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This model is now used by Uscg Aviation training center on multiplayer by future uscg pilot

- 2 MODELS
- Coast Guards ship
- Air Station
- 4 Flights
- Pilot and Gunner Animation
- Recon & Search and Rescue
-specular reflectivity (dinamic shine)
-detailed virtual cockpit with fully animated
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NEW EFFECTS
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2D panel with gauges
- 2D panel pop-ups for GPS and  radio
- Doors cargo and engine              animation
- Multiresolution
- landing light + us coast guard       light
- Shock absorber movement
- Wheel rotation
-Tutorial about the 4 flight included into the pack
-Detailed info and articles about US COAST GUARD AND THE MH68A

 
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The United States Coast Guard's Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) Jacksonville, Florida is America's first and only airborne law enforcement unit trained and authorized to employ Airborne Use of Force or AUF. Initially tasked with interdicting and stopping suspected drug-laden, high-speed vessels known as 'go-fasts,' HITRON has expanded their mission to include Homeland Security, and now staunchly patrols the front lines of America's war on drugs and terrorism, flying specially equipped MH-68A

 
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 These aircraft employ the latest radar and Forward Looking Infrared sensors as well as state of the art Night Vision Goggles to pierce the night. HITRON arms these helicopters with M-16 5.56mm rifles and M240 7.62mm machine guns for warning shots and self-protection, and the RC50 laser-sighted .50 caliber precision rifle to disable the engines of non-compliant suspect vessels.

 
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The MH-68A's are the newest helicopters in the U.S. military, and are capable of cruise speeds of 140 knots. The MH-68A does not yet have an official nickname, but is referred to as the "Shark" by HITRON aircrews.

 
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 In 1998, the Coast Guard estimated that it was stopping less than ten percent of the drugs entering the United States via the sea. Spurred by these estimates, Admiral James Loy, the then Commandant, directed the Coast Guard to develop a plan to counter the go-fast threat.

 
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This gave rise to the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, which was led by Commander Mark 'Roscoe' Torres. Starting in late 1998, he molded a group of ten original volunteers into a cohesive and effective team, and in just seven short months took ideas to reality as the squadron pioneered novel operating tactics and procedures and implemented the Commandant's decision to stop the drug laden go-fasts.

 
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During this early proof of concept phase, HITRON intercepted and stopped all five go-fasts they encountered, stopping 2,640 pounds of cocaine, and 7,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $100 million, with all 17 suspects arrested. The design was in the low drag airframe and laminar flow wings, which allowed for some truly staggering at the time top end speed, and the luck was a British decision early on it's history to attempt to mount a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in place of the original Allison supplied in Mustang Is.

 
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 This five for five success rate represented a dramatic increase in go-fast seizures, and resulted in a cultural change for Coast Guard aviation and set the stage for enhanced future maritime drug interdiction efforts. Due to their success during the test and evaluation stage, the HITRON program was validated and designated a permanent Coast Guard unit.

 
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 HITRON grew to 40 personnel to halt the rising tide of go-fast drug smugglers, and a requirement for eight helicopters was determined necessary to meet the cutter deployment cycles. Due to Federal contracting laws, a competitive bid was necessary to choose a permanent aircraft for the mission, and the proposal from Agusta Aircraft Corporation was selected as it represented the best value.

 
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Therefore, in March 2000, Agusta was awarded the contract to provide eight A109E Power helicopters to replace the MD900 Enforcer helicopters that HITRON had been successfully flying. The Agusta A109E Power was given the military designation MH-68A. Selection of this new helicopter, forced HITRON to face many new challenges as they transformed another untested civilian helicopter into a proven, armed shipboard deployable aircraft.

 
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To make the aircraft shipboard compatible, several joint Coast Guard and U.S. Navy efforts were required. Initial delivery of all eight aircraft was delayed by the manufacturer, but once delivered, the U.S. Navy completed electromagnetic interference certification testing, and U.S. Navy test pilots established shipboard pitch and roll limitations. In addition, the M240 7.62mm machine gun weapon system, and the RC50 .50 caliber laser-sighted rifle was field fired and certified for aerial use by the U.S Navy Surface Warfare Center.

 
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HITRON pilots then quickly validated day and night mission tactics, formation flying, performed takeoffs and landings from the cutter and created initial flight training and aerial gunnery training syllabi to qualify the pilots and aircrew in the MH-68A.

 
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Other shipboard related procedures such as removing the blades, traversing the aircraft into the cutter's hangar bay, and maintaining the aircraft in a salt-water environment were also addressed and successfully accomplished.

 
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The squadron also pioneered the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) for night shipboard landings; a first for the Coast Guard, a standard now being adopted Coast Guard wide. The unit also assisted in the evaluation of the latest generation of the ANVIS-9 Night Vision Goggles integrated with the ANVIS-7 heads-up display (HUD) system, and were the first users in the world to operate the latest generation of these night vision devices.

 
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 The MH-68A is a version of the Agusta A109E "Power" commercial aircraft. The primary mission of HITRON and the Stingray is counternarcotics, with a secondary role of maritime homeland security, which includes terror alerts, surveillance and identifying vessels. The unit routinely deploys on board high-endurance cutters for 45 to 80 days at a time, on both the East and West coasts. It is not uncommon for three or more MH-68As to be deployed simultaneously at different locations.

 
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The U.S. Coast Guard's first patrols in 2002 using tough new tactics employing armed MH-68s, a dedicated version of the twin-engine Agusta A109 Power helicopter, scored a perfect three busts in three attempts against drug-laden speedboats bound for U.S. shores. The U.S. Coast Guardís three interdictions netted a combined total of more than 13,000 pounds of cocaine along with several arrests.

 
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Present operational doctrine authorises MH-68 crews to disable the engines through pinpoint rifle fire of suspected vessels that fail to halt following several warnings. These include verbal demands to do so transmitted via loudspeaker, and tracer fire across the vesselís bow.

 
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Rated as an all-weather aircraft, the MH-68A carries an array of avionics that give the Stingray crew enhanced situational awareness. In addition, the helicopter is built with high-strength, lightweight KEVLAR[R] brand fiber which is also used in bullet-proof vests for the crew. It is powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines, and cruises at 140 knots for about two hours leaving 20 minutes of fuel reserve.

 
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 HITRON air operations officer Commander Ed Cubanski III has more than 2,500 total flight hours in the T-34C Turbo-Mentor, TH-57 Sea Ranger, HH-65A Dolphin and the MH-68A. He said, "The MH-68A is the only helicopter in the Coast Guard inventory that has a single-engine fly-off capability at maximum gross weight. It is very maneuverable and has a multimission capability. As part of Operation New Frontier, HITRON interdicted 41 percent of the cocaine netted by the Coast Guard last year.

 
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"While the aircraft is small and a commercial off-the-shelf helicopter, it is well-suited for our needs and is reliable," he continued. "It has a 95-percent availability rate for deployments. Agusta has bent over backward for us and we are pleased with the aircraft. I enjoy flying the aircraft; it fits me like a glove. It has good communication and sensor suites and is responsive. Its power and engines perform as advertised."

 
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You can fly today this copter into fs2004. It has tons of features and animation as the pilots, the gunners etc.

 

 

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