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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DSEI: Upgraded Merlin HM2 fully operational with Royal Navy

Merlin HM2The Royal Navy’s AgustaWestland Merlin HM2 helicopter fleet has achieved full operational capability, with 80% of its eventual 30 modified aircraft having been returned to use.

Announced during the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London on 15 September, the development is a declaration that the type is “able to support Royal Navy frigates, destroyers and eventually the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers on operations around the world”, says Lockheed.

The Merlin fleet is being modified under a capability sustainment programme worth £807 million ($1.2 billion).

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