§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the decision to place the contract for the helmet and associated avionics for the Army attack helicopter out to tender was taken; what companies are bidding for this contract; what is the total value of this contract; and what plans his Department had made for the manufacture of the helmet prior to that decision. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The possibility of an improved helmet and sighting system to replace the current, first generation US Army integrated helmet and display sighting system was identified by Westland Helicopters in its attack helicopter bid. As part of the selection process, it was decided to proceed with this option. As prime contractor, Westland has been tasked to hold a sub-contract348W competition for this equipment and will issue an invitation to tender early in the new year. The value of the contract will be dependent on the chosen system.