Thailand Signs MoU for AW101, 10-Nov-17 : Thailand’ signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering technology transfer for Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) if the AW101 is ordered by Police, Army, Air Force and Navy
Merlin HC4 Makes Yeovilton Debut, 12-Jul-17 : First former RAF Merlin in new configuration HC4 was displayed at the Yeovilton Air Day 2017. Junglie Merlins, 25 to be delivered to the Commando Helicopter Force by 2020, are painted in pale grey
Merlin First aircraft to Land on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 04-Jul-17 : A Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron has become the first aircraft to ever land on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s biggest warship
APROC 2017, 28-Jun-17 : Italian air force held the Air Centric Personnel Recovery Operatives Course (APROC), the main training event in Europe in combat search and rescue.
Team Cormorant for CH-149 Mid-Life Upgrade, 27-Jun-17 : Lonardo and IMP announce addition of CAE, GE and Rockwell Collins as industrial partners of Team Cormorant to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s EH101/CH-149 Cormorant fleet
Norway AW101 Training Centre Opens, 13-Jun-17 : Official opening ceremony of the AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Minister of Justice & Public Security
Cormorant Fleet to be Expanded with VH-71, 29-May-17 : Leonardo and IMP to support RCAF CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) including the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters (ex U.S. Marine One VH-71)
Onboard Systems Hook Kits for AW169 and AW101, 11-Apr-17 : Onboard Systems has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the AgustaWestland AW169 and AW101
Royal Navy Merlin Deployed Aboard French Mistral, 05-Apr-17 : For the first time, two Merlins helicopters from Royal Navy 845 NAS are assigned to the French assault ship Mistral throughout her six-month deployment to the Indian and Pacific Oceans
AW101 Merlin Mk4 Makes Maiden Flight, 21-Nov-16 : Leonardo is upgrading 25 ex RAF Merlin Mk3/3A to the ‘Junglie’ Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to be delivered between 2017 and 2020
Royal Marines Merlin Mk4 First Flight, 28-Oct-16 : The AW101 Merlin Mk4, converted from ex RAF HC.3, replaced the Junglie Sea King HC.4 and will be the mainstay of British Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond
Lockheed Martin 25 Years with Royal Navy Merlin, 17-Oct-16 : Lockheed Martin UK celebrating 25th Anniversary supporting Royal Navy’s Merlin helicopter. First contract for the Merlin Mk1 signed October 9, 1991
30th Merlin HM.2 Delivered to Royal Navy, 28-Jul-16 : Ceremony to mark the handover of the 30th and final Merlin Mk.2 by Leonardo and Lockheed Martin UK at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil
Safran to Support Danish EH101 Engines, 27-Jul-16 : Safran Helicopter Engines signed 7 year contract to support 14 Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF)’s RTM 322-powered EH101 helicopters
846 Squadron Female Pilot Named in Awards, 17-Jun-16 : Royal Navy 846 Naval Air Squadron Junglie Merlin pilot Lieutenant Natalie Grainger named one of the country’s top 100 rising stars in the female-only We Are The City awards.