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French Navy adds two more H160s

French Navy adds two more H160s

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south... Read more

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

16-Apr-2021Source: French Military

[Electronic translation] Intended to equip the French Army, the 8 helicopters will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will initiate the replacement of the SA330 Puma maneuver helicopters, whose average age is 43 years. They will thus contribute to forming a homogeneous fleet, the Army already having ten Caracal helicopters in service. This order,... Read more

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

15-Dec-2020Source: Schiebel

Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted for operational use two further CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). They will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (Porte-Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral. The acquisition comes after the successful integration of... Read more

New-generation Euroflir410 selected for French Navy H160

New-generation Euroflir410 selected for French Navy H160

10-Sep-2020Source: Babcock

Babcock France, an engineering firm that provides support services for government strategic forces, has selected the new- generation Euroflir™410 optronic (electro-optical) system from Safran Electronics & Defense as part of the contract awarded by French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to provide four H160 helicopters to the French Navy for a period... Read more

GVH Aerospace secures contract with Heli-Union

GVH Aerospace secures contract with Heli-Union

25-Aug-2020Source: GVH Aerospace

GVH Aerospace’s sea tray product has been selected by Heli-Union for the French Navy’s interim naval helicopter program. The French Navy will lease 12 AS365 Dauphin helicopters to bridge the period between the withdrawal from service of the Alouette III helicopter and the arrival of the H160M Guépard helicopter. The GVH Aerospace sea tray product... Read more

French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

15-May-2020Source: French Navy

[electronic translation] This very first embarkation of a “N ” dolphin marks the culmination of the long shipyard of these aircraft which began in 2013. The navalization includes administrative and technical work which allows the aircraft to be implemented from the sea. This decision was taken in particular to prepare for the withdrawal of active... Read more

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

11-Feb-2020Source: Airbus

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) is to supply four H160s to the French Navy for search and rescue missions through a partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. The French Navy will start operating these helicopters in 2022 for a period of ten years. This interim fleet of H160s will enable the... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Fully Integrated to French Navy Ship Dixmude

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Fully Integrated to French Navy Ship Dixmude

26-Nov-2019Source: Schiebel

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) announced that Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 is now fully integrated with French Navy Mistral class amphibious helicopter carrier Dixmude. For the first time in Europe, a rotary wing Unmanned Air System (UAS) is fully operational and connected to the defence system of an amphibious helicopter carrier. The Naval Group carried... Read more

French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

15-Jan-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

 The DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has just awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium. The contract covers de-risking studies ahead of construction of a future tactical helicopter drone demonstrator aboard warships. The demonstration project will lead to trials of the drone... Read more

ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

8-Dec-2017Source: ENGIE Ineo

The consortium formed by ENGIE Ineo (agent) and NHV (co-contractor), has won a maintenance and repair service contract for the Maintenance of Operational Condition (MCO) of Dauphin helicopters N fleet (SA 365N) and the realization of planned visits of the cells and engines of Dauphin Pedro and Panther. This 4-year contract, signed by the ‘Integrated... Read more

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

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

26-Jun-2017Source: Schiebel

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

30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

30-May-2017

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... Read more

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

15-Dec-2016Source: Safran

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

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

9-Nov-2015Source: Navy Recognition

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... Read more

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

1-Oct-2015Source: French Navy

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

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

23-Sep-2015Source: Airbus

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

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

17-Mar-2015Source: French Navy

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

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

18-Dec-2013Source: Vector Aerospace

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

France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

11-Sep-2013Source: French Navy

[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

FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

20-Jun-2013

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

Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

17-Jun-2013Source: Schiebel

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

Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

1-Jan-2013Source: Eurocopter

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

French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

30-Oct-2012Source: Thales

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

Turbomeca renews Global Support Package with French Government

Turbomeca renews Global Support Package with French Government

21-Sep-2012Source: Turbomeca

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

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

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

31-Jul-2012Source: Eurocopter

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

French Navy returns second Dauphin to NHV

French Navy returns second Dauphin to NHV

1-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Thales to provide GPS SAASM receivers for French Navy Lynx

Thales to provide GPS SAASM receivers for French Navy Lynx

9-Apr-2012Source: Thales

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

NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

13-Mar-2012Source: DCNS

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

DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine

DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine

22-Feb-2012Source: DCNS

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

First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

4-Jan-2012Source: French Navy

[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

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

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

17-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

29-Nov-2011Source: Schiebel

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

France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

4-Nov-2011Source: Flightglobal

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)... Read more

First “Standard 2” Panther delivered to French Navy

First “Standard 2” Panther delivered to French Navy

29-Jun-2011Source: DGA

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

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

23-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

3-May-2010Source: DGA

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

France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

22-Mar-2010Source: Mer et Marine

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... Read more

Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

13-Feb-2010Source: Mer et Maritime

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

Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

2-Dec-2009Source: Scheibel

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).... Read more

NH90 carries out French Frigate tests

NH90 carries out French Frigate tests

7-Jul-2009Source: Rotorhub

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