SELEX Galileo, of Finmeccanica, will provide the Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) as part of the £300 million upgrade programme for 28 of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters.
The upgrade, based on technology in the combat proven HIDAS system, will include a separate DAS controller and multi-function colour display which will warn crews of threats, increase situational awareness and will have the ability to record mission data for post-flight analysis.
The DAS Controller, also known as the Aircraft Gateway Processor (AGP), has received commendation when variations of the system were installed as a UOR on the RAF Chinook helicopter fleet and after its selection for AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters operated by the U.S. Army and export customers. A key part in the success of the AGP has been its ease of installation, operating software and the ability to integrate different sensors regardless of origin.
This latest contract contributes to SELEX Galileo’s leading portfolio in Electronic Warfare systems, which also includes the protection suite for the Eurofighter Typhoon, HIDAS and Aircraft Gateway Processor (AGP) which are all currently being offered to a number of international customers.