoptère Chinook CH 147F (Photo Nicolas Laffont 45eNord.ca)

 

28/06/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Le premier hélicoptère CH-147F Chinook des Forces armées canadiennes a été officiellement livré jeudi 27 juin.

 

À l’occasion d’une cérémonie à l’aéroport d’Ottawa, la ministre associée de la Défense nationale, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, et le ministre de la Défense nationale, Peter MacKay, se sont réjouis de la livraison du premier hélicoptère de ce genre.

 

«La livraison aujourd’hui du nouvel hélicoptère Chinook démontre clairement l’engagement de notre gouvernement à doter les Forces armées canadiennes de l’équipement approprié pour les nombreuses tâches exigeantes qu’on leur demande d’exécuter», a déclaré la ministre Findlay qui est responsable des achats militaires au sein de la Défense. «L’hélicoptère Chinook canadien de modèle F – conçu spécialement pour les exigences opérationnelles et environnementales uniques – offrira une mobilité et une souplesse plus grandes à l’Aviation royale canadienne.»

 

M. MacKay a souligné l’augmentation des capacités qu’amèneront ces hélicoptères. «À mesure que l’instruction initiale à l’intention des membres d’équipage progressera, les nouveaux Chinook, auxquels des améliorations considérables ont été apportées, augmenteront assurément la capacité des Forces armées canadiennes à mener des opérations militaires, peu importe l’endroit où elles doivent le faire, y compris l’intervention rapide en cas d’urgence au Canada», a-t-il ainsi souligné.

 

En interview pour 45eNord.ca, le major-général Richard Foster, commandant-adjoint de l’Aviation royale canadienne, a précisé que la quinzaine de Chinook qui seront livrés entre 2013 et 2014 serviront tant aux opérations domestiques, en cas d’incendies, d’inondations ou de séismes par exemple, mais également aux opérations à l’étranger dans des zones plus dangereuses ou qu’il est impossible d’atteindre par voie terrestre.

 

Le CH-147F Chinook est un hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd avancé à missions multiples. Même si sa mission principale consiste à transporter de l’équipement et du personnel durant les opérations au pays et à l’étranger, il fournit également une capacité essentielle d’intervention en cas d’urgence nécessitant une aide humanitaire (p. ex., incendies, inondations, séismes). Ces Chinook canadiens ont été modifiés afin de satisfaire aux exigences opérationnelles nationales. Notamment, ils ont été munis de réservoirs de carburant à long rayon d’action, ce qui leur permet de parcourir une distance deux fois plus grande que les modèles précédents. Cette augmentation marquée du rayon d’action est particulièrement importante pour les missions dans les vastes régions du nord du Canada.

 

Ils sont également équipés d’un système électrique à la fine pointe de la technologie, de systèmes d’alerte laser et radar perfectionnés, de trois mitrailleuses défensives et d’un système de contre-mesures de missiles actifs à laser pour neutraliser les missiles de défense aérienne. Cet équipement permettra d’utiliser plus efficacement les Chinooks canadiens dans de nombreux milieux présentant une menace, tout en augmentant la sécurité des équipages et les chances de succès des missions.

 

Lors de la mission de combat en Afghanistan, le Canada avait acheté six Chinook de type D aux États-Unis. Ils ont été employés au sein de l’escadre aérienne du Canada à Kandahar et a permis «de sauver de nombreuses vies», comme l’a rappelé le ministre MacKay.

 

Le coût total pour l’acquisition et le soutien en service du projet d’hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd est estimé à 5 milliards $. Ce montant inclue 2,3 milliards $ pour le projet d’acquisition et 2,7 milliards $ pour le programme de soutien en service sur 20 ans. Le contrat avec Boeing a été signé en 2009. Les montants susmentionnés n’incluent pas les coûts de personnel, de fonctionnement et de maintien en service.

 

Dans le cadre du programme d’hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd, Boeing s’est engagé à générer des retombées industrielles et régionales de 1,25 milliard $, de sorte que l’industrie canadienne profite grandement de cet approvisionnement. Boeing est actuellement en voie de respecter ses engagements.

