The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded AgustaWestland Merlin Mk2 helicopter from Lockheed Martin UK and Leonardo.

For the last ten years, Lockheed Martin and Leonardo have been involved in the design, development and manufacture of the Merlin Mk2 as part of the Merlin capability sustainment programme (MCSP). Under the £750 million contract, thirty Merlin Mk1 helicopters were upgraded to enhance and extend their life with the Royal Navy. The first helicopter was handed over in November 2012.

The Merlin Mk2s have new radars, sonar systems, infra-red cameras as well as large flat, panel displays, giving pilot’s greater situational awareness

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