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Leonardo Helicopters UK prepares for AW149 battle

10th February 2022 - 11:50 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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The next addition to AW149's capabilities will be the integration of GPS SBAS. (Photo: Leonardo Helicopters UK)

With the battle for the UK's New Medium Helicopter well underway, the question is, can it meet an in-service date of 2025 and what are the implications for UK plc?

With the UK’s New Military Helicopter (NMH) Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) expected in the coming weeks, many pundits are asking if the aircraft can meet the stated in-service date (ISD) of 2025.

Three companies have declared an interest in the NMH programme so far: Airbus Helicopters with its H175, Sikorsky with the S-70M and Leonardo Helicopters offering its AW149

The race is now on for bidders to win the hearts and minds of the military user community, procurement officials and politicians before the winner is selected.

One problem is in communicating these messages to the desired audience. Bidders have been slightly

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After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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