belgium 18 Squadron

Force Aérienne Belge


18 Sq MRH : Arès Leonidas
Belgian Air Force

Part of 1 Wing



2004 to present    






Helicopters

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From 2014, 18 Squadron MRH will operate 4 NH.90 TTHs (RN05 to RN08) at Beauvechain. The unit current Agusta A109s will be transfered to 17 Squadron.

The Squadron was renamed from MRH (Multi Role Helicopter) to MSH (Multi Support Helicopter) after the arrival of the NH90s.
The unit deployed two NH-90 Caimans to Mali on 5 Feb 2018, after the NH-90 fleet had achieved Limited Operational Capability status.

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News of 18 Squadron


Belgian NH90 First Deployment to Africa, 12-Sep-17 : Belgian NH90 Caiman helicopters perform first ever mission on African continent when deployed 4 weeks to Gabon to participate in exercise Tropical Storm supporting the paratroopers of the Light Brigade

Belgian NH90 Achieved Initial Operational Capability, 14-May-15 : Belgian NH90 MTH ((Medium Transport Helicopter) assigned to 18 Squadron achieved their Initial Operational Capability (IOC)



Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2010/    BeauvechainEBBE
2004/10BiersetEBLG

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YearsModels
2013/    NH90
2004/14A109BA


List of aircraft

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
0321 a109ba 1993 H21 : BAF from 2004 ; in 2008 18sq MRH.
Belgian Army Light Aviation H21 : Built 26 Apr 1993 as A109HA. c/s OT-ATC.
0325 a109ba 1993 H25 : BAF from 2004 ; in 2008 18sq MRH.
Belgian Army Light Aviation H25 : Built 31 May 1993 as A109HA. c/s OT-ATG.
: Jun93 pictured brand new as /H267 at LeBourget air show 1993
0328 a109ba 1993 H28 : BAF from 2004; 2007 18sq MRH; 2008 18sq MRH.
Belgian Army Light Aviation H28 : Built 30 Jun 1993 as A109HA. c/s OT-ATJ.
: Belgian Army in 1993 type:A109HA 18BnHATk. ; 1997 18BnHATk.
0337 a109ba 1993 H37 : BAF from 2004; in 2007 18sq MRH.
Belgian Army Light Aviation H37 : Built 13 Oct 1993 as A109HA. c/s OT-AKE.
Benin Air Force TY-35H : ex Belgium H37
0340 a109ba 1993 H40 : BAF from 2004; 2007 18sq MRH.
Belgian Army Light Aviation H40 : Built 17 Nov 1993 as A109HA. c/s OT-AKH.
1257 NH90 TTH 2012 RN05 : BAF d/d Dec12 18Sqn
: 02oct13 d/d 1 Wing, 18 Sqn in beauvechain
Eurocopter France F-ZWBE : NHI/Eurocopter toward RN05
1296 NH90 TTH RN06 : 13sep14 asg 18sqd pictured (pic2) at Kleine Brogel
: 18 Sq, loaded onto transport at Beauvechain on 5 Feb 2018 for deployment w+
1297 NH90 TTH RN07 : 13sep14 asg 18Sqn, pictured at Kleine Brogel
: 18 Sq, loaded onto transport at Beauvechain on 5 Feb 2018 for deployment w+
1305 NH90 TTH RN08 : 19sep15 asg 18sqd pictured (pic1) at Kleine Brogel
Airbus Helicopters France F-ZKBA : NHI/Airbus Helicopters; Jan14 at Marignane; Sep14 still



Operations


DatesOperation
05-feb-1830-jun-18ML MINUSMA
11-sep-1715-oct-17GA Exercise Tropical Storm
14-nov-1602-dec-16 Black Blade 2016
20-may-1520-may-15 THPU 2015

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