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Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Please post movements and activities to do with RNAS Yeovilton and Merryfield here
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Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Judwin71 » Wed Jan 03, 2024 9:23 am

Slight change in heading, we are not expecting much activity this year.
Best Wishes
Keith

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) sightings 2023/24

Post by Judwin71 » Wed Jan 03, 2024 9:43 am

Sorry this is an error. I meant to delete the 2023 heading off the 2023 sightings.
Keith

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Judwin71 » Fri Jan 05, 2024 3:58 pm

Flying this morning as WHE02 Merlin HM1 ZH842.

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by jetranger2015 » Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:37 am

Judwin71 wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2024 9:23 am
Slight change in heading, we are not expecting much activity this year.
Best Wishes
Keith
Morning,
Out of interest to the above about activity, does anyone know ( and can say) what orders there are on the books at Yeovil for the next few years?
Many thanks in advance for any info.

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Professor_M » Tue Jan 09, 2024 10:02 am

jetranger2015 wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:37 am
Judwin71 wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2024 9:23 am
Slight change in heading, we are not expecting much activity this year.
Best Wishes
Keith
Morning,
Out of interest to the above about activity, does anyone know ( and can say) what orders there are on the books at Yeovil for the next few years?
Many thanks in advance for any info.
Something I was pondering recently too, from a few articles online,

3x Wildcat for unnamed North African customer, that has seen the AW159 production restarted...
In March 2023 Leonardo acknowledged it had secured an order for three AW159 helicopters at the end of 2022 from a North African customer. While the client has not been identified, it is widely thought to be Algeria.
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... helicopter

Mid-life upgrade support for Canadian Cormorants (with one new build), this also mentions MLU work for another customer (with potential new-builds) and discussions for Italian Navy AW101 MLU...
https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopter ... 34.article

Possible 22-strong AW101 order for Polish Land forces, future life-extension work for British Merlins, interest in AW159s...
https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopter ... 70.article

Are there still Portuguese Lynx being upgraded? There's also an Algerian currently at Yeovil too, isn't there?

Someone else will probably know far more, but that's hopefully a start.

And then there's the AW149 competing in the NMH contest.

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Freeman Lowell » Tue Jan 09, 2024 11:16 am

JR,

To add a little to Professor M's excellent reply,

There are a number of Lynx delivered to site from both the Brazilian navy and the Portuguese navy that await an upgrade. These may still be present, awaiting funding?

The LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE | MAY 31, 2023 offers an updated position to Flight Global's earlier report:

"The Contract includes the upgrade of Canada’s existing fleet of 13 AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” SAR (Search and Rescue) helicopters together with the augmentation of a further 3 helicopters.

...the majority of the CMLU helicopters will be upgraded in Canada by Canadian industry.”

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by WIGGIP » Wed Jan 10, 2024 4:09 pm

WHE04 has just done an ILS at Exeter. It has a Hex of 567800 and looked like a Wildcat. Does anyone have an idea what it is?

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by WIGGIP » Wed Jan 10, 2024 8:03 pm

It was read off as ZZ513.

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Professor_M » Wed Mar 06, 2024 6:21 pm

Does anyone know how the Portuguese & Brazilian Lynx upgrades are doing at Yeovil? Are there any nearing flight testing?

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by Malcolm » Wed May 01, 2024 8:20 am

1st May 2024 09:00
Very slow start to the year. First thing I've seen out of the lockdown bedroom window so far this year at 08:30 this morning was...

ZK001/AF Merlin HC4A grey c/s

Not very exciting I know.
Cheers
Malcolm

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Re: Leonardo (Yeovil Westland) Sightings 2024

Post by 100arw » Wed May 01, 2024 9:28 pm

Your reports have been missed.
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