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Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union is creating more than 30 new jobs by opening its doors in Pau, France. This new branch will become another branch of Héli-Union Industry providing heavy maintenance of helicopters. Héli-Union Pau is expected to be operational in May 2017. Héli-Union Pau will host one of Héli-Union’s main portfolios of industry-related service, which is regular… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 24-Apr-17

Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

The Swiss Air Force had to ground its fleet of Airbus Super Pumas during investigation after a military helicopter crashed into the Alps, killing two pilots. As reported by Reuters, they are now resuming flights. The investigation showed that there was no evidence of a systematic fault. Reports have been made that the craft touched… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

Both the German and Brazilian military have reportedly grounded their Cougar/Caracal fleets in the light of the EASA grounding directive made earlier this month.  Following the CHC accident off Bergen on 29th April, only civilian aircraft have been grounded to date, largely driven by the way the certification authorities work.  Military certification is approached a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Today the Swedish Armed Forces celebrated the retirement of the last Swedish HKP 10 Super Puma. The ceremony was held at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå, which in fact was the same place where the Swedish Super Pumas first entered service back in the spring of 1988. The event marks the historic end… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 16-Oct-15

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem (Safran) has been awarded a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA for a program to upgrade the capabilities of the Euroflir 350 optronic systems on the French army’s Cougar helicopters, and the Caracal fleet deployed by France’s special and conventional forces. The gyrostabilized Euroflir 350 optronic system will incorporate a new Matis infrared… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 25-Jun-15

Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

The French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) took delivery of 2 upgraded AS532 Cougar for the French Army Aviation on Friday the 13th March. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with an ambitious modernization program, by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the 26 Cougar aircraft that are operated by the French Army Aviation. The upgrade… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Mar-15

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 19-Feb-14

Turbomeca signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Turbomeca signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Turbomeca (Safran) signed a 25 million EUR contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force for the repair, overhaul and inspection of their Makila engines. This contract covers the Makila 1A2 engines, powering today the 17 AS532 Cougar helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. These helicopters are used for missions in for instance Afghanistan, “anti… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Sep-13

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Chile to buy eight AS532 Cougars from Netherlands?

Chile to buy eight AS532 Cougars from Netherlands?

Chile is in talks with the Netherlands to purchase eight Cougar helicopters that are likely to be reconditioned and upgraded to form part of an air cavalry brigade. (see full story)

Source: UPI, 16-Sep-12

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Netherlands to sell eight Cougars to Chile?

Netherlands to sell eight Cougars to Chile?

Radio Netherlands has issued a report that their local Defence Ministry is looking to dispose of aircraft in an effort to both raise some money and to save operational costs – their target is to shave a billion euros from its budget. Apart from a proposed sale of fifteen F-16 jets to Romania, they also… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-12

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Eurocopter establishes Africa’s first full motion Helicopter Simulator

Eurocopter establishes Africa’s first full motion Helicopter Simulator

Africa’s first full-motion helicopter flight simulator has been commissioned by Eurocopter in Kempton Park, the world’s leading manufacturer of civil and military rotorwing aircraft. The simulator, designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Super Puma and similarly compatible helicopters including the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Oryx , is located at the SimAero training… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jun-12

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Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes two Super Pumas

The Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed while commissioning the two helicopter gunships Friday at the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, said it would boost current defence efforts in the country. (see full story)

Source: This Day, 19-Mar-12

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France to upgrade seven Cougars

France to upgrade seven Cougars

[electronic translation] The Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) has ordered 11 October 2011 the renovation of seven Cougar helicopters (six machines in the Army and the Air Force). This command is part of the contract to modernize the entire fleet of military helicopters Cougar Eurocopter notified in January 2008 to 220 million euros. The aim… Read more »

Source: DGA, 31-Oct-11

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Turbomeca Makila Gives Lift to Super Puma/Cougar Fleet

Turbomeca Makila Gives Lift to Super Puma/Cougar Fleet

Turbomeca’s Makila series powers civil and military medium-lift helicopters from Eurocopter. The Makila’s biggest application is the EC 225 and its military EC 725 variant. Sales of the EC 725 have increased over the past few years, buoyed by an order for 50 aircraft in 2009 from Brazil’s armed forces. The deal included assembly of… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 19-Oct-11

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Brunei rejects B412 and AW139 by reducing contest to Eurocopter and Sikorsky

Brunei rejects B412 and AW139 by reducing contest to Eurocopter and Sikorsky

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has down-selected two companies who will compete for the Support Helicopter Project (SH Poject) contract, namely Eurocopter and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). With Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) fleet of Bell 212 and BO105 nearing the end of its operational life, the SH Project was brought about in line with… Read more »

Source: Brunei MINDEF, 25-Jul-11

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Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

Over 5,000 people in the Dutch military, both service personnel and civil servants, are facing compulsory redundancies.  The government is expected to announce on Friday how it plans to make savings of €1bn in its defence budget.  Sources are suggesting that the job losses will affect all ranks. Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-11

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30-Mar-11 T-341 Eurocopter AS532UL Maderanertal, Switzerland

Training flight out of Alpnach.  Loadmaster slightly injured, two pilots seriously injured.

