viernes, 22 de febrero de 2019

The Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s from Airbus

Marignane – The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twinengine helicopters to be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron (HU-1). The aircraft will be dedicated to a wide range of missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation. Two of these aircraft will be equipped with aeromedical kits. Other equipment will include a cargo hook, an emergency flotation system, a winch, as well as weather radar.

The aircraft, which will replace the current light twin-engine AS355s, could also carry out missions in the frame of the Brazilian Antarctic Programme in the near future.
The contract includes a comprehensive HCare support and services package, which will guarantee the highest levels of availability for this fleet.
“We are extremely happy to sign this contract, which consolidates and extends the partnership we have had for over 40 years with the Brazilian Navy, our very first customer in the country,” said Richard Marelli, Helibras President and Airbus Head of Country in Brazil. “The H135’s low operating costs and excellent availability rate make it the ideal helicopter to fulfil the Navy’s challenging missions and needs.”
To date, more than 1,280 helicopters of the H135 family are in operation around the globe, having flown 4.9 million flight hours.

Coast Guard rescues man 170 miles west of St. Petersburg

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, rescues a man from a 120-foot tug 170 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. The 57-year-old man was reportedly suffering from chest pains and was transferred to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The​ Coast Guard rescued​ a 57-year-old man Thursday 170 miles west of St. Petersburg.

Coast Guard Sector​ St. Petersburg command center watchstanders received a call via satellite phone at 1:24 p.m. from the master of the Mariya Moran, a 120-foot tug, stating a crew member was suffering from chest pains and was in need of medical attention.

A​ Coast Guard Air Station​ Clearwater​ MH-60​ Jayhawk helicopter​ crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched to assist and arrived at 4 p.m.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to​ Tampa General Hospital​ at 5:42 p.m.

“This case happened a long way from shore and thankfully they had a satellite phone aboard,” said Lt. j.g. Richard Laws, crew member at the Sector St. Petersburg command center. “They were professional mariners with the proper equipment aboard that allowed them to communicate the nature of distress to the Coast Guard.”

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jueves, 21 de febrero de 2019

Northrop Grumman Selected to Continue F-35 Program Mission Critical Work

CANBERRA, Australia – Feb. 22, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), welcomes the announcement of the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program to the Australian defence industry.

Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

Under this assignment announcement, Northrop Grumman Australia and fellow Australian companies, BAE Systems, MOOG, RUAG, NIOA, Survitec, and GE Aviation, will provide the capabilities underpinning thirteen of seventeen MRO&U component repair technology groups assigned to the Asia-Pacific region. These categories, assigned to Australian industry by the U.S. Department of Defense for the sustainment of F-35 Lightning IIs based in the Asia-Pacific region, include depot repair for avionics, munitions/weapons delivery, canopy systems, aircraft composite structure, electro-optical systems, electrical components, valves, auxiliary power systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, pneudraulics, hydro-mechanical systems, landing gear, life support and pumps.
“Northrop Grumman Australia continues to be fully committed to growing its in-country technical sustainment workforce and capabilities, and this work will allow us to continue supporting the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) mission and the Australian defence industry at large,” said Warren King, interim chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. “We are grateful to our industry teammates, the Australian JSF Division, the Commonwealth government, and the U.S. JPO for this recognition.”
Northrop Grumman’s capabilities related to F-35 are reinforced by the company’s support to the RAAF’s KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport, Special Purpose Aircraft fleet and C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter. With the sustainment and modernisation solutions we will offer for other mission-critical platforms such as the MQ-4C Triton, Northrop Grumman is well positioned to continue to drive strategic value creation in the MRO market.
Based on the assignment, Northrop Grumman Australia will deliver avionics, composites (teaming with Quickstep) and electro-optics repair (teaming with BAE Systems) services. In providing these services, the company will leverage its existing capabilities, as well as introduce new technologies to the Australian defence industrial community. To further support the execution of this assignment, Northrop Grumman Australia is establishing an Electronic Sustainment Centre (ESC) to sustain mission-readiness capabilities within the Commonwealth. After achieving readiness in January 2019 to support regional APN-241 radar repair, the ESC is prepared to support key fifth-generation communications, navigation, and identification systems.
“MRO&U components are one element of the F-35 global sustainment solution. As the U.S. and partner nations activate their F-35 fleets, Northrop Grumman and its industry team will continue to ensure critical systems are available for tasking and mission training,” said Steve Hogan, vice president, global sustainment and technology services supply chain, Northrop Grumman Technology Services.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi receives upgraded HC-144 in Texas

An HC-144B Ocean Sentry, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi's newest addition, rests on an airstrip in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 20, 2019. This upgraded aircraft contains improvements that will allow aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jessica Wright.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard received an upgraded HC-144 medium-range surveillance aircraft at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday.

