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    Iraq to Receive Mi-28NE 'Night Hunters' by End of Year

    The Iraqi Air Force will receive Russia's Mil Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" military helicopters before the end of this year, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

    "Russia is successfully fulfilling the contract for supply of Mi-35 and Mi-28NE helicopters to Iraq. The Mi-35 batch has already been delivered and the Iraqis are happy with them. As for Mi-28NE helicopters, the first batch of these will be delivered to Iraq before the end of this year," said Biryulin, who leads the Russian delegation at the Sofex 2014 arms show in Jordan.

    The Mi-28 Night Hunter - aka the Russian Apache

    Iraq is the first foreign buyer of the new Russian Mi-28NE helicopters, he said. "So far we have no problem fulfilling the contract to supply the helicopters to Iraq. Rostov-on-Don (where the Rosvertol plant, part of Russian Helicopters, is based) is doing everything as planned, as scheduled," Biryulin said.

    Unofficial data suggests that Iraq is to receive a total of over 40 helicopters, including over more than 30 Mi-28NEs. The first four Mi-35 helicopters were delivered to Iraq last October.

    Mi-28N is designed to detect and destroy tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as low-speed aerial targets and an enemy's personnel at any time of day and night, in favorable and difficult weather conditions.

    The helicopter is fitted with a built-in NPPU-28N unified mobile gun mount with a 30-millimeter 2A42 gun; a 9-A-2313 "Ataka-V" missile system with a radio command guidance system and up to 16 supersonic guided missiles; up to four supersonic Igla air-to-air missiles with infrared homing; 80-millimeter S-8-class unguided rockets in two to four 20-barrel B8V20-A gun pods; 122-millimeter S-13-class unguided aircraft rockets in two to four 5-barrel B-13L1 gun pods.

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    Royal Jordanian Air Force Destroys Ground Targets

    Amman, Jordan, May 10 - A Jordanian Armed Forces spokesman announced Saturday that a Royal Jordanian Air Force helicopter has successfully engaged and destroyed two pick-up trucks which were intercepted sttempting to cross the border from Syria to Jordan while carrying smuggled items.

    Royal Jordanian Air Force AH-1S Cobra

    Meanwhile, the border guards received, in the past 24 hours, 263 Syrian refugees who were sent to refugees camps. Five people of the refugees were found injured and rushed to a nearby clinic.​


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      Syrian Gunships Sweep Arsal Outskirts After Fighter Raid

      Syrian helicopter gunships sweept the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal Monday shorly after warplanes fired at least eight rockets. No casualties were reported.

      Security sources told The Daily Star that the raid, which took place around 10 a.m., targeted the Hammouda-Zaarour-Wadi Kabir triangle at the far end of Arsal.

      They said the area, which is used as cherry orchards, is normally packed with Arsal residents at this time of year due to the harvest season.​


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        Boeing Awarded Saudi Arabian AH-6i Contract

        Boeing has been formally awarded a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia.

        The contract, which was first revealed by Boeing in late 2013 but only announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August, is valued at USD234.7 million and covers the procurement of long-lead items, an initial spares package, and ground support equipment. Work will be complete by 31 December 2016.

        The Boeing AH-6i 'Little Bird', 24 examples of which shall be delivered to the Saudi Arabian National Guard

        Although not disclosed in the DoD contract announcement, the end-user will be the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG), which is buying the AH-6i as part of a wider build-up of its rotary-winged capabilities that includes the procurement of 12 AH-64E attack helicopters and 24 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk transport helicopters. This deal marks the first sale of the AH-6i for Boeing, although Jordan has signed a letter of intent for 18 such helicopters with an option for a further six.

        Based on the 1960s-era Hughes Model 369 (OH-6 Cayuse in US Army service), the AH-6i features an enhanced powerplant, payload, and avionics package.

        The new full-authority digital engine control (FADEC)-equipped Rolls-Royce 250-C30R/3M powerplant (combined with a six-bladed main rotor assembly with composite blades) gives the helicopter the ability to 'hover out of ground effect' (HOGE) at 6,000 ft and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (the US Army's 6k/95 benchmark) with a typical mission weight of 1,800 kg (comprising two crew members, full fuel, and weapons), making it well suited for operating in hot and high environments.

        Compared with previous Little Bird incarnations that are typically fitted with twin-station weapon's 'planks', the AH-6i can carry four weapon systems (two on each side). Integrated weapons include the Dillon M134D 7.62 mm Gatling gun, General Dynamics GAU-19 12.7 mm Gatling gun, FN Herstal M3P 12.7 mm chain gun, Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, as well as a variety of seven-shot 'dumb' or laser-guided 70 mm rocket systems. The AH-6i is also equipped with a chin-mounted L-3 Wescam MX-15Di electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret.

        The AH-6i's avionics are based on the same software as the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter, making for improved performance and interoperability.


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          More Hueys Head for Lebanon

          The sale of 18 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' II helicopters to Lebanon has been approved by the US State Department, it was disclosed on 19 September.

