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CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29 May to 3 June 2017. The flight trials were performed from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Jun-17

30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928

30-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year contract with NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency), to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT) and French Navy. This contract also covers the NH90 operated by Belgian Army and Navy and the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces. This contract will cover 130 rotorcraft in coming… Read more »

Source: Safran, 15-Dec-16

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

On September 28, 2015, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale – CEPA) validated during a closing conference the interoperability between Mistral class LHDs and the Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Navy Recognition, 09-Nov-15

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

On September 28, 2015, CEPA ( centre d’expérimentations pratiques et de réception de l’aéronautique navale – the Centre for Practical Experimentation and reception) held the closing conference regarding the interoperability between BPCs (bâtiment de projection et de commandement – protection and command vessel) and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aboard the French Navy command ship Dixmude. This… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 01-Oct-15

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy today marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multimission naval helicopter, the first to be delivered in the final radar configuration (FRC), during a ceremony held in the facilities in Marignane. The DGA ordered 27 NH90 NFH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-15

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

Friday, March 13, 2015 was an important date for the NH90 Caiman in France as it became a combat helicopter in its own right following the statement by the General Staff of the Navy of an initial operational capability of firing the torpedo MU90 .  This is a major milestone for the torque capability FREMM / Cayman… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 17-Mar-15

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has delivered a repaired French Lynx Mk4 to the end customer. “I am pleased that we have quickly and effectively completed our first international Lynx Depth repair contract in collaboration with Eurocopter”, said Ross Powlesland, Operations Director for… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 18-Dec-13

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France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

[Electronic translation]  A new milestone has been reached in the framework of the operational implementation of the Cayman Step B in the Navy: the first flight experiment with MU90 torpedo exercise. This flight was made on September 5 by the NH90 detachment CEPA/10S, and marks the beginning of the technical and operational evaluation of this… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 11-Sep-13

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FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

During the three-month long deployment of the FREMM frigate Aquitaine, the implementation crew for the NH90 helicopter from 33F Squadron had an opportunity to experience the operational capabilities of the FLASH SONICS system. The FLASH system (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters) is an active low-frequency airborne sonar that has been requested by the French Defence Procurement… Read more »

20-Jun-13

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Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Since the OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) L´Adroit was officially made available to the French Navy in October 2011, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) was able to prove its highly efficient maritime capability repeatedly. The Gowind Class L’Adroit, build by DCNS, has been designed to operate, amongst other capabilities, a UAS, and by installing… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-13

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Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

Eurocopter achieved a new milestone on 21st December in its NH90 program with two ceremonies held at its Marignane facility near Marseille in the south of France, during which the manufacturer delivered Belgium’s first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in the presence of the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem; along with the French DGA… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Jan-13

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French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

The NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), in the name of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), has awarded Thales a two-year contract, with a three-year extension close, to support 14 FLASH dipping sonars on the French Navy’s 27 NH90 NFH helicopters. Thales has extensive experience in the delivery of through-life support services for underwater warfare… Read more »

Source: Thales, 30-Oct-12

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Turbomeca renews Global Support Package with French Government

Turbomeca renews Global Support Package with French Government

Turbomeca (Safran group) has renewed the “MCO” (Global Support Package) contract, entitled MCO 2*, with the French Government. Turbomeca undertakes, under the terms of this contract, to ensure availability of the 1,408 turbo-shaft engines equipping French Government helicopters for a 10-year period. These helicopters are used for military and paragovernmental missions of the French Air… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 21-Sep-12

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Eurocopter delivers second NH90 to French Army and seventh to French Navy

Eurocopter delivers second NH90 to French Army and seventh to French Navy

The French DGA armament procurement agency has taken delivery today of its second NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and seventh NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), marking an important step forward in the largest European helicopter program launched to date. The ceremony celebrating this dual delivery was held at the Marignane, France headquarters of Eurocopter, and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 31-Jul-12

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French Navy returns second Dauphin to NHV

French Navy returns second Dauphin to NHV

The French Navy has completed its lease of a AS365N2 Dauphin – and returned it to Belgian operator NHV.  The helicopter was noted outside NHV’s base at Ostend on Saturday, covered over and with its main rotor blades removed.  It is expected to be repainted back from the grey/red French Navy scheme to the standard… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-12

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Thales to provide GPS SAASM receivers for French Navy Lynx