The bravo upgrade expands the HC-144’s extensive sensor capability, aiding the Coast Guard in its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions.

The Coast Guard upgraded the HC-144 aircraft to improve mission effectiveness and situational awareness, as each newly modified aircraft features an updated cockpit control and display unit, navigation, and equipment monitoring systems.

The Coast Guard is also integrating the Navy’s Minotaur mission system architecture across its fixed-wing aircraft fleet. With the sophisticated command and control system, the aircraft incorporates surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to allow aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight.

“We are excited to usher in this new command and control suite to support the United States and our complex mission set,” said Capt. Edward Gaynor, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi commanding officer. “Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi looks forward in working with our newly upgraded HC-144 fleet to better support our partners in South Texas.”

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi personnel stand next to the Air Station's newest member, an HC-144B Ocean Sentry on Feb. 20, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. This aircraft features an updated cockpit control and display unit, navigation and equipment monitoring systems. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jake Conrad


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Coast Guard, emergency services conduct 2 joint medical evacuations in 2 days throughout Main Hawaiian Islands.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew delivers a 35-year-old man suffering from sepsis in Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 20, 2019. The aircrew worked jointly with the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assist Team to medevac the man quickly to a higher level of medical care. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Eric Ferree/Released)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard conducted two joint medical evacuations in last two days throughout Main Hawaiian Islands. 

Wednesday, the Coast Guard and Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) personnel conducted a medical transport of a 35-year-old man from Hilo, while Tuesday a Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew responded to a medical emergency off Molokini Crater.

In the Hilo case, an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew and Hawaii DMAT medical personnel transported the man from the Big Island to Oahu to meet awaiting emergency services.

"We have a great team and work well with DMAT to serve the people of Hawaii,” said Lt. Eric Ferree, Hercules pilot. "The crew did a great job turning the aircraft around quickly; it went smoothly especially in the dark at 5 a.m.”

At 12:24 a.m., Wednesday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu (JRCC) watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Hawaii Department of Health in transporting the man suffering from symptoms of sepsis to Oahu for medical treatment. JRCC conferred with the duty flight surgeon who recommended transport of the man as soon as possible.

According to Ferree, the search and rescue alarm went off at 3:45 a.m., the CG 1706 (Hercules) was configured and ready 30 minutes later. The DMAT team arrived on time at 4:30 a.m. As the crew was conducting engine runs before departing an issue with the #3 engine required a shift to the CG 1716. The team rapidly moved the medical pallet to the new plane, it was pre-flighted, and they were "off the deck at 6 a.m. on the dot”. ​ 

Upon landing in Hilo, the ambulance was waiting, and the patient boarded smoothly. DMAT personnel provided in-air medical care. Once the Hercules arrived at Oahu, the response teams transferred the patient to awaiting emergency services who then brought him to Straub Medical Center.

The Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management’s Disaster Medical Team is a deployable, all-hazards disaster medical response and recovery team which is part of the medical surge capability within the HPP or Hospital Preparedness Program. All team members are volunteer professionals.

In the Maui case, the RB-M crew responded after Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a radio call from the master of the Maui Diamond II at 11:13 a.m. requesting medical assistance for a 76-year-old male diver. The diver was suffering from difficulty breathing after completing a second dive at Molokini Crater. The RB-M crew and Medic 15 personnel launched to assist. 

Once on scene, the RB-M crew transferred a medic and EMT to the Maui Diamond II where they determined the man was in stable condition. Medical personnel continued to treat him aboard the Maui Diamond II while the vessel transited to Maalaea Harbor with an RB-M escort. Upon arriving ashore, awaiting emergency services transferred the diver and took him to Maui Memorial Hospital.

