Columbia Helicopters and Aurora Flight Sciences Aim to Develop Technology for Aerial Firefighting Flights in Degraded Visual Environments

Columbia Helicopters (Columbia) and Aurora Flight Sciences (Aurora), a Boeing Company, this week entered into a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore the design, integration, testing, and demonstration of an enhanced pilot situational awareness (EPSA) degraded visual environment (DVE) flight capability on a Columbia helicopter to be used for aerial wildland fire suppression. Since aerial […]

ACCS Makes Tracks

By Dr Thomas Withington The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s Air Command and Control System is the alliance’s biggest single procurement and perhaps its least well known. “The NATO Air Command and Control System is intended to combine and automate at the tactical level the planning and tasking and execution of all air operations,” notes a […]

Colorado National Guard Trains for Fire Season

The Colorado Army National Guard’s 2nd Brigade, 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, is hosting an annual wildland fire training conference in partnership with local, state and federal partners to prepare for wildfire season. LUH-72 Lakota, UH-60 Black Hawk, and CH-47 Chinook aircrews will fly over the Denver metropolitan area April 13-18 as part of the […]

Dart Aerospace Receives Transport Canada Approval for Night Hover Refill Operations With Talon Helicopters’ AS365 Fire Attack System

n partnership with Talon Helicopters, DART Aerospace recently received Transport Canada approval for Talon to perform night hover refill operations with its DART AS365 Fire Attack System (FAS). The approval is the first step in pursuing a full FAA STC update to allow night vision goggles (NVG) aided and unaided night hover refill operations on […]

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2021: New Location, New Opportunities

Hosted in Northern Europe for the first time, the event will provide an exceptional opportunity to share best practice between new and mature markets. The new venue boasts modern event facilities for a dedicated conference, exhibition, private workshops as well as opportunities for static displays. Chaired by Professor Johann Georg Goldammer, Director of Germany’s Global […]

Are European Defence Industry Exports Doomed?

Looking at European defence/security exports today, one sees an incredibly healthy situation. Europe overall is the second largest exporter of defence technologies, behind the US, with particular success in MENA (source: SIPRI). The EU is expending significant energy and resource to allow Europe to remain competitive in the period ahead, as part of its push […]

Europe’s EMS and Next-Gen Miltech Challenge

Russia’s ‘invasion’ of East Ukraine in 2014 will be seen as a fundamental turning point in modern warfare. For almost 25 years following the end of the Cold War, US military dominance and the lack of near-peers caused the West to under-invest in key technologies, including EMS (electro-magnetic spectrum). Warning signs started appearing, such as […]

How Will Joe Biden Handle China?

Around the world, 2020 has brought a very different global experience of China. Early in the year, Xi Jinping had his hands full with Covid-19, an ongoing catastrophe in its crucial pig industry, and Hong Kong. Later came almost Biblical flooding. The ongoing fracturing of trade ties with the US has damaged key domestic industries, […]

Tangent Link Comment: Karabakh Shock & Awe Puts UAV’s at the Top-Table

UAV’s are increasingly becoming the system-of-choice for militaries. This makes complete sense. They are redundant, cheaper than manned alternatives, can endure flight regimes that are too complex for humans, and they have proven time and again to be force multipliers, asymmetric weapons, and allow escalation dominance. The 44-day Karabakh conflict put them at the top-table […]

Winners of the International Walt Darran Aerial Firefighting Awards 2020

Since the first Aerial Firefighting Conference organised by Tangent Link in Athens back in 2008, the event series has been steadily growing. More than a decade later, Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 (AFFNA20) enjoyed a rapidly increased interest. AFFNA20 attracted a global audience not only from North and South America, but also Europe, Asia and […]

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