LONDON ($1=0.84 GBP) — A brand new cargo of Western weapons awaits Ukraine, following a press release by British Protection Secretary Mr. Ben Wallace. The knowledge was additionally confirmed by the British publication The Instances. It’s about three Westland WS-61 Sea King anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the stock of the Royal British Navy.

Ukraine gets WS-61 anti-submarine warfare helos from the UK
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Supply is essential, each for Ukraine and the UK. It’s the first British-manned weapon system to be despatched to help the Ukrainian armed forces. In keeping with The Instances, one of many three helicopters has already been despatched to Ukraine and is being ready for operational fight functionality. Quickly this helicopter will likely be absolutely operational.

The supply of those three helicopters is a part of a brand new bundle of navy assist from London to Kyiv. On this pack, aside from the three helicopters, the opposite weapon that makes an impression is the ten,000 artillery rounds.

Though the helicopters are a part of the Royal Navy’s stock, they had been decommissioned practically 4 years in the past. Sources of the British media report that Ukraine was conscious of this supply, however saved it secret. The identical sources say that Ukrainian pilots have already efficiently handed and obtained a certificates to function such a helicopter. The coaching came about in current months and lasted at the very least six weeks. In keeping with The Instances, ten Ukrainian aircrews had been skilled to fly the Westland WS-61 Sea King.

These helicopters are completely suited to carry out a number of capabilities. Along with reconnaissance and their participation in fight operations, helicopters are completely suited to search and rescue. The helicopter is manufactured beneath the license of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. It has participated in some key conflicts, such because the Falklands Conflict, the Persian Gulf Conflict, the Balkan Battle, and the Iraq Conflict. This helicopter has been discontinued, but it surely nonetheless sells for round $6 million.

Ukraine gets WS-61 anti-submarine warfare helos from the UK
Picture credit score: Wikipedia

About 350 models of this helicopter had been produced. Along with the UK, Germany and India are additionally operators of the Westland WS-61 Sea King. The helicopter crew consists of two or 4 individuals. Powered by two Rolls-Royce H.1400-2 Gnome turboshaft engines, 1,660 shp [1,240 kW] every.

Its cruise pace is 112 kn [129 mph, 207 km/h] [max cruise at sea level] and its vary is 664 nmi [764 mi, 1,230 km]. The helicopter’s armament consists of 4 torpedoes, which might be Mark 44, Mark 46, or Sting Ray torpedoes, or 4× Depth expenses, that are anti-submarine warfare [ASW] weapons.

BulgarianMilitary.com recollects that Britain continues to interact in solidarity with its Ukrainian allies by sending weapons because the starting of the battle, which started with the invasion of Russian territories on February 24. Earlier in current weeks, London despatched Kyiv upgraded Brimstone 2 precision-guided missiles.

Because the begin of the battle, Britain has despatched 7,000 NLAW anti-tank missile techniques, greater than 100 armored autos, Stormer self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons geared up with Starstreak missiles, a number of dozen M109 howitzers and L119 towed weapons, M270 rocket launchers, greater than 1600 armored autos, artillery shells, idle ammunition and 4.5 tons of plastic explosives.

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