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HONG KONG’S GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE RECEIVES FIRST H175S IN PUBLIC SERVICES CONFIGURATION
Monday, June 18, 2018
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Source: Airbus


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MARIGNANE, France -- Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations.

In 2015, GFS became the launch customer of the H175 in public services version with an order for seven helicopters. The four remaining helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year.

"The Government Flying Service has been very involved in the development of this new H175 version and it is a great honor to be here today to receive the first three aircraft", said Michael Chan, Controller Head of GFS. "Thanks to the H175’s speed, advanced technology and versatility we will not only be able to strengthen our response capability but also be able to intervene in the most complex situations and in a large variety of scenarios."

GFS’s new H175 will progressively replace their current fleet of AS332 L2 and H155, which currently provide 24-hour emergency support services from their base at Chek Lap Kok Airport.

The public service version of the H175 benefits from more than twenty cabin configurations which can be easily re-configured based on mission requirements. The great versatility of the aircraft is backed by approximately seventy different types of optional equipment which include an electro-optical system for observation and tracking and a digital map display, both of being managed by an operator’s console installed in the cabin. Mission equipment also includes a dual hoist, a search light, an infrared camera, as well as a radioactivity detector, which is a GFS-specific equipment.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: airbus.com
Source Date: June 18, 2018
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Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
BELL AND SAFRAN ANNOUNCE SHARED VISION FOR ON DEMAND MOBILITY
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Source: Bell Helicopter Textron


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COLOGNE, Germany -- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell's vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept.

"Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility - ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places," said Scott Drennan, Bell's director of Innovation, while speaking at the Transportation Conference. "This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and more efficient ways; our work with Safran is a historical milestone for future transport solutions."

For several years, Safran innovation teams have been actively exploring the potential of hybrid solutions for future propulsion systems. Bell and Safran's shared vision for electric and hybrid electric aircraft is to strive for the successful deployment of Bell Air Taxis and new on demand mobility systems in the future.

"Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within Safran, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power solutions for their next generation products that result in improved performance giving more value to our customers," said Stéphane Cueille, Safran senior executive vice president, R&T and Innovation.

In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems, and Safran will bring its technical expertise to bear in the development of a disruptive propulsion system.

Source:  Bell
Associated URL: bellhelicopter.com
Source Date: June 19, 2018
Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
KYRGYZSTAN WANTS MORE RUSSIAN EQUIPMENT
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Buk-M1 SAM system tops the shopping list

Source: Rosoboronexport


Buk-M1 SAM system tops the shopping list

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan is seeking military equipment from Russia.

Speaking at a bilateral Kyrgyz-Russian commission, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz military, Colonel Nurlan Chomoev, stated that Bishkek and Moscow are in negotiations for new supplies of Russian weapons and military hardware. He highlighted Kyrgyzstan's requirement for more combat helicopters and air-defense systems, saying specifically that Kyrgyzstan wants two Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile systems.

Colonel Chomoev did not specify what type of helicopters the country was looking for, but noted that Kyrgyzstan's mountainous territory makes helicopters an important investment for the military, in order to enable access to remote areas. Kyrgyzstan likely is interested in Mi-17 transport helicopters and, like its neighbors, may also be interested in the Mi-35M, an attack helicopter.

Russia has worked to assist Kyrgyzstan in building up military capabilities. Colonel Chomoev stated that, from 2014 to 2018, Russia provided over $125 million in military assistance to the Central Asian country, much of which came in the form of hardware like armored vehicles, missile systems, and aircraft. In August of last year, Kyrgyzstan's Air Force took delivery of a pair of An-26s from Russia.

The Russian military operates an airbase in Kyrgyzstan and the two countries are currently said to be negotiating over an additional base, which if agreed upon could be located in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Source:  Interfax
Associated URL: http://www.militarynews.ru/story.asp?rid=1&nid=484172
Source Date: June 19, 2018
Source Language: Russian
Posted: 06/19/2018

 

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