The Coast Guard consistently works with emergency medical professionals throughout the islands to ensure access to an appropriate level of care as quickly as possible.

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Coast Guard rescues 2 from disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Bahamas

USCG MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Miami, photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Parrinello (archive).

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a disabled vessel Wednesday approximately 20 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from a vessel southwest of the Bahamas. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered to the scene to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted the two people from the sailing vessel Mavi, and will transfer them to Palm Beach International Airport.

"The possession and proper utilization of an EPIRB was crucial to the success of this rescue mission," said Lt. Patrick Leavitt, chief duty officer at Coast Guard 7th District.​ "We recommend​ all boaters have a registered EPIRB, and know where all their equipment is in case of an emergency."

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USCG Cutter Robert Yered, Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Clases Mark Barney (archive).

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miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2019

BELL ADVANCED AIRCRAFT SHOWCASED AT IDEX 2019

For decades, Bell has been known for building aircraft that save lives and support militaries around the world. Rapidly delivering and retrieving warfighters in extreme, challenging environments. Developing agile machinery built for fast transport and swift movement. Creating the next generation of vertical lift products by thinking above and beyond flight. When it comes to developing tiltrotor technology, or producing life-saving aircraft, Bell has the innovative minds and the relentless drive to revolutionize vertical takeoff and lift.

The Bell 429 is designed with the future in mind, enhancing occupant safety, with the adaptability to remain at the forefront as mission requirements evolve. The Bell 429 is chosen by police forces, air medical teams and militaries around the world for time-sensitive missions and training. The aircraft on display is owned and operated by the EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy based in Al Ain, UAE.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey will also be exhibited at the show. The Osprey routinely performs a variety of global missions as the most in-demand aircraft with the United States Marine Corps. The flexibility of tiltrotor is repeatedly demonstrated in crisis response and humanitarian relief campaigns, and the V-22 continues to transform rotorcraft operations everywhere.

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

Heligo receives its first Airbus H145 helicopter from Milestone Aviation

Bengaluru, 20 February 2019: Milestone Aviation Group Limited (Milestone), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Airbus Helicopters announced today that Heligo Charters Private Limited (HCPL), a Mumbai-based non-scheduled helicopter operator has taken delivery of its first H145 helicopter. The helicopter’s configuration will allow it to perform a variety of missions. The aircraft taken on lease from Milestone will start operations soon in the state of Jharkhand.

“We take immense pride in the fact that Heligo has placed its trust in Milestone’s certainty of execution to deliver the aircraft, coupled with our financial and technical capabilities. We look forward to continuing to grow this long-term relationship,” said Michael York, Senior Vice President of Commercial at Milestone.
HCPL is a leading onshore and offshore helicopter services provider to the oil & gas industry, corporate and VIP travel in India.. The company currently operates 10 helicopters, including four Airbus AS365 N3 Dauphins.
“HCPL will use the versatile H145 helicopter for a variety of missions. With enhanced safety features and a reputation for reduced maintenance, the H145 is an ideal craft for performing diverse roles,” said Capt K Padmanabhan, CEO, Heligo Charters Pvt Ltd.
Airbus’ H145 is the latest member of its 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions. Compact in size, this helicopter’s small footprint and large, flexible cabin makes it the aircraft of choice for a variety of missions. It provides latest technologies, like the advanced cockpit design with the most modern Human Machine Interface (HMI) and state-of-the-art Helionix® avionics, more powerful engines, an enhanced transmission system and a Fenestron® anti torque-device.
These new technologies are combined with the rugged and proven design elements of the H145 - the main rotor system and the multipurpose cabin. Built-in safety aspects include an energy absorbing fuselage and seats and crash-resistant fuel cells. Compared to other helicopters in its class, the H145 offers a significantly larger cabin featuring excellent outside visibility for pilots, crew and passengers; a roomy cabin with no partitions, center or door posts; and unrivalled side and rear loading capability.
Airbus will be displaying a similar H145 at Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru from 20 - 24 February 2019.  

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for missing swimmer off Tybee Island

USCG MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Savannah, U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brittney Vella (archive)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — 
The Coast Guard ended its search Tuesday for a 33-year-old man who went missing off Tybee Island,​ Georgia.​

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a man in the water matching the missing swimmer's description at 11:40 a.m.

