UK to Deploy Wildcat Helicopters on German Navy Frigate

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    UK to Deploy Wildcat Helicopters on German Navy Frigate
    LONDON — The British Royal Navy is to deploy its latest generation of multi-role helicopters onboard a German frigate in the Mediterranean as part of an effort to raise defense cooperation between the two NATO allies.

    The Wildcat AW159 helicopter is scheduled to operate from a German ship in 2017, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told guests at an event in the German Embassy on Thursday.

    No details of the deployment were immediately available, but the move could be a boost for the Wildcat builder, Leonardo-Finmeccanica's UK Helicopter Division, as it seeks to interest the German Navy in buying the machine to replace an aging fleet of AW159's predecessor, the Lynx.
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