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    Augmented reality help pilots stay safe

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    However, Airbus recently faced difficulties with its software for assisting takeoff (wrong information pertaining to another runway were displayed). It remain to be seen how a passive information display, fishing info in a stored database can yield an increase in security in most flight situation where a simple difference of 10ft can lead quickly to some catastrophic damages.

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    South Korea to add 12 ASW helicopters


    three types will be considered for the requirement: the Leonardo Helicopters AgustaWestland AW159, the Lockheed Martin MH-60R, the NH Industries NH-90.
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    Kazakhstan Orders Four Mi-35M Combat Helicopters.

    Russian Helicopters to Deliver Combat Helicopters to Kazakhstan

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    It is likely to have been a WZ-10 attack helicopter.

    Two Chinese helicopter pilots die in crash

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    MH-60 helicopters to become anti-missile jammers

    "The AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 can work independently or with the ship’s onboard electronic surveillance sensor, SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6, to detect an incoming missile and then evaluate where it is going," according to a Lockheed Martin news release. "AOEW then uses radio frequency countermeasure techniques to deter the missile."
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    Marine AH-1Z makes unplanned landing on Okinawa

    No one was hurt and the helicopter was not damaged when the pilots safely landed the aircraft on an isolated paved road at 7:30 p.m. local time, a III MEF news release says. The Viper belongs to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267.
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    That same day, another MV-22B had to land on reinforced cushions at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma when its landing gear failed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackArcher View Post
    Given that French Tiger HAPs were achieving 90% availability* in operational conditions in Afghanistan, I'd say it's more a damning indictment of the Australian defence forces.

    Even at entry to service back in the mid-2000s the ALAT was achieving > 70%.


    * on-par or better than the AH-64s in theatre, which have had 30 years and a lot of US Army money invested in debugging them and sorting-out the logistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherry Ripe View Post
    Given that French Tiger HAPs were achieving 90% availability* in operational conditions in Afghanistan, I'd say it's more a damning indictment of the Australian defence forces.

    Even at entry to service back in the mid-2000s the ALAT was achieving > 70%.


    * on-par or better than the AH-64s in theatre, which have had 30 years and a lot of US Army money invested in debugging them and sorting-out the logistics.
    Pretty much that, the ALAT Tigers have been in continous combat for eight years now, in A´Stan, Mali, Lybia, CAR, they´ve been operationaly used from the Himalayas in Winter, to the Sahara, to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships in the Med, an "unmitigated success". The Spanish and the Germans have also used it in anger, these last ones have one complain... they´ve bought the thing without a gun...

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    Root core of the problems with Aussie Tigers lies with problems with EW and IFF system, as well as connectivity to other AD assets.. The Eurogrid datalink does not seem to like the idea to be integrated with US systems.. And then there's that rather embarrassing problem of faulty air conditioning and rocket pods detaching mid-flight but that doesn't seem to bother the European users

    Anyway, ARH parts are being shipped to Europe for repairs which makes the thing rather expensive to operate (over $35k/hour). But I think Aussies will have to wait until the F-35s arrive in order to learn what expensive really means.

    The ARHs also haven't yet been cleared for Canberra-class amphibious assault ships, but that was connected to their late delivery and subsequent delays in maritime trials of the Tiger rather than anything else..
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    A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed.

    Four soldiers injured in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

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    Norwegian crash probe focuses on H225 gearbox design requirements

    SHT air accident investigation body is focusing its probe into the fatal crash of an Airbus Helicopters H225 on the “robustness” of design requirements of the second-stage planet gear in the H225’s epicyclic module, cyclic
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    Six Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

    Tunisia gets 6 US combat helicopters to fight 'terror'

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    Elbit to upgrade Mi-17 helos of 'Asia-Pacific' country

    The project is valued at USD110 million, including post-upgrade maintenance, and will see the avionics of "dozens of helicopters" modernised with new systems, Elbit said in a statement. While the specifics of the upgrade were not disclosed, it is understood to be centred on the company's Aviator Night-Vision Imaging System/Head-Up Display (ANVIS/HUD) 24T system for helicopters.
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    Swap Afghan's 46 Mi17s with 53 BlackHawks ?

    The Defense Department has requested roughly $815 million dollars to bolster the Afghan air force's offensive and lethal capabilities. Those funds include the purchase and modification of 53 UH-60 Blackhawks and 30 additional armed MD-530 attack helicopters, six more A-29 fixed wing turboprop attack aircraft, five AC-208 fixed wing aircraft, an armed variant of the C-208s currently in use by the Afghan Air Force, according to a DoD spokesperson.
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    10 ship CV-22 formation (SOS - USAF)



    Four CV-22s from the 20th Special Operations Squadron based at Cannon AFB in New Mexico and six from the 8th Special Operations Squadron based at Hurlburt Field in Florida combined forces to perform an unprecedented ten ship flyover of Hurlburt Field on Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackArcher View Post
    Flight International's dates are incorrect; on the 15th Jan it was still at Yeovil and certainly wasn't 'delivered'.

    Actually departed Stansted as hold-cargo for delivery 20th Jan. Ex-ZR343.

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    HAL LUH display at Aero India




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    HAL LCH flight display at Aero India


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    First German military helicopter NH90 arrived in Mali

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    An NH90 helicopter configured for medical evacuation was flown to Bamako, Mali, on 27 January by an Antonov An-124-100 of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, reports IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, which notes that it will be followed by three more NH90s and four Tigers. After arriving in Bamako, the helicopters will fly 1 200 km to Gao in support of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
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