Turbomeca (groupe Safran) signe un contrat avec Saab AB pour l’Armée de l’Air suédoise

Bordes, le 30 août 2012

Turbomeca (groupe Safran) a signé un contrat avec la société de défense et sécurité Saab AB pour la réparation et la révision des modules et moteurs Arrius 2K2 équipant les hélicoptères A109 LUH de l’Armée de l’Air suédoise.

Le contrat signé avec Saab est un contrat de maintien en condition opérationnelle (Global Support Package, GSP) personnalisé pour les hélicoptères A109 LUH équipés des moteurs Turbomeca Arrius 2K2.

Cet accord couvre 43 moteurs Arrius 2K2 (40 installés sur 20 A109 LUH et trois moteurs de rechange) et les accessoires associés. La formation de techniciens et des rechanges peuvent également être proposés par le biais de cet accord.

Saab est responsable de la maintenance pour l’ensemble des opérations y compris l’entreposage et la gestion de la disponibilité de la flotte (excepté pour la maintenance en ligne et les bases opérant à l’étranger).

Saab dessert le marché international proposant des produits, des services et des solutions leaders dans le monde allant de la défense militaire à la sécurité civile. Saab a des activités et des employés sur tous les continents et se développe constamment, adopte et améliore les nouvelles technologies pour répondre aux besoins évolutifs des clients.


Philippines to acquire 10 new attack helicopters

Jul. 18, 2012

MANILA — The Philippines will acquire 10 attack helicopters starting next year in a bid to boost the capabilities of the poorly equipped military, an air force spokesman said July 18.

Italy, Britain, France, Russia and South Africa are all being eyed to supply the helicopters, Lt. Col. Miguel Okol said, although he declined to specify which models were being considered.

The brand new machines will upgrade the fleet of U.S.-made MG-520 light attack helicopters that the air force has been using since the 1990s.

“What we are going to get are armed attack helicopters … that can carry more payload than the MG-520,” Okol told AFP.

He declined to specify the cost of the acquisition but said the government had already allocated the required funds.

The new aircraft will be used for “internal security operations, border security and support operations,” he said.

The Philippines is battling communist insurgents in rural areas throughout the archipelago, as well as Muslim extremists in the troubled southern regions.

In recent months, tensions have also risen with China over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea, but Okol said the acquisition of the attack helicopters was unrelated.

The tensions with China have highlighted the weakness of the Philippine military, which is one of the most poorly equipped in the region, relying largely on surplus U.S. equipment.

The Philippines has been refurbishing its aging MG-520 helicopters, other military sources said.

The country has recently been stepping up its modernization efforts and plans to acquire new fighter-trainer jets and attack and transport planes by 2014, the defense secretary said earlier.

Source: Agence France Presse

Algeria orders six Super Lynx helicopters

Written by defenceWeb

Wednesday, 08 August 2012

The Algerian Navy is believed to have ordered six AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopters for its new Meko A200 class frigates.

In its results for the second quarter of 2012, Finmeccanica stated that, “the most important new orders of the period in the military-government line include the contract to supply six AW Super Lynx 300 helicopters to a key customer in the southern Mediterranean area…”.

The six Super Lynx will be built at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory. They are expected to operate from the Algerian Navy’s two Meko A200 frigates, which were ordered from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) on March 26 this year. TKMS will supply the two frigates and six Super Lynx helicopters under the contract, which, according to Germany’s Bild, is worth more than €400 million. However, some sources suggest the deal, which includes options on two more frigates, is worth between €2.176 and €2.5 billion.

The Super Lynx order follows on from a November 2007 deal for four Super Lynx Mk 130 and six AW101 Mk 610 Merlin helicopters. The aircraft were purchased for search and rescue – the AW101s feature 360 degree search radars and forward looking infrared/electro optical turrets under their noses.

Algerian crews were trained in Cornwall in the UK, with the first Lynx flying by February 2010 and the first Merlin commencing training flights in May. All the aircraft from this deal are believed to have been delivered and are fully operational. The fourth and final Super Lynx Mk 130 was delivered in January this year, after the first two were delivered in September 2010, followed by the third in February 2011.

Algeria has requested that its helicopter deals with AgustaWestland remain confidential and the Finmeccanica company does not comment on any Algerian acquisitions. However, it is believed that Algeria is acquiring at least 80 helicopters from AgustaWestland. These will be used by its armed forces, paramilitary forces and emergency forces and are being procured through the Algerian Ministry of Defence.

