Airbus’ Skyways Drone Trials World’s First Shore-to-Ship Deliveries

March 15, 2019 – Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel “M/V Pacific Centurion,” 1.5 km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5 kg of 3D printed consumables. Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing…

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Consortium Wins Contract for French Navy Secure Network

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The French defence procurement agency DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) has awarded the RIFAN 2.1 contract to an industrial consortium headed by Airbus and also comprising the Naval Group and Rohde & Schwarz. This contract was signed for a maximum duration of eight years and up to a maximum amount of € 150 million. The contract covers work to maintain and adapt the existing IP network for the French naval forces, RIFAN 2 (Réseau IP de la Force Aéronavale étape 2), to the needs…

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Airbus to have major presence at Australia’s Avalon 2019

February 19, 2019 – Airbus will be one of the largest exhibitors at Avalon 2019 with a presence covering its entire range of products and services, including commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned and space applications. The air show will be held at the Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, from 26th February to 3rd March. At the exhibition hall, the Airbus stand (#1M16 in Hall 1) will feature scale models of the new A350-1000 long-range airliner, the H145M twin-engine helicopter, the C295 maritime patrol aircraft, and the new-generation Eurostar…

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Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s from Airbus

February 21, 2019 – The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twin engine 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…

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FS Dixmude Suffers Caiman Helicopter Accident

October 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, October 17, at 22:29, an accident involving a Caiman helicopter from the 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment occurred during a take-off phase for a training flight from the Projection and Command Building (BPC). Dixmude. The building was then in the North Sea, 70 nautical miles (about 130 km) off Dunkirk. The crew was able to escape unharmed from the helicopter. Four sailors working on the flight deck were injured, one seriously. The latter was immediately supported by the medical and surgical teams on…

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Philippine Coast Guard becomes Philippines’ first H145 operator for parapublic missions

September 26, 2018 – Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement. The latest contract will also encompass on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organization services, fully supported by Airbus’ team in the country. “We are honored…

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Raytheon Anschütz demonstrates collision avoidance system

September 3, 2018 – COLREG-compliant collision avoidance is among the primary tasks of navigators. Today’s rising maritime traffic density and growing ship dimensions make this task increasingly demanding and add to the already often high workload on ships’ bridges. Thus, Raytheon Anschütz together with research partners both from industry and academia has developed an innovative assistance system to aid its users in making maritime traffic safer. Inspired by solutions applied in the aviation industry the MTCAS project has developed the Maritime Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System. Adapting this proven…

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Airbus Helicopters completes AS565 MBe Panther deliveries to Mexican Navy

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017. Stationed at three naval bases in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan, the helicopters perform an average of 300 flight hours for reconnaissance, patrol missions and training flights. “The arrival of…

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Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months that will focus on avionics and software. Activities for the qualification of the delivery configuration will start over the course of 2018 once additional modifications have been made to the prototype. Despite the very demanding…

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Airbus Multi-Mode Radar AN/SPS-75 (TRS-3D) selected for U.S. Coast Guard’s ninth National Security Cutter

January 9, 2016 – Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., under contract with its affiliate Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, will provide the TRS-3D Baseline D multi-mode radar (MMR) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s ninth National Security Cutter (NSC). The TRS-3D Baseline D, designated AN/SPS-75, utilizes gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver traditional TRS-3D robust performance while improving reliability and options for future development. Airbus TRS-3D radars have been aboard every NSC since the program’s inception. “The AN/SPS-75 is the right choice to meet Coast Guard requirements for a…

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