April 24, 2018

CAMCOPTER® S 100 and H145 Manned UnManned Teaming Demonstration

In a groundbreaking demonstration on 17 April 2018, Schiebel’s #CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) and Airbus Helicopters’ manned #H145 successfully completed a series of Manned UnManned Teaming (MUM-T) flights.
Level 5 interoperability was achieved by providing the user onboard the manned aircraft with full command and control over the UAS and its payload, including launch and recovery.

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Royal New Zealand Navy Adds FarSounder Sonar

FarSounder's flagship forward-looking sonar, the FarSounder-1000, is the latest cutting-edge gear slated to equip the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) future fleet replenishment tanker, HMNZS Aotearoa (A12). The company's longest range sonar will provide real-time 3D data on what is ahead as the tanker navigates the seas giving the vessel's crew an elevated level of safety and security.

HMNZS Aotearoa is a Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel that is bound for use by the New Zealand Defense Force under the maritime arm, the RNZN. This new naval tanker will be replacing HMNZS Endeavour, a veteran ship in the RNZN scheduled for decommissioning in the near future. With construction underway in South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, this naval tanker will be the largest vessel in the RNZN fleet and be equipped with ice-strengthened and winterized steel for a full range of New Zealand Defense Force operations in Antarctica. This state-of-the-art technology along with a FarSounder-1000 aboard, the HMNZS Aotearoa is the perfect ship to take over these duties of the aging HMNZS Endeavour.

Additionally, the tanker will be suitable for a number of missions, from logistics support to maritime protection, to humanitarian aid and disaster relief. FarSounder's innovative sonar will be a paramount addition to the 24,000-metric ton vessel as it carries out operations in disaster zones with dangerous debris and changing seafloors. It will also be important in missions in the always challenging Antarctic environment.

FarSounder's South Korean dealer, Oceantech Co., is the facilitator for this project responsible for delivering the FarSounder-1000 for installation. The vessel's expected delivery date to its home port in New Plymouth is January 2020, with operations set to commence March 2021.

Malaysia Extends Airbus Support Contract for A400M

Airbus has extended its contract with the Ministry of Defence to provide a  wide range of support services for the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) A400M airlifters.

A statement issued by Airbus said the agreement was signed on Wednesday at the Defence Services Asia 2018 exhibition here.

This contract would extend an existing services deal between Airbus and MinDef.

Malaysia is the first export customer for the A400M and the RMAF received its fourth aircraft in 2017.

Under the contract, Airbus will continue to provide performance-based services including material support, engineering services, flight operations and maintenance support for the RMAF A400Ms. Airbus will work with the local industry to deliver these services.

The agreement also covers additional spare parts and ground equipment, as well as training courses, to support A400M air-to-air refuelling operations.

Airbus personnel will continue to be deployed at RMAF No 22 squadron at the Subang Air Base to support the service. However, their numbers will gradually reduce as RMAF officers and other locally-hired personnel take over the work.

Airbus defence and space's head of military aircraft services Stephan Miegel said: “The RMAF A400M fleet has been achieving excellent aircraft availability, which is testament to the effectiveness of the current services contract.

“We are strongly focused on continuing to build the RMAF’s expertise on the A400M and transferring the support activity to the air force itself and the local workforce.”

In addition to the A400Ms, over 100 Airbus civil and military helicopters are in service in Malaysia.

Airbus has also secured orders for more than 720 passenger and cargo aircraft from Malaysian customers.

It also said it has developed strong industrial partnerships in the country, and its activities are worth US$400mil per year for Malaysia’s economy and sustain over 4,000 local jobs.

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