Euro­copter pitches Pan­ther for Naval Util­ity He­li­copter

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The re­cently floated Naval Util­ity He­li­copter (NUH) pro­gramme is likely to be fought closely, with as many as five chop­pers that fit the bill and expected to throw their hat in the ring. Euro­copter, cur­rently await­ing a de­ci­sion on In­dia’s re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance he­li­copter (RSH) com­pe­ti­tion for 197 he­li­copters for the IAF and Army, will be pitch­ing its AS565 MB Pan­ther for the NUH bid. The AS565 MB Pan­ther is the mil­i­tary ver­sion of Euro­copter’s multi-role, twin-engine Dauphin fam­ily – whose largest civil­ian op­er­a­tor is Pawan Hans He­li­copters Ltd. The mis­sion equip­ment and sys­tems in­te­grated on these ro­tor­craft in­clude anti-ship mis­siles, search tor­pe­does, sur­veil­lance and weather radars, elec­tro op­ti­cal sys­tem (EOS) with FLIR & TV sen­sors as­so­ci­ated with laser range finder, glass cock­pits.

With night vi­sion gog­gle com­pat­i­bil­ity, a Link II data link that cou­ples the he­li­copters’ sen­sors to ship­board mis­sion sys­tems, as well as coun­ter­mea­sures suites with mis­sile/radar/laser warn­ing re­ceivers and chaff & flare dis­pensers.

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