General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK has been awarded a contract by Leonardo Helicopters (previously AgustaWestland Limited) to update the Stores Management Systems (SMS) aboard Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters.
The SMS update will introduce new functionality to control two new missile types, previously known as Future Air to Surface Guided Weapon(FASGW)These missile types are the Sea Venom from MBDA and the Martlet from Thales..
General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK will deliver initial software releases in early 2017 for rig testing at the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Yeovil, England, before flight testing commences later in the year. Missile firing trials and full helicopter clearance testing will continue through 2018 and 2019.
Steve Rowbotham, vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK, said: “This contract continues the successful long-term collaborative relationship between General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK and Leonardo Helicopters. We have extensive experience in the delivery of cutting-edge electronic systems for fixed-wing and rotary craft, and recognised worldwide as a leader in installing the latest capability onboard in-service and future platforms.”
General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK is a key provider of technology onto Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and the UK AW159 Lynx Wildcat and AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopter platforms. The company has more than 50 years of experience providing advanced electronic solutions for the air, maritime and land markets.