Leonardo to support UK Apache fleet
Leonardo has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence for comprehensive support and maintenance services for the Apache AH Mk1 attack helicopter fleet, the company announced on 17 January.
The £293 million Apache integrated operational support (IOS) contract covers the continued support for the fleet from 1 April 2019 until the aircraft goes out of service in 2024.
Under the contract, Leonardo will continue to work with its partners Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Longbow International to deliver complete spares provisioning, engineering, depth maintenance, repair and overhaul and technical support services for the fleet.
Leonardo will manage the Depth Support Unit and the associated workshops at Wattisham Airfield, the British Army’s main Apache AH Mk1 operating base, to support the operational requirements of the Army Air Corps; and will continue to be responsible for the provision of Apache aircraft on the flight line at the School of Army Aviation at Army Aviation Centre Middle Wallop, delivering the required number of flight hours for the army’s training requirements.
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