Tag Helicopters

RAF Puma HC2

RAF Puma HC2

It is perhaps quite easy to forget just how long the Puma helicopter has been in service with the RAF. After over 40 years of service (since 1971) the Puma 2 or HC2 upgrade programme (Puma Life Extension Programme) will…

The EXINT Pod

Someone, somewhere, somehow, thought this was a good idea! It is not an April Fools joke A different age perhaps and I wonder if they were ever used operationally? The EXINT Man Carrying Pod was designed by a British company…

Apache Longbow Support Contract

Apache Helicopter

The MoD (via Agusta Westland) has awarded a $96m contract to Longbow International for the support of the Apache AH Mk1 fire control radars out to 2019 i.e. 5 years. $20m per year, or £12m. [browser-shot width=”600″ url=”;] Not cheap…

Merlin HM2 – Plus £30m

Something in this weeks contract news caught my eye. We know the Royal Navy Merlin fleet is getting an upgrade to HM2 standard and I have commented before that this did not include an electro optical turret or DAS, Lockheed…