£269m Crowsnest Deal for Royal Navy
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announces £269M deal for Crowsnest system to protect new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.
The British Government has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin for the Crowsnest helicopter surveillence system to protect the UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Worth £269m, the deal is expected to sustain 200 highly skilled jobs in the UK.
Subcontractor Thales UK (Crawley) will provide the system, with Lockhead Martin (Havant) and Leonardo Helicopters (Yeovil) supporting integration into the Merlin MK2 helicopter fleet already in use with the Roal Navy.
Crowsnest is an updated and improved version of Cerberus, currently fitted to the Sea King MK7 helicopter, featuring a single radar head with 360 degree coverage.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said:
Crowsnest will provide a vital intelligence, surveillance and tracking system for our new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, capable of detecting any potential threats at sea.
Backed by our rising Defence budget, and our £178 billion equipment plan, Crowsnest will help keep our Armed Forces safe as they deploy in every ocean around the world for decades to come.
Photos: A visit, board, search and seizure team from HMS Monmouth (F 235) performs a fast-rope insertion on the flight deck of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) via Monmouth’s EH-101 Merlin helicopter while at sea Sept. 8, 2007 (U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Alexis M. Diaz) (Released); Crowsnest (Crown Copyright).