The U.K. is now undergoing flight trials of the Merlin Mk2, an upgrade of its anti-submarine warfare helo. With video.

by Robert Wall at 1/14/2011
The U.K. is now undergoing flight trials of the Merlin Mk2, an upgrade of its anti-submarine warfare helo.

The service will get 30 updated helos, with upgraded radar and acoustic performance, although the core of the program is to deal with obsolescence and stretch service life until at least 2029.

Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor, and AgustaWestland, the platform provider, released a video of the Mk2. Here are excerpts showing the airframe, but also the new cockpit and mission station:

 

 

The cockpit and workstations feature touch screens and have been redesigned to make on-board operations easier. The refurbishment also cuts weight.

The helo is to reach full operational capability in 2014.

 

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