Algeria is procuring 30 AW109 Light Utility Helicopters and 42 AW101s for the paramilitary Gendarmerie Nationale, according to Arabian Aerospace. The magazine believes that 15 AW109s will be supplied to the Gendarmerie, ten to the Unite Aerienne de la Surete Nationale police service and five AW139s to the Protection Civile organisation responsible for emergencies such as fires.

A second batch of helicopters will reportedly consist of 10-15 AW101s for the Gendarmerie while a third phase will see 27-32 AW101s and 15 AW109s being assembled locally. The first two of five AW139s was delivered to the Protection Civile in February this year, according to Air Forces Monthly.

Finmeccanica’s results also made mention of a contract to supply five AW169s to a United Arab Emirates governmental customer; orders to supply two law enforcement-configured AW139 helicopters to the Japanese National Police Agency and the contract to supply one AW109 helicopter to the Chilean military police.

Source: defenceweb.co.za

Indra Awarded Contract by Agustawestland to Develop Simulators for the UK Ministry of Defence

Aug. 9, 2011

Indra, the premier IT Company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, after being selected as a result of a competitive process, is pleased to announce their partnership with AgustaWestland for the design and development of the Aircrew Training Equipment (ATE) the British Ministry of Defence will use to train pilots of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

The devices will be operational and in service to provide training for the Army form early 2013, and for the Royal Navy form early 2014.This contract positions Indra into the UK simulation market as a reference supplier for one of their most representatives’ platforms.

Indra will provide state-of-the-art synthetic training technology including two Full Mission Simulators (FMS), a Flight Training Device (FTD) and Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT). All devices will be capable of delivering Army or Royal Navy conversion and mission training. Each of the Full Mission Simulators has movement freedom and reproduces the vibrations of the aircraft during flight in order to provide the acceleration and the same feeling associated with helicopter flying. The simulators comply with the Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-FSTD-H) standards, level D, the highest realistic training available.

Indra training devices will be installed in the Training Centre AgustaWestland has been contracted to build at RNAS Yeovilton in South West England, alongside Royal Navy and British Army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons.

The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility aircraft developed as a replacement for the extremely successful AgustaWestland Lynx family of helicopters. Designated the Lynx Wildcat by the UK MOD, the AW159 is the multi-role helicopter chosen by the UK to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.

Also available to the international marketplace, the platform is equipped with a comprehensive and highly capable integrated avionics suite, which includes a state-of-the art radar for the naval variant, electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures and an integrated self-defence suite, among others. All these systems for navy and army applications will be simulated and integrated into the simulators to provide the most realistic training.

This contract reaffirms Indra’s position as a major supplier of helicopter simulators in the international market and strengthens its relationship with AgustaWestland, one of the main manufacturers of this type of aircraft worldwide. This contract underlines Indra’s commitment to provide the highest quality of training equipment for aircrew, thereby ensuring the best possible training to front line units needs for whatever missions they may undertake.

Indra is the premier Information Technology company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to investment in R&D with nearly EUR 500 M during the last three years. In 2010 revenues reached EUR 2,557 M of which a 40% came from the international market. The company employs more than 31,000 professionals and has clients in more than 110 countries.

Agustas to be weaponised

Written by Leon Engelbrecht

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The South African Air Force has awarded Unionlet Ltd a R398 218,34 contract to procure, on its behalf kits to convert four Fabrique National 7.62m MAG machine guns from the Model MAG 58 infantry type to Model MAG 58m mounting type for mounting on the Agusta A109 light utility helicopter.

Unionlet is a comparatively small arms broker based in west London and is southern African gent for a number of defence manufacturers. Britain’s Guardian newspaper says Unionlet is co-owned by managing director Mark Ranger and his father. Ranger was previously with the UK Defence Export Services Organisation. South Africa has purchased assorted FN and Heckler & Koch small arms and spares via Unionlet since at least 2006.

South Africa bought 30 AgustaWestland A109 light utility helicopters for R2.451 billion under Project Flange as part of the 1999 strategic defence package (SDP). They are currently unarmed. The kits will allow a crewman to put down suppressive fire when landing or recovering troops. Similar kits are fitted to the Denel Oryx medium utility helicopter and the AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 Mk64 maritime helicopters from time to time.

Source: defenceWeb

New Support and Maintenance Contact for Helicopter 15 (AgustaWestland 109 LUHS)


FMV has awarded Saab AB, Support and Services, a support and maintenance contract for Helicopter 15

The contract extends over a period of 6 years, beginning 2012, with options for additional 4 years. The agreement is a complete solution were Saab takes responsibility for all maintenance and inspections over 100 flight hours, Saab is also responsible for administration and management of the stock of spare parts and replaceable units as well as for maintenance tools.

