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The Tigers Have Landed - EC665 UH Tiger @ Mazar-e-Sharif - ISAF

The Tigers Have Landed - EC665 UH Tiger @ Mazar-e-Sharif - ISAF | D-FENS | Scoop.it
The first two German army Unterstützungshubschrauber (UH) Tiger combat helicopters have arrived in Afghanistan. The two helicopters had their rotors and other parts removed for the An-124-100 flight from Leipzig/Halle airport to Mazar-e-Sharif.

The two others will follow Dec. 2, weather permitting.

The four helicopters are in the Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) configuration, with sand filters protecting their engines and Kevlar ballistic protection of the crew against rounds up to 12.7 mm. Additional eight Tigers in ASGARD configuration remain in Germany for training purposes.

The four helicopters will reach their full operating capability in the first quarter of 2013.

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Royal Canadian Air Force initially accepts six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters

Royal Canadian Air Force initially accepts six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters | D-FENS | Scoop.it

An important milestone in the maritime helicopter project.


The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is a major step closer to operating a new world-class maritime helicopter fleet with the official acceptance of six CH-148 Cyclones on June 19, 2015.
 

Defence Minister Jason Kenney joined Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, as well as Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Justice Minister Peter MacKay, at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, today to mark this important milestone. The six helicopters were accepted in accordance with the schedule set out in January 2014 and have the operational capability to allow the RCAF to begin retiring the CH-124 Sea Kings.
 

“Today is an exciting day as we take another significant step forward in the Cyclone project,” said Defence Minister Kenney. “I am confident this modern aircraft will improve our aviators’ and sailors’ ability to work together in defence of Canada from current and future threats.”

The aircraft accepted today will be based at 12 Wing and are being used for training and testing with RCAF personnel. In its final configuration, the Cyclones will be capable of a full range of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and utility missions in various environments and will be one of the most capable maritime helicopters in the world.
 

After more than 50 years of distinguished service, the first two Sea Kings will be retired later this year. The Sea King fleet has served Canada proudly at home and abroad, including missions such as the first Gulf War in 1990-1991, and providing security support at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Sea King fleet will continue operations until 2018 to allow for the transition to the Cyclone fleet.

“The Sea King has faithfully served Canada for more than 50 years and has proven to be incredibly effective in undertaking a high number of simultaneous operations at home and abroad,” said Brigadier-General Paul Ormsby, the director of the maritime helicopter project and a member of the RCAF. “I am honoured to be a part of this significant step toward providing Canada with the next generation of maritime helicopter capability, which will be one of the most capable maritime helicopters in the world.”
 

Sikorsky, the RCAF and the Royal Canadian Navy conducted sea trials with the CH-148 Cyclone on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax between December 2014 and May 2015. In support of the trials, the Cyclone conducted 67 sorties, including 322 landings and takeoffs from the frigate. The aircraft’s capabilities will continue to be enhanced through future deliveries, with the Cyclone maritime helicopter fleet fully taking over for the Sea King beginning in 2018.
 

With a maximum cruise speed of 250 kilometres per hour, CH-148 Cyclone helicopters will be approximately 10 per cent faster than the CH-124 Sea King. Further, the Cyclone has a 36 per cent larger usable cabin space, and it can exceed the range and endurance of a Sea King by 40 per cent at maximum weight and sensor performance.

In June 2014, the Government of Canada amended both the acquisition contract and in-service support to include an additional 10 years of support at rates based on those competed in 2004, thus generating significant value for taxpayers.

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“Viking One One down” - Joint Personnel Recovery Training - Veszprem/ Ungarn

“Viking One One down” - Joint Personnel Recovery Training - Veszprem/ Ungarn | D-FENS | Scoop.it

“Viking One One down”, so der Funkspruch beim “Personnel Recovery Coordination Center”. Kurze Stille. Dann konzentriertes und simultanes Arbeiten zur Rettung des abgeschossenen Piloten. Glücklicherweise nur ein Szenario für Lehrgangsteilnehmer.


