Yesterday we revealed information about the previously classified British WG 44/47 studies for an advanced stealthy helicopter gunship. Today, thanks to former Head of Future Projects at Westland Helicopters, Dr Ron Smith, we have gleaned further information on this intriguing, and potentially word-beating, project.
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The WG 37’s boat-like hull is reminiscent of later US stealth aircraft, was research information being shared?
I have no knowledge of sharing of such data from the US. There was (at
that time) a combined UK Industry and government discussion group that
exchanged data between all parties. I was a member of that group.
The study resembles the Eurocopter Tiger, are the two projects linked?
There was no link to Tiger, although I subsequently was much involved
The UK at this point was interested in using technology to produce a
Light Attack Helicopter (LAH). Ultimately, the Army wanted Apache and
the requirements changed somewhat over time. At this time, we had
already been looking at pre-feasibility studies and were in discussion
with the late Alan Jones at RAE (Head of Materials & Structures
Division – which also looked after Rotorcraft), so were aware of their
The then interest in an LAH put the focus around the same weight class
as PAH-2 / Tiger, rather than Apache and was reflected in the
subsequent four nation funded study of A129LAH in which I played a
What was the primary intended role and armament of the WG 44/47
Primary role anti-armour – missile choice TBD. (There were options at
the time ranging from TOW and HOT through to Hellfire (not at that time
in UK inventory) and LR Trigat (then at a very early stage).
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