– This maintenance contract gives flexibility to the Swedish Armed Forces regarding the availability of technicians and mechanics. The Swedish Armed Forces has the possibility to order additional technicians and mechanics, depending on availability of technicians and mechanics within Swedish Armed Forces in the future, « says Christer Mellgren, Programme Manager HKP15.

The agreement replaces the current ICS, Interim Contract Support, which AgustaWestland has had since 2002. ICS agreement has been necessary to build up knowledge and experience of HKP15 system.

– The new maintenance agreement enables the Swedish Armed Forces to plan cost-outcome over time and to be closely involved in the maintenance planning, concludes Christer Mellgren.

The Qatar Armed Forces Order Three EMS-Configured AW139s


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Qatar Armed Forces have signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin helicopters plus a comprehensive logistics support package. These aircraft will be operated by the Qatar Emiri Air Force to perform emergency medical service missions. This latest contract adds to the one for eighteen AW139s signed by the same customer in 2008. Some of the 18 have already been delivered to carry out a range of operations including utility, troop transport, search and rescue, border patrol, special forces operations, law enforcement and homeland security. The remainder are expected to be progressively delivered by early 2012.


Giacomo Saponaro, Senior Vice President International Government Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “We are delighted to have signed this contract which provides clear evidence of customer’s satisfaction with the best selling multi-role medium twin helicopter. This order further expands the incredible success achieved by the AW139 in Qatar for a variety of applications and makes this market one of the most important for the type in the Middle East with almost 40 units on order so far.”

The only new generation helicopter in its weight class, the AW139 has rapidly become the benchmark helicopter in the medium twin market and the helicopter of choice for emergency medical service and search and rescue. The AW139 sets new standards of performance in its class with the largest cabin in its category, a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots (306 km/h) and a maximum range in excess of 570 nm (1060 km) with auxiliary fuel. The aircraft has outstanding one engine inoperative capabilities even in the hot and high environmental conditions. The advanced integrated cockpit with state-of-the-art technology minimises pilot workload allowing the crew to concentrate on mission objectives. Over 350 aircraft are now in service performing EMS/SAR, military missions, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, utility. Orders for over 500 units have been placed by more than 140 customers in approximately 50 countries so far, with nearly a quarter of sales logged in the Middle East region.

Finmeccanica won orders for approximately EUR 320 million

Rome 03.08.2011

Finmeccanica has won orders for a combined value of approximately EUR 320 million through its companies AgustaWestland, DRS Technologies, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, SELEX Galileo, Ansaldo STS and SELEX Communications.

AgustaWestland has won orders for a total value of approximately EUR 205 million. In particular, the company won orders for a combined value of approximately EUR 117 million at Heli- Expo 2011 (Orlando, Florida, USA, 6th – 8th March). Contracts have been signed by various customers involving the AgustaWestland range of commercial helicopters in the single engine and medium twin engine classes and multiple applications including search and rescue, fire fighting, offshore and VIP/corporate transport. In addition to this order, the company has signed a contract
worth GBP 76 million with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to design and develop an integrated training solution which includes the building and equipping of a new modern training centre for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter at RNAS Yeovilton in England.

DRS Technologies has been awarded two contracts for a combined value of USD 56,5 million. The first order, secured by DRS C3 & Aviation Company, worth approximately USD 24 million, from the United States Coast Guard concerns continuing Programmed Depot Maintenance Support, Product Line Engineering and Project Management for the Coast Guard’s fleet of HC-130, HC-144 and HU-25 aircraft. This order is the second under a three-year USD 67 million competitively bid IDIQ contract initially awarded in 2009. The second order, secured by DRS Defense Solutions, is a USD 32.5 million IDIQ contract to provide Integrated Vision Systems (IVS) for the U.S. Army Assault
Breacher Vehicle (ABV).

SELEX Sistemi Integrati has been awarded contracts worth a total of EUR 25 million in the air traffic control sector. These concern orders from Ukraine, to supply UkSATSE, the national air traffic control body, with various radar and systems that will help upgrade Ukrainian airports’ technological infrastructure ahead of the European football championships in 2012, and from Malaysia, to modernise the air traffic control centre of Subang – Kuala Lumpur, for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). SELEX Galileo has been awarded a contract worth EUR 20 million to provide approximately 250 star tracker attitude sensors for the Iridium NEXT programme, the biggest low orbit satellite constellation. The NEXT constellation will include 81 satellites that will gradually replace the existing Iridium constellation, providing continuous network coverage over the Earth’s surface.

