Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
to study the potential of using Merlin helicopters as a platform for both
maritime airborne early warning and command and control.
Under the 15-month program, Lockheed Martin will lead a three-way team which
will include Thales UK and AgustaWestland. The overall study, with a total value
of £3.4 million, includes two more contracts which will see AgustaWestland and
Thales UK each leading similar teams looking at other airframe and mission
All three contracts are part of the Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control (MASC)
program. MASC is the third component of the UK's future carrier strike
capability and will work with the future aircraft carrier (CVF) and the Joint
Strike Fighter to provide airborne early warning and command and control
MASC will replace the current Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control
capability, with increased emphasis on command and control functions as the
Royal Navy develops its Network Enabled Capability.
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