EH-101 helicopter

L-3 Wescam has been awarded a contract for supply of its MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF).

Awarded by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), the unspecified contract covers delivery of eight MX-15 for installation on RDAF’s EH101 Merlin medium-lift helicopter.

DALO will perform the turrets installation, whereas certification and configuration management is scheduled to be provided by the helicopter manufacturer, AgustaWestland.

The organisation will also conduct maintenance of the systems at its existing maintenance facility in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

L-3 Wescam government sales and business development vice-president Paul Jennison said the EO/IR sensor suite delivers crucial day/night imaging capabilities for a wide range of missions.

The MX-15-fitted EH101s are scheduled to be operated by the RDAF’s 722 Squadron in support of the service’s tactical troop transport (TTT) operations, training exercises within the country, and possibly for future use in mission theatres worldwide.

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The MX-15 is a multi-sensor, multi-spectral targeting system primarily designed for medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) and target designation missions.

"The system is capable of providing increased visual range and wider fields-of-view compared to legacy standard-definition cameras."

Fitted with a zoom TV, high-magnification spotter TV and two laser sensors, the system is capable of providing increased visual range and wider fields-of-view compared to legacy standard-definition cameras.

Additional equipment includes an MX-GEO Gen. 3 suite comprising GEO-Scan, GEO-Tracking and Adaptive-GEO technologies, which offers maximum geographic location accuracy, while reducing operator workload in demanding and stressful operations.

Manufactured as a single line replacement unit solution, the imager also lowers installation weight by 25% and increases cabin space for equipment, evacuees and personnel transport.

Deliveries under the contract are anticipated for completion by 2014.

Around 14 EH101 helicopters are currently operational with RDAF, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database.

Image: A Royal Danish Air Force’s EH-101 helicopter during its flight. Photo: courtesy of Stave.

Defence Technology