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Airbus Helicopters to support RAF’s Puma Mk2

2nd January 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence have signed a follow-on support arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Puma Mk2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.

Under the contract, which is the first of two pricing periods and worth an initial £100 million, Airbus Helicopters will provide full technical support and logistics until March 2022. The contract can be extended until the currently planned out of service date of March 2025.

The company will provide repair and overhaul services along with a parts-by-the-hour programme to ensure the high availability of the fleet with stable, value for money maintenance costs. The contract also includes the provision of training to all Puma avionics and mechanical technicians as well as engineering managers.

The contract follows on from the previous successful interim support arrangement under which Airbus Helicopters has supported the aircraft since the first upgraded Puma Mk2 entered service in 2012.

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