Tag Helicopters

CROWSNEST Contract

The Demonstration and Manufacture contract for CROWSNEST has been confirmed. Lockheed Martin UK Ltd Merlin MK 2 Helicopter — Crowsnest Demonstration and Manufacture. Anti submarine warfare helicopters. Merlin Crowsnest — Modification and provision of Airborne Surveillance and Control role fit…

Landing Legs

DARPA never fail to impress, their latest is right out of a Sci-Fi movie, landing legs for helicopters. Helicopters are incredibly maneuverable in the air, but during landing and takeoff their traditional skid- and wheel-based landing gear requires stable, flat…

Royal Navy CROWSNEST Decision

In what I think is the first post-election major project announcement the MoD have today confirmed that an updated Thales Cerberus system has been selected for the CROWSNEST requirement that will deliver an airborne surveillance system to protect the Queen Elizabeth…

The AirTEP

The Tactical Extraction Platform from Escape International in France is designed to carry up to 10 personnel, providing facilities for them to be rapidly extracted. It has found some success with rescue organisations, especially those involved with forest fire fighting.…

Royal Navy Exercise Deep Blue

Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and Stingray torpedo
In June 2014, the Royal Navy’s new Merlin Mk2 helicopters took part in Exercise Deep Blue, off the south coast of England. The anti-submarine warfare exercise was designed to test the helicopters which were recently upgraded by Lockheed Martin UK through the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme

The Silent Knight Radar

I was reading about the RAF’s HC5’s earlier this week (aka, the Worlds Most Expensive Chinooks TM) comparing them to the US MH-47G Special Operations Chinook’s and one thing that struck me as a large difference was the Raytheon APQ-174/186 Multi-Mode…