Hastings, England - General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters.

This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations. The mission system equipment that will be delivered by General Dynamics UK includes a Tactical Processing System and Secure Data Recorder, which will provide increased performance and capability on board the helicopters.

General Dynamics UK is a world-leading provider of Tactical Processing Systems, which integrates a diverse range of sensor and application information for display in the cockpit, encrypted data storage and tactical data link capability.The company’s Tactical Processing System is currently installed on the UK and export variants of the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

The Secure Data Recorder provides an accredited security solution that allows a user operating in unfriendly environments to safely record and store data for further use. Qualified for manned and unmanned platforms operating in the air, on land and in maritime environments, the Secure Data Recorder enables the transfer of data on and off all types of platforms using an easily inserted encrypted memory cartridge. Typical data transfers include the uploading of mission and digital map data, along with the extraction of recorded data such as radar and electro-optical sensors, voice and data communications and tactical mission data.

Steve Rowbotham, chief operating officer at General Dynamics UK, said: “This contract continues the successful long-term collaborative relationship between General Dynamics UK and AgustaWestland.It is testament to the advanced mission systems provided by General Dynamics UK, which are currently installed on a range of fixed-wing and rotary platforms around the world.

“General Dynamics UK is a key provider of technology onto Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and the UK AW159 Lynx Wildcat platforms.The company has more than 50 years of experience providing advanced electronic solutions for the air, maritime and land markets.

About General Dynamics UK

General Dynamics United Kingdom (General Dynamics UK) has two primary lines of business:C4 systems and land vehicles.General Dynamics UK works in partnership with the United Kingdom MoD providing the nation’s primary land capabilities including, amongst others, Bowman, the British Armed Forces tactical communications programme, and the Specialist Vehicle (SV), the replacement for the British Army’s reconnaissance vehicle fleet.The company also delivers avionics equipment used in rotary and fixed wing platforms, highly integrated mission and video management systems, flexible stores management systems, data link processing and video and data recorders for UK and international customers.

General Dynamics is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia; more information about the company is available at www.generaldynamics.com.