January 29, 2013 The first Wildcat attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset.The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance.The Wildcat HMA Mark 2 will carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted, 0.5-inch heavy machine gun and new light and heavy variants of the future anti-surface guided weapon missiles.Expected to perform a range of tasks once in service, the maritime Wildcat attack helicopter will be used in anti-surface warfare, force protection and counter-piracy. It will also be able to carry out an anti-submarine role.Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, said: As a ship-borne helicopter, Wildcat will provide commanders with a flexible attack capability which can be deployed to tackle a range of threats at sea and from the sea.With state-of-the-art sensors, equipment and weapons, it will be an outstanding asset that will maintain Royal Naval units at the cutting-edge of worldwide maritime operations.Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:The new maritime Wildcat attack helicopter is an excellent addition to the Royal Navy’s arsenal, providing it with greater firepower and a range of technological enhancements.The support and training contract with AgustaWestland is also good news for the local economy in Somerset, securing 500 highly skilled jobs in the defence sector.The MOD signed a £250 million contract with AgustaWestland last year to provide support and training for the Royal Navy and British Army’s 62-strong fleet of Wildcat helicopters.The Royal Navy will receive 28 maritime attack variant helicopters, which will begin operations across the globe from 2015 and replace the existing Lynx Mark 8.The following is a video showing AW159 Lynx Wildcat in action during sea trials in July 2012.The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat (previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat) is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter. The AW159 will serve in the battlefield utility, search and rescue and anti-surface warfare roles.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2013; Image: UK MoD View post tag: Wildcat View post tag: Naval VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK) View post tag: first View post tag: takes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Share this article View post tag: Sky View post tag: Navy View post tag: time Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK)
George Floyd’s family is reporting that an independent autopsy shows the Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his back and neck.Floyd was killed on Memorial Day Weekend after he produced a counterfeit $20 at a convenience store while trying to purchase cigarettes. An on duty clerk contacted the police about the incident and during his arrest, things turned for the worst. Several videos show an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes while he was laid on his stomach in handcuffs screaming I can’t breathe. From other angles of the video, two additional officers further restrained Floyd by kneeling on his back.The family ordered their own autopsy after the preliminary official autopsy ruled Floyd’s death little to do with the actions of the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and was caused by “being restrained, along with underlying health issues and potential intoxicants in his system. ”The family’s autopsy, however, found that the officer’s actions did contribute to his death.Derek Chauvin, the police officer who help his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, has since been charged with third-degree murder.The owner of the store where the incident occurred has since spoken about the incident stating that store video shows Floyd was not resisting arrest though they are unable to release it publicly and that the store stands with the family.