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UK Defence Procurement announced an order with AgustaWestland under for the Future Lynx. The contract is expected to cost in the region of £1 billion and allows for the firm provision of 70 aircraft plus options for an additional 10, of these 30 aircraft and 5 options are for the Royal Navy and the remainder for the Army.  The helicopters entered service with the Army in 2012, and Navy will deploy them in 2014.


In August 2006 it was formally revealed that MoD was considering a turnkey lease of civil-owned, military-registered helicopters to replace its fleet of RN Sea Kings and RAF Pumas.  The UK Defence  Procurement Agency announced that it was seeking expressions of interest from industry for the potential provision, under operating lease terms, of a number of Civil Owned Military Registered (COMR) medium-sized helicopters for UK Forces together with associated training and support        
services.  The proposed contract period is envisaged to be 10 years.



The solution should be capable of worldwide deployment for extended periods of operation.  The contractor is expected routinely to provide for approximately 23 concurrent helicopter tasks, available at any time of day and consuming up to 13,500 flying hours per annum. The DPA is also interested in exploring the possibility of extending this to include elements of our Littoral Manoeuvre capability which, if pursued, would seek to provide for an additional 18 concurrent helicopter tasks   consuming up to an additional 16,000 flying hours per annum after  2011/12.  Contract tenders are in excess of £400 million. However the DPA said that it also plans to explore, in parallel, options to extend the in-service life of existing Puma and Sea King helicopters which, if adopted, will mitigate requirements of the COMR services.


In addition to COMR, the MOD will continue to look for a long term  solution to the "land medium-helilift portion of the Future Rotorcraft Capability programme with a decision now expected around
2013-2014.  In June 2006 - at the time of the FLynx order - AgustaWestland  announced the development of the 7-8 tonnes AW149 helicopter. A military derivative of the A139 is to be developed mostly in the UK but with mostly Italian government money, although some funding is expected from the UK government.  The AW149 will be a smaller but cheaper alternative to the Merlin HC.3+, Sikorsky S-92, and even the NH90 - able to carry 12-15  soldiers or 3 tonnes of cargo.

 
 

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The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Selex ES to develop and deliver Titan 385ES-HD enhanced stability high-definition  turrets in support of the German Navy Sea Lynx Mk88A  helicopters. Under the €5m contract, Selex will deliver the  turrets for installation
onboard Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters to enhance  surveillance capabilities at night and in poor visibility conditions for German Navy pilots.


Combining  high-performance sensors into a single line replaceable unit (LRU) solution, the Titan 385ES multi-sensor turret system is designed to meet current operational airborne observation, surveillance and  reconnaissance requirements. The turret payload comprises a  cooled, high-definition thermal imaging camera, in addition to cameras  for uncooled thermal imaging camera and low-level light. Fitted  with an embedded auto-tracker, Titan 385ES is capable of operating on any of the imaging sensor channels, and can provide forward-looking IR capabilities for the Lynx helicopter.


The German Navy is upgrading seven Lynx Mk88A helicopters to naval Super Lynx, which are  capable of conducting anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare,  search-and-rescue and utility operations. Each helicopter features an L-3 Communications AN/AQS-18 active dipping sonar, Sea Skua  all-weather anti-ship missile, and Seaspray Mark 3000 alongside accommodating a range of depth charges, and Selex is scheduled to deliver the first 385ES-HD turret.

 
 

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The Bell 210 helicopter satisfies the Army's requirement for a Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). There are many missions now supported by the US Army with assets that are marked for reduction that the  Bell 210 could more economically perform. Starting with a refurbished UH-1H fuselage, Bell Helicopter adds main rotor hub and blades, tail rotor,  main and tail rotor support structure, transmission, rotating controls, and tail boom components. A Certified Honeywell T-53-517B engine provides a zero-time certified single engine medium utility helicopter. 


The Bell 210 is a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) helicopter that will  operate for less than $650
per hour, thus allowing the Army to unburden  itself of logistics and engineering overhead management by taking  advantage of Bell support in spares,  manuals, and tech support similar to the TH-67 programme. The Bell 210 comes with a commercial products  warranty and a significant reduction in operating costs. Cost of the  Bell 210 will be approximately $3 million. A comparable
Huey-sized  off-the-shelf commercial aircraft would cost approximately $5 million with a
useful load that is 640 lbs higher than the UH-1H.

 
 

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The Armed Aerial Scout programme replaces the previous Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter programme. An analysis of alternatives is underway and a Request for Proposals is planned to be issued in 2014. The U.S. Army had until December 2012 to decide whether to proceed with the
programme. Army officials decided to proceed with the Armed Aerial Scout program to acquire a new scout helicopter. In January 2013, the Army began redrafting the presentation before they decide  move ahead with a competition w/ request for more data from the voluntary flight demonstrations done on  helicopter entries, as well as taking into account the pace of other  technologies, such as unmanned capabilities and future sensors.


The Army has concluded that its decision for the AAS program will  result in either
a new development effort or a service life-extension  program (SLEP) for the OH-58F Kiowa. Evaluations of commercial off-the-shelf designs were made from voluntary flight demonstrations in 2012. The five candidates included the OH-58 Block II, AH6i, AAS-72X/X+, MD 540F and AW139M used for demonstration, with AW169 AAS offered as a candidate. The Sikorsky S-97 Raider was offered, but no prototype was available for demonstration.