30-Mar-11

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AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

Information is still coming in on an accident involving a French military Eurocopter AS532 Cougar helicopter.  Shortly after take-off, a crew member noticed the door was not correctly closed and went to adjust it.  In the process of this manouevre, he was sucked out of the aircraft.  A second crew member went to help and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-11

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02-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS532 Salses-le-Château, France (1F)

Shortly after take off from the military base of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, a door of the aircraft opened.  One occupant tried to secure it, but appears to have dragged out by suction, falling  into the waters of a pond.  A second crew member went to assist and was also sucked out.  One later died in the hospital… Read more »

02-Mar-11

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Venezuela orders eight AS532 Cougars

Venezuela orders eight AS532 Cougars

During the handover ceremony for the second Spanish-built coastal surveillance ship for the Venezuelan Navy, President Hugo Chavez said that his government intended odering eight helicopters to work with the new ships.  The ceremony was held at the Puerto Cabello naval base on the acceptance of the ship AB Yavir, pennant number GC-22. On Thursday,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-11

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Agreement not yet reached between Bulgaria and Eurocopter

Agreement not yet reached between Bulgaria and Eurocopter

All 12 Cougars are now paid for and delivered.  However, only 3 Panthers of 6 are delivered and Bulgaria is seeking to avoid penalties while still cancelling the remaining three

Source: Novinite, 20-Dec-10

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Netherlands sends Chinook and 3 Cougars to fight Israeli fires

Netherlands sends Chinook and 3 Cougars to fight Israeli fires

[Electronic translation of Dutch press release] Netherlands sends a Chinook transport helicopters and three Courgar to Israel to fight a major forest fire near the city of Haifa. That the ministers decided today Rosenthal and Hillen. The fire raging since yesterday, by drought and high winds are difficult to extinguish. It is the largest fire… Read more »

Source: Dutch MoD, 05-Dec-10

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Bulgaria takes delivery of last Cougar in troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria takes delivery of last Cougar in troubled Eurocopter deal

The 12th Cougar helicopter arrived from France on Friday, and was received at the Krumovo base of the Bulgarian Air Force. The Cougar was flown from France by a Bulgarian crew. [File photo. The last Cougar is serial 712]

Source: Novinite, 22-Nov-10

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Dutch to upgrade Cougars

Dutch to upgrade Cougars

The Dutch military has announced plans to perform a mid-life update for its 17 Eurocopter AS532 Cougars from 2012

Source: FlightGlobal, 23-Sep-10

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Bulgaria budgets for funds to rescue troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria budgets for funds to rescue troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria has already received 11 Cougar and 3 Panther  helicopters, and has paid 60% of the entire deal – about EUR 240 M – which is the guarantee deposit.  But they still owe BGN 175 M and Eurocopter is holding back 1 Cougar and 3 Panthers as a result

05-Aug-10

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Bulgarian Panther order reduced after budget cuts

Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry intends to alter the scope of some its of weapon purchases because of a shortage of money, Defense Minister Angelov has announced.

Source: Novinite, 07-Apr-10

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Sikorsky complains of flaws in Albanian helicopter tender

Sikorsky International Operations of the USA has cited irregularities in a 78.6-million-euro tender for the purchase of five military helicopters by the Albanian defense ministry, the Korrieri newspaper reported.

Source: Balkans.com, 11-Feb-10

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Spanish medevac helicopters reach 3,000 flying hours in Afghanistan

Spanish medical evacuation helicopters have marked a milestone 3,000 flying hours in Afghanistan.

Source: Rotorhub, 06-Jan-10

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Second batch of five French Cougars upgrade confirmed

Second batch of five French Cougars upgrade confirmed

The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has ordered the renovation of a second batch of five Cougar helicopters, including 4 from the Army and one from the Air Force. These are part of the contract to upgrade 27 Cougars, reported to Eurocopter in January 2008 amounting to 220 million euros. The goal of the renovation… Read more »

Source: DGA, 06-Jan-10

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Albania buys 5 Eurocopter military helicopters

Albania buys 5 Eurocopter military helicopters

Albania signed a euro78.6 million ($113.2 million) deal Friday to buy five military helicopters from France-based Eurocopter.

Source: Business Week, 21-Dec-09

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Dutch Cougar transport helicopters take over from Chinooks in Afghanistan

Five Cougar transport helicopters of the Dutch Armed Forces take over transportations tasks from Chinooks deployed to Afghanistan. An Antonov cargo aircraft successive brought the helicopters to Kandahar Airfield during the past weeks

Source: Defpro, 01-Oct-09

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Turbomeca and Turkey sign a support contract for the Makila 1A1 powering the Cougar state helicopters

Source: Turbomeca, 06-Jan-09

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