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  • Tango III
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    • Sep 2006
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    ​US Army awards Block II Chinook contract

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    • TomcatViP
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      • Nov 2011
      • 6107

      Osprey tiltrotor proves its worth in the Asia-Pacific

      Defense News went on board the U.S. Navy helicopter assault ship Bonhomme Richard during the recently concluded exercise Talisman Saber in Australia, where the Osprey played a major role in supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and other elements taking part in the exercise.[...]

      [...] the Osprey’s main role at Talisman Saber was troop transport for ground assaults, operating either from the ships or as part of shore-based detachments. This included combined air assaults with U.S. Army and Australian helicopter assets also at the exercise, with the Osprey’s speed used to good effect to move troops around when conducting rapid flanking maneuvers on the ground.[...]

      That mission marked the first time ever the Osprey made a trans-Pacific flight, and it was achieved with support from Marine KC-130J Hercules tankers. According to Marine Corps Forces Pacific, self-deploying the Ospreys saved the Marine Corps the four to six weeks it would have taken to transport them using contracted shipping.
      Source:
      The Marine Times.com from DefenseNews.com
      Last edited by TomcatViP; 2nd August 2017, 14:39.

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      • Tango III
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        • Sep 2006
        • 25365

        MDHI announces ballistic protection for MD 530-series fuel systems

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        • rumcajs
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          • Dec 2006
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          Czech Air Force tender for new multirole helicopter has come to the final phase. Replacement for Mi-24/35 will be UH-1Y (btw with guided missiles and Czech Plamen gun pod, Air Force's favourite) or armed AW139M (cheaper variant). Decision will be finished by new government after election in this autumn
          Last edited by rumcajs; 3rd August 2017, 16:40.

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          • Tango III
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            • Sep 2006
            • 25365

            Sikorsky Raider Prototype Crash Lands

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            • TomcatViP
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              • Nov 2011
              • 6107

              New Zealand issues RFT for NH90 helicopter simulator

              the TNZA variant of the NH90 helicopters from the Ohakea air base located north of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. The Air Force anticipates an annual “flying“ rate for the simulator of between 1,500 and 1,900 hours.
              A minimum requirement for the simulator’s software and hardware is meeting the NATO Helicopter Management Agency’s final operating configuration, including five multifunction displays — and level-three standards as detailed in European Aviation Safety Agency certification specifications for helicopter flight simulators; however, the MoD said that “a full-motion simulator is also acceptable.“
              Source:
              DefenseNews.com

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              • Tango III
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                • Sep 2006
                • 25365

                Russia’s new combat helicopter to undergo tests in Syria

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                • Tango III
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                  • Sep 2006
                  • 25365

                  VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Fligh

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                  • TomcatViP
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                    • Nov 2011
                    • 6107

                    DoD in talks with Japan on Osprey flights following crash

                    After the crash, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced he had requested that the U.S. cease Osprey flying operations over Japan. The country, particularly Okinawa, has been wary of the tilt-rotor aircraft and repeatedly voiced its concerns over Ospreys flying over its population since the aircraft were deployed in 2012.
                    I have a suggestion for my dear Japanese friends (not in anyway ironic): change your country name for Corsica!

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                    According to the U.S. official, the Osprey crashed after clipping the back of the USS Green Bay while trying to land on the amphibious transport ship.
                    Last edited by TomcatViP; 9th August 2017, 09:49.

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                    • BlackArcher
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                      • Dec 2010
                      • 4285

                      Israel grounds Apaches after fatal accident

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                      • TomcatViP
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                        • Nov 2011
                        • 6107

                        Cobra IN Romania?

                        Under the plan, the U.S. manufacturer is to establish a joint venture with a subsidiary of the country’s state-owned defense group Romarm to produce copters in Romania. The designed plant is expected to produce AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helos. The value of the planned contract was not disclosed.
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                        Last edited by TomcatViP; 9th August 2017, 08:07.

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                        • Tango III
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                          • Sep 2006
                          • 25365

                          Spanish Navy receives fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212

                          Spanish Navy receives first SH-60F helicopter

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                          • Tango III
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                            • Sep 2006
                            • 25365

                            Russian rotocraft maker to test light multirole helicopter in Iran

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                            • Tango III
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                              • Sep 2006
                              • 25365

                              India Freezes Purchase of Additional AH-64E Apache From US

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                              • TomcatViP
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                                • Nov 2011
                                • 6107

                                Airbus H225 troubled return to operation

                                Era is continuing to pursue Airbus Helicopters through the US courts, alleging that it sold H225s with the full knowledge of a safety issue with the main gearbox.

                                Court filings show that Era is seeking substantial compensation from the manufacturer. It argues that its H225 fleet has lost "substantial value" since the Norway crash, on top of costs incurred from the flight ban.

                                It argues that Airbus Helicopters "fraudulently" presented the H225 as one of the safest rotorcraft in its class and "concealed any and all internal doubts and conclusions over the design of the H225’s main gearbox when it was certified".

                                Airbus Helicopters had previously denied the allegations but now declines to comment further because of the ongoing legal action.

                                [...]
                                Era has made a similar application to the French judicial authorities seeking evidence from bearing manufacturer NTN-SNR Roulements (SNR).
                                Source:
                                FlightGlobal.com

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                                • Tango III
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                                  • Sep 2006
                                  • 25365

                                  Singapore taps Elbit for Chinook, Apache defensive suites

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                                  • Tango III
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                                    • Sep 2006
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                                    Australia’s Tiger attack helicopters ‘unsafe’

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                                    • TomcatViP
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                                      • Nov 2011
                                      • 6107

                                      The bulletin said “despite the missing information and considering a sudden failure, Airbus Helicopters (AH) declares a unsafe condition for all Tiger versions”.
                                      “AH can neither identity the part, the failure of which would lead to the accident, nor the origin of the failure (design, manufacturing, maintenance). “Consequently AH is not in a position to propose a protective measure.”
                                      [...]
                                      Blades falling of the German helicopter mid flight have since been blamed as the possible cause of the crash that saw the aircraft plunge into the desert from a height of about 500m killing the two crew.
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                                      statements from the German defence ministry indicate that the Tiger lost its main rotor blades after entering into a sudden steep descent.[...]It hit the ground around 10s later, and the wreckage was consumed by a post-impact fire.
                                      [...]
                                      Crash investigators have recovered the helicopter’s flight-data recorders, but both are heavily damaged and may be unable to be accessed


                                      Source:
                                      FlightGlobal.com


                                      PS : Doesn't someone around here with a hat feel a sudden burst of appetite? I might have some Piri piri sauce
                                      Last edited by TomcatViP; 15th August 2017, 12:57.

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                                      • Tango III
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                                        • Sep 2006
                                        • 25365

                                        Australia joins Germany in grounding Tiger attack helicopters

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                                        • Tango III
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                                          • Sep 2006
                                          • 25365

                                          US Black Hawk Missing in Hawaii, Search Underway for Crew

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