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Merlin Mk2 puts to sea for the first time

28th September 2012 - 10:33 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The Royal Navy's new upgraded Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine warfare helicopter has conducted its first shipborne operations, it has been revealed.

Members of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) Combined Test Team were based onboard HMS Illustrious at the beginning of September to conduct flight trials with Merlin Mk2 test aircraft ZH826.

According to details released by Lockheed Martin (LM) on 27 September, the tests were aimed at assessing the performance of the new navigational equipment, including the new Embedded GPS and Inertial Navigation System (EGI) while at sea - an environment where the equipment had not been tested before.

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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