Fort Worth, Texas-based Rotorcraft Services Group, Inc (RSG) announced yesterday, April 13, that it has signed a teaming agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for the development and integration of an advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite for the Airbus AS565MBe Panther helicopter. The integrated mission equipment suite will include L-3 Ocean Systems DS-100 Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) and Raytheon Mk 46 or Whitehead A244/S lightweight torpedo launching system. The system’s modular design will allow the multirole ASW helicopter to be quickly reconfigured for non-combat roles, including Maritime Surveillance, Search and Rescue, MEDEVAC, Utility and External Cargo Lift operations.
“We look forward to leveraging our company’s unique blend of expertise, customer commitment and drive for innovation to deliver the most advanced and cost effective ASW platform for the Indonesian Armed Forces in partnership with PTDI, L-3 Oceans systems and Airbus Helicopters ” said Fida Waishek, President of RSG AeroDesign. “The HELRAS has been demonstrated through numerous NATO naval exercises to be the highest performance helicopter dipping sonar in the world for both shallow and deep water operations. The low frequency system uses high resolution Doppler processing and long shaped pulses to detect submarines at very long range and near-zero Doppler target signal.” In addition to its long-range surveillance and search capabilities, the DS-100 is well-suited to redetection, target localization and weapon delivery against deep and shallow water targets.
Airbus Helicopters announced on November 5, 2014, that the Indonesian Navy had signed a contract for eleven AS565MBes. After being supplied as green’ airframes to PTDI, the Ondonesian company will then outfit them with the mission equipment in-country before delivery to the Indonesian Navy. Alan Warnes