Fri, 29 July 2016

UK Ministry of Defence Takes Delivery of 30th Merlin MK2 Helicopter

The UK Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter.

The Merlin Mk2s have new radars, sonar systems, infra-red cameras as well as large flat, panel displays, giving pilot’s greater situational awareness.

 “Merlin continues to be a world beating maritime helicopter that is an asset critical to UK defence and that will be an integral part of the future aircraft carrier capability,” said Bob Kramer, Vice President of Lockheed Martin UK – Integrated Systems. “The success of this programme has been a result of excellent teamwork among industry and our government partners that has enabled us to consistently deliver on cost and schedule.”

For the last ten years, employees from both Lockheed Martin and Leonardo have been involved in the design, development and manufacture of the Merlin Mk2 as part of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP).

Under the £750m contract, thirty Mk1 helicopters were upgraded to enhance and extend their life with the Royal Navy.

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