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August 2, 2015

Selex to deliver radar warning capability for UK’s Puma helicopters

The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Finmeccanica-Selex to deliver an ongoing radar warning capability for the Royal Air Force's Puma helicopter fleet.

By Samseer M

Puma helicopter

The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Finmeccanica-Selex to provide an ongoing radar warning capability for the Royal Air Force’s Puma helicopter fleet.

Under the €27m contract, Selex will supply its SG200-D radar warning receiver (SG200-D RWR).

Joint Helicopter Command capability director air commodore Richard Mason said: "Our selection of Finmeccanica-Selex ES’s SG200-D Radar Warning Receiver means that the RAF’s Puma Mk2 aircraft will continue to be some of the best protected in the world.

"With this contract to replace the legacy Radar Warning Receiver, we have taken a significant step towards upgrading our aircraft, thereby ensuring that we are able to counter both current and future threats."

Part of Selex ES’s SEER system, SG200-D is an advanced digital Radar Warning Receiver that features self-protection equipment for detecting and identifying emitters in high density and complex radar environments.

The latest development will see the delivery of a number of full sets of SG200-D equipment to be equipped on navy’s Puma helicopters.

Moreover, the company will supply additional sets for spares and training and several sets of ‘A-kit’ equipment, including the antennas and cockpit control equipment.

"With this contract to replace the legacy Radar Warning Receiver, we have taken a significant step towards upgrading our aircraft, thereby ensuring that we are able to counter both current and future threats."

The additional deliveries are intended to be used as the helicopter switches over from training to operational environment, the company stated.

Currently, the UK Apache helicopters feature Selex’s helicopter integrated defensive aid system (HIDAS), and an integrated DAS for the RAF’s entire Chinook helicopter fleet.

Recently, Qatar’s Armed Forces selected Selex to provide air surveillance and a defence system to secure the country’s airspace.

The contract will see Selex delivering a system composed of a network of Kronos radars and associated command and control centres.


Image: Selex’s SG200-D RWR detects and identifies emitters in high density and complex radar environments. Photo: courtesy of Selex ES S.p.A.

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