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RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

Wednesday 17th February marked a significant milestone for the Puma Force as they reached a staggering 10,000 flying hours for the Puma 2. The extensively upgraded helicopter declared Initial Operating Capability in February 2015 and just over three weeks later deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation TORAL; the ongoing NATO training and support mission…. Read more »

Source: RAF, 22-Feb-16

11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt…. Read more »

11-Oct-15

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Selex ES to update UK RAF Puma electronic warfare capability

Selex ES to update UK RAF Puma electronic warfare capability

Selex ES has won a contract worth around €27M (£19M) to provide an ongoing radar warning capability for the UK Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma helicopters. The company was selected by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide its SG200-D Radar Warning Receiver (SG200-D RWR). SG200-D is a UK-specific product from the family of… Read more »

Source: Selex ES, 05-Aug-15

18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN

Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40001:saaf-oryx-damaged-in-drc-taxiing-incident&catid=111:sa-defence&Itemid=242, 18-Jul-15

12-May-15 EI-SAI Airbus SA330J Pristina, Kosovo

The aircraft was on a training flight and the pilots were simulating engine failure after the “Landing Decision Point (LDP)”. After the firm touchdown the helicopter bounced and when it touched down again it veered off and tipped over on its right side and caused substantial damage to the Helicopter.

12-May-15

Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

On a dark winter’s night, illuminated by runway lights, the first Puma HC Mark2 aircraft was loaded on to a single C17 transport aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire for the 3,608 mile journey to Kabul. Its departure came just days before the MOD announced that the new Puma, and the RAF’s latest version… Read more »

Source: RAF, 23-Mar-15

21-Nov IAR330 Puma Malancrav, Romania (9F)

Eight of 10 POB killed in accident during military training exercise after helicopter crashed from low level and caught fire. Ninth victim died later 9on 8th December) in hospital

21-Nov-14

Puma Mark 2 trials hosted by Vector Aerospace UK

Puma Mark 2 trials hosted by Vector Aerospace UK

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently supported the characterisation trials of the Radar Warning Receiver on the Puma Mk 2 at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire. Working alongside Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the company hosted two separate weeks… Read more »

Source: Vector, 31-Mar-14

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RAF begins training on the Puma Mk2

RAF begins training on the Puma Mk2

Pictures released today show crews from 33 and 230 Squadrons carrying out training flights of the upgraded aircraft from their base at RAF Benson in Oxford. The multi million pound upgrade means that the helicopters benefit from new engines which give them 35 per cent more power and improved fuel efficiency to allow them to… Read more »

Source: RAF, 26-Nov-13

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Thales helps Romanian Navy expand Puma ASW capability

Thales helps Romanian Navy expand Puma ASW capability

Romanian helicopter manufacturer IAR Brasov has chosen Thales to supply TMS 2000 sonobuoy processors to equip IAR-330 Puma helicopters operated by the Romanian Navy. The processors will give the Romanian Navy a decisive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to detect submarines in the Black Sea, in particular as part of NATO missions. TMS 2000 processors offer… Read more »

Source: Thales, 17-Jun-13

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Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Starlite have announced that their application to operate non-scheduled charter and aerial work services in Tanzania was recently granted by the Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite was awarded the licence owing to their compliance with the rules and regulations, laid down by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite offers expert… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 13-Jun-13

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RAF awards Eurocopter UK three year Puma Mk2 fleet support contract

RAF awards Eurocopter UK three year Puma Mk2 fleet support contract

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… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter UK, 07-Jun-13

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GKN Aerospace to upgrade UK RAF Puma fuel tanks

GKN Aerospace to upgrade UK RAF Puma fuel tanks

GKN Aerospace has been contracted by Eurocopter UK to develop upgraded fuel tanks as part of the UK RAF’s life extension programme (LEP) for its fleet of Puma helicopters. The new self-sealing fuel tanks will enhance the helicopter’s survivability in today’s theatres of operation, providing extended protection for the crew against weapons such as heavy… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 27-Mar-13

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07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

07-Mar-13

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Heli-One signs 13-year contract to service RAF Puma engines

Heli-One signs 13-year contract to service RAF Puma engines

On Feb. 7  Lars Landsnes from Heli-One, joined Ian Craddock, head of helicopters for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), to sign a multi-million pound, 13-year contract to provide long-term logistic support for the Makila 1A1 engines fitted in  new Puma HC2 helicopters used by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF fleet of 24… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Feb-13

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UK military awards CAE two simulator contracts