Ansaldo STS has won a contract worth EUR 17.8 million. The contract is the renewal of the existing agreement with RATP, the company that manages the Paris metro, for the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of signalling systems and services on metro lines 2, 3 and 3bis, 6, 7 and 7bis, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 and on tram lines T1, T2 and T3. The contract runs for three years, with an option to extend for another two years (for a further EUR 11 million).

SELEX Communications has signed an agreement worth EUR 13 million to supply GSM-R communications systems, passenger information management systems and videosurveIllance systems to be integrated on board of the 50 new high-speed trains for Trenitalia.

AgustaWestland Awarded £76 Million Lynx Wildcat Training Facility Contract

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to design and develop an integrated training solution which includes the building and equipping of a new modern training centre for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

The state-of-the-art training centre will be located at RNAS Yeovilton in South West England, alongside Royal Navy and British Army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons. The facility will provide training courses for Army aircrew and maintainers starting in January 2013, with training for Royal Navy aircrew and maintainers starting January 2014.

John Ponsonby, Senior Vice President Training, AgustaWestland said “This contract represents a step change in the way AgustaWestland is partnering with the MoD to deliver world-class training for front line crews, whilst ensuring we provide value for money within every part of the service.”

He added “This contract underlines AgustaWestland’s commitment to provide the highest quality of training to Lynx Wildcat aircrew and maintainers, thereby ensuring the front line units are fully prepared for whatever missions they may be asked to undertake.”

The Wildcat Training Centre will be equipped to provide air crew and maintainer training using a wide range of synthetic training technology including two Full Mission Simulators (FMS), Flight Training Device (FTD) and Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT). All devices will be capable of delivering Army or Royal Navy conversion and mission training. Each of the Full Mission Simulators has six degrees of freedom to provide the acceleration sensations associated with helicopter flying together with a visual system that complies with JAR-FSTD-H Level D, to give highly realistic and cost effective training. The maintenance training facility will be equipped with a suite of synthetic training devices covering the aircrafts mechanical, avionic and weapon systems.

The training centre will also contain a suite of briefing rooms, integrated electronic classrooms and a learning management system will be operational and providing training for the Army from early 2013 and for Royal Navy from early 2014.

AgustaWestland has partnered with a number of key suppliers to achieve a high level of technology insertion into the project. These suppliers include Indra, who will supply Full Motion Simulators and other aircrew training equipment and Pennant Training Systems, who will supply a suite of maintenance training aids. Development of training devices, equipment and media will start immediately, with the contract for construction of the facility to be awarded later this year.

This major contract for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat training facility continues AgustaWestland’s growth in the helicopter training services market. AgustaWestland has training academies located in Italy, USA and UK and in March 2010 opened its Operational Flying Training Centre at Newquay Cornwall Airport.

AgustaWestland Receives Orders for Eight More AW139 Helicopters in Japan

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of contracts for eight more AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan through its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The new helicopters will be operated by the Japan Coast Guard and the Japanese Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Organisation. With these contracts Mitsui Bussan Aerospace increases the number of AW139 helicopters ordered for the Japanese market to thirty. Ten helicopters are already in service with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the Japan Coast Guard, Air Nippon Helicopter and Kansai TV. One helicopter for the Japan National Police Agency is currently undergoing local customisation and nineteen helicopters are now on order for the Japan Coast Guard, Japan National Police Agency and the Japanese Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Organisation.

As a result of this contract the Japan Coast Guard will add seven units to its AW139 helicopter fleet bringing the total number of aircraft ordered to eighteen with six helicopters scheduled to be delivered to Japan throughout the coming year. These latest orders fully endorse the ability of the AW139 to operate in the hostile maritime environment surrounding the coasts of Japan. Last November the Saitama Prefecture placed an order for one AW139 which represented the first AW139 to be utilised for the fire fighting and disaster relief role in Japan. The Saitama AW139 was chosen following an extensive evaluation process by the customer, proving that the market’s latest generation medium twin class helicopter, the AW139, is the most capable in its class.

Giuseppe Orsi, AgustaWestland CEO commented “We were delighted with the recent breakthrough of the AW139 into the Japanese fire fighting market and together with Mitsui Bussan look forward to the continuing success of the AW139 in the Japanese market.” AgustaWestland’s success in the Japanese helicopter market continues to grow with strong sales in recent years across its complete product range. AgustaWestland opened a new regional business headquarters in Tokyo in 2008 in support of its growing business in Japan. The helicopter fleet in Japan is also supported by three official service centres which provide maintenance and repair services. The AW139 is a new-generation medium twin-turbine helicopter designed with inherent multi-role capabilities and class leading performance. Over 500 aircraft have been sold in approximately 50 countries worldwide to more than 140 customers so far.