AgustaWestland won a Euro 113 million (£90 million) UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) contract to integrate, test and install Future Anti Surface Guilded Weapon (FASGW) missiles onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters.
The missile systems are the MBDA FASGW (Heavy)/ANL (Anti Navire Léger) and the Thales Light Multirole Missile FASGW.
AgustaWestland is manufacturing 62 Wildcat helicopters for the UK MoD, 28 of which will be operated by the Royal Navy and 34 by the British Army. The Wildcat is replacing the Lynx helicopter.
The AW159 Wildcat will be able to carry up to four launchers, two per weapon carrier, each with up to five LMM missiles, or up to four FASGW (H)/ANL missiles with two on each weapon carrier. It will also be able to carry a mixed load of LMM launchers and FASGW (H)/ANL missiles for maximum mission flexibility.
The MBDA FASGW(Heavy)/ANL features a high speed, two-way data-link that communicates the images seen by the missile’s seeker to the operator, who, in addition to initiating an autonomous engagement, can alternatively remain in control of the missile throughout the full duration of its flight.
AgustaWestland demonstrated Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defense. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future
Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland will exhibit eight helicopters from its commercial and military helicopters at Farnborough International Air Show. Military helicopters displayed will include a mock-up of the AW169M light intermediate class helicopter, the naval variant of the AW159, the brand new multi-role AW149 and an AW101 that will soon be delivered to the Italian Air Force
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland signed a contract for the upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters of the Brazilian Navys Naval Aviation. The contract, valued $160 million (EUR 117 million), includes new engines, upgraded navigation and mission avionics and a comprehensive support and training package which also comprises a flight training device
Thales Raytheon Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply Ground Master 400 (GM400) long-range air defense radars to the Kazakh Air Force. The agreement was signed on May 22 at the KADEX defense exhibition in Astana, in the presence of Okas Bazargaliyevich Saparov, Kazakhstans Deputy Minister of Defense and the French Ambassador Francis Etienne
Thales will provide its Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument (IESI) to modernise the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system with completion expected in 2018
Airbus Defence and Space has awarded Thales a multi-million pound contract to supply the Royal Air Force with a second full-flight simulator for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. The Full-Flight Simulator employs state-of-the-art visual and motion technology developed and produced by Thales that represents the current production cockpit configuration of the Airbus A400M aircraft and simulates the ground and flight operations of the aircraft in various natural and tactical environments
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been awarded £271 million contract to support and provide training of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters operated by the British Army and Royal Navy. The deal is an important part of the Governments ten-year £178 billion plan to provide its Armed Forces, according to Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin
Finmeccanica 's AgustaWestland has signed a $505 million contract to supply 50 helicopters of various models to Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation (BAIC) of China for parapublic missions, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The contract includes training, spare parts and technical support, excludes customer selected options and mission equipment
Finmeccanica plans to make a comeback in India even if it means paying a penalty for bribery allegations against its subsidiary AgustaWestland in the VVIP chopper deal, Hindustan Times, a national daily reported Monday. Earlier this year, India imposed a partial ban on Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries after scrapping the $606 million deal to buy 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland
The procurement of 16 multi-role helicopters for Indian Navy is deferred by Indian government until the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) completes its probe in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, reported the pioneer. Finmeccanica, parent company of AgustaWestland is one of the two companies in the fray
Airbus Defense and Space signed a new agreement with Inmarsat for US government market on Global Xpress high-speed broadband network. New agreement covers commercial Ka-band and is part of Airbus Defense and Spaces recently launched AuroraGlobal suite of new high throughput satcom services
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