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U.S. APPROVES APACHES FOR UAE
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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ASQ-170-equipped Apache attack helicopter

Source: Lockheed Martin


ASQ-170-equipped Apache attack helicopter

Source: Lockheed Martin


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WASHINGTON - On December 8, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department had approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates regarding the acquisition of AH-64E helicopters, as well as equipment, training, and support.

The estimated total value of the potential sale is $3.5 billion.

According to the DSCA, the UAE requested a sale of 28 AH-64E Remanufactured Apache Attack Helicopters as well as nine new-build AH-64Es. Alongside these were requests for 76 T700-GE-701D engines, 39 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 32 remanufactured AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers, 46 AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems, 88 Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation, 44 Manned-Unmanned Teaming-International (MUMTi) systems, and 15 MUMTi System Upper Receivers.

The U.S. noted that the proposed sale would not affect the military balance in the region.

The notice of the sale's approval does not mean a sale has been concluded.

Source:  DSCA
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales
Source Date: December 8, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 
 
FIRST UKMFTS H135 JUNO AND H145 JUPITER ARRIVE IN BRITAIN
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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H135

Source: Airbus Helicopters


H135

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OXFORD, UK - The H135 Juno and the H145 Jupiter, the first two aircraft in the 32-strong fleet of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) helicopters, can be seen together for the first time, marking the start of a new era in helicopter military flight training in the UK.

Flown over from the Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing site in Donauworth, Germany, G-CJIW H135 Juno aircraft joins the G-CJIV H145 Jupiter which was the first UKMFTS helicopter to arrive in Britain, landing at the company’s UK headquarters at Oxford Airport. The H145 Jupiter is currently being operated by a joint military and civilian fielding team in support of the UKMFTS program and for which the first three pilots have now completed their H145 type ratings. The first H135 Juno will enter a short program of modification to meet specific UKMFTS training requirements before being operated by the UKMFTS fielding team.

The aircraft will allow UK armed forces to benefit from conducting initial training on a twin-engine, full glass cockpit aircraft; thus reducing the time needed to retrain once in contact with frontline helicopters. Furthermore, the H135 and H145 family of aircraft, equipped with Airbus Helicopters advanced avionics suite Helionix, provides for a much improved flight and safety envelope.

Full service training delivery is due to begin on April 1, 2018, an auspicious date given it is the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

To meet this, key infrastructure work is progressing well at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, home to the UKMFTS rotary wing system, while teams of pilots, engineers, planners and instructors have already been fully engaged with the Ascent fielding team, ensuring that skills and capability are ramped up in preparation for the significant deadline.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Associated URL: airbushelicopters.com
Source Date: December 8, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 
 
FIRST UKMFTS H135 JUNO AND H145 JUPITER ARRIVE IN BRITAIN
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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H145

Source: Airbus Helicopters


H145

Source: Airbus Helicopters


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OXFORD, UK - The H135 Juno and the H145 Jupiter, the first two aircraft in the 32-strong fleet of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) helicopters, can be seen together for the first time, marking the start of a new era in helicopter military flight training in the UK.

Flown over from the Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing site in Donauworth, Germany, G-CJIW H135 Juno aircraft joins the G-CJIV H145 Jupiter which was the first UKMFTS helicopter to arrive in Britain, landing at the company’s UK headquarters at Oxford Airport. The H145 Jupiter is currently being operated by a joint military and civilian fielding team in support of the UKMFTS program and for which the first three pilots have now completed their H145 type ratings. The first H135 Juno will enter a short program of modification to meet specific UKMFTS training requirements before being operated by the UKMFTS fielding team.

The aircraft will allow UK armed forces to benefit from conducting initial training on a twin-engine, full glass cockpit aircraft; thus reducing the time needed to retrain once in contact with frontline helicopters. Furthermore, the H135 and H145 family of aircraft, equipped with Airbus Helicopters advanced avionics suite Helionix, provides for a much improved flight and safety envelope.

Full service training delivery is due to begin on April 1, 2018, an auspicious date given it is the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

To meet this, key infrastructure work is progressing well at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, home to the UKMFTS rotary wing system, while teams of pilots, engineers, planners and instructors have already been fully engaged with the Ascent fielding team, ensuring that skills and capability are ramped up in preparation for the significant deadline.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Associated URL: airbushelicopters.com
Source Date: December 8, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 

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