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New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the signature of the NH90 Through Life Support (TLS) contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of nine nations (Australia, Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand). TLS is a one single comprehensive package of engineering services covering the… Read more »

Source: NHIndustries, 13-Dec-18

German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has succeeded in winning the contract issued by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for the German Federal Police for the fleet-wide replacement of all mission equipment in the AS332L1 “Super Puma”, EC155  and EC135 helicopters. The new mission systems will extend the wide range of capability options of the German… Read more »

Source: ESG, 01-Mar-18

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RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-sponsored trials. The goal of the international trials cited technology- testing for enhancing safety during helicopter operations in limited visibility environments. Held at Älggialp, Switzerland, the… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aviation, 24-Apr-17

Elbit Systems Awarded Contract to Supply Ground Breaking BrightNite™ Systems to NATO Country

Elbit Systems Awarded Contract to Supply Ground Breaking BrightNite™ Systems to NATO Country

Low-flying helicopters are especially vulnerable to threats such as difficult terrain, enemy fire and obstacles in the flight path. Sorties must be performed both day and night and often carried out in DVE conditions, adding to the already heavy workload. Prior to BrightNite, flight crews have had to rely on night vision goggles (which have… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 18-Jan-17

Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

During a visit to HMS OCEAN on Exercise Baltops in Poland and to the RAF Typhoon detachment conducting Baltic Air Policing in Estonia, Michael Fallon said an increase in the number of troops co-operating across the region sent a clear message about the Alliance’s resolve OCEAN, the Royal Navy’s flagship, is taking part in the… Read more »

Source: Ministry Of Defence, 18-Jun-15

Austrian Commemorative Coins depict Black Hawk in Rescue Role

Austrian Commemorative Coins depict Black Hawk in Rescue Role

The Austrian Mint in Vienna has issued silver and copper 5 euro coins struck with an image of a Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter in a life-saving role to commemorate this month’s 60th anniversary of the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer). The Bundesheer operates nine BLACK HAWK helicopters to perform homeland security, disaster relief, firefighting and international… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-May-15

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare

NATO foreign ministers have agreed on steps to combat hybrid warfare – the type Russia has used against Ukraine — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters today in Antalya, Turkey. Speaking at a news conference at the end of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, Stoltenberg said NATO is already undergoing its greatest transformation since… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-May-15

Despite Russian Aggression, US Apache Helicopters To Be Removed From Germany

Despite Russian Aggression, US Apache Helicopters To Be Removed From Germany

Despite growing tension between Russia and Western Europe, the United States is planning to move 24 military helicopters over the next two years from Germany to Alaska, media reports said Sunday. The timing of the transfer of such major military assets has been criticized amid Russia’s growing presence in Ukraine and the U.S.’s recent assurances… Read more »

Source: International Business Times, 24-Apr-15

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RSG and Dirgantara Indonesia team to propose ASW platform Indonesian Armed Forces

RSG and Dirgantara Indonesia team to propose ASW platform Indonesian Armed Forces

Rotorcraft Services Group, Inc. (RSG), an industry leader in aircraft technical services, announced its teaming agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for the development and integration of an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare suite for the Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopter. The integrated mission equipment suite will include L-3 Ocean Systems DS-100 Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS)… Read more »

Source: RSG, 15-Apr-15

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Russian military expecting 16 new Ka52 Aligators this year

Russian military expecting 16 new Ka52 Aligators this year

The Russian military will receive 16 new Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters this year as part of Russia’s ongoing rearmament effort, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said Monday. See Full Story

Source: The Moscow Times, 30-Mar-15

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After three decades of development, NH90s are too few and unreliable

After three decades of development, NH90s are too few and unreliable

As early as the mid-1980s, German army aviation needed new helicopters. Its Vietnam-era Bell UH-1s and Sikorsky CH-53s had seen better days. See Full Story

Source: Medium, 14-Jan-15

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Fifth edition of the Helicopter Tactics Symposium held in Prague

