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BAe 146 fleet support contract awarded

18th September 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a four-year £42 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to support the Command Support Air Transport's fleet of four BAe 146 aircraft operated by 32 (The Royal) Squadron from the Royal Air Force Northolt in West London.

The In-Service Support Availability Contract will run until 2022 with support from Serco.

Under the contract, Serco will be responsible for all maintenance aspects including airframe, engines, avionics and electrical and interior aircraft cleaning and maintenance. Serco will also provide a pool of sponsored reserves to support the aircraft when deployed on operations outside the UK.

The contract also includes the provision of spares and total supply chain management and the management of government furnished assets.

The BAE Systems-led team will deliver a 20% increase in aircraft availability and ensure delivery of three out of the four aircraft to be available for tasking at 0700 hours on weekdays, and two of the four aircraft at 0700 hours at weekends.

The BAe 146 fleet consists of two BAe 146-100s designated as the BAe 146 CC Mk2 and two BAe 146-200QC (Quick Change) variants with a large freight door in the rear fuselage. BAE Systems converted the latter aircraft and delivered them to the RAF in 2013 when they were designated as the BAe 146 C Mk3.

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