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  • 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


    Belgium NH90 TTH in Jeopardy, 27-Jun-20 : #NH90 After only six years of operations, Belgium is about to ground the four NH90 TTH helicopters citing too expensive, too few spare parts and too few personnel problems

    Belgian NH90 Returned From Mali, 06-Jul-18 : #peacekeeping The Belgian Detatchment of 2 NH90 deployed to Gao, Mali since last March as part of peacekeeping mission MINUSMA returned home by AN-124. They were replaced by Canadian Griffons

    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/    Beauvechain ABEBBE
    2004/10BiersetEBLG



    Models

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    YearsModels
    2013/    NH90
    2004/14A109BA





    18 Sq MRH List of helicopters

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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.
    : 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 tth 2012 RN05 : BAF d/d Dec12 18Sqn
    : 02oct13 d/d 1 Wing, 18 Sqn in beauvechain
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    Eurocopter France F-ZWBE : NHI/Eurocopter toward RN05
    1296 tth RN06 : asg 18sqd pictured (pic2) at Kleine Brogel
    : 18 Sq, loaded onto transport at Beauvechain on 5 Feb 2018 for deployment w+
    1297 tth RN07 : asg 18Sqn, pictured at Kleine Brogel
    : 18 Sq, loaded onto transport at Beauvechain on 5 Feb 2018 for deployment w+
    1305 tth RN08 : asg 18sqd pictured (pic1) at Kleine Brogel
    Airbus Helicopters France F-ZKBA : NHI/Airbus Helicopters; 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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