UK military awards CAE two simulator contracts

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently awarded CAE two contracts for simulator upgrades and training services at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF). A contract to provide both ground school and simulator aircrew training services at MSHATF for the Royal Air Force (RAF) on the Puma HC2 helicopter has been… Read more »

Source: CAE, 05-Feb-13

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Engineering success at RAF Odiham

Engineering success at RAF Odiham

Warrants Officer Dave Woodhead, 7 Squadron Warrant Officer Engineering, was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours. Warrant Officer Woodhead has shown over 35 years of exceptional dedication, leadership and devotion to duty. During this time he has deployed to numerous operations and has been previously recognised with various Commendations. Due to his innovative… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 13-Jan-13

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Eurocopter hands over first Puma Mk2 to UK military

Eurocopter hands over first Puma Mk2 to UK military

The upgrade of UK Ministry of Defence Puma aircraft took a further major step forward yesterday when Eurocopter handed over its first Puma Mk2 aircraft to MOD. This upgrade will significantly enhance the aircraft’s performance, mission capability and safety. The first modified aircraft will fly from Oxford into QinetiQ’s Boscombe Down facility where it will… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Pumas arrive at Territorial Army Centre for Olympics role

RAF Puma helicopters have arrived at Ilford Territorial Army Centre as they prepare for a key role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The aircraft from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are part of a multi-layered air security plan. These additional security measures build on the RAF’s existing air… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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Major milestone achieved on Eurocopter’s Puma Mk2 upgrade program for RAF

Major milestone achieved on Eurocopter’s Puma Mk2 upgrade program for RAF

The upgrade of UK Ministry of Defence Puma aircraft took a major step forward last week with Eurocopter completing its first internal qualification of the Puma Mk2 aircraft. This upgrade will significantly enhance the aircraft’s performance, mission capability and safety. The first modified aircraft will fly into the UK in the coming weeks to conclude… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Jul-12

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Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

Five decades of Eurocopter helicopter operations by the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie were celebrated today at the 2012 Marrakech Air Show, where a commemorative plaque was presented to the military service. The Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie Air Squadron operates a fleet of Eurocopter rotorcraft that covers the company’s product range, with an inventory including SA3130 Alouette II,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Apr-12

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South African Air Force Museum adds two helicopters

South African Air Force Museum adds two helicopters

The SAAF Museum has acquired two new exhibits that symbolise the technological prowess of the South African aeronautical industry in the late twentieth century. First to arrive at the Museum at Zwartkop, Centurion, on Friday 11 February was an Aerospatiale SA-330L Puma (serial 190). The medium-transport Puma was a stalewart of the airforce from the… Read more »

Source: Unofficial SAAF Website, 22-Feb-12

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03-Feb-12 ZS-RUH Eurocopter SA330 Pristina, Serbia

Power loss during takeoff, ground impact

03-Feb-12

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RAF celebrates 40 years of Puma ops

RAF celebrates 40 years of Puma ops

The Royal Air Force Puma helicopter officially celebrates its 40th anniversary today; with the first aircraft having undertaken its first operational flight on 29th September 1971. Video of Puma in Action The Puma helicopter, currently serving with 33 and 230 Squadrons at RAF Benson, has seen stalwart Service over its forty year career, deploying on… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 30-Sep-11

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05-Jul-11 Eurocopter SA330 Andover, UK

Helicopter is on its side in a corn field, more details when available.  One report suggests bird strike to blame?

05-Jul-11

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First flight of upgraded Royal Air Force Puma Mk2

First flight of upgraded Royal Air Force Puma Mk2

The first upgraded Puma Mk2 helicopter developed by Eurocopter in a life extension programme for the UK’s Royal Air Force performed its initial flight this week from Eurocopter’s facility at Marignane, France. It is the first helicopter to be modified under the Puma Life Extension Programme, which was approved by the UK Ministry of Defence… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jun-11

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Three seriously hurt in Puma crash win £1M damages case against UK MoD

Three seriously hurt in Puma crash win £1M damages case against UK MoD

The MoD have accepted liability, but the exact settlement has yet to be decided. The men are suing for “injury, loss and damage”. The accident happened in August 2007 during low-level flight near the Army’s Catterick base.

Source: Daily Record, 26-Oct-10

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Grintek Ewation wins major South African EW maintenance deal

Grintek Ewation wins major South African EW maintenance deal

Grintek Ewation has been awarded a R23 859 454 contract to maintain its electronic warfare (EW) and communication intelligence systems aboard the Denel Oryx medium utility helicopter and Douglas C47TP Dhttp://www.helihub.com/wordpress/wp-admin/post-new.phpakota aircraft.