Thales to provide GPS SAASM receivers for French Navy Lynx

Thales has been awarded a contract by the Service Industriel de l’Aéronautique (SIAé), France’s military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service, to supply stand-alone GPS receivers for the French Navy’s Lynx helicopters, which are currently being upgraded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA). Thales’s GNSS 1000-S receiver relies on SAASM (Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module)… Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Apr-12

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NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

A few weeks after the first helicopter landing trials on board the FREMM Aquitaine frigate, DCNS, the French Navy and the French defence procurement agency (DGA) have successfully completed a new series of deck landing trials, this time with new Caiman Marine (NH90) heavy lift helicopter which recently entered operational service with the French Navy. Having successfully conducted… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 13-Mar-12

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DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine

DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine

DCNS has achieved formal qualification of the FREMM frigate Aquitaine‘s flight deck for operations with the Lynx helicopter. This milestone was reached several months ahead of schedule after a successful deck landing campaign at sea, organised by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in early February. Trials were conducted with a Lynx helicopter operated by… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 22-Feb-12

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First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

[electronic translation]  December 31, 2011, the Cayman NH90 NFH of the flotilla of 33F-Lanvéoc Poulmic conducted its first medical evacuation, one of the missions assigned to this new helicopter for the Navy. December 31 at 8 am 30, the operational center of the Navy in Brest contacts the driver alert fleet 33E of the BAN-Lanvéoc… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 04-Jan-12

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France’s NH90 Caiman Marine completes first SAR mission – 19 rescued

France’s NH90 Caiman Marine completes first SAR mission – 19 rescued

At 2am on Friday morning, 16th September 2011, the cargo ship TK Bremen ran aground 2km south of the mouth of the Etel river on the Brittany coast of France. The ship had left the port of Lorient in the afternoon, intending to anchor north of the island of Groix to await better weather and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-11

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Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

Schiebel s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has once again successfully proven its highly efficient maritime capability, this time onboard the new Gowind class OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), L ADROIT built by DCNS and handed over to the French Navy in October 2011. Operating at the cutting edge of technology, the S-100 successfully completed… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 29-Nov-11

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France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

France will perform at-sea trials with an unmanned Boeing H-6U Little Bird helicopter next year using a developmental automatic landing system. (see full story)

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Nov-11

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First “Standard 2” Panther delivered to French Navy

First “Standard 2” Panther delivered to French Navy

The Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) has delivered the first helicopter Panther “standard 2” to the Navy May 31, 2011. The entire fleet of the Navy Panther, 16 helicopters, will be the standards of this new standard by 2016. This new version improves the interoperability of NATO helicopter through the integration of data link L11…. Read more »

Source: DGA, 29-Jun-11

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French Navy’s 34F Squadron celebrates 100,000 flight hours on Alouette III and Lynx

French Navy’s 34F Squadron celebrates 100,000 flight hours on Alouette III and Lynx

On June 16, 2011, the French Navy’s 34F squadron celebrated its 100,000 flight hours on Alouette III and Lynx at Lanvéoc-Poulmic base. Present were pilots, crew members, technicians, past and present – to celebrate this important event with nearly 13,000 flight hours performed on Alouette III and 87,000 on Lynx . Vice Admiral Olivier de… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-11

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France’s DGA delivers the first maritime safety EC225 to French Navy

The Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) have delivered the first of two EC225 helicopters to the French Navy, ordered in December 2009 for maritime safety tasks.  The ceremony was held on April 22 at the naval aviation base at Lanvéoc (Finistère). The second EC225 to be delivered in June. Both aircraft will replace the Super… Read more »

Source: DGA, 03-May-10

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France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

Flying from bases at Le Touquet, Cherbourg, Lanvéoc-Poulmic and La Rochelle Hyères, the 35F unit flew 529 operational missions in 2009, flying 750 hours and rescuing 196 people

Source: Mer et Marine, 22-Mar-10

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Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

A new building to ensure the future support of the NH90 helicopters Navy is being built on naval aviation base at Lanvéoc-Poulmic

Source: Mer et Maritime, 13-Feb-10

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Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

Following the success with the first UAS ever to fly at the Paris Air Show in June 2009, Schiebel has now won a contract with the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA).

Source: Scheibel, 02-Dec-09

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10-Oct-09 Eurocopter SA321F Super Frelon Puichéric, France

10-Oct-09

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NH90 carries out French Frigate tests

Source: Rotorhub, 07-Jul-09

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