After the Tigers, the Australian Army wants to replace part of its MRH90 Taipan

Decidedly, Australians do not seem to be big fans of European helicopters. After launching a call for tenders to replace their ARH Tiger combat helicopters, which they blame for overly complex and expensive maintenance, they are now preparing to replace their MRH 90 Taipan in service within the 6th aviation regulations of 'Holsworthy, by US-built HH-60W or MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. In question, the bad positioning (according to them) of the port machine gun and the descent smooth rope for special operations. The Australian government may soon announce, as part of the Land 2097 Phase 4 program,…

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Can we develop a heavy European high performance helicopter?

After several months of uncertainty, the German authorities have announced that they are ending the procedure aimed at acquiring a heavy helicopter from the United States to replace its fleet of CH-53s reaching the end of their age. Although no additional information on German ambitions in the field has been given, it could well be a unique opportunity for Europe to finally acquire a device of this type, as it represents, after the United States, the largest western world market for this type of military aircraft. Indeed, in addition to Germany, 5 European armies today use this type of aircraft, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom. When to…

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Italy wants to participate in US Army FVL program with European help

The Italian authorities have announced that they have included measures to support its defense industry in its plan to use part of the €209 billion allocated by the European Union as part of the post-Covid recovery plan. While Rome's objective is obviously to support innovation and develop new technologies, the stated ambition goes well beyond declarations of principle, and identifies very specific areas, such as participation in the British new fighter program generation Tempest, the development of a new offer of naval engines and, in a way that may seem surprising, the participation in the Futur Vertical Lift program of…

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By ignoring the Airbus Helicopters RACER, Europeans could miss the next technological leap in air combat

The Airbus Helicopters RACER is a rapid and economical helicopter demonstrator (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) supported by the European Clean Sky project. It is also on the Clean Sky website that an inventory of the RACER program was published on March 20th. It would thus seem that the development of the first demonstrator is encountering two major technical difficulties, but that the schedule for the program as a whole should not be upset. Final adjustments before the start of testing The two elements affected by significant design delays are the main gearbox and the side shaft lines. Concretely, the delay accumulates…

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Kuwaiti parliament questions the high cost of the Eurofighter Typhoon

For several months, the sale of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons to Kuwait signed in 2016 has been of great interest to the judicial authorities of Kuwait, who have reportedly opened several investigations for corruption. Alongside the ongoing legal proceedings, it is now the Kuwaiti Parliament that is wondering about the total bill for the contract. Indeed, the Eurofighter Typhoons purchased by Kuwait from Italy are invoiced for more than $320 million each, compared to an average of $110 million for aircraft sold to other countries. If these figures put forward by the local press can be questioned, they should however be put into perspective. Indeed, arms contracts...

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The military version of the five-bladed Airbus Helicopters H145 should be qualified next year, with new assets to highlight

In March 2019, at Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Airbus Helicopters unveiled the new variant of its successful twin-engine helicopter, the H145. Equipped with a new rotor equipped with five blades, against four on the previous variants, this new helicopter should be lighter, more economical and have a greater payload, while reducing maintenance requirements. Intended primarily for the civilian market and public services (police, ambulances, liaison, etc.), the new H145 has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is in the process of being certified by the American FAA. This should allow delivery to the first customers…

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Sikorsky offers its S-70i Armed Black Hawk in the Philippines and tries to revive the market for armed maneuver helicopters

Decidedly, the tiny Philippine market arouses all desires! In a previous article, we saw how the Americans Bell and Boeing were positioning themselves with radically different offers in order to replace at short notice the offer of the Turkish industrialist TAI. The winner of this commercial competition will thus be able to place half a dozen combat helicopters with the Philippine Air Force. If the Philippine ambitions seem modest, the contracts envisaged are still counted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, for American manufacturers, the Philippine market is above all seen as a showcase for the entire Asia-Pacific region, where…

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Defense: the revival project of the aeronautical sector holds good and bad surprises

The affair had been announced quite early during the Covid-19 crisis: the French Armies will be called upon to revive the national economy. The Ministry of the Armed Forces is indeed one of the largest French investors, and mainly buys equipment designed and manufactured in France and in Europe. This is particularly the case for the aeronautical sector, which was the subject of government statements yesterday. If the aeronautics sector should have a recovery plan of 15 billion euros, almost half will be devoted to supporting the activity of Air France / KLM, which supplies a large part of the civil aeronautics sector. Several billions will be...

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KAI Surion developed with Airbus Helicopters is chosen as attack helicopter for the South Korean Marines

In the Asia-Pacific region, the strengthening of Chinese naval capabilities is pushing many countries to develop their naval infantry. This is particularly the case in South Korea, which decided in the early 2010s to provide the Republic of Korea Marines Corps with its own helicopters. With approximately 30.000 men, the ROKMC must thus gradually equip itself with two amphibious maneuver helicopter battalions and one combat helicopter battalion. Very quickly, the ROKMC selected the KUH-1 Surion maneuver helicopter developed jointly by the national industrialist KAI and Airbus Helicopters. The naval version of the Surion is designated MUH-1 Marineon, and flies for the first time…

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Japanese Coast Guard purchases additional H225 Super Puma

In the midst of a global economic downturn, new aircraft orders are scarce. However, the Japanese Ministry of Defense and Airbus announced on April 6 that the Japan Coast Guard was going to acquire two new H225 Super Puma heavy helicopters. The JCG is already the main operator of this type of helicopter in Japan. During the 1990s, the Japanese coast guard had acquired a small number of AS.332L1 Super Puma, then produced by the French Aérospatiale. These devices quickly became the local benchmark for long-distance sea rescue, leading to orders for new units. Between…

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