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  • If there's any engineers on the board who have access to a scanner there is a good article about the new heli's in the june issue of The engineers journal. According to this only one FLIR system has been purchased for the AW139. In a picture two AC officers are wearing dpms.
    Everyone who's ever loved you was wrong.

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    • Originally posted by kermit
      Will scan, presuming it has arrived at home.
      AIR CORPS NEARS COMPLETION.doc

      here is the article in question
      I went into an Italian restaurant and ordered dessert and they gave me tiramisu and a blindfolded horse and I said No, I said mask a pony (mascarpone)

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      • Originally posted by Liachta Cultaca View Post
        [ATTACH]2793[/ATTACH]

        here is the article in question
        That link isnt working for me. Have you tried attaching the file in the normal way?


        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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        • Originally posted by Liachta Cultaca View Post
          [ATTACH]2793[/ATTACH]

          here is the article in question
          Thanks for posting this!

          Nice piece, it gives a good insight into the work behind the scenes between the Air Corps and AugustWestland.

          For instance, elsewhere I'd heard a rumour about civilian operators having a hard time with spare parts for the A109, but this article mentions that there is a "guaranteed supply of specified spare parts based on an hourly fee per flight hour."

          It also mentions that AugustaWestland staff were present for the airborne testing of the GPMG in the Glen of Imaal and that the Air Corps worked with the company developing the fast roping system, amongst other things.

          It seems like this is a very well thought out deal and there is a proper line of communication between the Defence Forces and AW. Hopefully this means a long and positive career ahead for this chopper. :tri:

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          • Hi there
            The DF in general has come a long way in its relationship with suppliers of all types of equipment and is much readier to argue for changes or improvements, than ever before. The DF are well aware of the need to show the supplier how tech-savvy they are, if need be, to prevent being tied into poor contracts or being forced to accept substandard equipment or supplies.
            regards
            GttC

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            • Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
              Hi there
              The DF in general has come a long way in its relationship with suppliers of all types of equipment and is much readier to argue for changes or improvements, than ever before. The DF are well aware of the need to show the supplier how tech-savvy they are, if need be, to prevent being tied into poor contracts or being forced to accept substandard equipment or supplies.
              ....again


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • Finally caught up with one.

                Last edited by Barry; 13 July 2007, 23:57.


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XkZbF7mM4A

                  An promo video on the then AB139, some fantastic flying, havnt seen the boys from a Bal flying like this in ours yet

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                  • No doubt you could have got the same type promo from AS back in 1984...
                    Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                    • DATE:27/04/11
                      SOURCE:Flight International
                      Egypt orders AW139 helicopters for military use
                      By Luca Peruzzi


                      AgustaWestland North America has been awarded a $37.6 million foreign military sales contract by the US Army to deliver two AW139s to Egypt.

                      The multi-role helicopters are expected to be assembled at the company's plant at Philadelphia Northeast airport, with the deal also including a logistics support and training package, plus search-and-rescue equipment and medical kits. Deliveries will conclude by 30 November 2012, the US Department of Defense says.

                      Industry sources say the first FMS contract for the AW139 is likely to lead to follow-on business with Egypt, which has a requirement for an undisclosed number of multi-role helicopters.

                      AgustaWestland North America in November 2009 secured a $17.3 million contract via the US Navy to perform depot-level maintenance on three Egyptian air force Westland Sea King transport helicopters. The work was performed at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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                      • Why are the americans paying for egyptian military aircraft?
                        There is no problem that cannot be fixed with high explosive.

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                        • Originally posted by Stinger View Post
                          Why are the americans paying for egyptian military aircraft?
                          Because Egypt is a client state of the US.

                          The population are currently waiting for an anouncement from Obama on who their next dictator will be.

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                          • Looks like Agusta Westland are marketing a proper military version of the AW139-separate to the related AW149. Called the AW139M. First real confirmation that the capability exists to increase the military potential of the Air Corps machines:

                            "Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. Fire support can be provided by window mounted 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine guns or cabin floor mounted 12.7mm machine guns. A Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) and Counter Measures Dispensing System (CMDS) provides self-protection from missiles. IFF and Blue Force Tracker are also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: IR suppressors to reduce the already low thermal signature of the AW139, armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks, as well as weapons aiming and an external stores system (ESS) capable of carrying Heavy Machine Gun pods, and 2.75” (70mm) air-to-ground rockets."

                            http://www.agustawestland.com/product/aw139m

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                            • Does it have Orphan seeking Missiles?

                              Seriously though, I'm assuming this is effectively a different helicopter with a similar appearance?
                              "It is a general popular error to imagine that loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for it's welfare" Edmund Burke

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                              • It's pretty much the same helicopter with a few bells and whistles. Don't be fooled by the "fewer components" line. That just means stripped down of luxuries with less things for soldiers to break.

                                All of the additional items mentioned are modular and many of the features mentioned were first delivered on Irish machines.

                                Some features already in service include the NVG cockpit and the door mounted GPMG. Add in the modular armour, self sealing tanks, IFF and some form of IR suppression/countermeasures and you have a fully deployable helicopter.

                                AW have developed a new clean sheet battlefield helicopter using the AW139 as a basis. Known as the AW149.(Orphan seeking missile optional)

                                http://www.agustawestland.com/product/aw149-0

                                Having just been rejected in favour of the Blackhawk by Turkey, there is a very good chance that even having built and flown a prototype the AW149 nay never enter production.

                                The AW139M is more than likely an attempt by AW to have a military offering of a now widely used helicopter, something along the lines of the Irish helicopters, with additional equipment available as per individual specs.

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