Fifth edition of the Helicopter Tactics Symposium held in Prague

The fifth edition of this event provided a forum for detailed discussion to 60 helicopter tactics instructors and experts coming from 12 countries, as well as representatives of the Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC), Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), AIRCOM Ramstein and NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). Briefings and discussions covered the latest lessons learned… Read more »

Source: EDA, 05-Dec-14

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Gulf Aviation assisted Cardiff HP during NATO Summit

Gulf Aviation assisted Cardiff HP during NATO Summit

During September’s NATO summit, Gulf Aviation came to Cardiff Heliport’s rescue by providing urgent fuel supplies to keep the emergency aircraft airborne. The NATO global gathering of world leaders brought stringent security measures to Cardiff including five police helicopters which needed to be refuelled constantly, as well as an air ambulance and a military chopper…. Read more »

Source: Gulf Aviation, 18-Nov-14

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Commander of American/NATO forces in Afghanistan is impressed with Mi-17

Commander of American/NATO forces in Afghanistan is impressed with Mi-17

For a long time, the Pentagon has lobbied for the purchase of Mi-17 helicopters for Afghan security forces, as the aircraft is better suited for the heavy terrain and climate of the country than its American counterparts. John Campbell, speaking on a video-link from Afghanistan at a press briefing at the Pentagon, said that that… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 07-Oct-14

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Bell and Textron Systems Announce First Joint Appearance at NATO Days

Bell and Textron Systems Announce First Joint Appearance at NATO Days

Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems, both businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a range of products for European customers during their first appearance at NATO Days, September 20-21 in the Czech Republic. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command will feature the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in static and dynamic display. This follows… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Sep-14

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NATO develops multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan

NATO develops multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan

NATO Allies have successfully completed the first of 29 ongoing multinational Smart Defence projects which are to help ensure that NATO remains fit for the future. The project, to develop a multinational logistics partnership on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan, was part of the initial batch of projects launched by NATO leaders at their Chicago Summit… Read more »

Source: NATO, 20-Aug-13

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Approval for Multinational Aviation Training Centre in Czech Republic

Approval for Multinational Aviation Training Centre in Czech Republic

The Chicago NATO Summit, held 20 and 21 May 2012, agreed the Czech project to create and lead the Multinational Aviation Training Centre for allied air forces within the Smart Defence initiative to share capabilities. The Czech Republic has been a lead country of the HIP Helicopter Task Force Initiative since 2009, and an administrator… Read more »

Source: Czech Ministry of Defence, 01-Jun-12

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NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

Improvised explosive devices have changed the way the Marine Corps engages hostile forces. The need has risen for supplies to reach the most remote parts of Afghanistan quickly, reliably and safely. Late last year, the Corps began experimenting with the K-MAX – an unmanned helicopter, able to transport large amounts of cargo and reduce the… Read more »

Source: ISAF, 21-May-12

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Afghanistan accepts six MD530Fs

Afghanistan accepts six MD530Fs

Flight instructors at Shindand Air Base have completed acceptance flights on six MD 530F Helicopters that will be used to train Afghan pilots. Each helicopter was flown in the local air space for one hour and all aircraft systems were checked to include radios, GPS, navigation systems, rotor tracking and overall airworthiness. Classes are scheduled… Read more »

Source: NATO, 21-Dec-11

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Maintenance advisers certify first Afghan Air Force expediter

Maintenance advisers certify first Afghan Air Force expediter

Maintenance advisers recently certified the first Afghan Air Force flight line expediter at Kandahar Air Wing. A direct maintenance commander delegate on the flight line, an expediter is responsible for efficiently utilizing manning and resources to effectively execute the flight schedule agreed upon by both maintainers and operators. Advisers indicate the new capability will ensure… Read more »

Source: NATO, 08-Dec-11

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NATO agency approves NH90 TTH configuration

