European Maritime Safety Agency adds unmanned capability with various suppliers

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed a contract with CEIIA-Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento for long range-long endurance maritime surveillance. CEIIA will provide services based on the Hermes 900 RPAS subcontracted from Elbit. This RPAS has advanced capabilities in terms of operational flight duration (more than 12 hours) and payload configuration. It carries […]

New system integration solution from Airborne Technologies goes live with Rega

Airborne Technologies has announced that its system integration solution “Airborne LINX” is in full operational duty with the Swiss Air-Rescue Organisation Rega and has already saved lives during their demanding SAR operations in high mountain regions. Airborne Technologies has equipped two Rega AW109SP DaVinci helicopters with the necessary mounts to assemble a WESCAM camera system on […]

Indonesia orders another eight Combat SAR helicopters

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has placed an order for eight Airbus H225M SAR helicopters.  Completion of the mission equipment outfitting and other customisation work will be handled by local plant PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) at its facility in Bandung, Indonesia. These additional helicopters will join the air force’s existing fleet of six H225Ms to […]

Viking CL515 details posted on YouTube

A video posted on YouTube just before Christmas provides more information than ever before on Viking Air’s plans for a new model to succeed the CL415 scooping air tanker.  The upper parts of of the firefighting tanks will be enlarged to increase capacity by 15% to 7000 litres.  The video is clearly an official media […]

Lithuanian Air Force renews HCare contract on SAR Dauphin fleet

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period.  The renewed contract is for a second term of three years. “Airbus has far exceeded the availability rate […]

New foldable drone flies through narrow holes in SAR missions

Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is exactly the kind of job that human rescuers would like drones to do for them. A flying robot could look for people trapped inside and guide the rescue team towards them. But the drone would often have to enter the building through a […]

German Armed Forces order seven Airbus H145s to replace UH-1Ds

The procurement office of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace their Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the […]

Spanish Air Force receives fourth SAR Airbus H215

The Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Air Force received their fourth H215 helicopter at the local Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete yesterday. The new helicopter will be assigned to the 802 Squadron of Air Forces / RCC Canarias of the Air Force, based in Gando (Gran Canaria) and will be dedicated to search and rescue […]

Cobham Gets Set to Launch Helicopter Academy

Cobham Aviation Services are all set to launch their Helicopter Academy later in the year, at Newquay International Airport.  It comes just as the company successfully completes its Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) contract early next year, after 20 years of fulfilling the UK MoD’s exacting helicopter training needs. Here at the SAR International Exhibition […]