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)
Zimbabwe and Italy yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on three years of cooperation that will enable the African country manufacture cars locally, and value addition in natural resources.Speaking after a meeting held in the capital Harare yesterday, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha said that the vehicle would be a prototype, adding that there was no name yet for the brand.Bimha disclosed that the Italian consul to Zimbabwe George El Badaoui had visited Willowvale Mazda Industries to assess the infrastructure currently in place.Badaoui said that the cooperation was on technology and technical knowhow transfer. He said that the ideas that the company was bringing were part of the investment.Bimha also signed an MoU on the setting up of an outlet to prepare food items that were produced at the Milan 2015 Expo such as Croco Savana burgers within Victoria Falls Airport.The minister said that his ministry was working with the relevant government offices, and that the MoU would be submitted through the relevant processes.
The Pride of Rivers ran away 4-0 winners on aggregate and now face the potentially extremely difficult task of stopping Sudanese club, Al-Merreikh, a side making its 19th appearance in Africa’s premiere club competition, from reaching the group stage.Eguma is calm and tranquil about the task at hand but predicts that his charges cannot only just topple the 16-time Sudanese champions but also go all the way in the competition this year.“The Champions League is a very big stage and we know that tougher opponents lie in wait.“Our ambition is to win the competition and that is (also) the ambition of the sponsors for the football club (the Rivers State Government).“We have crossed the first hurdle and we know there are more hurdles for us to cross in future.“This is the time for extreme hard work and mapping out of strategies.“The players have to lift their game too because the farther we progress the more difficult it is expected to be.“Al-Merriekh will be more difficult than AS Real Bamako and we are ready to work to get the win,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.Eguma’s side had struggled for goals in previous matches before eventually coming good with four strikes against Real on Sunday.The experienced gaffer said he was always confident the goals would come.“Scoring goals had always been our problem. The boys had been jittery mainly because most of them were playing in Port Harcourt for the first time and it was difficult for them to contain the pressure.“Scoring four times against AS Real Bamako will give them a lot of confidence going forward.“I am sure that with time, scoring goals will be a thing of the past for us,” he said.Rivers United will now return to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) duty today when they face former champions, Kano Pillars in Port Harcourt in a rescheduled game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Technical Manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma, believes his side can tear the form books to shreds and emerge champions of the 2017 CAF Champions League.Debutants, United were heavy underdogs in their preliminary round tie against Malian side, AS Real Bamako who were making their seventh appearance in the competition but pulled the chestnut out of the fire with a convincing win.