 

Démantelé dans les années 1990, puis remis sur pied en 2012, le 450e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères, situé sur la Base des Forces canadiennes Petawawa (Ontario), accueillera cette nouvelle flotte de 15 hélicoptères et comptera environ 400 militaires d’ici 2016.

 

En attendant, il faudra dons s’attendre à voir de plus en plus de Chinook dans le ciel canadien… et peut-être à l’étranger.

 

Spécifications

Longueur            15,9 m (fuselage), 30,18 m (de l’extrémité du rotor avant à l’extrémité du rotor arrière)

Envergure de chaque rotor        18,28 m

Hauteur              5,77 m

Masse maximale brute                24 494 kg (selon le site Web de Boeing)

Puissance (moteurs)     Deux moteurs Honeywell 55‑GA‑714A, 3 529 kW (puissance sur l’arbre de 4 733 hp)

Vitesse                315 km/h (au niveau de la mer)

Rayon d’action                 Un rayon d’action opérationel de plus de 1 100 km

Équipement      Réservoirs de carburant de grande autonomie, système de contremesures de missiles actifs à laser, système de largueur de paillettes et de fusées éclairantes, système d’alerte laser et radar, blindage complet, capteur électro optique et infrarouge, trois mitrailleuses défensives (deux canons latéraux à l’avant et un sur la rampe arrière).

Quantité             15

Années d’acquisition    2013 et 2014

Base      BFC Petawawa (Ontario)

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Le premier hélicoptère CH-147F Chinook arrive au Canada

27 juin 2013 (Marketwired )

 

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- L'honorable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, c.r., ministre associée de la Défense nationale responsable des achats militaires, et l'honorable Peter MacKay, ministre de la Défense nationale, se sont réjouis de la livraison du premier hélicoptère CH-147F Chinook des Forces armées canadiennes lors de la cérémonie tenue aujourd'hui au Centre d'accueil du Canada.

« La livraison aujourd'hui du nouvel hélicoptère Chinook démontre clairement l'engagement de notre gouvernement à doter les Forces armées canadiennes de l'équipement approprié pour les nombreuses tâches exigeantes qu'on leur demande d'exécuter », a déclaré la ministre Findlay. « L'hélicoptère Chinook canadien de modèle F - conçu spécialement pour les exigences opérationnelles et environnementales uniques - offrira une mobilité et une souplesse plus grandes à l'Aviation royale canadienne. »

« À mesure que l'instruction initiale à l'intention des membres d'équipage progressera, les nouveaux Chinook, auxquels des améliorations considérables ont été apportées, augmenteront assurément la capacité des Forces armées canadiennes à mener des opérations militaires, peu importe l'endroit où elles doivent le faire, y compris l'intervention rapide en cas d'urgence au Canada », a souligné le ministre MacKay.

Le CH-147F Chinook est un hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd avancé à missions multiples. Même si sa mission principale consiste à transporter de l'équipement et du personnel durant les opérations au pays et à l'étranger, il fournit également une capacité essentielle d'intervention en cas d'urgence nécessitant une aide humanitaire (p. ex., incendies, inondations, séismes). Ces Chinook canadiens ont été modifiés afin de satisfaire aux exigences opérationnelles nationales. Notamment, ils ont été munis de réservoirs de carburant à long rayon d'action, ce qui leur permet de parcourir une distance deux fois plus grande que les modèles précédents. Cette augmentation marquée du rayon d'action est particulièrement importante pour les missions dans les vastes régions du nord du Canada.

Ils sont également équipés d'un système électrique à la fine pointe de la technologie, de systèmes d'alerte laser et radar perfectionnés, de trois mitrailleuses défensives et d'un système de contre-mesures de missiles actifs à laser pour neutraliser les missiles de défense aérienne. Cet équipement permettra d'utiliser plus efficacement les Chinooks canadiens dans de nombreux milieux présentant une menace, tout en augmentant la sécurité des équipages et les chances de succès des missions.

