SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems2007-02-20 14:41:55

SELEX S&AS Awarded Multi-Million Pound Future Lynx Contract for World Leading E-Scan Surveillance Radar

SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (SELEX S&AS), a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide the multi-mode e-scan surveillance radar for the MoD's "Future Lynx� helicopter programme.

The £20M contract will see the SELEX S&AS Seaspray 7000E radar, which has the latest Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar technology, installed on the Royal Navy's Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR), a variant of the Future Lynx helicopter

SELEX S&AS has developed and tested a whole range of customer-specific systems for fire control and surveillance applications for use worldwide in fighters, helicopters, transport and UAVs. AESA radars are proven to be more reliable than older mechanically scanned radars leading to greater availability, better mission success and lower life cycle costs. Moreover, they have greater performance in both air to air and air to surface roles. Radar systems which employ AESA technology are becoming the de-facto standard for the primary sensor on advanced aircraft.

This latest AESA radar win builds on the contract awarded by Lockheed Martin for the Common Processor for the Blue Kestrel radar on the Royal Navy's Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus (MCSP) programme. This standardisation allows the significant benefits of coherent system acquisition to be achieved across the Royal Navy helicopter fleet - both operational and value for money.

Nick Franks, SELEX S&AS UK Managing Director said: "We are delighted to support this important future MoD helicopter programme. SELEX S&AS believes that the future lies in AESA radar systems and has invested heavily in developing the most advanced electronic scanning systems in the world. These systems are leading edge but they are also proven to be reliable and the technology is recognised as low risk - giving customers the confidence of knowing that they are above all dependable. The advantages of our AESA technology are now being recognised by customers on both sides of the Atlantic and we really believe that the future for radar is AESA.�

The Future Lynx design is a development of the existing Lynx helicopter, which is in service with the Royal Navy and British Army and many other international operators. It incorporates an improved airframe, new engines and a modern avionics suite.

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