Army  evaluations concluded that no current aircraft met requirements. A  decision on the Armed Aerial Scout program is expected in 2013. Boeing had attempted to stop MD Helicopters from offering its MD 540F in the programme, since it shared the same  airframe design as Boeing's AH-6. In July 2013, MD Helicopters was  allowed to continue to promote its offering in the programmme

 
 

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The F-16 has been a front-line fighter for the Air Force for more than 30 years, and SABR will keep it there for decades to come. Active electronically scanned array innovation deliver fifth generation fighter radar capability to the F-16. SABR will provide F-16s unprecedented operational capability, greater reliability and viability in threat environments beyond 2025.


The conclusion of the AESA radar competition marks the next chapter in Fighting Falcon development.  Next generation radar will  deliver unprecedented capabilities to the most widely used 4th  generation fighter ever flown. Northrop Grumman's newest airborne fire control radar, SABR is an affordable, multifunction AESA radar designed for low risk retrofit in  current F-16s and is scalable for integration in other aircraft. SABR  provides improved situational awareness, greater detection,  high-resolution SAR maps, automatic target cueing, electronic  protection, interleaved air-to-air and air-to-surface mode operations, and precision strike capability.


SABR's affordability, proven performance, and low risk make it a goodchoice as the baseline AESA radar for new F-16 production  aircraft and upgrades. Other AESA radars currently flying on the Block 60 F-16, F-22 and F-35 Lightning II.

 
 

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With the Ka-52 now in Russian army service and being touted for export,  the design bureau is busy working on a maritime version for the Russian Navy  Kamov has designed side-by-side seating for the Ka-52, promoting crew coordination. In its Russian army version,the Ka-52 has a weapons suite including 9K120 Ataka and 9K121 Vikhr-1 missiles. It has a 2A42 30mm cannon and the ability to carry S-8 80mm unguided rockets. It can also carry  Igla-S air-to-air missiles as part of the Strelets system.




The  helicopter is well protected with the President-S self-defense suite. Kamov is working on new weapons capability for the Russian Navy Ka-52K Kamov in line with NATO standards, bringing in foreign equipment. The Ka-52K is intended to serve from a variety of Russian navy vessels,  but primarily the two Mistral-class amphibious assault vessels that  Russia is buying from France. Ka-52K, will fly as soon as the French  deliver Mistral vessels.


 
 

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With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of  Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft.  A total of nine F-35s were delivered in a year's time, giving the DOD a total of 30
aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16 are operational aircraft  and 14 are test
planes.

To date, the F-35 program has focused on system development and fligh testing and most recently transitioning to low rate initial  production A critical threshold was reached with the LRIP 3  delivery. Four  aircraft were formally accepted, the first jets manufactured as part of Low Rate  Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 3. Three of the jets are F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL)  variants The 5th Generation fighters will  be used for pilot and maintenance training at the F-35 Integrated  Training Center.


The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct  variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air  Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV8-B Harrier for  the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of
fighters for at least nine other countries.

 
 

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The delays in signing for the PAAMS MoU delayed the remainder of the Horizon programme. The UK effectively put a hold on further progress by refusing to sign the Supplement 1 to the Project Horizon MoU until the three partners had reached agreement over PAAMS in that they should find a cost-effective technical solution that also met national work share arrangements.  The UK also had a desire to derive maximum long-term benefit from the radar for PAAMS and had reservations about the performance of EMPAR. Issues of work share, cost and competition complicated the final decisions over two major PAAMS subsystems - the Long-Range Radar [LRR] and vertical launch system [VLS].



Three MoUs were finally signed in March 1996.  They covered  the general rules governing the three partners' collaborative effort for overall development and production of the PAAMS programmethe PAAMS Full Scale Engineering Development Initial Production Phase [PAAMS MoU Supplement 1] and a supplement to the Horizon programme covering the design definition phase [CNGF Programme MoU Supplement].



As the programme continued, problems continued to arise.  There were disagreements in early 1997 over the type of vertical launch system to be employed.  The French and Italians favoured the Franco-Italian Sylver A50 developed by DCN and Alenia, and licensed by BAe Dynamics.  The UK however, had shifted to support the Mk 41, supplied by Lockheed-Martin, which
would allow the installation of US SM-3 based theatre missile defence missiles. The UK had also been refusing to negotiate a full-scale engineering development and initial production contract for PAAMS on the terms that had been offered by industry to the PPO, and had resisted moves by France and Italy to relax the PAAMS performance specification set out in the original agreement.  





 
 

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The replacement of the long-serving Lynx helicopter as the air power of the Royal Navy’s destroyers, some of her frigates also operating the Merlin, and whichever warship or Royal Fleet Auxiliary requires an aircraft for its global mission. Wildcat carried out deck landing trials at sea on RFA Argus and HMS Iron Duke as test pilots, specialist engineers and technicians noted the
helicopter’s flight characteristics to help them set the limits so it can be safely operated at sea by the Fleet Air Arm.


Although Wildcat looks very similar to a Lynx the two are very different. The new aircraft has more powerful engines – giving the pilot around one third more power than its predecessor – and new avionics w/ four large colour display cockpits, replacing dials and screens of the old fleet. In  addition to Sting Ray torpedoes, and a .5in M3M machine-gun mounted by the side door it has new light and heavy versions of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon – the next-generation missile for use against targets at sea and on land.