A Coast Guard Station Tybee Island 45-foot Response Boat – Medium​ boat crew recovered the man and began life-saving​ procedures​ while en route to Station Tybee where EMS was waiting.

On Monday, Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified by Tybee Island Fire and Rescue of a missing male swimmer at 6:38 p.m.​ The man was last seen by his wife swimming off Tybee Island in a wet suit on a body board.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crews, a Coast Guard Auxilary​ aircrew, Station Tybee boat crews, Tybee Island Fire and Rescue crews, Georgia Department of Natural Resourcesand local authorities assisted in the search.

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martes, 19 de febrero de 2019

Coast Guard rescues 2 people and dog near Vermillion Bay

USCG MH-65 Dolphin Air Station New Orleans (archive).
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people and a dog near Southwest Pass, Vermillion Bay, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 8:40 a.m. of an overdue 19-foot aluminum vessel with two people and a dog aboard who departed for a fishing trip yesterday between Vermillion Bay and Southwest Pass, Louisiana.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Iberia Parish and Vermillion Bay Sherriff’s Department also launched air and surface asset crews to search.

The Dolphin helicopter aircrew located the two people in a marsh area near the southwest point of Southwest Pass, Vermillion Bay, just west of Marsh Island at 4:23 p.m.

The Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoisted the two individuals and their dog at 4:23 p.m. and transported them to Acadiana Regional Airport.

The individuals were reported in good health.
HC-144 Ocean Sentry USCG Aviation Training Center Mobile ©Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm (archive).

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Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel Kari Marie 201 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward-deployed to St. Paul, approaches the fishing vessel Kari Marie to medevac a man from it, approximately 201 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska, Feb. 18, 2019. Forward-operating locations follow the fishing fleet throughout the year to reduce response times for search and rescue cases when the call comes in. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward-deployed to St. Paul, medevaced a man from the fishing vessel Kari Marie approximately 201 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska, Monday.

District 17 Command Center watchstanders received notification from the fishing vessel Pacific Mariner. They were relaying communications for the fishing vessel Kari Marie for a crew member that was reported to have suffered a compound fracture while aboard the vessel.

District personnel directed the launch of a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward-Operating Location St. Paul to conduct the medevac. They also diverted an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew to provide communication coverage for the case.

The man was transported to local emergency medical services personnel in St. Paul and was reported to have been in stable condition.

“Being forward-deployed in St. Paul allowed us to significantly reduce the response time to assist this mariner,” said Lt. Kevin Riley, the aircraft commander for this case.“We hope he makes a rapid and full recovery.”

On-scene weather was 4-foot seas, overcast skies, and an air temperature of 34 degrees with calm winds.

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lunes, 18 de febrero de 2019

Pratt & Whitney Delivers GTF™ PW1900G Production Engines for Embraer E195-E2 Program

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.Feb. 18, 2019/PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Embraer celebrated delivery of the GTF™ PW1900G production engines for the E195-E2 aircraft at Embraer's E2 final assembly line in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil. The E195-E2 is expected to enter into service in the second half of 2019 with Azul Brazilian Airlines.
"We are excited to receive the GTF production engines for the initial serial production of the E195-E2, as we know firsthand the advantages that these engines provide to our customers and the environment," said Fernando Antonio Oliveira, Embraer's E2 Program Director.
Embraer's E190-E2 aircraft, which is also powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engine, entered service in April 2018 with Widerøe, followed by Air Astana in December 2018.
"Delivering the first production engines for the E195-E2 is an important milestone for the program," said Graham Webb, vice president of Commercial Engine Programs at Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to continuing to work together to support Embraer's second GTF-powered E2 aircraft model."
In addition to being selected as the exclusive propulsion system for the E2 commercial aircraft, Pratt & Whitney's APS2600E auxiliary power unit (APU) is the sole-sourced APU for the E2 family. The APS2600E APU gives airlines greater flexibility, by increasing the altitude ceiling for ETOPS and other operations, and providing a significant increase in electrical power delivery to meet the needs of today's airlines.
The E195-E2 aircraft has more than 24% reduction in fuel burn per seat than the previous-generation E195, with NOx emissions 50% below the ICAO CAEP/6 regulation and 19dB to 20dB of ICAO Chapter 4 cumulative noise margin.

U.S. Government Approves Release of Boeing EA-18G Growler to Finland

The U.S. Department of Defense has authorized the U.S. Navy and Boeing to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only the Royal Australian Air Force had been permitted to fly the Growler alongside the U.S. Navy. (Boeing photo)

ARLINGTON, Va., February 18, 2019 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.
Boeing and the Navy have offered the Growler and F/A-18 Super Hornet in a response to query issued by the Finnish Ministry of Defense as part of their HX fighter program procurement.
“All strike fighter aircraft rely on Growler escort to increase survivability during high-threat missions,” said Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 and EA-18G programs. “The combination of the Super Hornet Block III and Growler would provide Finland with superior technological capability particularly suited to Finland’s HX mission requirements.”
An F/A-18 variant, the Growler is the world’s most advanced AEA platform and the only one in production today. It’s capable of disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems including radar and communication systems.
In addition to the U.S. Navy, the Growler is flown by the Royal Australian Air Force.

domingo, 17 de febrero de 2019

Coast Guard ends search for overdue fisherman near Texas City, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Houston ©Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams (archive)


HOUSTON​ —​ The Coast Guard ended its search Saturday for a 60 year-old-man who was reported overdue near Swan Lake in Texas City, Texas.

Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report that a body was recovered matching the description of the missing fisherman.

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by this loss," said Cmdr. Jordan Baldueza, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston. "We greatly appreciate all of the support in the extensive search by our state and local partners."

Involved in the search were:​
  • An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • A Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew
  • Texas City Fire Department​
  • Galveston Police Department
  • Texas City Office of Emergency Management​
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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Leonardo’s M-40 target drone sees first action in Italian Navy training exercise

- During an exercise Italian Navy  personnel trained against M-40  drones. The M-40 simulated enemy  fighter jets and missile attacks

- The M-40 provides medium-to-high performance at a price comparable  with competitors’ entry-level  drones, convincingly  simulating a full spectrum of  radar, infrared (IR) and visual threats

- Leonardo owns  and operates the M-40 on behalf of the Italian Armed Forces as a managed service. An expansion in the provision of training services has been identified in Leonardo’s 2018-2022 industrial plan as a  key  area of sustainable growth 

Rome,  17th  November  2018  -  Leonardo’s  new  M-40  target  drone  flew  its  first  live  missions  for  the Italian  Navy  in  a  recent  training  exercise  at  an  Italian  joint  armed  forces  test  range.  The  exercise saw  the  aircraft  carrier  Cavour  and  its  complement  of  AV8B+  fighter  aircraft  training  alongside  the Navy destroyer Mimbelli against M-40 drones which were simulating a range of incoming threats.   

The  M-40  is  an  unmanned  air  vehicle  which  is  able  to  convincingly  mimic  a  variety  of  aircraft  and missiles.  It  provides  medium-to-high  performance  at  a  price  comparable  with  competitors’  entrylevel  drones.  During  the  exercise,  the  M-40  played  the  part  of  a  missile  to  simulate  an  attack against  the  Italian  naval  vessels  and  separately  acted  as  a  hostile  enemy  fighter  in  air-to-air combat  scenarios.  During  these  missions,  the  Navy  personnel  were  able  to  ‘shoot  down’  the reusable  M-40  in  realistic  scenarios,  allowing  them  to  train  with  weapon  systems  including  Aspide missiles. 

Leonardo  owns  and  operates  the  M-40  on  behalf  of  the  Italian  Armed  Forces,  under  a  managed service  arrangement  with  the  NATO  Support  and  Procurement  Agency  (NSPA).  This  exercise  was the  first  set  of  missions  to  make  use  of  the  M-40,  which  is  able  to  represent  a  full  spectrum  of radar,  infrared  (IR)  and  visual  threats.  Because  of  its  lower  operating  costs,  the  M-40  was  able  to provide the same level of training as previous exercises at  a  significantly reduced cost. 

Alongside  the  M-40,  Leonardo  continues  to  offer  the  Mirach  100/5,  which  shares  a  ground  control station  with  the  new  M-40  and  can  imitate  the  highest-performance  threats  facing  armed  forces. During  the  Italian  Navy  exercise,  the  Mirach  100/5  was  employed  to  simulate  a  missile  attack against the  naval vessels, allowing the crew to train with SM1  and Aster 15 missiles.   

Leonardo  has  operated  the  Mirach  100/5  for  20  years  under  a  managed  service  arrangement  for the  national  Armed  Forces.  The  new  M-40,  which  is  inexpesnive  to  run  and  has  60  minutes endurance, is now being  used to supplement this capability. 

sábado, 16 de febrero de 2019

Coast Guard assists good Samaritan vessel to rescue five people from sunken fishing vessel near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

USCG MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Kodiak ©Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage (archive).

KODIAK, Alaska - Two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter aircrews searched and assisted the good Samaritan fishing vessel Kona Kai with locating five people in a life raft from the sunken commercial fishing vessel Pacific 1, approximately 40 miles west, southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Friday.
The Kona Kai safely recovered all five people from an inflatable life raft that was deployed from the Pacific​ 1 upon sinking. All five people were safely transported to Dutch Harbor and were reported to have been in good condition.
Seventeenth District command center watchstanders received notification from Communications Detachment Kodiak of a distress relay from the Kona Kai regarding the fishing vessel Pacific 1, which was reported to be taking on water and listing heavily with five people aboard.
After a loss of communication, the Kona Kai transited to the last known position of the Pacific​ 1 to assist. The Coast Guard directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from forward-operating location Cold Bay, Alaska, to search. The district also directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Dutch Harbor to assist.
After arriving on scene, the Coast Guard aircrew was able to locate the raft with all five people aboard, but due to an inflight problem, deployed a data marker buoy to mark the location and then returned to base.
“Through the coordinated and diligent efforts of the Coast Guard and the Good Samaritan vessel Kona Kai, we were able to successfully locate and bring home all five people from the sunken vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Kotrba, an operations specialist and supervisor at Communications Detachment Kodiak. “We are extremely thankful for the local assistance in this case. This rescue is a testament to the teamwork it takes to save lives in Alaska, and we are extremely grateful.”
Weather on scene was 10 mph winds, 7 miles visibility and an air temperature of 45 degrees.
USCG MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Kodiak ©Lt. Craig Hermiller (archive).
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Leonardo opens a new facility in Pisa and unveils its enhanced AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Air System for surveillance and disaster relief missions

- At  the  opening,  in  the  presence  of  local  authorities,  Leonardo’s  CEO,  Alessandro Profumo,  unveiled  the  first  pre-production  AWHERO  RUAS  which  performed  its first  flight  in  December  2018.

- AWHERO  is  an  advanced  multi-role  RUAS  for  tasks  such  as  surveillance, environmental  monitoring,  homeland  security  and disaster  relief. 

- The  new  facility  and  the  AWHERO’s  milestones  are  in  line  with  the  strategic objective  of  securing  a  technological  and  product  leadership  in  unmanned  RUAS’ for  surveillance,  as  laid  out  in  the  Company’s industrial  plan.

Rome,  15th  February  2019  –  Leonardo  opened  today  its  new  facility  in  Pisa  (Italy)  dedicated  to the  development  and  production  of  the  AWHERO  Rotary  Unmanned  Air  System  (RUAS). During  the  official  ceremony,  also  attended  by  national  and  local  authorities  and  representatives from  the  industry,  the  first  pre-production aircraft  was also officially  unveiled.

Alessandro  Profumo,  CEO  of  Leonardo  said:  “I  am  very  pleased  to  open  this  new  facility because  it  demonstrates  Leonardo’s  way  forward:  we  invest  in  high-end  technology  and  highlyskilled  resources  in  order  to  respond  to  a  fast  growing  market.  Unmanned  systems  are  among the  pillars  of  our  growth  strategy  and we plan  to  become  a  market  leader  in this  field.”

The  set-up  of  a  brand  new  facility,  with  a  workforce  of  60  people,  and  the  unveiling  of  a  more capable  aircraft  mark  two  major  milestones  in  the  development  of  the  AWHERO,  a  programme that  has  been  growing  significantly  in  recent  years.  The  programme  was  originally  launched  in 2012  under  a  joint  venture  with  Sistemi  Dinamici  S.p.A  which  was  acquired  by  Leonardo  in 2016.   

