20 October 2010: Prism Wins South Australian Export Award
Prism Defence were successful in winning the 2010 Business SA Export Award, in the Small to Medium Services category. The award reflects not only recent export successes in Denmark and Sweden, but a positive long term trend of revenue and export growth. Prism management and staff were pleased to receive public recognition after several years of exporting ship-helicopter integration services from their base in Adelaide, South Australia.
30 April 2010: Embarked Capability Developed
Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) have been developed by Prism Defence for the Swedish Armed Forces A109 Light Utility Helicopter aboard HMS Carlskrona, with final testing conducted in hot conditions in the Gulf of Aden. This last phase of the trial was part of Prism’s support to the Swedish Armed Forces ambitious schedule to develop an embarked Naval Aviation capability in less than 6 months to support Swedish Navy participation in the European Union Task Force engaged in anti-piracy operations. Prism Defence personnel were instrumental in the development and conduct of the flight test program, and the training of Swedish Air Force pilots and the ship’s deck, bridge and operations teams. Prism also successfully completed an Operational Readiness Evaluation of the ship’s aviation capability in theatre as the final step in the development of a safe and effective embarked helicopter capability
7 April 2010: Danish Offshore Patrol Vessel Aviation
Prism Defence Test Pilots, Flight Test Engineers and Aerospace Engineers have just completed a three and a half week trial with the Danish Lynx Mark 90B helicopter onboard the Danish Inspection Vessel EJNAR MIKKELSEN, one of the new Knud Rasmussen Class Offshore Patrol Vessels built specifically for North Atlantic and Arctic waters. The operational role of the Danish inspection vessels includes operations in extreme weather conditions, thus requiring development of expansive Ship Helicopter Operating Limits that permit embarked operations in large seas and high winds. Conducting trials around the Faroe Islands in the North Sea enabled a wide range of extreme environmental conditions to be reached, and the trial was another example of Prism developing operational capability in a safe and efficient manner.
28 February 2010: New Zealand Ship Helicopter Integration
Prism has just provided short notice support to enable the conduct of a deck handling and integration trial for the New Zealand Defence Force, who are acquiring the NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH). The NH90 will replace the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of 14 UH-1H Iroquois helicopters, with the first aircraft to be delivered later this year. The trial was conducted with an Australian MRH90 aircraft onboard the multi-role vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY, and established the capability to stow, secure and conduct operational maintenance on an NH90 based helicopter in CANTERBURY’s hangar and cargo bays. Prism personnel used their extensive experience to provide trial management, coordination and engineering review of ship-helicopter interface aspects, with a number of crucial issues identified that can now be resolved prior to delivery of the first New Zealand NH90 aircraft.
16 January 2010: Trials and Training - Swedish Armed Forces
The Swedish Armed Forces are embarking organic helicopter assets for the first time. In order to develop this capability, Prism Defence has been contracted to undertake a comprehensive program to provide embarked helicopter trials and training. Prism personnel have commenced the first phase of the task, involving training Swedish flight deck teams in the conduct of safe deck operations. Prism's pilots will also train Swedish helicopter pilots to undertake the demanding task of embarked launches, recoveries and associated procedures. In conjunction with this training, Ship Helicopter Operating Limits will be developed by Prism's flight test team, utilising in-house software and hardware purpose-design for the Agusta A109LUH helicopter.
The second phase of the task will be conducted in the Gulf of Aden, where the Swedish Navy will lead a European anti-piracy operation. This phase will be more operationally focused, and seeks to maximise the capability in the hot climate.