Utility Helicopter

Bell Textron Canada to modernise RCAF’s CH-146 Griffon helicopter fleet

The Canadian government has awarded Bell Textron Canada a contract to modernise the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) 85-strong fleet of CH-146 Griffon utility helicopters – a move that aims to extend the type’s service life until at least the mid-2030s.

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A look at the Dauphin IIs supporting the Royal Navy's FOST mission

A familiar sight in the skies above Cornwall and Devon but less so elsewhere, Ian Harding considers the unique and specialised operations of the Dauphin II helicopter that performs an important Flag Officer Sea Training role on behalf of the Royal Navy

Sri Lankan Mi-17s deployed to the Central African Republic

The Sri Lankan Air Force has deployed a pair of Mil Mi-17 Hip medium-lift utility helicopters to support a UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic

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AH-1Z and UH-1Y on show in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic ordered four Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and eight UH-1Y Venom utility rotorcraft in December 2019, so it was not surprising to see examples of both from the USMC in the NATO Air Days static display from September 18-19

First Kadena-based Pave Hawk retired

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, has bid farewell to its first Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk utility helicopter after it was recently retired from operational USAF service

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US Army’s first UH-60V Black Hawks enter service

Sikorsky UH-60V Black Hawk deliveries to the US Army are now getting under way, following the recent handover of at least two examples to the service

Indonesia receives two more Bell 412EPi helicopters

A further two Bell 412EPi utility helicopters have entered service with the Indonesian Army

Bell restarts Czech UH-1Y production

Bell Textron announced on July 19 that it has restarted UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter production to fulfil an order from the Czech Republic, which will become the first international operator of the type

US Coast Guard orders more MH-60T Jayhawks

An additional five MH-60T Jayhawk fuselage hulls have been ordered from Sikorsky by the US Coast Guard to support the ongoing service life extension of its existing fleet of 45 aircraft

Huey II crashes in the Dominican Republic

A Dominican Republic Air Force-operated Bell UH-1H-II Huey II utility helicopter crashed in Jimaní – the capital of the nation’s Independencia Province – on July 7