• 14.06.2013
  • Air, Engineering
  • Media release

First appearance of the TH06 ISR Super Puma

Emmen, Switzerland, 14 June 2013. The new TH06 ISR Super Puma will make its first appearance at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. Designed and upgraded by RUAG Aviation, the TH06 ISR showcases the company’s comprehensive engineering capabilities and ability to provide fully integrated solutions. ...

In 2006, the Swiss Air Force awarded RUAG Aviation the task of upgrading 15 TH89 Super Puma helicopters to meet and exceed the advanced standards of the TH98 Cougar fleet. “The programme is fully on track. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, with 9 aircraft already delivered and the 10thdue in July 2013,” said Heinz Scholl, Vice President Military Aviation at RUAG Aviation. Beat Furrer, the RUAG Aviation test pilot who will be showcasing the modernised TH06 in Le Bourget, adds: “The integration of 50 new systems creates a state-of-the-art Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) mission platform. The two-way information sharing between the cockpit and the sensor operator is a key feature that strongly enhances the rotorcraft’s mission capabilities.”

The primary improvements to the Swiss Air Force TH06 ISR Super Puma include a glass cockpit with an integrated flight management system, two global positioning systems (GPS), an inertial navigation system and a modern digital map display. The TH06 also incorporates new radio systems that provide police, encrypted radio and satellite transmissions. Flight-data recorders, an anti-collision warning system, a searchlight coupled with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras and helmet-mounted displays (HMD) for day and night operations have also been added. “The HMD in conjunction with night visions goggles (NVG) are among the upgrade’s main advantages,” says Beat Furrer. “It delivers greatly improved situational awareness and safety during night operations in difficult terrain.”