New Wildcat Helicopter Unveiled At Farnborough | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.21.18

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.21.18

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Fri, Jul 13, 2012

New Wildcat Helicopter Unveiled At Farnborough

First Of 62 Delivered To UK MoD By AgustaWestland

The Defence Secretary has today unveiled the first of a new fleet of Wildcat helicopters, and confirmed a $358 million contract to support them. The first two of 62 Wildcat helicopters ordered by the MOD were handed over by manufacturer AgustaWestland at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Somerset-based firm is benefiting from the $386 million support and training contract that is sustaining 500 jobs.

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 first Wildcats to be handed over to the MOD are Army helicopters, which will come into service in 2014. The first Royal Navy Wildcats are due to be delivered for training later this year before coming into service in 2015.

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 have more powerful engines than the Lynx, enabling Wildcat to be used on operations all-year-round in extreme conditions. The Wildcat also has a more robust fuselage to give better protection to the crews. 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.
 
The  Wildcat in-service support and training contract with AgustaWestland will provide a specialist training centre at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, where the Wildcats will be based, that will include flight simulators and a wide range of other equipment to train pilots, ground crew and engineers.

"Wildcat represents a considerable advance over the current Lynx helicopters, bringing greatly improved performance and capability," said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. "The contract to provide training and support will keep them flying wherever they are needed. These helicopters will be a key part of the future equipment program for the Armed Forces that will see £160 billion spent over the next ten years. By balancing the budget, we can deliver the airframes and the millions of pounds of support they require."

"This is an excellent helicopter, which is very important to the Army Air Corps," said Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall. "We will be seeking to get it fully operational as soon as possible."

"Wildcat represents the latest generation of multi-role helicopter that has been specifically procured to operate from ships of the Royal Navy," added Chief of the Naval Staff, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope. "With state-of-the-art sensors, equipment and weapons, it will be an outstanding asset that will maintain Royal Naval units at the cutting-edge of worldwide maritime operations."

(Photos courtesy UK MoD)

FMI: www.mod.uk

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.21.18: AEA Report, Aerocor Eclipse Program, WWII Airman Recovered

Also: Gulfstream To Expand, Med-Trans Partners, FAA SAIB On AT-6, Passenger Gas Curtails Flight The AEA has released its 2017 year-end Avionics Market Report. Total worldwide busin>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.20.18: USMC InstantEye, Raleigh Reconsiders, Battle Drones

Also: Fortem DroneHunter, Solar-Powered Rover, Drone Mkt Worth $48.88B, MQ-25 Partnerships InstantEye Robotics has received a substantial order from PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Co>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting? The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18: AMA Expo!, Raleigh Update, UAV v Helo... or Not?

Also: AMA Active In Counseling Gov'ts, Intel Drone Light Show, Drone Park Planned, ALPA Attacks Unmanned Don’t forget... The annual AMA Expo East starts at the Meadowlands Ex>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18: AMA Expo!, Raleigh Update, UAV v Helo... or Not?

Also: AMA Active In Counseling Gov'ts, Intel Drone Light Show, Drone Park Planned, ALPA Attacks Unmanned Don’t forget... The annual AMA Expo East starts at the Meadowlands Ex>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC