L-3 WESCAM se­lected to pro­vide RDAF with MX™-15 imag­ing tur­rets

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

L-3 WESCAM has an­nounced that it has re­ceived an ac­qui­si­tion and sus­tain­ment con­tract from the Dan­ish De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion and Lo­gis­tics Or­ga­ni­za­tion (DALO) to pro­vide a min­i­mum of eightMX™-15 elec­tro-op­ti­cal and in­frared (EO/IR) imag­ing sys­tems for the Royal Dan­ish Air Force’s (RDAF) EH101® air­craft. Sys­tem de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to be com­plete by 2014.

In­stal­la­tion of the tur­rets will be done by DALO, while cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­fig­u­ra­tion man­age­ment will be pro­vided by Agus­taWest­land. The newly equipped EH101s will then be de­ployed to the RDAF’s 722 Squadron in sup­port of RDAF tac­ti­cal troop trans­port (TTT) op­er­a­tions, train­ing ex­er­cises within Den­mark and pos­si­ble fu­ture use in mis­sion theatres glob­ally. Main­te­nance of the MX-15 sys­tems will be per­formed by DALO at its ex­ist­ing main­te­nance fa­cil­ity in Fred­erik­shavn, Den­mark.

“This or­der pairs the most mod­ern TTT-he­li­copter with an ad­vanced EO/IR sen­sor suite that pro­vides cru­cial day/night-imag­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties for a broad range of mis­sions,” said Paul Jen­ni­son, vice pres­i­dent of govern­ment sales and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for L-3 WESCAM. “We are proud to be se­lected as a con­trib­u­tor to this im­por­tant fleet en­hance­ment pro­gramme and are look­ing for­ward to a long and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with the RDAF, DALO and Agus­taWest­land.”

The MX-15 sys­tem has been en­gi­neered as a sin­gle­line re­place­ment unit so­lu­tion, which re­duces in­stal­la­tion-weight by 25 per cent and in­creases much-needed cabin space for trans­port­ing equip­ment, evac­uees and per­son­nel.

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