The UK MoD has greenlighted the start of manufacturing for the Royal Navy's Crowsnest AEW system, after awarding prime contractor Lockheed Martin a £269m contract.

The AEW system, designed to protect the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and based on an updated Cerberus tactical system fitted to the current Sea King ASaC7, will equip Merlin HM2s which will replace the Sea Kings after they retire from service in 2018.   

News team
19 January 2017