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Gestart door Harald, 28/09/2020 | 11:52 uur


French Special Forces to receive 8 additional NH90-FS helicopters

According to a report by Laurent Lagneau in Opex360, the French Ministry of Defense has formally placed an order for eight more NH-90 helicopters designed for special forces use. This procurement aligns with the Special Operations Command's (COS) objectives and will facilitate the relocation of Caracal helicopters from the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (4e RHFS) to the 1/67 Pyrénées Squadron of the French Air and Space Force.

In 2016, the COS identified the need for 24 NH-90 Caïman TTH helicopters to enhance the capabilities and capacity of its units while retiring the existing maneuvering aircraft within the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (4RHFS) of the Army's Light Aviation (ALAT).

However, during the formulation of the Military Programming Law (LPM) for the period 2019-2025, the decision was made to acquire only 10 NH-90 "Special Forces" (NH-90 FS) helicopters. The announcement of this order was made by then-Minister of Defense Florence Parly in October 2020, with a plan to deliver six units to the 4e RHFS before 2025. The LPM for 2024-2030 has now revised this target upwards, specifying a fleet of 18 NH-90 FS helicopters in the attached report.

In November 2023, an additional budget of 2.1 billion euros was allocated to the Defense Ministry. Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu explained that this funding would enable the anticipation of certain priority orders during wartime, thanks to cost-saving measures. One of these priority orders includes the acquisition of an extra 8 NH-90 FS helicopters.

The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has officially communicated the contract for these eight additional helicopters to the NHIndustries consortium, which consists of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, and Fokker. As reported by the French weekly La Tribune, this order was anticipated and was placed before the end of 2023.

The NH90 is a highly versatile helicopter designed to perform various missions, including tactical transport for up to 20 individuals, heli-transport with a cargo hold capacity of 2.5 tons or 4 tons on a sling, emergency extraction (IMEX), parachute drops, commando deployments, cargo parachute drops, heliport missions, search and rescue operations, and medical evacuations with the ability to carry up to 12 stretchers. It can also function as a heliportable command post.

Key specifications of the NH90 include a maximum weight of 10.6 tons, a top speed of up to 320 km/h, and adaptable cargo capacities, allowing for the transport of 14 to 20 passengers, one off-road vehicle plus three personnel, or 2.5 tons of equipment in the cargo hold, or 4 tons on a sling. It features advanced mission management and navigation systems, self-protection systems, and a Topowl helmet with integrated triple-sensor visionics and pilot thermal imaging (FLIR).

The NH90 is renowned for its versatility and can be employed in combat, search and rescue, and tactical transport missions. It incorporates modular systems with digital technology, making it adaptable for various roles. The cabin includes a loading ramp for easy transport of personnel and equipment. Equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and sensors, it is suitable for day and night operations in all weather conditions. The helicopter is designed for single-pilot operation, features a self-diagnostic system for fault detection, and boasts an integrated maintenance system.

The NH90-FS is equipped with a Euroflir 410 NG optronic ball and the Eurofl'eye system, which includes a multispectral panoramic 3D pilot assistance sensor associated with the TopOwl binocular helmet. It has also been modified to support fast rope operations and personnel transport via side doors.

The NH90 is in service with 14 different nations and is available in two primary versions: the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), specialized in anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. It plays a significant role in the development of an integrated European defense system.


Boeing to supply six remanufactured MH-47G Block II Chinooks to US Army Special Operations Aviation Command

The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) has awarded Boeing a contract to produce six remanufactured MH-47G Block II aircraft as a part of the Army's modernization efforts. With the deal valued at $271M, Boeing has 42 MH-47G helos under contract with USASOAC.

"The Chinook has been a key player in the special operations domain for many years. USASOAC and international allies have used the unique capabilities of the Chinook to complete the most daring missions around the globe," said Heather McBryan, vice president and program manager, cargo programs. "With the modernized MH-47G, USASOAC soldiers are well-suited to meet today's challenging environment."

As special operations requirements have become increasingly complex, the heavy-lift helicopter has adapted to meet those changing needs. The MH-47G Block II program not only supports the warfighters' needs today but enables the Chinook to be battle-relevant well into the future.