Leonardo’s  unmanned  helicopter  portfolio  also  includes  the  SW-4  Solo  which  like  the  AWHERO benefits  from  the  Company’s  systems  integration  expertise  and  airborne  sensors  to  make  its unmanned  systems  more  competitive  in  the  fast  growing  unmanned  systems  market.  The opening  of  the  new  facility  in  Pisa  also  expands  the  presence  of  Leonardo  in  Tuscany,  where the  Company  designs  and  manufactures  a  wide  range  of  products  in  the  defence,  security  and space  fields  with  more  than  1800  employees  located  at  three  facilities  in  Campi  Bisenzio (Florence),  Montevarchi  (Arezzo)  and Livorno.     

Compared  to the  original  variant,  the  pre-production  200kg  class  aircraft  unveiled  today  features an  optimised  airframe  and  aerodynamics,  new  fuel  system,  new  composite  tail  rotor  drive  shaft and  a  new  liquid  cooled  rotary  engine.  This  aircraft  performed  its  maiden,  10  minute  flight  in Nettuno,  close  to  Rome,  in  December  2018.  The  second  pre-production  AWHERO  is  expected to  join  trials  and  take  to  the  air  in  the  next  few  months  in  advance  of  Italian  military  certification which is  expected  by  the  end of  2019. 

International Flight Training School: first two M-346 aircraft landed into the Italian Air Force’s 61st Wing Base

Rome,  15  February  2019  –  The  first  two  new  Leonardo’s  M-346  aircrafts,  part  of  the International Flight  Training  School  (IFTS)  project,  joined  the  other 18  Italian  Air  Force’s  M346s  at  61st  Wing’s  base  in  Galatina  (Lecce),  in  Southern  Italy.  The  new  airplanes  will  be used  to  meet  the  growing  demand  for  training  services  at  the  IFTS,  established  under  the Leonardo-Italian  Air  Force  Agreement  signed  in  July  2018  and  aimed  at  strengthening  the training  services  delivered  by  the  Air  Force.      

The  Leonardo-Italian  Air  Force  IFTS  Agreement  was  inspired  by  the  common  decision  of these  two  preeminent  national  entities  to  foster  synergies  to  the  benefit  of  the  Country: combining  the  capabilities  of  the  largest  Italian  industrial  player  in  the  aerospace,  defence and  security  sectors with  the  Air  Force’s  expertise  in  the  military  flight  training  domain.      

The  Galatina  Air  Base  will  play  a  key  role  leveraging  on  its  long  and  well-established operational  expertise.  The  reinforcement  of  the  61st  Wing  to  achieve  the  highest operational  capability  is  core  to  the  establishment  of  the  IFTS.  This  goal  will  be  achieved starting  from  2020  when  the  brand  new  integrated  training  system  arrives  in  Galatina.  This system  is  based  on  the  M-345  HET  –  High  Efficiency  Trainer  aircraft  (designated  T-345  by the  Air  Force)  which  will  progressively  replace  the  T-339A  (used  for  the  Phase  II  of training) and  the  T-339C (used  for the  Phase  III).   

The  IFTS  will  have  Phase  IV  -  Lead  In  to  Fighter  Training  –  LIFT  -  at  the  core  of  its activities  before  pilots  move  to  fighters,  and  will  enable  it  to  also  meet  the  demand  for  pilot training  from  foreign  air  forces  while  foreseeing  a  possible  further  expansion  with  another base  in  Italy.     

The  Italian  Air  Force’s  modular  syllabus  has  already  proven  its  effectiveness  to  train students  to  the  requirements  of  many  air  forces.  Many  have  already  been  trained  at  the 61st  Wing  Air  Base  to  transition  to  4th  and  5th  generation  fighters.    

Operational  training,  carried  out  by  the  Italian  Air  Force  with  the  T-346A,  prepares  pilots  to transition  to  the  latest-generation  combat  aircraft  including  the  Eurofighter  and  the  F-35. The  Galatina  Air  Force  Base  is  also  equipped  with  LVC  (Live,  Virtual  and  Constructive Simulation)  technology  including  the  advanced  M-346  simulator,  enabling  trainees  on  the ground  to  interact  with  pilots  in  the  air,  flying  real  aircraft,  during  the  same  training missions.