Source: defenceWeb, 01-Oct-10

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UAE and Lebanon’s military bond becomes stronger

UAE and Lebanon’s military bond becomes stronger

Ali al Matroushi, a member of Federal National Council’s defence committee, said: “The UAE has a special relationship with Lebanon.” That relationship extends back many years: the UAE Armed Forces took part in mine-clearing operations in Lebanon during the 1980s and mid-2000s, he said.

Source: The National, 28-Sep-10

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Military contract fears put 100 jobs at risk at Eurocopter UK

Military contract fears put 100 jobs at risk at Eurocopter UK

Directors at Eurocopter UK, based at Oxford Airport, admitted there is now a 50% chance of the contract to overhaul and upgrade 30 Pumas for the RAF being scrapped, even though work has already started.

Source: Oxford Mail, 27-Sep-10

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Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

Eurocopter may relocate part of its activities from Romania to UK

The source says Eurocopter believes that moving a 300 million pound contract back to the UK would may be accomplished without an impact on price.

01-Sep-10

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CAE to upgrade British Puma simulator and training services

CAE to upgrade British Puma simulator and training services

CAE today announced it has won several recent military contracts valued at more than C$100 million, including a contract to perform a major upgrade to the Puma helicopter training program at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the United Kingdom as well as a contract to build a new C-130H simulator for… Read more »

Source: CAE, 18-Jun-10

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FAA AD 2009-25-09 – Eurocopter SA330

Source: FAA, 29-Dec-09

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FAA AD 2009-22-10 – Eurocopter SA330, AS332

Source: FAA, 29-Dec-09

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Portuguese Air Force Pumas mark 40 years of service

The Pumas of 752 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force have celebrated 40 years of service and 70,000 flight hours.

Source: Rotorhub, 11-Oct-09

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South African Air Force Oryx comms upgrade underway

The upgrade of the on-board communication and navigation systems of the Denel M1 Oryx medium helicopter is underway at Denel Aviation’s Kempton Park facility as part of the South African Air Force’s Project Drummer.

Source: DefenceWeb, 02-Oct-09

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Eurocopter and UK military sign Contract for Royal Air Force Puma Life Extension Programme

Eurocopter and UK military sign Contract for Royal Air Force Puma Life Extension Programme

Eurocopter UK Ltd. and the British Ministry of Defence signed a contract on September 18 for the Life Extension Programme for 28 of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters. The upgraded Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC.2, will consequently offer significantly enhanced performance and operational capabilities, thus being capable of remaining… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 30-Sep-09

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UK approves Puma upgrade as helicopter debate rages on

Source: Flightglobal, 26-Jul-09

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02-Jul-09 ZE449 Eurocopter SA330 Kenya

02-Jul-09

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UK military urged to back AgustaWestland’s Merlin – rather than take Puma to Romania

Source: This is the West Country, 27-Jun-09

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12-Jun-09 H-3306 Eurocopter SA330 Bogor, West Java, Indonesia (4F)

12-Jun-09 H-3306 Eurocotper AS332 Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

12-Jun-09

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British special forces banned from using RAF Pumas

Source: Times, 08-Jun-09

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RAF Puma upgrade by Eurocopter Romania stalled amid fears of voter backlash

RAF Puma upgrade by Eurocopter Romania stalled amid fears of voter backlash

The work on the 33 Pumas is expected to be done by Eurocopter Romania, but MPs are worried about the reaction of voters amid rising unemployment in Britain. The Government is said to favour switching the £250 million to £400 million contract from Eurocopter to AgustaWestland, which would upgrade the Royal Navy’s Sea Kings instead… Read more »

Source: Times, 27-May-09

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Puma helicopter maintenance base could be set up at IAR Ghimbav, Romania

Source: Financiarul, 21-May-09

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Royal Air Force takes three Pumas to Kenya for Exercise Grand Prix 6

Source: RAF, 09-Apr-09

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??-Mar-09 XW209 Eurocopter SA330 Kenya

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UK Military Close To Deal With Eurocopter for Puma Fleet Refurbishment

UK Military Close To Deal With Eurocopter for Puma Fleet Refurbishment

The Ministry of Defence is close to agreeing a contract worth more than £400m with Eurocopter to extend the life of Puma transport helicopters being flown by the Royal Air Force in Afghanistan.

Source: Financial Times, 16-Feb-09

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FAA AD 2009-22-10 – Eurocopter SA330, AS332

Source: FAA, 29-Jan-09

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Eurocopter and UK MoD sign Through-Life Support Contract for RAF Pumas and Gazelles

Eurocopter and UK Ministry of Defence sign Through-Life Support Contract for Royal Air Force Puma and Gazelle Helicopters

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-08

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