"With the new and improved MH-47G Block II aircraft, USASOAC is not only receiving the most capable Chinook helicopter, they are also provided the flexibility to add additional upgrades as their needs evolve over time," McBryan added.

The Boeing MH-47G Block II Chinook represents a significant advancement in the Chinook helicopter series, building upon the legacy of its predecessors with enhanced capabilities and technological innovations. This model, specifically tailored for special operations, is a testament to the ongoing evolution in rotary-wing aircraft, particularly in the realm of military applications.

At the heart of the MH-47G Block II's design is a focus on increased lift capability, a critical factor for special operations missions that often require the transportation of heavy equipment or large numbers of personnel. This is achieved through the integration of more powerful engines, the Honeywell T55-GA-714A, which provide a substantial boost in horsepower compared to earlier models. These engines not only offer greater lift but also contribute to improved fuel efficiency and longer range, crucial for extended missions in remote or hostile environments.

Another key feature of the MH-47G Block II is its advanced airframe. The helicopter incorporates a redesigned fuselage with an integrated monolithic floor structure, enhancing its overall strength and durability. This robust construction is vital for withstanding the rigors of high-intensity operations, where the aircraft may be subject to harsh conditions and heavy wear.

The rotor system of the MH-47G Block II also sees significant upgrades. The use of advanced composite materials in the rotor blades results in a lighter, more aerodynamically efficient design, which translates to improved performance and maneuverability.

Avionics and electronics systems in the MH-47G Block II are state-of-the-art, providing enhanced situational awareness and communication capabilities. The cockpit is equipped with digital displays and an advanced flight control system, which together offer pilots greater control and information. Enhanced navigation systems, including GPS and other satellite-based tools, ensure precise positioning even in GPS-denied environments.

The aircraft's defensive capabilities are equally impressive. The MH-47G Block II is equipped with a suite of countermeasures to protect against a range of threats, from small arms fire to advanced surface-to-air missiles. This includes systems for electronic warfare, flare and chaff dispensers, and radar warning receivers, all of which contribute to the aircraft's survivability in hostile airspace.

The MH-47G Block II's versatility is enhanced through its multi-role capacity. The aircraft can be rapidly reconfigured for various mission types, ranging from troop transport and supply delivery to medical evacuation and search and rescue. This adaptability is crucial for special operations forces, which often operate in dynamic and unpredictable scenarios.


Night Stalker MH-60 Executes Sneak Mock Assault On Navy Ship In Awesome Video

The high-performance flying seen in the video shows how Night Stalkers can be on top of a ship and landing operators in seconds.


Pilots of the U.S. Army's elite 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (SOAR), also known as the 'Night Stalkers,' are well known for their flying expertise in challenging circumstances. Now, video has emerged showcasing how their skills, as well as their MH-60M Black Hawks, can be leveraged to sneak up on ships in order to conduct rapid insertion of special operators onto their decks.

The footage in question was captured via a hand-held device from the vantage point of an observer aboard the San Antonio class amphibious transport dock USS New York. Details on where and when the video was captured remain unclear. As The War Zone has noted in the past, the 160th SOAR has a well established history of conducting maritime training exercises, and operations, with U.S. Navy assets and units.

Flying very low and fast above the water, we see one of the 160th's Black Hawks passing New York's starboard side in the footage before executing a remarkable pop-up braking maneuver before coming to a rock steady hover over the moving warship's bow. The black helicopter hovers there, simulating the insertion of troops via fast rope and/or raking the bridge with machine gun fire, before flying off.

In order to get an expert take on what we are seeing, we reached out to Chris "Ox" Harmer, a TWZ contributor and Sea Hawk pilot with thousands of hours in the type, including experience with real-world operations just like this.

"This looks like a great day for some shipboard familiarization flying," he said. "You can tell by the lack of whitecaps on the water that there is very little wind, no more than eight knots at most, probably less."

"The aircraft is flying pretty low - clearly no more than 50' AGL (above ground level) - that helps minimize detection."

"As the MH-60 approaches from stern to bow, flying on the starboard side, the pilot needs to bleed off excess airspeed to get into a hover. You can tell this pilot is an experienced stick - three maneuvers blend seamlessly into one."

