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  • Cherry Ripe
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    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.
    Last edited by Cherry Ripe; 24th January 2017, 10:57.

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    • Sintra
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      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 AStan, Mali, Lybia, CAR, theyve 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... theyve bought the thing without a gun...
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      • MSphere
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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..
        Last edited by MSphere; 24th January 2017, 13:00.

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        • Tango III
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          A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed.

          Four soldiers injured in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

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          • Tango III
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            ROK Navy First Four AW-159 Wildcat Naval Helicopters Now Operational

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            • BlackArcher
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              Nigerian AF receives first 2 Bell 412 helicopters

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              • TomcatViP
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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
                Source:
                FlightGlobal.com

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                • Tango III
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                  Six Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

                  Tunisia gets 6 US combat helicopters to fight 'terror'

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                  • BlackArcher
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                    Wow !

                    Murky AW-101 delivery perplexes Indonesian defence

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                    • TomcatViP
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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.
                      Source:
                      Janes.com

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                      • TomcatViP
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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.
                        Source:
                        MilitaryTimes.com

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                        • TomcatViP
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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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                          The Drive.com

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                          • Tango III
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                            UH-60V Black Hawk achieves first flight

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                            • Cherry Ripe
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                              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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                              • BlackArcher
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                                India unveils brand new helicopter type- Indian Multi-role Helicopter IMRH at Aero India 2017

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                                • Tango III
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                                  HAL to Sign Orders for 73 Copters, 106 Trainers

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                                  • BlackArcher
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                                    HAL LUH display at Aero India



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                                    • BlackArcher
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                                      HAL LCH flight display at Aero India

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                                      • TomcatViP
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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).
                                        Source:
                                        DefenseBlog.com
                                        Last edited by TomcatViP; 19th February 2017, 04:21.

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                                        • Tango III
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                                          Russian Helicopters Begins Production of Mi-171A2 Choppers - CEO

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