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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