          Valued at USD180 million, including parts, support, and training, the sale was cleared two days before the announcement by the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

          An additional 18 UH-1H Huey II's have been ordered by Lebanon

          According to the DSCA, the sale will provide Lebanon with mobility capabilities needed to undertake internal security missions, to enforce United Nation's Security Council Resolutions 1559 (to maintain the sovereignty of its borders) and 1701 (the disarmament of all armed groups in the country), and to tackle terrorist threats.

          "The proposed sale of these aircraft will enable Lebanon to meet present and future challenges posed by internal and border security threats, evacuations, search-and-rescue, and drug interdiction operations," the announcement said.

          Once in service, the helicopters will augment the six Huey IIs that Lebanon received in 2012, and help replace the 18 UH-1H 'Huey' platforms that have been in service since 1999.

          The Huey II differs from the standard model in that it is fitted with improved and updated features, including a more powerful engine, new dynamic parts (such as rotors, transmission, and gearboxes), new wiring, and an optional 'glass' cockpit. The airframes have also been 'zero-timed', boosting Lebanon's helicopter force at a fraction of what a procurement of this kind would normally cost.

          While the UH-1H was designed as a troop transport and support helicopter, it has been pressed into service by Lebanon as a bomber. For this role they were fitted with extended undercarriage skids and improvised bomb racks for the delivery of 250 kg (550 lb) and 400 kg (880 lb) bombs onto positions occupied by Hezbollah and other Islamist elements in the country. From a hover at altitude, these bomber-configured helicopters achieved a good degree of accuracy.


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            Saudi Arabia Deploy Helicopters for Hajj Control

            The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior are deploying S-92 and S-70 helicopters in an effort to coordinate hajj pilgrims with the ministry's aviation command unit to monitor the millions of pilgrims as well as respond to emergencies or attacks.

            “Security aviation will take part in emergency cases, including terrorist attacks,” said aviation unit commander Gen. Mohammed Id Al Harbi. Officials said the aviation command will deploy 18 S-92s as well as other assets including the S-70 Black Hawk, also produced by Sikorsky.

            A Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior S-92

            Pilgrims from around the world have been streaming to Mecca for Id Al Adha, which began on Oct. 4. Officials said the aviation command was deploying 450 personnel to operate and process information from the helicopters. “The aircraft are equipped with thermal cameras and shooting platforms,” Al Harbi said.

            Officials said the S-92 would be used mostly for transportation and reconnaissance. In contrast, the S-70 contains a weapons platform designed to respond to any insurgency threat. The aircraft underwent an upgrade over the last year to prepare for the pilgrimage.

            Officials acknowledged such threats as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as well as Iranian proxies. “The security aircraft are ready,” Al Harbi said. “There is support and backup for aircraft, which are ready with all their technical aircrew who are based in security aviation air bases in the kingdom as back up if needed.”


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              Chinese Navy Conduct Escort Duties and Training Exercises in Gulf of Aden

              The Chinese 18th Fleet are currently operating in the Gulf of Aden carrying out a range of escort and training duties:

              A Z-8 helicopter takes off from the Changbaishan warship during an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden

              Chinese soldiers observe from China's amphibious landing ship the Changbaishan during an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden

              Chinese soldiers aboard a Z-8 helicopter during an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden

              Observation from a Z-8

              Z-8 on patrol in the Gulf of Aden

              A Z-8 helicopter of the Chinese 18th Fleet flies over a merchant ship during an escort duties in the Gulf of Aden

              Soldiers take part in a training on board the Changbaishan warship in the Gulf of Aden on Oct 4, 2014

              A Z-8 helicopter prepares for a night sortie from the Changbaishan warship in the Gulf of Aden, on Oct 4, 2014


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                Royal Jordanian Air Force Select Robinson Trainers

                The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has chosen Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of Hughes 500D helicopters that have been in service since 1981.

                Equipped with Garmin and Aspen glass avionics, and Bendix King’s new military KTR909 UHF transceiver, the white R44s will be used for primary helicopter training at the King Hussein Air College in Mafraq, Jordan.

                Royal Jordanian Air Force pilots at the Robinson factory with one of their new training aircraft

                The decision to use the R44 came after a four-member delegation led by Brigadier General Walid Jaradat of the RJAF visited Robinson in March. While the R44’s low maintenance and operating costs impressed the delegation, it was positive feedback about the R44 from a neighboring country’s air force that convinced the RJAF, according to Colonel Imad Ghwein.

                The first four R44s are scheduled for delivery at the end of this year with the second four to follow in early 2015. To prepare for their arrival, ten RJAF pilots have already attended Robinson’s safety course and twelve RJAF mechanics will attend the company’s maintenance course later this month.


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                  Helicopter Exercises in Oman this Week

                  Oman are holding an inter-forces helicopter exercise this week with participation from the Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF), the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sultan's Special Force (SSF). The exercises will be directed by Air Commodore Saleh bin Abdullah Al Maamari and are aimed at refining inter-forces operational efficiency.

                  Some of the aircraft which will participate in this week's training exercises in Oman

                  The exercises also aim to simulate the application of electronic warfare and to assess the impact on systems in use by Oman's military helicopters.

                  A number of SOAF helicopters supported by units from SAF and SSF will be implementing joint missions including; fire support, maritime reconnaissance, fast-roping, evacuation, and simulated SAR ops.