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Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Defence officials and commanders of the British Army are underway with plans to relocate their attack helicopter forces. Currently the forces are in East Anglia and they hope to move them to a newer base that is closer to the Salisbury Plain training centre. Included in this plan is to downsize of the number of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

UK confirms Apaches to be built by Boeing

Boeing  will deliver 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the British Army under an agreement signed between the U.S. and UK governments, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today. The agreement is also a precursor to potential, significant long-term support opportunities for Boeing. David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jul-16

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Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

A team from the Royal Navy’s ‘emergency service’ has saved the day – and potentially £20m – with a speedy fix for the Army. The Service Modifications team at 1710 NAS has developed a system for the Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter to be adapted to airlift casualties from the battlefield. And within two days… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Jun-16

UK Army helicopter pilots quit in overpayment row

UK Army helicopter pilots quit in overpayment row

Fifteen of the Army’s most experienced helicopter pilots quit in a dispute over a demand they repay wages given to them in error, documents have revealed  See full story

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35842588, 21-Mar-16

FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are progressing with a sale of three Bell 212 helicopters to an as-yet-unidentified customer.  The helicopters had previously been operated by FBH under contract to the British Army in Kenya, and arrived back to their base at Middle Wallop in the UK in November and December 2015. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

The new facilities to provide infrastructure to support the co-location of the army’s Wildcat Attack Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton have been praised. Contract 2, which was completed at the end of last year, delivered technical facilities worth in the region of £14 million to facilitate the re-location of the Army Air Corps from Guttersloh… Read more »

Source: Army Air Corps, 12-Feb-16

Army Air Corps Lynx/Dauphin pilot joins Devon Air Ambulance

Army Air Corps Lynx/Dauphin pilot joins Devon Air Ambulance

As a child, Richie Tate recalls seeing helicopters delivering hay to snowbound cattle near his South Molton home and resolving that one day he would be a helicopter pilot. He achieved his ambition by learning to fly in a 23 year army career and has now landed his dream job as a pilot with the… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 13-Aug-15

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

The system will be used by Royal Navy and Army Air Corps pilots who fly the Wildcat. Combined Arms Gateway Environment (CAGE) is a unique system developed by BAE Systems that can be used on multiple platforms to plan, brief, rehearse, execute and debrief a mission using the latest situational awareness and planning support information…. Read more »

Source: BAE, 18-Feb-15

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Father of CareFlight program passes away

Father of CareFlight program passes away

The community is saying good-bye to the man who is credited with spearheading the CareFlight program here in the Miami Valley. See Full Story

Source: wdtn, 27-Jan-15

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08-Jan-15 ZK067 Bell 212 Nyeri, Kenya

British Army Air Corps helicopter slightly damaged in emergency landing in forest clearing on a training flight.  One report states they lost a tail rotor blade but this video clearly shows both still in place post incident

08-Jan-15

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27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK

Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight

27-Sep-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of… Read more »

26-Apr-14

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Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering Ltd, the Fairoaks Airport, UK based EASA Part 21J and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Approved Organisation Status company, has been awarded a contract to supply the design solution and major parts for a Traffic Alerting System, GPS and 8.33kHz VHF Comms upgrade to a number of Airbus Helicopters’ Gazelle helicopters for… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 11-Apr-14

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07-Apr-14 ZJ187 Boeing AH-64D Maryculter, UK

Emergency field landing due to mechanical issue, no apparent damage.

07-Apr-14

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Longbow International Receives $96M Support Contract for UK Apache Fire Control Systems

Longbow International Receives $96M Support Contract for UK Apache Fire Control Systems

LONGBOW International, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC], received a $96 million contract in 2013 from AgustaWestland to support LONGBOW Fire Control Radars on U.K. Apache AH Mk.1 aircraft. The five-year contract includes engineering services, integrated logistics support and an in-country repair capability. The effort is part of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-14

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Virtual Lynx MK.9A joins British Army fleet

Virtual Lynx MK.9A joins British Army fleet

Crews flying the latest incarnation of the British Army’s primary battlefield utility helicopter can now familiarise themselves with in-flight operational procedures in a virtual environment thanks to training, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC. Responding to a request from Joint Helicopter Command to the pilot Defence Simulation Centre, the Surrey-based company produced a detailed visual and… Read more »

Source: NSC, 11-Mar-14

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UK Army Air Corps considering smaller helicopters to reduce training cost

UK Army Air Corps considering smaller helicopters to reduce training cost

Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Brigadier Neil Sexton revealed that with helicopters accounting for nearly half of the army’s running costs, a cheaper training solution is being sought.  See full story

