QinetiQ has signed a deal for four H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Worth approximately £15 million, the deal will see Airbus Helicopters UK design team upgrade the Garmin G500-equipped aircraft with, among other capabilities, a 3-axis autopilot, dedicated communications equipment and traffic awareness systems.

The contract includes aircraft modification and 10 years’ full HCare support package.

The aircraft are expected to enter service in early 2019.

The acquisition of the H125s is part of QinetiQ’s £1 billion deal with the UK Ministry of Defence signed in December 2016, to modernise the country’s test aircrew training and air range capabilities.

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