« Le nouveau CH-147F représente l'évolution la plus moderne et la plus avancée d'une conception d'hélicoptère qui fait ses preuves depuis de nombreuses années lors d'opérations militaires », a indiqué le lieutenant-général Yvan Blondin, commandant de l'Aviation royale canadienne. « Nos six hélicoptères Chinook précédents, de modèle D, ont sauvé la vie de bon nombre de Canadiens et d'alliés en Afghanistan en réduisant l'exposition au sol aux dispositifs explosifs de circonstance meurtriers. Ces impressionnants nouveaux hélicoptères constitueront également un précieux ajout à la capacité de transport tactique du Canada pour bien des années à venir. »

Le coût total pour l'acquisition et le soutien en service du projet d'hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd est estimé à 5 milliards de dollars canadiens. Ce montant inclue 2,3 milliards de dollars pour le projet d'acquisition et 2,7 milliards de dollars pour le programme de soutien en service sur 20 ans. Le projet d'acquisition respecte le budget et l'échéancier depuis que le contrat avec la compagnie Boeing a été signé en 2009. Les montants susmentionnés n'incluent pas les coûts de personnel, de fonctionnement et de maintien en service.

Dans le cadre du programme d'hélicoptère de transport moyen à lourd, Boeing s'est engagé à générer des retombées industrielles et régionales de 1,25 milliard de dollars américains, de sorte que l'industrie canadienne profite grandement de cet approvisionnement. Boeing est actuellement en voie de respecter ses engagements.

L'intégralité de la flotte canadienne de 15 hélicoptères CH-147F Chinook sera livrée au cours de la prochaine année. Le 450e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères, situé sur la Base des Forces canadiennes Petawawa (Ontario), accueillera cette nouvelle flotte et comptera environ 400 militaires d'ici 2016.

Remarques aux rédacteurs en chef et aux directeurs des nouvelles :

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez consulter la documentation à l'adresse suivante :

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/v2/nl-ln/index-eng.asp

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les particularités techniques et des images, visitez la page Web de la Force aérienne à l'adresse suivante :

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/v2/equip/ch147f/index-eng.asp

Pour voir des images à haute résolution du CH147F :

http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/01/chinookch147f/index-eng.asp

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EC120B-Colibri

EC120B-Colibri

25 June 2013 by defenceWeb

 

French company DCI has trained six Niger Air Force helicopter pilots and will train more aircrew under an extended contract.

 

DCI said that six pilots from Niger underwent ab-initio training in France and Niger and that the government of Niger had decided to extend the project in 2013 with the training of additional aircrews.

 

The six pilots, together with six flight mechanics, graduated with their diplomas in March at a ceremony held in Niamey, Niger.

 

“This innovative project, supported by the presidency of Niger, allowed the pilots and flight mechanics to use Helidax installations, within the framework of an ab initio training,” DCI said. “The pilots were trained on EC120 Colibri aircraft.

 

The Niger Air Force operates several Mi-8/17 transport and Mi-24 attack helicopters.

 

DCI-AIRCO, in partnership with the French Air Force, has offered fighter pilot training since 2008. Training takes place at French Air Force bases (Salon de Provence, Cognac, Tours and Cazaux). The company also offers helicopter pilot training, at the ALAT (French Army Light Aviation) pilot training school in Dax, or in the customer’s country.

 

DCI, via its subsidiary Hélidax, is an important partner for the Dax school. Hélidax supplies flight hours required for the basic training of pilots from the Armed Forces (land, sea and air), Gendarmerie Nationale and other foreign pilots.

 

Some of DCI’s customers include the Qatar Emiri Air Force and Libya. Earlier this month it was announced that the Libyan Air Force had appointed DCI to train 20 officer trainees.

 

DCI was created in 1972 to assist foreign military equipment sales, with its main mission to provide training to foreign customers.