Papa Luftwaffenbasis in Nord Ungarn. Die Recovery Kräfte haben einen Vorbefehl zu dieser Rettungsaktion erhalten. Auch hier laufen die Telefone heiß, Einweisungen werden durch den Führer der „Extraction Force“ gegeben, die Luftfahrzeugbesatzungen sind an den Maschinen, die Triebwerke laufen warm….


„Launch PR event“. Der Befehlshaber des Regionalkommandos, als Verantwortlicher für alle Operationen in seinem Einsatzraum, hat die Freigabe zur Rettungsaktion erteilt. Das Team im PRCC in Veszprem gibt den Befehl an die Rettungskräfte. Kurz darauf starten in Papa zwei Mi 24 Hind Kampfhubschrauber und ein Mi 17 Transporthubschrauber mit den Recovery Kräften an Bord in Richtung des isolierten Piloten am Boden, im Fachjargon ISOP (Isolated Person) genannt. Nach einigen Minuten Flugzeit erreichen sie die Einsatzzone und beginnen mit der Rettung des Piloten, der von irregulären Kräften umzingelt ist.


Zur selben Zeit klingelt das Telefon im PRCC in Veszprem. Am Apparat der Gefechtsstand des Slowakischen PRTs. „We have lost communication to one of our patrols, since twelve hours no contact”, so die Information, die der PR Schichtführer mit einem Seufzer zur Kenntnis nimmt. Das Übungsszenario nimmt seinen Lauf und erfährt eine Steigerung: „Attention in the JOC. We have maybe a second PR Event“.
 

Zu den Teams gehören Experten aus verschiedenen Nationen
 

Die Offiziere und Unteroffiziere, die an diesem einwöchigen Lehrgang in Veszprem teilnehmen, kommen aus verschiedenen Nationen und den unterschiedlichsten Bereichen. So sind Piloten, Radarführer, Überlebensexperten und Angehörige von Spezialkräften aus verschiedenen Ländern in den PRCC Teams, die eine theoretische und praktische Ausbildung durchlaufen. Am Ende des Lehrgangs gibt es einen schriftlichen Test, der mindestens zu 80 Prozent richtig beantwortet werden muss.
 

Personnel Recovery ist mehr als nur die reine Rettungsaktion
 

„Personnel Recovery ist mehr als nur die reine Rettungsaktion“, so OTL Stefan G. vom Zentrum Luftoperationen in Kalkar und Ausbilder im Lehrgang in Veszprem. „PR verbindet alle Elemente. Sie beginnt mit der Ausbildung von Menschen, die in Gefahr geraten könnten, isoliert zu werden, befasst sich mit dem Training des Rettungspersonals und der Schulung an der benötigten Technik. Sie endet mit der Re-Integration der geretteten Soldaten, die mitunter wochenlang isoliert waren, in ihr dienstliches Umfeld und in die Familien“, so der 47-Jährige CH-53-Pilot.


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Official acceptance of six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters at 12 Wing Shearwater, Canada

Members of 12 Wing gather for the unveiling of the Cyclone helicopter at 12 Wing Shearwater, 19 June, 2015.

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Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone Helicopter

Check out the newest Maritime Helicopter for the Royal Canadian Air Force -- the CH-148 Cyclone.
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Royal Canadian Air Force accepted six new Sikorsky CH-148 "Cyclone" helicopters

The Conservative government has formally accepted the first six of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.
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European Defence Matters - The Role of the European Defence Agency

The European Defence Agency is the place to go for European defence cooperation. It supports the European Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the European Union’s defence capabilities through cooperative projects and programmes.


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Airbus Tapped To Build OneWeb's 900-satellite Constellation


Airbus released this video during the 2015 Paris Air Show to introduce OneWeb and its plan to deploy 900 broaband Internet satellites.


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A new space race is on to bring the internet to the whole world

A new space race is on to bring the internet to the whole world | D-FENS | Scoop.it


The race is on to get billions of people connected to the internet via a global network of satellites. Europe’s Airbus announced this week that it is to design and build up to 900 satellites for the privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which includes Richard Branson as a board member.