Source: IHS, 27-Jan-14

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NASA announces two helicopter pilots on same space mission

NASA announces two helicopter pilots on same space mission

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as… Read more »

Source: NASA, 18-Oct-13

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UK Apache Hellfire missiles restocked in £15M deal

UK Apache Hellfire missiles restocked in £15M deal

The 100-pound (45kg) Hellfire precision missile is Apache’s primary weapon. Used by crews in Afghanistan, it also proved itself repeatedly during the Libya campaign when Apaches flew from the deck of HMS Ocean against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces. Its successful use in Afghanistan and in training has reduced UK stocks of the missiles, which is why… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 21-May-13

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AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

A ceremony was held today at the Farnborough International Airshow, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to celebrate the successful delivery to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat multi-role helicopter. The first AW159 Wildcat was accepted in April 2012 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-12

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UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

For the first time the tank-busting Hellfire missile has been fired in the UK as HMS Illustrious and the Army Air Corps let rip off the Scottish coast during the biggest military exercise of the year. Two Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron Army Air Corps fired one Hellfire missile each at a training target that… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-May-12

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21-Feb-12 ZJ202 Boeing AH-64D Tattingstone, UK

Emergency landing after hitting overhead power lines on night flight

21-Feb-12

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UK special forces add fifth N3 Dauphin

UK special forces add fifth N3 Dauphin

The UK’s Special Air Service (SAS), the elite unit of the Army Air Corps, has taken delivery of a fifth Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin.  Industry sources tell HeliHub.com that the upcoming Olympics in London has inter alia placed additional responsibilities on the SAS, hence the need for the extra aircraft.  It is expected to take up… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-12

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AgustaWestland completes Lynx AH Mk.9A program

AgustaWestland completes Lynx AH Mk.9A program

A ceremony was held today at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility to mark the completion of the Lynx Mk9A programme and the scheduled delivery of the 22nd and final Lynx AH Mk9A helicopter to the British Army Air Corps in December 2011. The twenty-two aircraft programme was the result of Urgent Operational Requirement contracts placed in November… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Dec-11

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01-Dec-11 XZ210 AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 Gutersloh, Germany

Very heavy landing in ploughed field.  Skids collapsed, post crash fire, all three POB safe

01-Dec-11

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Apache pilot honoured for bravery in Afghanistan

Apache pilot honoured for bravery in Afghanistan

An Army officer is to receive the Air Force Cross for his ‘selflessness and extraordinary professionalism’ in piloting his Apache helicopter in dangerous situations to assist casualty rescue missions in Afghanistan. Captain Steven Jones, aged 32, an Apache pilot with the Army Air Corps, was flying his helicopter back to base after a day providing… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 08-Oct-11

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UK: Apache engineers at Wattisham to strike?

UK: Apache engineers at Wattisham to strike?

Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, are set to take strike action over a pay differential dispute that means that many are about £3,000-a-year worse off. More than 100 Unite members employed by Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham – Prince Harry’s home base – have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike… Read more »

Source: Unite, 23-Aug-11

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Prince Charles honours British Apache crews

Prince Charles honours British Apache crews

Soldiers who have been operating the Army’s Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan were praised this week for their outstanding performance by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, presented Operational Service Medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC), who have… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 25-Jul-11

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British Army Apache fires first Hellfire missile at sea

British Army Apache fires first Hellfire missile at sea

British Army Apaches have fired Hellfire missiles for the first time whilst flying from a Royal Navy warship. A significant milestone in proving the capability of Apache to operate and strike from the sea, 30mm cannon and Hellfire missiles were successfully fired against seaborne targets in a long-planned exercise near Gibraltar. In total, 550 rounds… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-May-11

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Prince Harry receives his wings – from Prince Charles

Prince Harry receives his wings – from Prince Charles

Prince Harry, Lt Wales, has been awarded his Flying Wings following completion of the eight-month Army Pilot Course with the Army Aviation centre (AACen) at Middle Wallop. His wings were presented to him by his father HRH the Prince of Wales, Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps, at the Museum of Army Flying… Read more »

Source: Army Air Corps, 10-Mar-11

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AW awarded £76M Lynx Wildcat training facility contract

AW awarded £76M Lynx Wildcat training facility contract

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)  to design and develop an integrated training solution which includes the building and equipping  of a new modern training centre for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The state-of-the-art training centre will be located at… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Mar-11

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Army Air Corps acquires Australian aircrewman simulator

Army Air Corps acquires Australian aircrewman simulator

The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a deal with Australian based company, Virtual Simulation Systems (VSS, established by the founder of the popular VBS series of software, David Lagettie) for the lease of a Complete Aircrew Training System (CATS) for up to 3 years. The system will be delivered to the Army Air Corps’… Read more »

Source: Virtual Simulation Systems, 21-Nov-10

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Prince Harry’s instructor arrested for propositioning female cleaner

Prince Harry’s instructor arrested for propositioning female cleaner

Married Chris Hearn, 48, is accused of “propositioning” a female cleaner at the Army Air Corps base in Middle Wallop, Hants.