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24 juin 2013 1 24 /06 /juin /2013 18:55
from L to R SA342 Gazelle EC665 Tiger AS532 Cougar and EC725 Caracal - Crédits Jérôme Maire

from L to R SA342 Gazelle EC665 Tiger AS532 Cougar and EC725 Caracal - Crédits Jérôme Maire

20 juin 2013 Par Elodie Vallerey - Usinenouvelle.com

 

L'hélicoptériste Eurocopter, filiale d'EADS, a profité du salon aéronautique du Bourget pour lancer la construction de sa nouvelle usine à Dugny (Seine-Saint-Denis), sur le site de l'aéroport d'affaires de Paris-Le Bourget.

 

Un coup de pioche symbolique pour l'état-major d'Eurocopter. L'hélicoptériste de Marignane a officialisé, le 20 juin, la mise en chantier de son nouveau site de production de Paris-Le Bourget.

 

Entouré des personnalités politiques locales, le président d'Eurocopter Guillaume Faury a posé la première pierre de ce nouveau complexe industriel.

 

Annoncé en 2011, le nouveau site du Bourget ouvrira durant l'été 2015. Il sera articulé par deux composantes : l'activité du site de production de pales d'hélicoptères de La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis) ainsi transféré, et l'ouverture d'un centre de recherche et développement de la branche "Innovation Works" d'EADS, la maison mère d'Eurocopter, sur les matériaux composites notamment.

 

"Le site de Paris Le Bourget s’inscrit dans la stratégie d’innovation du groupe, qui (...) doit s’équiper des moyens industriels les plus modernes", a commenté Guillaume Faury, cité dans un communiqué. "Au-delà du transfert, nous avons pour ambition de faire du site de Paris Le Bourget un pôle de référence en matière industrielle et de recherche en Ile de France".

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AW109 - photo AgustaWestland

AW109 - photo AgustaWestland

24 June 2013 by defenceWeb

 

The Mauritanian Air Force has ordered two AW109 helicopters and the Senegalese Air Force a single AW139 from AgustaWestland, the company has announced.

 

The contract with Mauritania was signed on June 17 at the Paris Air Show during a ceremony attended by Colonel Hereitani of the Mauritanian Air Force and Geoff Hoon, AgustaWestland’s Managing Director of International Business.

 

AgustaWestland said the twin-engined AW109 Power helicopters would be used for border patrol and reconnaissance missions, and would be delivered in mid-2014 in a multi-role homeland security configuration.

 

The contract also includes a comprehensive training and support package that will be delivered both in Italy and on-site to ensure a quick and effective entry into operational service for the aircraft, AgustaWestland added.

 

Mauritania’s Air Force only flies two other helicopters – Chinese Harbin Z-9As delivered in 2003, according to the Jane’s Information Group.

 

The Mauritanian Air Force has been growing in recent times, especially in response to Islamic terrorist organisations operating in the region. Four Embraer EMB-312F Tucanos were received from France in 2010 and 2011, while the nation began taking delivery of new Super Tucanos in October 2012.

AW139M - photo AgustaWestland

AW139M - photo AgustaWestland

Also at the Paris Air Show, AgustaWestland announced that it had signed a contract for a single AW139 medium helicopter, which will be operated by the Senegal Air Force. It will most likely be used for VIP transport.

 

The contract marks the entrance of AgustaWestland helicopters in the regional market, the company said, and includes in-country support services and training for both aircrew and maintainers.

 

Senegal is also expanding its air force, with the country recently ordering three A-29 Super Tucanos from Embraer. The contract was signed on April 10 this year.

 

The AW109 Power variant, which can be flown by a single pilot, features a digital glass cockpit with six liquid crystal instrument displays providing the aircrew with flight, systems and mission data. It can cruise at a maximum speed of 285 km/h. Nearly 480 AW109s are in service in around 50 countries, with almost one third of these being operated by government customers.

 

The AW109’s larger sibling, the AW139, can cruise at 306 km/h over nearly a thousand kilometres. Around 720 have been sold in almost 60 countries to over 200 customers for many roles including VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, fire fighting, offshore transport, search and rescue, emergency medical services, disaster relief and maritime patrol.

