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
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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