C4iSR: Air

Crowsnest ASaC manufacture contract confirmed

17 January 2017

Key Points

  • Crowsnest will use an updated and improved version of the Thales Cerberus mission suite and Searchwater radar
  • New Merlin-based system will replace the RN's SKASaC when it goes out of service in late 2018

Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems is to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability under a GBP269 million (USD327.6 million) Demonstration and Manufacture (D&M) contract announced on 16 January.

The contract, awarded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late November 2016, covers the production of Crowsnest radar/mission system kits, modifications to existing Merlin HM.2 helicopters, training, and initial support.

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