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Cérémonie pour la commande de 34 Caiman sur le stand de NHI au Bourget mercredi matin (Crédits : G Belan)

Cérémonie pour la commande de 34 Caiman sur le stand de NHI au Bourget mercredi matin (Crédits : G Belan)

20.06.2013 Par Guillaume Belan (FOB)

 

C’est la seule annonce du Ministère de la défense durant ce salon du Bourget 2013, mais elle est d’importance: près d’un milliard d’euros pour 34 hélicoptères Caiman TTH (Tactital Transport Helicopter) pour l’armée de terre. Il s’agit de la deuxième tranche de la commande française du NH90 TTH, qui attendait confirmation depuis plusieurs mois. Outre le fort besoin de l’armée de terre pour cet hélicoptère de manœuvre qui viendra remplacer les vieillissants Puma, cette tranche permet à Paris de rester dans les principaux partenaires du programme, notamment concernant la charge de travail pour les sites d’Eurocopter. « Ce contrat est l’aboutissement d’un processus long et difficile qui a duré un an et demi » a précisé l’ingénieur en chef de l’armement (DGA) Arvind Badrinath durant la cérémonie qui s’est tenue sur le stand de NHI au salon du Bourget hier. Ce second batch porte à 68 le nombre de Caiman à destination de l’ALAT (Aviation Légère de l’armée de terre) française, qui dispose aujourd’hui de six NH90 en version FOC (Final Operational Capability), soit la configuration finale du Caiman. C’est sous le ciel pluvieux du Bourget que le général Delamotte, commandant de l’ALAT (COMALAT) s’est réjouit de cette commande. « Le Caiman vient d’achever au Qatar ses essais temps chaud en conditions désertiques » a-t-il précisé à FOB « et l’appareil devrait rentrer au service actif à l’été 2014 ». A terme, l’ALAT disposera de 115 hélicoptères de manœuvre, dont 68 NH90 ; 26 Cougar rénovés et 8 Caracal. Si le Caiman ne sera armé « que » de deux mitrailleuses de 7.62 mm à chaque porte, un armement plus lourd, comme du 20 mm n’est pas exclu ultérieurement. « Le canon de 20 mm sur le Puma Corsaire a prouvé tout son intérêt dans les opex récentes, comme au Mali » a précisé le COMALAT. Les premiers équipages sont actuellement en train d’être formés au centre de formation interarmées du Luc.

 

Au total, NHI a livré 147 NH90 à 13 pays à ce jour. Outre la version terrestre TTH, le NH90 est décliné en version navale (NFH : NATO Frigate Helicopter) en service dans la Marine Nationale.

 

Le NH90 a été développé et est fabriqué par NH Industries, une coentreprise regroupant Eurocopter (62,5 % du programme), le constructeur italien AgustaWestland (32 %) et le néerlandais Stork Fokker (5,5 %).

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Sikorsky Wins $245M Order for Additional Black Hawks

June 14, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued June 13, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $244,863,014 modification (P00077), to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (W58RGZ-12-C-0008), for the procurement of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

 

Fiscal 2013 procurement funds are being obligated on this award.

 

The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity

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Helisim 100 000th hour of simulator training

Helisim 100 000th hour of simulator training

Jun 14, 2013 ASDNews Source : Eurocopter

 

Helisim today celebrated the 100,000th hour milestone for flight simulator sessions with international customers, marking a key milestone in its training of pilots on Eurocopter helicopters that directly contributes to the safety of operators worldwide.

 

The value of Helisim’s services is the highly realistic flight experience provided in its ground-based simulators, enabling pilots to encounter even the most extreme operating conditions across a full range of civil, parapublic, governmental and military missions.

 

Helisim operates two full-flight simulators with motion systems that accommodate roll-on/roll-off Level D cockpits for the following rotorcraft: the EC225, EC155, AS332 L1 and AS332 Super Puma/Cougar, along with the AS365 N2 Dauphin/Panther. It also has a full-flight simulator for the NH-90 TTH tactical transport helicopter, along with one multi-cockpit Level 3 flight training device.

