First Upgraded HH-3F Delivered to the Italian Air Force
09 Mar 2006
On March 8, 2006, AgustaWestland delivered the first HH-3F with a new integrated avionics suite to the Italian Air Force. The upgrade programme is part of a multiyear programme to improve the operational capabilities of the Air Force’s helicopter fleet.
All the HH-3F helicopters currently operated by 15° Squadron, based at Pratica di Mare – Rome, are being upgraded by AgustaWestland which is responsible for design, development and integration of the new avionics suite. The new avionics system includes LCD cockpit primary flight displays, an upgraded integrated navigation system with GPS, a Head-up-Display and an improved communications suite. Additionally the cockpit has been made Night Vision Goggle compatible and the aircraft defensive suite has been updated with an integrated radar and laser warning system. The new avionics suite and advanced cockpit will improve crew efficiency and the operational capability of the aircraft which is used for SAR and Combat SAR.