AgustaWestland eh.101

Merlin HC.3



RAF variant built at Yeovil, Somerset, UK. The British MoD placed an initial order for 22 Merlin HC.3 airframes in Mar 1995.
All of the Merlin HC3's are operated by 28 Sqn based at RAF Benson.  Their first operational tour was in Bosnia which started in April 2003, being based at Banja Luka with two aircraft.  In March 2005 the Merlins were deployed to Iraq for the first time.  The aircraft self deployed to theatre over a period of four days.  The detachment is known as 1419 Flight and is based at Basra Air Station.
In order to lift and support the Royal Marines, the Merlin HC3 and HC3A due to transfer to the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force will need to be marinised (folding tails, folding main rotors and better salt water-proofing of key components). This work will be undertaken as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) which will also include cockpit systems upgrades - similar to the HM.2. 25 Merlin HC.3 and HC3A are due for the upgrade to HC.4 /4A standard. As part of the introduction of Merlin to service, an HC.3 first flew with an all Royal Navy crew in Sep 2012.

Model News

Royal Air Force Hand Over Merlin To Royal Navy, 01-Oct-14 : Yesterday marked the end of an era for the Royal Air Force and the start of a new one for the Royal Navy as the official handover of the Merlin helicopter took place in a formal ceremony at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

QinetiQ to provide evaluation for Merlin MLSP, 07-Feb-14 : QinetiQ has been awarded a five year contract, worth £16 million, to provide test and evaluation services to the MOD in support of its Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP).

RAF Merlin 10 years of continual deployments, 27-Sep-13 : by Nikki Hamilton - The RAF Merlin Force is celebrating its return from 10 years of continual operational deployments following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The RAF Merlins, which are based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire first deployed to Bosnia in 2003 and have since provided essential helicopter lift for land forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Merlin helicopters end Afghan operations, 04-Jun-13 : The RAF's Merlin helicopter fleet has finished operations in Afghanistan after providing nearly 4 years of continuous front line support.

UK Marines learn about AW101 at RAF Benson, 03-Jul-12 : The head of the Commando Helicopter Force visited the trailblazers for the future wings of the Royal Marines as they get to grips with the replacement for the venerable Sea King. From 2016, the Merlin will be the mainstay of operations by the Yeovilton-based Force, which has sent engineers and aircrew to RAF Benson to train to fly and maintain the helicopter.

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List of Operators of AgustaWestland Merlin HC.3

From Organisation with model Merlin HC.3
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    eh.101 44 1998/   
united kingdom AgustaWestland UK
    eh.101 2000/   
united kingdom Royal Air Force
    22 2001/15
Construction Numbers on database of Merlin HC.3