 

“Our training places pilots in real-life scenarios that cover everything from routine flight to the most demanding situations – all within the safe environment of our ground-based simulators,” said Helisim Chief Executive Officer Patrick Bourreau. “The commitment of our team is fully aligned with the goals of Eurocopter to ensure the safe operations of its customers – whatever type of missions they perform.”

 

Helisim training includes courses for helicopter type ratings, instrument ratings, maintenance flight checks, glass cockpit familiarization, line-oriented flight training, multi-crew coordination and cockpit resource management, along with the qualification of simulator training operators.

 

Mission-oriented training offered by Helisim covers offshore procedures, flight with night vision goggles, tactical flight, government and VIP operations, as well as combat SAR (search and rescue). Recurrent courses include all possible emergency procedures, within flight profiles covering instrument flight rules (IFR) and mountainous terrain flying to operations at helipads, in confined areas and to offshore platforms.

 

Situated nearby Eurocopter’s headquarters and production facility location in Marignane, France, Helisim trains an average of 3,000 pilots annually – performing approximately 14,000 hours of simulation per year. Helisim is co-owned by Eurocopter and Thales, with 45 percent shareholdings each, and Défense Conseil International, which holds the remaining 10 percent.

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Sikorsky Receives U.S. Navy Award to Build Four CH-53K Operational Test Helicopters

June 06, 2013 sikorsky.com

 

  STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received a $435 million U.S. Navy contract to build four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Designated as System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four aircraft will enable the Marines to conduct operational evaluation of the new helicopter system in support of Initial Operational Capability in 2019.

 

 

“The four SDTA aircraft are based on the configuration of the fourth and final flight test aircraft currently being assembled on the prototype production line,” said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “We truly appreciate the high level of confidence the Navy and Marine Corps have shown to the CH-53K team as we move forward with this important next phase of the program.”

 

The Navy has included the SDTA helicopters as an additional line item under the existing $3.5 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract initially awarded to Sikorsky in April 2006. The contract schedule requires that Sikorsky deliver the first SDTA aircraft in 39 months, and the fourth by the end of March 2017, when the Marines will begin operational evaluation. The contract’s cost-plus-incentive fee arrangement incentivizes Sikorsky to deliver early. Sikorsky will perform final assembly of the SDTA aircraft at the company’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations facility in West Palm Beach.

 

To date, Sikorsky has delivered two of the seven SDD CH-53K aircraft – the Ground Test Vehicle and the Static Test Article – into the test program, and is finalizing assembly of the four flight test aircraft and the Fatigue Test Article. First flight of a CH-53K prototype aircraft is expected in late 2014.

 

Once the SDTA aircraft enter operational evaluation in 2017, the Marine Corps will verify the CH-53K helicopter’s capability to carry 27,000 pounds over 110 nautical miles under “high hot” ambient conditions, nearly tripling the external load carrying capacity of the current CH-53E Super Stallion™ helicopter.

 

Technology enablers for increased lift include three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines; a split torque transmission design that more efficiently distributes engine power to the main rotors; fourth-generation composite rotor blades for enhanced lift; and a composite airframe structure for reduced weight.

 

"The SDTA contract represents an exciting and significant milestone in our program," said Col. Robert Pridgen, the Heavy Lift Helicopters program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command. "We are well on our way to making the CH-53K a reality for our Marines and our Naval fleet. The capability this aircraft brings, in every clime and place, is critical to sustaining the future missions of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force. The future of heavy lift is bright."

 

Per the current program of record, the Navy intends to order an additional 196 CH-53K aircraft as part of a separate production contract to stand up eight operational squadrons and one training squadron to support the Marine Corps’ operational requirements. Eventual production quantities would be determined year-by-year over the life of the program based on funding allocations set by Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition priorities.

