Navy Royalty Initiates Replacements for Their Sea King Aircrafts

Posted on February 23, 2017 James Hinds aerospace news

As of October 2018, the U. Ks Royal fleet will have been replaced with an entirely new fleet. This new fleet will reoccupy the place of the Sikorsky Sea King Mk7s aircrafts that has been their primary aircrafts for quite some time. The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy has decided to replace their fleet with the Sikorsky Sea King Mk7s aircrafts following the retirement of the previous fleet scheduled in October 2018.

This project is said to have been due to an incoming $285 million USD that was recently received. There will be many providers to complete the requested tasks such as well-known companies such as Lockheed, Leonardo, and Thales. Lockheed has been appointed to “oversee” the entire replacement project. Leonardo has been assigned to adapt the airframes once installed. Thales will provide many other parts such as radars, sensors, computers, and consoles.

These new high tech Merlin Mk2s come loaded with innovative technology such as a radar dome on the side of the aircraft. Radars such as these have been placed for better overall surveillance providing a faster switch between “anti-submarine and airborne configurations.”

Merlin has been providing the UK Navy Aircrafts for decades commencing with the Merlin Mk1 naval version from the 1990s. Following with the replacement of the aircrafts, the Leonardo Merlin Mk2 was introduced in 2014 into their fleet. These air crafts have the availability to seat two pilots and 1 additional crew member. Like the Merlin series the Sikorsky Sea King is able to seat 3 members on board but has been said to be only be in need of 1 pilot and 2 cabin members. These aircrews will commence rigorous air training starting summer of 2019 from the 824 NAS at Culdrose near Helston, UK.

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