British Merlins Get Long-Term Logistics Support

Released on Monday, March 6, 2006
United Kingdom
AH-64D Apache Longbow
EH101 Merlin
SH-3 Sea King
Wildcat HMA
IMOS - Integrated Merlin Operational Support
IOS - Integrated Operational Support
MoD - Ministry of Defence
UK - United Kingdom
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded the Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract which will transform logistics support arrangements for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) fleet of EH101 Merlin helicopters. This partnering arrangement, valued at £450 million for the first five years of a 25 year contract, will provide support to the UK MoD's fleet of EH101 Merlin Mk.1 and Mk.3 helicopters, operated by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force respectively.

The IMOS contract introduces payments for achieved flying hours and novel incentivisation arrangements associated with delivering agreed levels of aircraft serviceability, operational fleet aircraft numbers and EH101 Merlin HM Mk.1 training system availability. Unique contract mechanisms will allow Industry to meet changing MoD requirements whilst retaining supply chain stability.

This new contract will incentive industry to increase the availability of Merlin helicopters to the Front Line Commands, while saving the MoD and UK taxpayers around £1bn in support costs over the next 25 years. Simultaneously with the award of the IMOS contract, AgustaWestland has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to provide support to the Royal Navy's EH101 Merlin HM Mk.1 mission system, which includes the Merlin Avionics Systems, the Merlin Avionic Test System and the Merlin Training System at RNAS Culdrose.

In April 2005 AgustaWestland was awarded its first IOS contract for the UK MoD's Sea King helicopter fleet. Valued at £300 million the Sea King IOS contract is already realizing planned cost savings while maintaining aircraft availability.

AgustaWestland is discussing further IOS and Through Life Capability Management opportunities with the UK MoD that include the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter and the Future Lynx helicopter, selected in March 2005 as the preferred solution for the Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter and Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft requirements. AgustaWestland has been developing the concept of Integrated Operational Support with the UK MoD for over three years and the concept is now generating significant interest from AgustaWestland customers outside the UK.


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