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50033 1998 UK ZJ117 : RAF 50033/RAF01 f/f 24dec98 at Yeovil
1999 as /H301 at Le Bourget air show
UK ZJ117 : 2007 with AgustaWestland for BERP IV Flight Testing for+
50049 1999 UK ZJ118 : RAF 50049/RAF02 f/f 14jun99 at Yeovil
UK ZJ118 : First visit to RAF Benson by Merlin HC.3, flown by A&AE+
UK ZJ118 : 2007 28 Sqn /B
UK ZJ118 : hc.3i Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS/B at RNAS Yeovilton during +
50075 1999 UK ZJ119 : RAF 50075/RAF03; 2011 28/78Sqn./C
21aug13 HC.3 type 28/78Sqn./C Geilenkirchen dep. next d+
UK ZJ119 : 846 NAS / C by 2 Jul 2015
845 NAS / C operating with HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mount+
50083 2000 UK ZJ120 : RAF; 18jun11 pictured at Kemble, England
28/78 Sq/D by Oct 2009. Part of 1st detachment of RAF M+
01may15 flying round Farnborough upper lambourn/uffingt+
50099 2000 UK ZJ121 : RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E
19nov13 pictured (top) at Yeovil
UK ZJ121 : RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2015
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Nantes direction South
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Bordeaux direction Spain
hc.3i HC.3i type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar, with ZJ129.
846 NAS/E deployed to Gibraltar Aug 2016
50113 2000 UK ZJ122 : RAF 50113/RAF06 f/f 26jun00 d/d 11dec00; /F
Jul06 pictured (pic1) as 28 Sqn /F at RAF Fairford
29sep08 pictured (pic2) at Al Fao, Iraq
1419 Flt /F, in Iraq Jun 2009
07aug13 emergency landing in a field at Old Colwyn. no +
11jul14 at Fairford for RIAT 2014
13apr15 leaving Brize Norton
UK ZJ122 : hc.4 Royal Navy /F from Aug15; Oct16 first flight of HC.4 ty+
08jul17 pictured (pic3) as first HC4 at Yeovilton airsh+
10sep17 as /F pictured (pic4) on the East Terrace of+
50129 2000 UK ZJ123 : RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn/G; Jun09 pictured at Kemble Air S+
50133 2000 UK ZJ124 : 08mar03 HC.3 type 28Sqd./H at Rotterdam
RAF HC.3 /H; 17jul11 pictured with 28Sqd at RAF Fairfor+
50137 2000 UK ZJ125 : RAF
1419 Flt /J, in Iraq Jun 2009
23may11 pictured as 78Sq /J at RAF Benson
50141 2000 UK ZJ126 : RAF 50141/RAF10 in June 2009 /K 28/78Sqn.
31Jul14 pictured (pic2) with 78 Sq/K markings on std si+
UK ZJ126 : hc.3i Apr15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
10sep17 pictured under heavy rain on ferry stop at San +
50149 2001 UK ZJ127 : RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn.
25feb17 rear fuselage and tail boom seen in storage yar+
UK ZJ127 : hc.4 conv to fully marinised HC.4
UK ZJ127 : hc.4 08jul17 /L pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017
50153 2001 UK ZJ128 : 50153/RAF12; 2003 /M 28Sqn; 19aug06 pictured at Shoreha+
UK ZJ128 : 845 NAS / M. Deployed to Caribbean for huuricane relief+
50167 2001 UK ZJ129 : RN; 01may05 pictured as 28Sqn /N at Abingdon
2007 28Sqn./N
UK ZJ129 : 08jan16 846Sqn./N at Nantes direction South
08jan16 846Sqn./N at Bordeaux direction Spain
hc.3i HC.3I type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar with ZJ121.
50169 2001 UK ZJ130 : 08mar03 HC.3 type 28Sqd./O at Rotterdam
RAF; 2007 28Sqn./O
28/78 Sq/O by Oct 2009. Part of 1st detachment of RAF M+
21jul13 pictured (pic1) as /O at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
UK ZJ130 : hc.3i 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /O at RNAS Yeovilton d+
50173 2001 UK ZJ131 : RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn./P; 11may07 pictured at Elwood H+
1419 Flt /P by Jun 2009; returned to UK to MDMF Culdros+
UK ZJ131 : hc.3i final Merlin delivered from RAF Benson to 845 NAS at Ye+
50177 2001 UK ZJ132 : RAF Merlin HC.3; 06may12 pictured at Abingdon Air Show
UK ZJ132 : hc.3i Royal Navy HC3i; 30jun17 /Q RNAS Yeovilton
29 Aug 2017 845 NAS/Q embarked HMS Ocean for 4 month M+
22 Sep 2017 joined Caribbean relief effort when ship ar+
50181 2001 UK ZJ133 : RAF 50181/RAF17 in 2009 28Sqn.
10/11nov12 on display at Aviation Nation, Nellis AFB, N+
15mar14 28/78Sqn./R departure next day
50183 2001 UK ZJ134 : RAF
1419 Flt /S, in Iraq Jun 2009; MDMF Culdrose on 9 Jul 2+
23apr13 seen at the west coast of Wales
UK ZJ134 : RN; Oct16 846Sq /S in Bavaria, Germany
50187 2001 UK ZJ135 : RAF HC.3; 27aug09 pictured (pic1) at RAF Benson
UK ZJ135 : 846Sq by Mar16
16jun16 on my radar in South Wales the past few nights
hc.3i 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /T at RNAS Yeovilton d+
50191 2001 UK ZJ136 : RAF HC.3 d/d 29apr02
23may11 pictured as /U at RAF Benson.
UK ZJ136 : hc.3i Dec15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
One of two 846 NAS Merlin HC.3i /U assigned to support +
50195 2002 UK ZJ137 : RAF 50195/RAF21.; 2003 28Sqn./W
UK ZJ137 : hc.3i Jan16 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
hc.3i 02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS /W at RNAS Yeovilton during+
50199 2002 UK ZJ138 : RAF HC.3 d/d 22nov02; w/o 23jun10 heavy landing at Ca+
22 C/N.

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