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    EDA exercise Hot Blade 2013

    According to the September issue of Jane's IDR the Air Corps was to send AW139s to participate in this year's exercise in Portugal, however it states "Ireland pulled it's planned Agusta Westland AW139 deployment at the last minute". Does anyone know if this is correct, if so. it sems a pity as there was good participation by Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and Portugal, with observers from many countries, and mentors from Britain and Sweden.

    If it is true maybe it is a good sign for the future.
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    Shame, looks exactly like the sort of exercises the AC should be participating in.

    Hopefully they can participate next year.

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    Wouldn't bet on it! Last minute is pretty accurate though. In fact a minute is being overly generous. In fact you know the bit in Armageddon when they were trying to disarm the nuclear weapon with 30 secs on the clock - that's more realistic.

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    Oh PH do tell....... Love a good rumour , DOD penny pinching or peace and neutrality and nasty EDA ... ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Booted Man View Post
    Oh PH do tell....... Love a good rumour , DOD penny pinching or peace and neutrality and nasty EDA ... ????
    No reason apparently given JBM just a DoD no at the eleventh hour. At least the helicopters weren't at the Portugese border! No record of a Government or Ministerial decision either as far as I can see so probably didn't get that far.

    Forgive me if I'm not that enthused about the new White Paper and the potential for AC & NS assets to serve overseas following this episode. This was a perfect entry level EX for the AC to be involved in with tailormade scenarios for participating nations depending on their aircraft and crews capabilities.


    BTW EDA are a big player now on the European scene as they seek to get European militaries to pool resources. Initial soundbites from Ireland to EDA were good so I think there was confusion at the last minute withdrawal. Really promising opportunity - shame really...! Suppose there's always next year.......!

    http://www.eda.europa.eu/info-hub/ne...se-in-portugal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pure Hover View Post
    No reason apparently given JBM just a DoD no at the eleventh hour. At least the helicopters weren't at the Portugese border! No record of a Government or Ministerial decision either as far as I can see so probably didn't get that far.

    Forgive me if I'm not that enthused about the new White Paper and the potential for AC & NS assets to serve overseas following this episode. This was a perfect entry level EX for the AC to be involved in with tailormade scenarios for participating nations depending on their aircraft and crews capabilities.


    BTW EDA are a big player now on the European scene as they seek to get European militaries to pool resources. Initial soundbites from Ireland to EDA were good so I think there was confusion at the last minute withdrawal. Really promising opportunity - shame really...! Suppose there's always next year.......!

    http://www.eda.europa.eu/info-hub/ne...se-in-portugal
    Id say it was down to cost, the same reason 2 ISTAR Coy didn't take part in any Austro-German battlegroup exercise in Germany last year.

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    Hot Blade 2018 kicks off with focus on interoperability
    Beja Airbase, Portugal - 08 May, 2018

    HOT BLADE 2018, the 12th helicopter exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), kicked off yesterday 7th May at Beja airbase in Portugal. It will run until 24 May and involve a total of 29 air assets and crews from six countries: Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and the Netherlands. Representatives from Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy will also take part as observers. A Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD) will take place on 22 May.

    HOT BLADE 2018 will allow crews from 21 helicopters and 8 fixed wing assets (including 6 Portuguese F-16 fighters), ground troops, EW simulator/emulators operators and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to practice operations in a hot, high and dusty environment replicating the challenging conditions that participants’ forces are expected to encounter when deploying to a theatre of operation.

    The exercise’s main focus is on enhancing interoperability at the tactical level between helicopter units by using the Composite Air Operations (COMAO) concept in a combined, joint, realistic and challenging environment.

    It is the 4th time that the exercise is hosted by the Portuguese Air Force, under EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), following three earlier successful editions that took place between 2012 and 2014. This year, the Hot Blade 2018 exercise will be carried out in the area surrounding Beja Air Force Base, located in the Southern part of Portugal.

    The use of EDA HEP Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), the application of best practices gathered during the 11 previous helicopter exercises led by the EDA and the availability on location of a Mentor Team will support the standardisation of planning processes and helicopter tactical procedures amongst participating crews.

    This year’s training is focussed on missions in a dusty, hot and mountainous environment. To ensure the maximum levels of flight safety, scheduled activities will follow a progressive approach. Tactical training (e.g. formation flights, NVG, tactical formation) will be performed during the first days, while national training requirements enabling the performance of demanding day and night Composite Air Operation (COMAO) missions will be addressed during the last days of the exercise.


    More information:
    EDA Helicopter Initiatives Project Page
    Factsheet Exercice HOT BLADE 2018

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    As an aside, seeing Germany involved in this, did someone in their Defence Department decide to Troll the UK by giving the NH 90's the class name "Sealion"?

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