Selex to supply Titan turrets for German Navy’s Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters

23 June 2013 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2013 18:30)

The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Selex ES to develop and deliver Titan 385ES-HD enhanced stability high-definition turrets in support of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine) Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters.

Lynx Mk88A helicopter

The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Selex ES to develop and deliver Titan 385ES-HD enhanced stability high-definition turrets in support of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine) Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters.

Under the €5m contract, Selex will deliver the turrets for installation onboard Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters to enhance surveillance capabilities at night and in poor visibility conditions for German Navy pilots.

Selex ES Optronics & Communication Systems marketing vice-president Mark Byfield said: "The stabilised, high-definition image that the Titan provides can really give crews an edge when it comes to situational awareness."

Combining high-performance sensors into a single line replaceable unit (LRU) solution, the Titan 385ES multi-sensor turret system is designed to meet current operational airborne observation, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

The turret payload comprises a cooled, high-definition thermal imaging camera, in addition to cameras for uncooled thermal imaging camera and low-level light.

"The stabilised, high-definition image that the Titan provides can really give crews an edge when it comes to situational awareness."

Fitted with an embedded auto-tracker, Titan 385ES is capable of operating on any of the imaging sensor channels, and can provide forward-looking IR capabilities for the Lynx helicopter.

The German Navy is currently upgrading seven Lynx Mk88A helicopters to naval Super Lynx, which are capable of conducting anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, search-and-rescue and utility operations.

Each helicopter features an L-3 Communications AN/AQS-18 active dipping sonar, Sea Skua all-weather anti-ship missile, and Seaspray Mark 3000 alongside accommodating a range of depth charges.

Selex is scheduled to deliver the first 385ES-HD turret to the navy later this year.


Image: A German Navy's Lynx Mk88A helicopter stationed at a base. Photo: courtesy of Pajx.

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