A statement from OneWeb said the plan was to begin launches in 2018 to bring “affordable internet access for everyone” by providing approximately 10 terabits per second of low-latency, high-speed broadband.


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United Technologies is getting out of the helicopter business

United Technologies is getting out of the helicopter business | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The maker of the Black Hawk and Super Stalllion choppers has suffered from pressure on defense budgets and cost-cutting by the oil and gas sector.


United Technologies Corp said Monday, (06/15/15) it’s spinning off its Sikorsky Aircraft business and will decide by the end of the third quarter whether to spin off or sell the $8 billion unit.


It’s the end of an 86-year relationship for the U.S.’s largest maker of military helicopters, whose products have included the Black Hawk and the Super Stallion, and a likely prelude to consolidation among the big defense contractors.


Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co , two of UTC’s biggest competitors, have expressed interest in a potential deal that would consolidate the sector.


A likelier option may be a combination with the Bell Helicopter unit of Textron Inc, which was discussed by UTC’s board last week, according to Reuters.
 

But it’s weakness in demand from another key customer, the oil and gas sector, which has triggered United Technologies’ decision. Energy companies have slashed spending in the wake of the collapse in oil prices at the end of last year.
 

United Technologies said the decision came after a review of strategic alternatives announced earlier this year and was subject to final board approval.
 

Chief Executive Gregory Hayes said in a statement that separating Sikorsky from the portfolio would allow both United Technologies and Sikorsky to focus better on their core businesses.
 

The announcement came after United Technologies lowered its forecast for profits at Sikorsky. However, it re-affirmed its forecast for the rest of the group at $6.35 to $6.55 on sales of approximately $58 billion to $59 billion. The company said it continued to expect organic sales growth of 3% to 5%.
 

Sikorsky announced earlier this month that it would cut 1,400 jobs and consolidate facilities.


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SpaceX Augments and Upgrades Drone Ship Armada

SpaceX Augments and Upgrades Drone Ship Armada | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s aspirations towards recovering launched Falcon 9 first stages are continuing to focus on ocean based landings, ahead of realizing the goal of returning the cores back to land. With continual refinements to the approach, SpaceX have welcomed new and improved Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS), one of which has been sighted taking a cruise down the Panama Canal.


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Italian Blade 2015 "Teaser" - Helicopter Exercise Programme - European Defence Agency

Italian Blade 2015, organised as part of the European Defence Agency's Helicopter Exercise Programme, will take place from 22nd of June to 3rd of July 2015 in Viterbo, Italy. 

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European Defence Agency - Italian Blade 2015 - Helicopter Exercise Programme

European Defence Agency - Italian Blade 2015 - Helicopter Exercise Programme | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Italian Blade 2015, the 8th training event organised under the framework of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), will start on 22 June in Viterbo, Italy. Gathering about 40 helicopters from seven different countries, it will be one of the largest exercises organised since the establishment of the HEP.


Aircraft from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia will attend this year’s exercise. The event will be hosted by the Italian Army Aviation (Aviazione dell'Esercito) in Viterbo airbase, about 80 km north of Rome. In total, more than 1000 military personnel are expected to take part in the event which will run from 22 June to 3 July.
 

As with previous HEP live-flying exercises, Italian Blade’s main objectives will be to train European helicopter crews in conditions likely to be faced in possible future operations, while promoting cooperation in helicopters training and developing joint interoperability between multinational elements, both in the air and on the ground. A particular focus will be given to the integration of ground forces into the exercise’s scenarios so as to develop common procedures and build trust between flying crews and ground personnel from different nations.
 

The HEP exercises are only one of multiple projects undertaken by the European Defence Agency to increase the overall availability of European military helicopters, with other initiatives such as the Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC) or the Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC) now ongoing. These efforts demonstrate that at very low-cost, quick operational benefits can be yielded to ensure success on tomorrow’s battlefields.

