GKN Westland Helicopters has won a further order for 12 Super Lynx naval helicopters from South Korea, understood to be worth £200m. It includes Sea Skua air-launched anti-ship missiles from British Aerospace.
The first South Korean order for a dozen Super Lynx was placed in 1991. The deal provides further safeguards for Westland’s Yeovil workforce, which will build the helicopters in 1998-2000.
Westland and its Italian partner Agusta in the European Helicopter Industries (EHI) consortium are also chasing a Portuguese order for 10 helicopters – to be partly funded by the European Union – offering the EH 101.
The deal could be worth £240m to EHI.
An order should be placed by the end of the summer, said Westland, which faces competition from the Franco-German Eurocopter combine and from the US’s Sikorsky.
Other targets for Westland are Malaysia, a potential customer for at least six Super Lynx, and Canada, which could buy 15 of the Cormorant variant of the EH 101.