Introduction Air assault (also known by its original term ‘vertical envelopment’) is the movement of ground-based military forces by vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft – such as the helicopter – to seize and hold key terrain which has not been fully secured, and to directly engage enemy forces behind enemy lines. In addition to… Read More
What is the Cost per Hour to Run a Merlin Mk2 Helicopter?
The cost per hour to run a Merlin Mark 2 helicopter, loaded to full capacity, is £15,871 (including VAT). This cost is based upon a standard configuration of the aircraft. Reference FOI 2021/05819 dated 16 June 2021.
UK Military Flight Training System adds more H145 Helicopters
In the UK, Airbus Helicopters is to provide four additonal H145 helicopters as part of an expansion of the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS). The new helicopters will join an existing fleet of 29 H135s and three H145s, known as JUNO and JUPITER (respectively) in the MFTS service. They will be delvierd during 2020.… Read More
CASEVAC vs MEDEVAC Aircraft
Armed forces rely on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) aircraft to transport: Wounded (combat) personnel; Injured (non-combat) personnel; and Ill personnel. While borders between both types of mission can be fluid (and the terms sometimes used interchangeably, even by armed forces), there are some general factors defining each. CASEVAC CASEVAC is normally an… Read More
New Tri-Service Rotary Wing Flying Training System Takes Off!
Army Air Corps (AAC) soldiers were among the first British armed forces pilots to graduate from the new rotary wing UK military flying training system. A total of thirteen (13) pilots and nine (9) rear crew completed the Tri-Service programme at RAF Shawbury, where a raft of cutting-edge equipment has helped prepare them for the… Read More
Reduced Pilot Alertness & Non-Technical Skills
Research Paper Title Flight Performance Aspects During Military Helicopter Flights. Background A flight is composed of many flight performance aspects. However, not all of these aspects are equally important for the success and safety of a flight. When investigating the influence of a stressor on flight performance, it is important to understand not only which… Read More
What is the RAF Chinook Display Team?
1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Display Team. 2.0 What is the Purpose of the RAF Chinook Display Team? The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Display Team (CDT) displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and air movements to… Read More
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