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning opportunities for development, production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans, availability of funding and in the type and number of aircraft required; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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L’armée de Terre est maintenant équipée d’un hélicoptère Tigre version appui-destruction - Crédits EFA

L’armée de Terre est maintenant équipée d’un hélicoptère Tigre version appui-destruction - Crédits EFA

06.06.2013 TF1

C'est une arme redoutable, fruit du savoir faire français et allemand. L'armée de terre française vient de recevoir le premier exemplaire de cet appareil dont la version antérieure a fait ses preuves en Afghanistan, en Libye et plus récemment au Mali. Une équipe de TF1 a pu exceptionnellement y prendre place. Des images impressionnantes.

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Puma MK2 helicopter of the Royal Air Force. (Photo Eurocopter)

Puma MK2 helicopter of the Royal Air Force. (Photo Eurocopter)

June 6, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Eurocopter UK; issued June 06, 2013)

 

Eurocopter UK Receives Contract to Support the 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 Helicopters It Is Upgrading for the UK Ministry of Defence

 

OXFORD, England --- Eurocopter UK’s role in maintaining the United Kingdom’s military helicopter capabilities has been further expanded with the award of a three-year support contract for the fleet of 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 helicopters being upgraded by the company to extend their life, enhance performance, mission capability and operational safety.

 

The contract – valued at approximately 60 million euros – further reinforces Eurocopter UK’s footprint as on-shore service provider to the UK armed forces. Eurocopter UK’s support activity for the Puma Mk2 will be coordinated through its headquarters at Oxford, England, which is close to the RAF’s Puma main operating base.

 

"As a major onshore supplier to the UK government and its agencies, we are proud to further expand our services in the military environment with this latest contract,” explained Markus Steinke, the Managing Director of Eurocopter UK. “We intend to leverage our significant support expertise from Britain’s civil helicopter hub at Oxford, which is proven to be highly reactive and cost effective, and introduce this into the Puma fleet – setting new standards in military helicopter support.”

 

Group Captain Malcolm French, the Puma Project Team Leader said “We are looking forward to working closely with Eurocopter UK during this new era in the operational life of the RAF’s Puma Force. In particular, we have high expectations for the support capabilities delivered by and through Eurocopter UK’s team at Kidlington, as we move to field this significant component of the UK’s battlefield support helicopter capability during 2013.”

 

The 24 Puma Mk2 rotorcraft covered by this support contract are being upgraded under the Puma Life Extension Programme contract awarded to Eurocopter UK in 2009 by the UK Ministry of Defence. All 24 helicopters have been inducted into the programme, with the first aircraft deliveries from Eurocopter UK made in 2012. To date, eight have completed the process. The upgrades will significantly enhance the Puma’s operational capabilities for the Royal Air Force in combat, troop transport, load movement and humanitarian operations, and extend these helicopters’ operational lifetime to at least 2025.

 

Improvements for the Puma Mk2 include the use of new Makila 1A1 turboshaft engines that considerably increase performance; the integration of a full glass cockpit incorporating modern avionics and a flight management system; the implementation of a digital automatic flight control system; as well as the incorporation of a secure communications suite, defensive aids and ballistic protection for crew and passengers.

 

Additionally, greater onboard fuel capacity and lower fuel consumption improve the Puma Mk2’s operating range. These upgraded aircraft are able to carry twice the payload over three times the range compared to its predecessor in the most demanding operational and environmental conditions.

 

Eurocopter UK Ltd, Britain’s civil helicopter hub, and its predecessors have been present and highly active in the United Kingdom for over 30 years, dominating the civil rotary wing(rw) sector. Its contribution to the aerospace sector of the national economy includes the development of police aviation leading to a 75% market share, air ambulances (70% share), and well over 50% of the offshore oil and gas market.

