Following the UK MoD Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) of the late 1990s, a contract was signed in Dec 2005 with a consortium led by Lockheed-Martin to upgrade 30 existing Royal Navy Merlin HM.1 to the new HM.2 standard. Amongst other things, the work includes a new mission software architecture, an upgrade to the navigation systems and the Blue Kestrel radar plus new tactical displays and cockpit avionics suitable for use with night vision goggles. First flight of the HM.2 was in Oct 2010.
First delivered to RNAS Culdrose for evaluation in September 2012. 30th and last one delivered on July 2016
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
814 Naval Squadron ASW Exercise in the Mediterranean, 09-Mar-16 : Royal Navy 814 NAS two Merlin Mk2 Helicopters flew across Europe over two days in order to participate in Exercise Dynamic Manta 16 NATO’s largest Anti-Submarine exercise in the Mediterranean
Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 First Gulf Deployment, 02-Dec-15 : Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 helicopter in first Middle East deployment aboard HMS St Albans type 23 frigate
Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 Declared Fully Operational, 15-Sep-15 : Lockheed Martin UK delivered 24 of the 30 airframes that were to be upgraded as part of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) ahead of time and on budget.
Thales Radar for the Royal Navy Merlin AEW Variant, 22-May-15 : Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system for the Merlin Airborne Early Warning (AEW) variant
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