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Royal Air Force Counter-Drone Research Programme, 12-Sep-19 : DSEI 2019 Royal Air Force selected Leonardo counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technology for a 3-year program starting in 2020 to examine potential future core capabilities to respond to threats posed by hostile drones. Already used by Italian Army and Air Force

RAF Puma Reached 1600 Days in Afghanistan, 04-Aug-19 : #Puma The RAF Benson Pumas Detachment based in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL, is deployed since March 2015 to train, advise and assist (TAAC-Air) Afghan security forces

RAF Chinooks Extends Deployment in Mali, 09-Jul-19 : #Chinook UK’s Chinook helicopters and personnel currently stationed with the French counter-terrorism operation in Northern Mali will extend their tour by a minimum of six months

RAF Using Elbit’ Emergency Personal Locator Beacon, 10-Apr-19 : #EPLB First Emergency Personal Locator Beacon (EPLB) to be accredited on life jackets for unassisted operation in water has made its inaugural operational flight on the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft. It can also be fitted to helicopters and transport aircraft

Red Flag 19-1, 18-Feb-19 : #RedFlag US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-23, based at North Island, CA was the Search and Rescue (SAR) unit of edition Red Flag 19-1 in Nellis AFB, Nevada. HSC-23 has participated in two Red Flags since 2008

RAF Chinooks Reinforce French Mission in Mali, 27-Dec-18 : For the first time since arrival in July 2018 to Mali to support the French-led Operation Barkhane, a RAF Chinook trained the “kangaroo” refueling procedure with French helicopters Tiger and NH90

RAF Chinooks Deployed to Mali, 18-Jul-18 : #Mali Three Royal Air Force Chinook have arrived in West Africa in support of French counter-terrorism operations in Mali

Sycamore Historic Visit to Weston-super-Mare, 14-Jun-18 : #museum The world’s last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore flew to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK 60 years after it was built. Will be displayed until June 24

Tiger Puma to Celebrate RAF 230 Squadron 100 Years, 09-May-18 : #RAF100 Royal Air Froce 230 Squadron celebrating its 100 years with Puma helicopter painted in Tiger colour scheme

Chinook Visits Historical RAF Germany Bases, 27-Apr-18 : A RAF Chinook from Odiham’ 27 Squadron taking part at Berlin air show visited former RAF Germany bases of Geilenkirchen, Wildenrath, Brüggen and Laarbruch as part of RAF 100 years celebrations

Merlin and Chinook Trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 21-Mar-18 : QinetiQ and the Air Warfare Centre under the Air Test & Evaluation Centre (ATEC) partnership carried out Merlin and Chinook clearance trials on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

Chinook First Time On HMS Queen Elizabeth Hangar, 08-Feb-18 : A Chinook has been stowed in the hangar of a British aircraft carrier for the first time. The Royal Air Force 7 Squadron CH-47 fit on new HMS Queen Elizabeth’ hangar without need to fold the rotors

Airbus Sign Support for RAF Puma Mk2, 22-Dec-17 : Airbus sign £100M contract with UK MoD for full technical support and logistics of the RAF Puma Mk2 24 helicopters until March 2022. Fleet scheduled to be retired from service in 2025

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