Japan’s Ministry of Defence renews HCare support contracts


Airbus has secured two contract extensions with Japan’s Ministry of Defence, to ensure global availability of its helicopter fleets over the next five years.

The first contract is for the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force’s (JGSDF) H225 fleet. The HCare Infinite agreement covers maintenance, repair, parts supply and technical support for JGSDF’s three H225 helicopters. JGSDF was Airbus’ first performance-based logistics (PBL) customer in Japan, which Airbus’ in-country team has been supporting its helicopters under the support contract since 2013. The H225 helicopters are currently operated by JGSDF’s Special Transportation Squadron.

The second contract is for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force’s (JMSDF) TH-135 fleet (globally known as H135). The renewed agreement will now include engine parts supply, technical support, and retrofit of the helicopter cockpit voice and flight data recorder to enhance the safety of the fleet, which will cover all 15 TH-135 training helicopters. Since 2016, JMSDF has benefitted from the HCare Smart reliable parts supply and maintenance management, helping the agency to efficiently control costs, simplify its operational requirements and enhance aircraft availability.

“Airbus’ HCare programme is rooted in the core belief that every customer requirement is unique, and deserves a fully customised level of attention and support. These two contract extensions from Japan’s Ministry Defence speak of our customer’s endorsement in our ability to deliver the support services that meet their needs,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be participating in Singapore Airshow 2022



The RSAF will perform a series of aerial manoeuvres by an F-16C fighter aircraft and a pair of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. An array of aircraft types and weapon systems employed by the RSAF for Singapore’s round-the-clock air defence will also be on static display.

The RSAF’s aerial display will feature nine manoeuvres by the F-16C fighter aircraft and 12 manoeuvres by the pair of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. The 15-minute aerial display demonstrates the manoeuvrability and precision of the two different types of aircraft, and reflects the capabilities, close coordination and team excellence of the RSAF personnel involved. The RSAF will also put on display a range of assets, including the F-15SG and F-16D+ fighter aircraft, AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Aster 30 Missile System and the H225M Medium Lift helicopter. This is the first time that the newly delivered H225M helicopter is put on static display. Members of the public may view the aerial and static displays through a livestream on each day of SA2022.

Chairman of the RSAF Flying Display Committee Colonel Kevin Wee spoke to the media on the RSAF’s training leading up to the aerial performance for SA2022. He said, “The RSAF team has trained intensively for the aerial display, whilst continuing to carry out their operational roles in defending Singapore’s skies. It has been a challenging period for the RSAF team and we hope that this year’s aerial display will not be just a showcase of the RSAF’s capabilities, but also a tribute to the strength and resilience of the airmen and women of the RSAF. Training and preparations for the Airshow continue with safe management measures in place so as to keep our personnel safe amidst COVID-19. We are confident that the RSAF team can put up a good show and hope that the public can enjoy the performance through the livestream.”

Commending the RSAF participants for their professionalism and dedication, Chairman of the RSAF Sub-Committee for SA2022, Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Koh said, “Being able to participate in the Airshow is an honour for the RSAF. The Airshow is an international event that brings together international defence officials, thought leaders and commercial partners in the Aerospace industry. It is an excellent platform for the RSAF to showcase our capabilities as a modern, full-spectrum and professional Air Force, operated by well-trained personnel who are committed to the defence of Singapore.”

The RSAF has been participating in the biennial Singapore Airshow since its inaugural edition in 2008. Members of the public may visit www.go.gov.sg/sa22live or MINDEF’s Facebook page to view the livestream.

Elbit Systems to Showcase Hybrid Propulsion Small Tactical UAS at Singapore Airshow 2022

Already under contracts, Skylark 3 Hybrid offers triple endurance in a small tactical UAS

Elbit Systems will present the SkylarkTM 3 Hybrid Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (STUAS) for the first time at the Singapore Airshow 2022 (stand C-N65 in the Israeli Pavilion). The Skylark3 Hybrid is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system, both an electric and an internal combustion engine, tripling endurance and offering up to 18 hours of operations, with no change to size or weight, significantly increasing mission effectiveness and cost efficiency.

The Skylark3 Hybrid uses its combustion engine to fly rapidly to the Area Of Interest (AOI) and switches to the electrical engine while operating above the AOI. The twin engine architecture of the new Skylark enables one to back up the other, providing greater reliability and safety. The significantly higher endurance of the Skylark 3 Hybrid provides forces with greater capacity to hover above AOI and requires fewer platforms to execute the same mission.

Skylark 3 Hybrid is based on the Skylark family of STUAS that have been ordered by 27 countries, to date. Skylark 3 Hybrid has a 4.7m wingspan, a maximum takeoff weight of 50kg, service ceiling of 12,000ft and a range of 120km. It features dual payload capacity with a “plug and play” interface for a quick replacement of sensors in the field. The Skylark 3 Hybrid is capable of integrating a range of payloads including high-resolution Electro-Optical gimbaled payload, ELINT, COMINT, laser designators and others. It is deployed and operated by a crew of two, launched via a pneumatic launcher and can be mounted on a vehicle or vessel. Two Skylark 3 Hybrid STUAS can be assigned to the same mission simultaneously managed by a shared Ground Control Station.



Turkish Aerospace will attend Asia’s biggest aviation event, the Singapore Airshow on February 15-18, 2022. Turkish Aerospace will display the exact model of its 5th generation fighter jet Turkish Fighter in Asia region for the first time and will be displaying its indigenous platforms.

For the participation and importancy of the Singapore Airshow, Turkish Aerospace President and CEO Temel Kotil said: “We are excited to be part of the Singapore Airshow. It important to be part of the Asian market in defence industry. We are making strategic decisions on a global scale to increase our business marketing activities both in the academic field and in production. We are working on new business models to develop relationships in the region. I believe it will strenghten us. In this scope, we will hold a critical meetings in Singapore with military and civil area for further corporation.”

To be remembered, In 2021 with the sales agreement of Turkish Aerospace UAV ANKA has accelerated Asian defense industry and its surroundings. In addition to UAV, Turkish Aerospace‘s Advanced Jet Trainer and Light Attack Aircraft HÜRJET also offered to the Malaysia. Turkish Aerospace expecting to produced and manufactured 15 of them in Malaysia.



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