Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week.
The two AW159 Wildcatsare part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces.
The AW159 has a semi-rigid rotor head which gives it high agility and the same legendary ship operating capabilities of the Lynx helicopter. It is also fitted with composite rotor blades utilising the same technology that enabled the Lynx to break the world helicopter speed record. The AW159 is powered by a pair of LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, each providing up to 1,361 shp, which gives the aircraft exceptional performance, even in hot and high environments.
The AW159 has the most modern integrated cockpit of any naval helicopter, featuring four large area (10” x 8”) cockpit displays and a fully integrated avionics suite and mission system to provide increased mission capability and increased crew effectiveness. The key sensors integrated into the AW159 include the Leonardo Seaspray 7000E series Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a dipping sonar system, electro-optical device and Leonardo electronic warfare systems. A range of weapons can be carried, including torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles, on its weapon carriers.
The UK’s Royal Navy and British Army operate 62 AW159 Wildcats in both naval and over land roles including ASuW, ASW, maritime surveillance and battlefield reconnaissance, while the Republic of Korea Navy operate eight AW159 helicopters in ASW and ASuW roles. The Philippine Navy has also ordered two AW159s that will be delivered next year. The Royal Malaysian Navy currently operates the Leonardo Super Lynx 300 helicopter in the Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) roles.
847 Naval Air Squadron is part of the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force based at Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton and operate the Army variant of the AW159 Wildcat. The British Army’s variant of the AW159 Wildcat is almost identical to the Royal Navy variant with the only major equipment differences being the Army aircraft do not have the Seaspray 7000E series AESA radar or weapon carriers.
Leonardo has signed an agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue work on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter in its Somerset facility. The ministry were looking at options to relocate the fabrication work for future AW159 helicopters orders – the export version of the Wildcat helicopters already in service with the British Army and Royal Navy – overseas
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
Global Komited Sdn Bhd signed a teaming agreement with Finmeccanica for the promotion, marketing and distribution of AW159 naval helicopters to the Malaysian government at Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference (DSA) 2016 on Wednesday. This partnership sets out to fulfill Royal Malaysian Navys Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) requirements, leveraging on Global Komiteds capabilities and reputation regionally as a defense contracting and engineering company along with the AW159s established credentials as the best medium ASW helicopter in the world
Finmeccanica has won a contract to provide two AgustaWestland AW 159 helicopters worth over 100 million euros to the Philippine Navy. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Divisions Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018
The UK Royal Marines have flight tested the new Wildcats of the Commando Helicopter Force for the first time in Norway. Four Wildcats from 847 Naval Air Squadron have spent six weeks contending with temperatures down to 30 below zero, snow storms and high winds, The UK Royal Navy said in a statement Thursday
The low maintenance rate of Malaysian air force Russian fighter jets were partly due to insufficient operating funds, the air force has said. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was responding to a statement made by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in Parliament on Tuesday (July 31) that only four of the 18 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets bought by the previous administration in 2007 could fly, with the rest sent in for repairs,
Leonardo has been selected by Italian ENAV as its industrial partner for the development of an air traffic control system for unmanned aircraft and for the provision of related services. ENAV will set up a new company for the development of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management (UTM) system and the provision of related services, including technical maintenance
Malaysias newly formed government will conduct its own internal probe and audit in regard to defense spending under the previous administration, the new Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu has said. “We will investigate
Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more
The Malaysian Ministry of Defense announced the acquisition of 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems for the Army Forces during one of the largest defense services exhibition in Asia, DSA&NATSEC 2018. This 3-year contract will start by November 2019 with the first delivery of 6 light guns and the last delivery is due to take place in February 2020
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