"First, forward speed is reduced by pitching the nose up while simultaneously dropping power; this bleeds the kinetic energy off the airframe. It's a modified version of what we commonly refer to as a 'quick stop.' The nose up quick stop maneuver is used just to bleed off airspeed. It's the most efficient, quick way to do it. You can tell by the gradual, progressive nose up maneuver that the pilot timed the control inputs correctly. As airspeed bleeds off, the pilot then tilts left wing down, with a bit of left rudder pressure to turn the Blackhawk 90 degrees to the left."

"Having bled off airspeed to match the forward movement of the ship, the helicopter then goes a bit nose down to move into the correct hovering position over the centerline of the ship, followed by an immediate nose up maneuver to stop relative motion."

"The final maneuver, which is very difficult to see, is a slight right wing down input to match the ships movement through the water. The pilot makes it looks smooth, easy, controlled, and professional. Well done!"

Of course, performing highly-skilled flying maneuvers, often at speed and at night/amid adverse weather conditions and at night, remains very much the bread and butter of 160th SOAR pilots.

The regiment is well known for its frequent and elaborate training exercises, often involving fast-rope insertions from hovering helicopter. 160th SOAR regularly conducts so-called realistic urban training (RUT), for example, in order to best simulate the dense urban sprawl they would encounter should they be deployed to densely populated areas. As The War Zone has noted in the past, realistic urban training is critical for 160th aircrews and the special operators they cart around to sharpen their skills; simulating future battles in 'megacities.'

However, being able to insert rapidly and extract quickly in other environments, such as at sea, is also a part of the unit's remit. Doing so sneakily — providing target vessels with as little warning time as possible that an infiltration and/or extraction may be imminent, brings distinct advantages. This would be useful for a huge range of scenarios, from counter-piracy operations to maritime hostage rescue situations to interdiction of illicit cargo, where lives depend on how covertly and speedily maneuvers are conducted. It should be noted that a 160th SOAR MH-60M recently seen sporting blue camouflage could well be designed to provide greater cover during sensitive maritime operations like these. It also serves as a reflection on a growing importance on maritime operations, and the focus on training for them, as the possibility of a war in the Pacific looms larger.


Ook de Carrier Seal van JDF is best interessant, ook voor de NL MARSOF


Citaat van: Harald op 24/10/2023 | 14:03 uur

By stealth to the shore

With the coastal subsurface domain remaining an area that Western special forces can exploit, a number of companies are providing platforms to facilitate such operations. Peter Felstead looks at recent developments in this sphere.

While the close-in surveillance of hostile shores can increasingly be achieved by unmanned platforms, when it comes to covertly putting personnel ashore for special operations, the subsurface domain remains an area that can be exploited by novel technology. While sustaining personnel under the water's surface clearly has its challenges, the lack of any visual or noise signature being discernible from the shore – at least until special forces operators have actually landed – provides obvious advantages.

Reflecting this, a number of developments in swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) have breached the surface in recent years, which seek to deliver a tactical edge to Western maritime special forces.


( voor het gehele artikel zie bovenstaande link )

DSEI 2023: JFD Displays 'Productionised' Shadow Seal SDV  (doorontwikkeling van het Nederlandse Ortega Submersibles )

UK underwater systems specialist JDF presented a 'productionised' version of its Shadow Seal swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) at the DSEI 2023 defence exhibition, held in London from 12-15 September.

The latest Shadow Seal features a number of upgrades, the most notable of which is a bank of eight 10 kW batteries for a total power output of 80 kW compared to the 16 kW power of its predecessor. This gives it a surface range of 80 n miles at 4.5 kts or a subsurface range of 25 n miles at 3.5 kts.

Another enhancement featuring on the 'productionised' Shadow Seal is the incorporation of 360° controllable rear thrusters, negating the need for bow thrusters on the older version. Using these the vessel can be bottomed out on the seabed, with Alistair Wilson, strategy and sales director for JFD, telling ESD that the Shadow Seal can sit in conditions of Sea State 5 without being tumbled. The latest Shadow Seal also has an improved navigation system.

The Shadow Seal, which JFD terms a tactical diving vehicle (TDV), is a four-person vessel that entered the JFD portfolio through its acquisition of Dutch company Ortega Submersibles in August 2019. The vessel, which is 8 m long and 1.88 m wide, carries up to two personnel in each of two compartments and can be piloted from either of these stations. It can thus deliver three operators or alternatively be bottomed out and shut down in shallow water to allow four divers to be deployed.

The vessel is 2.18 high, or 4.12 m when its mast is fully extended, and weighs 2.5 tonnes.

Wilson told ESD that, following its appearance at DSEI, the Shadow Seal would very soon begin water trials in the Clyde out of the company's facility at Inchinnan near Glasgow.


By stealth to the shore

With the coastal subsurface domain remaining an area that Western special forces can exploit, a number of companies are providing platforms to facilitate such operations. Peter Felstead looks at recent developments in this sphere.

While the close-in surveillance of hostile shores can increasingly be achieved by unmanned platforms, when it comes to covertly putting personnel ashore for special operations, the subsurface domain remains an area that can be exploited by novel technology. While sustaining personnel under the water's surface clearly has its challenges, the lack of any visual or noise signature being discernible from the shore – at least until special forces operators have actually landed – provides obvious advantages.

Reflecting this, a number of developments in swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) have breached the surface in recent years, which seek to deliver a tactical edge to Western maritime special forces.


( voor het gehele artikel zie bovenstaande link )


Dat is een verbazingwekkend effectief stukje camouflage!


AFSOC receives final AC-130J

Air Force Special Operations Command received its 31st and final AC-130J Ghostrider, completing the command?s transition from the legacy AC-130W, AC-130U and AC-130H fleets.

Following a commemoration ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Gunship Modification Facility in Crestview Nov. 2, the final AC-130J was delivered to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

During the AC-130J Ghostrider dedication and delivery ceremony, Lt. Col. Joe Allen, Gunship Program manager and narrator for the event, briefly discussed the history of nose art and how it became a common way of depicting the name of an airplane. He also explained how pilots would stencil names or call signs on their aircraft, providing a sense of connection and further a feeling of pride for themselves and the crew that kept the airplane flying.

?Aircraft #31 is no different [than previous World War II aircraft] and is being named in honor of Mr. Stan ?Sluggo? Siefke who was instrumental in the developments of the precision strike package prior to cutting first metal on the MC-130W,? said Allen. ?Sluggo?s impacts on Whiskey and Ghostrider have been nothing short of outstanding and we are honored to have him in attendance today.?

Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, AFSOC commander, represented the command at the ceremony and spoke about his experience with acquiring and receiving the AC-130J.
Slife recalled that it had been only a few years back when then Col. Slife, working at the Pentagon for the Office of Secretary of Defense, began the messaging and formative language that initiated the program that he?s seeing come full circle.

?In the fall of 2009, the secretary of defense decided to recapitalize [the AC-130] with C-130Js to build the platforms we see behind us today,? Slife said.

He also spoke about seeing the first J model go into combat in the summer of 2019 while serving as the AFSOC commander.

?The airplane and its predecessors have exceeded all our expectations and kept more Americans alive than any other airplane on the battlefield,? Slife said.

?The future is going to be different than what we have experienced for the last 20 years, but one thing I?m certain of is this airplane will be relevant to whatever the future operating environment brings, so thank you all for delivering such a magnificent capability to today?s warfighters,? he said.

Capt. Katie Tiedemann, 73rd Special Operations Squadron weapons systems officer, shared operational vignettes of the AC-130J during the event. She specifically shared her own experience deployed in Afghanistan when she supported Operation Allies Refuge.

?Over two weeks, my own crew, and two others, continued to employ our aircraft for countless hours, reopening the [Kabul] airport and evacuating 123,000 refugees,? Tiedemann said. ?Much of the rest of the story you have seen and heard, but our two crews who flew during the evacuation will be recognized this fall with the MacKay trophy for accomplishing the most meritorious flight of the year.?

Following Capt. Tiedemann?s presentation, William Innes, deputy director for acquisition, United States Special Operations Command, spoke about USSOCOM?s part in navigating the acquisitions process to get the weapons systems from industry to the warfighter.

