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COLD BLADE 2016 Helicopter Exercise successfully completed - European Defence Agency

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Exercise COLD BLADE 2016, hosted by the Finnish Defence Forces, was formally completed Wednesday evening March 16th 2016 by the Chief of Finnish Army Aviation, LtCol Jaro Kesänen.

At exercise closure, a total of 290 hours had been flown on 156 missions with 3 participating Member States (Finland and Germany, as well as Sweden which sent observers) and 10 European helicopters: seven NH-90, one MD500 and two CH-53GA. Italian attendees participated in the survival training.

This cold weather exercise was operated from Ivalo airbase in Finland. The challenging winter scenario in Lapland allowed Finland and Germany to train and adapt their aircrew to winter conditions. Besides the focus on flying in demanding white-out conditions, the exercise was used to test the helicopters, test the aircrew and to teach and learn Technics, Tactics and Procedures in a cold and snowy environment.

During the first week, Finland and Germany executed individual trainings, qualifying helicopter pilots and loadmasters in white-out landings and navigation skills in an area with barely any houses or roads. During day and night missions all training aims were met and, even with Night Vision Goggles, the nights were very dark in northern Finland. During the second week, formation flights with German CH-53GA and Finnish NH-90 helicopters were flown at night. While aircrew from Germany and Finland were flying, Italian militaries attended the survival course and learned how to survive in Lapland.

The German Detachment commander praised the unique nature of the exercise and stressed that the added value of cooperating with other nations and practicing winter operations in combined missions just could not have been achieved by working alone. The skills developed during the exercise are precisely those needed to conduct successful operations in the future. These types of exercises truly enhance helicopter capabilities in Europe which also reflects the objective of EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP). Since the first exercise in France in 2009, trainings have increased in scale, environmental challenges and complexity. Participants not only came from different nations but also from different branches with air force and army all working together. In exercise Cold Blade 2016, German Army NH-90 mechanics executed tests and exchanged information with their Finnish counterparts concerning winter maintenance, use of tools and NH-90 helicopter documentation.

This was the first EDA exercise hosted by Finland.

 

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NH90 helicopter proves its mettle - humanitarian aid operation in Fiji - New Zealand Defence Force

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NH90 proves its mettle.


The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters have confirmed their ability to support a humanitarian aid operation on their first overseas mission in Fiji.
NH90 Detachment Commander Squadron Leader Ben Pryor said the medium utility helicopters have been providing a critical link between the main population centres and the outlying islands which were devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Almost 120 hours of relief missions have so far been flown by the NH90s.
“We’ve confirmed the speed, range and payload of the NH90 in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations by carrying large numbers of personnel and humanitarian supplies and projecting those into very remote locations,” SQNLDR Pryor said.
“What we’ve demonstrated here in Fiji is that the NH90s are a strong enabler for HADR operations,” NH90 captain Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Peter Familton said. “They have performed well with respect to both the tropical conditions and the austere environment. We’ve regularly operated to rough, unprepared landing zones such as beaches and undulating terrain without difficulty.”
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COLD BLADE 2016 - Exercise Programme - Twitter Video Summary 

Exercise Cold Blade 2016 took place in Ivalo in Northern Finland from 7 till 18 March 2016 under the framework of the EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme.

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Airbus Helicopters

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( Photo Credit to Johannes Heyn @ majomedia.de )

Finnish and German military rotary aircraft and their crews had a blast this week up in Scandinavia, with exercise Cold Blade 2016.

 

The Finnish Army (Maavoimat) played the leading role, with 6 of its 20 NHIndustries NH90s supported by 95 people. The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) sent 2 of its Sikorsky CH-53GA "German Advanced" Stallion and 70 personnel. Sweden sent some observers, while Italy dispatched a few trainees.

 

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90  & CH-53 - Ivalo, Finland

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Netherlands signs NH90 workshare deal

NHIndustries (NHI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for the participation of Dutch industry in the sustainment phase of the NH90 helicopter, it announced on 14 March.

Under the agreement, Airborne (NL) and Fokker Technologies will conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul work for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s NH90 helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters has authorised Airborne for ML1 and ML2 rotor blade repair activities for NH90 helicopters. Airborne will work to get the ML3 maintenance qualification level to perform this work as an Airbus Helicopters subcontractor for operators in the Netherlands, Belgium and other nations.

Fokker performed its first official standard part delivery for the NH90 helicopter in 2013, and the transfer of the entire standard parts package has now officially been finalised.

Vincent Dubrule, president, NHI, said: ‘NHI is actively partnering with international suppliers in order to improve the availability of platforms and reducing cost of maintenance for the operators of the NH90.’

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COLD BLADE 2016 - Over and Out - Exercise Summary

Cold Blade 2016 has ended. Thanks to all participants, organizers and to a great host nation!

 

 

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence  Agency - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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Cold Blade 2016 - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - close-up view

Major Mikko Honkasalo talks about the the NH90 helicopter, which is being used by the Finnish Army in the Cold Blade 2016 exercise.
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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland - Aurora Borealis

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - NH90 - Ivalo, Finland

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COLD BLADE 2016 - European Defence Agency - Ivalo, Finland - Airbus Helicopters NH90

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COLD BLADE 2016 - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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NH90 TTH helicopter ready for NVG flight during exercise in Northern pic.twitter.com/78SAzAMeJP

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COLD BLADE 2016 - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment - Ivalo, Finland

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NH90 TTH helicopter ready for NVG flight during exercise #ColdBlade2016 in Northern #Finland #NHIndustries #avgeek pic.twitter.com/78SAzAMeJP

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COLD BLADE 2016 - NH90 - Utti Jaeger Regiment -Ivalo, Finland

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COLD BLADE 2016 - Finish NH90 approaching Ivalo Airfield - EFIV - Utti Jaeger Regiment

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