Follow-on Support Arrangement signed for RAF Puma Mk2 helicopter
Oxford, UK - Between Airbus Helicopters and UK Ministry of Defence
Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft. The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see the industry provide full technical support and logistics until March 2022. The contract has the facility to be extended until the currently planned out of service date March 2025, subject to the agreement of both parties. As part of the company’s support offering, Airbus Helicopters will provide repair and overhaul services in addition to a parts-by-the-hour programme. The contract also includes the provision of training to all Puma avionics and mechanical technicians as well as engineering managers. The contract, awarded under single-source regulations, follows on from the previous very successful Interim Support Arrangement, which has seen the company support the aircraft since the first upgraded Puma 2 entered service in 2012, recently reaching 20,000 flight hours. From the outset, Puma 2 has delivered the UK Armed Forces a significant capability which has been exploited during its very successful, and ongoing, deployment to Afghanistan under Operation "TORAL". More recently, during the UK’s disaster relief Operation "RUMAN" in the wake of Hurricane "Irma", the Puma demonstrated another of its strengths as an ideal support helicopter capable of rapid deployment by C-17, with minimal build up required on arrival prior to starting operations making it a clear choice for contingency operations world-wide.
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