BASILDON, England, July 30 (UPI) -- Royal Air force MK2 Puma helicopters are to be equipped with a radar warning system from Finmeccanica - Selex ES.
The SG200-D radar warning receivers from the company are worth about $29.6 million and are being provided under a contract issued by Britain's Ministry of Defense.
"Our selection of Finmeccanica - Selex ES's SG200-D Radar Warning Receiver means that the RAF's Puma Mk2 aircraft will continue to be some of the best protected in the world," said Air Commodore Richard Mason, Capability Director, Joint Helicopter Command.
"With this contract to replace the legacy Radar Warning Receiver, we have taken a significant step towards upgrading our aircraft, thereby ensuring that we are able to counter both current and future threats."
Finmeccanica – Selex ES describes its SG200-D as a Britain-specific product from its SEER system product line to detect and identify emitters in high-density and complex radar environments.
Under the contract, the company will deliver an unspecified number of systems for installation on operational helicopters and for training and several sets of "A-kit" equipment -- the antennas and cockpit control equipment needed to quickly install the full system as a helicopter switches over from a training to operational environment.
Britain currently operates 24 Puma helicopters.