NATO agency approves NH90 TTH configuration

The NH90 program has reached a major milestone with the declaration of compliance for the NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant’s Final Operational Configuration, This marks the NH-90 TTH’s development completion, and enables deliveries to begin before year-end in the helicopter’s full operational definition. “The milestone marks the most important achievement in the life of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Nov-11

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Afghan conducts first air counter-narcotics mission

Afghan conducts first air counter-narcotics mission

Members of the Afghan Ministry of Interior’s Air Interdiction Unit met a major milestone today with the completion of their first fully-integrated counter narcotics operation alongside a coalition aircrew. The mission, originating from the Afghan Air Force compound in Kabul, was flown by Afghan AIU Special Forces pilots and—according to AIU officials—aimed at destroying illegal… Read more »

Source: NATO, 26-Aug-11

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Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

Russia and NATO will sign an agreement on setting up a trust fund for maintenance of Mil helicopters in Europe by the end of 2011, according to a deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation

Source: RIA Novosti, 06-Jun-11

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NATO Allies and Russia put their trust in Afghan Air Force

NATO Allies and Russia put their trust in Afghan Air Force

Thanks to the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund, the Afghan Air Force is receiving the tools to operate its helicopter fleet more efficiently. Launched on 2 March 2011, the NRC Trust Fund is managed in accordance with established policy and under the overall supervision of the NRC Preparatory Committee, with Germany acting as… Read more »

Source: NATO, 28-Apr-11

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Former helicopter pilot leads NATO mission in Libya

Former helicopter pilot leads NATO mission in Libya

Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, deputy commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, has been designated head of the alliance’s military campaign in Libya. Lieutenant-General Bouchard enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974 under the Officer Candidate Training Plan. He underwent pilot training graduating in 1976 as a helicopter pilot. Lieutenant-General Bouchard flew… Read more »

Source: NATO, 30-Mar-11

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814 Naval Air Squadron takes part in NATO’s Exercise Proud Manta

814 Naval Air Squadron takes part in NATO’s Exercise Proud Manta

A Royal Navy helicopter squadron is taking part in NATO’s largest Mediterranean anti-submarine exercise, Proud Manta, for the first time. Merlin Mk1 maritime patrol helicopters from 814 Naval Air Squadron (also known as ‘The Flying Tigers’) have flown 1,400 miles (2,250km) across Europe from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Helston, Cornwall, to Sicily in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-Feb-11

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Eurocopter expects NATO approval for NH90 by January

Eurocopter expects NATO approval for NH90 by January

Eurocopter chief executive Lutz Bertling has said he expects final approval from NATO’s procurement agency Nahema for the NH90 transport helicopter

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-10

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Afghan Mi-35s start operations with NATO forces

Afghan Mi-35s start operations with NATO forces

The Mi-35 Hind E attack helicopter is the Afghan Air Force’s main gunship with Afghan aircrews trained by NATO forces from various countries including Hungary and the Czech Republic. The adage: crawl, walk, run often describes military training and the Afghan Mi-35 crews are in the walking phase, building confidence to take control of the… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 02-Sep-10

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Afghan Air Force performs Mi-17 sling load

Afghan Air Force performs Mi-17 sling load

On July 1, 2010, the Afghan Air Force and Combined Air Power Transition Force advisors conducted an operational sling load with the Mi-17 transport helicopter from Kabul International Airport to Orgun-e in the Paktika province. Flying 12,500 feet above sea-level and carrying a 3,200 lbs. crate, the Mi-17 helicopter handled the load with very few… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 05-Jul-10

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Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

The Declaration of Intent was signed by the Czech Republic, Albania, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. This will provide the necessary political mandate to start mitigating critical utility helicopter shortfalls, particularly in the conduct of ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

Source: ISRIA, 27-Oct-09

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25-Mar-09 Paktika province, Afghanistan

25-Mar-09 Paktika province, Afghanistan

25-Mar-09

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EU, NATO should more cooperate on helicopter use, says Czech minister

Source: Ceske Noviny, 14-Mar-09

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