?When we can see firsthand that it [the acquisition process] works, it delivers the best weapons system the nation can get, it is truly inspirational,? he said.

Vic Torla, Lockheed Martin vice president of Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services, expressed his gratitude for the partnership between Lockheed Martin and the Air Force.

?A great example of a government and industry partnership to stand up this facility,? Torla said. ?A ten-year journey to deliver what is now 30 combat capable aircraft to Special Operations Command.?

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Slife, along with the aircrew, stepped onto the new AC-130J and took off for Cannon AFB, where the final AC-130J will become part of the 27th Special Operations Wing.

He concluded with his gratitude for all who contributed to making the AC-130J the success it is today.

?For the whole team today, for the team that maintained the airplane, that built the airplane, that acquired the airplane, that fly the airplane, that tested the airplane, thank you for what you?ve done.?

The AC-130J is a transport aircraft modified for special forces operations and has been used to support AFSOC in missions around the world. It is a fifth-generation gunship that can provide close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.


Citaat van: Harald op 10/10/2022 | 11:38 uur
Rookgordijng voor helicopters  :hrmph:   maar hoe zit het dan met je eigen zicht ? sensoren, camera's e.d.  gelijk aan een "brownout" ?

Nee, bij een brownout zie je niets, zelfs de grond niet en dat is problematisch.


Rookgordijng voor helicopters  :hrmph:   maar hoe zit het dan met je eigen zicht ? sensoren, camera's e.d.  gelijk aan een "brownout" ?

CitaatWeltweit erstmalige #Erprobung von Nebelschutzpatronen mit einem #Hubschrauber: unsere #WTD61 konnte das System #ROSY am #H145M LUH SOF adaptieren und erfolgreich testen. Insbesondere Spezialkräfte könnten davon profitieren.

German Air Force H145M Helicopter Completes Trial of Helicopter-launched Smoke Screen

The German Armed Forces Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft (WTD 61) demonstrated the capability to adapt and test the Rapid Obscuring System (ROSY) on the Airbus H145M light utility helicopter (LUH) employed by the German special operations forces (SOF). The German defense procurement agency (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr; BAAINBw) claims to be the world's first trial of a smoke screen deployed from a helicopter. BAAINBW says that special forces could particularly benefit from this development. Airbus was developing a smoke screen for the helicopter that would be deployed during the insertion of troops in the hover.

ROSY is the brand new smoke screen system of Rheinmetall Defence for protection of vehicles against all line-of-sight weapons, such as small arms, RPGs and Laser guided weapons. Unlike the conventional smoke protection systems in use around the world today, Rosy® is able to generate dynamic smoke screens as well as spontaneous, large-area and multispectral interruption of the line of sight (LOS). Rosy thus provides sustained protection for moving and stationary objects. Moreover, its multimission capability represents a sure defence against stream and wave attacks. Due to its integrated IR jamming and decoying capabilities, Rosy effectively counters conventional weapons, weapons with optical devices and laser distance measurement.



AFSOC AC-130J gunship to fire laser weapon in flight test in 2023

Air Force Special Operations Command will test an airborne laser in flight on an AC-130J gunship in 2023, a year later than planned.

A flying demonstration of Lockheed Martin's Airborne High Energy Laser, which will be integrated on an AC-130J Ghostrider, will start in summer 2023 and run through fall, AFSOC spokeswoman Lt. Col. Becky Heyse said response to questions from Breaking Defense.

"Results of the testing will determine future operational usage," she said. "At this time there is no concept of operation/employment developed for the [high energy laser]."

Lockheed delivered the 60-watt laser to AFSOC in October 2021 after completing factory acceptance testing of the system. At that point, flight demonstrations were slated to occur in 2022.




Voor Nederland ook noet verkeerd. En ik zie direct voordelen. Ergens landen op de oceaan. Bootjes met sf uitzetten. En weer oppikken.
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion" US secmindef - Jed Babbin"


U.S. Air Force Trains With Japan's US-2 Flying Boat As It Looks Forward To Its Own Amphibious Plane  ( De Amerikanen zijn serieus bezig met een Amph. vliegtuig voor SF )