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Seven countries prep for exercise "Italian Blade 2015" - European Defence Agency

Seven countries prep for exercise "Italian Blade 2015"  -  European Defence Agency | D-FENS | Scoop.it
The European Defence Agency's (EDA) Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) training event, Italian Blade 2015, will begin in Viterbo, Italy on 22 June. Around 40 helicopters from seven countries will conduct training exercises.

For this year's event aircraft from Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria will take part. The Italian Army Aviation at Viterbo air base will host the event. More than 1,000 personnel are expected to take part, with the event scheduled to end on 3 July.

During the exercise, helicopter crew will be trained on possible future operations, with a focus on integrating ground forces into exercise scenarios in order to develop trust and common procedures between ground personnel and flying crew from other nations.

The HEP event also promotes cooperation in helicopter training and joint interoperability between multinational air and ground forces. It is one of several rotorcraft projects that the EDA undertakes, including the Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course and Tactics Course.
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Hellenic Army Aviation

Greece, a country with a modernized military that has one of the most sophisticated technological capabilities.

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Elbit Systems introduces BrightNite - Degraded Visual Environment (DVE)

Elbit Systems introduces BrightNite - Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) | D-FENS | Scoop.it
Elbit Systems' BrightNite enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90 percent of night flying situations. 
Enabling a new level of operational flight, BrightNite is a multispectral panoramic solution for helicopter pilots flying in a Degraded Visual Environment (DVE).
Elbit Systems introduces BrightNite a solution that enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90 percent of night flying situations, providing them with piloting capabilities of attack helicopters and enabling a new level of operational flight.
Lightweight, compact and cost-effective, BrightNite is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that delivers the essential data directly to both eyes of the pilot, enabling intuitive flight in a head-up, eyes-out orientation in pitch dark and other DVE conditions.
The unique solution is comprised of non-gimballed uncooled FLIR and highly sensitive Complementtary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors that present an ultra-wide field of regard intuitive image to a display system which projects to the ANVIS/HUD night Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). The display is overlaid by a synthetic layer that follows the contours of the landscape and a third layer of 3D conformal symbology, which displays hazards, mission conformal symbology and tactical data. Multiple crewmembers can simultaneously scan the entire field of regard, using a single sensor and the synthetic world, enabling them to fly in common Line-Of-Sight (LOS).
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The Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve-South in Romania

The Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve-South in Romania
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk files with government to provide Internet service from space

SpaceX founder Elon Musk files with government to provide Internet service from space | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Elon Musk’s space company has asked the federal government for permission to begin testing on an ambitious project to beam Internet service from space, a significant step forward for an initiative that could create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies.


The plan calls for launching a constellation of 4,000 small and cheap satellites that would beam high-speed Internet signals to all parts of the globe, including its most remote regions. Musk has said the effort “would be like rebuilding the Internet in space.”


If successful, the attempt could transform SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., from a pure rocket company into a massive high-speed-Internet provider that would take on major companies in the developed world but also make first-time customers out of the billions of people who are currently not online.


The idea of saturating Earth with Internet signals from space has long been the dream of prominent business tycoons, including Bill Gates in the 1990s. But many of these ventures have run into obstacles that Musk is working to avoid. Musk has his own rocket, and he has said his swarm of satellites will be more efficient and inexpensive than relying on a handful of big devices that are difficult to replace.


Dish Network and DirecTV, for instance, have for years relied on a few older satellites that are cast much farther into space and can serve only specific regions such as the United States. SpaceX’s web of satellites would wrap around Earth in low orbit, handing off Internet signals to one another to make connections more reliable and to reach more areas.


The filing, made with the Federal Communications Commission late last month, is the first public glimpse into how Musk will move ahead with the project.


Musk isn’t the only billionaire entrepreneur who is pursuing such an idea. Virgin’s Richard Branson has partnered with a company with similar ambitions. Both ventures would have to succeed where many have failed. Facebook recently abandoned its plan to build a $500 million satellite that would provide Internet service across the globe, according to the Information, a tech site.


