MOD (UK) First AW159 `Wildcat´ helicopter

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MOD (UK) First AW159 `Wildcat´ helicopter

Beitragvon White Cap » Donnerstag 12. Juli 2012, 06:35

Source: MOD (UK)

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has officially received the first of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters from AgustaWestland on behalf of the Armed Forces at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The MOD is buying 34 Army Wildcats and 28 maritime attack variants, which will replace the Lynx fleet operated by the Army Air Corps and Fleet Air Arm.

The Army Wildcat will primarily be used in a reconnaissance role, providing protection to soldiers on the ground. The maritime attack version will protect the Navy's fleet around the world.

Both variants are armed with general purpose and heavy machine guns and the Navy's helicopters will also carry Sting Ray torpedoes. Army and Navy pilots will use high-tech interactive displays thanks to state-of-the-art glass cockpits.
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Re: MOD (UK) First AW159 `Wildcat´ helicopter

Beitragvon White Cap » Mittwoch 30. Januar 2013, 08:01

Source: MOD

First Navy Wildcat makes maiden flight

The first Wildcat attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset.

The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance.

The Wildcat HMA Mark 2 will carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted, 0.5-inch heavy machine gun and new light and heavy variants of the future anti-surface guided weapon missiles.

Expected to perform a range of tasks once in service, the maritime Wildcat attack helicopter will be used in anti-surface warfare, force protection and counter-piracy. It will also be able to carry out an anti-submarine role.

MOD: - http://www.gov.uk/government/news/first ... den-flight
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