AgustaWestland modifies UK Merlins

Royal Navy's new AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk2 helicopter (Image © AgustaWestland)
AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk2 helicopter (Image © AgustaWestland)

AgustaWestland has been awarded two contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for a total value of about EUR 910 million. The first contract includes the conversion of 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations under the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). The 25 AW101 Merlins optimised for maritime missions will be delivered to replace the Royal Navy’s fleet of Sea King Mk4 helicopters.

Under the second contract, AgustaWestland will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services for the UK MoD’s fleet of Apache AH Mk.1 attack helicopter for five years. The participation of AgustaWestland to these programmes is aimed at delivering enhanced capabilities to the British armed forces and strengthens the well established partnership between the UK MoD and the Finmeccanica Group, of which AgustaWestland is part.

Source: Finmeccanica