RoK Navy drops MH-60R selects Wildcat

The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat has beaten the Sikorsky MH-60R to win a $567 million contract from South Korea’s navy.  South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) said it would buy eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters from AgustaWestland over two years starting 2015.  A spokesman said the price tag also includes the transfer of technology and extra equipment.

This also marks the first export order for the AW 159 Wildcat.  The UK MOD has contracted AgustaWestland for 34 Wildcat AH1s for the Army Air Corps, six have been delivered so far, and 28 navalised HMA1s for the Fleet Air Arm with first delivery expected this year.

The Wildcat is equipped with a sophisticated suite of mission sensors, including, Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar; Active Dipping Sonar (ADS) for the naval variant; Electro Optical Device (EOD) for imaging and target designation; Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and an integrated Defence Aids Suite (DAS).  It can also be armed with a machine gun.
On January 1 (see January 2 – Rok Navy opts for MH-60Rs) the Korean Herald newspaper reported that wholesale nfl jerseys China the RoKN had selected the MH-60R Seahawk but the US-made helicopter that was competing with the Wildcat has been disqualified mainly because it could not meet the price set by South Korea, officials said.
According to AirForces Intelligence, the RoK Navy currently operates eleven Lynx Mk 99s and 12 Lynx Mk 99As, that have been operational since August 1990 and September 1999 respectively.  Alan Warnes

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