VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK)

first_img 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) last_img read more

Big games will test Saints – Shaw

first_img Saints are third in the standings after their best-ever start to a top-flight season, even trumping the 1983-84 campaign in which they finished runners-up. Mauricio Pochettino’s side boast the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League and are unbeaten in eight matches, although those records will come under pressure after the international break. “But we knew when we play at our ground that we take full control and I think we did that. Obviously in the first half I was told to stay back a bit because sometimes when we lost the ball my space was free. “But in the second half they went down to 10 men and it allowed me to get forward more.” That did not mean Shaw was not bombing down the left in the first half, though – in fact, it was the left-back’s venomous strike that saw Saido Berahino net his first goal of the night. The full-back’s effort was destined for the bottom corner until a fine reaction save, meaning his wait for a goal for club and country continues. “Obviously we have got San Marino on Tuesday so you never know what might happen then,” Shaw said. “But I hope (my first goal) will be for Saints. I want to score at home.” Luke Shaw believes positive results from the upcoming trips to Arsenal and Chelsea will show Southampton can maintain their challenge at the top. Southampton return to action in a top-of-the-table clash at leaders Arsenal, before returning to London to take on Chelsea the following weekend – matches that Shaw knows will prove Saints’ mettle. “The next two games we have got coming up will show whereabouts we are and whether we can challenge for the top,” the highly-rated left-back said. “If you take points from there, you know you are doing well. “It is two of the biggest clubs in the league and hopefully we are going to go there positive to pick up points.” Collecting points in the capital would be an impressive feat, but Shaw’s immediate attention is on representing his country. The 18-year-old is currently on duty with the England Under-21s and put in an outstanding performance on Thursday evening as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Finland 3-0 in Milton Keynes. “It was very dominant,” Shaw said of the manner of victory. “We knew from when we played them out in Finland that it was going to be a hard game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse basketball signee Matthew Moyer makes trek from Ohio to St. Louis for NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman ST. LOUIS – A surprised look crossed Jim Boeheim’s face when he heard “Coach!” yelled from the first row of the stands at the Scottrade Center 20 feet from where he stood. He pointed quickly as if to say “I’ll be there in a minute,” and finished posing for pictures with the cluster of Syracuse fans near the court before making his way over to Matthew Moyer, the Class of 2016 Syracuse signee who was in attendance at the Orange’s open practice on Thursday afternoon.Moyer lives in Columbus, Ohio and made the six and a half hour drive to St. Louis early Thursday morning to watch his future team run through its typical practice routine, but this time with music blaring through the speakers, fans dotting the arena and an NCAA Tournament game against Dayton less than 24 hours away.When the 68-team field was announced last Sunday, the Moyers figured St. Louis was a feasible distance from home. Moyer’s high school season at the South Kent (Connecticut) School is over and he was home on break. So his mother, Annette, was sold on the trek to spend two days watching her son’s future team practice before facing the seventh-seeded Flyers on Friday at 11:15 a.m. local time.“To see the school that I’m going to in the Tournament is just a plus,” Moyer said.Annette gets drowsy at the wheel when she has to drive for more than two hours, she said, so she made her son drive the entire trip. Moyer said the venture started at 5 a.m. before Annette chimed in from two seats away, visibly drained as she leaned back against her chair and interjected with, “4 (a.m.)…four.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo days ago, the 6-foot-8 forward had his wisdom teeth removed and he was semi-delirious in the aftermath of the procedure. His cheeks were still slightly bloated on Thursday, and her son’s own drowsiness was Annette’s only concern when handing the wheel over for the entire six and a half hours.“I mean I was nervous,” she said laughing, before confirming that her son assured her that he’d be able to complete the trip before they took off.Moyer wore a Syracuse sweatsuit behind the Orange’s bench while heckling Boeheim’s youngest son, Buddy, as he dribbled a ball off his foot. The ball rolled away and the two exchanged laughs. SU equipment manager Dan Shworles walked over and asked Moyer his desired number for next year (three) and shoe size (15).Sophomore Kaleb Joseph gave Moyer a wink as he ran by during drills. Freshman Tyler Lydon, who played in the same prep school league as Moyer did this year, spoke highly of the forward whose skill set closely resembles his own.Moyer marveled at Trevor Cooney 3-point-shooting potential during a drill and analyzed Syracuse’s chances this weekend, preparing himself for the only game he’ll be able to see before heading back home.“I haven’t been to many Tournament games in my life,” Moyer said.On Thursday morning, Moyer was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut, which Boeheim congratulated him for after hugging Annette and giving Moyer a firm handshake when he greeted them courtside.Boeheim then made his way onto the court to oversee his team, one that Moyer may be watching on college basketball’s biggest stage one last time before being a part of it himself. Commentslast_img read more