 

Eurocopter UK Ltd is headquartered in Oxford, with additional bases in Dublin (Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Hawarden (Wales) and Aberdeen (Scotland) and provides the full range of products and services for the rw sector, including prime contractor of the RAF Puma Mk2 programme. Some 450 Eurocopter helicopters form the biggest part of the UK's helicopter fleet and the backbone of vital national infrastructure such as 100 helicopters serving the UK Ministry of Defence for transport, training and high end operational missions. Eurocopter enjoys a reputation for innovation, high quality and a strong customer service ethos. To date, Eurocopter UK Ltd has exported helicopter High-Tech solutions to 23 nations on all continents. The Eurocopter group employs more than 1600 people across the British Isles.http://June 6, 2013 defense-aerospace.com (Source: Eurocopter UK; issued June 06, 2013) Eurocopter UK Receives Contract to Support the 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 Helicopters It Is Upgrading for the UK Ministry of Defence OXFORD, England --- Eurocopter UK’s role in maintaining the United Kingdom’s military helicopter capabilities has been further expanded with the award of a three-year support contract for the fleet of 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 helicopters being upgraded by the company to extend their life, enhance performance, mission capability and operational safety. The contract – valued at approximately 60 million euros – further reinforces Eurocopter UK’s footprint as on-shore service provider to the UK armed forces. Eurocopter UK’s support activity for the Puma Mk2 will be coordinated through its headquarters at Oxford, England, which is close to the RAF’s Puma main operating base. "As a major onshore supplier to the UK government and its agencies, we are proud to further expand our services in the military environment with this latest contract,” explained Markus Steinke, the Managing Director of Eurocopter UK. “We intend to leverage our significant support expertise from Britain’s civil helicopter hub at Oxford, which is proven to be highly reactive and cost effective, and introduce this into the Puma fleet – setting new standards in military helicopter support.” Group Captain Malcolm French, the Puma Project Team Leader said “We are looking forward to working closely with Eurocopter UK during this new era in the operational life of the RAF’s Puma Force. In particular, we have high expectations for the support capabilities delivered by and through Eurocopter UK’s team at Kidlington, as we move to field this significant component of the UK’s battlefield support helicopter capability during 2013.” The 24 Puma Mk2 rotorcraft covered by this support contract are being upgraded under the Puma Life Extension Programme contract awarded to Eurocopter UK in 2009 by the UK Ministry of Defence. All 24 helicopters have been inducted into the programme, with the first aircraft deliveries from Eurocopter UK made in 2012. To date, eight have completed the process. The upgrades will significantly enhance the Puma’s operational capabilities for the Royal Air Force in combat, troop transport, load movement and humanitarian operations, and extend these helicopters’ operational lifetime to at least 2025. Improvements for the Puma Mk2 include the use of new Makila 1A1 turboshaft engines that considerably increase performance; the integration of a full glass cockpit incorporating modern avionics and a flight management system; the implementation of a digital automatic flight control system; as well as the incorporation of a secure communications suite, defensive aids and ballistic protection for crew and passengers. Additionally, greater onboard fuel capacity and lower fuel consumption improve the Puma Mk2’s operating range. These upgraded aircraft are able to carry twice the payload over three times the range compared to its predecessor in the most demanding operational and environmental conditions. Eurocopter UK Ltd, Britain’s civil helicopter hub, and its predecessors have been present and highly active in the United Kingdom for over 30 years, dominating the civil rotary wing(rw) sector. Its contribution to the aerospace sector of the national economy includes the development of police aviation leading to a 75% market share, air ambulances (70% share), and well over 50% of the offshore oil and gas market. Eurocopter UK Ltd is headquartered in Oxford, with additional bases in Dublin (Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Hawarden (Wales) and Aberdeen (Scotland) and provides the full range of products and services for the rw sector, including prime contractor of the RAF Puma Mk2 programme. Some 450 Eurocopter helicopters form the biggest part of the UK's helicopter fleet and the backbone of vital national infrastructure such as 100 helicopters serving the UK Ministry of Defence for transport, training and high end operational missions. Eurocopter enjoys a reputation for innovation, high quality and a strong customer service ethos. To date, Eurocopter UK Ltd has exported helicopter High-Tech solutions to 23 nations on all continents. The Eurocopter group employs more than 1600 people across the British Isles.

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Chinook Exit

 

 5/28/2013 Strategy Page

 

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

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