And a previous effort by a firm called LightSquared to use satellites to provide wireless service fell apart three years ago, despite initial backing from the FCC. Military officials complained at the time that the technology interfered with the radar used by planes — a problem that shouldn’t hinder Musk’s effort, industry officials said. Musk’s FCC filing proposes tests starting next year. If all goes well, the service could be up and running in about five years.


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Airbus watching whether UTC will sell Sikorsky helicopter unit

Airbus is "watching with interest" to see whether United Technologies Corp puts its Sikorsky helicopter business up for sale, the head of Airbus' U.S. division said on Monday.

UTC expects to make a decision on whether the conglomerate will divest Sikorsky in a couple of months.

"We are watching that with interest. We are interested to see what United Technologies intends to do with Sikorsky," Allan McArtor, chief executive of Airbus Group, Inc, told Reuters on the sidelines of the annual Herzliya Conference in Israel.

He declined to elaborate.

McArtor said Airbus was interested in acquisition opportunities, particularly anything in the areas of defense, space, helicopters, cyber security and 3D manufacturing.

He noted that Airbus was opening a new facility in Silicon Valley devoted to start-ups and has just launched a $100-$150 million venture capital fund to provide seed financing to high tech start-ups.

Airbus Group, Inc, supplies helicopters in the United States to buyers such as the Coast Guard, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

While Airbus is not very active in Israel, McArtor said the country's high tech sector was "fertile ground for collaboration" and provides great opportunity.



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McDonell Douglas A-4N - Flugbetrieb auf dem Flugplatz Faßberg - Discovery Air Defence Services

McDonell Douglas A-4N -  Flugbetrieb auf dem Flugplatz Faßberg - Discovery Air Defence Services | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Vermehrter Flugbetrieb über Faßberg: In der Zeit von Montag, den 15. Juni, bis Freitag, den 17. Juli 2015, wird es vermehrten Flugbetrieb über Faßberg und der Region geben. In diesem Zeitraum werden bis zu sieben Jets des Typs Douglas A4 „Skyhawk“ der kanadischen Firma Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS) auf dem Flugplatz Faßberg stationiert. Sie sollen im Auftrag der Bundeswehr eine schnelle Flugzieldarstellung über Norddeutschland sowie über der Nord- und Ostsee fliegen.


Dabei werden die Jets von Montag bis Donnerstag jeweils vormittags und nachmittags zu ein bis zwei Missionen von Faßberg aus abheben. „Es wird keinen Nachtflug und keinen Flugbetrieb am Wochenende geben“, so Jost Steinhoff, Programm Direktor von Discovery Air. Das Unternehmen DADS, das seinen Sitz in Pointe Claire (Montreal) im Südwesten der kanadischen Provinz Quebec hat, fliegt seit Januar 2015 die Zieldarstellung für die Luftwaffe und war bislang in Wittmund stationiert. Aufgrund von Infrastrukturmaßnahmen in Wittmund müssen die Maschinen jedoch aus Ostfriesland vorübergehend verlegt werden. Der Flugplatz Faßberg wurde ausgewählt, weil auch auf anderen, in Frage kommenden, Flugplätzen der Bundeswehr in Norddeutschland derzeit gebaut wird und die Jets daher dort nicht stationiert werden können.

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Bell/Boeing MV-22B "Osprey" - G7 Summit 2015 - Germany

Bell/Boeing MV-22B "Osprey" - G7 Summit 2015 - Germany | D-FENS | Scoop.it

A U.S. Marine Osprey sends up a big wash of rain as as it lands near the Bavarian town of Kruen. The Ospreys provided transport to Air Force One in Munich for members of U.S. President Barack Obama's staff, Secret Service, White House Press Corps and other personnel at the G7 Summit.

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The Martian | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX

 During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive...


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USAF Pararescue - Angel Thunder 2015 - Davis-Monthan AFB

USAF Pararescue - Angel Thunder 2015 - Davis-Monthan AFB | D-FENS | Scoop.it
@usairforce Pararescue setting up comms with inbound HH-60s #AngelThunder2015 #USAF #Pararescue #photography pic.twitter.com/Z6G5UrR27Q
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