Source: The Sun, 28-Oct-10

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British Army helicopters embark on Royal Navy flagship for exercise

British Army helicopters embark on Royal Navy flagship for exercise

A detachment of Apache attack helicopters from the Army Air Corps has landed onboard the Royal Navy’s fleet flagship HMS Ark Royal to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior in October 2010. Apaches are used extensively by the Army Air Corps in land operations but over the next few weeks they will train to broaden… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 30-Sep-10

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Prince honours Lynx crews for ‘keeping the Taliban’s heads down’

Prince honours Lynx crews for ‘keeping the Taliban’s heads down’

His Royal Highness Prince Charles presented Afghan service medals this week to members of 1st Regiment Army Air Corps (1 Regt AAC) who have recently been operating Lynx helicopters over Helmand. The Prince of Wales, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, visited 1 Regt AAC at their base in Germany. The Prince… Read more »

Source: British Army, 30-Jul-10

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Prince Charles honours Army helicopter pilots

Prince Charles honours Army helicopter pilots

Army helicopter pilots, ground crew and technicians who have served in Afghanistan were presented with campaign medals by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales yesterday. 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 AAC), based at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of St Edmundsbury, at the presentation in Bury St Edmunds…. Read more »

Source: British Army, 30-Jul-10

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Prince Harry to become Lynx pilot

Prince Harry to become Lynx pilot

“Prince Harry is absolutely determined to return to the front line in Afghanistan and flying the Lynx will give him the best opportunity,” an Army Air Corps source said.

Source: Telegraph, 30-Apr-10

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Ten More Lynx “9 Alpha” Upgrades For The British Army

Ten More Lynx “9 Alpha” Upgrades For The British Army

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a £42 million contract extension by the UK Ministry of Defence for the upgrade of 10 more British Army Lynx Mk.9 helicopters with LHTEC CTS800-4N engines. The contract was announced by Quentin Davies MP, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, during a visit to AgustaWestland’s… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-10

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Museum of Army Flying to add ex-Argentine A109A

Museum of Army Flying to add ex-Argentine A109A

Back in 1982, British Forces captured two Agusta A109A helicopters from the Argentine Army during the conflict to recapture the Falkland Islands.  Within 3 years, these were then added to with a second pair of 109s bought new from Italy, and these four helicopters became dedicated to the Special Forces In order to camouflage the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-10

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British Army to extend Lynx upgrade, review training system

British Army to extend Lynx upgrade, review training system

he British Army’s remaining Lynx AH9 utility helicopters will be modified to AgustaWestland’s improved AH9A configuration, following MoD approval to extend the effort to all 22 aircraft.

Source: FlightGlobal, 03-Mar-10

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First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

First upgraded UK Lynx Mk.9 helicopters are back in service

The first four upgraded Lynx Mk9 helicopters, which are to be sent to Afghanistan, have re-entered service, with three of the aircraft now being used for training, prior to deployment, at 9 Regiment Army Air Corps in Dishforth, North Yorkshire. The upgrades on initially twelve Mk9s were ordered by the MOD a year ago, with… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 20-Jan-10

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First Four Lynx Mk9A Helicopters Delivered Just 12 Months After Contract Award

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Dec-09

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UK Army Apache Helicopters Conduct Maritime Aviation Training

UK Army Apache Helicopters Conduct Maritime Aviation Training

2 Apache helicopters from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham, have been conducting maritime aviation training in the North Sea.  The aircrew, recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, were onboard HMS Ocean learning to operate their aircraft from the busy flight deck of the Royal Navy’s largest warship.

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Oct-09

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A Royal thank you for Army helicopter crews

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were at the airfield to present operational service medals to more than 100 soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC).

Source: Bury Free Press, 06-Aug-09

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UK Apache pilot shortfall threatens frontline

UK Apache pilot shortfall threatens frontline

Source: Telegraph, 14-Mar-09

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11-Mar-09 Boeing AH-64D Totford, Hampshire, UK

11-Mar-09 Boeing AH-64D Totford, Hampshire, UK

11-Mar-09

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